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Amanda Howerton-Fox


Amanda Howerton-Fox

Dr. Howerton-Fox was invited to give a talk at TEDxManchesterHighSchool, an independently organized TED event in Manchester, Conn. on the boundary that our society erects between the Able and the dis/Abled, and the dangerous ramifications of that invisible wall.
Watch Dr. Howerton-Fox's TEDx talk.

Nora Slonimsky

Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

Nora Slonimsky

A writer, historian, and native New Yorker, Iona professor Nora Slonimsky, Ph.D. has achieved national recognition for her impressive achievements in early American studies. Her manuscript, The Engine of Free Expression: Copyrighting Nation in Early America, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania press, thanks to Nora winning the ‘best book not yet publish’ award from The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR).
Read more about Nora Slonimsky.

Teresa Delgado

Religious Studies

Teresa Delgado

Iona professor Dr. Teresa Delgado was invited to speak at the College of Saint Benedict | St. John’s University on “Reimagining Decolonial Futures: Puerto Rico, God-Talk and Seeking the Common Good.” The lecture took place during the annual Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture lecture on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Through her distinguished career, she has been passionate about articulating a constructive vision through the experiences of marginalized people.
Read more about Teresa Delgado.

Spring 2018 Faculty Accomplishments

Jeffrey W. Alstete, Ed.D. (Management and Business Administration), has adopted updates to the capstone business course simulation GLO-BUS for Spring 2018. After successfully using the GLO-BUS competitive online business simulation for the past 13 years, where Iona teams frequently earned top 100 rankings internationally, the game has been updated for Spring 2018. Senior business students will participate in course sections of BUS470 - Business Policy and Strategy, taught by Professor Alstete. In the new GLO-BUS, student-led teams run companies that are in a neck-and-neck race for global market leadership in two product categories: 1) wearable video cameras, and 2) sophisticated camera-equipped copter drones. The companies compete in a global market arena, selling to buyers in four geographic regions.

Mitchell T. Bard, Ph.D. (Mass Communication), co-authored an article titled "Judicial Elections and Issue Advertising: A Two State Study" in University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review, volume 39. The article is a data-based examination of the effect of issue advertisement in judicial elections in Wisconsin and Arkansas. This is the fourth law review article on the topic published by the authors. 

Nadine Barnett Cosby, ’96MS (Mass Communication), was selected as a 2018 National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellow. The Faculty Fellowship Program selected 35 college and university media faculty to receive complete access to the sessions and activities of the annual NATPE marketplace and conference in Miami, Fla., in January. The goal of the program is to expose the educational community to current television issues and practices, and to foster improved communication and cooperation between educators and the industry. The NATPE conference attracts executives from around the world for sessions featuring leaders from all facets of the global telecommunications industry, along with hundreds of exhibiting companies.   

George Bournoutian, Ph.D. (History), presented a paper titled "Erasing the Iranian Heritage in the South Caucasus" at the 8th Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies in Tbilisi, Georgia. Bournoutian's book, The Chronicle of Abraham of Crete (1999), was published in a Persian translation in Tehran, Iran.

James E. Carpenter, Ph.D. (Mathematics), presented a paper titled "Pythagoras is Everywhere" at the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State 67th Annual Meeting and Conference in Buffalo, N.Y., in November 2017. In March 2018, he also presented "An Investigation of Area" at both the Ten Country Mathematics Educators Association 43rd Annual Spring Conference at Saunders Trades and Technical High School in Yonkers, N.Y., and the 59th Annual Hudson-Mohawk Valley Mathematics Conference at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School in Burnt Hills, N.Y.

George L. DeFeis, Ph.D. (Management), had a paper titled "When a Trade Deficit Provides a Surplus: How Semi-finished and Finished Product Imports Yield Gains When Sold" accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Perspectives, Volume I, 2018. The editorial board of the 2018 "Handbook of Engaged Sustainability" also accepted a chapter by Dr. DeFeis, titled "Business Youth for Engaged Sustainability to Achieve the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals," paralleling the course Dr. DeFeis designed and developed for the Management Department in fall 2017: "Service-Learning Management for Sustainable Development" (MNG 360).

