Congratulations to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty for their notable publications, presentations and honors.
Professor Giordana Grossi (Psychology) gave a talk titled “In Search of a New Language: Reconceptualizing and Reworking Claims of Origins” at the March “Intersectional Analysis of the Sexed/Gendered Brain” workshop at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. In her talk, Grossi provided a critique of the language that psychologists and neuroscientists use when they discuss issues of origins (e.g., nature-nurture, innate, hardwiring, preprogramming, genetic program, blueprint). The talk articulated why these terms are problematic and why their use betrays assumptions that do not reflect or address the complexity of developmental processes. Grossi argued that the language we use is crucial when we try to introduce the audience to more sophisticated ways of thinking about development, the origins of behavior and sex/gender.
Professor Mary Holland (English) authored The Moral Worlds of Contemporary Realism, to be published in July by Bloomsbury. The book examines literature by dozens of writers, and over a century of theory and criticism about realism to illustrate how our ideas about what is real and how best to depict it have changed dramatically, especially in recent years.
Associate Professor Heather Morrison (History) received the 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. The award honored Morrison’s “record of exceptional service to her department, her discipline and the academic culture and operation of the College as a whole, even as she maintains a full-time teaching schedule and an impressive publication record in her field.”
Associate Professor Matt Newcomb (English) was awarded the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Excellence in Service Award, which honored his leadership as the Director of the Composition Program, his creation of the “Writing and Rhetoric” course that he designed in response to GE IV, service on the GE and Writing Boards, English Graduate Committee, Strategic Planning and Assessment Council, Middle States Steering Committee’s Educational Effectiveness Working Group, and his organizing of the Writing Board’s annual Celebration of Writing Day for the past three years.
Associate Professor Thomas Olsen (English) authored the collection Tales for Shakespeare: Stories that Inspired the Plays. The anthology, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, features seven full-length source stories used by Shakespeare for his plays and is suitable for scholars, students, thespians and general readers alike. Olsen has worked on this project for many years and many students have seen parts of it in their classes as he has introduced them to the ways Shakespeare transformed the stories of others into the plays students and theater-goers still admire even today.
Professor Anne Roschelle (Sociology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) was awarded the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Excellence in Research Award. The award recognized Roschelle’s publication, during the last 18 months, of her book, Struggling in the Land of Plenty: Race, Class, and Gender in the Lives of Homeless Families and two peer-reviewed articles, as well as her presentations at six conference sessions at the Eastern Sociological Society, American Sociological Association, and National Women’s Studies Association. Roschelle also continues her work on the Editorial Board of Sociological Forum.
Professor Jonathan Schwartz (Political Science and International Relations), with his research collaborators, has published three articles in peer-reviewed journals on controlling hospital infection during the COVID-19 pandemic: “Recommendations for Protecting Against and Mitigating the COVID-19 Pandemic in Long-term Care Facilities,” in the April issue of Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection, “Interrupting COVID-19 Transmission by Implementing Enhanced Traffic Control Bundling: Implications for Global Prevention and Control Efforts,” in the March issue of Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection and “Protecting Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak – Lessons from Taiwan’s SARS Response” in the March issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Additionally, he was interviewed on Konflikt, National Swedish Public Radio, for a piece on “The Benefits of Authoritarianism in Responding to COVID-19,” and he published an op-ed in The Diplomat on “Coronavirus and China’s ‘Authoritarian Advantage.’”
Assistant Professor Rachel Somerstein (Digital Media & Journalism) published the article “’Just a Junior Journalist:’ Field Theory and Photographers’ Gendered Experiences” in Journalism Practice in April.
Associate Professor Hamilton Stapell (History) published the article “Bienvenido, Mickey Mouse!?: Hopes for a Magic Kingdom in Post-Franco Spain” in the Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies.