Faculty and Staff Footnotes

September 2011

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

Appointments, Awards, and Prizes

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards
Presidential Awards for Achievement in Classified Service
Student Engagement Awards
Guiding Light Award
Other Awards and Honors

Recipients of the following awards were honored during the Fall 2011 Convocation on September 14:

  • 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
    • Patricia Bice (Executive Director of Enrollment Services and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs): Excellence in Professional Service
    • George Halliday (Senior Grounds Worker, Facilities Management): Excellence in Classified Service
    • James McElwaine (Professor of Music, Conservatory of Music): Excellence in Faculty Service
    • Brooke Singer (Associate Professor of New Media, School of Film and Media Studies): Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

  • SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Internationalization
    • Jan Factor (Professor of Biology, School of Natural and Social Sciences): For the January 2012 study-abroad program, “Coral Reef Biology and Ecology in Honduras.”
    • Marjorie Miller (Professor of Philosophy, School of Humanities): For the summer 2012 study-abroad program, “Tibetan Philosophy, Art, and Culture.” The program co-director is Suzanne Ironbiter (Lecturer, School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education).
    • Verónica Perera (Assistant Professor of Sociology, School of Natural and Social Sciences): For her forthcoming off-campus project, “Social Activism and Human Rights Approaches to Global Social Work in Argentina.”

  • 2011 Student Engagement Awards
    These annual awards are given to one faculty member and one staff member who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, initiative, and dedication in helping the College serve its students.
    • Anne M. Kern (Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, School of Film and Media Studies)
    • Peter Sprague (Humanities Theatre Manager/Director and Lecturer, Theatre and Performance)

  • 2011 Presidential Awards for Achievement in Classified Service
    • Luis Sanchez Alarcon (University Police): The Mark Albrecht Award
    • Concetta DiFeo (Cleaner, Facilities Management/Custodial)
    • Maria DiFeo (Cleaner, Facilities Management/Custodial)
    • Martha Serrano (Cleaner, Facilities Management/Custodial)

  • The 2011 Guiding Light Award
    This annual award is named in honor of the selfless spirit of Jill Richmond, former director of career development at Purchase College, and her dedication to the development of students.
    • Maria Guralnik (Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Management, School of the Arts)

