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The following is a sampling of faculty accomplishments for the year 2008.
Blanche Abram, senior professor of music, performed the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto as piano soloist with the Island Symphony Orchestra conducted by Howard Cinnamon, associate professor and chair of the Department of Music, on November 23. The performance, held at Van Nostrand Hall in Brentwood, NY, received a standing ovation. Professor Abram performed at Hofstra with The American Chamber Ensemble (ACE) on September 21 and again on October 12, at which the Faure Piano Quintet was presented along with other works. Adjunct Instructor of Music Naomi Drucker and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Marilyn Lehman are also core members of the American Chamber Ensemble. Last spring, ACE presented its 10th annual concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall and performed at Hofstra's Monroe Lecture Center Theater on April 13. Professor Abram participated in a March 8 concert that was part of the Hofstra Cultural Center's Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series. This concert of works by women composers also featured Professors Lehman, Drucker and Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music Tammy Hensrud and Donna Balson.
Ralph Acampora, associate professor of philosophy, reported that his recent book, Corporal Compassion: Animal Ethics and Philosophy of Body (University of Pittsburgh Press), was translated into Italian and will be published in Europe by Edizioni Sonda (Marco Maurizi, translator; Massimo Filippi, editor). This past fall, Dr. Acampora received the "Distinguished New Course Award" from the Humane Society of the United States for a course he designed, "An(im)alogies of Moral Monstrosity." This class teaches the parallels between forms of institutional animal exploitation and atrocities perpetrated upon humankind. The Humane Society and the Animals and Society Institute judged entries on criteria such as depth and rigor within the topic, impact on the study of animals and society, and originality of approach.
Mary Ann Allison, assistant professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, received an $18,000 grant from Sustainable Long Island in support of a project titled "Community Revitalization in New Cassel, New York."
Michael Barnes, associate professor of psychology, received Hofstra's Award for Alumni Achievement in September. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra in 1976 and 1980, respectively. He joined the Hofstra faculty in 1980 and currently teaches courses in clinical psychology, statistics and research methods. He is a charter member of Hofstra's Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence and serves as the statistical consultant for the Hofstra faculty. In November he served as co-director of the Hofstra Cultural Center conference The Greatest: From Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.
Barbara S. Barron, professor of law, was hired by the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina to conduct an advocacy training program for defense attorneys in their pending War Crimes Tribunal cases. She was also engaged by the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations to participate in its first nationwide trial advocacy training program, which was featured on Japan's national network news.
J Bret Bennington, associate professor of geology, presented "When Dinosaurs Ruled New York" for the Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS) on February 7. When most people hear about dinosaurs, they think about faraway places like the American West, China or Argentina. However, the first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton was found in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Dr. Bennington explained that dinosaurs roamed between massive volcanic eruptions in Newark and New Haven, and even Long Island has preserved a few bits of Mesozoic history exposed in the cliffs of the North Shore.
Cynthia Bogard, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Civic Engagement, was project director on a $15,000 grant awarded by the Motorola Foundation in support of the project "President Lincoln: Live at the 2008 Presidential Debate." She was also awarded a $2,500 grant from the New York Council for the Humanities in support of the project "Democracy in Performance at the 2008 Presidential Debate."
Jacqueline Grennon Brooks, associate professor of curriculum and teaching, was named a 2008 Teacher of the Year for the School of Education, Health and Human Services. Teachers of the Year are selected by graduating students in each school. "What makes Teacher of the Year such a singular honor is that forthe faculty member to be selected, that person needs to ranked as a top faculty member by graduating students over a three- to five-year period of time," said Hofstra Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman Berliner.
Dr. Brooks was recognized at the annual Hofstra Gala on May 1 and at commencement on May 18.
Vincent Brown, associate professor of psychology, was awarded a $95,768 grant from the National Science Foundation in support of a project titled "Intergovernmental Personnel Act Assignment."
John Bryant, professor of English, is project director on a $23,591 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a project titled "Melville, Revision and Collaborative Editing: Toward a Critical Archive."
Russell Burke, associate professor of biology, received a four-month Fulbright grant to work as a senior research scholar at the Museo Civico di Zoologia in Rome, Italy, during the 2008-2009 academic year. He will study the ecology of Italian wall lizards in Italian urban and suburban settings where that species has been living for approximately 2,000 years. The Italian wall lizard was introduced to Garden City, New York, in 1966, and Dr. Burke has been studying it since 1997. His work will improve understanding of how commensal species adapt to live in human-altered environments.
Robert A. Baruch Bush, the Harry H. Rains Distinguished Professor of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Settlement Law, delivered the Lawrence W. Kaplan Lecture in Conflict Resolution, titled "Breaking Free or Forever in Orbit: Mediation's Relationship to the Legal System," at the Federal Court House in Pittsburgh on May 1. He lectured on "The Transformative Model of Mediation" for the New York University Mediation Clinic at NYU Law School on April 22. He presented "Basic Skills for Transformative Mediation" at the Summer Skills Institute on May 19 and 20. He presented a "Master Class" with Dr. Joseph Folger on "Rethinking Conflict: Popular Culture and the Relational Orientation to Life," as part of the Second Annual Summer Skills Institute in Transformative Practice, co-sponsored by Hofstra Law School and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, held May 21 and 22. Professor Bush was a plenary presenter and commentator at the Bar Ilan University Conference on Transformative Mediation and Social Conflict, held in Tel Aviv, Israel, on June 25 and 26. In connection with the conference, he presented three mediation training workshops for the Israeli Bar Association, Mosaica Mediation Center, and Gevim Mediation Center. He participated as a plenary panelist at a Haifa University Law School symposium on the current state of mediation in Israel.
