Faculty and Staff Footnotes

November 2011

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

Appointments, Awards, and Prizes

  • The UUP/Joint Labor Management Grant recipients for Fall 2011 are:
    Emily Balcom, Adrienne Belluscio, Laura Chmielewski, Stephen Cooke, Danielle D’Agosto, Joe Ferry, Beth Gersh-Nesic, Kate Gilmore, and Judi Guralnick.
  • Gene Callahan, lecturer in economics, has been appointed a Fellow of the British Idealism and Collingwood Centre at Cardiff University, Wales, UK.
  • The Windgate Charitable Foundation has renewed its support for the School of Art+Design’s Windgate Artist in Residence program in applied design/furniture making through 2015. The $158,010 award will be made in three payments, beginning in June 2012. Dennis FitzGerald, the woodshop instructional support specialist in the School of Art+Design, submitted the application for this award and has coordinated the program since its inception in 2006. Each semester, the program brings a new artist to campus, who works in the school’s studios, teaches a master class, and concludes the term with an exhibition. To date, there have been 12 artists in residence.
  • Rebecca Oling, coordinator of instruction and literature librarian, was awarded the “Academic Transcript of the Quarter: July–September 2011” from the Western New York Library Resources Council for excellence in virtual reference best practices.
  • Paul Siegel, assistant professor of psychology, was awarded a $10,000 research grant from the American Psychoanalytic Association and a $4,000 research grant from the International Psychoanalytic Association. These scientific organizations have generously supported Siegel’s research, awarding him $47,000 in the past three years. The funding will support an fMRI study that he is conducting at the New York State Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University Medical Center (NYSPI-CUMC) in collaboration with Bradley Peterson, MD, director of MRI research and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYSPI-CUMC. The purpose of the fMRI study is to identify the neurobiological mechanisms associated with unconscious processing of phobic stimuli. Psychology majors Evan Scott, Marc Rivera, and Richard Warren are conducting senior projects associated with the fMRI study.
  • Brooke Singer, Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor (2011–13) and associate professor of new media, has been awarded a research residency and production commission with Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga from the Matadero Madrid Contemporary Art Center. The residency in Madrid will begin in mid-December and run through mid-January. The proposed project, “Excedentes/Excess,” will look at food waste in the city, using Madrid and New York City as case studies.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, professor of political science (on leave this semester), is the Gladstein Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. On October 12, she delivered the Gladstein Lecture, “Progress or Unfulfilled Promises? Reaffirming Rights, Reinventing Society.”
  • Laura Chmielewski, assistant professor of history, gave a lecture on Anne Hutchinson’s connection to events shaping the Atlantic World—“Anne Hutchinson’s Life in the Puritan Migration to New England”—on November 10 at Phillips Manor Hall State Historic Site in Yonkers. The lecture was part of “The Anne Hutchinson Year” program commemorating the 420th anniversary of the birth of this local 17th-century religious freedom fighter and feminist.
  • Sara Connolly, coordinator of education abroad, chaired a panel discussion, “Revisiting Underrepresentation in Study Abroad: Identifying Barriers and Strategies for Supporting All Students,” at the Fall 2011 NAFSA Region X Conference.
  • Meagan Curtis, assistant professor of psychology, had findings from her lab work, “Human Responses to Sexual and Emotional Music,” presented as an exhibit poster at the 11th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, held November 9–12 at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Danielle D’Agosto, executive director of academic programs (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education) and Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, presented “The Face-to-Face Effect of Online Teaching and Learning” on October 28 at the New England regional conference of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) in Providence, R.I. The online course redesign process and faculty training have had a positive impact on face-to-face teaching.
