Faculty and Staff Footnotes

December 2010

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

Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. Ryan Homsey (Studio Composition) is the winner of ActorCor’s Second Annual Interfaith Choral Music Composition Competition for his piece “Ring Out Wild Bells.” The 40-voice choir will perform the piece on January 16, 2011, during the fourth annual “Say Yes! Voice of Unity” concert at the Unitarian Church of All Souls at 80th and Lexington in New York City.
     
  • Prof. Donna Dennis (Sculpture) is one of 18 artists and architects recently elected to the National Academy Museum and School. Academicians are elected by peer artists and architects who are members of the Academy.
     
  • James Moody’s most recent recording on IPO records, “4B,” has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Instrumental Recording of the Year category. Prof. Todd Coolman (Jazz Studies) is the bassist on the recording. The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be televised on CBS on February 13, 2011.
     
  • Prof. Paul Siegel (Psychology) received an $8,000 Research Grant from the American Psychoanalytic Association to support an MRI study of unconscious reduction of fear that he is conducting at the New York State Psychiatric Institute-Columbia University Medical Center (NYSPI-CUMC). Dr. Siegel is conducting the study in collaboration with the director of MRI research and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYSPI-CUMC.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Paul Siegel (Psychology) gave an invited talk to the Society for Neuropsychoanalysis about his research program on the reduction of fear, specifically its adaptation of functional MRI to study attending neurobiological mechanisms.
     
  • Prof. Lorraine Plourde (Anthropology and Media, Society and the Arts) presented a paper, “Noisy Writing,” at the Association of Japanese Literary Studies Conference at Yale University in October. Dr. Plourde presented another paper, “The Allure of the Avant-Garde in the Department Store Culture of Bubble-Era Japan,” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans in November.
     
  • Librarian Rebecca Oling gave an invited talk in December at Mercy College Libraries on “The Inch that Counts: Liaison Work and the Academic Library.”
     
  • Director Kelly Jackson (Continuing Education) was invited to be on a panel for the “Kids’ Colleges and Youth Programming” session at the LERN Annual Conference, a continuing education conference, in November.
     
  • Prof. Barbara Hauptman (Arts Management) was invited to speak about “Current Issues for Stage Directors and Choreographers” to theatre administrators at the Yale School of Drama in December.
     
  • Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) gave an invited talk, “Sensing the Global,” at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
     
  • Prof. Paul Kaplan (Art History) gave a lecture, “‘Something American’: Slavery, Veronese, Ruskin, and Charles Eliot Norton,” at the M. Victor Leventritt Symposium on “The Image of the Black in Western Art” at Harvard in conjunction with the exhibition “Africans in Black and White.”

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) has been commissioned by Chashama to create a kinetic sculpture in the windows of the former Donnell Library, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His collaborative project, The Ghana Think Tank: Developing the First World, will travel to Israel for an exhibition at the Museum of Bat Yam (MoBY) in January 2011. The project was featured in DESIGN> EDUCATION, South Africa. (No. 2, 2010, pp. 160-165).
     
  • Prof. Donna Dennis (Sculpture) was recently included in an exhibition at CUE Art Foundation in Chelsea, curated by Prof. Emeritus Irving Sandler (Art History/Visual Arts) and Robert Storr. “That is Then. This is Now” featured work by nine artists who gained prominence in the mid-1970s and have continued to produce vital work. Each artist was represented by two works, one from the 1970s and one from today.
     
  • Prof. Graham Ashton (Brass Performance) and his ensemble, the New York Chamber Brass, performed the world premiere of “Among the Druids,” a commissioned piece by Prof. Allyson Bellink (Studio Composition), on December 6 in the Conservatory of Music’s Recital Hall. Editions Bim, a large Swiss publisher with distribution in 50 countries, will publish the work this spring.

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Publications

  • Prof. Antonio Cuyler (Arts Management) has accepted an invitation to join the review committee of the North American Opera Journal through OPERA America.
     
  • Prof. Paul Kaplan (Art History) is a major contributor to The Image of the Black in Western Art publication project, sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and published by Harvard University Press. The first five volumes in this series were published under the auspices of the Menil Foundation in the 1970s and 1980s, but the series was never completed. Three of these earlier volumes have now been reissued, two with a new introduction on black Africans in medieval art by Dr. Kaplan. The first volume of a new set of three books on the period 1500–1800 has also just come out with a lengthy essay by Dr. Kaplan on black Africans in Italian art from 1500 to 1700. Next fall, four more volumes in the series will be published, and Dr. Kaplan has contributed to two of these.

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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.

Faculty and Staff Footnotes is compiled in the Office of the President by Agnes Benis from information supplied by the deans, chairs, and directors. Professional staff members are requested to contact Patty Bice, president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to Agnes Benis.