Faculty and Staff Footnotes

April–May 2012

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Nancy Bowen, associate professor of art+design (sculpture), was awarded a Brown Foundation Fellowship at the Dora Maar House in Provence, France, where she will be in residence during July and August working on a series of drawings and collages.
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art+design (sculpture), is now a member of the National Academy of Art. Her 1976 work, Tourist Cabin (Pensacola), will be included in the Academy’s collection and will be included in an exhibition of works recently donated by the new members of the Academy.
  • Rachel Dickstein, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, received two Drama League Award nominations for the production of Septimus and Clarissa, which she produced and directed for her company, Ripe Time. The nominations were for distinguished production of a play and for distinguished performance (by Ellen McLaughlin, who played Mrs. Dalloway). The production also received a 2012 Drama Desk nomination for outstanding score. Dickstein is continuing her residency at the JCC, where she is directing and developing her newest work, The World is Round, adapted from the Gertrude Stein children’s book.
  • Stella Ebner, assistant professor of art+design (printmaking), was awarded a yearlong Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York City.
  • Lisa Keller, associate professor of history, was awarded the Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship (2009) for her book Triumph of Order: Democracy and Public Space in New York and London. The award was presented by the New York Academy of History on April 12 at the Century Association in New York. Keller has also been named a member of the advisory board of the Historic Corridor Task Force, created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in March 2012.
  • Jim McElwaine, professor of music (studio composition), received his second President’s Leadership Award “in recognition of extraordinary leadership” from the statewide University Faculty Senate (UFS) in April, along with another Certificate of Appreciation “for strong commitment to university-wide governance and loyal and dedicated service.” McElwaine, who is stepping down as our UFS senator after this academic year, has served for 15 years, including four years as the UFS vice president/secretary and 12 years as a member of the UFS executive committee.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, a lecturer in theatre and performance, received a Purchase College Affiliates Grant for “Commedia dell’ Purchase,” to be performed by her students at Campus Center South on May 10.
  • David Recca, director of the Purchase College Chorus and Purchase Chamber Singers, will be attending the doctoral conducting program at the Yale School of Music, beginning in fall 2012.
  • Paul Siegel, assistant professor of psychology, was awarded a $15,000 research grant from the Society for Neuropsychoanalysis, which awards one such grant each year, and an $8,000 research grant from the International Psychoanalytic Association. These grants will support his fMRI study of dynamic relationships between brain and behavior in unconscious processing of phobic stimuli. Siegel has been awarded a total of $39,000 in extramural funding this year to support the fMRI study, which he is conducting at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) of Columbia University in collaboration with Dr. Bradley Peterson, director of MRI research and of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYSPI.
  • Carol Walker, professor of dance, was invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as part of an international panel to adjudicate the International Dance Festival in April 2012. She also met with several alumni and the new incoming student from the NAFA Dance Program in Singapore, with whom Purchase College has a degree completion agreement. In addition, Walker has been invited to be an honored judge at the 4th Beijing Invitational of Dance Schools, hosted by the Beijing Dance Academy in Beijing, China, June 12–23.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Shemeem Abbas, associate professor of political science, was the keynote speaker at Centennial College’s recent conference, “Engaging Hearts and Minds: An Agenda for Global Citizenship,” (April 16–17, Toronto, Canada). Her keynote presentation was on “Muslim Women Speak: Paradigms From Outside the Western World.” The conference was organized by the college’s Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity.
  • Graham Ashton, professor of music (brass performance), composed and directed the music for the ANZAC Day Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on April 25. The service commemorates the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 and is attended by ambassadors from Australia and New Zealand Embassies, together with U.S., Australian, and New Zealand military leaders and presidential representation from the White House.
  • Karen L. Baird, associate professor of political science, presented “Occupy University: Education for Political Empowerment” at the Left Forum 2012 conference (Pace University, March 16–18).
  • Bradley Brookshire, associate professor of music (history and theory), has completed his doctoral dissertation, “Edwin Fischer and Bach Performance in the Weimar Republic,” which he will defend at the CUNY Graduate Center in the fall. This June, Brookshire will travel to Lucerne, Switzerland, to transcribe and translate Fischer’s letters.
