Faculty and Staff Footnotes

December 2012

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Susan G. Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, has earned her 2nd Degree Black Belt and International Instructor Certificate in Taekwondo through the college’s Taekwondo Chung Do Kwan Club, coordinated by Master John Burt.
     
  • Jo Ann Walters, associate professor of art and design (photography), has been awarded a 2013 Light Work Residency at the Robert B. Menschel Media Center, Syracuse University, for August 2013. The residency includes a $4,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each artist in residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: Light Work Annual, along with an essay commissioned by Light Work. Work by former participants are part of Light Work’s permanent collection. More than 360 artists from every state and more than 50 countries have been selected to participate in this renowned program, which exemplifies Light Work’s primary goal of supporting artists.

Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Jan Robert Factor, professor of biology, attended the conference “The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem—A U.S.-Canada Science Symposium” on Nov. 27–30, in Portland, Maine. This conference brought together approximately 120 lobster biologists and managers from the U.S. and Canada to discuss the important current topics of anthropogenic and environmental stressors, foodweb dynamics, human-natural system and ecosystem-based management, and metapopulation dynamics and connectivity.
     
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), facilitated a group of nine students who are members of PUSH Club (Purchase’s political activist group, which believes in creating social change through words and action) in their efforts to provide clean-up assistance to a community in Staten Island affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Publications

  • Matthew Immergut, assistant professor of sociology, and Nancy Zook, associate professor of psychology, are the co-authors (with Casey Helber) of “Meditation in Higher Education: Does it Enhance Cognition?,” published in Innovative Higher Education, Volume 37, Number 5, November 2012.
     
  • George P. Kraemer, professor of environmental studies and biology, is featured in “Game Changers: Top 8 Leaders in Westchester County in 2013,” published in the January 2013 issue of Westchester Magazine.
     
  • Shaka Paul McGlotten, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, is the co-editor of a new book published in December, Black Genders and Sexualties (Palgrave, 2012). Dána-Ain Davis, a former Purchase faculty member, co-edited the book. The cover art features Jazmyn Skinner, a current Purchase student, and the cover and interior photos are by Chloé Zetkov, another Purchase student.
     
  • Jeanine Meyer, professor of mathematics/computer science and new media, has published two articles in JSMag for JavaScript professionals: “Adding messages to a picture—Using HTML and JavaScript to Capture Inputs and Create Text for Canvas and Hyperlinks” (Volume 4, Issue 9, December 2012) and “Playing What the Viewer Wants—Using JavaScript and a video event to play portions of a video” (Volume 4, Issue 8, November 2012).
     
  • Michael Torlen, associate professor emeritus of art and design (painting/drawing), has an article in the Brooklyn Rail’s ARTSEEN (Dec. 12, 2012–Jan. 13, 2013): “Eyewitness: Reflections of Richard Artschwager’s ‘Untitled,’ 1971.”

Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Rachel Owens, assistant professor of art and design (part-time), participated on December 1–2 as a part of the Emergency Makers Action group (EMA), working in the window of the New Museum in New York City. The sculptures created during that period were sold at the museum until December 25.
     
  • Edward Pomerantz, associate professor of dramatic writing/screenwriting (part-time), will stage a reading of his new play, El Gallo Bravo To Go, starring Hector Elizondo, James Karen, Loreni Delgado, Charlie E. Schmidt, and LeVance Tarver, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on January 7.
     
  • Sarah Walker, lecturer in art and design (part-time), had paintings included in an exhibition at SEVEN in Miami, Fla., December 4–9. Walker, represented by Pierogi Gallery, was included in the pioneering, collective project, now in its third year during the Miami Art Fair week. The collaborative exhibition brings together artists and gallerists from BravinLee programs, Hales Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Postmasters, P.P.O.W., Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, and Winklemann Gallery in a temporary exhibition/performance space.

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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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