Friday, March 11, 2011

Faculty Accomplishments

The following is a sampling of faculty accomplishments.

Ralph Acampora, associate professor of philosophy; Alafair Burke, professor of law; Mary McDonald, assistant professor of counseling, research, special education and rehabilitation; Ralph Polimeni, professor of accounting, taxation and legal studies in business; and Geoffrey Roth, assistant professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, were selected as the 2010 Teachers of the Year by the 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 Herman Berliner. The professors were recognized at the annual Hofstra Gala on May 6 and at Hofstra’s spring commencement on May 16.

Habib M. Ammari, assistant professor of computer science, and Timothy Daniels, associate professor of anthropology, were awarded Hofstra’s 2009-2010 Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. Dr. Ammari was recognized for his first book, 2009’s Challenges and Opportunities of Connected k-Covered Wireless Sensor Networks: From Sensor Deployment to Data Gathering (Springer, August 2009), and Dr. Daniels was honored for his book Islamic Spectrum in Java  (Ashgate, 2009). The Stessin recipients were recognized at the 2010 Honors Convocation on May 16. This was the 26th year the prize was awarded. Dr. Stessin was a journalist who joined the Hofstra University faculty as a professor of management in 1958 and served continuously until his retirement in 1973. After graduation from the Columbia University School of Journalism, he worked at The New York Times and as a columnist and later as an associate editor of Forbes magazine. During his lifetime and as part of his will, Dr. Stessin made substantial contributions to Hofstra University, including his contribution to the Endowment Fund, which led to the establishment of the Stessin Prize, an incentive and reward for junior faculty who publish the results of their scholarly work.

Charles Anderson, adjunct associate professor of Writing Studies and Composition, has published a new book, The Reunion Murders: Playing for Blood V. This book continues his mystery series about two retired teachers who become private investigators.

Barry Berman, professor of marketing and international business, has written Competing in Tough Times: Business Lessons from L.L. Bean, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Other World-Class Retailers. The book examines powerful new strategies that world-class retailers are using to thrive in today’s unforgiving business environment.

Skip Blumberg, special assistant professor of radio, television, film, produced Master Teacher Rowena Gerber, which was screened at the International Educational Resources Network Conference, and Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Carol Greider Interview, which was screened at the Yale University Center for Dyslexia & Creativity Conference for College Admissions Officers. He was a judge for the My Hero Film Festival and an admissions adjudicator for the New York State Education Department’s Summer School for Media Arts. “Skip Blumberg and the Early Video Production Groups: Ant Farm, Videofreex and TVTV” was a panel he participated on at the University Film & Video Association Conference. “Videos on Play” included a panel and screening of his independent and Sesame Street shorts at Child’s Play, Children’s Pleasures: Interdisciplinary Explorations, a symposium presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the School of Education, Health and Human Services. His article “Winning and Losing the Video Revolution” appeared in Student Filmmakers magazine and online. He initiated with students and directs the School of Communication M.F.A. Documentary Program’s Doc-Master.com website. He is president and founder of Friends of City Hall Park in NYC.

Peter Boonshaft, professor of music, co-wrote Sound Innovations, a revolutionary new band and string teaching method that was recognized at the 2010 Winter Convention of the National Association of Music Merchants with a “Best in Show” honor and “Best Tools for School” award. Dr. Boonshaft, one of the nation’s leading specialists in instrumental music education, is conductor of the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, professor of conducting and music education, and director of the graduate wind conducting program.

Simone Castaldi, assistant professor of romance languages and literatures, has written Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s, published by the University Press of Mississippi. Drawn and Dangerous is one of the first English-language books in which Italian comics are analyzed and placed in historical/political contexts.

