Faculty and Staff Footnotes

September 2013

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Stephen Cooke, associate professor of chemistry, received a $65,000 award from the Petroleum Research Fund, administered by the American Chemical Society, for “The Characterization and Conformational Preferences of Long Alkyl Chains Using Advanced Broadband Microwave Spectroscopy.” The award will fund the purchase of equipment for our biochemistry and chemistry seniors and provide summer stipends for Purchase College undergraduates to perform research over the next three years.
  • Kate Gilmore, associate professor of art and design (sculpture), is the recipient of a 2013–14 Rauschenberg Residency Award. She will be in residence at the Rauschenberg Foundation on Captiva Island, Florida, next summer. As noted on the foundation’s site, this international residency program was “inspired by Rauschenberg’s early years at Black Mountain College where an artistic community brought out elements central to his legacy, collaboration and exploration, learning from and working with others to break new ground.” Residency participants and selectors are by invitation only.
  • Kelly Jackson, director of continuing education, will be presented with the Association for Higher Education’s 2013 Rising Star Award at the ACHE Annual Conference this November in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance, won the 2013 Japan Prize for Best Work in the Youth Category (the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prize) for her documentary Deaf Jam. This film also received the Best Documentary Feature Award from the First Irish Deaf Film Festival, the Greenpoint Film Festival, and the Greater Reading Film Festival in 2012. This past April, Lieff received the National Award for Emerging Filmmakers from the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.
  • James Mulligan, lecturer in art and design (graphic design) and owner of Central Graphics Group in Ossining, N.Y., received a 2013 Hermes Creative Gold Award for design of the Emergency FYI mobile app for Entergy Nuclear Operations.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, received a grant from the Puffin Foundation of New Jersey to perform her solo classic pantomime for underserved audiences.
  • Pablo Rieppi, lecturer in music, was recently tenured as percussionist in the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center and appointed to the artistic faculty of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College.
  • Francine Rubin, associate director of the Learning Center, was recently selected to participate in a Light Ekphrastic project. Paired with photographer Marlayna Demond, each will generate new work inspired by the other’s art, which will be published in the November issue of The Light Ekphrastic. Additionally, Rubin’s poem Sacagawea was the second runner-up in Calyx Press’ “A New Creation Story” contest. Her poetry also currently appears in Coin Opera 2 (Sidekick Books), an anthology of poems about video games, and is forthcoming in Border Crossing and Hawai’i Review.
  • Paul Siegel, associate professor of psychology, was awarded a $465,000 research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health in collaboration with Bradley Peterson, MD, of the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) at Columbia University. This grant will support a combined brain imaging-treatment project of phobic individuals based on a subliminal exposure technique that Siegel developed in his lab at Purchase. Siegel was also awarded a $60,000 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation to fund the same project. A NARSAD grant “is one of the highest distinctions in the field of mental health research” and “provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research.” In addition to supporting his own research, Siegel’s grants will give Purchase psychology majors the opportunity to conduct senior projects in NYSPI’s state-of-the-art Brain Imaging Lab.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, and Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, presented their paper “Off the Cuff: How Fashion Bloggers Find and Use Information” at the ARLIS/NY Papers from the 2013 ARLIS/NA Conference event at the Museum of Modern Art on August 26 in New York City.
  • Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, and Rebecca Oling, library instruction coordinator, presented “Putting Assessment in its Place: Creating and Implementing Campus-Wide Information Literacy Rubric” at the 2013 SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) on May 23 at SUNY-IT in Utica/Rome, N.Y.
  • Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, along with Arieh Ress (New York University) and Angela Ecklund (Modern Language Association) presented a poster session, “Research for the 99%: Bringing Academic Research to Occupy Wall Street,” on June 29 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill.
  • Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, presented two papers at conferences over the summer: “Ecologies and Artworlds: The Bee as Artist and Object” at the Cultural Studies Association conference at Columbia College, Chicago on May 25, and “Toward an Ontology of the Bee: Ethnography and Urban Beekeeping” at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in New York City on August 11.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, presented “Shared Services using Open Applications: An Intercampus ePortfolio Pilot” with Grady Miller, manager of instructional technology at SUNY Delhi, at the 2013 SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) in May at SUNY-IT in Utica/Rome, N.Y. Landa also presented “LMS or ePortfolio? The Answer is Both” and participated in several panel presentations at the conference: “ePortfolios—the Time is Now”; “Report from the SUNY Task Group on ePortfolios”; “The COIL Nodal Network—an Evolving Model of Systemness”; and “Building a SUNY Teaching and Learning Certificate.”
  • Susan G. Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, presented an invited paper, “Seed dispersal syndromes of liana communities in tropical secondary forest,” as part of the symposium “Endure or Perish! Functrional Ecology in Changing Tropical Landscapes,” organized by Julieta Benitez-Malvido, at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation in San José, Costa Rica, June 24–27. She was also a contributing author for two other talks presented at the conference: “Tropical forest restoration: Trajectories of early species growth and natural recruitment across a gradient of planted species diversity” (authors Alex C. Gilman, R. Malia Fincher, Susan G. Letcher, Tara Massad, and José Daniel Zamora Mejías); and “Which functional traits best predict climate impacts on tropical tree growth and survival?” (authors María Uriarte, Susan G. Letcher, Vanessa Boukili, Robin L. Chazdon, Jesse R. Lasky, and Deborah A. Clark), an invited paper in the symposium “Understanding Warming Effects on Tropical Forests: Insight Gained from Current Research and a Way Forward” organized by Molly Cavaleri, Tana Wood and Sasha Reed.
    Letcher was also a co-organizer for a preconference workshop on June 24, with Robert K. Colwell: “Statistical Estimation of Species Richness and Biotic Similarity Using EstimateS,” which focused on hands-on training with robust statistical estimation of biodiversity from abundance or incidence data using the software EstimateS 9.0. On July 3, Letcher presented a workshop on neotropical plant identification to students in Fundamentals of Tropical Biology, an Organization for Tropical Studies graduate course at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. On June 19, she gave two hands-on lecture-workshops for groups of undergraduates conducting NSF-funded research at the field station: a scientific writing workshop for participants in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, and a field-based interactive lecture about plant strategies for the Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience course.
  • Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance, is one of 20 filmmakers selected to participate in the 2013–2014 American Film Showcase, a major touring film program bringing American documentaries, feature films, and animated shorts to audiences worldwide. AFS is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. This month, Lieff was invited to lecture and present her award-winning film, Deaf Jam, at Festival CineSordo, the first deaf film festival in Latin America. The purpose of the festival is to address the lack of accessibility to broadcast media throughout most of Latin America and to motivate the deaf community to create their own media creations.
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, moderated and organized a panel session, “Demystifying the Working Life of a New Academic Librarian,” sponsored by ACRL/NY New Librarians Discussion Group and METRO, on June 6.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, continues to bring cultural programs to underserved urban groups, performing presentations for schools in the Bridgeport, Conn. area. Pichlíková also attended a workshop this past August in Reggio Emilia, Italy, led by commedia dell’arte master Antonio Fava.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, presented a paper, “Counterfeit Capitalism, the Neapolitan Camorra, and Trash Aesthetics,” at the conference “High Trash: A Conference on the Genealogy and Cultural Assimilation of Trash Aesthetics” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Siegen, Germany, in June. Also in June, he delivered a lecture at the literary festival Salerno Letteratura, drawing from his book The Art of Making Do in Naples. In July, he participated in a panel dedicated to his book, hosted by the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples, and presented the book to a multidisciplinary seminar on organized crime at the University of Naples and to students and instructors at the Sant’Anna Institute of Sorrento. On Sept. 9, he served as a panelist in the discussion “Low is the New High or Trash! goes the Establishment” at the Salon Suisse at the Venice Biennale.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), is hosting “Engage!,” a full-day workshop on the arts and direct action at Purchase College on October 5, in collaboration with Urban Bush Women.
  • Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, presented “Become a Zotero Advocate: Learn How to Use It So You Can Teach It!” on May 24 at the 2013 SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) at SUNY-IT in Utica/Rome, N.Y.

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  • Shemeem Abbas, associate professor of political science, had her new book, Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws: From Islamic Empires to the Taliban, released on July 1 by the University of Texas Press. The publisher will exhibit the book at the 47th annual meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association in New Orleans (October 10–13).
  • Suzanne Clerkin, visiting assistant professor of psychology, had an article published in the Sept. 1 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry: “Thalamo-Cortical Activation and Connectivity During Response Preparation in Adults With Persistent and Remitted ADHD.”
  • Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, and Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, contributed to the chapter “Takin’ It To The Streets: myMETRO Researchers Bring Library Science Skills and Expertise to NYC Communities” in The Global Librarian, a book produced by the Metropolitan New York Library Council and the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries. It features 25 librarians from around the world who have “have designed and implemented creative ways to serve the information needs of their patrons.”
  • Lee Ehrman, Distinguished Professor of Biology, had the article “Frequency-Dependent Selection as Expressed in the Rare Male Mating Advantages” published in Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics, S. Maloy and K. Hughes, eds., vol. 3, pp.113–118 (Elsevier: New York).
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), has completed his second novel, Connected: Songs My Father Sang, which will be released in November 2013.
  • Matthew Immergut, assistant professor of sociology, had an article, “Death at Diamond Mountain: Research Dilemmas when a New Religious Movement Becomes a Cult,” published in the journal Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, vol. 17, no. 1, August 2013 (University of California Press).
  • Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, had an article, “The Artification of Tattoo: Transformations within a Cultural Field,” published in the peer-reviewed journal Cultural Sociology on July 18.
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), had a feature article, “Painting under Obama,” published in the fourth issue of Paper Monument, a contemporary art journal.
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, is the co-author (with Tiffany Eatman Allen), of the new book Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career, published this month by Information Today. Markgren also had two articles published by METRO: “Writing for the Profession: Paving a Path to Publication” (June 2013) and “Writing for the Profession: Collaboration and Mentoring” (July 2013).
  • Jeanine Meyer, professor of mathematics/computer science and new media, is a featured reviewer for Computing Reviews, which recently published her reviews of two papers: “Visual appeal of websites: the durability of initial impression” and “The design and pilot evaluation of an interactive learning environment for introductory programming influenced by cognitive load theory and constructivism.” Meyer also had an article, “How to Transform Pictures by Strokes of Mouse or Finger,” published in html5hub.com, an online community of Web developers.
  • Lisa Jean Moore, professor of sociology and gender studies, and Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, will have their new book, Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee, released on September 27 by NYU Press. Moore and Shaka McGlotten, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, are co-authors of the article “The Geriatric Clinic: Dry and Limp: Aging Queers, Zombies, and Sexual Reanimation,” published in the Journal of Medical Humanities (vol. 4, issue 2, 261-268, June 2013). Moore was also guest editor, with Damien Riggs, of a special issue of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches: Mixed Methods in Genders and Sexualities Research (vol. 7, issue 2, August 2013).
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, translated Anna Hodková’s new play, Gertrude, from Czech to English.
  • Lorraine Plourde, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, recently had a book chapter, “Distraction, Noise, and Ambient Sounds in Tokyo,” published by Routledge Press in the edited volume Sound, Space, and Sociality in Modern Japan (August 2013).

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Robin Aleman, director of budget and administration for academic affairs, performed on April 3 and May 22 at the Sidewalk Cafe in New York City, as a part of its Sidewalk Swings spring jazz series.
  • Silas Brown, visiting assistant professor of music (studio production), is currently in London doing a recording with the London Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is performing with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, with Leonard Slatkin conducting. Brown, a highly sought-after recording engineer for classical music, won a 2011 Grammy for a live recording of the Verdi Requiem.
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), has completed and released two album projects: Connected, a 12-inch vinyl LP, and The Ultimate Big Ska Band Collection. Ferry spent the summer on tour as bassist with the Joey Ray Band (featuring studio production alumnus Joey Ray), performing in New York City at the Bitter End and Sullivan Hall, and in venues throughout the Northeast.
  • Kate Gilmore, associate professor of art and design (sculpture), had a solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art in Portland this past summer. Gilmore’s work is included in the following group exhibitions: The Body is Present: Women at Work, Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Ramapo College, N.J., Sept 18–Nov. 20; Pataphysics, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, N.Y., Sept. 13–Oct. 19; Remainder, curated by Lauren Ross, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Okla., July 30–Sept. 29; and if color, then also dimension; if flatness, then texture, etc., The Gallery at Building 110, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center at Governors Island, New York, N.Y., June 15–Sept. 29.
  • Sharon Horvath, associate professor of art and design (painting/drawing), had work in the three-person exhibition, Hot Mamas, at Associated Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 20–August 18.
