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Fall Faculty Update

Associate Professor in Fine Arts Markus Baenziger showed his work at the Edward Thorp Gallery in New York City as part of the group exhibition Borrowed Time, which looks at how time is used as form, content and medium within various artistic pursuits. The exhibit also included works by Marcel Duchamp, Harold Edgerton, Piero Fornasetti, Philip Guston, Eadweard Muybridge, Man Ray, Paul Strand and Ed Ruscha.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Elizabeth Beazley attended the 24th annual conference on “Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics” in Nagoya, Japan. There, she presented a poster, “Maximal Newton polygons via the quantum Bruhat graph,” that resulted in the publication of an extended abstract in the journal Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science Proceedings.

Associate Professor of Political Science Craig Borowiak published “Scaling up Utopias: E.O. Wright and the Search for Economic Alternatives” in New Political Science. In July he led an interdisciplinary team of eight social science professors and graduate students from different universities on a seven-day research trip to Mondragon, Spain, to study the Mondragon worker cooperatives. Borowiak co-organized a conference, “Exploring Cooperatives: Economic Democracy and Community Development in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,” on June 13 at the Drexel University Center for Public Policy. He was also awarded the Q. A. Shaw McKean Jr. Research Fellowship from Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations for his research on worker cooperatives and solidarity economies.

Assistant Professor of German Imke Brust brought acclaimed filmmaker, actress and television presenter Mo Asumang to campus for a screening of her film, Roots Germania. The film, which was nominated for Germany’s prestigious Adolf Grimme Award, is a risky road movie that questions pseudo-Germanic ideas of right-wing populists in a search for Afro-German identity. While on campus, Asumang also ran a film workshop for students.

The music of Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo was performed in Sauris, Italy; Long Beach and Cerritos, CA; and in Philadelphia, and was broadcast over KUSC Los Angeles, KUSP Santa Cruz, WOMR Provincetown, and WRUV Burlington. His new disc, Laws of the Pipe, was released on Navona Records, and another new disc, Celebration, by pianist Althea Waites on Kuumba Records, includes two of his major works, Philadelphia Diary and Fantasy Choruses on This Little Light of Mine. At the piano himself, Cacioppo performed Schubert’s Winterreise with baritone Alexander Dobson at Haverford on November 30 as the capstone event for an integrative learning initiative across campus, which was supported in part by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry Thomas Devaney was featured on WHYY-TV’s Friday Arts in October. His segment, “Lives of the Poets,” focused on Devaney’s forthcoming book The Picture That Remains, which is a collaboration with photographer Will Brown.

Associate Professor of Computer Science John Dougherty is serving as the program chair for the ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, which will be held March 6 through 9 in Denver, Colorado. The annual conference brings together about 1300 college professors and K-12 teachers to discuss trends and research in computing education. Dougherty worked in the same capacity in 2007.

Professor of Biology and Associate Provost Robert Fairman received notice that his National Science Foundation grant has been renewed for three years in the amount of $492,459. This grant will support his work on creating peptide-based materials with electronic activity. This work involves collaborative support from Assistant Professor of Chemistry Casey Londergan and Professor of Physics Walter Smith.

John C. Whitehead Professor of Humanities Richard Freedman published a two-volume set, Music in the Renaissance, as part of the series Western Music in Context: A Norton History (W. W. Norton and Co). In addition to the book, which shows how music and other forms of expression were adapted to changing tastes and ideals in Renaissance courts and churches, there is an accompanying anthology of scores with commentaries.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Seth Gillihan published, “Posttraumatic stress disorder in incarcerated women: A call for evidence-based treatment,” in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy and “The relationship between posttraumatic and depressive symptoms during prolonged exposure with and without cognitive restructuring for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder” in Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Gillihan also gave a talk, “Learning About Mental Illness and Its Treatments,” at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, and in November, he was named a fellow of the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania.

Edmund and Margiana Stinnes Professor of Global Studies and Professor of Anthropology Laurie Hart published “Pictures at a Transboundary Basilica” in the collection Donum natalicium digitaliter confectum Gregorio Nagy septuagenario a discipulis collegis familiaribus oblatum: A Virtual Birthday Gift Presented to Gregory Nagy on Turning Seventy by his Students, Colleages, and Friends. Hart also served as a discussant to the symposium, “Rights to the City, Rights to the State: Social Justice in War and Peace,” which was held in the Buffer Zone between the Greek and Turkish sectors of Cyprus in September. She also delivered a presentation, “Fear and Safety in the US Inner City: Ethnographic Notes on the House and the Block,” at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropolgical Association in San Francisco on Nov. 18. That paper, which is based in collaborative ethnographic research in North Philadelphia, was a contribution to a panel, “Making Space Public in an Age of Privatization: Reports from the 21st Century City,” which was organized by Julie Kleinman ’04. Kleinman also contributed a paper, "Gare du Nord, A Contact Zone in Theory and Practice: Architectures of Exchange and Exception," based on her doctoral research at Harvard University.

