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Faculty-Staff Achievements, Oct. 19, 2015

October 20, 2015


Sarah DiPasquale, lecturer in dance, accompanied students from the dance department to Pittsburgh Oct. 9-11 to present their research at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference. Nicole Becker ’17 presented a poster of her work titled “Self-reported injury and management in a liberal arts college dance department” while Meaghan Wood ’18 and Madeline Morser ’17 gave a 20-minute platform presentation titled “The effect of classical dance training on balance, agility, flexibility, and strength in college-aged students.”

Catherine J. Golden, professor of English, presented a paper titled “Toppling the ‘Cookstove Throne’ in Gilman's ‘The Cottagette’: Cooking Up Equal Gender Dynamics in the Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Kitchen” at the sixth International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference June 13-15 at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Golden noted, "I had the good fortune to work again with two former members of the Skidmore College English Department, both of whom are currently teaching at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Sari Edelstein was the conference organizer and Holly Jackson was the chair of my session on 'Gilman and Material Culture.'"

Reg Lilly, professor of philosophy, participated in an Oct. 8 panel, Psychoanalysis and Traumatology, at the Atlanta meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, where he gave an expanded version of his paper “Heidegger and Traumatology.”

Mary Solomons, senior director of donor relations and campaign events, received “stellar speaker” recognition for her service on the faculty of the annual donor relations conference June 3-5 in Providence, R.I., sponsored by CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. It was her fourth time participating in the conference and fourth faculty star. In addition, Solomons had two guest blogs (Oct. 7 and Sept. 27) featured this fall on the Donor Relations Guru web site, which has a readership of 100,000.

Amber N. Wiley, assistant professor of American studies, spoke at the Oct. 9 inaugural Black in Design conference at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The conference, organized by the African American Student Union, intended to take the initial steps toward addressing social injustice through design by reclaiming the histories of underrepresented groups in design pedagogy and to implicate designers as having a role in repairing our broken built environment. Wiley spoke on her research and teaching, and described various ways that the National Architectural Accrediting Board shaped the pedagogy and focus of design schools. A summary of the pedagogy panel can be found on the Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellowship blog.


Janet G. Casey, professor of English and director, First-Year Experience, contributed an invited essay titled “American Literary Realism: Popularity and Politics in a Modernist Frame” to A History of the Modernist Novel, edited by Gregory Castle and published by Cambridge UP, 2015.
Gordon R. Thompson, professor of music, is the author of "A Session Life for Me: Studio Musicians and London's Popular Music Industry in the 1960s," which appeared Oct. 13 on the Oxford University Press blog

In the News

Robin Nelson, assistant professor of anthropology, and her research on sexual harassment and assault at science field sites was cited in “Berkeley astronomer resigns over sexual harassment investigation” published Oct. 15 on She also spoke on the subject of Geoff Marcy’s resignation for an Oct. 17 story in the Contra Costa Times titled “Does UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy's downfall signal shift in attitudes over sexual harassment?”

Research by Corinne Moss-Racusin, assistant professor of psychology, was cited in “Study suggests evidence of gender bias in evaluating evidence of gender bias in STEM,” published Oct. 13 on

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