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Summer 2011 Faculty Updates

The compositions of Associate Professor of Music Ingrid Arauco were included on two albums released this spring: Invocation: Solo Piano and Chamber Music (Albany Records) and Florescence (Meyer Media). The cover art for Invocation is a painting, Lily #3, by Professor of Fine Arts Ying Li.

The compositions of the Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo were performed in Padova, Taos, Bad Harzburg and London, and heard in broadcasts over WOMR FM 92.1 Provincetown. As a performer, he appeared as a soloist and as a chamber music collaborator with the Quartetto di Venezia in the Brahms F-minor Quintet. His 11th disc, Heavy Pedal, was released on Navona Records, and he executed a commission for trumpet virtuoso Graham Ashton and the New York Chamber Brass (the work , Pharaonic Suite, is published by Orenda Press).

Visiting Associate Professor of Economics Paul Cichello gave a seminar presentation, “Falling Real Earnings in Egypt, 2008 to 2009 and How the Declines Differ by Gender and Initial Earnings,” at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Associate Professor of Independent College Programs Kaye Edwards attended the annual meeting of the Friends Association of Higher Education to chair one of the plenary panels focused on ProNica, the Quaker non-profit that sponsors educational and service trips to Nicaragua, including several with Haverford students. Also, along with Jill Stauffer, Rob Scarrow and Tom Lloyd, Edwards participated in the Association of American College and Universities summer institute, called Shared Futures: General Education for a Global Century, representing Haverford as one of 32 national institutions of higher education chosen for this program. While there, the professors presented a poster highlighting Haverford's initiatives for global learning. Stauffer and Scarrow led a forum on Synthesizing Global Learning Across the Curriculum: Designing Capstone Courses and other Interdisciplinary Initiatives, and Edwards facilitated a three-session reading seminar for faculty from 10 different institutions, drawing on Paul Farmer's Pathologies of Power to explore the types of interdisciplinary knowledge, academic skills and critical inquiry we expect students to achieve.

Professor of Biology Rob Fairman attended the Protein Society 25th Symposium in Boston to attend an editorial advisory board meeting and to serve as a poster judge for the student research presented at the meeting. Fairman serves on the editorial advisory board for Protein Science, the Society’s journal.

Associate Professor of East Asian Studies Hank Glassman spent two weeks this June engaged in clean-up efforts in the devastated costal town of Ishinomaki, Japan. After that, he spent two weeks doing research in Japanese archives and attended the International Association of Buddhist Studies Triennial Meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, where he gave a talk, “This Very Body: The Tantric Iconography of Human Physical Form as Seen in Grave Monuments in Early Medieval Japan.” In August, Glassman travelled to Canada to participate in an international conference on medieval Japanese history, literature and religion, Loveable Losers: The Taira in Action and Memory, held at the Banff Centre in Alberta.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Harvey Glickman was appointed Research Fellow of the African Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He also organized an on-campus symposium, Islamism in Africa South of the Sahara, which marked 50 years of African Politics (the course) at Haverford. He presented a paper at that symposium, "Islamism in Tanzania.” Glickman also presented his paper “Islamism in Africa South of the Sahara: Three Cases” at the African Studies Association in San Francisco and at the International Studies Association in Montreal. This summer he used a Faculty Research Grant to study three more cases of Islamism in different countries in Africa South of the Sahara.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Aurelia Gómez attended the 27th annual Confluencia Conference at the University of Northern Colorado, where she delivered a talk, “Memoria y representación en el 68 mexicano y la guerra sucia.” Gómez also organized "Confluencias: Género y guerrilla durante la guerra sucia en México. Encuentro de mujeres ex-guerrilleras,” which was hosted by Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City. During this unusual three-day event 11 women who participated in the guerrilla warfare during the 1970s met to discuss state violence (illegal detention, torture and imprisonment), armed struggle, memory and gender. Sessions were divided into three sections: 1) working groups or "mesas de trabajo" for discussing issues related to the Dirty War; 2) testimonies for sharing their experiences; and 3) and a writing workshop, courtesy of Documentación y Estudios de Mujeres AC (DEMAC), aimed at enhancing the writing of their testimonies. This event was sponsored by the Provost's Office and the CPGC, and was filmed by Mirada Documental. The last session was attended by comrades, family, the NGO Nacidos en la Tempestad (an organization of the sons and daughters of desaparecidos) and summer interns from Haverford and Bryn Mawr. Sally Weathers '13, who traveled to Mexico, covered the event in the blog.

The John and Barbara Bush Professor in the Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics Jerry Gollub lectured on fluid dynamics at the Boulder summer school on condensed matter physics. Gollub also gave an invited talk on "swimming cells" at the recent Gordon Research Conference on the Chemistry and Physics of Liquids in New Hampshire.

