Images of various Purchase College faculty

Faculty and Staff Footnotes

September–October 2015

School of the Arts
Conservatory of Dance
Conservatory of Music
Conservatory of Theatre Arts
School of Art+Design
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Film and Media Studies
School of Humanities
School of Natural and Social Sciences
School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education
Purchase College Library
Student Affairs & Student Success

School of the Arts

Laura Kaminsky, professor at large, received Poland’s 2015 Gold Cross of Merit, a decoration awarded by the president of Poland in recognition of exemplary public service or humanitarian work that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Kaminsky was also awarded a commission from the Houston Grand Opera for a new work, her second collaboration with co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, for the 2017 season. Another commission with Campbell and Reed is from Opera Parallèle (San Francisco) for 2018–2019. Her first opera, As One, a one-act chamber opera for two voices, was presented by Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University on April 7 and at West Edge Opera in Oakland, Calif. on July 26, July 31, and August 8. It is slated to open in Washington, D.C., in early October in a new production by Urban Arias at the Alamo Theatre. A new chamber work commissioned by Cygnus Ensemble, Dreaming Absinthe, will receive its premiere this December at the Morgan Library and Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition Hemingway Between the Wars.

Kirsten Nelson, exhibitions manager, has a new site-specific sculpture included in EAF15: 2015 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2015–March 13, 2016). Her work can also be seen in two group exhibitions: Behind Doors and Through Windows: Reflections on Contemporary Domestic Life at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, N.Y. (Aug. 22–Oct. 18) and Spatial Planes & Timeless Dimensions at Falcon Power Chelsea, New York, N.Y. (Oct. 3–31).

Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management and entrepreneurship, presented the paper “Graffiti is Censorship” at the Cultures in Disarray: Destruction/Reconstruction conference at King’s College in London (June 11–12).

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Conservatory of Dance

Sue Bernhard, lecturer (modern), is presenting her work for the American Dance Guild Festival 2015 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Joan Weill Center for Dance (Dec. 3–6). The festival will present work by 34 choreographers from across the U.S. In June, Bernhard premiered Precipice, featuring Purchase dance alumna Courtney Lopes, at Eden’s Expressway in New York City.

Darrah Carr, visiting assistant professor, presented a lecture demonstration on the connection between Irish step dance and tap at the National Dance Education Organization conference in Phoenix, Ariz., in October. During the summer, her company, Darrah Carr Dance, performed as part of Victory Dance at the New Victory Theater in New York City.

Victor Catano, dance production technical director, will have his urban fantasy novel released by Red Adept Publishing in the spring of 2016.

Jean Freebury, lecturer (modern), assisted Silas Reiner in reconstructing Merce Cunningham’s Changeling (1957) for October performances at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Lauren Kreha McIntyre, athletic trainer, presented her research, “Establishing Normative Concussion Baseline Values for University and Professional Dancers,” during the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Penn. (Oct. 9–11).

Judy Lieff, lecturer (video dance documentation), proposed and participated in the “Teaching Diversity and Inclusivity in Media” panel at the University of Film and Video Association’s conference held at the American University in Washington, D.C. (Aug. 4–8). Her 2011 documentary film, Deaf Jam, was selected for the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation’s independent film tour, “On Screen/In Person.” The film will be closing the series in April 2016. Lieff also completed a short film, commissioned by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, that highlights three students in their music therapy program. The film screened in May at the Brooklyn Museum.

Thomas Baird, lecturer (Alexander Technique), spent six weeks teaching the Alexander Technique to singers enrolled in Si! Parla, Si! Canta, an Italian language course taught through Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy. While in Urbania, Baird also taught historical dances to students enrolled in Dance Masters 2015. He reconstructed Grazioso, a dance from the Italian Renaissance that was choreographed by a local dancing master in the 15th century.

Rosanna Seravalli, professor (ballet, pointe/variation), taught at the American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive program and restaged Frederick Ashton’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream choreography of The Fairies for the students. Seravalli was invited to give master classes at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Penn., and she taught all levels of ballet at Ballet Academy East in New York City.