Appointments; Other Awards and Honors

  • Prof. Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat (Political Science) was selected to serve as the Visiting Gladstein Professor of Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute and Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, for the fall 2011 semester. She is teaching a graduate seminar, “Politics and Processes of Human Rights.”
  • Prof. Meagan Curtis (Psychology) had a segment for the inaugural year of “The Academic Minute” on WAMC Northeast Public Radio recognized with an award as a “superlative segment.” Her segment was one of just nine such segments chosen from 250 aired this year.
  • Prof. Stella Ebner (Printmaking) was accepted into the studio program at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Ebner will have a studio there for two years.
  • Prof. Lee Ehrman (Biology) was honored this past August by Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society) for 50 years of honored membership and applauded for her research achievements as a dedicated member of the society.
  • Jean Freebury, a lecturer in dance, has been appointed studio programs manager at the Merce Cunningham Dance School. She has also been in rehearsals with Pam Tanowitz for performances at The Kitchen in New York City, scheduled for next March.
  • Prof. Michael Lobel (Art History) will be a Getty scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles this fall. Next spring, he will be a visiting professor at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris, under the auspices of a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
  • Prof. Carmen Oquendo-Villar (Cinema Studies) is a SUNY Faculty Diversity Program grantee for the 2011–12 academic year, as well as a 2011–12 Fulbright Scholar and a Rockefeller Brothers Fund grant recipient.
  • Prof. Edward Pomerantz (Screenwriting) received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach master classes in playwriting and screenwriting at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, from mid-September through October 2011.
  • Visiting prof. Nelly van Bommel (Dance) was recently awarded a two-week residency that culminated in an “in-process” showing at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. Additionally, van Bommel’s NØA DANCE was the featured dance company at the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Fall Gala on September 20.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Shemeem Burney Abbas (Political Science) was an invited panelist at “Scholars In Exile,” an Endangered Scholar Worldwide event presented on April 8 by the New School’s Center for Public Scholarship in collaboration with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund. The event included a special address from U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The panel—moderated by Jonathan Fanton, former president of the MacArthur Foundation and emeritus chairman of the board, Human Rights Watch—was composed of IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Fellows who discussed their experiences of being forced into exile from their home countries. Earlier that day, Abbas was a guest at the IIE luncheon where Sen. Leahy was honored.
  • Prof. Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat (Political Science) co-hosted a conference on “War, Peace, and Human Rights after the Cold War” in Seoul, South Korea, June 16–17. In addition to delivering the opening remarks, she chaired a panel, “Human Rights from a Comparative Perspective,” and served as a discussant on another panel, “Human Rights after the End of the Cold War.” Arat also attended the annual conference of the American Political Science Association, held September 1–4 in Seattle. At the conference, she presented a paper, “The United States, Justice and Human Rights,” chaired the Roundtable in the Memory of Richard Pierre Claude and Peter Baehr, and served as a discussant on a panel for “Women’s Rights in Perspective: Legal, Political, and Cultural Evidence.”
  • Prof. Larry Clark (Dance) completed his training this summer in Pilates Advanced Mat and Advanced Equipment. He is teaching Pilates this fall in the Conservatory of Dance.
  • Prof. Meagan Curtis (Psychology) gave a conference presentation, “Musical Improvisation in Indian and Western Singers,” in August at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, held in Rochester, NY.
  • Profs. David Gluck (Studio Composition) and Robert Thompson (Arts Management), along with former NY Yankee Bernie Williams, presented two sold-out presentations at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, on August 12. The trio gave a multimedia presentation and talk on their new book, Rhythms of the Game, which was featured in an article in the New York Times Arts and Leisure section on June 24. The authors also joined Yogi Berra for a presentation at the Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State University on August 4.
  • Prof. Kazuko Hirabayashi (Dance) served as the artistic director for the Dance New York International programs, which were held in Paris (June), in Madrid (July), and in New York (August).
  • Prof. Ted Kivitt (Dance) taught at the American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive in Detroit at Wayne State University, where he set a section of the ballet Le Corsaire.
  • Susan Klein, a lecturer in dance, taught intensive workshops in Klein Technique in Stockholm, London, and Barcelona this summer.
  • Karen Kramer, a lecturer in political science, presented at a panel with other scholars on “Democratic Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa” at Fordham University on March 31. Kramer spoke on the dynamics of regime stability, the prospects for further upheavals in the region, the dynamics of democratic transitions, and the prospects for democracy in the region.
  • Keith Landa (director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center) presented “Adventures in Open Source: Lessons Learned at Purchase College” at the SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (20/20 Vision: Looking Forward and Remembering the Past) on May 26. Video of the presentation is available on the conference website. He also presented “Advantages of an Open LMS: Tying the World to Moodle” at the SUNY Delhi MoodleMoot 2011 on May 23, and to the online MoodleMoot Virtual Conference (MMVC11) on August 18; and facilitated “Freshman Foundations, Day 3: Implementing and Evaluating Your Globally Networked Course” at the SUNY COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities on September 18. Landa and Marie Sciangula (assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center) presented “Building Learner-Centered Courses in Moodle” in May at the SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT), held at SUNY Oneonta.
  • Prof. Elise V. Lemire (Literature) gave the Museum of African American History’s Annual Frank and Bette Spriggs Lecture at the Nantucket African Meeting House on August 25.
  • Prof. Marjorie Miller (Philosophy) delivered an address, “Feminist Pragmatism,” in April for the women’s studies program at Fordham University. At the annual meeting in March of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy in Spokane, Washington, Miller presented her paper, “A Critical Examination of David Sprintzen’s Critique of Western Philosophy and Social Theory.” Last November, she gave the plenary address, “The Way in Confucius and Dewey: Surveying, Building, Walking the Road,” at the Long Island Philosophical Society.
  • Librarian Rebecca Oling gave an invited workshop at Plymouth State University in August. Her talk, “The Inch That Counts: Liaison Work, Outreach, and the CMS,” focused on library partnership and development opportunities created by Purchase College’s move to the Moodle course management system. Oling and Marie Sciangula presented “Interactive Online Activities and Assessment to Enhance F2F Interaction—a Practical Guide” in May at the SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT), held at SUNY Oneonta.
  • Prof. Verónica Perera (Sociology) was invited by the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS) at the American University in Cairo to a workshop on “The Social Factory: The Political and Social Movements,” September 14–16. She presented a paper on the Colombian water movement, “Territorio: A Word for Self, Place, and Alternatives.”
  • Prof. Ted Piltzecker (Studio Composition) will appear at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis on November 12. Sponsored by Conn-Semer Industries and Mike Balter Mallets, he will perform and lecture about vibraphone performance techniques.
  • Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) and graduate student Aaron Krach traveled to the divided town of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo this summer for peace building through public art with a grant from CEC Arts Link, an organization dedicated to forming connections between artists in the U.S. and the Balkans. Robbins and Krach implemented a public art project, the Ghana ThinkTank Process, for reconciliation efforts between Serbs and Albanians.
    In October, Robbins will speak at a weeklong conference, “MobilityShifts,” at The New School. Ghana ThinkTank, his collaborative project (with John Ewing and Carmen Montoya), will be exhibited and presented during the conference at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, October 10–16. He will also be presenting at the conference “Design at Scale: Building a Rigorous Ecosystem,” DMI Design/Management Annual 36, in New York City, October 25–26.
  • Marie Sciangula (assistant director, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center) gave two invited Zotero hands-on workshops in May for librarians and faculty at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, and presented “Zotero as a Scholarly Research Tool” at the SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT), held at SUNY Oneonta.
  • Prof. Bettijane Sills (Dance) was invited to donate her memorabilia (pointe shoes, programs, photographs, etc.) from her years with the New York City Ballet to the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Joe Tripodi (director, Office of Sustainability) gave the opening presentation at the first system-wide conference for SUNY sustainability officers and system administrators, hosted by Empire State College in Saratoga Springs on September 19 and 20. The presentation focused on programs that raise awareness about sustainability among students. The session included participants’ sharing best practices for orientations, freshman seminars, and related activities. Cornelius B. Murphy Jr., president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, delivered the keynote address. Tripodi was a member of the planning committee for this event, which was sponsored by Honeywell and other corporations.
  • Prof. Gary Waller (Literature and Cultural Studies) presented “‘Full of Grace’ or ‘Favored One’: the Translations of the Annunciation Greeting in Early Seventeenth Century Polemic and Poetry” at the International Conference on the 400th Anniversary of the 1611 King James Bible at the University of York in July.
  • Megan Williams, a lecturer in dance, was a faculty member this summer at the Mark Morris Dance Center Summer Intensive and at the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Edmund Cionek, a lecturer in the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, had his new piano work, Three Seascapes, premiere this summer at the Bar Harbor Music Festival by pianist Christopher Johnson. The premiere of his new work for chamber orchestra, Three Apparitions, by North-South Consonance will take place in New York City at the end of October.
  • Visiting prof. Rachel Dickstein (Theatre and Performance) directed Septimus and Clarissa, presented by Ripe Time at the Baruch Performing Arts Center’s Nagelberg Theatre in New York City. This production is an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, written by Ellen McLauglin. It was featured with an illustration on the “Openings and Previews” page of the September 12 issue of the New Yorker “Goings on About Town—The Theatre” section and received positive reviews in several publications, including the New York Times.
  • Visiting prof. Leigh Dillon (Acting) was Julianne Moore’s dialect coach for the HBO movie Game Change, currently in postproduction. She continues as Archie Panjabi’s coach in “The Good Wife” (CBS-TV), for which Panjabi won a 2010 Emmy Award and received a 2011 nomination. Dillon has recently coached episodes of “A Gifted Man” (CBS-TV) and “Pan Am” (ABC-TV) and coached the American and Chinese dialects for the film The Brass Teapot.
  • Prof. Stella Ebner (Printmaking) participated in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum of Arts this past spring and exhibited this summer in the show there. AIM is a 13-week professional development program for a selected group of emerging artists in the greater New York metropolitan area. The program culminates with an annual group exhibition and accompanying publication.
  • Prof. Joseph Ferry (Studio Production) has been touring as bassist with reggae artist Uzimon all year, performing in Bermuda, Montreal, and throughout the northeast U.S. The 2011 tour ends October 27 at Purchase College. Ferry also co-produced Uzimon’s new CD, which was just released.
  • Prof. Kate Gilmore (Sculpture) has the following exhibition schedule:
    • The Influentials, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, August 27–September 21. This exhibition featured distinguished alumni along with those who played major roles in their artistic development. Gilmore is an alumna of SVA who credits artist Marilyn Minter as an influence.
    • Time-Based Art Festival, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon, curated by Kristan Kennedy, September 8–18
    • American Chambers, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Korea, September 8–November 27
    • Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art, Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Mass., curated by Dina Deitsch, September 17–December 11
    • Persona: A Body in Parts, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, North Carolina, curated by Xandra Eden, September 17–December 11
    • The 4th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia, curated by Peter Weibel, September 22–October 30
    • Incheon Women Artist Biennial, Korea, October 1–October 31