Mike Damergis, MS (Sports Communication and Media Director), along with Mass Communication senior Andrew Alers, conducted an exclusive interview with former NHL player Willie O'Ree in honor of Black History Month. O'Ree was the first black hockey player in the NHL, making his debut 60 years ago for the Boston Bruins. 

Teresa Delgado, Ph.D. (Religious Studies), participated in the presentation, "Identity, Suffering, and Hope in Puerto Rico and Beyond: Latinx Communities Claiming Freedom", at Union Theological Seminary in New York City on April 4, 2018. Her book, A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology, as well as the ongoing devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, served as a catalyst for this event. The conversation offered an opportunity to engage on behalf of the Puerto Rican people, and Latinx communities more broadly, to claim freedom as our own. Reflections by the presenters alternated with round table discussions and allowed for relationship building and the sharing of stories among participants. Along with this, in March 2018, she also presented on her book at the Antioch Church in Bedford Hills, N.Y., and another presentation titled “Prophesying our story after Hurricane Maria: A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology” at St. John’s University.

Marie Elaine Gioiosa. Ph.D., CPA (Accounting), published a journal article titled "What Affects Average Net Price at Four-Year Public and Not-for-Profit Private Institutions in the USA?" in the Journal of Education Economics and Development, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 38-56, 2018. 

Eric Hamerman, Ph.D. (Marketing), Chrissy Martins, Ph.D. (Marketing), and Fredrica Rudell, Ph.D. (Marketing), recently published an article titled "Factors that predict taking restaurant leftovers: Strategies for reducing food waste" in Journal of Consumer Behavior, 17(1), 94-104. 

Christine Hardigree, Ph.D. (Education), will present on the topic "Instructional Possibilities for Multilingual Students in Content-Area Literacy Instruction" at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in New York City in April 2018.

Amanda Howerton-Fox, Ph.D. (Education), presented "Case Study of a School in Transition: First Steps in Adopting a Bilingual Approach," with NYC school administrator, Dr. Jodi L. Falk, at the conference of American College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH) in Tucson, Ariz. on February 16.

Cathryn F. Lavery, Ph.D. (Criminal Justice and Sociology), was reappointed as a peer reviewer for the 2018-2019 Office of Justice Programs as a federal grant peer reviewer for grant projects involving community-based corrections, victimology and violent crime/criminology. 

Timothy S. Lyle, Ph.D. (English), participated in a special sessions panel titled "Blackness and Disability: Special Issue of African American Review" at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference in New York, January 4 - 7, 2018. Additionally, he has been invited to give a keynote speech at Bates College in late February to celebrate their student/faculty production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. In addition to advising the cast and crew, Dr. Lyle shared his current research on black queerness and HIV/AIDS cultural history. Dr. Lyle also published an interdisciplinary, co-authored article with Dr. Stephen Engel, professor and chair of Politics, at Bates College. Blending his expertise in HIV/AIDS history and cultural studies, and Dr. Engel's expertise in constitutional doctrine, the article explores queer intimate kinship and how the AIDS epidemic bathhouse closures in the mid-1980s continued a dignity taking in the cultural landscape and in the courtroom. The article appears in the Chicago-Kent Law Review, vol. 92, no. 3, 2017, pp. 961-989. Dr. Lyle and Dr. Engel have presented their work at conferences in Chicago and Mexico City. 

Thomas Mussio, Ph.D. (Foreign Languages), presented his paper, "Castelvetro's Reading of the Narrative of Canzoniere," at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting on March 23 in New Orleans, La. 

Brother Robert Novak, Ph.D. (Physics), gave a talk titled "Future Discoveries to be Made by the NASA-IRTF in the Atmosphere of Mars" at the "NASA-Infrared Telescope (NASA-IRTF) Workshop to Plan for the Future" in Oracle, Ariz., in February. The talk indicated the discovery or non-discovery of organic chemicals on Mars that could indicate the presence of life. Previously, Br. Novak and his colleagues at NASA had discovered methane. They are now searching for ethane, propane and butane.

