Faculty and Staff Footnotes

September 2006

Awards and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

Awards and Prizes

The Chancellor's Award winners from Purchase for 2006 are as follows:

  1. Prof. Joseph Skrivanek, Natural and Social Sciences, for Excellence in Faculty Service
  2. Prof. Zehra Arat, Natural and Social Sciences, for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
  3. Prof. Joanne Tillotson, Natural and Social Sciences, for Excellence in Teaching
  4. Mary Garcia, EOP, for Excellence in Professional Service

The winners of this prestigious award were honored at Convocation at the beginning of the fall 2006 semester.

  • Prof. Zehra Arat, Natural and Social Sciences, was chosen by the Faculty Professional Standards and Awards Committee as the winner of a Juanita and Joseph Leff Senior Faculty Research Award for 2006-2008. The award carries a stipend for any project representative of professional interests and the title of Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor.
  • Prof. Louise Yelin, Humanities, won the Doris and Carl Kempner Senior Faculty Research Award for 2006-2008. The award also carries a stipend and the title of Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor.
  • The Faculty Professional Standards and Awards Committee selected Profs. Michael Lobel, Humanities, Aviva Taubenfeld, Humanities, Tracy Fitzpatrick, Humanities, Jennifer Uleman, Humanities, and Brooke Singer, Natural and Social Sciences, as winners of the President’s Award for Junior Faculty Development for the 2006-2007 academic year. The conditions of the award are similar to a one semester sabbatical leave.
  • Prof. Steven Lubin, Music, won a BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, on the basis of his recorded performance of Chopin’s Sonata in B Minor, soon to be released on the Classical Soundings Label. In connection with this award he will perform a solo recital at Wave Hill in Riverdale on Sunday, December 3, 2006.
  • Profs. Geoffrey Field and Louise Yelin, Humanities, won the 2006-07 Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant for faculty interested in team teaching an interdisciplinary course. The grant defrays the cost of replacement for one team member so that both the faculty may teach a single interdisciplinary course together.
  • Patrick Callahan, Director of the Library, was elected Chair-Elect of the SUNY Council of Library Directors. It is a three-year commitment to the Executive Board as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair and is an honor bestowed by Director Callahan’s peers.
  • Kudos to Profs. Jacque Trussel, Hugh Murphy, and Bonnie Hamilton, Music, on the prestigious award from the National Opera Association for the Best College Production of the Year for Dialogues of the Carmelites. That makes two years in a row for winning this international award!
  • Prof. Jim Utter, Natural and Social Sciences, was honored by the Putnam County Land Trust at its Annual Dinner for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the environmental community.
  • Prof. A. Dean Bell, Dramatic Writing, won a fourth distinguished Clarion Award for Excellence in Children’s Television. Prof. Bell writes and directs the educational television series “ESPN Sports Figures.” The program has also added to its list of Parent’s Choice awards with its fifth Silver Medal.
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux, Psychology, was selected as a Fellow of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism from a Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security based at the University of Maryland. Prof. Lemieux will be studying factors that lead to the support of terrorism and terrorist groups.
  • Prof. George Kraemer, Environmental Studies and Biology, received with University of Connecticut colleagues two grants for the study of non-native species of seaweeds and animals in Long Island Sound, one from the EPA and the other from the Sea Grant College Program.
  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Anthropology, has been elected President of the Association of Black Anthropologists. She will serve a two-year term beginning November 2006.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Lisa Keller, History, was co-chair of the Conference on New York State History at Columbia University at the beginning of June.
  • Prof. Edward Pomerantz, Dramatic Writing, served his ninth year as Creative Advisor at the Screenwriters Lab in Oaxaca, Mexico for professional writers from Spanish-speaking countries. Prof. Pomerantz also serves as mentor at the Latino Writers Lab in New York and Los Angeles, sponsored by the National Association of Latin Independent Producers and the Columbia University/Writers Guild of America East/Harlem Arts Alliance Screenwriters Workshop.
  • Prof. Shemeem Abbas, Natural and Social Sciences, recently gave the following presentations: “On the Margins, Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws,” presentation for South Asian Forum, Columbia University; “Islamic State, Heresy and Freedom of Speech,” public talk for SUNY/Purchase College and Scholars at Risk; “Sufis, Performers, Orthodoxy,” lecture for Embery-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona. Prof. Abbas was also a discussant at Manhattanville College regarding the highly controversial Danish cartoons dealing with Islam.
  • Prof. Michael Lobel, Humanities, delivered a lecture, “Negotiating Art’s Boundaries: John Sloan, Popular Illustration, and the Figure of the Artist,” to the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. Prof. Lobel also co-organized a colloquium, entitled “The Short History of Contemporary Art,” which took place in June at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.
  • Prof. Neil Greenberg, Dance, participated in a panel discussion in June at the Dance Theater Workshop on the state of discourse and activism by artists around HIV/AIDS. The discussion was sponsored by Movement Research and the Dance Theater Workshop and followed an evening performance.
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux, Psychology, gave several presentations over the summer. In July he presented “Intergroup Emotions as Indicators of Changes in Group Politics” at the annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology in Barcelona, Spain and in May he presented the topic to the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in New York City. In June he presented “Simulation and Modeling of Terrorist Group Behavior: Preliminary Results” at the annual meeting of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism in College Park, MD. Prof. Lemieux attended the Summer Workshop on Teaching about Terrorism at the University of Georgia. The eight-day workshop brought together researchers and practitioners from many different disciplines to discuss issues related to terrorism research, teaching and prevention.
  • Prof. George Kraemer, Environmental Studies and Biology, presented a paper, “Density of the non-native crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus is controlled by habitat structure,” at the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Prof. Kraemer and Prof. Jim Utter organized and ran an Environment Day program for 110 students from two Bronx high schools during spring semester. Six Purchase College students were involved as teacher/mentors.
  • Prof. Graham Ashton, Music, has taken on the position of Executive Director of Orchestra of Our Time, the ensemble that collaborated with Zappa in the 80’s and won a Grammy for “Zappa’s Universe.”
  • Prof. Jennifer Uleman, Philosophy, presented “Dull Angels, or the Glories of Freedom: What Kantian Will Owes Leibniz on Voluntarism,” at the Second Southeast European Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, held at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, August 23, 2006.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Cassandra Hooper, Art + Design, had a solo exhibition, “Grandstand,” at the Icehouse Gallery in Greenport, NY for the month of July.
  • Prof. Nancy Bowen, Art + Design, exhibited at the Lesley Heller Gallery in New York City for the months of June and July.
  • Caught, Prof. Edward Pomerantz’ movie, based on his novel Into It, released by Sony Pictures Classics and nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, is now available on DVD.
  • An excellent review of Prof. Bradley Brookshire’s release of J. S. Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” appeared in Vol. 38 of Goldberg Magazine, Europe’s leading baroque music journal.

