Faculty Notes

Will  Pappenheimer’s “Mood Ring”

Will Pappenheimer’s “Mood Ring”

Urban Academy School of Criminal Justice for Girls

Criminal Justice Department Chair and Professor Joseph Ryan and Professor Ida Dupont visited with 7th graders at the Urban Academy School of Criminal Justice for Girls

Todd Heyden at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Todd Heyden at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Adjunct Mathematics Professor William J. Adams has edited Reflections on the University Scene, (Xlibris Corporation, 2008) and authored Fundamentals of Calculus with Applications and Companion to Calculus (Xlibris Corporation, 2008).

“Saving Sacred Species,” an article that examines connections between Indigenous cultures' perspectives toward certain species and species restoration by Adjunct Assistant Professor Tracy Basile, Enviromental Studies and English, was published in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Spirituality & Health magazine.

Associate Professor of English Daniel Bender presented the paper, “Becoming Mr. Spock: Naturalizing Analytic Method in Writing Across the Disciplines Courses” at the National Council of Teachers of English annual meeting, March 11-14, 2009. The conference studies current methods of teaching research and writing to students across academic disciplines.

Fine Arts Adjunct Professor Louis Cameron’s “Recent Videos” is on view through April 25, 2009 at Jersey City Museum in Jersey City, NJ. Jerseycitymuseum.org. Cameron’s work was also included in “Dwelling Place?” the 2008 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition In November and December 2008.

Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program Susan Cappelmann was appointed Chair of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants Education Committee.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physical Sciences Zhaohua Dai has been awarded a Cotrell College Science Award of $43,106 to support research “Engineering Selective and Sensitive Chiroptical Fluorescent Sensors for Hg(II)” from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Assistant Clinical Professor in the Physician Assistant Studies JoAnn Deasy’s article, “Antibiotic Resistance Update: Evidence Based Medicine Recommendations” was published in the January 2009 issue of Clinician Reviews.

Fine Arts Lecturer Jane Dickson’s exhibition “Night Driving” was on view at the Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea in January and February 2009.

English Professor Martha Driver’s review of Reading in the Wilderness: Private Devotion and Public Performance in Late Medieval England by Jessica Brantley (University of Chicago Press) appears in Renaissance Quarterly 61.4 (Winter 2008): 1396-1397, which came out in December 2009. Driver served as outside reader for Manchester University Press commenting on a scholarly essay collection titled “Medieval Film,” edited by Anke Bernau and Bettina Bildhauer. Her remarks have been excerpted and will be featured on the cover of this volume to be published shortly. Driver is one of the authors, along with Jennifer D.E. Thomas and Jean Coppola of CSIS, and Barbara Thomas, of an essay titled “Looking Forward to Look Backward: Technology and King Arthur,” in the the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education Journal, 16.4 (2008): 367-383. In March, Driver presented the lecture, “Letter Perfect: A Brief History of Letter Forms and Their Uses in the Period of Transition from Manuscript to Print,” at the Toronto Centre for the Book, University of Toronto.

Professor of Music Lee Evans was the featured pianist on WXEL-FM, Florida National Public Radio, on January 19, 2009 in a half-hour mixed-repertoire program of music by Federico Mompou, several original piano compositions by Evans, and several piano-solo arrangements by Lee Evans of songs composed by George Gershwin. Evans”s article, “Jazz Suspensions: Bridges to Somewhere (Usually)” appeared in the March/April 2009 issue of Clavier Companion magazine.

Michael A. Genito, Director of the Michaelian Institute and Department of Public Administration, presented “Addressing Fiscal Challenges,” at the Municipal Administrators’ Association of Metropolitan New York Luncheon on February 18, 2009.

Associate Professor of English Todd Heyden was invited by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to conduct a teacher-training workshop entitled: “PLAY is the THING: Making ‘Hamlet’ Accessible to English Language Learners.” Dr. Heyden presented original materials and activities for engaging students in reading, writing and performance. This unique workshop breaks new ground in the teaching of Shakespeare to students for whom English is a second language.

Professor of Psychology Terence Hines was second author on the paper, “Paranormal experience and the COMT dopaminergic gene: A preliminary attempt to associate phenotype with genotype using an underlying brain theory” (Cortex, 44, 1336-1341).

English Professor Mark Hussey was a guest on NPR’s “The State of Things” broadcast from Chapel Hill, NC, on Thursday, January 29. Tune in to hear Professor Hussey talk about his research on Virginia Woolf.

Adjunct Professor of Biology Erica Kipp’s article “Heat Stress Effects on Growth and Development in Three Ecotypes of Varying Latitude of Arabidopsis” was published in Applied Ecology and Environmental Research.

Adjunct Mathematics Professor Gjergj Klimi has published Exterior Ballistics of Small Arms: Companion to Exterior Ballistics with Applications, (Xlibris Corporation, 2009).

Fine Arts Assistant Professor Will Pappenheimer’s “Mood Ring” a large scale public art project, was on display in Tampa, Fla., for the time leading up to and including Super Bowl XLIII.

Adjunct Mathematics Professor Louis Quintas was on the organizing committee of Graph Theory Day 56, November 15, 2008 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences. Among the participants at Graph Theory Day 56 were Adjunct Professor Lorraine L. Lurie and alumni Zhongsu Chen (”97) and Dennis Manderino (”99). Professor Quintas co-edited the spring 2008 issue of Graph Theory Notes of New York.

History and Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Nancy Reagin presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association on “Alternate Realities, Alternate Identities: Class and Gender at Play in Early Twentieth Century Fan Communities.” She also presented a paper at the Berkshire Conference of Women”s Historians at the University of Minnesota on “Getting a Life: Literary Fan Communities in Late 19th- and 20th-Century Europe and America.” The AHA paper was given in New York in January, and the Berkshire Conference paper was given in June in Minneapolis, MN (at the University of Minnesota, as it says, so maybe you don’t need that).

On December 18, 2008, Criminal Justice Department Chair and Professor Joseph Ryan and Professor Ida Dupont visited with 7th graders at the Urban Academy School of Criminal Justice for Girls, to talk about the U.S. Constitution and how it relates to criminal justice students. The professors presented the students with copies of the U.S. Constitution on their Constitution Day.

Fine Arts Professor Roger Sayre was recently awarded a 2009 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship. These highly competitive awards are based on independent peer panel review of work samples submitted and the anonymous process is focused solely on artistic quality. The grants help professional artists to produce new work and advance their careers and impact on the community. Sayre’s work was shown at Open Square in Holyoke, Massachusettes, Feb. 20-April 22. Show title “Roger Sayre/David Poppie: Remixed Media.”

Fine Arts Adjunct Professor Duston Spear’s exhibition “Disasters of WARpaper” was on view March 11-April 8, 2009 in the Choate House Gallery on the Pleasantville campus. View the You-Tube video that shows Spear”s process creating “Go Go Goya” - A work on paper added in pieces to create an ongoing battlefield.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Fine Arts Robin Tewes was on the TV show “Arts and Us - Importance of Arts in Education” on March 18 and March 23 on Channel 35 of Time Warner and Channel 83 of RCN in Queens. Tewes”s work was included in “About Face” at the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York City March 13-May 2, 2009.

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andres Villagra's “Spanish Lounge at Pace University” and the pilot program “Spanish Success Story” have been accepted for presentation at Campus Technology ’09 in Boston. This is the leading conference on Academic Technology in the country.