Spring Faculty Updates 2022
Highlighting faculty professional activities, including conferences, exhibitions, performances, awards, and publications.
Professor of Economics Richard Ball was a speaker and panelist at a symposium on "Supporting Research Reproducibility" organized by the CURE (Curating for Reproducibility) Consortium and hosted by the Temple University Library. Ball and Project TIER colleagues presented three one-hour webinars for faculty from HBCUs. The webinars provided an overview of the resources Project TIER has developed to assist instructors of courses in quantitative research methods introduce principles and practices of computational reproducibility to their students. Ball and his colleagues also planned and conducted a two-day professional development workshop for faculty, researchers, instructors, graduate students, and clinical researchers in the Clinical Research Institute and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University in Beirut. That workshop focused on principles and practices for ensuring computational reproducibility of statistical data analysis in teaching and research.
Associate Professor of Economics Carola Binder’s research was featured in The Wall Street Journal (“Some Fed Officials Face Heat for Wading Into Hot-Button Issues”) and The Economist (“The Danger of Excessive Distraction”). She was also quoted in the Quartz article “Americans have never been more unsure of where inflation is headed.” Binder presented "Consumer Inflation Expectations: Daily Dynamics" at Texas Tech, at the Sound Money Project, and (virtually) at Simon Fraser University. She also served as an external examiner for a dissertation defense at the University of Glasgow, and continued her position as an associate editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Lou Charkoudian won the Council for Undergraduate Research Silvia Ronco Innovative Mentor Award. She also published a manuscript, "Heterologous Expression, Purification, and Characterization of Type II Polyketide Synthase Acyl Carrier Proteins," with co-authors Professor of Chemistry Casey Londergan and Grayson Hamrick '21 in Methods in Enzymology. Charkoudian is a co-author on two additional publications: “ActinoBase: tools and protocols for researchers working on Streptomyces and other filamentous actinobacteria," published in Microbial Genomics and “The Cytochrome P450 OxyA from the Kistamicin Biosynthesis Cyclisation Cascade is Highly Sensitive to Oxidative Damage" in Frontiers in Chemistry. She was interviewed on the episode “Rebranding Organic Chemistry” for the podcast Science Behind the Science and served as a panelist for the 2022 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Symposium. Charkoudian co-led the 2022 FLAMEnet Workshop on "Changing Culture to Build Student Resilience" at Emory University and gave an invited seminar at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Danielle De Leo was invited to participate in the 2022 National Ocean Exploration Forum (2022 NOEF), titled Ocean Exploration: Blueprint 2032 to help synthesize a community-driven “blueprint” for the next decade of ocean exploration.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English Thomas Devaney published an article, "Gallery Going: Old City’s First Friday celebrates 30 years of connecting Philly artists," in Billy Penn.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Tom Donahue's symposium article, "Deconstructing the Divides," was accepted for publication in Journal of Social and Political Philosophy.
Associate Professor of Classics Matthew Farmer’s book, Theopompus: Introduction, Translation, Commentary, which is part of the Fragmenta Comica series, was published
Associate Professor of Religion Molly Farneth was awarded an NEH Summer Stipend to support archival research on activist and public intellectual Grace Lee Boggs. Farneth also presented a paper, “Becoming Spirit: Hegel on Habit, Ritual, and Emergence,” at a conference on "God and Infinity: Perspectives from Hegel and Kierkegaard" at Princeton University.
Emily Judson Baugh Gest and John Marshall Gest Professor of Global Philosophy, Professor of Global Philosophy, and Director of the Gest Center Ashok Gangadean chaired a global philosophy event with five philosophers from around the world: Susanne Burri from the University of Konstanz, Christine Cuomo from the University of Georgia, Eduardo Mendieta from Penn State University, Thaddeus Metz of the University of Pretoria, and Robin R. Wang from Loyola Marymount University. Gangadean’s topic was “Global Ontology, Ideology and the Source of Human Violence,” and the general topic for the panel was “Metaphysics and Ideology in Times of War.”
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy Charles Goldhaber presented a talk, "Hume's Real Riches," at the British Society for the History of Philosophy in Edinburgh, Scotland. A paper by the same name has been accepted for publication in the History of Philosophy Quarterly. That same paper was promoted by a literature newsletter called "The Browser," after which it went viral and was downloaded by over 10,000 people within its first month of being available online. Goldhaber’s book review of Peter Fosl's Hume's Scepticism: Pyrrhonian and Academic was published in Hume Studies. He also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the NEH Summer Institute, "David Hume in the 21st Century."
Associate Professor of Spanish Aurelia Gómez Unamuno presented her book, Entre fuegos. Memoria y violencia de Estado: los textos literarios y testimoniales de la guerrilla en México, at a virtual panel at the Center of Interdisciplanary Studies in Sciences and Humanities at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship Eric Hartman co-authored “Crisis as Opportunity: Reimagining Global Learning Pathways through New Virtual Collaborations and Open Access During COVID-19” in Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Hartman also gave two presentations at the Forum on Education Abroad Conference in Chicago: “Global Learning on and around Campuses: Successes, Opportunities, and Emergent Models” (with Samantha Brandauer) and “’Your students went abroad. Now what?’ How Reentry Courses Maximize Meaning-Making” (with Becca Abu Rakia-Einhorn and Charla Bailey).