Stephanie Cobb, associate professor of religion, was selected to participate in a five-week NEH summer seminar in Tunisia where she and other scholars focused on two early Christian texts, The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas and Augustine’s Confessions. Both of these texts are related geographically to ancient Carthage (modern-day Tunis). The scholars studied these works in great depth and explored the geographical/physical remains of Carthage and other ancient Roman sites in Tunisia. Dr. Cobb’s 2008 book, Dying to Be Men: Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts (published by Columbia University Press) dealt with the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas, as well as a number of other early Christian martyr texts. In the book, she argued that the gendered language so common in early Christian martyr stories reflects Christian social identity formation, focusing on how Christians positioned themselves rhetorically as more masculine than non-Christians because masculinity was the most sought-after commodity in the Roman world.

Pellegrino D’Acierno, professor of comparative literature and languages, directed the Hofstra Cultural Center conference For a Dangerous Pedagogy: A Manifesto for Italian and Italian American Studies, which took place April 14 to 17, 2010. He conceived the conference with ambitious goals: to reinvigorate Italian and Italian American studies and change the teaching and thinking of those cultures so as to engage the local, non-academic community. Conference participants came from across the United States and several countries, including Italy, the Netherlands and Scotland.

Jason Davidow, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing sciences, was awarded the 2010 Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The AARC is a highly competitive award given to new faculty in higher education to support their academic and research endeavors in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Ethan de Seife, assistant professor of radio, television, film, has written the book Cheerful Nihilism: The Films of Frank Tashlin, to be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2011. He has also authored a forthcoming book chapter, “Tish-Tash in Cartoonland,” for the University of California Press anthology Funny Pictures (Charlie Keil and Daniel Goldmark eds.).

Herbert Deutsch ’56, professor emeritus of music, was honored by Hofstra for his years of service to the University and his place in music history with a special ceremony on April 14, 2010, that unveiled a display detailing the creation of the Moog synthesizer, co-created by Professor Deutsch and Dr. Robert Moog in 1964. The invention subsequently changed the course of music history. The display at Hofstra’s New Academic Building features Hofstra’s first synthesizer as well as correspondence from Dr. Moog and a congratulatory letter from Hofstra confirming a $200 research grant.

Simon Doubleday, associate professor of history, was awarded a five-month 2010-2011 NEH Teaching Development Fellowship for a project titled “The Berbers in Medieval Iberia and the Maghreb,” aimed at enhancing course offerings on the medieval relationship between the “West” and the “Islamic world.” Dr. Doubleday also participated in Hofstra’s study abroad program in Spain during summer 2010, bringing students to a research center called “Nomes e Voces,” dedicated to the recovery of historical memory in Spain and specifically memory of the Galician victims of the Fran├žois coup d’etat in 1936.

Lisa Dresner, assistant professor of writing studies and composition, presented the 38th Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture, presented by the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Professor Dresner’s lecture, titled “Representations of Teen Sexual Decision-Making in American Popular Culture, 1980-Present,” was delivered on October 6, 2010.  Her research examined the rhetoric of gender, sexuality, race, and class, both in popular culture and in the composition classroom. Her lecture examined changing representations of birth control, abortion, and teenage virginity loss in American popular culture from the 1980s to the present, and explored how select films of the early 1980s pose a challenge to traditional theories of Hollywood film spectatorship.

Susan Drucker, professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, had her new book, Regulating Convergence, co-edited with Gary Gumpert, published in 2010 by the Peter Lang Publishing Group. She is also now the series editor of the Peter Lang Communication Law Book Series. She was also a co-editor on Urban Communication Reader, Volume 2, for Hampton Press, published in 2010. She and Gary Gumpert wrote “Freedom of Expression in Communicative Cities,” which appeared in Free Speech Yearbook, Vol. 44, pp. 65-84; and “Analysis: Division and Gaza,” which was published in Greek News, October 3, 2010.

Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff ’95, assistant professor of creative arts therapy, has received notice of her participation on a research team that is studying patients with Parkinson’s disease. The team has found that patients working with modeling clay have fewer negative ruminating thoughts as their focus shifts to the activity before them. This allows patients to experience a significant decrease in depression, phobia and obsessive-compulsive thinking. Dr. Elkis-Abuhoff is one of the primary investigators on this study of Parkinson’s patients, which originated at the Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) in Old Westbury, New York. A second phase of the research will launch this fall at North Shore-LIJ Health System in the Feinstein Medical Research Center.  The research team – which includes Dr. Robert Goldblatt of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Anthony Napoli of Suffolk County Community College, and two Hofstra alumni, Samantha Corrato and Morgan Gaydos (both Class of 2007) – has had its research published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. The team has also presented at the 2010 international conference of the Society of Arts and Healthcare and at the Canadian Art Therapy Association’s Annual Conference. Dr. Elkis-Abuhoff also served as a featured speaker at the Second World Parkinson Congress in Glasgow in October 2010.

Leslie Feldman, professor of political science, has written Spaceships and Politics: The Political Theory of Rod Serling, published in 2010 by Lexington Books. Her book examines the political themes in The Twilight Zone, where Serling used fantas and the supernatural to explore political ideas such as capital punishment, the individual and the state, war, conformity, the state of nature, prejudice and alienation. More information about the book is available on Facebook and Amazon.com.

Laurie Fendrich, professor of fine arts/art history, had a solo exhibition at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery in Claremont, CA, titled Sense and Sensation: Paintings and Drawings, 1990-2010, a retrospective of her work, from October 30 to December 19.

David Flynn, professor of management, entrepreneurship and general business, was one of eight academics and industry senior officials invited to participate in Post-Kyoto Climate Change Policies: Current Status and Perspectives, an international symposium held on November 26 at the College of International Relations, Nihon University, Mishima, Japan. His paper, titled “Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Natural Resource Scarcity,” was delivered in English and simultaneously translated into Japanese for a mixed Western and Japanese audience.

Jeffrey Froh, assistant professor of psychology, conducted a study that found that grateful young people feel better about their lives and are more likely to want to get involved in charitable causes or volunteer work, and those effects last up to six months after feeling or expressing gratitude. The study, conducted at a Long Island school district, surveyed 700 middle school students in grades 6-8. The research, published recently in the journal Motivation and Emotion, builds on previous studies by Dr. Froh examining gratitude in young people and its impact on their behavior. It is the first longitudinal research study of gratitude among young people.

Carlo Gennarelli, assistant professor of radio, television, film, produced a short experimental film titled Time Peace in May. It is an exploration of temporal distortion and a haunting meditation on the 9/11 attacks on New York City. It was a juried winner at the Long Island Biennale held at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington and was screened in November at the Big Apple Film Festival in Manhattan and the Zero Film Festival in Brooklyn.

Peter Gershon, associate professor of radio, television, film, has co-written “Teaching Television Production in the Age of YouTube” with James N. Cohen for the Journal of Media Education (April 15, 2010). He organized a panel titled “Pedagogy and Production in the Age of YouTube, Revisited” for a meeting of the Broadcast Education Association, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in April. As part of that panel, he presented “From ‘Remix’ to the L.I. Edge: A Short History of Web Television at Hofstra University.”

Victoria Geyer-Semple, assistant professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, was a keynote speaker and was made an honorary member of the Hofstra chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society in November. Her recent publications include “Using Social Networking Effectively: Facebook Is Not Just for Friends” for the Bayport-Blue Point Gazette (Reid, T., editor, May 2010).

Harold Hastings, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, presented the 37th Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture, titled “Black Swan in Complex Systems: Examples From Economics, Ecology and the Power Grid,” on March 25, 2010. The lecture examined what our ecosystem, economic system and power grid have in common; all three are important, all three affect us, all three may crash, and all three are complex, interconnected systems.

David Henderson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Drama and Dance; David Ramael, assistant professor of music; and Peter Sander, professor of drama and dance, collaborated on a student production of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (“The Soldier’s Tale”) on November 6, 2010, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. The production was part of the University’s 75th anniversary celebration. L’Histoire du Soldat featured direction by Professor Henderson, musical direction by Professor Ramael, and narration by Professor Sander. This Hofstra performance marked one of the few times that faculty and students in the drama, dance and music programs have collaborated on a single production.

