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Faculty Notes

Peter Baran, associate professor of chemistry, gave an invited talk "Chemistry Celebration in Our Philately," which revealed chemistry motifs in Czech and Slovak stamps in February at the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Slovakia. He also spoke at Safarik University is Kosice, Slovakia the same month. Baran published three papers in inorganic chemistry topics in Organic Letters , Inorganic Chemistry and the Journal of Natural Products.

Bethany Benson, assistant professor of art, exhibited her ceramics at the show "Greens & Grog" at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Conference in Tampa, Fla.

Monika Malewska, assistant professor of art, exhibited her work at the group exhibitions: "Everything But the Kitschen Sync," La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.; "Sinister Play," Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, N.Y.; and "INSATIABLE: Our Rapacious Appetite for More," Kniznick Gallery, Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

So What?

Juniata magazine: Why is it important for an art faculty member or an artist in general to exhibit your work regularly?

Monika Malewska: It’s no different than scientists who publish their research results. It’s important to be part of a larger cultural dialogue in the artistic community. I make art and I teach, and I think making art makes me a better teacher in some ways. Art does no one any good stuck in a closet. It’s the same as knowledge—it has to be shared.

JM: How do you decide to which shows or exhibits you should submit your artwork?

MM: Sometimes the curators know my work or have seen my paintings online and they contact me and sometimes I get excited about an opportunity that has a certain theme or style of painting. The shows I was in recently (appealed) to me in different ways. “Kitchen Sync” was sort of countercultural, “INSATIABLE” was more of an academic show about excessive consumption and “Sinister Play” was a pop cultural exhibition.

JM: At how many exhibits do you usually show work in a typical year?

MM: It goes up and down, but usually about five shows and I think I get into about 40 percent of those I apply for. I’m going to have a solo show this summer at Good Question Gallery in Augusta, N.J.

JM: Do you get to work on art during the entire year?

MM:Let’s see, since 2007 I’ve done about 20 paintings in my “Bacon” series, which means I get to do about one per month. I always try to have something cooking, so to speak.

JM: Is there an ultimate exhibit or ambition you would like to attain with your art?

MM:The ultimate thing for an artist is to be represented by a gallery in a larger city. It’s sort of the equivalent of having an agent. They sell your work exclusively and handle marketing and sales. That would be my ambition because I am a terrible business person.

JM: How does your art contribute to Juniata students’ education and how do you think you can be part of the larger art world?

MM:I try not to show my work in class because I do not want to impose my personal sensibility on (students). I want them to discover their own way. Art should raise interesting questions. I might not be famous but I’m sharing my work and participating in the conversation.

John Bukowski, professor of mathematics, and Jerry Kruse, associate professor of mathematics and information technology, recently received awards at the annual meeting of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America in April at Clarion University. Kruse won the 2011 MAA Allegheny Mountain Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, and Bukowski won the 2011 MAA Allegheny Mountain Section Service Award.

Vince Buonaccorsi, associate professor of biology, published a paper on bocaccio rockfish population genetics in the journal Conservation Genetics Resources. Ashton Bunce '10 was a co-author. Buonaccorsi reviewed or edited papers for U.S. Fisheries Bulletin, Molecular Ecology Journal of Biological Conservation, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Fisheries, Marine Ecological Progress Series, and Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Kati Csoman, acting dean of the center for international education, presented "A Double Degree Development Experience: Juniata College & York St John University (UK)" at the Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif. in February.

Sarah DeHaas, professor of education, was editor for the Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook, published in 2011 .

Jim Donaldson, professor of business presented "Media Savvy Marketing: Grow Your Customer Base through Marketing" at the Huntingdon Chamber of Commerce.

Douglas Glazier, professor of biology, published, with Travis Deptola '10, "The amphipod Gammarus minus has larger eyes in freshwater springs with numerous predators" in the journal Invertebrate Biology.

Daniel Welliver, assistant professor of sociology, and Cynthia Merriwether-DeVries, associate professor of sociology, presented research at Eastern Sociological Society in February in Philadelphia. Two Juniata students, Shelleisha Salmon '11, and Brittany Gregory '11 accompanied the faculty to present research posters.

So What?

Juniata magazine: First off, why were you and Cy going to the conference?

Dan Welliver: We were making a presentation on sociology’s new capstone course, which we called “Small Meets World,” which provides a project that makes it clearer how the principles you are learning at Juniata are applied in the larger world outside of Huntingdon.

JM: How were you able to get funding to take Shelleisha and Brittany to the conference and what did they do there?

DW: Cy applied to Provost Lakso’s faculty development fund. Shelleisha was showing a poster for her research on “Aging, AIDS and African-American Women,” and Brittany showed a poster on her emerging research comparing public transportation access in London and Baltimore (Md.)

JM: Why is it important to take students to a professional conference?

DW: Both Shelleisha and Brittany are graduate school-bound, where they are going to be expected to discuss their work and research. This conference and their poster presentations gave them the experience of meeting other professionals in their field, getting some positive feedback and critiques on their work. It’s interacting with an audience that will help them to refine and affirm what they are doing.

JM: Did you and Cy prepare them at all?

DW: We did do a dry run in the hotel before the poster session, which I think helped them work out any nervousness. It must have worked because Shelleisha talked at length with a professor from Columbia University who was doing similar research. Brittany was so impressive in fielding questions that one professor from Lehigh University asked her to apply to their graduate program.

JM: Any other surprising learning experiences?

DW: You know we had some pretty good discussions on the way to and from the conference. Coming back you now have a shared language that can build another level of discourse when you get back to campus. Even walking to dinner on South Street, we saw a huge mural showing (renowned African-American sociologist) W.E.B. Du Bois. In fact, for a social scientist, just walking around Philly is like being in a candy store. I guess the students in natural sciences can leave their research behind when they go out to dinner. With sociologists everything is open to scrutiny.

Dennis Johnson, professor of environmental science, conducted a workshop on unsteady river flow modeling and developing river models using GIS for the National Weather Service at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Kathy Jones, associate professor of education, was elected as vice president of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers' Association.

Jill Keeney, Goodman-Rockwell Professor of Biology, published a paper with two students, John O'Donnell '10, Marie Gehman '09 on her long-running Saccharomyces cerevisiae, or baker's yeast, research in the Nov. 22 issue of Mobile DNA.

Pat Kepple, spoke on "Cancer: Ten Things I Like About You," on the Juniata campus at the first annual Pink Ribbon Banquet organized by the student group Colleges Against Cancer.

Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology, spoke on "Mind-Body Medicine for Women" for Huntingdon's J.C. Blair Women's Health Conference. She also chaired a workshop "Health Care SOS: Advising for the Titanic" at a meeting of the NE Association of Advisors for the Health Professions in March in Providence, R.I.

James Latten, associate professor of music, in March began service as state president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association for a one-year term. In February, Latten spoke to the Huntingdon Rotary Club on "Why Music Education? Why even have it in the Schools?" As national chair of the Small College/Community College Task Force of the College Band Directors National Association, Latten presided over the task force meetings at the group's national conference in Seattle, Wash.

Mark McKellop and Kathy Westcott, both associate professors of psychology, with students Lyndsey Gianella '12, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Nicholas Talisman '12, of Bethesda, Md., presented "Talking about Death: Does the Discussion End when Class is Over?" at the 23rd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science in May in Washington, D.C.

John Mumford, library director, spoke on "Little Known Treasures, Juniata College Special Collections" at the Village at Morrisons Cove in February in Martinsburg, Pa.

Norris Muth, assistant professor of biology, with student researcher Acer van Wallendael '11, co-wrote an article on the case for and against Walnut Allelopathy in Forest Leaves, a publication of the Natural Resources Extension office of Penn State). Muth also reviewed or edited articles in Biological Invasions, Ecology Letters, Functional Ecology, Journal of Ecology and Plant Ecology.

Neil Pelkey, associate professor of environmental science, with two co-authors, published "Googleology: Powerful Tool or Unreliable Evidence" in the September 2010 Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature.

Rosalie Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion, received the Bunton-Waller Graduate Scholarship to pursue a master's degree in community psychology at Penn State University-Harrisburg. Rodriguez receives full tuition funding, as well as $15,000 for each year of the two-year scholarship. She is currently on leave from Juniata.

Peter Rothstein, lecturer in English, published "Abe Kobo and the Search for a Modern Identity" in Who Are We? Old, New, and Timeless Answers from Core Texts, and presented "Return to the Right: The Unexpected Legacy of the Cold War in Japanese Education" at the Cold War Cultures: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives conference in October at the University of Texas, Austin.

Henry Thurston-Griswold, professor of Spanish, published "Una propuesta testimonial alternativa: Senores bajo los arboles, de Mario Roberto Morales" [An Alternative Testimonial Proposal: Mario Roberto Morales' Face of the Earth, Heart of the Sky in the July-December Revista Iberoamericana.

Belle Tuten, W. Newton and Hazel A. Long Professor of History, co-edited Feud, Violence and Practice: Essays in Medieval Studies in Honor of Stephen D. White. She also wrote the introduction and translated one article. Tuten also chaired a session at the Charles Homer Haskins Society meeting in November at Boston College.

Robert Wagoner, professor emeritus of philosophy at Juniata College, published Spinning and Sex, illustrated with 79 reprints of works from his collection, through the Huntingdon County Historical Society, and spoke on "Spinning and Sex," at an exhibit of Wagoner family spinning prints the Exhibit Gallery of the society.

Notes from the Winter '11 magazine