  • Stephen A. Cooke, assistant professor of chemistry, gave an invited physical chemistry seminar on “Towards the Structural Characterization of Fluorinated Polymers Using Advanced Methods in Rotational Spectroscopy” at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., on April 9.
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art+design (sculpture), opened her studio recently for two groups, the Directors Circle of the National Academy and ArtTable. The latter is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership in the field of visual arts and promoting the achievements of outstanding women in the visual arts. On view were diorama boxes, gouaches, and Coney Night Maze, a large mixed-media installation with sound that will be seen at the Neuberger Museum in 2013. Dennis was also a reader, along with poets and artists who had known Joe Brainard, in an evening at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church to celebrate the publication of Joe Brainard’s The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard (Library of America). Dennis is serving as a judge this year for the student sculpture competition at the International Sculpture Center.
  • Rachel Dickstein, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, participated in “Inspired by Gertrude’s Paris,” a conversation moderated by Jeffrey Lependorf with Dickstein, Edmund White, Lynne Tillman, Paul Legault, and Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) on May 5 at Symphony Space in New York City. The conversation was part of the Symphony Space marathon event, “Wall to Wall Gertrude’s Paris.
  • Maria Guralnik, visiting assistant professor of arts management, will present “Teaching Arts Advocacy: Purpose and Practice” at the 2012 Association of Arts Administration Educators conference in Claremont, Calif., May 31–June 1.
  • Stuart Isacoff, a lecturer in music and dance, was a featured presenter at the Savannah Music Festival in early April and a featured speaker at the Music Teachers National Association annual conference on March 25 in New York City.
  • Lisa Keller, associate professor of history, participated on a panel at the Organization of American Historians’ annual meeting in Milwaukee on April 19. The panel topic was “Urban History Encyclopedias as Civic Engagement and Scholarship.”
  • Jane Kromm, professor of art history, was the keynote speaker at the Art History Senior Symposium at Denison University on April 21. Nine students in presented abstracts of their senior-year projects in art history; Kromm provided critiques and advice and presented her current research, “Ornament and Mayhem.”
  • Susan G. Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, was invited to present a lecture, “Phylogenetic community structure during succession: evidence from three Neotropical forests,” on April 18 at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.
  • Alan Michelson, assistant professor of art+design (painting/drawing), has several recent and upcoming presentations: spring 2012 visiting artist lecture series, Parsons The New School for Design, April 11; “New Rows? Wampum and the Digital Native” presentation, 2012 Otsego Institute for Native American Art History, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y., May 23; the 2011 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship panel, George Gustave Heye Center, National Museum of the American Indian, New York, N.Y., May 31; and the “In Finite Blue Planet” panel, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, June 29.
  • Ernie Palmieri, vice president for student affairs and associate provost for integrative learning, gave two lectures on “Best Practices for Transgender Student-Athlete Participation in College Athletics” on March 31 at the North East LGBT Conference at Sage College in Troy, N.Y.
  • Jason A. Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, presented the paper “The Demiurge of the Methamphetamine Economy” at a conference on “Objects of Affection: Towards a Materiology of Emotions” at Princeton University, May 4–6.
  • Lorraine Plourde, lecturer in anthropology and media, society, and the arts, is an invited panelist at the Japan Re-Mediations symposium at the University of Chicago, May 25–27. She will present a paper on “Technology, Sound, Sensation: Disorienting Noise and Electricity in Tokyo.”
  • Jordan Schildcrout, assistant professor of theatre arts (theatre history), presented his paper “Bubble and Boom: Sex, Death, and the Apocalypse” at the Resoundingly Queer conference at Cornell University, March 30–April 1.
  • Paul Thayer, a lecturer in new media and digital media developer in the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, gave a talk, “Molding Code: Computer programming and code as contemporary artistic media,” to students and faculty in the art department at Minot State University, Minot, N.D., on April 30.
  • Sarah Warren, assistant professor of art history, presented her paper, “The Politics of ‘the Spiritual in Art’ in Russia,” for a session celebrating the centenary of Kandinsky’s Concerning the Spiritual in Art at the College Art Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles on February 24. Warren also gave a paper on “Excavating the Icon Pompeii: The Politics of the 1913 Exhibition of Ancient Russian Art” at a conference on “Byzantium/Modernism: Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Avant-Gardes” at Yale University on April 20–22.