  • Maria Guralnik, visiting assistant professor of arts management, presented “Arts Advocacy Now: New Rules of Engagement” at the 37th annual Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts Conference in Lexington, Ky. In early November, she was invited to speak to students in the music industry program at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
  • Karen Kramer, lecturer in political science, delivered a lecture, “The Arab Spring: A Long and Uncertain Road Ahead,” to the Purchase College community on November 9. The presentation, sponsored by the Purchase College Affiliates, highlighted key developments in the series of upheavals that have swept through the Arab world during the past year. She discussed the potential for further regime change in the region and the prospects for democratic transitions in the Arab world.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, gave an invited workshop on “Web 2.0 technologies and social networking tools in education” on November 4 at the Second International Conference, “E-Learning for a Changing World: The New Role of Electronic and Interactive Design,” in Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Alan Michelson, assistant professor of art+design (drawing/painting), attended the Native American Art Studies Association’s 17th Biennial Conference in Ottawa, Ontario (October 26–29), where his art was featured in two sessions. On November 12, he participated in the Native Voice in the 21st Century Symposium at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Ind., where he is the 2011 Invited Artist Fellow of the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art. Michelson will speak at Montclair State University’s Fall 2011 Art Forum Lecture Series on December 6.
  • Carmen Oquendo-Villar, assistant professor of cinema studies, presented the paper “Museums and Commemoratory Exhibits: The Case of the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art’s 25th Anniversary” at New York University’s Symposium of Curatorial Interventions. This symposium was co-sponsored by NYU Museum Studies, NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, the NYU Native Studies Forum, and the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.
  • Lorraine Plourde, lecturer in anthropology and media, society, and the arts, gave an invited talk, “Cat Labor in Recessionary Japan,” on November 2 at SUNY New Paltz. At the American Anthropological Association 110th Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada (November 16–20), she presented a paper on cat cafés in Tokyo as part of the panel “Capitalisms and Their Logic in East Asia.”
  • Deirdre C. Sato, director of international programs and services, was a discussant on the panel “F-1 Advising: Interpreting the Regulations” at the 2011 NAFSA: Association of International Educators Conference in Vancouver, Canada, in May. This panel, which had been presented at the Fall 2010 Region X NAFSA Conference, was chosen as the featured regional highlight at the international conference. Sato was also a discussant on the panel “Hurdling Exchange Programs” at the Fall 2011 Region X NAFSA Conference.
  • Carol K. Walker, professor of dance, and Wallie Wolfgruber, director of the Conservatory of Dance, hosted a delegation of 15 faculty and administrators from the Beijing Dance Academy, the premier professional dance training institution in China, from October 24 to October 28. The delegation observed conservatory classes, had panel discussions with faculty, and attended a Senior Project Concert on October 28. Conservatory faculty members Larry Clark, Kazuko Hirabyashi, Jean Freebury, Ted Kivitt, Rosalind Newman, Rosanna Seravalli, Bettijane Sills, Stephanie Tooman, and Megan Williams joined Wolfgruber in presenting symposia on choreography, moderated by Walker. The conservatory hosted five visiting scholars from the Beijing Dance Academy last year; two more faculty members from the academy will be in residence during the spring semester. In addition, Purchase College and the Beijing Dance Academy recently signed a memorandum of understanding to initiate a student exchange program between the two institutions, which began this fall.
  • Renqiu Yu, professor of history, delivered a lecture, “Chinese Americans and Sino-American Relations in the Age of Interdependence,” on November 16 at the University of Kentucky, one of the 50 venues of the China Town Hall meeting sponsored by National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