Hannah Park, Ph.D., MFA (Fine and Performing Arts), was invited by blind peer-review to present a solo choreographic project titled "Gravity of Heart" at the LABAN 2018 International Conference Celebrating LIMS 40th Anniversary to be held in New York City on May 31 - June 2, and another solo choreographic project titled "A Dionysian Wonder" at the 33rd Annual North American BMCA Conference at Smith College, in Northampton, Mass. to be held on June 5 - 10. Additionally, a blind-reviewed paper presentation titled "Sounds and Words in Motion: Cognitive Embodiment and Creativity as Tools for Deaf Children's Literacy Education" and a lecture demonstration titled "Unleashing Creative Energies: An Exploration of Somatics through a Nietzschean Lens" to be presented with student Dan Liang '18 were accepted to be presented at the Panpapanpalya Joint Dance Congress of Dance and the Child International and World Dance Alliance in Adelaide, Australia, at the University of South Australia, July 8-13. She is an invited guest speaker for Ewha Women's University's Dance and Media Research Center's Colloquium Series in Seoul, Korea on July 20, and an invited guest speaker on "Dance for Community Engagement and Social Justice" at the International Symposium of the Korean Society of Dance to be held October 13-14 at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. 

Robert J. Petrausch, Ph.D. (Mass Communication), spent the Spring 2017 semester in Barcelona, Spain, at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) as a resident scholar. He conducted lectures on public relations campaigns, strategies and tactics for UIC faculty and students. His paper, "New Model for Enhanced Results in International PR and Marketing Campaigns," was published in the UIC Business Journal. He was also the keynote speaker at UIC business day in April 2017, talking about innovation, creativity and new media to UIC students and business leaders who were invited to the event. Dr. Petrausch also represented Iona at the 9th Annual International Week at CEU Universidad, San Pablo in Madrid, Spain, in March 2017. He presented a talk on "The Changing Role of Persuasion in the Age of Speed." During his sabbatical year, he was elected to the National Council of the United Nations Association-USA for the New England Region and attended its Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D. (Religious Studies), delivered the 23rd Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture for the Archdiocese of Chicago on February 26, 2018. She was the first woman in the history of the series to deliver the lecture. The title was "Peace by Piece: 50 Years of Reconciliation Between Jews and Catholics." Cardinal Blaise Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago was present for the lecture. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Spertus Institute, the AJC, the ADL, the Jewish Federation of Chicago, and the Chicago Board of Rabbis. 
Carol Shansky, D.M.A. (Fine and Performing Arts), was invited by blind peer-review to present a concert with clarinetist Joseph D'Auguste titled "Highs and Lows," featuring various members of the flute and clarinet family at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention in Reston, Va. In addition to this, she also gave a presentation titled, "An Opportunity, Not A Chore!: Music Appreciation in the High School" at the New Jersey Music Educators Association Annual Convention.

Laura Shea, Ph.D. (English), participated in a special sessions panel titled "Dramaturgical Curiosities: Eugene O'Neill, Experimentation, and the New York Neo-Futurists" at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference in New York, January 4 - 7, 2018. Additionally, Dr. Shea's second mystery novel, Murder at the People's Theater, was published in January, 2018. 

James Stillwaggon, Ph.D. (Philosophy), published an article titled "Schools, Sex and Scandals: See it All at the Movies" in Salon, with co-author David Jelinek. 

Christoph Winkler, Ph.D. (Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation), is a co-author of two recent publications: "Experiential or Self-Regulated Learning: A Critical Reflection of Entrepreneurial Learning" in Entrepreneurial Research Journal: 8(2), 1-11 (Fust A., Jenert, T., & Winkler, C. 2018) and "The Entrepreneurship Education Imperative: Introducing EE&P", in Entrepreneurship, Education and Pedagogy: 1(1), 5-7 (Liguori E., Winkler C., Winkel, D., Marvel, M.R., Keels, J.K., van Geldren, M., & Noyes, E. 2018).

Ronald R. Yager, Ph.D. (Information Systems), with co-author N. Alajlan, published "Multi criteria formulations with uncertain satisfactions," in Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence 69, pp. 104-111, 2018. Dr. Yager also published a journal article titled "Satisfying uncertain targets using measure generalized Dempster-Shafer belief structures" in Knowledge Based Systems 142, pp. 1-6, 2018.