Stephanie Tooman, associate professor (modern), taught with the Ailey Summer Program in Bari, Italy, including choreographing two class demonstrations. She also taught at Los Talleres in Mexico City and was invited to attend a college fair at Regional Dance America/Northeast in Philadelphia.

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Conservatory of Music

Charles Blenzig, visiting assistant professor (part-time, jazz studies), will be performing with Gato Barbieri at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City on Sept 28 and with Michael Franks at the Aliante Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 17. Blenzig is the musical director for both artists.

Deborah Buck, assistant professor (violin), performed with the Lark String Quartet at a free concert at the Shelter Island Presyterian Church on Sept. 6. The quartet includes Buck and Basia Danilow on violin, Kathryn Lockwood on ciola, and Caroline Stinson on cello. The Friends of Music of Stamford, N.Y., presented the Lark Quartet on Sept. 20. This performance was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program.

Joe Ferry, professor (studio production), has signed an exclusive recording contract with Shanachie Entertainment, one of the most successful and long-lived independent labels in the U.S. His new album will feature Lester Sterling and Nathan Breedlove of The Skatalites; lead vocals by Corey Glover of Living Colour and Joey Ray; Alan Jax Bowers, drummer/percussionist with Jimmy Buffet; and Purchase students and faculty. Upcoming tour dates include performances at World Café Live in Philadelphia and Wilmington and SOB’s in New York City.

Doug Weiss, lecturer (jazz studies), performed at the Smoke Jazz and Supper Club in New York City with Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Billy Drummond, and Kevin Hays, visiting affiliate artist in jazz studies; at Mezzrow in a duo with Peter Bernstein; at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City with Pete Malinverni, assistant professor of practice, and Steve Williams; and at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences of Northern Switzerland in Basel, performing in concert and making a recording with vibraphonist Jorge Rossy, drummer and Miles Davis alumnus Al Foster, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and saxophonist Mark Turner.

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Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, had a book of three plays, New World Plays, published by NoPassport Press at the end of May; a book launch will be held on Oct. 1 at New Dramatists in New York City. She was a performer in The Crowd, a film by Philippe Parreno (Darious Khonje, cinematographer) made for Parreno’s exhibition H{N)Y P N(Y}OSIS at the Park Avenue Armory in June; and in Everything by my side, written and directed by Fernando Rubio, at Bard Summerscape in July. She will have a work-in-progress performance of I.C. (I See) at Dixon Place in New York City on Oct. 14.

David Grill, associate professor of theatre design/technology, was the lighting director for the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show starring Katy Perry, which received the 2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Design/Direction for a Variety Special. He also received a Daytime Emmy nomination and the Telly Award for Lighting Design/Direction of the 2014 Central American Games Opening Ceremony.

Lenka Pichlíková, lecturer in theatre and performance, traveled to Prague, the Czech Republic, from May to July and collaborated with the executive producer on preproduction of forthcoming film Milada (working title). She was interviewed on Czech radio on July 18 and spent her summer researching the notable career of the Russian émigré actor and acting teacher Mikhail Chekhov, which will be on display at the end of September at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Ridgefield, Conn., for which she serves as dramaturg.

Jordan Schildcrout, associate professor of theatre and performance, participated in the 2015 Conference of ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) in Montreal, Canada, where he presented the paper “The Bat (1920): Mary Roberts Rinehart and the Spinster Detective” and was a panelist in the roundtable discussion “Teaching LGBTQ Theatre and Film History.” He was also invited by the University of Michigan Press to sign copies of his book Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theater at the conference. Recently the book has earned positive reviews in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Spring 2015) and the Gay and Lesbian Review (Sept.–Oct. 2015). Schildcrout is the dramaturg for the Representatives production of Veritas, a play about the expulsion of gay students from Harvard in 1920. Performances will be held at the Cave at St. George’s Episcopal Church in New York City from Oct. 21 through Nov. 7.

Peter Sprague, lecturer in theatre and performance, co-directed the one-woman show Bug Bite, written and performed by Lizabeth Sipes in August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Greg Taylor, director of the conservatory, had his “Thumbs in the Crowd: Artists and Audiences in the Postvanguard World” appear as Chapter 1 in the book Film Criticism in the Digital Age, edited by Mattias Frey and Cecilia Sayad (Rutgers University Press, 2015).

