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News and Notes: Spring 2014

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Michael J. Hanophy, Ph.D., and student Stephanie Thermozier ’13 attended the 30th annual NEMPET (Northeast Microbiologists; Physiology, Ecology and Taxonomy) conference in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. Stephanie presented a poster of the thesis work she did with Dr. Hanophy, titled “Filtration of E. coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae by Bivalve Mollusks and Subsequent Tissue Accumulation.”




For the fourth year in a row, the New York Law Journal has named Elizabeth Bonina, J.D., one of the top 10 mediators in New York state. She is also ranked as the No. 1 arbitrator in the state. A former justice of the state Supreme Court, Ms. Bonina currently teaches business law at the Brooklyn Campus.

Thomas Horan and his wife, Margaret Horan, co-authored “Strategies for Reducing the Alternative Minimum Tax” for the March 2013 edition of The CPA Journal.




Jeonghee Kang, Ph.D.’s paper regarding drug delivery, “Study of mechanism in photorelease reaction of GABA for 1,2,2-triphenylethanone (TPE),” has been accepted by Letters in Organic Chemistry for publication in early 2014.




Katherine L. Granelli ’82, Ed.D., and her sister, Claudia Bonavita ’88, M.S., presented, “Integrating Special Education Practices Into a Medical Model of Recovery From a Brain Injury: A Case Study” to the staff in the Brain Injury Unit at Glen Cove Hospital on September 20.




Two faculty members from the adolescence education department have been chosen to serve on New York state standard setting committees for the new teacher certification examinations. Margaret Moss will be serving on the Assessing Literacy Skills Test (ALST) Standard Setting Committee, and Roy Pellicano, Ed.D., will be serving on the edTPA (Education Teacher Performance Assessment) Standard Setting Committee.

Maria Lamincella-DiCarlo, Ed.D.; Margaret Moss; and S. Nancy Gilchriest, Ed.D.; presented “Theory, Practice & the edTPA: Research on Effective Teaching” at the fall 2013 Conference of the New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE) and the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE).




Alena Dillon’s collection of humor essays, I Thought We Agreed to Pee in the Ocean: And Other Amusings From a Girl Wearing Sweatpants was published in September by Martlet & Mare Books. It is available in paperback and e-book formats from and select bookstores. Dillon also had articles published by The Huffington Post and Pithead Chapel, and will be presenting at Nassau Community College’s Literature Live series in March.

Egomania, a one-act play by Noreen McAllister-Bifulco, was selected to be produced and performed at the Wild Project theater in Manhattan this past summer through the Mottola Theatre Project’s annual Cherry Picking festival, 2013: The Year of Fear.




K. Candis Best, J.D., M.B.A., Ph.D., co-facilitated a Core Conversations presentation titled “Digital Divide or Sinkhole: Tech Famines in the U.S.” at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March 2014.

Charles Pendola, J.D., C.P.A., M.P.S., contributed a technical accounting article to Accounting Today. The article, “Odd Accounting: Why Accounting for Collection of Previously Written Off Accounts Makes No Sense,” was published in November.

Robert Seperson, M.B.A., attended the sixth international conference, The Rights of National Minorities — Fighting Against Discrimination, in Golubic, Croatia, in August. The conference was sponsored by the Center for History, Democracy and Reconciliation and the Association for History, Cooperation and Reconciliation. Mr. Seperson participated in a session titled “Holocaust — Education about the Past as a Condition for a Better Future.” The goal of the conference is to teach tolerance, increase respect toward minorities, recognize the dignity of each individual and encourage the return of those who left the area as a result of the most recent war. Recommendations included adding specific lessons in the curriculum and increasing joint political activities between the Serbs and Croats.




James Blakeley, Ph.D., was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend in 2013 for his work, “Persecution, Toleration, Coexistence: Early-Modern Responses to Religious Pluralism.” He also published an article that appeared in the Sixteenth Century Journal on religious coexistence in early-modern Switzerland, and in October delivered a paper at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Monica Brennan, Ph.D., contributed an article, “For the Boys March at Dawn,” to the fall 2013 issue of the Irish Literary Supplement, a biannual publication of book reviews of books of Irish interest.