  • Chris Kaczmarek, assistant professor and assistant director for academic administration, School of Art+Design, has a solo exhibition, trans/mission, at Westchester Community College’s Center for the Digital Arts in Peekskill, N.Y., Sept. 3–Oct. 12. He also took part in the exhibition Placemaking: Re-Envisioning White Plains at ArtsWestchester, May 21–July 13.
  • Julian Kreimer, assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), is exhibiting his recent paintings online at Artist House Party, Sept. 19-Nov. 12.
  • Steve Lambert, assistant professor of new media, has his interactive piece, Capitalism Works for Me! True/False, in Times Square on Sept. 20 and Oct. 6–9 as part of the Crossing the Line art festival, cosponsored by the French Institute Alliance Française and Times Square Arts. It is generating considerable buzz in such publications as the New York Times, Wired, and New York Magazine.
  • John Lehr, assistant professor of art and design (photography), had a review of his solo show Low Relief (Kate Werble Gallery, New York City) in the May edition of Art Forum.
  • Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance, had her film Deaf Jam open the Toronto International Deaf Arts and Film Festival on May 9.
  • Beth Livensperger, visiting assistant professor of art and design (painting/drawing), is exhibiting a new series of site-specific paintings in a solo show, Inhabitant, at Tomato House in Brooklyn, N.Y., from Sept. 13 through Oct. 13. The work was executed on location at Tomato House over a period of several months.
  • Richie Morales, visiting assistant professor of music (jazz studies), spent a busy summer performing. Highlights included two concert performances leading his own quartet at the New Rochelle Jazz Festival on July 14 and the opening performance of Nyack Jazz week on July 21. Members of his group included such renowned musicians as saxophonist Steve Slagel, bassists Harvie S and Mark Egan, guitarist Jay Azzolina, and pianist Bill O’Connell. Other performances included several dates at the 55 Bar in New York City and a concert at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 19 with Grammy-nominated guitarist Mike Stern.
  • Nontsikelelo Mutiti, visiting assistant professor of new media, co-produced an installation exhibition, Kumusha (the Shona word for “home”) at the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit, on view Sept. 14 through Oct. 19. It was produced in collaboration with Chido Johnson (Detroit) and Kumbulani Zamuchiya (Zimbabwe). The center received a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, funding innovative projects that engage and enrich Detroit.
  • Edward Pomerantz, associate professor of screenwriting, had his short film La Comida screened on Aug. 28 in the NewFilmmakers NY series at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. This was the film’s New York premiere.
  • Gina Ruggeri, lecturer in art and design, had work in the exhibition Cast Party at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, N.Y. (June 20–July 26) and Koi No Yokan at Exhibit 101 in West Hollywood, Calif. (June 22–Aug. 3).
  • Rob Swainston, visiting assistant professor of art and design (printmaking), has a solo show, Rob Swainston: Woodcut Map of Utopia from the September 2013 Edition, on view at Marginal Utility in Philadelphia from Sept. 6 through Oct. 20.
  • Carol Walker, professor emeritus of dance, performed in Buglisi Dance Theatre’s Table of Silence Project 9/11 on the plaza at Lincoln Center. The project was a free “public tribute and prayer for peace” conceived by choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and Italian artist Rossella Vasta.
  • Du Yun, lecturer in music (composition), is currently exhibiting Pivot, a new collaboration with visual artist Shahzia Sikander, at the 13th Istanbul Biennial (Sept. 14–Oct. 25). This work, a three-channel HD animation with 5.1 surround sound, involves generations of Turkish poets, including a narration by the influential Lale Müldür. It builds on the thread of the work Parallax, shown and performed live at the Sharjah Biennial 2013 (United Arab Emirates) this past March. Yun’s work Dreaming of the Phoenix was performed at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery in August and reviewed in the Washington Post.
  • Murray Zimiles, professor of art and design (printmaking), had a solo exhibition, Movement and Light, of paintings and pastels at the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, Mass., this past summer (Aug. 16–Sept. 8), which was reviewed by Andre van der Wende in Artscope. A concurrent solo exhibition, Murray Zimiles: Recent Paintings, was held at the Berta Walker Gallery in Boston. Zimiles currently has work on display in the upper lobby gallery of the Performing Arts Center: A Mini Retrospective of Prints From the Past Forty-Five Years. A retirement reception will be held for Professor Zimiles on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4–5:30 p.m., in the upper lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

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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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