I. Bennett Capers, associate professor of law, presented "Policing, Race, and Place" at the Hofstra Law School Junior Faculty Colloquium on February 13, at a San Diego Law School faculty workshop on April 4, and at the Law and Society Conference in Montreal, Canada, on May 31. He presented "Cross Dressing and the Criminal" at the Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference at Boalt Hall School of Law on March 28 and at a workshop on "Regulating Family, Sex, and Gender" at University of Chicago Law School on January 31. Professor Capers presented "On Justitia" at the Literature and Law Conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on April 11.
David C. Cassidy, professor of chemistry, was elected a member of the International Academy of the History of Science, located in Sorbonne, Paris.
Lynn Cohen, adjunct assistant professor, School for University Studies, serves as program director of the Southampton-based North Sea Poetry Scene (TNSPS), a not-for-profit organization committed to enriching lives through poetry. As a result of a grant proposal written by Professor Cohen, the New York State Council for the Humanities awarded TNSPS a mini-grant for its "Let's Talk Poetry 2008" series.
Ronald J. Colombo, associate professor of law, received Hofstra's Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication for his paper "Buy, Sell, or Hold? Analyst Fraud From Economic and Natural Law Perspectives," which appeared in the Brooklyn Law Review 91 (2007). The award was presented to Dr. Colombo during commencement on May 18. Professor Colombo presented a faculty workshop titled "Ownership, Limited" at St. John's School of Law on January 28 and "Business Ethics as Applied Natural Law" at the Murray Hill Institute in New York on May 14.
Pellegrino D'Acierno, professor of comparative literature and languages, holds a distinguished professorship in Italian and Italian American Studies established by Queensboro UNICO, an Italian-American service organization. "The UNICO professorship is an extraordinary benefit to Hofstra University and to the community of Italianists working at Hofstra -- [Professors] Stan Pugliese, Lori Ultsch,
Gregory Pell, Simone Castaldi, Mary Anne Trasciatti -- and to the current generation of Hofstra students engaged in the study of Italian language, literature and culture," said Dr. D'Acierno. "It will enable and inspire all of us to make Hofstra a model for the progressive teaching of Italian studies and Italian American studies in the United States and a vital center for the dissemination and showcasing of Italian and Italian American culture to both the academic community and the general public."
Michael D'Innocenzo, the Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change, received the 2008 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award by the American Historical Association (AHA). The award was presented at the association's annual convention in New York City on January 3, 2009. Established in 1986, the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching and advocacy for history teaching at colleges and universities. The Society for History Education shares with the AHA the sponsorship of the award, which is intended for inspiring teachers whose techniques and mastery of subject matter made a real difference to students of history. In November Professor D'Innocenzo served as co-director of the Hofstra Cultural Center conference The Greatest: From Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.
Zenia Da Silva, professor of romance languages and literatures, and Gregory Pell, assistant professor of romance languages and literatures, co-directed the Hofstra Cultural Center conference At Whom Are We Laughing? Humor in Romance Language Literatures, April 10 to 12. The conference featured the participation of more than 90 authors, scholars, performers and historians from a number of different countries, including Australia, Belgium, the Canary Islands, Italy, Latin America, Mexico, Spain, England, France, and Moldova, and from all over the United States. The conference is believed to be the first to address humor in as many as seven romance languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan and Galician.
Linda Davey, associate professor of curriculum and teaching, is project director on a $216,000 subcontract awarded by the Farmingdale Union Free School District in support of a New York state universal pre-kindergarten program there, supervised by Hofstra's School of Education, Health and Human Services.
Nora Demleitner, professor of law and dean of Hofstra Law School, participated in the American Bar Association's "Second Look" at Sentencing Reforms conference held in Washington, D.C., on December 8. Dean Demleitner presented a paper on the federal Residential Drug Abuse Program, which excludes non-citizens. The paper argues in favor of their inclusion, as the resulting sentence reduction would be beneficial to the offender, U.S. society and the person's country of origin. The paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter. Dean Demleitner was named one of Long Island's Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Long Island Business News.
Herbert Deutsch, professor emeritus of music, celebrated the world premiere of his composition "Passageways," written for the distinguished percussionist Svet Stoyanov, at a concert by Concert Artist Guild at the Patchogue Theatre on February 17. His new electronic music piece, "Blues for Martin," premiered at the Park Avenue Methodist Church on June 6, and Professor Deutsch's song settings of two Emily Dickinson poems were premiered by the Phoenix Quartet in New York City on November 9 and again performed at the Emily Dickinson Celebration (for which they were written) in Northport, NY, on December 10.
J. Herbie DiFonzo, professor of law, co-presented "DNA Evidence, Forensics, and the â€˜CSI Effect,'" on March 6 for the Artists & Lecturers Program at Farmingdale State College. He co-taught a simulation advocacy course in cross-examination and expert testimony in parenting disputes at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada, on May 28. At the same conference, he presented "Contemporary Marriage and Other Ways to Establish Families: From the 1950s to the 21st Century," as part of a panel on The New Lawyer: Advanced Legal Practice in the 21st Century.
John Louis DiGaetani, professor of English, saw the publication of his book Stages of Struggle: Modern Playwrights and Their Psychological Inspirations in March. According to the publisher, McFarland & Co., Inc., the book examines "how characters in a play may trumpet their creator's political views from the stage, or an unusual structure or set design may result from the playwright's interest in theatrical form."
