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Faculty and Staff Footnotes

September 2014

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Stephen A. Cooke, associate professor of chemistry, was elected in July as a member of the International Advisory Committee for the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, and to the editorial board of the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, an international journal published by Elsevier.
  • Judith Dupré, lecturer in liberal studies, received the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal/Best Book Architecture Award from the Independent Publisher Awards for her book Skyscrapers. The award ceremony was held on May 28 at Book Expo America.
  • Lisa Jean Moore, professor of sociology and gender studies, and Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, were honored with the Award for Distinguished Scholarship for the Animals and Society section of the American Sociological Association for their book Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), has received a $10,000 award from the Kindle Project for Ghana Think Tank (co-founded by Robbins) to spearhead a cross-cultural art and urban regeneration project in Detroit.
  • Joseph Skrivanek, professor of chemistry, and his proposal for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program were awarded $928,428 by the National Institute of Health, for another five years (2014–19). This is the fourth renewal of the original grant that he obtained in 2000. The Bridges program provides underrepresented students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences at six community colleges with support services to ease the transition from the two-year to a four-year institution. The support services include tutoring, mentoring, scholarships, and a summer research experience at Purchase. Over the past 14 years, more than 200 students have participated; of these, 85 percent have transferred to a four-year institution (42 percent to Purchase), 75 percent have completed their BA or BS degree, and 33 percent are pursuing postgraduate work.
  • Murray Zimiles, professor emeritus of art and design (printmaking), is pleased to announce that the Florida Holocaust Museum has acquired 150 works of art (paintings, drawings, artist books, and prints) and will open a major exhibition of Zimiles’ artwork this year. The exhibition will run from October 25, 2014 to January 8, 2015.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Iris Cahn, professor of film, presented her paper “Valuing Nature” at the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Seattle (March 19–23), during a panel on “Landscape and Historical Perspectives at the Intersection of Place and Style,” sponsored by CinemArts: Film and Art History.
  • Stella Ebner, assistant professor of art and design (printmaking), is a visiting artist lecturer and critic in the MFA program at Rhode Island School of Design this fall.
  • Jessica Mazzia DeLong, assistant director of the Career Development Center, presented “Better Branding and Customization: Target Your Students and Employers” at the Symplicity Career Services Manager Symposium 2014 in Washington D.C. this past June.
  • Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, presented a paper, “Modernisms and Religions,” at a conference on religion and literature at the University of Toronto.
  • Jan Factor, professor of biology, presented the paper “Suspension Feeding By Larvae of American Lobsters (Homarus americanus),” cowritten by Silke K. Vigue (’13), senior staff assistant in the Office of Natural and Social Sciences, on May 19 at the 10th International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management in Cancun, Mexico. The paper resulted in part from Vigue’s senior project research, for which she won the Outstanding Senior Award in Biology.
  • Tom Kelly, senior energy manager in Facilities Management, will give a presentation at the 2014 ACUPCC/Second Nature Climate Leadership Summit, October 1–3, in Boston, Mass. The title of his presentation is “SUNY Purchase College’s Rocket—A Large Composter System.”
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, participated on a panel meeting at the United Nations this past year, which has culminated in a report by Farida Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. Shaheed will present the human rights report, “New Issue in Focus: The Impact of Advertising and Marketing Practices on the Enjoyment of Cultural Rights,” to the 69th General Assembly on October 28.
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, presented “Creating a Professional Development Plan,” sponsored by the LACUNY Professional Development Committee, on June 18 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Research Center in New York, N.Y., and “The Interview: Getting Ready for the Show” on June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Wendy Morosoff, director of the Career Development Center, and Tara Malone, the assistant director, served as panelists on “Best Practices for Coordinating Unpaid Internships” at the SUNY Career Development Organization’s Annual Conference in June.
  • Richard Nassisi, associate dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, presented at a workshop on “Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy and Procedures” at SUNY Delhi on June 17.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), performed and taught in the first Percussive Arts Society Australia Festival at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, Australia, last January. In early February, California State University–Humboldt hosted Piltzecker for a seminar and concert. In March, he was in residence at Virginia Tech University and was a guest artist and composer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. During August 20–22, Piltzecker was in residency at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil, and he presented a workshop at the Instituto de Artes da UNESP in Sao Paulo on September 2. Back in the U.S. in early August, the Conservatory of Music hosted young percussion students from Shanghai, China.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, gave a talk, “Methlabs, Alchemy and the Matter of Life,” in June at “Life, In Theory,” the 8th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Turin, Italy. In September, he was the discussant for the paper “Neo-Bourbonism: What’s Going On?,” presented by Marta Petrusewicz at the Columbia University Seminars: Studies in Modern Italy.
