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Faculty News and Notes – Winter 2012


Michael J. Hanophy, Ph.D., presented a poster titled “The Use of Primary Literature in the Freshman Biology Laboratory” at the 18th Annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators in Baltimore in June 2011. The poster abstract was published in the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.

Business Administration and Accounting

For the second year in a row, the New York Law Journal named Elizabeth Bonina one of the top 10 mediators in New York state. A former justice of the state Supreme Court, Ms. Bonina currently teaches business law on the Brooklyn Campus.

Charles Pendola contributed an article, “The Statistical, Social and Economic Consequences of a Normal Retirement Age,” to the October 2011 issue of The CPA Journal, a publication of the New York State Society of CPAs.

Child Study

The Smithtown and Long Beach school districts hired Edgar Daniels and Kathleen Cassidy as consultants for the 2011-2012 school year. The pair will help Smithtown revise its teacher mentor program and create a new teacher induction program, and will work with Long Beach English teachers to implement cooperative learning in their classrooms. Mr. Daniels was also asked by Harrison Middleton University, a distance-learning institution affiliated with The Great Books Foundation, to lead its fall quarterly university discussion using the shared inquiry discussion method.

Fine Arts

Leslie A. Shaw curated an art exhibition at the Brooklyn Campus called “Shifting Elements: Dina Helal, Margaret Krug, Janet Rutkowski — Artists Using Materials in Unique Ways,” which ran from October 24 through November 30, 2011.

Graduate Management Studies

Linda F. Fonte was a co-presenter for an online seminar, Learn About Prior Learning Assessment Without Leaving Your Desk, hosted by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) in May and June, 2011. She was also a co-presenter at the CAEL International Conference in San Diego in November 2010.


Diane Pfadenhauer delivered the opening keynote at the 2011 Human Resources & Employer Compliance Summit in San Diego in November 2011.

Mathematics and Computer Science

“Analysis of the Basketball Free Throw,” a paper by David Seppala-Holtzman’s, Ph.D., was recently published in The College Mathematics Journal, a publication of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). In May 2011, Dr. Seppala-Holtzman accompanied five students to the MAA’s annual meeting at Stony Brook University, where two of them presented their research results from the previous year’s senior seminar course.


Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D., attended the Interdisciplinary Net Conference in Oxford, England, in July 2011. She presented “The Camera’s Eye and I: Re-imaging the First Person Singular,” a paper on visual images and gender roles.


Dr. Peter Lin spent the summer of 2011 in South Africa doing relief work with HIV orphans and patients. He also recently wrote a book chapter, “Home, at Last,” which was published in the book, Flower in the Snow: Mindfulness in Action. His chapter is about the psychological meaning of service and relief work.

Diane Sherlip, Ph.D., was elected to a two-year term as president of the Suffolk County Psychological Association in June 2011. The professional association of licensed psychologists and certified school psychologists serves more than 250 active members.

Recreation and Leisure Studies

Robin Lombardo was listed in Who’s Who in Healthcare and Medicine 2010-2011.

Religious Studies

S. Suzanne Franck C.S.J., Ph.D., published “Sophia Wisdom and Climate Change” in the anthology Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives (Marquette University Press, September 2011).

Social Sciences

Kenneth Bauzon, Ph.D., presented a lecture, “Perspectives on Filipino-American Immigration,” at the Charlotte Museum of History in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September 2011. The lecture was hosted by and grant-funded through the museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate.

William Bengston, Ph.D., contributed a chapter, “Spirituality, Connection, and Healing with Intent: Reflections on Cancer Experiments on Laboratory Mice,” to Handbook of Spirituality and Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2011). He was also elected president of the Society for Scientific Exploration, an international professional organization of scientists and scholars who study unusual and unexplained phenomena.

Speech (Communication Studies)

“Writing in a Vacuum,” a collection of short plays and semiautobiographical monologues by Tom Hoefner ’00, was produced in workshop form in October 2011 by the Mt. Carmel Theatre Company of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in preparation for the theater festival season in New York this summer. (Adam Mace ’08 is the company’s founder and serves as artistic director.)

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