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School of Art+Design

Daniel Bauer, assistant professor (part-time, photography), curated the exhibition Party Beuys or What Comes After Farce at the Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York City (July 9–Aug. 14). The exhibition included work by MFA candidate Sarah Hewitt and a video collaboration, The East River School of Painters Instructional Video Number One, by Bauer and Rob Swainston, assistant professor (printmaking). The exhibition was featured in New York Magazine’s Critics Picks, the New York Observer, and ArtFCity.

Matt Bollinger, visiting assistant professor (painting/drawing), is a recipient of a 2015 NYFA Artist’s Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. These fellowships are $7,000 cash awards for unrestricted use made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York. This past summer, he had work featured this past summer at le Creux de ’l’enfer–Centre D’Art Contemporain in Thiers, France, in the solo exhibition Humeurs Noires (June 17–Sept. 15). Concurrent with the opening of this show, Bollinger had another solo exhibition, In Storage, at Galerie Zürcher in Paris (June 13–July 25).

Stella Ebner, assistant professor (printmaking), is one of the featured contemporary artists working with Japanese woodblock in the new comprehensive guide on Japanese woodblock printing publication, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga by April Volmer.

Sharon Horvath, associate professor (painting/drawing), was inducted into the National Academy Museum and School. One of 19 visual artists elected by their peers, this year’s class will be formally inducted into the Academy at a ceremony in New York City on Oct. 27.

Aaron Krach, lecturer, was interviewed about his work on Sept. 4 in Billy Boy. Krach and the gallery Invisible-Exports (a collaborative multiartist project) presented Greenwich Village Book Desecration League, Vol. 1, at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair, held at MoMA PS1 in Queens, N.Y. (Sept. 18–20). The collective/collaboration included Janine Polak, visiting assistant professor, and alumni Courtney Childress, Corina Kennedy, Karen Lee, and Etty Yaniv. It was featured on Sept. 19 in Hyperallergic’s Review of Art Books and Zines, #2, which highlighted favorite picks at the book fair.

Steve Lam, director of the school, co-curated Dump! Multispecies Making and Unmaking with Elaine Gan and Sarah Lookofsky at the Aarhus Kunstbygning Center for Contemporary Art, Kunsthal Aarhus, in Denmark (June 26–Sept. 20). The project is a curatorial and research collaboration between Aarhus University and Purchase College.

Philip Listengart, associate professor (part-time, sculpture), had work included in the Art Design Faculty Exhibition at the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, Queens, N.Y. (April 16–June 7).

Robin Lynch, associate professor (graphic design) directed the video design for the one-woman show Bug Bite, written and performed by Lizabeth Sipes in August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

James Mulligan, lecturer (graphic design), received two 2015 gold awards from the Hermes Creative Awards organization for projects affiliated with his company, Central Graphics Groups Inc.

Janine Polak, visiting assistant professor, had work included in several group exhibitions: Sixty Minutes: Sixty Artists and Sixty Seconds of Video, Vanity Projects, Miami, Fla. and New York, N.Y.; Improvised Showboat #12, a one-night studio exhibition curated by Lauren Britton and Zachary Keeting, 530 Canal Street, New York, N.Y. (Sept. 5); and An Argument for Difference, curated by Tin Ho and Shama Khanna, TSA New York, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Sept. 18–Oct. 25).

Christopher Robbins, assistant professor (sculpture), received a $20,000 grant through the SUNY Arts and Humanities Network of Excellence for “Using Architecture to Transform Abandoned Buildings and Stimulate Dialogue.” This collaborative project with SUNY Buffalo, SUNY New Paltz, and community organizations in Detroit will bring SUNY students to Detroit for community engagement and urban renewal work. Robbins and two colleagues on the sculpture faculty—Raphael Zollinger, lecturer, and Rachel Owens, assistant professor—used their summer 2015 Topol awards to develop two new courses, one in advanced digital fabrication and an off-site course in Detroit. In the latter course, students will install architecture fabricated at Purchase and work with community organizations in Detroit on several projects, including Theatre of the Oppressed performances.