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  • Shemeem Burney Abbas, associate professor of political science, republished “Sakineh, The Narrator of Karbala: An Ethnographic Description of Women’s Majles Ritual in Pakistan,” in Islam and Society in Pakistan: Anthropological Perspectives, Magnus Marsden, ed. (Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology; Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2010). The article was originally published in The Women of Karbala: Ritual Performance and Symbolic Discourses in Modern Shi’i Islam, Kamran Scott Aghaie, ed. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005).
  • Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, professor of political science, published a review of Merve Kavakci Islam’s book, Headscarf Politics in Turkey: A Postcolonial Reading (2010), in The Middle East Journal 65:4 (Autumn 2011): 686:687.
  • Meagan Curtis, assistant professor of psychology, has published two chapters in Language and Music as Cognitive Systems (Oxford: Oxford University Press): “Musical Communication as Alignment of Non-Propositional Brain States,” Bharucha, J.J., Curtis, M., and Paroo, K.; and “Alignment of Brain States: Response to Commentaries,” Rohrmeier, M., Rebuschat, P., Hawkins, J., and Cross, I., eds.
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, has published a new book A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians—from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between (Knopf 2011). Several prepublication reviews have lauded this new book (“a big slice of heaven for piano lovers”—Booklist).
  • Susan G. Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, has another paper in press: “Recovery of woody plant diversity in tropical rain forests in southern China after logging and shifting cultivation,” Ding Y., Zang R., Liu S., He F., and Letcher S.G., in Biological Conservation, doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2011.11.009.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Todd Coolman, professor of music (jazz studies), will be globetrotting during the winter break, performing in international jazz festivals held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and in Bermuda.
  • Hal Galper, lecturer in music (jazz studies), has a new recording out this month, Trip the Light Fantastic, The Hal Galper Trio (Origin Records), featuring Jeff Johnson on bass and John Bishop on drums. The recording has received excellent reviews.
  • Kate Gilmore, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), is included in the following exhibitions: “Videobytes,” James Cohan Gallery at Russ & Daughters, New York, NY, November 4–December 9; “Who’s Afraid of Performance Art,” Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC), Geneva, Switzerland (performance: November 17); and the group exhibition “Broken Homes,” Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, December 2011. Her work will be featured with Xavier Simmons in the David Castillo Gallery presentation at the prestigious Art Basel/Miami Beach, December 1–4.
  • Karen Guancione, lecturer in printmaking, has a large-scale installation, “Refuse: Bound Garbage Books,” featured in the Studio Theater Gallery’s current show, “Reframe: New Compositions of Old and Found,” at Middlesex County College in New Jersey. The show is open from November 15 to December 15.
  • Tommy Hartung, a Purchase alumnus (’04) and lecturer in sculpture, has a solo exhibition, “Anna,” at On Stellar Rays in New York City from October 30 to December 23.
  • Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, on the occasion of the publication of A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians—from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between, was interviewed on November 11 by Robert Siegel on the NPR’s “All Things Considered” and on November 15 by John Shaeffer on WNYC’s “Soundcheck”; and was a guest for the entire hour of NPR’s “On Point” on November 22. Isacoff will be giving an author talk at the 92nd Street Y in TriBeCa (12:00 p.m., December 6) and two lectures with museum curator Ken Moore at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2:30 p.m., January 11 and 18).
  • Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance, had the broadcast premiere of her documentary film, Deaf Jam, on the PBS series “Independent Lens” on November 3 (read the PBS interview with Lieff here). The film continued to play nationally on all the PBS stations during the rest of the month. It was also screened at the Woodstock Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and Starz Denver Film Festival, and was recently the centerpiece of the Boston Jewish Film Festival. In January, it will be screened at Lincoln Center as part of the 2011 New York Jewish Film Festival before it heads to Sweden to participate in the largest Scandinavian film festival and marketplace, the 35th Goteborg International Film Festival.
  • Alan Michelson, assistant professor of art+design (drawing/painting), has work in an ongoing exhibition, “The Value of Water-Sustaining a Green Planet,” at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
  • Rachel Owens, lecturer in art+design (sculpture), currently has a new multimedia installation, Inveterate Composition for Clare, located in the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, across the street from the United Nations on the corner of First Avenue and 47th Street. This public sculpture, a New York City Parks Department project, is dedicated to the late Clare Weiss, curator of public art for the Parks Department from 2005 to 2009.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), will travel to China to participate in the 2011 Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture as part of Ghana ThinkTank, a program he cofounded in 2006.

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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 Carrie Kahn Bianchi from information supplied by the provost, deans, chairs, and directors. Please e-mail news items directly to Carrie.Bianchi@purchase.edu.