Faculty and Staff Footnotes

October 2005

Awards and Prizes

  • Neil Greenberg, Dance faculty, won the Time Out New York Audience Award at The Bessies for his piece “Partial View.”
  • The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Eyebeam Atelier recently awarded a Social Sculpture Commission to Prof. Brooke Singer, New Media, and her collaborative team, Preemptive Media. The commission is for a public art project that will be installed in Lower Manhattan in summer 2006.
  • Prof. Michael Torlen, Art+Design, became a member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society and received a cash award for his watercolor, Boots and Sea, exhibited in the 44th annual exhibition of Watercolor USA 2005 at the Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Missouri. Prof. Torlen’s monotype, Fish Tale (From Sanger Fra Mor), exhibited in Fish Follies at the Cordova Museum in Alaska during September and October, also received an award.
  • Adjunct faculty member, Rachel Simon, Humanities, Social Science, and LSCE, won the Transcontinental Prize from Pavement Saw Press. Her book of poetry, Theory of Orange, will be published this spring.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Bill Junor, Director of Computing and Telecommunication Services, presented “One Plan: Information Technology and Strategic Planning” at a technology conference of SUNY chief information officers in June.
  • Prof. Brooke Singer, New Media, recently presented her work on radio frequency technologies used for product tracking and border control at the Human and Computer Interaction Conference, UbiComp, in Tokyo, Japan.
  • In June, Prof. Mamadi Matlhako, Natural and Social Sciences, presented two papers at the South African Sociological Association. The conference was held at the University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa. The titles of the papers are “History, Truth, and Reconciliation: an Analysis of Peace Education and the Politics of Curriculum Development in South Africa” and “Beyond Forgiveness in South Africa: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Maintenance of Power.”
  • Prof. Karen Baird, Natural and Social Sciences, traveled to South Africa in August, giving lectures at the University of Cape Town and the University of KwaZulu-Natal on “Women and AIDS Activism.” She engaged in preliminary research on women and AIDS policies/programs in South Africa, and negotiated a preliminary agreement to be a short-term visiting scholar at the University of KwaZulu–Natal to continue the research.
  • Prof. Gary Waller, Humanities, presented a paper on Piero della Francesca’s Madonna del Parto and Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well at the Conference on British Studies, University of Notre Dame, in September. He also spoke as commentator on “Intention and Indeterminacy in Seventeenth Century Devotion” at the same conference.
  • Prof. Ted Kivitt, Dance, spent a busy summer teaching at the Grand Rapids Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre Detroit Summer Program, the Green Bay Summer Program, the Coupe School of Dance, and in Door County, Wisconsin.
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux, Natural and Social Sciences, presented a paper, “Social Psychological Approaches to Understanding Terrorism: Current Research and Areas of Scholarly Inquiry” at a conference in Albany in September. The SUNY-wide conference was called “Scholarship on Homeland Security: Exploring the Intellectual Territory” and offered an opportunity to meet potential collaborators doing research and working on many facets of homeland security.
  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Natural and Social Sciences, delivered the plenary address at the Public Anthropology Conference at American University in Washington D.C. on October 15. The title of her address was “What Did You Do Today? Politically Engaged Anthropologists.” Prof. Davis has also been invited to give a talk at the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the University of Oregon, Eugene, on November 10. The talk is titled “Between a Rock and Hard Place: Battered Black Women and Welfare Reform.”
  • Prof. Jim Daly, Natural and Social Sciences, gave the Vassar Brothers Institute Lecture “The Microbes of Yellowstone Park” in Poughkeepsie. Prof. Daly also presented a paper titled “Investigations into the Phagocytosis of Renibacterium Salmoninarum by Trout Macrophages” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology held last June in Atlanta.
  • Prof. Jan Factor, Natural and Social Sciences, presented a paper titled “The Role of Fixed Phagocytes in Fighting Disease Organisms in the Lobster, Homarus americanus” at the Sixth International Crustacean Congress in Glasgow, Scotland in July. The paper was co-authored by Jim Daly and four current and former Purchase students. Prof. Factor also introduced and moderated a discussion on “Disease and Population Level Impacts” at the Workshop on Lobsters as Model Organisms for Interfacing Behavior, Ecology and Fisheries, held at the University of Rhode Island in July. Profs. Factor and Daly presented a paper on Purchase College’s new science program, “Science in the Modern World: A Novel Approach for Integrating Science General Education into the Freshman Program,” at the SENCER Summer Institute, sponsored by the National Science Foundation at Santa Clara University in August.