Robbins presented on Ghana ThinkTank with co-founder John Ewing on July 24 at the 2015 Creative Capital Retreat, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester, N.Y. He also exhibited as Ghana ThinkTank in Global Imaginations at Museum Lakenhal in Leiden, Netherlands (June 26–Oct. 4). The installation included a recreation of the Anne Frank House rendered as a mosque and received media attention from major Dutch newspapers and magazines, including De Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, and Vrij Nederland.

As part of Connecting Cities, an international network of urban media institutions, Robbins was an artist-in-residence at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, UK. During the residency, he and Aaron Krach, lecturer in art and design, built an interactive kiosk from a taxidermied goat and worked with Damibu Ltd. to build Ghana ThinkTank software, which will be housed in the goat for a tour through Western and Southeastern Europe this autumn.

The Black Lives Matters Street Signs developed this past spring by Purchase College students in a workshop with Ghana ThinkTank, the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, and Sculpture Week, were shown this summer at the New Museum Ideas City, and will be on view with Art in Odd Places this fall on East 14th Street. The project has received some media attention from art blogs.

Rob Swainston, assistant professor (printmaking), had work exhibited in Flow.15, Outdoor Art at Randall’s Island, NYC Parks with the Bronx Museum of Art and Randall’s Island Park Alliance (May through November); Bronx Calling: Third AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of Art (July 9–Sept. 20); The East River School of Painters Instructional Video Number One collaboration with Daniel Bauer in Party Beuys or What Comes After Farce at the Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York City (July 9–Aug. 14); and Moving Images: Printmaking & Animation at IPCNY, International Print Center New York (Sept. 24–Nov. 10).

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Murray Zimiles, professor emeritus (printmaking), had work included in the National Academy Museum and School’s Annual 2015 group exhibition (June 4–Aug. 23). He will have a solo exhibition opening at 6:30 p.m. on November 5 at Gallery Shchukin in New York City (524 West 19th St., through Dec. 12).

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School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Suzanne Kessler, vice provost for academic affairs and dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the co-author, with former student Irena Michals, of “Prison Teachers and Their Students: A Circle of Satisfaction and Gain,” in the Journal of Correctional Education, Vol. 66, Issue 3, p. 47–62 (Sept. 2015). This article is based on Michal’s May 2014 senior project in sociology.

School of Film and Media Studies

Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, exhibited a new work, Fireworks Clock, at The Post Contemporary in Troy, N.Y. His video Rabbit Season, Duck Season was recently screened at the Atlanta Contemporary and at the three-day Vision Quest Festival, presented by at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His recent publications include an interview in No Internet, No Art—A Lunch Bytes Anthology, published by Onomatopee, a collection of interviews with artists who are working in relation to the Internet; and a weeklong media diary for the Art News column “Consumer Reports.”

Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, contributed the chapter “Tattoos and Body Modification” in the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed., edited by James D. Wright (May 2015). Kosut and Lisa Jean Moore, professor of sociology and gender studies (School of Natural and Social Sciences), were co-authors of the article “Like Bees to Honey,” published in Cabinet Magazine, Issue 56 (June 2015). Kosut also curated the group exhibition Pierced Hearts and True Love Forever, featuring the work of 12 tattoo artists, at GCA in Brooklyn (Feb. 13–March 8).

Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, and his sculpture were featured in the 2Degrees Festival, Artsadmin’s biennial celebration of art, environment, and activism in London. It aims to inspire, connect, and empower people to create solutions for a sustainable future. Video documentation of some of his contributions to the festival is online.

Lambert’s recent publications include an article on corporate philanthropy’s role in the art world, “An Artist Reflects on When to Walk Away” for Creative Time Reports (Sept. 18); “Why climate action needs the arts” in the Guardian (UK); “The Business End of Art” in Daily Serving; and an interview about his work with the Center for Artistic Activism in the book Co-Lab: Collaborative Design Survey. He was also interviewed by the BBC World Service in July on speaking critically about technology and advertising.

Lambert’s recent exhibitions include Detournements: activist strategies in text, printed matter, and culture jamming at ArtCite in Windsor, Ontario; Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things at the Delfina Foundation in London; Off The Grid at En Em Art Space in Sacramento, Calif.; and the Expo Chicago Art Fair, with mentions in the Chicago Observer, the Art Newspaper, and ArtNet.

