Faculty and Staff Footnotes

February 2009

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

Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. Frederic Hand (Music) received the 2008 Samuel Sanders Award from the Classical Recording Foundation for a recording with flutist Paula Robison entitled “Places of the Spirit: The Holy Land.”
  • Visiting affiliate artist and alumnus Ryan Homsey (Music) is a finalist in the Fifth Annual Young Composers Competition held by the Young New Yorkers Chorus, which results in a commission based on nature themes that will premiere in June 2009. He will set “The Sea of Sunset” by Emily Dickinson.
  • The Purchase Opera has won the National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competition for Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest. Prof. Jacque Trussel, chair of Opera and Vocal Performance Studies, received the award at the National Opera Association’s annual convention in Washington, D.C.
  • Prof. Arturo O’Farrill, director of the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for Song for Chico.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. George Kraemer (Environmental Studies) was a panelist at the first Bedford Environmental Summit at Fox Lane High School. More than 1,000 participants and 100 organizations—including public officials, educators, and environmental activists—gathered to encourage people to take action in their local communities to live sustainably without sacrificing quality of life. Prof. Kraemer discussed “Ocean and Fish in Peril” on a panel with alumnus Carl Safina and Timothy Fitzgerald.
          Prof. Kraemer has also summarized his research describing non-native species impacts in Long Island Sound with fishing industry groups, including the NY Lobstermen’s Association and the Marine Advisory Council. He will give a presentation at the University of Connecticut Stamford on March 3 at noon: “Year of Science Event: Aliens!! Why We Should Care about Non-Natives… Non-Humans, That Is.”
  • In February, Prof. Robert Stein (English Literature) gave a master class to the graduate students at Indiana University and presented a paper to the Indiana University Institute for Medieval Studies.
  • Prof. Jennifer Uleman (Philosophy) delivered comments, “Animals with the Right to Make Promises,” on Irene McMullin’s paper, “Kantian Radical Evil and the Birth of the Responsible Self,” at the Eastern Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association in Philadelphia at the end of December.
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) gave the invited address, “Poverty as a Product of Human Social Relationships: The Impact of Power, Prejudice and Dominance,” at the United Nations in New York. Coverage of the event can be found at www.apa.org/international/pi/1208-un.html. Prof. Lemieux also participated in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security analytic roundtable discussion of ongoing research, ideas, and priorities with analysts and strategists.
  • Prof. Gary Waller (Literature and Drama Studies) gave two presentations in February: “Staging Jealousy in Othello,” as guest speaker at the English Department, University of Maryland Baltimore County; and “Staging The Winter’s Tale,” at the Folger Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
  • Prof. Elise Lemire (English Literature) was appointed chair of the CLEP American Literature Committee, effective July 1. CLEP is the College-Level Examination Program. It gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for material they already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 34 examinations. Prof. Lemire has served on the CLEP American Literature Committee for the past two years.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Art librarian Heather Saunders will have a series of three sculptures in the 8th Biennial Exhibition showcasing women artists at A.I.R. Gallery. The exhibition runs from March 4 to March 29, and the opening reception will be held on March 5, 6-8 pm. The A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street in Brooklyn.
  • Art+Design faculty member Jennifer Wroblewski has an exhibition, New Monuments to the Anti-Concept, at the A.I.R. Gallery from February 5 to March 3. The gallery is located at 111 Front Street in Brooklyn. Prof. Wroblewski is also participating in the Radius Program run by the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and Ridgefield Guild of Artists at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpern Lane in Ridgefield, CT.
  • Robin Aleman (Academic Affairs) performed at the unWINEd Bar & Lounge from February 4 through February 6. Ms. Aleman was part of the Great American Songbook Series, a part of Symphony Space’s month-long festival called “The l939 Project: American Arts at a Turning Point.” She was also recently named Entertainer of the Week by Jazz and Bossa.
  • Director of Alumni Affairs and alumna Cristina Necula recently released her new CD, My Vie en Rose. The album is a collection of international favorites in a playful fusion of styles and includes standards and operatic selections set to modern rhythms.
  • Art critic, curator, poet, and artist John Perreault interviewed Prof. Judith Bernstein (Art+Design) at the Drawing Center at 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY, on February 25.
  • Prof. David Grill (Design Tech) was lighting director for the Bruce Springsteen show at Super Bowl 2009.

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  • “Some Dimensions of Donna Dennis,” which discusses Art+Design Prof. Donna Dennis’ life as an artist and her work in sculpture is included in And, In Conclusion, I Would Also Like to Mention Hydrogen: 11 1/2 Essays and 1 1/2 Stories by W.C. Bamberger, just published by Borgo Press, San Bernardino, CA. Prof. Dennis’ work, “Subway with Silver Girders,” was also featured in the book The Martin Z. Margulies Collection: Painting and Sculpture, Peter Plagens, Klaus Kertess, Martin Z. Margulies, and Katherine Hinds (The Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, Miami; distributed by Art Publishers, Inc., NY).
  • Prof. Ronnie Scharfman (French and Literature) contributed an essay on poet Aimé Césaire in a special issue on politics in the journal Callaloo.
  • Prof. Gaura Narayan (Literature) has an article, “Lost Beginnings in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children,” in Narrative Beginnings: Theories and Practices, edited by Brian Richardson (Frontiers of Narrative 8. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008).
  • Prof. Lisa Keller’s (History) new book, Triumph of Order: Democracy and Public Space in New York and London (Columbia University Press), was favorably reviewed in The New York Times.
  • Prof. Marty Lewinter (Mathematics), S. Karimi, and A. Delgado have an article, “A Combinatorial/Geometric Analysis of Convex Cyclofusene,” accepted for publication in The Journal of Mathematical Chemistry.
  • Prof. Joanne Tillotson’s (Biology) Anatomy Flashcards were recently published by Kaplan Publishing. The flashcards consist of 300 anatomically precise illustrations, clearly labeled and in color. A colleague, Stephanie McCann, did the illustrations and Prof. Tillotson wrote the detailed anatomical description on the reverse of each card.
  • Two reviews by Prof. Jeanine Meyer (Mathematics/Computer Science and New Media) were published recently in Computer Reviews, the reviewing site of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): “Video Browsing on Handheld Devices: Interface Designs for the Next Generation of Mobile Video Players” (Feb. 4, 2009) and “Implementation of a Neural-Based Navigation Approach on Indoor and Outdoor Mobile Robots” (Jan. 8, 2009).

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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.