Visiting Assistant Professor in the Writing Program and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Shannan Hayes was an invited speaker on the "Art & Labor" panel at the College Art Association's annual "The Feminist Art Project" day of events. Hayes also presented, “8 Lessons from the Ground: Philly” at the “People on Streets: Critical Phenomenology of Protest” conference in Paderborn Germany.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Elise Herrala gave an invited presentation of her book, Art of Transition:The Field of Art in Post-Soviet Russia, at an online panel of the American Sociological Association's Political Sociology section. Herrala was also interviewed for a story about Russian art collectors for Jacobin.
C.V. Starr Professor of Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics Shizhe Huang co-authored, “SENIOR THESES--Creating a community of Scholars for original, authentic research," in LANGUAGE. She also wrote a chapter, “Skolemized Topicality for Indefinites and Universal Quantifier mei-phrases in Chinese,” in New Explorations in Chinese Theoretical Syntax, edited by Andrew Simpson.
Professor of Fine Arts Hee Sook Kim won the 2022 Voice of Tomorrow Art Award from Contemporary Art Curator magazine and the 2021–22 Arte Laguna Special Prize Residency in Espronceda Center of Art and Culture in Barcelona, Spain. As part of that residency, she gave a solo exhibition, Patterns of Experience, and an invited lecture at Esproncenda Institute of Art and Culture. Kim’s work was included in three group exhibitions: Transitions at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Monshare Art at Art Miami and Context, and Art of the State at theState Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
Associate Professor and Chair of Religion Naomi Koltun-Fromm gave a talk, “Constructing Jerusalem Metaphorically: Cosmic Mountains, Centers, and the Omphalos,” at a conference on “Jewish – Christian Relations and Christian anti-Jewish Polemics in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages” at The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.
Professor, Director of the Education Program, and Associate Dean for Global Engagement Alice Lesnick’s paintings and multimedia work appeared in a solo exhibition at the Cerulean Arts Gallery. Lesnick also gave a conference presentation, "Assessment for DEI Accountability in Global Learning," at the Forum on Education Abroad in Chicago, in collaboration Linda Beck and Matthew Jameson.
Associate Professor and Haverford Chair of Linguistics Brook Lillehaugen was selected as a regional fellow in the University of Pennsylvania Price Lab Digital Humanities Seminar, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for the 2022–2023 academic year. Her English language translations, co-authored with Felipe H. Lopez, of three Zapotec language poems, Rla dizh / Xjaa / Lo nez Santa Mony, appeared in Latin@ Literatures: A Cultural and Literary Journal. She also participated as a panelist in the session “Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Latin American Studies and Digital Public Humanities” at the 2022 DH Unbound conference.
Professor Emeritus of Music Thomas Lloyd conducted the premiere performances of his 45-minute choral/orchestral work, "Appearances," on March 26 and 27 with the Bucks County Choral Society, Symphony in C, and soprano Maeve Höglund. The work re-imagines the encounters of three medieval women mystics (Theresa de Ávila, Hildegard von Bingen, and Julian of Norwich) with the risen Christ as depicted in their writings.
Associate Professor of Spanish Ana López-Sánchez presented a paper, "Identity work and L2/HL Literacy development in digital narratives: Creating spaces for Latinx students in Spanish language departments,” at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference.
T. Wistar Brown Professor and Professor and Chair of Philosophy Danielle Macbeth presented a paper, “Feelings, Emotions, Value, and Reasons,” at the conference “Ontology of the Mind and Its Linguistic Reflection: Emotion” at the Université Cote d’Azur in Nice, France.
Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center Karen Masters gave a virtual seminar, “Spirals in Galaxies,” at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy at the University of Sydney in Australia. She was elected vice-chair of the Users Committee of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). Masters also attended (virtual) meetings of Working Party 7D of the International Telecommunications Union sector on Radio Communication as a member of the U.S. delegation. WP7D is focused on matters of importance to Radio Astronomy, such as making sure there are some quiet parts of the radio spectrum to study the Universe around FM radio, cell phones, and other human radio emissions.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sara Mathieson gave a talk, "Automatic evolutionary inference using Generative Adversarial Networks," for the Vienna Population Genetics webinar.
Laurie Ann Levin Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of English, and Chair of Comparative Literature Maud Burnett McInerney presented a paper, "A Great Despite: The Shame of Sir Palomides, the Saracen Knight," at the Emotion and the Medieval Self Conference at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.
Associate Professor and Chair of Classics Bret Mulligan participated in the Graduate Student Pedagogy Workshop at Rutgers University.
Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature Deborah Roberts co-authored an article, "New Hope for Old Stories: Yiyun Li's Gilgamesh and Ali Smith's Antigone," in Our Mythical Hope: the Ancient Myths as Medicine for the Hardships of Life in Children's and Young Adult Culture, edited by Katarzyna Marciniak.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Professor and Chair of English, and Director of the Hurford Center Gustavus Stadler attended the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes conference at Duke University, along with HCAH Associate Director James Weissinger and Program Manager Kelly Jung.
Assistant Professor of Biology Kristen Whalen and four students—Eleanor Greene ’22, Genevieve Dallmeyer-Drennen '22, Megan Coolahan '22, and Oscar Garrett '23—presented their research at the Ocean Sciences Meeting. Whalen gave an invited talk, "Bacterial Quorum Sensing Signal Interferes with Viral Replication Not Infection in Emiliania huxleyi."
Associate Professor of Political Science Susanna Wing received a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, supporting her research on women in the court systems in Benin. Wing also published an in-depth briefing, “Making Sense of Mali,” for the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research (CHACR), a think tank of the British Army.