  • Profs. David Grill and Dan Hanessian and lecturer Lori Wekselblatt (Theatre Design/Technology) served as lighting designer, technical liaison for scenic design, and stage manager, respectively, on the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative at the New York Sheraton in New York City. Hanessian also performed technical design work for Glen Beck TV (GBTV), a new two-hour, high-definition webcast, as well as for WABC Channel 7 News’s new broadcast studio.
  • Karen Guancione, a lecturer in printmaking, has a mixed-media installation on view at “In the Bag: The Art and Politics of the Reusable Bag,” Boston Children’s Museum, September 21–November 27. The installation, Bolsas de Mandado, is an ongoing project made from sewn recycled plastic bags from around the world.
  • Ryan Homsey, a lecturer in studio composition, has a new work for string quartet, “Rounding the Apse,” that has been selected by the Contemporary Composer’s Collective, Circles and Lines, for inclusion in a performance by PUBLIQuartet at 7:00 p.m. on October 23 at the Vaudeville Park Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Prof. A. Dean Irby (Acting) is directing The Settlement by Philana Omorotionmwan, which is included in a festival of short plays by women of color in New York. The show is at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, September 14–October 2.
  • Prof. Sharon Horvath (Painting/Drawing) has an upcoming solo exhibition, “Lovelife,” at the Lori Bookstein Fine Art Gallery in New York City, October 20¬–November 23.
  • Prof. Alan Michelson (Painting/Drawing) has work displayed in the exhibition “The Value of Water” at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City, September 2011–March 2012.
  • Sylvan Oswald, a lecturer in playwriting, wrote the new play Nightlands, directed by Tamilla Woodard, which opens October 10 at HERE in New York City.
  • The Purchase Opera and Purchase Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Hugh Murphy, is celebrating the release of Confession by Albany Records. The multiple award-winning opera was composed by Raphaël Lucas, a current graduate student in the Conservatory of Music, to a libretto written by Prof. Jacque Trussel and staff member Margaret Vignola. Offered as a full production at Purchase College in 2009 in association with the theatre design/technology program, Confession will be presented in January 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee, as a part of the award it received from the National Opera Association.
  • Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) has a collaborative project (with John Ewing and Carmen Montoya), The Ghana ThinkTank, which will be part of the Congress of Collectives, a three-week series of events (Oct. 1–23) examining numerous forms of collaboration, participation, and self-organization. This series is being held at multiple venues, including Creative Time’s “Living As Form” project space at the Essex Street Market and Silvershed in New York City, Union Docs and Nurture Art in Brooklyn, and the Bronx River Art Center.
    Robbins’ work is also included in the Lower New York City Cultural Council’s “InSite Art + Commemoration,” a commemoration of the tragedy of 9/11 (August 11–October 11). That work was featured on WNYC.org as part of the Leonard Lopate show. Robbins will participate as a member of Ghana ThinkTank in the 2011 Shenzhen and Hong Kong bi-city biennale in December and in the exhibition “The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989” at ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, September 17, 2011–February 5, 2012.
  • J. Allen Suddeth, a lecturer in acting, is the fight director of the new musical Newsies, adapted for the stage from the popular Disney film. Newsies features a book by Harvey Fierstein, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and music by composer Alan Menken, and runs at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.
  • Michael Taub, a lecturer in the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, is the translator, from Hebrew, of Ilan Hatzor’s Masked. The play was presented by GableStage at the Biltmore during July and August in Coral Gables, Florida. The staging and translation received rave reviews.
  • Prof. Joel Thome (Composition/Studio Composition) is the subject of a new documentary film, Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome, directed by Chris Pepino with a soundtrack by the Scorchio Quartet. The film, which premiered on September 16 at the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University, was nominated as Most Inspirational Documentary and won the Audience Award at the 2011 DocMiami International Film Festival.
  • Prof. Robert Thompson (Arts Management) was appointed artistic director of the newly formed Orquesta Cubano, which made its debut June 8–11 with the National Ballet of Cuba at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Profs. Cal Wiersma (concertmaster), Graham Ashton (principal trumpet), and Gerry Hecht (celeste) performed in the inaugural performances, for which the New York Times called the orchestra “a high point in the evening.” In July, Thompson was appointed by Premiere Media Inc. as the artistic director and co-producer of “The Doors Experience,” a multimedia concert experience uniting the imagery and music of The Doors. He traveled to Los Angeles in August to meet and work on the project with the legendary Doors co-founders, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger.
  • Christopher Ulivo, a lecturer in painting and drawing, has work in an exhibition at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, September 1, 2011–January 15, 2012.
  • Sarah Walker, a lecturer in the School of Art+Design, is exhibiting in a three-person show at the McKenzie Fine Art Gallery in New York City, September 8–October 8.
  • Prof. JoAnn Walters (Photography) was included in the exhibition “The Influentials” at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, August 27–September 21. This exhibition featured distinguished SVA alumni, along with those who played major roles in their artistic development. Walters was selected as an influence by photographer Amy Stein.
  • Megan Williams, a lecturer in dance, will be assisting Mark Morris with a new dance creation, to be set on the San Francisco Ballet this fall and winter. She was also recently featured in a “Dances for an iPhone” video, performing “Glider” by Richard Daniels. A 30-second clip is available on YouTube.