  • Jennifer Uleman, associate professor of philosophy, served as a mentor at “A Networking and Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Women in Philosophy,” held at Princeton University, August 21–24. She was a panelist in two advice sessions, “Teaching” and “Balancing Work and the Rest of Life.”
  • Gary Waller, professor of literature and cultural studies, presented at several conferences this past spring and summer: “Traces and Fades: the Walsingham Ballad, the Annunciation and Shakespeare’s plays” at the Shakespeare Association of America in St. Louis, Mo. (March); and a poetry reading from “‘To beeleeve this but a fiction and dunn to please and pass the time’: Re-imagining Mary Wroth and William Herbert in Feigning Poetry,” at the Renaissance Society of America in New York City (April); “Penshurst’s ‘Sad Pilgrim’: Robert Sidney’s Sixth Song’,” at Penshurst Place in Kent, England, featuring a Globe Education “Read not Dead” staged reading of Lady Mary Wroth’s play Love’s Victory (June 8–9); “Mary Under Duress: the stories behind the Annunciation story,” at York St. John University and the Centre for Marian Studies (University of Roehampton), and “The Virgin Mary in Britain and Ireland,” at York St. John University, York, UK (June 26–28).
  • Murray Zimiles, professor emeritus of art and design (printmaking), participated in a panel discussion on September 29 at the Center for Jewish History in New York City, on the mural recently restored at the Chai Adam Synagogue in Burlington, Vt.

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  • Stephen A. Cooke, associate professor of chemistry, is the co-author of a paper with B. E. Long, and S. E. Novick, that was published in the August 2014 Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, Vol. 302: “Measurement of the J = 1 - 0 Pure Rotational Transition in Excited Vibrational States of the Singlet Sigma Ground State of Thorium (II) Oxide, ThO” (pages 1–2).
  • Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, published an essay on the poet/novelist Ben Lerner in the Boston Review. He also published the following book reviews: “David Bromwich’s The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke” in the Christian Science Monitor; “Edward St. Aubyn’s Lost for Words” in the San Francisco Chronicle; and two round-up reviews, one on poetry and another on prose, in Commonweal.
  • Shinelle L. Espaillat, assistant director of College Writing and academic advisor (Academic Resource Center), published two reviews in Cleaver Magazine’s online journal: “Bilateral Asymmetry, by Don Riggs” and “”Nothing In-Between, by Marybeth Rua-Larsen.”
  • Matthew Immergut, associate professor of sociology, published the article “When Charisma Doesn’t Fail: Charismatic Authority and Dissonance Management in the Case of Diamond Mountain” in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, Vol. 10, 2014.
  • Stephen Kleinman, lecturer in liberal studies (mathematics), self-published Precalculus, Clearly Explained with Examples, 1st Edition, 2014.
  • George P. Kraemer, professor of environmental studies and biology, is the co-author of a book chapter with J.K. Kim and C. Yarish, which has been accepted for publication in Integrated Multitriophic Aquaculture in the U.S. Also accepted for publication in the journal Aquaculture: “Field scale evaluation of seaweed aquaculture as a nutrient bio-extraction strategy in Long Island Sound and the Bronx River Estuary,” Kim, J.K., Kraemer, G.P., Yarish, C. in press.
  • Lorraine Plourde, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, published an article, “Cat Cafés, Affective Labor, and the Healing Boom in Japan,” in the peer-reviewed journal Japanese Studies on June 17.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), had the projects “WPA 2010” and “Ghana ThinkTank” featured in the latest edition of What We Want Is Free, Second Edition: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art, edited by Ted Purves and Shane Aslan Selzer (SUNY Press, 2014).
  • Francine Rubin, associate director of the Learning Center, has two Twitter poems published on the online Twitter-zine UNFOLD, published by Folded Word. Additional work is forthcoming in Rubbertop Review, Tincture Journal, and Toad Suck Review. Her poetry pamphlet, The Last Ballet Class, is forthcoming from Neon.