William E. Hettrick, professor of music, attended the 2010 spring meeting of the Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society at New York University in May with one current student and one former student: Steven Baker ’11 and Dr. Michael A. Beckerman ’74. Drs. Hettrick and Beckerman both delivered papers at the meeting.

Greg Maney, associate professor of sociology, was awarded a $108,825 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project he is directing titled “News Media Coverage and the Dynamics of Contention.”

Paul J. Meller, associate professor of psychology, director of the Institute for Family Forensic Psychology at Hofstra’s Saltzman Community Services Center and assistant director of the School-Community Psychology Doctoral Training Program, presented a breakfast seminar for the Saltzman Center titled “The Turning Points Model of Therapeutic Visitation” on May 7, 2010.

William McGee ’84, adjunct associate professor of English, has been selected to serve on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, to examine the state of the U.S. airline industry. Professor McGee is an award-winning investigative journalist on airline safety and travel issues for Consumer Reports magazine and also has a travel column on USAToday.com.  The aim of the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee is to provide information, advice and recommendations to Secretary of Transportation Raymond LaHood on ensuring the competitiveness of the U.S. aviation industry and its capability to address the evolving transportation needs, challenges and opportunities of the U.S. and global economy.

Joseph McLaren, professor of English, served as co-author of I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath, published in January 2010. The book was nominated “Best Book About Jazz” by the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA).  Dr. McLaren specializes in African, Caribbean, and African American literature, and his teaching at Hofstra and research interests also incorporate African Diaspora studies.

Martha McPhee, associate professor of English, saw the publication of her fourth novel, Dear Money, in
June 2010. Dear Money is described as a Pygmalion tale of a struggling but critically acclaimed writer who does the unthinkable – leaves her world of creativity and fine art to become a high-earning banker. The idea behind the novel was a real-life offer Professor McPhee entertained from a legendary bond trader who claimed he could transform her into a booming Wall Street success in 18 months. Professor McPhee toyed with the notion but ultimately declined and wrote Dear Money instead.

Lisa Merrill, professor of speech communication, rhetoric and performance studies, was awarded the Eccles Visiting Professorship in North American Studies at the British Library for her research titled “Performing Race and Reading Antebellum American Bodies: The Construction and Reception of the Nineteenth-Century Performances of Gender, Race, and Nationality.” She presented a talk titled “Intermingling Images: Seeing and Acting (Out of) Categories of Racialized Identities” at the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, and School of Journalism, Media, and Communication, University of Central Lancashire, sponsored by the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, in Liverpool, England, in May 2010. She has been invited by the Chicago History Museum to deliver a lecture on sexuality and gender on the 19th-century stage, based in part on her book, When Romeo Was a Woman, and in part on a new chapter, “Reading Charlotte’s Body,” she has written for the upcoming volume Great Shakespeareans (Gail Marshall, editor), London: Continuum (2011).

Paul Mihailidis, assistant professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, currently serves as the resources editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education and on the board of directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Education. Recent publications include “Developing New Parameters for Global Media Literacy: The Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change” for the Journal of Media Literacy; “New Frontiers in Global Media Education,” co-written with Susan Moeller, for Communication Today; and “From Information Reserve to Media Literacy Learning Commons: Revisiting the 21st Century Library as the Home for Media Literacy Education,” co-written with Valerie Diggs, for Public Library Quarterly (London, England: Routledge).

Jamie Mitus, associate professor of counseling, research, special education and rehabilitation, has been awarded a $149,952 grant by the U.S. Department of Education in support of the project “RSA Long-Term Training – Rehabilitation Counseling.”

Christine Noschese, associate professor of radio, television, film, is the writer, director and producer of both narrative and documentary films. Her documentary Keep On Steppin’ won Best Short at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and was exhibited at festivals nationwide, including BET and HBO’s Urban World Festival. Her film Metropolitan Avenue was honored at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in 2009 and shown at Maysles Cinema in New York City. Her work-in-progress, June Roses, a narrative feature, was selected by Women in Film and Television to be shown at its series at the Anthology Film Archives in June 2010.