Simona Doboli, associate professor of computer science, is project director on a three-year grant of $289,906 awarded by the National Science Foundation in support of the program "Collaborative Research: CPATH TI: Project ExCE2L (Excellence in Computing Entrepreneurship, Education and Leadership)." She and Vincent Brown, associate professor of psychology, are also recipients of a $156,258 grant from the National Science Foundation that was awarded to Hofstra in support of the project "DHB: Dynamics of Idea Generation in Individual and Group Brainstorming: A Multidisciplinary Approach Using Network Models and Behavioral Experiments."
Janet Dolgin, the Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law, presented "Choice and Genetics" at Seton Hall Law School and two papers at Case Western University School of Law in April, one titled "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research," and the other titled "Biological Elaborations." In January Professor Dolgin presented a lecture as part of Yeshiva University's Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities on "Social and Legal Responses to Abortion." Professor Dolgin and Joel Weintraub, adjunct professor of law and associate director of health law studies, directed the February 2008 Hofstra conference Embryonic Stem Cells, Clones and Genes: Science, Law, Politics and Values.
Edward Elefterion, adjunct assistant professor of drama, received the 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award for "Outstanding Director" for the Stanton Wood play The Night of Nosferatu. Professor Elefterion is artistic director and founding member of the Rabbit Hole Ensemble, a Brooklyn-based theater group. On January 8, 2009, Professor Elefterion's newest project, Shadow of Himself, premiered at The Access Theater in Manhattan. This modern epic about man's struggle for immortality continued his long collaborative relationship with OBIE-winning playwright Neal Bell.
Hy Enzer, professor emeritus of sociology/anthropology, is co-editor of Episodes and Fragments: A War and Peacetime Memoir by Kurt Fuchel, a survivor of the Kindertransport and principal narrator of the Academy Award-winning film Into the Arms of Strangers. Dr. Enzer also is co-editor of Anne Frank: Reflections On Her Life and Legacy with his late wife, Dr. Sandra Solotaroff Enzer, a Hofstra alumna.
Troy Etter, adjunct instructor of music, presented two lectures in New York City: "Subculture, Semiotics, and Stratification in the Music of Boards of Canada" on November 7 and "Policing Perversity at the Court of Francois I: Musical Representations of the Prodigal Son in French Art and Song, ca. 1535" on November 21. He assisted with the preparation of three forthcoming scholarly publications: Cantatas de Antoni Literes: El manuscrito de Guatemala (edited by Antoni Piza ), Cabanilles and Other Composers: The Fundacio Cosme Bauca Manuscript (edited by Antoni Piza ) and Baltasar Samper: Lectures (edited by Antoni Piza ). He also served as assistant editor of Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale.
E. Christa Farmer, assistant professor of geology, proposed to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) that it hold its annual Junior Faculty Forum for 2008 on the topic of "Combining Models and Geological Data to Explore Past, Present, and Future Tropical Cyclone Activity." Her proposal, prepared jointly with James Done, a postdoctoral researcher at NCAR, was accepted and combined with a similar proposal on thermohaline circulation. The conference took place July 8-10 at NCAR in Boulder, CO.
Laurie Fendrich, professor of fine arts, had some of her paintings featured in the exhibition ?abstraction: laurie fendrich, luke gray, tad wiley, held May 29 to July 25 at the new Gary Snyder/Project Space, located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. The exhibition focused on these three contemporary painters who question and embrace abstraction in diverse ways.
Alan Flurkey, associate professor of literacy studies, is project director on a $12,000 grant from the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking in support of the National Meeting of Eye Movement Miscue Analysis Researchers.
David F. Foulk, dean, School of Education, Health and Human Services, was named to this position, effective July 1, after an almost yearlong national search. Dr. Foulk earned an Ed.D. in health education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and most recently served as a professor of health education and associate dean for administration and research at Florida State University's College of Education. Prior to serving as associate dean, Dr. Foulk was chair of FSU's Department of Middle and Secondary Education for a decade and chair of Georgia Southern University's Health Sciences Department for seven years. He has published extensively in the areas of public health and health education, specifically in the fields of adolescent obesity, HIV/AIDS and use of tobacco. He has also been involved in submitting successful grant proposals at the multimillion-dollar level. Dr. Foulk's diverse academic background includes serving as an instructor at Tennessee State School for the Deaf and Georgia School for the Deaf, as well as coaching basketball and football at both schools. He was a member of the curriculum writing team of the health and physical education curriculum for the State School for the Deaf in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Eric M. Freedman, the Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, published "Reconstructing Journalists' Privilege" in the Cardozo Law Review 1381 and recorded a DVD for the American Civil Liberties Union on Guantanamo issues to be used in a forthcoming documentary series on civil liberties. On December 17 Professor Freedman gave a presentation to The New Hampshire Supreme Court Historical Society in the U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter Judicial Conference Room at the New Hampshire Supreme Court in Concord. His presentation, titled "From Stewartstown to Guantanamo and Beyond," discussed his work on habeas corpus in the New Hampshire State Archives and the relevance of his project for short, medium and long-term issues in constitutional law.
Monroe H. Freedman, professor of law, presented an ethics demonstration and discussion at a Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop on January 10. He discussed "Ethical Issues in Veterans' Claims Representation," at the Judicial Conference for the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, in April. He gave a presentation titled "Do Not Reveal Client Perjury" to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on May 2. On Election Day, Professor Freedman participated in the "Voter Protection Boiler Room" project in Columbus, Ohio. Professor Freedman is an active member of the National Right to Counsel Committee, which is co-sponsored by The Constitution Project and the National Legal Aid and Defender Service. On November 6 he delivered the keynote address at the Mercer Law School conference Professionalism and Ethics in the Digital Age. The title of Professor Freedman's speech was "Whatever Happened to the Search
Leon Friedman, the Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professor of Civil Liberties Law, published "The Second Amendment Debate: Look to the Historical Record" in the National Law Journal in February 2008. He lectured on "Fair Use Under the Federal Copyright Law" at Hofstra on February 28. In October Professor Friedman was named a New York metro "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine.
Mitchell Gans, the Steven A. Horowitz Distinguished Professor of Tax Law, presented to trust and estate lawyers about the ethical issues involving the United Jewish Appeal on February 13. Professor Gans submitted a letter to the U.S. Treasury about pending proposed regulations under section 6694 of the Internal Revenue Code. He did an analysis for Leimberg online of recent amendments to Circular 230, which imposes ethical responsibilities on tax practitioners.
Victoria Geyer, assistant professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, was named a 2008 Teacher of the Year for the School of Communication. Teachers of the Year are selected by graduating students in each school. "What makes Teacher of the Year such a singular honor is that for the faculty member to be selected, that person needs to ranked as a top faculty member by graduating students over a three- to five-year period of time," said Hofstra Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman Berliner. Professor Geyer was recognized at the annual Hofstra Gala on May 1 and at commencement on May 18.
Jean Dobie Giebel, associate professor and chair, Department of Drama and Dance, directed a workshop reading of Loretta Serrano's The Smoking Diary with Sheila Head on November 15 at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA in Manhattan.
Kimberly Gilbert, assistant professor of psychology, is project director on a $35,506 grant awarded by the Initial Teaching Alphabet in support of the Diagnostic and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders, which is housed at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center.
Elizabeth Glazer, associate professor of law, presented "The Contingent Right to Exclude" at the Junior Property Scholars Conference at Widener Law School in February. She presented "When Obscenity Discriminates" at a University of Illinois College of Law faculty workshop in February. In March Professor Glazer gave a presentation titled "Unifying the Right(s) to Exclude" at the 11th Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and she participated in the Roundtable on Distributive Justice and the Charitable Contribution Deduction at the University of Illinois College of Law in May.
Peter Goodman, assistant professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, led a September 12 discussion at Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus on Leonard Bernstein as a classical composer. On September 16 he attended and was an official blogger for the New York State Council on Arts "Cultural Blueprints" conference on Long Island.
David Green, associate professor of political science, presented the 34th Hofstra Distinguished Faculty Lecture on November 19. The title of his presentation was "Has Europe Solved the Problem of War?" Dr. Green's research and teaching interests focus on European, international and American politics. His most recent academic publication is The Europeans: Political Identity in an Emerging Polity, published last year by Lynne Rienner Publishers.
Daniel J.H. Greenwood, professor of law, authored an article about the economic crisis and corrupt CEOs, titled "Making or Taking?" which was published on the news blog The Huffington Post. Professor Greenwood also wrote "Restoring Public Service to Private Enterprise," published on SolveClimate.com.
John DeWitt Gregory, the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law, participated in Northeastern Public Radio's "The Roundtable: David Paterson" on March 14, 2008. He guest lectured in a philosophy course on "Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas," addressing the status of animals before the law, in April 2008. He was elected to a new term as vice chair of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, and was reappointed to several of its committees.
Joanna Grossman, professor of law, presented a faculty workshop at Villanova Law School on February 8 titled "The Failure of Title VII as a Rights-Claiming System." She presented "Pregnancy, Equality, and Citizenship" at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in May. At the same conference, she participated in a round-table on "Thirty Years of Anti-Discrimination Law."
Frank Gulino, assistant professor of law, participated in a joint C.L.E. presentation to the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court and the Temple American Inn of Court on the historic Amistad case on May 30 in Philadelphia.
Emanual B. Halper, adjunct professor of law, was reappointed chair of the American Bar Association's Community Outreach Standing Committee and as a member of the Diversity Standing Committee of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section. He also became a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Grant M. Hayden, professor of law, gave a presentation titled "The False Promise of One Share, One Vote" at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, held in May.
William E. Hettrick, professor of music, announced the recent publication of his critical edition of music by Viennese conductor and composer Johann Herbeck(1831-1877), Selected German Works for Unaccompanied Men's Chorus, in the series Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, published by A-R Editions, Inc. For more information on this volume, visit areditions.com/rr/embellish and read the 2008 spring issue of Embellishments. Dr. Hettrick is at work on a second volume, which will contain additional works by Herbeck for men's chorus and mixed chorus.
William L. James, professor of marketing and international business, was named 2008 Teacher of the Year for the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. Teachers of the Year are selected by graduating students in each school. "What makes Teacher of the Year such a singular honor is that for the faculty member to be selected, that person needs to rank as a top faculty member by graduating students over a three- to five-year period of time," said Hofstra Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman Berliner. Dr. James was recognized at the Hofstra Gala on May 1 and at commencement on May 18.
Susan Joffe, assistant professor of law, gave a presentation titled "Risks and Opportunities: Legal Guidelines for Employee Screening and Interviewing" to the Nassau/Suffolk Nurse Recruiters Association on March 5.
Lawrence W. Kessler, the Richard J. Cardali Distinguished Professor of Trial Advocacy, served as faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Teacher Training Program held in March.
Tom Klinkowstein, professor of fine arts, was a guest speaker at the Fashion Futures program at the University of East London on October 23. His presentation, titled "De-sign 2015," portrays the requirements for the near future for designers to be "engineer-entrepreneurs." He also conducted a workshop on the future of communities and the Internet at an event organized by Virtueel Platform in Amsterdam, Holland, on November 20 and 21, 2008. Professor Klinkowstein presented a 1 x 30 meter "diagrammatic narrative" about the future of design, A Day in the Life of a Networked Designer's Smart Things or a Day in a Designer's Networked Smart Things, 2030, at the DesignCenter Winkelhaak in Antwerp, Belgium, on June 6. Also contributing to the project were Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Carolyn Lloyd, Amarides Montgomery and Irene Pereyra.