  • Jordon Schildcrout, assistant professor of theatre and performance, published a review, “Elwood + Harvey: When A Grown Man Has an Invisible Friend,” in the Gay and Lesbian Review/Worldwide (March/April 2013).
  • Gary Waller, professor of literature and cultural studies, published “Kristeva’s ‘New Knowledge’: Terrorism, Martyrdom, and Psychoanalytic Humanism: Insights from Two Early Modern Instances” in Martyrdom and Terrorism: Pre-Modern to Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Dominic Janes and Alex Houen (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Todd Coolman, professor of music (jazz studies), was invited to perform at the festivities for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Opening Night Party for the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, which awarded NEA Jazz Master David Baker with “The Satchmo” award on September 18. On the preceding evening, Coolman and Stanley Crouch, president of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, were guests of Roseanne Colletti on Live in Studio: News 4 New York, simulcast on Cozi-Tv and
  • Stella Ebner, assistant professor of art and design (printmaking), has a solo exhibition, Stella Ebner: Let’s Go! G-O! Go!, on view from September 12 to November 22 at the Print Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The exhibition includes a new large-scale series of prints that focus attention upon the perceived usualness of the everyday.
  • Kate Gilmore, associate professor of art and design (sculpture), has four solo exhibitions this fall: Top Drawer at the Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts/University Gallery, Stony Brook University, N.Y. (Sept. 6–Oct. 18); Wall Bearer, a sculptural and performance-based work in the Socrates Sculpture Park Billboard Project, Long Island City, N.Y. (Sept. 7, 2014–Mar. 22, 2015); Kate Gilmore: A Roll in the Way at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn. (Oct. 19, 2014–April 5, 2015); and Kate Gilmore at the Kansas City Art Institute’s H&R Block ARTspace (Oct. 25–Dec. 17). Gilmore gave an artist talk on Sept. 15 and a performance on Sept. 27 in conjunction with the exhibition at Stony Brook University.
    Her work is also included in the following group exhibitions:
  • Alois Kronschlaeger, lecturer in art and design, had a site-specific installation, Grid Structure #1, featured in the group exhibition The Tales of Two Cities: New York and Beijing at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn. (May-August).
  • Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, co-curated In Every Dream Home …, works by Brendan Loper, Michael Dickey and Mike Schreiber, at GCA Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Aug. 22–Sept. 21).
  • Lisa Jean Moore, professor of sociology and gender studies, and Mary Kosut, associate professor of media, society, and the arts, were featured on WFUV’s CityScapes on July 18. The discussion with host George Bodarky is about urban beekeeping and their experiences related to their 2013 publication Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee.
  • Richie Morales, visiting assistant professor of music (jazz studies), is profiled in “The 80 Coolest Things in Jazz Today” in the July issue of DownBeat, coming in at number 55 with his highly regarded Jam Sessions at the Turning Point in Piermont, N.Y.
  • Lenka Pichlíková, visiting assistant professor of theatre and performance, presented her performance art piece, Seven Deadly Sins and a Virtue, in August at the Theatrum Kuks performing arts festival, Kuks, the Czech Republic, site of a Baroque-era spa and hospital, which features a series of 18th-century Baroque statues that inspired the piece. The performance involved extensive audience interaction and was presented in the garden of the site where the statues are located. Director Laurie Gage joined Pichlíková in the performance.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), performed in August as a guest artist at the Festival Internacional de Música De Belo Horizonte. In early September, he performed samba and jazz, and premiered a new piece for wind ensemble at the 6th Encontro International De Percussão in Tatuí.
  • Kristine Potter, visiting assistant professor of art and design (photography), has a solo exhibition, Manifest, at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, N.Y. (Sept. 12–Nov. 1).
  • Murray Zimiles, professor emeritus of art and design (printmaking), had work featured in the recent publication Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People and Places by Deborah Forman (Shiffer Press, 2014), which spawned inclusion in two group exhibitions celebrating the publication: Contemporary Cape Cod Artists, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Mass. (Aug. 20–Sept. 14) and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, Mass. (July 18–30). In addition, Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, Mass., presented his recent landscape paintings (August 1–17).

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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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