Sara Magenheimer, lecturer in new media, received a 2015 New York Artadia Award this past May. This award provides $5,000 in unrestricted funds and lifetime benefits of the Artadia Award program. Her video Slow Zoom Long Pause was included in Vision Quest, a screening festival of contemporary new-media culture at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (Sept. 10). Her work will also be screened at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center as part of the Projections Program on Oct. 4. Magenheimer’s most recent exhibitions include Slow Zoom Long Pause at Joan, Los Angeles (Sept. 12–Oct. 11); This Sentence at China Art Objects, Los Angeles (June 6–Aug. 22); Playlist at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Canada (June 13–Aug. 15); and A New Use of the Self at the Luminary, St. Louis, Mo. (June 12–July 17).

Shaka McGlotten, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, was awarded a Social Science Fellowship from the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, for 2017. McGlotten gave a keynote lecture at the III European Geographies Conference in Rome and will give another keynote at the “Affect Theory: Worldings, Tensions, Futures” conference in Lancaster, Penn. And his book project, The Political Aesthetics of Drag, is now under contract with Routledge.

Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, gave a performance titled Chemæra and exhibited an art installation by the same name for the More-Than-Human Sensoria Workshop at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.

Lorraine Plourde, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, was interviewed in June on Los Angeles public radio (KCRW) for her research on Tokyo’s cat cafés.

Hakan Topal, assistant professor of new media and graphic design (School of Art+Design), was featured in the articles “Boom, Boom, Boooom!: Notes on a Giant Implosion” in Ibraaz Magazine’s Platform 008 and “The Poetics of Remembrance: Facing The Armenian Genocide” in Creative Time Reports. Topol presented the paper “Horizon, Seascapes and Faultiness” at the Museums, Coastlines and the Sea conference, Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (May 20–22), and organized the roundtable discussion, “Art after the Middle East or what can we learn from Germans?” at the 2015 Creative Time Summit in Venice, Italy (Aug. 11–13). He also participated in an artist residency from June 15 to July 10 at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo. The outcome of the research was presented in an exhibition, Unrelated Matters, which dealt with everyday realities, speculation, perversity, subversion, and representation in digital times.

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School of Humanities

Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, published an essay on race in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Jeffery Renard Allen’s Song of the Shank in Commonweal (July 29) and the following book reviews: Mia Couto’s Confession of the Lioness in the Boston Globe; Philip and Carol Zaleski’s The Fellowship in the Christian Science Monitor; Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island in the San Francisco Chronicle; and Anne Enright’s The Green Road and Mark Greif’s The Age of the Crisis of Man in Commonweal.

Louis Lazar, visiting assistant professor of journalism, contributed the article “News For and From Roosevelt Island” for the Wall Street Journal, Greater New York section (Sept. 15).

Jennifer Uleman, associate professor of philosophy, delivered a paper, “On Suicide and the Moral Demands of Friendship,” at the 12th International Kant Congress (“Nature and Freedom”) at the Universität Wien, Vienna, on Sept. 25, and published an op-ed, “What to Study at College and Why,” in the Journal News ( on Sept. 16. Last spring, she presented “‘How Would You Regard a Friend?’ Kant on Suicide, Friendship, and Self-Regard” the UCSD History of Philosophy Roundtable on March 30.

Gary Waller, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies, had his publications showcased in a tribute exhibition at the Purchase College Library (July–Sept.), following his appointment to SUNY’s highest academic rank this past May. In July, he presented the paper “Emergent Anxieties: 15th-Century Signs of the Dis-Enchantment of the Annunciation” at the International Medieval Conference, Leeds, UK. He recently published A Cultural Study of Mary and the Annunciation: From Luke to the Enlightenment (Pickering and Chatto, Studies for the International Society for Cultural History, April 1, 2015) and the article “‘Too true a [wo]man’: ‘feminine arguments’ and performative ‘mist’ in Maria Aberg’s The White Devil” in Shakespeare: the Journal of the British Shakespeare Association (Aug. 2015).