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  • Prof. Lisa Keller, History, is the author of the essay “Dreams Delivered: Following Diversity’s Path in Westchester,” in the book Westchester: The American Suburb, published by Fordham University Press and the Hudson River Museum.
  • Karen Kramer, Lecturer in the Political Science Department, gave an interview to the Westchester-based Journal News on how Purchase College’s Middle East course offerings expand students’ understanding of the political and economic implications of globalization. It was published in the Educational Outlook section of the Journal News on April 9.
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux, Psychology, has an article “Social Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Terrorism: Toward an Interdisciplinary Perspective,” published by The Haworth Press in the Journal of Security Education, 1, 75-84. Prof. Lemieux also has a book chapter on musical creativity: Chaffin, R., Lemieux, A.F., & Chen, C. (2006) “Spontaneity and creativity in highly practiced performance.” In I. Deliege & G.A. Wiggins (Eds.). Musical Creativity: Multidisciplinary Research in Theory and Practice (pp. 200-218). New York: Psychology Press, Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Prof. Donna Dennis’ sculptural installation work is discussed in the newly released second edition of the McGraw-Hill textbook, Launching the Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design by Mary Stewart, McGraw-Hill, New York 2002, 2006. A reproduction of “Subway with Silver Girders” 1981-82 is included in the chapter “Degrees of Dimensionality” along with a discussion of the relationship of scale to the experience of space. The same image is reproduced on the cover. Prof. Dennis’ work is also discussed in an essay by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art, Howard N. Fox, in a new book on the work of the artist William Christenberry, published by Aperture Foundation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum on the occasion of the major exhibition at the Smithsonian of Mr. Christenberry’s work entitled Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry. Prof. Dennis’ sculpture from the early 70’s to the present is the subject of a feature article in the June issue of Sculpture, published by the International Sculpture Center. The issue is titled “Politics, Process and Architecture.” The illustrated article on Prof. Dennis’ work, “Donna Dennis: Home Away from Home,” is by Deborah Everett.
  • Dance by Prof. Neil Greenberg, brought its acclaimed, Bessie Award-winning, Not-About-AIDS-Dance to Dance Theater Workshop on the occasion of the 25th anniversary year of AIDS. Heralded by The New York Times as a profoundly truthful, unsentimental masterwork about illness and life, the piece integrates dance and projected text, creating a deeply personal tapestry that shifts between humor and poignant renderings of life and loss.
  • Prof. Edward Pomerantz’ new one-act play, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About You, will be performed at Food for Thought, the dramatic reading series at New York City’s Players Club on Nov. 14.
  • Prof. George Kraemer, Natural Science, published with colleagues from the University of Connecticut and University of Malaga: Carmona, R., Kraemer, G.P., Yarish, C. 2006. “Exploring Northeast American and Asian species of Porphyra for use in an integrated finfish-algal aquaculture system.” Aquaculture, vol.252. p. 54-65.
  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis’ book, Battered Black Women and Welfare Reform: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, has just been released by SUNY Press. Prof. Davis has also contributed a chapter entitled “Violating Dignity: The Struggles of Battered Black Women on Welfare” in the volume Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe, edited by George Andreopoulos, Zehra Kabasakal Arat, and Peter Juviler. The book is published by Kumarian Press.

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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 contact Anne Bradner, President of the Professional Council, or to email news items directly to Agnes Benis.