Stefan Krieger, professor of law, presented "Out of the Shadow: Clinical Legal Education" at the University of Chicago Mandel Legal Aid Clinic's 50th Anniversary Symposium on February 23. In December Professor Krieger and Hofstra Law School launched the Center for Applied Legal Reasoning, a forum for studying theories of legal reasoning, researching issues related to solving legal problems, decision making in practice, and the development of teachers to train law students for the practice of law.
Julian Ku, professor of law and associate dean for faculty development, was invited to speak at a November conference titled Universal Jurisdiction Ten Years After Pinochet: Ending Impunity or Decreasing Accountability? Hosted by The Global Law Forum at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the conference took place at The Royal Horseguards in London with a final public session at the House of Commons. The Global Law Forum invited Professor Ku because of his work on the problems raised by new systems of international criminal justice.
Katrina Fischer Kuh, associate professor of law, published "Electronically Manufactured Law" in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology (Vol. 22, Fall Issue). She was also selected for the Task Force on Global Warming, created by the New York State Bar Association, to address the profound impact climate change is having on the natural environment and ecosystems.
Aashish Kumar, associate professor of radio, television, film, was awarded a Fulbright grant to work in India on a service learning project with college students. The course he will be teaching, titled "Media Action Projects: Linking Campus to Community," will be offered in collaboration with the faculty and students of the Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Hyderabad. The project seeks to assist media production students in developing videos that document community processes or problems.
Eric Lane, the Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service, saw the publication of his book The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country and Why It Can Again, which he co-wrote with Michael Oreskes, managing editor of the Associated Press for U.S. news. Genius discusses the Constitution, the document that has made the United States the longest surviving democracy in history. The authors dissect the Constitution's history relative to the current problems of democracy.
Holning Lau, associate professor of law, was a panelist at Towards Full Inclusion: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Human Rights, a conference at the University of Hong Kong on April 26. He presented a paper on globalization and human rights at Theorizing the Global Legal Order, a conference sponsored by Swansea University School of Law in Wales on May 22 and at the Annual Meeting of Law & Society in Montreal on May 29. Professor Lau presented "Formalism: From Racial Integration to Same-Sex Marriage" at the UCLA Williams Institute's Works-in-Progress Series in October. He presented the same paper at faculty workshops at Emory Law School and Villanova Law School. On December 2 Professor Lau co-taught a CLE course, Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy, offered by UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute.
Stephen Lawrence, associate professor of physics and astronomy, presented the lecture "The Apollo Moon Landings: America's Greatest Triumph or History's Greatest Hoax? You Decide!" for Hofstra's Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS) on November 20. In this program, a number of interesting questions that have been posed by prominent conspiracy theorists (based on the technical challenges of traveling safely to the moon and on apparent inconsistencies in the Apollo photographic records) were described. In a fair and balanced application of scientific methodology, Dr. Lawrence presented the competing theories, reviewed relevant claims and physical evidence, and then discussed the best ways to critically judge between them. Dr. Lawrence's research focuses on supernova explosions, interstellar dust and the search for extrasolar planets.
Ethna Dempsey Lay and Jennifer Rich, assistant professors of writing studies and composition, co-directed the Hofstra Cultural Center conference "Who Owns Writing?" Revisited, October 16 to 18. This was Hofstra's first national conference on writing, and it explored the institutional and public spaces that the teaching of writing occupies in the 21st century.
Andrea Libresco, associate professor of curriculum and teaching and director of the Hofstra University Network of Elementary Teachers (HNET), coordinated an event on April 8 titled "The Teacher Who Shaped My Life," where professors, teachers, administrators, and undergraduate and graduate students shared stories of teachers who affected them greatly and influenced their lives. Some participants even tracked down their former teachers and invited them to the event, where the audience consisted primarily of pre-service teachers. Presenters spoke of teachers who had stretched their minds, spoken to their hearts, appreciated and trusted them as creative individuals, and encouraged them to have high expectations of themselves. Prospective teachers were moved and realized that the effects of good teaching on a student can last a lifetime.
Theo Liebmann, clinical professor of law and attorney-in-charge of the Hofstra Child Advocacy Clinic, served as a training workshop creator and director for the California Administrative Office of Courts, Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Dependency Cases, in February and April. In March he participated on a panel titled "Nicholson v. Scoppetta: Three Years Later," a New York City Bar Association Program. Professor Liebmann was appointed by the state of California's Administrative Office of the Courts to design and implement an interdisciplinary training program to be used throughout the state to develop advocacy skills of social workers and attorneys who practice in child abuse cases. He was appointed to the Association of the Bar of the
City of New York's Council on Children.
Denise Lozano-Healey, adjunct instructor of music, is an accomplished flutist who had a very busy 2008 concert schedule. She performed throughout the summer with the Concert Pops of Long Island (Dean Karahalis, conductor), including a July 4 concert in Hewlett, NY; a July 5 concert at Eisenhower Park on Long Island; and three concerts at the Tilles Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. She also performed in the Hudson Opera Theater's production of La Traviata (Ron DeFesi, director), October 19, 25 and 26 in Middletown, NY.
Behailu Mammo, assistant professor of mathematics, received Hofstra's Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication for the paper "A Mean Value Theorem for Discriminants of Abelian Extensions of a Number Field," which appeared in the Journal of Number Theory 127 (2007). The award was presented to Dr. Mammo during commencement on May 18.
Serge Martinez, associate clinical professor of law, presented on May 7 at the A.A.L.S. Clinical Section conference and on May 31 at Emory's Center for Transactional Law and Practice. Both presentations focused on the problem of taking on complex cases in a clinical practice.
Christopher Matthews, associate professor of anthropology, and Jenna Coplin, adjunct instructor of anthropology, headed a team of students to resume excavation of a site in Lloyd Harbor, NY, believed to contain the remains of an 18th-century slave quarter. In 2007 students from Hofstra and other colleges uncovered foundations of the slave quarter as well as many 18th-century artifacts, such as dishes, bottles, and animal bones. The dig, which received funding from the New York Council for the Humanities, was part of a Hofstra summer course titled "Captivity and Community in Early African American New York."
William McGee, adjunct associate professor of English, was named a finalist for a Deadline Club Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his investigative article about airline safety for Consumer Reports, titled "An Accident Waiting to Happen?" He was recognized by the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. He won a bronze award in the Travel News/Investigative Reporting category for his article "Air Security: Why You're Not as Safe as You Think," which also appeared in Consumer Reports, and a silver award in the Service-Oriented Consumer Article category for "The Ultimate Guide to Travel Web Sites" in Conde Nast Traveler.
William Metlay, professor of psychology, is project director on a subcontract for $397,893, awarded by the Parker Jewish Institute in support of a New York State Department of Health project titled "Long-Term Care Intensive Training Series on Managing Difficult Behaviors in Residents With Dementia."
Doron Milstein, associate professor of speech-language-hearing sciences, was named a 2008 Teacher of the Year for Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "What makes Teacher of the Year such a singular honor is that for the faculty member to be selected, that person needs to ranked as a top faculty member by graduating students over a three- to five-year period of time," said Hofstra Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman Berliner. Dr. Milstein was recognized at the annual Hofstra Gala on May 1 and at commencement on May 18.
Jamie Mitus, assistant professor of counseling, research, special education and rehabilitation (CRSR), assumed the role of project director on a grant that was originally awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to the late Dr. Frank Bowe, who held Hofstra's Dr. Mervin Livingston Schloss Distinguished Professorship for the Study of Disabilities. The $138,908 remaining funds of the grant have been reallocated, and Dr. Mitus will be responsible for the completion of the project, titled "Distance-Education on Rehabilitation and Independent Living for Persons Who Are Deaf." Additionally, Dr. Mitus and Professor Emeritus of CRSR Joseph Lechowicz are directors on a $149,995 grant from the U.S. Department of Education on a program titled "Rehabilitation Long-Term Training -- Rehabilitation Counseling."
Marlene Munn-Joseph, assistant professor of curriculum and teaching, was awarded a $56,783 grant from the New York State Education Department in support of the Hofstra University Teacher Opportunity Corps program.
Mario Murillo, associate professor of radio, television, film, was awarded a Fulbright grant to work in Colombia with community radio organizations. His mission involves direct participatory research related to the training and development of public service radio broadcasters in two distinct settings. At La Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Professor Murillo will work with students to produce a series of programs that will be distributed throughout the country, as university radio licensees begin developing their programming network. Later, he will travel to the northern province of Cauca to work with young community radio journalists who report on the vast indigenous territories of the area.
Maureen Murphy, professor of curriculum and teaching, was named one of 2008's "Top 100 Irish-Americans" by Irish America Magazine.
Richard K. Neumann, Jr., professor of law, received the 2009 Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Section Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The award recognizes Professor Neumann's significant contributions to the field of legal research and writing.
Karen Osterman, professor and chair, Department of Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies, is project director on a $50,000 grant in support of the program "To Assist Roosevelt School District in Development and Implementation of Business Systems and Procedures."
Gretchen Ostheimer, associate professor of computer science, organized summer computer camp for children in her Park Slope, Brooklyn, neighborhood. The children learned how to write computer programs at the Sheep Station, a neighborhood restaurant that donated space and an afternoon snack for the first few days of the camp. Another neighborhood resident and Web programmer also donated his time, as did some of Dr. Ostheimer's Hofstra students, who traveled to Brooklyn to mentor the children. Approximately a dozen children ranging in age from 8 to 12, more than half of them Hispanic and almost half of them girls, signed up for the camp. Many of the children would not have had the opportunity to learn computer skills at this level. Hofstra supported the project by providing and imaging the computers, and Dr. Ostheimer received support for the project from Provost Herman Berliner, HCLAS Dean Bernard Firestone, and Vice President for Information Technology Robert Juckiewicz, whose staff set up the computers.
Darra Pace, associate professor of counseling, research, special education and rehabilitation, is project director on a $13,000 grant awarded by the Amityville Union Free School District in support of the project "2008-2009 Partnership Program."
Irene Plonczak, Blidi Stemn and Roberto Joseph, assistant professors of curriculum and teaching, hosted a digital storytelling workshop on May 1 that brought a fifth-grade class from Queens to the Hofstra campus. The professors and Hofstra students had been using state-of-the-art telecommunications technology to work with the fifth graders prior to their visit. When the youths came to Hofstra, their assignment was to tell a "digital story" with digital cameras provided by the University. The children were given a tour of Hofstra, which started at Professor Plonczak's garden outside of Hagedorn Hall, where the students planted seeds, identified vegetables and discussed caring for a vegetable garden. Additionally, Professor Plonzcak is project director on a $144,927 grant from the New York State Education Department in support of a Summer Institute for Teachers of Math and Science, Grades 5 to 8.
