Past Features

February 23, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 3)

Quorum: News on Faculty Research

This is the first installment of the "Quorum Series," featuring information on recent faculty research, publications, and presentations.

Evelyn Ackerman
Timothy Alborn
Flavia Bacarella
David A. Badillo
Maryam Bamshad
Deena K. Bernstein
Antoinette Blum
Herbert R. Broderick
Grace Russo Bullaro
Claudia Case

Evelyn Ackerman

Evelyn Ackerman
Evelyn Ackerman
Evelyn Ackerman (Professor, History) presented the following papers: "From Haskalah to Science in the Youthful Odyssey of Waldemar Haffkine," Association for Jewish Studies (December 2008) and "Time and Place in a Scientist's Life: The Worlds of Waldemar Haffkine," Social Science History Association (November 2008). Professor Ackerman received Lehman's 2008 Excellence in Teaching award and gave an acceptance speech at the College's 2008 Convocation.

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Timothy Alborn

Timothy Alborn
Timothy Alborn
Timothy Alborn (Associate Professor and Chair, History) presented the plenary address, titled "An Irish El Dorado: The Victorian Rediscovery of Gold in County Wicklow," at the Victorian Disruptions Conference, University of South Carolina (October 2008).

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Flavia Bacarella

"Making the Cut: Woodcuts & Collage," a two-person exhibition created by Flavia Bacarella (Associate Professor, Art) and artist Paula Stark, was on display at the Romano Gallery at the Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey (September-October, 2008). Her work, "Drawing Atlas," was shown at the Lohin Geduld Gallery in New York City (June 2008). She also presented a paper at the National Arts Club's Artists' Showcase (New York City, 2008).

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David A. Badillo

David A. Badillo
David A. Badillo
David A. Badillo (Associate Professor, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies) edited (with Herminio Martinez) Profiles of a Migration: The Mexican Diaspora in New York City, Bronx Institute, 2008. He wrote a book chapter, "A New Mission: Cardinal Spellman and New York's Puerto Ricans," in Catholics in New York: Society, Culture, and Politics, 1808-1946, Fordham University Press, 2008 and an article "New Immigrants in the Bronx: Redefining a Cityscape," The Bronx County Historical Society Journal, vol. 44, Spring/Fall 2007: 19-37. Professor Badillo presented the following papers: "Comparative Approaches for Studying MALDEF and Mexican-American Civil Rights History," Urban History Association Meeting, Houston (November 2008); "Latino History, Religion, and Civil Rights: The Michigan Scenario," The Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (October 2008); "Urban Geography and Latino Identity: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in New York City," Puerto Rican Studies Association Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico (September 2008); and "The Mexican Diaspora and Latinization in New York City," New York History Association Meeting, Skidmore College (June 2008).

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Maryam Bamshad

Maryam Bamshad (Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences) published the articles (with D. Yamoah and K. Williams-Baginski) "Changes in response to odors during the reproductive period in male and female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster)," Canadian Journal of Zoology, vol. 86, no. 3: 224-230, 2008 and (with N. Jean-Baptiste and T.A. Terleph) "Changes in paternal responsiveness of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) in response to olfactory cues and continuous physical contact with a female," Ethology, vol. 114: 1239-1246, 2008. She submitted the article "Can computer technology improve the quality of science education at urban universities?" to Urban Education. She received a 2008 PSC-CUNY Research Award for "Neurobiology of Paternal Bonding in Monogamous Voles."

Professor Bamshad is currently working on the following research projects in her lab, along with a few of her students: "Effect of mating and cohabitation with a female on male prairie vole's neuronal and behavioral responses to infant olfactory cues;" (with C. Delevan, L.A. Simoncelli, and O.A.S. Al-Naimi) "Exposure to female's sensory cues after mating enhances male prairie vole's ability to care for infants;" and (with M. Measor, K. Herrera, and M.J. Balick of the New York Botanical Garden) "Effect of kava on social and affect behaviors of prairie voles, Microtus ochrogaster." Lehman students working on these projects with Professor Bamshad include Damaris Yamoah (Ph.D. candidate, Neuroscience), Wilhemina Laryea (undergraduate student, Nursing), Christine Delevan (master's student, Biology), and Kevin Measor (master's student, Biology). Professor Bamshad has been invited to give a talk at Lehigh University on April 2 titled, "Secrets to becoming a better father: Insights from a male prairie vole."