Edmund and Margiana Stinnes Professor in Global Studies and Professor of Anthropology Laurie Kain Hart delivered a paper, “Photography and Recuperation from Civil War” at the conference "Greek (Hi)stories Before the Lens," which was held at King’s College, London. She also chaired a panel on 20th century popular photographic media. The paper was the outcome of long-term field research in northern Greece and participation in the John B. Hurford ’60 Humanities Seminar on Photography in 2009. It explored the use of photographs among kin in Greece and Eastern Europe during periods of exile during and after the Greek Civil War (1946-49) as well as the contemporary circulation of photographs in politically vulnerable circumstances. Additionally, Hart delivered a paper, “U.S. Inner City Hypersegregation: Ethnographic Notes from North Philadelphia,” at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans. The paper, which is based on recent collaborative fieldwork in Philadelphia, explores the dynamics of deindustrialization, neighborhood segregation and the illegal drug market that sustain ethnoracialized hierarchies in the city.

Assistant Professor of Biology Rachel Hoang gave a presentation, “Evolution of Folded Gastrulation: A Comparison Between Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila pseudoobscura,” at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology in Chicago. The presentation's poster includes three Haverford student co-authors: Kimberly Dao ’09, Frederick J. Arnold ’12 and Jill D. Geratowski ’11. Hoang also took three Haverford students (Eric Arnold ’12, Faraz Sohail ’12 and Andrew Moore ’13) to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology in Philadelphia and presented a poster entitled “Ventral Furrow Formation in Drosophila pseudoobscura.

Visiting Associate Professor of Spanish Ariana Huberman was appointed co-editor of LAJS, the Latin American Jewish Studies journal, along with Nora Glickman and Kenya C. Dworkin. Huberman also became an ex-officio member of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association Board of Directors.

Associate Professor of Religion Naomi Koltun-Fromm attended the Sixth North American Syriac Symposium at Duke University to present a paper, “Syriac Fathers on Jerusalem.” She also published her book, Hermeneutics of Holiness: Ancient Jewish and Christian Notions of Sexuality and Religious Community (Oxford University Press), last year, and is spending her sabbatical year in Jerusalem.

Associate Professor of Psychology Benjamin Le developed and launched a new website,, dedicated to making scientific research about interpersonal relationships accessible to a non-academic audience. He also contributes to the site as a columnist.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer Lilgendahl attended the Biannual Meeting of the Association for Research in Personality in Riverside, Calif. She chaired a symposium, titled Believing in Change: Implications of Implicit Theories for Aggression, Emotion Regulation and Narrative Identity, which she organized. She was one of the four contributing speakers at the symposium, giving a talk titled “Bad Self or Transformed Self? The Moderating Role of Implicit Theories of Personality in Narratives of Trauma and Transgression Memories.” Lilgendahl is also serving as the secretary/treasurer of the Association for Research in Personality.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Casey Londergan attended Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy XV, a field-specific international conference in Ascona, Switzerland, and gave a talk, “Site-Specific Probes of Protein Binding, Dynamics and Protonation.” He also attended the Beckman Foundation's symposium in Irvine, Calif., where Alice Vienneau (the '10 Beckman Scholar from Haverford) presented a poster on her work with the protein alpha-synuclein.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Lisa McCormick gave a talk at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Associate Professor of English Maud McInerney attended the 23rd Triennial Conference of the International Arthurian Congress in Bristol, UK, and delivered a paper, “The Horse You Rode in on: Comic Masculinities in Paien de Maisières.”

Professor of Biology Philip Meneely was an invited speaker at the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in the Undergraduate Curriculum Conference that was held at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Weiwen Miao gave an invited talk, “Statistical Properties of Tests Used to Detect Disparate Impact in Discrimination Cases,” at the International Chinese Statistical Association’s Applied Statistical Symposium in New York City. She also gave an invited talk, “Properties of Statistical Tests for Disparate Impact: Implications for Their Use in Analyzing Data Arising in Equal Employment Cases,” at the Eighth International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics in Seattle.

Associate Professor of Spanish Graciela Michelotti wrote an article about the short film Alumbramiento (dir. Eduardo Chapero Jackson) that was published in the journal Short Film Studies. Michelotti also presented a paper on the film adaptation of the Sergio Bizzio novel Rabia at the I Congreso Internacional Historia, Literatura y Arte en el Cine in Salamanca, Spain.

Assistant Professor of Classics Bret Mulligan had his piece, “Ἱερὸς Argus: Bilingual Wordplay in Statius Silvae 5.4.12,” published in the journal Mnemosyne. Another article of his, “Animal Play: Bilingual Onomastics and the Arrangement of Statius Silvae 2,” was accepted for publication in Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History 16. Mulligan also delivered a paper, “Paulatim Praeceps Audacia Crevit: Claudian’s Responses to Criticism,” at the 107th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Associate Professor of Anthropology Zolani Ngwane attended the Fifth Annual South African AIDS Conference and gave a talk, “Between Culture and Individual Motivation: Designing Behavioral Interventions That Empower South African Men to Take Personal Responsibility for Their Actions.”