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Publications and Media Appearances

  • Prof. Ahmed Afzal (Anthropology) published an article, “From Informal to a Transnational Muslim Heritage Economy: Transformations in the Pakistani ethnic economy in Houston, Texas” in the journal Urban Anthropology, Special Issue: Informal Economies, Volume 39: 4, Winter 2010, pages 397–424.
  • Lawrence Berglas, a lecturer in arts management, had an article, “Anatomy of a Blues Jam,” published in the September 2011 issue of Premier Guitar Magazine.
  • Prof. Geoffrey Field (History) is the issue editor of “Labor and the Military,” International Labor and Working-Class History Journal, No. 80 (Cambridge University Press, Fall 2011), and author of an essay in that issue, “‘Civilians in Uniform’: Class and Politics in the British Armed Forces 1939–45.” His book Blood, Sweat, and Toil: Remaking the British Working Class 1939–1945 will be published by Oxford University Press in January 2012. Field is on leave this academic year and engaged in a new project, “Hearts and Minds: the British Armed Forces and the Counter-Insurgency Campaigns of the 1950s.”
  • Beth S. Gersh-Nešić, a lecturer in the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, participated in two panels during the 2010–11 academic year: “Translating Creative Non-Fiction: A Case Study of André Salmon,” American Literary Translators Association Conference (October 20–24) and “The Feminist Breast,” College Art Association (February 12) at Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, in celebration of the exhibition “Clarity Haynes: Radical Acceptance” (February 12–March 5). Gersh-Nešić wrote the catalog essay for the Clarity Haynes exhibition as well. Her paper for the André Salmon Colloquium (Université du Sud, Toulon-Var, April 2–4, 2009) was published as “André Salmon, Pablo Picasso and the History of Cubism” in André Salmon poète de l’art vivant (Université du Sud, Toulon-Var, France, 2010). She also published “The Getty Mess Sparks a Summer Sizzler: Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2011),” in Venice [Magazine], July/August 2011, which is available on the Chasing Aphrodite Facebook page. Her translation of the chapter “From Plaisance to Opéra” in André Salmon’s memoir L’Air de la Butte (1945) was published in ATA Source, the online publication of the literary division of the American Translators Association (vol. 51, Spring 2011). She continues to contribute to About.com: Art History (The New York Times Company), for which she wrote a tribute to Roy R. Neuberger in January 2011 and a review of the Neuberger Museum’s exhibition “The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973–91.”
  • Prof. George P. Kraemer (Biology and Environmental Studies), working with colleagues from the University of Connecticut (C.L. Haska, C. Yarish, N. Blaschik, R. Whitlatch, H.Zhang, and S. Lin) and two student research assistants in the environmental studies program, has written and received publication notice for “Bait Worm Packaging as a Potential Vector of Invasive Species,” to be published in the journal Biological Invasions.
  • Karen Kramer, a lecturer in political science, was interviewed on August 22 by the television network RNN on the fall of the Qaddafi regime in Libya. Kramer participated in two broadcast segments: an extensive solo interview, followed by a second interview with two other panelists. She was also extensively quoted on September 2 in The Economist blog on the issue of Islamist participation in the Arab Spring.
  • Prof. Susan G. Letcher (Environmental Studies) has an article, “Phylogenetic community structure during succession: evidence from three Neotropical forest sites,” forthcoming in the journal Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. The study and subsequent article are the products of an ongoing collaboration with a group of researchers in seven countries, studying how tropical forests regenerate after major disturbances in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico. (Authors: Letcher, S.G., Chazdon, R.L., Andrade, A.C.S., Bongers, F., van Breugel, M., Finegan, B., Laurance, S.G., Mesquita, R.C.G., Martínez-Ramos, M., and Williamson, G.B.)
