Faculty and Staff Footnotes

December 2008

Awards and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

Awards and Prizes

  • New faculty member Arturo O’Farrill, director of the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album, for Songs for Chico (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra). The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles in February.
  • Prof. Laura Kaminsky (Music) was granted a composer residency immediately after Commencement at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, an artist colony in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Prof. Kaminsky will be working on her newly commissioned Wave Hill, a duo for violin and piano for the North Carolina School of the Arts. She was also awarded a Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections grant to support a residency with the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources, and the College of Fine Arts of Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina related to a performance of Terra Terribilis this coming March.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Shemeem Abbas (Political Science) attended the Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference in Washington D.C. While at the conference Prof. Abbas gave a television interview to the Voice of America on her work in Sufism. The Voice of America broadcasts interviews through GEO television for South Asia and the Middle East.
  • Prof. Jason Pine (Anthropology and Media, Society, and the Arts) presented a paper, “Erotic Exposure and Flagrante Delicto: Men, Gomorrah and the Neapolitan Camorra” at the 41st Annual Conference of the Italian American Historical Association. Prof. Pine was also invited by the Columbia Seminar in Modern Italian Studies to give a talk, “Contact Zones: Aesthetics, Affects and Economy in an Everyday Naples.”
  • Prof. Karen Baird (Political Science) was selected to attend the 2009 Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. This two-week seminar provides attendees training in the latest multi-method research techniques and specific assistance with their own qualitative research projects. The seminar is sponsored by the Consortium on the Qualitative Research Methods (CQRM) at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and covers all expenses for participants.
  • Carrie Eastman and Susanne Markgren (Library) presented “The Reality of Publishing Today: What You Can Do Now?” at the ACRL/NY Publish or Perish session on December 12 at Long Island University.
  • Prof. Gary Waller (Literature and Drama Studies) presented “The Virgin’s “Pryvytes”: Erasmus, Walsingham and the Eroticization of the Virgin” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, 2008.


  • Prof. Jason Pine (Anthropology and Media, Society, and the Arts) published an essay, “Ethnography, Video and the Aesthetics of Engagement,” in the volume Video Vision: Changing the Culture of Social Science Research, Martin J. Downing Jr. and Lauren J. Tenney, eds. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).
  • Prof. Stuart Isacoff (Music) wrote an article regarding the upcoming centenary of composer Elliott Carter for The Wall Street Journal that appeared recently on the front page of the Leisure Section.
  • Prof. William H. Flank (Natural and Social Sciences) was the lead editor and author of two of the chapters in ACS Symposium Series #1000, Innovation in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry: A Century of Achievements and Prospects for the New Millennium (Oxford University Press, USA), the just-released book marking the centennial of the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Flank organized the symposium at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia based on the book, and also presented three papers. In addition, Prof. Flank has recently been elected to the board of directors of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
  • Prof. Gary Waller’s (Literature and Drama Studies) recent publications are “Shakespeare’s Reformed Virgin” in Renaissance Medievalisms, Konrad Eisenbichler, ed. (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2008) and “Robert Sidney” and “Selected Poems of Walter Ralegh” in The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600, Michelle M. Sauer, ed. (FOF, 2008).

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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 Office of the President by Agnes Benis from information supplied by the deans and directors. Professional staff members are requested to contact Fern Becker, president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to Agnes Benis.