Associate Professor of Chemistry Alexander Norquist co-authored a paper with Assistant Professor Joshua Schrier and students Jacob Olshansky '12 and Samuel Blau '12 on "Understanding an Order-Disorder Phase Transition in Ionothermally Synthesized Gallium Phosphates" in Crystal Growth and Design.

Assistant Professor of Economics David Owens attended the Annual International Meeting of the Economic Science Association to give a talk, “The Control Premium,” co-authored with Ryan Fackler ’11 and Zachary Grossman (of the University of California, Santa Barbara).

Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing Carol Schilling published her essay “Family Caregiving and the Ethics of Responsibility (Marvin’s Room)” in The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies (Oxford UP). Schilling also contributed a chapter, “Disability Perspectives on Bioethics,” to The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics (Springer). She also presented a paper, “Ethical Challenges that Physical and Cognitive Disability Bring to Medicine,” at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, where she has an appointment as an associate fellow. Additionally, Schilling is serving on the editorial board of the Literature, Arts and Medical Database, an international on-line resource for teaching and scholarship in the medical humanities.

Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark H. Schofield presented three papers, including two with Haverford students, at the 42nd Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in College Park, Md. The papers were “Synthesis and DNA Binding of Chiral Oxazoline Platinum (II) Complexes: Design of Novel Anti-Cancer Drugs,” with Peter R. Blessington '07, Anil S. Magge '07, Mee J. Kim '06, Bibhav Acharya '06, and Danit Brahver '06; and “NMR Determination of Hydrogen Bond Thermodynamics in a Dipeptide Model: A Physical Chemistry Experiment” with Janine G. Morton ‘07, Candice L. Joe ‘07, Massiel E. Chavez ‘07, Sophia R. Koshland ’07 and Haverford Assistant Professor of Chemistry Casey Londergan. A third paper, “Chemoenzymatic modification of natural sophorolipids: development of novel antimicrobial agents” was presented with collaborators Chunxiao Han, Thavasi Renga Thavasi, Yifeng Peng, Wenchun Xie, Richard A. Gross and Wenhua Lu from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joshua Schrier attended the triennial American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry in Telluride, Colo., accompanied by Anna Brockway '12 and Samuel Blau '12 who presented posters on “Post-Hartree-Fock, Generalized Gradient, and Dispersion-Corrected Approaches for Atom Tunneling Through Nanoporous Membranes” and “Lattice Density-Functional Theory for the Hubbard Model of Graphene Nanostructures” (respectively). He also co-authored a paper, "From Computational Discovery to Experimental Characterization of a High Hole Mobility Organic Crystal,” in Nature Communications.

Visiting Associate Professof of Art History, Independent College Programs Carol Solomon charied a session, A Range of Possibilities: Women's Art for Changing Times, at the the 15th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women in Amherst, Mass. Solomon was also quoted in an April 13 article in The New York Times about recent art censorship in the Middle East. Additionally, she met with North African artists working in Paris and London for research and attended a conference, A Million Miles From Home, at the Folkestone Triennial in Folkestone, England.

Associate Professor of English Gustuvus Stadler presented a paper, “Woody Guthrie's Spoiled Identity," at the conference of Post45, a group dedicated to the study of post-1945 American literature and culture, in Cleveland. Also, the Association of Recorded Sound Collections named the special issue of the journal Social Text that was dedicated to the “Politics of Recorded Sound” and was edited by Stadler a finalist for the award for Best Historical Research on General Recording Topics. That issue included an essay by Stadler, “Never Heard Such a Thing: Lynching and Phonographic Modernity.” Additionally, an excerpt from his work on Andy Warhol and sound, titled “Strategic Naivete,” appeared in a roundtable on the state of popular music studies in The Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jill Stauffer gave the plenary address at the Affective States of International Criminal Justice conference, and taught one session of a graduate class, both at the University of Melbourne School of Law in Australia.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Helen White attended the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) Summer Program Conference in Lake Champlain, Vt. She also gave a talk, “Investigating Oil in the Marine Environment,” at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Science in Rutgers, N.J.

Assistant Professor of Astronomy Beth Willman gave an invited talk, “The Milky Way and its Companions,” at the Very Wide Field Surveys in Light of Astro2010 event at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. Willman also gave an invited plenary talk, "The Least Luminous Galaxies in the Universe," at the 218th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Boston, Mass.

Professor of Philosophy Kathleen Wright had her essay, “Gadamer’s Hermeneutics and New Confucianism,” included in Gadamer and Ricoeur: Critical Horizons for Contemporary Hermeneutics (Continuum Press). She also attended the 2011 Confucian Studies Summer Institute at the Shengyuan “Sage” Academy of Nishan in Shandong Province, China, where she spent a month reading the Confucian classics with Chinese- and English-speaking teachers and scholars of Chinese culture.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Joel Yurdin gave a paper, “Putting Perception in its Place in Plato’s Theaetetus,” at the Williams Workshop in Ancient Philosophy at Williams College.

The Climbing Stone, by Peter Rockwell '58, is located outside Magill Library.

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