Phyllis Ohr, associate professor of psychology, received the 2010 Raymond D. Fowler Award at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Diego on August 14, 2010.  The award is granted to a psychologist who has made outstanding contributions to students’ professional development and is sponsored by the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). Dr. Ohr was nominated by her students in the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology.

Bob Papper, Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor of Journalism and chair of the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations, announced the 2010-2011 renewal of his grant for the RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey, now in its 17th year. The survey analyzes various aspects of electronic journalism. Because of his involvement with the surveys, Professor Papper has been interviewed by numerous media outlets on trends in broadcast news. He also saw the publication of the fourth edition of his Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook. The publisher, Allyn and Bacon, reports that this is the most widely used book of its kind in the United States. The fifth edition is under contract and due out in 2012. He contributed the chapter “Women in TV and Radio News” for the third edition of the book Race/Gender/Media, scheduled for publication in 2012. He also served as research adviser for the report “A Census of Journalists in Public Radio and Television” for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by Public Radio News Directors, Inc., August 2010. He originated and arranged for Hofstra University to be the original “founding partner” for AOL’s PatchU. Formally announced in September 2010, the other 12 schools participating with patch.com include Stanford, UNC, Northwestern, Missouri, Berkeley and USC.

Richard Pioreck, adjunct associate professor of English, has written several 10-minute plays for staged readings at off-Broadway’s Abingdon Theatre Co. The first play was presented on February 2 and the second on April 27 as part of the Abingdon’s “Benefit Challenge.” The third, Seat of Power, was performed on June 27 as part of the THRONE Challenge Comedies. Most recently, Professor Pioreck’s  monodrama I Don’t Know Why I’m Here was given a staged reading on November 16, and he performed in another production, titled GOOOOOOOL!

Stanislao Pugliese ’87, professor of modern European history, was installed as the Queensboro UNICO Foundation Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies on April 30, 2010. Dr. Pugliese, a specialist on the Italian anti-Fascist resistance and Italian Jews, spent the spring 2010 semester at Harvard University as a visiting scholar. Earlier in 2010, his book, Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone, was a finalist for a 2009 National Book Critics Award for biography. The book has also received acclaim abroad; this past July Dr. Pugliese traveled to Pescara, Italy, to receive the 2010 Premio Flaiano di Italianistica, one of Italy’s major literary prizes.

Connie Roberts ’99, ’05, adjunct instructor of English, was awarded the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for her memoir in verse, Not the Delft School, inspired by her experiences growing up in an orphanage in Ireland. Now in its 38th year, the Kavanagh Award has recognized many literary achievers. Professor Roberts attended the awards ceremony and gave a reading in County Monaghan, Ireland, on November 26, 2010. In addition to the Kavanagh Award, Professor Roberts has received a number of other accolades in recent months. She was awarded first prize in the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival Poetry Competition and attended the awards ceremony at the Lough Derg Yacht Club in Dromineer, County Tipperary, Ireland, on October 8, 2010. In July Professor Roberts received a highly commended award in the iYeats Poetry Competition in County Sligo. In June she was shortlisted for the Swift Satire Competition in County Meath. This past fall her work appeared in the Long Island anthology Toward Forgiveness and in the Irish literary journal Boyne Berries.

Larry Russell, associate professor of speech communication, rhetoric and performance studies, received the 2010 Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award for the article “Learning to Walk,” which appeared in the International Review of Qualitative Research.

G. Stuart Smith, associate professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, is the author of a forthcoming textbook to be published in spring 2011 by the University of Missouri Press, titled Going Solo: Doing Videojournalism in the 21st Century.  He also moderated and presented a panel “Is the Television News Package Passe?” at the Broadcast Education Association national convention in Las Vegas in April 2010.

Sabrina Sobel, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Hofstra alumnus Gregory Theophall (B.S., ’09) collaborated on a research project and presented their work at the Metals in Medicine Gordon Research Conference, held June 27-July 2 in Andover, NH. The titles of their presentations were “Evaluation of Simultaneous Equilibria of Poorly Soluble Zinc Salts With Select Amino Acids to Determine Potential Bioavailability” and “Potential Bioavailability of Cu(II): Evidence for Mixed-Ligand Formation in Aqueous Cu(II) Succinate Amino Acid Systems.” Mr. Theophall is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Columbia University.

Gayl Teller, adjunct associate professor of Writing Studies and Composition, received an award from the 2010 Long Island Decentralization Grants for the Arts Regrant Program for her project Poetry of Forgiveness. Professor Teller is the Nassau County poet laureate for 2009-2011. Her most recent book of poetry is titled Inside the Embrace. Poetry of Forgiveness consists of six workshops where participants read and discuss poems that inspire them to write their own poetry and explore various stages of forgiveness, ranging from hurt, anger, denial and alienation to insight, acceptance, healing, moving on, compassion, love and transcendence.

Bruce Torff, professor of teaching, literacy and leadership and director of Hofstra’s Doctoral Program in Learning and Teaching, was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Seedworks Fund to analyze data collected in a survey distributed to the student population at Patchogue-Medford High School. The survey, distributed in the wake of the 2009 hate crime slaying of Marcelo Lucero, explored student experiences with various kinds of discrimination. The murder of Lucero prompted the Unity Coalition, a group of community leaders and organizers, to design and implement the survey. Dr. Torff was brought in to analyze the survey findings and write a report. The grant also involves development of a new survey instrument to be administered to students in a wider geographic area. Question topics in the survey include: To whom students would turn if they needed help with problems relating to discrimination and how often they hear peers make derogatory remarks about gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin or age.

Paula Uruburu, professor of English and vice dean of the School for University Studies, spoke about
her book American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, The Birth of the “It” Girl and the Crime of the Century at the Centre for American Studies at the University of Western Ontario on September 30, 2010. The book was also highlighted in an article titled “Return to Glamour,” which appeared in the November 2010 issue of Verve magazine. The article is about The Chatwal New York, a midtown luxury hotel designed by famed architect Stanford White.

Nanette Wachter, associate professor of chemistry, continues to direct Hofstra’s annual Summer Science Research Project (HUSSRP). This year, with Dr. Wachter’s direction, the project received a generous grant from National Grid as part of “Engineering Our Future.” The program offered high school students the opportunity to work on “green” research projects ranging from household energy demand and alternative fuels to environmental engineering. Since 2002, HUSSRP has offered high school students opportunities to conduct individual scientific research projects with the supervision of Hofstra faculty in the physical and natural sciences, psychology and mathematics.  This summer, HUSSRP has added faculty members from the Chemistry, Geology and Engineering Departments, and from Hofstra’s newly established Center for Climate Study. This allowed students to work on even more projects focusing on energy issues, global warming and green technologies.

Kathleen Wallace, professor of philosophy, delivered a talk for Hofstra’s IDEAS Institute titled “Sustainable
Life: A Citizen’s Guide to Ethics and Sustainability.” She discussed the concept of sustainability, its ethical basis, and how it can and should guide individual behavior. Professor Wallace is a recognized expert and has written widely on ethics.

David E. Weissman, professor of engineering, was installed as the Jean Nerken Distinguished Professor in Engineering, on April 7, 2010. He has been on the Hofstra faculty since 1968 and has played a major role in the development of Hofstra’s B.S. in Electrical Engineering program and in the expansion of the Department of Engineering. His research is in the field of radar remote sensing and related measurements for defense and environmental applications. His efforts have been sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Laboratory and the National Weather Service.

Joanne Willey, professor of biology, was issued a grant from the National Science Foundation totaling $185,933 for the first year of a three-year project titled “RUI: Exploring Regulation of a Morphogenetic Peptide in a Filamentous Bacterium.”

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