The Dictionary of International Business Terms (Barron’s Educational Series Inc.) by John J. Capela has been translated into Chinese and published by the Shanghai University of Finance and Economic Press.




Diane Pfadenhauer, J.D., recently finished two books: the 2013 edition of her New York State Employment Law Guide, and Wage & Hour Law: A Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act and State Wage and Hour Laws. The books, both published by Datamotion Publishing LLC, are the ninth and 10th she has written.




David Seppala-Holtzman, Ph.D., recently had two articles accepted for publication: “Proof Without Words: Ensphering Capped Prisms,” and “A Canonical Conical Function.” Both are to appear in The College Mathematics Journal published by the Mathematical Association of America.




Tae Sook Kim, R.N., Ph.D., C.N.E., co-authored an article titled “Educational interventions to enhance employee breast health: A program evaluation using the Barrett power theory,” which was published in Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science.




Landon Frim, Ph.D., presented a paper, “Must Charity Begin at Home? Impartialism and Oikeiosis in Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas,” at the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum’s October 5 conference at Oregon State University.

In June 2013, Emilie Kutash, Ph.D., presented “Sacred Geometry and Modern Art” at the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies (ISNS) conference, hosted by the Cardiff University Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture in Wales.

Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D., presented a paper, “Philosophical novels and philosophy with children,” at the American Philosophical Association’s 2013 Eastern Division Meeting in Baltimore in December.




Stephen Rockwell, Ph.D., contributed a book review to the September issue of The Journal of American History, and has agreed to write the entry on the 1968 Indian Civil Rights Act for American Governance, a reference work to be published by Macmillan. A paperback edition of his 2010 book, Indian Affairs and the Administrative State in the Nineteenth Century, was released in August by Cambridge University Press.




Kathy Frost, Ph.D., was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R), an international association of scholars dedicated to the exploration of René Girard’s mimetic theory. She also co-authored (with Frank Richardson, University of Texas at Austin) a chapter, “Psychology, Hermeneutic Philosophy, and Girardian Thought: Toward a Creative Mimesis,” published in René Girard and Reconciliation (January 2014).

Peter Lin, Ph.D., works as a photojournalist in disaster relief. One of his photos was recently included in A Prosaic View of Hurricane Sandy, published by The New York Times on October 28. His work was also featured in the Museum of the City of New York’s photo exhibition, Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy, from October 29 to March 2.




William Bengston, Ph.D., has been re-elected president of the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE). He presented an invited paper suggesting a novel approach to placebo research at SSE’s 32nd annual meeting, Unsettled Science, held in Dearborn, Mich., in June.

Raymond D’Angelo, Ph.D., was the moderator of a roundtable session during the 2013 American Sociological Association (ASA) conference in New York City. The session, New Ethnic Neighborhoods in New York City, was part of the Race & Ethnicity Conference within ASA. On November 3, D’Angelo participated in a panel for the Hot 97 FM radio program Street Soldiers, moderated by Lisa Evers. The topic was “Shop and Frisk: Racial Profiling by Major Department Stores.”




Lisa Tafuro contributed an article on microdynamics of interaction in the September 2013 special issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development. Her work, titled “From Action to Interaction: Infant Object Exploration and Mothers’ Contingent Responsiveness,” is the result of Tafuro’s ongoing collaborative work at New York University with the Center for Research on Culture, Development and Education.

Through the support of a theatre research grant from the Jerome Foundation, William Trevino traveled to South Korea last October to further his study of the relationship between martial arts and performance. A fourth-degree black belt with more than 20 years experience in Korean martial arts, he was invited to participate in a weeklong, master-level training retreat in the moutains of Kyong Buk. The research he conducted there will be employed to devise an original
theater performance.

Yingfan Zhang, Ph.D., presented a paper, “The Onion is Quickly Cut Into the Core: Social Penetration Theory and Online Interpersonal Communication,” at the annual conference of Popular Cultural Association and American Culture Association, held in April in Chicago.


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