Faculty Notes

James M. Cervino, PhD, Biology and Health Sciences, has been accepted into the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Post-Doc/Guest Scientist position. The appointment is for seven years. Cervino also presented an environmental site evaluation at Fort Totten in Queens to various political, community, and press representatives on March 16.

Martha Driver, PhD, English, had her article “Teaching the Middle Ages on Film: Visual Narrative and the Historical Record,” published in History Compass, 5/1 (2007). She has had three book reviews published: “Caxton’s Trace: Studies in the History of English Printing,” edited by William Kuskin, reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly (Spring 2007): 299-301; “The Mirror of Salvation [Speculum Humanae Salvationis] An Edition of British Library Blockbook G. 11784,” by Albert C. Labriola & John W. Smeltz, reviewed in The Catholic Historical Review (January 2007): 151-153; and “The Book Unbound: Editing and Reading Medieval Manuscripts and Texts,” edited by Siân Echard and Stephen Partridge, reviewed for Studies in Medieval and RenaissanceTeaching (Winter 2007): 69-76. Her book with Michael Orr,An Index of Images in English Manuscripts from the Time of Chaucer to Henry VIII c1380 - c1509 has just been published by Harvey Miller Publishers in conjunction with Brepols.

Andriy Danylenko, PhD, Modern Languages and Cultures, presented his paper, “Impersonal Constructions with the Accusative Case in Lithuanian and Slavic at the Symposium Baltic Languages and Slavic Languages in April. In November, he participated at a roundtable at the 38th National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies ( Washington, D.C.). In December, he gave a series of lectures and presentations at the Center for Studies on the Classical Tradition in Poland and East Central Europe, Warsaw University. His book, Ukrainian in Context (Slavica et Islamica,) was published in English in October 2006 (Otto Sagner).

Florence Denmark, PhD, Psychology, was recently awarded the Raymond D. Fowler Award by the American Psychological Association in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the association for more than 30 years.

Lee Evans, EdD, Performing Arts, performed his original composition, Introduction & Toccata in Jazz, on WQXR-FM’s (96.3 FM) “Reflections from the Keyboard,” a program hosted by David Dubal, on April 11.

Barbara Friedman, Fine Arts, has a one-person exhibition of her paintings, “In Passing,” at Michael Steinberg Fine Art, 526 West 26 Street, March 22 to April 21.

Burton M. Leiser, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, delivered a paper, “On Coercion,” at the annual meeting of the American Section of the International Society for Philosophy of Law (AMINTAPHIL) at Washington University in St. Louis in November 2006. During the preceding week, he participated in the meetings of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Philosophy of Law (IVR) in Krakow, Poland. And on November 1, he participated in a program on Iran cosponsored by the Anti-Defamation League at the Cardozo School of Law in New York.

Mercedes A. McCormick, PhD, Psychology, presented a poster at the 3rd Annual Conference on Positive Psychology in Braga, Oirtygak, where she spoke about Yoga Therapy with Trauma Victims of 9/11 (July 2006) and participated in the Midwinter Meeting of APA’s Division International of the Eastern Psychological Association in Philadelphia in March 2007.

Jillian Mcdonald, Fine Arts, was an artist in residence at the Western Front New Media Centre in Vancouver during the month of December 2006, where she also gave a public lecture about her work. Her solo show, “Zombie Loop” opened at Art Moving Projects in Brooklyn on January 27 and ran through March 18. Her video work, “Screen Kiss” was shown at The Boston Center for the Arts and Yoshiko Matsumoto Gallery from February through March. A feature on her work appeared in NY Arts magazine in the January/February issue. Her video work, “Screen Kiss,” was shown in Moscow at The National Centre for Contemporary Art in February where she also gave a public presentation about both her work and a program of video she curated for their international video festival. She participated in the open studios at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program in February. Mcdonald spoke about her work on a panel at The Art Gallery of The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ, in March, in conjunction with the exhibition Dress Code http://www.tcnj.edu/~tcag/current.php. She discussed her work at the digital art program of The University of Colorado at Boulder in April http://art.colorado.edu/hiaff/home.htm.

Charles North, Pace Poet-in-Residence, had his book “CANDENZA” published by Hanging Loose Press (June 2007).

Yvonne Rafferty, PhD, Psychology, presented her research on child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation The Impact of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation on Children: Psychological And Social Policy Perspectives, at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, International Conference on Trafficking in Women and Girls: Meeting the Challenge Together (organized by the Permanent Mission of Belarus and the Philippines to the United Nations, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Vital Voices Global Partnership) on March 5. She also presented a paper entitled Trafficking in Girls: Risk and Protective Factors” at a Parallel Event scheduled during the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. An overview of her work in Southeast Asia as a United Nations representative for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) was recently published in Forward (www.spssi.org) http://www.spssi.org/ForwardWinter2007.pdf.

Richard B. Schlesinger, PhD, Fellow A.T.S., Dyson College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research and Chair, Department of Biology and Health Sciences, has been appointed for a two-year term to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Scientific Advisory Council Panel that will be reviewing the national ambient air quality standards for sulfur and nitrogen-containing pollutants.

John Stokes, PhD, Psychology, published the following: Stokes, J. and Pogge, D. (2006) “Thinking Problems in Children” in S. Smith and L. Handler (2006) (Eds.) The Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents, Mawah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Several presentations were accepted at the Annual Conference of the Society for Personality Assessment, Arlington, VA, including: Stokes, J., Pogge, D.L., and Healy, M. (2007) “The Ego-Impairment Index: Correlates in a Child Psychiatric Inpatient Sample;” Pogge, D.L., Stokes, J., and Pernod, N. (2007); “Adolescent Reports of Childhood Trauma: Relationships with Diagnostic And Clinical Status;” and Sarnicola, J., Stokes, J., and Pogge, D.L. (2007) “The MMPI-A PSY-5 Correlates in an Inpatient Sample.”

Richard Velayo, PhD, Psychology, was elected as a Fellow of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2, American Psychological Association). He had an article “A Profile of the Efficient Email User: Cognitive-Motivational Factors Related to Email Use” published in The General Psychologist, 41(3), co-authored with graduate student David Blank, PsyD student. In addition, he co-authored an article (in press), with MA student Joseph Oliva titled ”Effects of Experienced Childhood Maternal Abuse on Adult Attachment Styles” which will appear in Modern Psychological Studies. This paper was awarded the Toth Award for outstanding research at the 2006 Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research held at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights. Dr. Velayo was recently elected as President-elect for 2008 of the Academic Division of the New York State Psychological Association, and Member-at-large (2007-2009) of the APA Division of International Psychology. In fall 2006, he represented the Division of International Psychology at the 2006 Best Practices in Teaching Psychology Conference (in Atlanta, GA) where he also served as a member of the Steering and Coordinating Committee.