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School of Natural and Social Sciences

Shemeem Abbas, associate professor of political science, was interviewed by Ryan Shaffer for the Secular Humanist Bulletin, “Blasphemy in Pakistan: An Interview with Shemeem Burney Abbas,” Vol. 31, No. 1 (Spring 2015).

Stephen A. Cooke, associate professor of chemistry and the Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor (2014–16), co-organized the mini-symposium “Spectroscopy in the Classroom” as part of the 70th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign between June 22 and June 26. The mini-symposium featured a total of 20 oral presentations.

Matthew Immergut, associate professor of sociology, is a co-author of the new book The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science (Dharma Treasure Press, Oct. 2015).

David J. Kim, assistant professor of anthropology, published the article “Visions and Stones: Spirit Matters and the Charm of Small Things in South Korean Shamanic Rock Divination” in the journal Anthropology and Humanism, Vol. 40 (1) (American Anthropological Association, June 2015).

George P. Kraemer, professor of environmental studies and biology, is the co-author with Jang K. Kim and Charles Yarish of the 2015 article “Sugar kelp aquaculture in Long Island Sound and the Bronx River Estuary for nutrient bioextraction associated with biomass production,” published in Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol. 531, p. 155–166.

Susan Letcher, assistant professor of environment studies, contributed to a major study that aimed to quantify the several tree species in tropical forests: “An estimate of the number of tropical tree species” with J.W.F. Slik, V. Arroyo-Rodríguez, S.-I.Aiba, P. Alvarez-Loayza, L.F. Alves, P. Ashton, et al. [173 authors total], in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, p. 7472–7477 (2015). Letcher also gathered data from 57 co-authors in 13 countries to investigate how successional gradients shape the evolution of life history strategies, published in “Environmental gradients and the evolution of successional habitat specialization: a test case with 14 Neotropical forest sites,” Journal of Ecology 103, p. 1276–1290 (2015).

In July, Letcher gave a talk at the 52nd annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation in Honolulu, Hawaii, with colleagues L.A. Gardner, M. Duffing-Romero, A. Muñoz, T.W. Madell, J.R. Lasky, and D.A. Clark: “Changes in liana abundance and long-term impacts on forest dynamics: Insight from a 26-year record at La Selva Biological Station.” And in August at the 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore, Maryland, she gave a talk with colleagues M. Duffing-Romero, L.A. Gardner, and D.A. Clark: “Neighborhood-scale phylogenetic relatedness affects sapling survival in the dominant tree family of a neotropical lowland wet forest.”

Maryann McEnroe, associate professor of biology, has published results of a study “Effect of Nutritional Status on the Osmoregulation of the Green Sturgeon (Acipenser medirostrus)” in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, Vol 88 (1), p. 22–42 (2015), with collaborators at the University of California at Davis and Pukyong National University in Korea: L.Y. Haller, S.S.O. Hung, S. Lee, J.G. Fadel, J-H Lee, and N.A. Fangue.

Paul Siegel, associate professor of psychology, was awarded a $249,000 R21 Research Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), making Purchase College the primary institution of an NIMH grant for the first time in more than 30 years. His collaborator on the grant is Dr. Bradley Peterson, director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and University of Southern California. They are using brain imaging at the Citicorp Biomedical Imaging Center of Cornell Medical College to investigate the neural mechanisms of a potential new treatment of anxiety disorders in which feared stimuli are presented subliminally.

Karen Singer-Freeman, associate professor of psychology, presented the following talks and posters: An invited address, “Making it Real: Teaching through Reflective Writing Supports Conceptual Mastery and Student Well-Being,” with Linda Bastone, associate professor of psychology and chair of the school, at the LiveText Assessment Conference in Nashville, Tenn.; “Making it Real: Teaching Child Development through Reflective Writing Supports Conceptual Mastery,” in May at the Association for Psychological Science Teaching Institute, New York, N.Y.; and “Paying it Forward: Mentoring Provides Effective Support for Underserved College Students,” with student co-authors T. Lewis-Jones, A. LaMarca, N. Lopez, and E. Sheridan, in May at the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY. She also published a case study, “MMR Vaccine and Autism: Scientific Inquiry, Ethics, and Evidence-Based Problem Solving,” AAC&U Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills Case Study (2015), doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1624.592. This case study is designed to teach students in general education courses scientific thinking and integrative reasoning as they learn about research ethics and vaccine safety. It was published by the AAC&U as part of the STIRS project.