  • Kevin Wynn, associate professor of dance, has been invited to teach his very special modern dance technique classes and to choreograph a new work at the 4th Beijing Invitational of Dance Schools, hosted by the Beijing Dance Academy in Beijing, China, June 12–23.

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  • Eleanor Phillips Brackbill, curator of education (school and family programs) at the Neuberger Museum of Art, announces the September 2012 release of her book, An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries of a Property (SUNY Press, Excelsior Editions imprint). The book considers three mysteries that precipitated an investigation into an otherwise ordinary suburban property, revealing a past inextricably woven into four centuries of American history. An Uncommon Cape not only tells the story of an eight-year odyssey of fact-finding and speculation but also answers the broader question: “What came before?” Through material presented in 22 sidebars, the book offers readers insights and guidelines on how to find the stories behind their own homes.
  • Eugene Callahan, a lecturer in economics, has a new article, “Liberty versus libertarianism,” in the journal Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
  • Stephen A. Cooke, assistant professor of chemistry, has a peer-reviewed article, “Are the CF3- groups in 2,2-bis(trifluoromethyl)oxirane eclipsed or staggered? Insights from rotational spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations” (S.A. Cooke and A.J. Minei), published in Chemical Physics Letters, Vol. 535, p. 35–39 (2012).
  • Peter Denenberg, assistant professor of music (studio production), was interviewed for the article “Choosing a Recording School” in the March 2012 issue of Electronic Musician.
  • Jan Robert Factor, professor of biology, has contributed the section on internal morphology to a 105-page chapter, “The Marine Clawed Lobsters,” published in the Treatise On Zoology (Vol. 9, Part B, Chapter 66, Brill, Leiden). This is a continuation in English of the venerable French series Traité de Zoologie.
  • Distinguished Professor Lee Ehrman (biology) has several recent publications:
    • Ehrman, L. 2012 Afterward to “Influential Germ-Line Sneak…” by W. Miller and D. Schneider; In Host Manipulation by Parasites, D. Hughes, J. Brodeur, and F. Thomas (eds). Oxford University: NY.
    • Ehrman, L. 2012. Revised. Frequency dependent selection as expressed in rare male mating advantage. In Encyclopedia of Genetics. Brenner, S., J. Miller and D. Hartl, (eds.). Academic: London.
    • Schneider, D., L. Ehrman, W. Daeuble, M. Kubiak, T. Chao, W.J. Miller. 2011. Impacts of endosymbiotic Wolbachia on chemical communication in Drosophilia paulistorum. Abstract. 13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Tubingen, Germany. August 22: Symposium 20.
    • Schneider, D., W. Daeuble, L. Ehrman, D. Stuart, M. Kubiak, T. Chao, W.J. Miller. 2011. Host-microbe interactions: Influence of symbiotic Wolbachia on sex pheromones and mating behavior in Drosophilia. Abstract. 13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Tubingen, Germany. August 22: A 102.
    • Miller, W., L. Ehrman and D. Schneider. 2011. Impact of mutualistic Wolbachia on manipulating Drosophilia development, sexual behavior and infectious speciation. Zoological Society of London. Winter Meeting. 12/1-2/2012. University of St. Andrews Poster.

  • Hal Galper, a lecturer in music (jazz studies), has received a favorable review of his recently released CD, Hal Galper Trio: Trip the Light Fantastic, in the May 2012 issue of Downbeat Magazine (“the high level of integration and communication it displays is rare and quite thrilling to experience, both on record and in person”).
  • Richard N. Gioioso, lecturer in sociology, has published a book review essay, “Latino Immigrants and Community in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities,” in the current issue of Political Geography.
  • Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, is the editor of the new Encyclopedia of Gender in Media (Sage Press, May 2012).
  • George P. Kraemer, professor of environmental studies and biology, has published a book chapter, “The Effects of Temperature and Nitrogen on Growth, Pigment Production, and Nitrogen Uptake by Four Species of Porphyra (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) Native to the New England Coast,” with long-time collaborators J.K. Kim, C.D. Neefus, I.K. Chung, and C. Yarish in Algal Technology and Environment, D. Sahoo and B.D. Kaushik, eds. (New Delhi, India: I.K. International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., 2012: p. 1–15).
