From Demosthenes to Aquaponics: Faculty Present Their Work

June 7, 2012 – Allegheny College faculty have recently authored works or participated in professional activities across a range of disciplines.

Associate Professor of Art History Amelia Carr has published an article with co-author Michael Norton (James Madison University), “Liturgical Manuscripts, Liturgical Practice, and the Women of Klosterneuburg,” in Traditio, vol. 66 (2011). The article published part of the results of an ongoing study on the dramatic liturgy of this Augustinian double monastery in Austria.

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Rod Clark presented an invited address at the 2012 Annual Pennsylvania Association for Behavior Analysis (PennABA) conference held at Penn State University Hershey. His topic concerned the value of undergraduate preparation for graduate study in the areas of Experimental Analysis of Behavior and the Applied Behavior Analysis. His talk was titled “The Future of Behavior Analysis: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Teach Undergraduates.”

Associate Professor of Theatre Mark Cosdon, who serves as president of the American Theatre and Drama Society, moderated an authors’ event at the Drama Book Store in Times Square in New York City. Scholars Robin Bernstein (Harvard), Soyica Diggs Colbert (Dartmouth), and Stuart Hecht (Boston College) presented their new books.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science TJ Eatmon received a 2012 DEP Environmental Education Grant award for a project titled “Soilless Agriculture for STEM Education.” Funding from the grant will be used to create a year-round local food production process using aquaponic systems located throughout Meadville. The process will allow students from Allegheny College and Crawford Central School District and patrons of the Meadville Market House to observe and participate in the production of fish and produce. Parkhurst Dining Services will also be a partner in the project.

Associate Professor of Modern Languages Wilfredo Hernandez attended the XV Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium at Ohio State in Columbus on April 27-28. He read “Sexualidad y comunidad en Escrito y sellado, de Isaac Chocrón,” which deals with the emergence of a new ethics in the international gay community as a result of the global AIDS crisis that began in the early 1980s. Research for the paper was completed last summer in Caracas, Venezuela, and included a series of interviews with the playwright and some of his friends, as well as archival work done in the Sefardic Museum of Caracas.

Associate Professor of Classical Studies Judson Herrman has been awarded two fellowships for the 2012-13 academic year to pursue his book project Demosthenes: Selected Public Speeches, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. As a Margo Tytus Visiting Fellow at the University of Cincinnati Classics Department, Herrman will spend the fall semester in residence at one of the world’s premier collections in classical studies. Herrman’s work is also being generously funded by a salary grant from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

In conjunction with René Just and Professor Franz Schweiggert (University of Ulm, Germany), Associate Professor of Computer Science Gregory M. Kapfhammer recently published a paper at the 6th International Workshop on the Automation of Software Test. Titled “Using Conditional Mutation to Increase the Efficiency of Mutation Analysis,” the paper explains a new method that significantly reduces the time overhead for generating and executing program mutants during software testing. Integrated into the Java 6 Standard Edition compiler, the technique described in this paper is the first to demonstrate that mutation testing can scale to programs with up to 373,000 lines of code and 406,000 generated mutants. Furthermore, the paper presents the largest and most comprehensive empirical evaluation of mutation analysis since the field of study was founded in 1978. More information about both this paper and Kapfhammer’s past and ongoing research projects is available at
http://www.cs.allegheny.edu/~gkapfham/research/.

Assistant Professor of English Aisha Damali Lockridge’s book Tipping on a Tightrope: Divas in African American Literature was published in April.

Professor of Environmental Science and Political Science Michael Maniates had a research review essay, titled “Everyday Possibilities,” published in the MIT Press Journal Global Environmental Politics (January 2012). He also recently delivered two invited talks—one a keynote address at Carnegie Mellon University, the other a workshop at Case Western Reserve University—that draw on his forthcoming book It’s the Maze, Not the Mouse. Finally, Bridgepoint Education just released a textbook, Global Socioeconomic Perspectives, that features three chapters by Maniates: “Global Economic Development,” “Intergovernmental Organizations and Global Cooperation,” and “Developing Nations and the Balance of Power.”

Associate Professor of French Laura Reeck published an article, “La Littérature beur, une littérature qui a pris ses ailes,” in the March-April special issue of Hommes et Migrations, the publication of the National Immigration Museum. The issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence, and her article focuses on the contribution of authors of Algerian origin to French letters and society.

Associate Professor of Communication Arts Ishita Sinha Roy and Instructional Technologist Michael Hurley recently attended the conference “3Ts 2012: Engaging Students with Transliteracy, Technology, and Teaching” at SUNY Albany, where they gave a presentation titled “Building a Participatory Classroom Culture Through Digital Storytelling.”

Assistant Professor of History Guo Wu has had two articles accepted for publication. His “Accommodation and Conflict: The Incorporation of Miao Territory and Construction of Cultural Difference during the High Qing Era” will appear in Frontiers of History in China, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2012). “Imagined Future in Chinese Novels at the Turn of the 21st century: A Study of Yellow Peril, The End of Red Chinese Dynasty and A Flourishing Age: China, 2013” will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of Asianetwork Exchange, A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts.