Each issue of Hofstra Horizons brings another opportunity to showcase the academic success of our faculty and the recognition it brings to the University. This publication, dedicated to citing some of the latest accomplishments achieved by our prestigious faculty, is also a reminder of the diverse array of expertise available within our community. In this special issue of Horizons, we also spotlight the life and work of two important faculty who passed away unexpectedly in 2011.
Dr. Dana Brand, former chair of the English Department, was author of The Spectator and the City in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Cambridge, 1991) and numerous articles on topics in English, American, and French literature, philosophy, and film. He was also a personal essayist and the author of 2007's Mets Fan, a collection of essays about his experiences as a baseball fan. He wrote a second book about baseball in 2009 titled The Last Days of Shea. He was an excellent scholar and addition to Hofstra's literary community.
Dr. Vincent R. Brown, an unassumingly brilliant teacher and researcher, was an assistant professor in the Psychology Department. He also served as program director in Perception, Action, and Cognition at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Brown was co-principal investigator, with Dr. Simona Doboli, associate professor of computer science at Hofstra, of a National Science Foundation grant on neural network models of individual and group brainstorming. Dr. Brand and Dr. Brown were recognized scholars as well as excellent teachers. Their life's accomplishments are an inspiration. They will be greatly missed.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dilruba Ozmen-Ertekin, Professor J Bret Bennington and Professor Robert Leonard, whose good work is also highlighted in this issue. Your tremendous efforts exemplify Hofstra Pride. On behalf of the Hofstra faculty, administration, staff and students, I am pleased to recognize your accomplishments and wish you continued success.
Stuart Rabinowitz President