  • Prof. Martin Lewinter (Mathematics) is the co-author of an article, “Spanning K-Branched Starlike Trees,” with his student Brian Phillips in the journal Graph Theory Notes of NY, Vol. LX, p. 29–31. Lewinter is also the co-author of “Minimum Factorizations” with A. Delgado and W. Widulski in the Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications.
  • Prof. Michael Lobel (Art History) has an article, “John Sloan: Figuring the Painter in the Crowd,” in the current issue of the Art Bulletin (September 2011).
  • Prof. Maryann McEnroe (Biology) is the co-author of a paper, “Ontogeny of salinity tolerance and evidence for seawater-entry preparation in juvenile green sturgeon, Acipenser medirostris,” with several scientists from the University of California at Davis and with a former Purchase student (Tetyana Forostyan), who worked on the project as part of her senior thesis research. The paper was published in Journal of Comparative Physiology B. (Authors: Peter Allen, Maryann McEnroe, Tetyana Forostyan, Stephanie Cole, Mary A. Niccoll, and Joseph J. Cech Jr.)
  • Prof. Jeanine Meyer (Mathematics/Computer Science, New Media) has a new book, HTML5 and JavaScript Projects, scheduled for publication this month by Apress Publishers.
  • Prof. Marjorie Miller (Philosophy) had a paper, “Opening the Way for Students Who are Driven with Eagerness,” published in Chinese with the French reference title “Ouvrir une voie pour les étudiants ethousiasmes,” traduit par Hu Junfang, in Dialogue Transculturel (Peking University Press, SDX Joint Publishing Company, 2011).
  • Librarian Rebecca Oling contributed to “Katrina in Literature Bibliography,” a bibliography created for the 2011 ALA Annual Conference, Literatures in English Section, on literature influenced by Katrina. Oling and Prof. Kathleen McCormick (Literature and Pedagogy) worked with Nancy Kane (director of production services) to produce Purchase’s contribution to a promotional video, “Literature Librarians and Faculty: Partnering for Academic Success,” for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Literatures in English Section.
  • Prof. Verónica Perera (Sociology) contributed the chapter “From Cochabamba to Colombia: Travelling Repertoires in Latin American Water Struggles” in The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles (Farhana Sultana and Alex Loftus, editors; Earthscan Water Text Series, Taylor and Francis, November 2011).
  • Peter J. Saleh, a lecturer in dance, has a pedagogy book, A Percussionist’s Handbook, now available through Bachovich Music Publications.
  • Prof. Peter Schwab (Political Science) published his view of Cuba’s political and economic future (“Cuba Libre?” August 24, 2011) in the online magazine zocalopublicsquare.org. It is part of a larger online discussion of Cuban politics and society hosted by Zocalo, which is based in California.
  • Marie Sciangula (assistant director, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center) is the author of the “Citation and Research Management Tools” LibGuide (June 2011) for the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). This publication is part of the METRO LibGuides Series. She was also cited in Jason Puckett’s new book, Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators (Association of College and Research Libraries, June 2011).
  • Prof. Nina Pelikan Straus (Literature) conducted an interview with Joseph Frank, author of the four-volume Dostoevsky biography, which will be published in Common Knowledge, 2012. Straus has also been commissioned by Cambridge Scholars Publishing to publish papers from the forthcoming American Comparative Literature Association Conference (April 2012), “David Foster Wallace and Our Nihilist Phase.”
  • Prof. Gary Waller (Literature and Cultural Studies) received a full-page review in the July 8 issue of Times Literary Supplement (TLS) for his book The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Popular Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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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 Bianchi from information supplied by the deans, chairs, and directors. Professional staff members are requested to contact Patty Bice (patricia.bice@purchase.edu), president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to carrie.bianchi@purchase.edu.