Vol. 3, No. 4 - November 13, 2003

Faculty-Staff Activities

David Domozych, professor of biology, presented an invited seminar titled “The secret of Adirondack wetlands: biofilms,” Oct. 24 at the School of Science Seminar Series at Marist College. The seminar was sponsored by Merck and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Francisco Gonzalez, associate professor of philosophy, gave an invited paper titled “Confronting Heidegger on Logos and Being in Plato’s Sophist” at a meeting of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum in July 2002 in Città di Castello, Italy.

Don McCormack, dean of special programs, has been nominated to a second three-year term on the board of directors of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members will vote in January.

Michael Mudrovic, associate professor of Spanish, presented “Poetry as Game: Skill and Chance in Andrés Neuman’s El jugador de billar” at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures in October. In addition, he read a paper titled “Vida, arte, ciberespacio: La poesía ‘expansiva’ de Vicente Luis Mora” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Aug. 1-6 in Chicago.

Mary-Elizabeth O’Brien, associate professor of German, gave a paper titled “Helmut Käutner and the Limits of Aesthetic Resistance” at the 28th Colloquium on Literature and Film at West Virginia University. This year’s colloquium on “The Evolution of War and its Representation in Literature and Film” took place Sept. 18-20. She also accepted an invitation to lecture on “National Socialist Realism and the Problem Film” at a conference honoring Professor Ehrhard Bahr titled “The Intersection of Politics and German Literature 1750-2000” in May at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Cornell Reinhart, director, University Without Walls, was invited to serve as a judge for the 2003 awards for effective practices in online learning sponsored by the Sloan Consortium, an association of more than 450 institutions and organizations of higher learning. Awards will be presented at the Sloan Consortium’s international conference in online learning Nov. 15 in Orlando, Fla.

Mary Zeiss Stange, associate professor of women’s studies and religion, was the commentator at a session on “Guns, Violence, and Belonging in Late Twentieth-Century America” at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Oct. 17 in Hartford, Conn. On Oct. 14, Stange was a panelist at the Justice Action Center Speaker Series program titled “Gun Control: A Debate on One of the Most Divisive Issues in America” held at New York Law School. The panel was convened and moderated by Nadine Strossen, professor of law and president of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Bob Turner, assistant professor of government, attended the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association last August in Philadelphia, where he was a discussant for a panel on “State Policy Choices.” He also gave a poster presentation (with Mark Cassell of Kent State University) titled “The Impact of State Institutions on the Targeting of State Economic Development Policies and How It Matters: The Case for Enterprise Zones.” In addition, he is a co-author (with department colleague Beau Breslin) of “The Impact of Female State Chief Justices on the Administration of State Courts,” presented at the meeting.


Lenora de la Luna, assistant professor of education, is co-author (with George Kamberelis) of a chapter titled “Children’s Writing: How Textual Forms, Contextual Forces, and Textual Politics Co-Emerge” in What Writing Does and How it Does It, published by Lawrence Erlbaum. Charles Bazerman and Paul Prior edited the book, which was published this year.

Terry Diggory, Ross Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and chair, Department of English, wrote a review of the book Wolfgang Paalen: Artist and Theorist of the Avant-Garde by Amy Ritter published under the title “Paalen Counts” in the American Book Review, November-December 2003.

David Domozych, professor of biology, is the author of a chapter titled “Algal Cell Walls” in the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences published by the Nature Publishing Group.

Corey R. Freeman-Gallant, associate professor of biology, is the author of a paper titled “Social pairing and female mating fidelity predicted by RFLP similarity at the major histocompatibility complex in a songbird” published in Molecular Ecology, Vol. 12, No. 11. Co-authors are Michael Meguerdichian ’02; Suzanne Sollecito, Department of Biology; and Nathaniel Wheelwright, Bowdoin College. The paper reports on their recent work with Savannah sparrows showing a strong, negative relationship between the mating fidelity of females and their genetic similarity to social mates.

Francisco Gonzalez, associate professor of philosophy, has a number of new publications, including an article titled “Conversing About Virtue Every Day: Socratic Communication as End, Not Means,” appearing In the Philosophy of Communication, Vol. 1, edited by K. Boudouris and J. Poulakos and published in 2002 by Ionia Publications, Athens. In addition, he wrote a review of Platon et la Question de la Pensée by Monique Dixsaut, published in Classical Review, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2002; and an article titled “Why Heidegger’s Hermeneutics is not ‘Diahermeneutics’” in Philosophy Today, SPEP Supplement, 2001.

Michael Mudrovic, associate professor of Spanish, wrote a review of Willard Bohn’s Modern Visual Poetry that was published in Romance Quarterly, No. 50, 2003.

Bob Turner, assistant professor of government, is the author of “The Political Economy of Industrial Recruitment Strategies: Do Smoke-Stack Chasing and Vote-Chasing Go Together?” published in State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Fall 2003.


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