In October, Singer-Freeman will present the paper “Effects of the Purchase College Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program on Degree Completion,” (co-authors: J. Campos and Linda Bastone) at the SUNY STEM Conference in Albany, N.Y.; and “Making it Real: Teaching through Reflective Writing Supports Conceptual Mastery and Student Well-Being,” a webinar to be presented with co-author Linda Bastone as part of the LiveText Best Practices Webinar Series.

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School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education

Judith Dupré, lecturer, has been awarded a Public Scholar grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is among 36 scholars chosen for this inaugural program, which supports the creation of well-researched books in the humanities that are intended to appeal to a wide readership. Dupré’s project, “One World Trade Center: The Biography of the Building,” was awarded $37,800. Her book will look at the design, planning, engineering, and history surrounding One World Trade Center through text, illustrations, and an interactive website.

Mary Ellen Marks, lecturer, has an article, “A Union of Form and Function,” in Hook, p. 28–33 (Sept./Oct. 2015).

Purchase College Library

Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, gave an invited presentation on “Teaching From My Tablet: Opportunities from BYOD Instruction” at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center conference “IN TIME: Innovation and Technology in Medical Education,” on July 27 at Brooklyn College, N.Y.

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Student Affairs & Student Success

Michelle Carvajal, assistant director of community engagement, gave two presentations, “Choose my P.L.A.T.E, Choose to Prepare Low-Cost, Appetizing, Time-Saving Eats!” and “The Greatest Juggling Act of All,” at the NEACUHO Annual Conference, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. (June 17–20).

Shinelle L. Espaillat, associate director of the Learning Center and assistant director of the College Writing program, published “They Will Call Her Shaya” in the short story collection Shale, eds. Susan Smith Nash, Nathan Leslie, Valerie Fox, and Arlene Ang (Texture Press, 2015).

Suzanna Farner, residence coordinator and First-Year Seminar instructor, Office of Community Engagement, was awarded second place in the NEACUHO case-study competition this June at the annual conference held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. With a group of new professionals, Farner was asked to develop and present a campuswide plan to respond to current issues and the ever evolving impact of social media on the collegiate community.

Thomas Gelok, residence coordinator and instructor for Fundamentals of Leadership and the First-Year Seminar, Office of Community Engagement, was accepted to and attended the Regional Entry-Level Institute (RELI) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in June. This was sponsored through an affiliation with the NEACUHO and MACUHO housing organizations.

Rachel Haft, administrative assistant, Office of Student Affairs, and liaison to the Intramural Outdoor Adventure Club, received a 2015 Affiliates Grant, which she used to become certified in Wilderness First Aid through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS.

Masako Hashimoto, alumni career counselor, attended the SUNY CDO 2015 Annual Conference, “Create a Scalable, Life-Cycle Career Program for Students, Grads, and Alumni,” in June and presented “Global Career Development Programming” at the International Week Event at Musashi University in Tokyo, Japan.

Tara Malone, assistant director of career development, attended the SUNY Global Engagement Meeting and the NYSCEEA conference, SUNY Applied Learning Committee Regional Meeting. Malone was awarded an Affiliates Grant for “Life Beyond Purchase” special events to prepare graduating students for today’s competitive job market.

Jessica Mazzia, assistant director of career development, presented “Employer Recruitment Policies” in June at the SUNY Career Development Organization Conference in Corning, N.Y.

Wendy Morosoff, director of career development, served as campus coordinator for the SUNY Chancellor’s Applied Learning Initiative and presented “Applied Learning” on behalf of Purchase College at the regional meeting at SUNY Farmingdale in April. Morosoff appeared on LMC-TV The Local Live! on “How to Find a Job” and attended the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Annual Meeting and Conference in Anaheim, Calif., the MNYCCPOA Conference, and the NYSCEEA Conference (New York State Cooperative and Experiential Education Association Conference for Experiential Education).

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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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