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Deena K. Bernstein

Deena K. Bernstein
Deena K. Bernstein
Deena K. Bernstein (Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing Science; Acting Dean of Arts & Humanities) published the book (with E. Tiegerman-Farber) Language & Communication Disorders in Children, Allyn & Bacon: 2009. She also published the following book chapters: "Strategies for Promoting Communication Development in Preschool Children," Early Special Education, Pearson: 2009; "The Nature of Language," Language & Communication Disorders in Children, 2009; and (with S. Levey) "Language Development: An Overview," Language & Communication Disorders in Children, Allyn & Bacon: 2009. Professor Bernstein served as chair for the platform session of "The Comprehension of Metaphors by Individuals with Aspergers Syndrome" at the Conference on Brain, Language & Communication, Bar Ilan University Israel (January 2009). She was also a presenter at the High School and College Collaboration, Celia Cruz High School of Music, Middle States Regional Forum, Baltimore (February 2009).

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Antoinette Blum

Antoinette Blum
Antoinette Blum
Antoinettte Blum (Professor, Langauges and Literatures) published the book Jean-Richard Bloch. Un Théâtre engagé. Présentation, Paris: Complexe, 2008. Her recent articles include "Romain Rolland et la question juive," Europe (issue on Romain Rolland) vol. 942: 86-96, October 2007; "Les auteurs dramatiques juifs en 14-18," Le théâtre monte au front, Paris: Complexe, 2008. She presented the paper "Romain Rolland et les pacifistes américains" at the conference "Romain Rolland, une oeuvre de paix," Journées internationales Romain Rolland, Vézelaz, France (October 2008). Professor Blum was interviewed about her book Jean-Richard Bloch, Un théâtre engage on France-Culture's radio program "Du jour au lendemain," Paris (October 2008). In Spring 2009, she was appointed acting executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in French at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Herbert R. Broderick

Herbert R. Broderick
Herbert R. Broderick
Herbert R. Broderick (Associate Professor, Art) presented the paper "The Horned Moses Revisited" at the Medieval Studies Colloquium, Princeton University (2008). He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2008).

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Grace Russo Bullaro

Grace Russo Bullaro
Grace Russo Bullaro
Grace Russo Bullaro (Associate Professor, English) published "Interrogando Benigni: A colloquio per due giorni con la professoressa Grace Russo Bullaro," America Oggi 7, vol. 1, 2008 and "Blue Collar, White Hat: The Working Class Origins of Celebrity Super-Chef Jacques Pepin," Columbia Journal of American Studies, Spring 2008. Professor Bullaro published the book review "Gangster Priest: The Italian American Cinema of Martin Scorsese," Forum Italicum, vol. 42, Spring 2008: 208-210. She has a forthcoming book, titled From Terrone to Extracomunitario, New Manifestations of Racism in Contemporary Italian Cinema (August 2009)

Professor Bullaro was invited by the Calandra Institute of Italian-American Studies (CUNY) to talk about her upcoming book, From Terrone to Extra-Comunitario, New Racism in Contemporary Italian Cinema (October 22, 2008). She was also invited by the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art (NYC) to introduce the screening of the film Swept Away, on the topic of "What Price Paradise?" (July 22, 2008). She was interviewed by America Oggi7 for an article on the 2008 Presidential election campaign (November 2, 2008 issue).

In addition, Professor Bullaro was named to the Editorial Board of Edizioni Joker (Publishing Company in Italy) www.edizionijoker.com

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Claudia Case

Claudia Case
Claudia Case
Claudia Case (Assistant Professor, Journalism, Communication, and Theatre) published "What They Really Saw: Using Archives to Reconstruct the Censored Performance of Eugene O'Neill's 'Strange Interlude'," Performing Arts Resources, vol. 26, 2008. She presented the paper "Nurturing Internal Critique: The Theatre Guild and the Garrick Gaieties" at the ATHE Conference Denver (July/August 2008). Professor Case moderated the panel "Ways of Seeing: Michel Tremblay and the Stage," PEN World Voices Festival, CUNY Graduate Center (May 2008). She received the following awards: CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (2008-09), Writing Across the Curriculum Year-Long Grant Program, Lehman College (2008-2009), and PSC-CUNY Research Award (2008-09). This semester, she is teaching the course American Theatre Practice and Theatrical Modernism in the Theatre Ph.D. Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Lehman theatre major Adam Levine is currently assisting Professor Case with research for her forthcoming book on the Theatre Guild.

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