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Acta | Object Lesson


Acta
Highlights of faculty and staff activities

Paul Arcierio, exercise science, has a new grant from Experimental and Applied Sciences to study how meal frequency (three vs. six meals per day) and dietary balance (high carbohydrate vs. balanced carbohydrate and protein) may affect metabolism, mood, and health.

Tisch Professor Robert Boyers, English, is the author of articles in the New Republic, Jan. 19; the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Feb. 15; and Raritan, fall 2003. His “Samantha,” in the spring 2004 Ontario Review, won the 2004 Cooper Prize for Short Fiction.

Grace Burton, Spanish, has been appointed interim dean of studies, replacing Jon Ramsey, who retired this year.

Hunt Conard, media services, was elected to the board of directors of the Consortium of College and University Media Centers. He was already involved in the consortium’s government regulation and public policy committee.

Denton Crocker, biology (emeritus), is part of the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project: his World War II letters, photos, and reminiscences are posted at www.loc.­gov/vets. He’s writing a history of the malaria-fighting units he served with.

Catherine Golden, English, presented a paper on Mary Elizabeth Braddon and The Doctor’s Wife, in a session on Victorian sensationalism, at the Northeast Modern Language Association convention.

Greg Goodwin, psy chology, earned a $150,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study brain mechanisms that underlie exploratory behavior in young rats. The emergence of a motivation to explore new and unfamiliar environments, he says, is critical to achieving full and healthy independence in adulthood.

Holley Hodgins, psychology, earned a three-year, $230,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study human motivation. She will examine how a sense of autonomy affects a person’s willingness to participate in external events and will test theories that when people (athletes, workers, students) feel more auton­omous, they perform tasks better and derive self-esteem from completing them.


Regina Janes, English, edited a special feature on executions, which included her essay “Jonathan Swift Bounces a Head,” in the journal 1650–1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, vol. 8, 2003.

Bill Jones, college relations, won an Irving T. Marsh Award for his service to the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s Sports Information Directors Association. Long active in ECAC-SIDA, Jones served as president in 2000–01. James Kunz, admissions, has retired. In his twenty-three-year tenure, he has described Skidmore to more than 10,000 students at high schools and college fairs in twenty-five states and Canada, evaluated some 46,000 admission applications, and interviewed 4,000 pro­spective students on campus. He and his wife plan to move to the North Carolina coast, to sail, sing, and tutor young readers.

The good seats

Six endowed professorships have new incumbents:

Mary Ann Foley, psychology, takes the Class of 1948 Chair for Excellence in Teaching (previous holder: Susan Kress, English)
Patricia Hilleren, biology, takes the Lubin Family Chair for Women in Science (previous holder: Mary Crone-Odekon, physics)
Mary C. Lynn, American studies, takes the Douglas Family Chair in American Culture, History, and Literary and Interdisciplinary Studies (former holder: Joanna Zangrando, American studies)
Doretta Miller takes the Robert Davidson Chair in Art (previous holder: John Cunningham)
Roy Rotheim, economics, takes the Quadracci Chair in Social Responsibility (previous holder: Tom Lewis, English)
Sheldon Solomon, psychology, takes the Courtney and Steven Ross Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies (former holder: Terry Diggory, English)


Murray Levith, English, presented a paper, “Iago, James VI, and the Succession,” at the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America.

Ron McEachen, athletics, is the author of the chapter on “Training for High-Level Soccer Fitness” in The Soccer Coaching Bible, published this year.

Doretta Miller, art, exhibited recent gouache paintings at the First Street Gallery in New York City in May and June.

Steven Millhauser, English, is the author of “Cat ’n’ Mouse,” a short story in the April 19–26 New Yorker.

Susan Rivers, psychology, is co-author of a paper on how “message framing” affects women’s use of health-clinic services, in the Journal of Health Psychology, 2004.

Paul Sattler, art, has a pastel titled Variation on Charles Willson Peal’s “Exhumation of the Mastodon,” IV in the National Academy of Design Museum’s Invitational Exhibition of American Contemporary Art in New York City. The work won the top prize for graphics and works on paper.

Shelly VanSlyke, health services, was honored as an outstanding “new professional” (working in the field three years or less) by the American College Health Association.