C.V. Starr Professor of Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics Shizhe Huang presented a paper, “Type Matching Constraint on Modification and Empty Modifiees in Chinese Nominals,” on August 30 at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea at Stockholm University in Sweden.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Hee Sook Kim exhibited prints in the show Expressing the Social Conscience: Art Prints and Human Rights at John Jay College Gallery in New York.

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies Thomas Lloyd was a featured tenor soloist and commissioned composer for Lyric Fest's opening concert of their 10th anniversary season on October 14 at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. The commissioned work, “Ben Unleashed,” was a whimsical setting of the aphorisms of Ben Franklin for the five featured singers and piano. That song was part of a program of works by composers associated with Philadelphia, including one by Haverford's own Curt Cacioppo, whose “In Memoriam” was also featured. Lloyd also gave an hour-long interview on Philadelphia’s NPR Classical-Jazz FM station, WRTI, related to the opening of the Bucks County Choral Society’s 40th anniversary season and the upcoming premiere of his full-length choral-theater piece “Bonhoeffer,” which will be performed by the professional choir The Crossing in March 2013.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Ana López-Sánchez presented a paper, “Moving Towards Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Narratives of Migration in an Advanced Writing Course,” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Conference on November 9.

Associate Professor of Physics Peter Love gave a talk at University of California, San Diego, and gave a talk and chaired a session at the Workshop on Quantum Simulations at the Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU in Bilbao, Spain. Love also gave an invited talk at a workshop at Microsoft Research on Quantum Computation for Quantum Chemistry. He also published two papers, “The Bravyi-Kitaev transformation for quantum computation of electronic structure” and  “Multipartite Quantum Entanglement Evolution in Photosynthetic Complexes,” in The Journal of Chemical Physics, and published a review paper, “Computational Complexity in Electronic Structure,” in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy Danielle Macbeth gave an invited keynote address, “The Puzzle of Logic in Relation to Mathematics,” at the inaugural meeting of the newly formed Philosophy of Mathematics Association at the University of Notre Dame on October 26.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Weiwen Miao published “Properties of statistical tests appropriate for the analysis of data in disparate impact cases,” in Law, Probability and Risk in October.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Alexander Norquist published a paper in Inorganic Chemistry with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joshua Schrier and co-author Jacob Olshansky ’12 that detailed the synthesis of the first organically templated vanadium selenites with three-dimensional framework structures. Norquist and Schrier also published a paper in a special issue of The Journal of Solid State Chemistry detailing their collaborative work on new polar materials that was focused on polar compounds. Their invited contribution to that special issue was the only one from an undergraduate institution. Three Haverford students, Matt Smith ’13, Sam Blau ’12 and Kelvin Chang ’11 appear as co-authors.

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Deborah Roberts published “Afterword: Concealment Concealed,” in Expurgating the Classics: Editing Out in Greek and Latin, edited by Stephen Harrison and Christopher Stray.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Joshua Sabloff gave a talk, “Constructions of Lagrangian Cobordisms with Application to Legendrian Geography and Polyfillability,” at the MIT Geometry and Topology seminar in early November. That talk described joint work with Lisa Traynor (Bryn Mawr College) and Frederic Bourgeois (Universite Libre de Bruxelles), and with his summer research students Chang Cao ’13, Nate Gallup ’13 and Kyle Hayden ’13.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Independent College Programs Donovan Schaefer led a master class at the “Religion and Media Workshop” at the American Academy of Religion conference in Chicago on the topic of affect, politics and the Islamic community center in lower Manhattan known as Park51. At the same conference, Schaefer co-organized a session, “The Affective Turn in Religious Studies,” discussing new methodological resources in religious studies coming out of affect theory, and presented a paper, “What Does It Feel Like to Be an Atheist? Affective Disciplines of Belief and Disbelief,” at that session.

Visiting Professor of Art History Carol Solomon was a featured speaker at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 25th Anniversary Gala at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as part of the Contemporary Art Program. As first curator of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Solomon was part of a discussion of the evolution of the Prize and its widespread impact on the development of contemporary art in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of Peace, Justice and Human Rights Concentration Jill Stauffer presented a paper, “Ethical Loneliness, the will to revision, and the promise of meaningful human rights,” at the Critical Legal Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, in September. Stauffer also presented a paper, “Ethical Loneliness: Forgiveness, Resentment and Recovery,” at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy meeting in Rochester, New York, in November.

Professor of Psychology Wendy Sternberg traveled to New Orleans for the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, and brought Rebecca Kazinka ’12 to present her thesis data in a poster session there.

Associate Professor of English Christina Zwarg was selected to participate in the 2012 CIC seminar on Slave Narratives with David Blight at Yale University in July. The seminar was cosponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.

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