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art+design (painting/drawing), wrote the cover article in the April issue of Art in America on the late Chilean multimedia artist Juan Downey, whose retrospective is at the Bronx Museum of Arts through June 10. Kreimer also has an article in Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment, published by Paper Monument. This book, which was featured in a review by Dwight Garner in The New York Times as well as on the Brian Lehrer show, made it to the upper-right corner in the New York Magazine’sApproval Matrix: Week of March 5, 2012.” Kreimer was also featured in the article “Painters’ Table: Top 10 Best Posts: March 2012” in the Huffington Post on April 13.
  • John Lehr, assistant professor of art+design (photography), contributed to Parallelograms, a weekly online publication of Web projects, on April 2.
  • Robin Lynch, associate professor of art+design (graphic design), is included in the new book Women in Graphic Design: 1890–2012 (Berlin: Jovis Verlag).
  • Jeanine Meyer, professor of mathematics/computer science and new media, has published two papers: “PHP, JavaScript and the Google Maps API”, PHP Solutions Magazine, March 2012; and “Making A Collage with Video, Images and Drawings”, for JavaScript professionals, April 2012.
  • Alan Michelson, assistant professor of art+design (painting/drawing), has work featured in Francis K. Pohl’s Framing America: A Social History of American Art, Third Ed. (Thames-Hudson, April 2012).
  • Jordan Schildcrout, assistant professor of theatre arts (theatre history), had his book review of Albee in Performance published in Modern Drama (55.1, Spring 2012).
  • Paul Siegel, assistant professor of psychology, had an article published in Emotion, a flagship journal of the American Psychological Association. The article, “Less is More: The Effects of Very Brief Versus Clearly Visible Exposure on Phobic Behavior”, is based on the experimental paradigm that Siegel has developed to study unconscious processes in phobias. Contrary to prevailing thinking, the study shows that unconscious exposure to images of spiders reduced arachnaphobics’ avoidance of a live tarantula—and more so than conscious exposure to the same stimuli.
  • Eric Wildrick, the sculpture instructional support specialist, had his work in the recent ArtsWestchester exhibition, Sculpture: On & Off the Wall, featured in a White Plains Daily Voice review. The exhibition also featured work by Kirsten Nelson and Chris Kaczmarek, staff members in the School of Art+Design, and Nancy Bowen, associate professor of art+design (sculpture).
  • Louise Yelin, chair of the School of Humanities, recently published two essays: “Plural Selves: The Dispersion of the Autobiographical Subject in the Essays of Caryl Phillips” appears in Caryl Phillips: Writing in the Key of Life, Bénédicte Ledent and Daria Tunca, eds. (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2012: 57–73), and “Black Subjects, British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1967–2009” appears in Black Arts in Britain: Literary, Visual, Performative, Annalisa Oboe and Francesco Giommi, eds. (Rome, Italy: Aracne Press, 2012: 33–50).

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Bradley Brookshire, associate professor of music (history and theory), performed in two productions with the Metropolitan Opera as harpsichordist and assistant conductor: Handel’s Rodelinda under maestro Harry Bicket in the fall, and the Met’s new pasticcio, The Enchanted Island, under maestro William Christie in January. These productions were broadcast worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD program. Brookshire also served as harpsichordist and assistant conductor for the New York City Opera’s new production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, directed by Christopher Alden this past March.
  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, and Lizzie Olesker will be performing dual solos, “Memory’s Storehouse” and “Infinite Miniature,” at the New Ohio Theatre, May 17–20.
  • Meagan Curtis, assistant professor of psychology, did a radio interview on May 2 for the show I Wonder… on WRCT Pittsburgh, 88.3 FM. Listen to the podcast of the interview from Episode 5: “What makes a sad song sad?
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art+design (sculpture), has a new diorama, Taconite Tower and the Night Sky (2012), on view at the National Academy 2012 Annual (January 25–April 29). An early work, Subway with Lighted Interior (1974), was recently donated to the Brooklyn Museum by John and Thomas Solomon. The donation was made in memory of their mother, Holly Solomon, the gallerist and collector with whom Dennis exhibited. Dennis also recently curated In No Strange Land, a multimedia installation by Edouard Steinhauer at FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn (March 25–April 22) and contributed an essay on Steinhauer’s work for the exhibition catalog.
  • Stella Ebner, assistant professor of art+design (printmaking), is included in the national juried exhibition Boundless: New Works in Contemporary Printmaking at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, Conn. The exhibition runs from May 18 to June 22.
  • Suzanne Farrin, director of the Conservatory of Music, will have the world premiere of her composition Serenade on August 12 at the Mostly Mozart festival, sponsored by Lincoln Center. Commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Serenade is a setting of a love poem by Michelangelo. The concert, performed by ICE and Metropolitan Opera countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, will take place at the Park Avenue Armory.
  • Katherine Gilmore, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), has a solo exhibition, Single Channel 3: Time and Circumstance—Kate Gilmore, Standing Here, at the Des Moines Art Center, in Des Moines, Iowa, from April 27 through June 29. Her work will also be included in the group exhibition Pretty Ugly: Deviant Materialism at the Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, in Boston, Mass., from May 18 through June 24.
  • Karen Guancione, a lecturer in art+design (printmaking), has her ongoing installation, Bolsas de Mandado, included in the exhibition In Stitches at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, on view from May 10 through June 18.
  • Tommy Hartung, a lecturer in art+design (sculpture), has teamed up with PBS’s Art21 Series and several other artists, producing a telethon fundraiser with performances, music, and audience participation that took place on May 6 at 71 Morton Street.
  • Ryan Homsey, a lecturer in music (studio composition), was commissioned to compose an a cappella work for the New Haven Oratorio Society’s spring concert, “Meditation-Celebration.” This new work, Grace, will be performed on May 19 in New Haven, Conn. In addition, Homsey’s song cycle, Russian Poems for baritone and piano, was included in the production Some Call Refuge, with stage direction by R.B. Schlather, on April 15 at Vaudeville Park in Brooklyn. The evening featured contemporary song cycles by Michael Ippolito, Eric Lemmon with singers Kelvin Chan, Joélle Harvey and Kate Maroney, collectively members of the New York City Opera, Philip Glass Ensemble, and Gotham Chamber Opera.
  • Stuart Isacoff, a lecturer in music and dance, performed at Bargemusic on April 13 and was a featured author at the Newburyport Literary Festival in Massachusetts on April 27. The festival offered two musical presentations: Isacoff on his book A Natural History of the Piano and U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who read his poems to the accompaniment of a jazz trio. On May 11, Isacoff will engage in a post-performance discussion with piano great András Schiff on the art of J.S. Bach at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse, and in July he will give lecture-recitals at the Golandsky Institute’s 2012 Summer Symposium at Princeton University and the 2012 Portland International Piano Festival at Portland State University, Ore.
  • Nelly van Bommel, visiting assistant professor of dance, had Pinguli, Pinguli (2011), which she choreographed, performed on April 18 and 19 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center by her company, Nelly van Bommel/NØA Dance.
  • Kathleen A. McCormick, professor of literature and pedagogy, has had her personal essay “I Always Thought I was on Good Terms with the Virgin Mary Even Though I didn’t get Pregnant in High School” selected for performance by Petaluma Readers Theatre in June.
  • Alan Michelson, assistant professor of art+design (painting/drawing), will have work on exhibit in the 2011 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship exhibition at the George Gustave Heye Center, National Museum of the American Indian in New York, N.Y., June 2–September 23; All Our Relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, June 27–September 16; Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3–Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, N.Y., June 26-October 21; the Milani Gallery in Brisbane, Australia, opening July 6; Home On Native Land, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, Bell Lightbox Theatre, Toronto, Canada, June 21–August 17; and the 2012 Creative Change Retreat, Sundance/Redford Conference Center in Utah, July 30–August 3.
  • Liz Phillips, a lecturer in art+design (sculpture), will have a solo exhibition of her most recent work, Biyuu, an interactive 3-D performance, sound, and video installation featuring Butoh dancer Mariko Endo Reynolds, at Roulette in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 2–3.
  • Jason A. Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, was a guest on the Radio Italia program on WBAR (Barnard College Radio) on April 5.
  • Sarah Walker, a lecturer in art+design (general visual arts), will be featured in the group exhibition Five by Five at the DC Moore Gallery in New York City, curated by painter Barbara Takenaga, May 3–June 8.

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

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