Alan Resnick, the Benjamin Weintraub Distinguished Professor of Bankruptcy Law, presented on "Disclosure Requirements for Members of Ad hoc Committees in Chapter 11 Cases: The Northwest Airlines Decision" at the 41st Annual Uniform Commercial Code Institute on April 18. He gave a presentation titled "An Ethical Odd Couple? Trademarks and Bankruptcy" at the International Trademark Association Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany, on May 19. Professor Resnick participated in a meeting of the National Bankruptcy Conference in Washington, D.C., in March and served as chair of the Committee on Local Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which drafted proposed amendments to the local rules. In October Professor Resnick was named a New York metro "Super Lawyer" by
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Jenny A. Roberts, associate professor of speech-language-hearing sciences and Kathleen A. Scott, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing sciences, presented "Language Acquisition of Internationally Adopted Children: What Do We Know?" at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center Breakfast Seminar on December 5. Dr. Scott's doctoral dissertation focused on the spoken and written language skills of school-age children adopted from China. She has made several presentations and written articles concerning the language development of internationally adopted children. Dr. Roberts became interested in language development of internationally adopted children while working as a speech-language pathologist in the late 1990s. At that time, there was little published research available for determining what might be typical language development in the population of internationally adopted children. In 2000 she began collaborating with colleagues, some of whom had adopted children themselves, and conducted several studies on language development of children adopted from China.
Alex Roskin, associate professor of fine arts, presented a spring on-campus exhibition of sculptural furniture at the Rosenberg Gallery, Calkins Hall. Professor Roskin's most recent works of sculptural furniture grew out of his reverence for anatomy. The skeletal series that was on display at the Rosenberg Gallery reflected the seemingly simple yet highly complex mechanics of this physical armature.
Grant Saff, associate professor of global studies, geography and geographic information systems, presented more than 52 of his photographs in a special exhibition last winter at the Highland Park Library in New Jersey.
Kurt Salzinger, professor emeritus of psychology, has been elected president of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), the nation's oldest regional psychological association. Dr. Salzinger begins his term by serving as EPA president-elect for a year, then as president for one year beginning June 1, 2009, and as past president for one year starting June 1, 2010. He will preside as president at the 2010 regional conference in Brooklyn, New York.
Benita Sampedro Vizcaya, associate professor of romance languages and literatures, is project director on a $4,000 grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation in support of an April 2009 Hofstra Cultural Center conference, titled Between Three Continents: Rethinking Equatorial Guinea on the 40th Anniversary of Its Independence From Spain, for which she serves as conference director.
Christopher Sanford, professor of biology, received $6,000 from the National Science Foundation in continued support of his research titled "RUI: Evolution of Vertebrate Design: Functional Morphology of a Novel Feeding Mechanism in Osteoglossomorph and Salmonid Fishes."
Jeremy Sarkin, distinguished visiting professor of law, has published a new book titled Colonial Genocide and Reparation Claims in the 21st Century: The Socio-Legal Context of Claims Under International Law by the Herero Against Germany for Genocide in Namibia, 1904-1908.
Joseph Scardapane, adjunct assistant professor of psychology and executive director of the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, is project director on a $25,000 grant from the New York State Education Department to support scholarship assistance for services provided by the Saltzman Center's Diagnostic and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Andrew Schepard, professor of law and director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law, received the 2008 Person of the Year Award from the New York Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He presented on "Child Custody, Visitation and Family Offense Proceedings" at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association, held February 1. He gave a presentation on the Uniform Collaborative Law Act at a conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts on May 30.
Madeline Seifer, adjunct instructor of health professions and family studies and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, was awarded a $1,000 grant from Target in support of a project titled "Safe Homes: The Prevention of Family Violence Through Effective Parenting Training and Family Therapy."
Norman Silber, professor of law, served as a moderator for the panel "Impact of Patent and Other Intellectual Property Law on Research Utilizing Human Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells, Cloning and Genetic Engineering," held at Hofstra in March. He presented before the staff of Consumers Union on "No Place for Honest Men: The Origins of Consumers Union in the American Marketplace" on April 15. Professor Silber presented "Perspectives on Online Advertising" at a conference held at the University of California at Berkeley on April 18. Additionally, he was reelected to the board of directors of Consumers Union. On November 22 Professor Silber presented "Collapsing Bond Markets and the Nonprofit Debt Crises: Liability, Accountability, and Legal Reform" at the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, in Philadelphia.
Marc Silver, professor and chair, Department of Sociology, is project director on an $81,000 grant awarded by the Rauch Foundation in support of the project "Long Island Index 2009 Research." He was also awarded an $8,000 grant from the Rauch Foundation in support of the conference Forging a New Housing Policy: Opportunity in the Face of Crisis, presented by The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra UniversitySM.
Roy D. Simon, Jr., the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics, was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the New York State Senate, 9th Senate District. He is the lead author on the newly published fourth edition of Lawyers and the Legal Profession published by Lexis/Nexis (formerly Matthew Bender). The book is a textbook for students taking courses in professional responsibility or legal ethics. Professor Simon has also published the 2009 edition of Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards, a statutory supplement for students taking professional responsibility or legal ethics. This is the 20th edition of this title, which Professor Simon and co-author Professor Stephen Gillers of NYU School of Law have published annually since 1989.
Alan Singer, professor of curriculum and teaching, and Michael Pezone, adjunct instructor of curriculum and teaching, conducted the Third Annual Lower Manhattan Slavery Walking Tour on May 23. The professors were joined by students from the advanced placement government class at the Law, Government, and Community Service Magnet High School in Cambria Heights, Queens, as well as hundreds of high school and middle school students from all over the New York metropolitan area. The Slavery Walking Tour began at the red sculpture at One Police Plaza, with stops at a Colonial era African American burial ground; an 18th-century Wall Street "Slave Market"; a bank that financed the transatlantic slave trade; a restaurant where slave traders known as "blackbirders" planned their voyages; locations where enslaved Africans fought for freedom in 1712 and 1741; and New York City Hall, where the city's leadership sided with the South and slavery during the Civil War.