  • Prof. Jeanine Meyer, Natural and Social Sciences, gave a presentation at the International Conference on Learning in Granada, Spain in July. Her presentation paper is under review for inclusion in an associated journal. The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities has accepted Prof. Meyer’s proposal for a conference to be held in January 2006. Prof. Meyer was also invited to join the Technology Advisory Committee for Excelsior College. She attended the review session in Albany in September.
  • Dean Carol Walker, Dance, was curriculum consultant for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Nanyang Academy for Performing Arts in Singapore.
  • Prof. Satoshi Arai, Music, served as a visiting professor at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan this summer. He designed and supervised the installation of a new sound lab facility, as well as taught courses in DVD creation and MIDI composition.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Bradley Brookshire, Music, will present a Bach concert Nov. 16 at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue at 50th St. at 7:30 p.m. According to The New York Times, Prof. Brookshire “remains perhaps the most skilled and inventive Bach harpsichordist in New York.”
  • Prof. Michael Torlen, showed watercolors and montypes in 'SCAPES at the Film Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut in May and June. Prof. Torlen exhibits his work annually at Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island, Maine. Several articles about the art of Monhegan Island appeared in magazines over the summer, 2005. Prof. Torlen’s art can be seen in a photograph of the Lupine Gallery upstairs exhibition space in Cottage Living, July, August 2005 issue, p. 70.
  • New Media Prof. Robert Spahr has an exhibit, “Cruft,” on view through October at Cincinnati’s Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center. Prof. Spahr’s creative activities employ software programming, digital design, and fine art.
  • Composition Chair Suzanne Farrin will have two world premieres performed. On October 6 her piano piece This Is the Story She Began, commissioned by the Concert Artist Guild, was performed in New York City at Symphony Space. On November 12, a chamber work for Irish bagpipes and string quartet titled The Twisting of the Rope will be performed at the Chamber Music Amarillo Festival in Amarillo, Texas.
  • Lecturer David Sherman, Music, creates commercial music for a vast number of clients including: Chevrolet, Cheerios, Ameritrade, Rebok, Staples, and Mastercard. In addition, Prof. Sherman created musical cues for several television shows, including “Body of Evidence” and “Psychic Detectives.”
  • Prof. Doug Munro, Jazz, has a new CD, Big Boss Bossa Nova, which is described by MegaMusic Review as “intriguing, multi-layered arrangements of both original and well-known songs.” Prof. Munro also has a new jazz guitar book, Organ Trio Blues, soon to be published by Warner Brothers Publishing.
  • Prof. Ted Piltzecker, Music, was the featured performer and composer at the “Festival of Monterrey” in Monterrey, Mexico, at the beginning of October.
  • Prof. Tara Helen O’Connor, Music, is featured on the newly released Deutsche Grammaphon recording of Ayre, a song cycle commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The CD features Dawn Upshaw and The Andalucian Dogs, a twelve-member ensemble that includes Prof. O’Connor.

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  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Natural and Social Sciences, has an article, “Working It Off: Welfare Reform, Workfare and Work Experience Programs in New York City,” in The New Black Renaissance, edited by Manning Marable, Paradigm Publishers.
  • Prof. Shemeem Abbas, Scholar at Risk, has been invited by the Oxford University Press to contribute to a series of books on sociology and social anthropology with material pertaining to Pakistan. Prof. Abbas also represented Purchase as a Scholar at Risk at Queen’s University in Canada at the end of October. Prof. Abbas gave three talks that discussed academic freedom issues and reflected on challenges facing intellectuals, women and others in Islamic societies.
  • Prof. Marty Lewinter’s book, A Friendly Introduction to Graph Theory (Prentice Hall), has been translated into Chinese. Prof. Lewinter has also been invited to address a graph theory conference at St. Lawrence University on November 12.

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Many of the above awards are supported by funds for faculty development generously provided by Eugene and Emily Grant and by the Purchase College Foundation.

Faculty and Staff Footnotes is compiled in the President's Office by Agnes Benis from information supplied by the Deans and Directors. (Professional staff members are requested to e-mail news items to Patty Bice or Bill Guerrero, Co-Presidents of the Professional Council of Employees, or directly to Agnes Benis.)