Arthur Solari, senior dance accompanist, served as music director, percussionist and performer for a highly acclaimed new production of Martha Clarke's Garden of Earthly Delights from November 8, 2008, to March 1, 2009, at New York's Minetta Lane Theater in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.
Patricia Spencer, adjunct professor of music, is flutist with the Da Capo Chamber Players, performing an annual New York concert series plus international tours. She appeared recently with the Avalon String Quartet as guest artist in Mario Davidovsky's stunning Quartetto and other works. Her performance of Pierre Boulez's Sonatine, with Linda Hall, for the Look & Listen Festival, was called "sensational" by Musicweb. Recent New York Times reviews have cited her "passionate, warm-blooded performance" of the Berio Sequenza (June 2008) and noted that she "negotiated swirling figures and multiphonics deftly" in Tania Leon's Alma (September 2008). She received a standing ovation for her performance of Joan Tower's Flute Concerto for the National Flute Association Convention in Nashville and much acclaim for her premiere of Shulamit Ran's flute concerto, Voices. Dozens of exciting pieces have been written for her, including Thea Musgrave's Narcissus and Judith Shatin's Kairos (both on Neuma Records).
Barbara Stark, professor of law, presented "Theories of Poverty" at Notre Dame Law School on March 15. She presented "Across the Universe" at Osgoode Hall Law School on May 7. Professor Stark was appointed the John T. Copenhaver Chair of Law at West Virginia College of Law for the fall 2008 semester.
Amy R. Stein, professor of law, contributed to a podcast titled "Being a Good Citizen of a Law Firm" to the Suffolk University Law School Series, "Transitioning From One-L to Summer Legal Work," available on iTunes University. Professor Stein and Astrid Gloade, adjunct professor of law, presented "Working Together: How the Collaborative Efforts of Academic Support Professionals and Other Faculty Members Enhance Law Student Education," at the A.A.L.S. Annual Meeting on January 4. Professor Stein served as a brief judge for the Annual Moot Court Competition sponsored by the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy at Capital University School of Law and for the Scribes "Best of the Best Competition."
Robert Thill, adjunct instructor of fine arts, and Bronwyn Hannon, curator of acquisitions, Department of Special Collections, organized the "Weingrow Collection Undergraduate Research Project," highlighting student engagement with Hofstra's vital collections.
Vern R. Walker, professor of law, gave an intensive, four-day course titled "Lawyers, Judges, Regulators and Scientists: Using the Precautionary Principle to Decide Legal Cases" at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy, from May 5 to 8.
David Weissman, professor of engineering, is project director on a $110,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in support of the project "Corrections to Scatterometer Wind Vectors: Measurements of Rain Impact Effects Using NEXRAD." He also created a weather radar station innovation that was unveiled at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York, on May 9. This opportunity was made possible by funding from the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Foundation.
Joanne Willey, professor of biology, presented "Microbial Chitchat: Silent Conversations That Move the World" for the Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS) on October 30. A Hofstra faculty member since 1993, Dr. Willey's Hofstra laboratory has received funding from NIH, NSF, and several pharmaceutical companies. She has authored more than 20 research papers and has written two microbiology textbooks.
Benjamin Wolff, adjunct assistant professor of music, presented a performance for the Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences (IDEAS) on October 2 titled "Galileo's Muse -- An Evening of Music and Physics." The event explored the surprising relationship between scientist Galileo Galilei and the music of late Renaissance Italy. It tells the story of how Galileo's love of music and his experience as a lute player held the key to one of his most important scientific accomplishments -- the formulation of his "Law of Falling Bodies." Professor Wolff is the creator of NEXUS: The Open Mind, a series of interdisciplinary concerts, such as this one for IDEAS. NEXUS reaches out to audiences by crafting a unique entry point, a bridge from their interests and experiences to the music being performed. Professor Wolff is a member of the Hofstra String Quartet, a professional group in residence at the University.
Phyllis Zagano, adjunct professor of religion, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach a course at an Irish university on the history of women in ministry in the Catholic Church. In addition to teaching at Mary Immaculate College of the University of Limerick for the spring 2009 semester, Dr. Zagano will continue her research on the validity and legality of ordaining Catholic women as deacons, focusing on similarities among early ordination liturgies used for men and for women. Mary Immaculate College, founded in 1898, is a 2,500-student college of education and liberal arts. It became part of the University of Limerick in 1991.
Miguel-Angel Zapata, associate professor of romance languages and literatures, read a selection from his book A Sparrow in the House of Seven Patios on April 15 at the Casa Bolivar in London. On April 16 he delivered a keynote address titled "Cesar Vallego and the Paris Poems" at the University College London. Dr. Zapata's most recent book, Transatlantic Steamer: New Approaches to Hispanic and American Poetry, was published in January 2008 as a co-edition with Fondo de Cultura Economica (Mexico), Universidad de San Marcos (Lima) and Hofstra University. In October he directed the Hofstra Cultural Center symposium I Am Going to Speak About Hope: Celebrating the Work of Cesar Vallejo (1892-1938). Dr. Zapata serves as editor of the Hofstra Hispanic Review, a peer-reviewed journal published three times a year.
Kristal Brent Zook, associate professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, won an award for print investigative reporting from the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) for her Essence magazine article titled "The New York City AIDS Experiment." She was also on National Public Radio's "News & Notes" in April to talk about her new book, I See Black People: The Rise and Fall of African American-Owned Television and Radio (Nation Books, March 2008).