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Spring 2017

Br. Robert Novak, Ph.D. (Physics), presented a talk at the first meeting of the Society of Catholic Scientists held in Chicago, April 21-23. The theme of the meeting was "Origins." Br. Novak's talk, titled "Telescopic Search for the Molecular Origins of Life in the Solar System," was an overview of telescopic observations of comets and Mars that Br. Novak has conducted over the past 20 years in conjunction with NASA's Astrobiology Institute.

Aaron Rosenfeld, Ph.D. (English), published an article titled "Wine, Poems, and Songs: Lateral Reading and the Pedagogy of Appreciation" in the peer-reviewed journal Pedagogy (17:2, April 2017, Duke University Press; pp. 203-234). He also had an article, "Bodies of Water: Un-Writing the Mother in Whitman and Eliot,” published in the peer-reviewed journal Literary Imagination.

Charlotte Wray, Ph.D. (assistant to the director of the Honors Program), had her work recognized by the National Collegiate Honors Council with Honorable Mention in their 2017 Award for Administrative Excellence.

Christina Andruk, Ph.D. (Biology & Environmental Studies), was quoted in stories in The Journal News and on CBS2 on invasive plant species.

Jeffrey W. Alstete, Ed.D. (Management and Business Administration), was quoted in a Westchester Magazine piece on "Millennials at Work."

Eric Moscato, MBA (Finance, Business Economics & Legal Studies) was quoted in a story on about informed selection of credit cards.

Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D. (Political Science), on WPIX11-TV on "Trump's First 100 Days: A News Closeup Analysis."

George Bournoutian, Ph.D. (History), published an article titled "Prelude to War: The Russian Siege and Storming of the Fortress of Ganjeh, 1803-1804" in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Association for Iranian Studies (Volume 50, No. 1, 2017).

Jack Breslin, Ph.D. (Mass Communication; graduate program director), was recently quoted on in reference to sensationalism in an article titled "Maddow Goes Mad!" by Jack Shafer regarding Rachel Maddow's breaking story about President's Trump's tax return. Breslin was quoted as a result of a 2013 book chapter, "Naughty Seeds of Sensationalism: Gossip and Celebrity in 19th Century Reporting." He also moderated a panel "Musicians, Magazines/Politics, Crime and Campaigns" at the 2017 Joint Journalism and Communications Historians Conference at New York University.

David Carlyon, Ph.D. (Fine & Performing Arts), served on a panel for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in Washington, D.C., to assess documentary proposals.

George L. DeFeis, DPS (chair, Management, Healthcare Management and Business Administration Department), chaired a session on Economics/MIS and presented his work "When a Trade Deficit Provides a Surplus: How Semi-finished and Finished Product Imports Yield Gains when Sold," which won a Best Paper Award at the Spring 2017 Academy of Business Research (ABR) Conference in New Orleans in March.

Yourha Kang, Ph.D. (Biology), presented a Tedx talk at Westchester Community College for the TedxWCC conference on March 17. Her talk, titled "Why the Butterfly Weed Plant Matters," focused on the butterfly weed plant and the connections that living beings have with one another. See her talk, along with the others from the conference.

George V. Priovolos, Ph.D. (Marketing and International Business), and George DeFeis, DPS (Management, Business Administration, and Health Care Management), chaired sessions on marketing/management and strategy at the Spring 2017 Academy of Business Research (ABR) Conference in New Orleans in March. They also presented two papers they co-authored titled "Branding the Branding Project: The Case of Branding a Business School" and "An Oxymoron: Strategy Making for a School of Strategy." Both papers won a Best Paper Award in their respective sessions.

Carol Shansky, DMA (Fine and Performing Arts), participated in four conferences in March. At the East Coast Band Conference, she presented a paper titled "The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Band of New York City, 1874-1941." At the College Music Society, Northeast Region Conference, she presented a lecture recital, along with Hannah Park, Ph.D. (Fine and Performing Arts), titled "Tools and Long-Term Benefits from a Collaboration Between Music and Dance. In addition, she was an invited performer on both the Composer's Concert and the Recital Hour. At the Society for American Music Annual Conference in Montreal, Dr. Shansky presented a poster on "Harmonica Bands at the New York and Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylums: A Niche in American Music." At the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Conference, she, along with two colleagues, presented a lecture-recital "Celebrating Performers, Composers, and Training as a Collaborative in the Rehearsal Process." In addition, Dr. Shansky's Score Preface for the Toeschi Flute Concerto was published by Repetoire Explorer.

Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D. (Dean, School of Arts & Science), had a co-authored, peer reviewed article titled "Monitoring Using a Sentinel Plant System Reveals Very Limited Aerial Spread of Phytophthora ramorum from Infected Ornamental Plants in a Quarantine Research Nursery" published in Plant Health Progress.

David Carlyon, Ph.D. (Fine and Performing Arts), was asked to serve on a peer-reviewed panel of scholars for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for spring 2017.

Christine Hardigree, Ph.D. (Education), co-authored "Using Evidence in L2 Argumentative Writing: A Longitudinal Case Study Across High School and University," recently published in the journal Language Learning (March 2017). Dr. Hardigree was also accepted into the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Second Language Research Early Career Mentoring Program. She will work with a scholar mentor whom she will meet at the association's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in April.

Amanda Howerton-Fox, Ph.D. (Education), presented on "The Role of Comparative Linguistics in the Preparation of Teachers of the Deaf in Sweden" at the Association of College Educators – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in February.

Robert Lacey, Ph.D. (Political Science), recently published an article titled "Why Middlebury Protestors Were Right About Charles Murray" on ZNet, the website administered by Z Magazine. View the article. 

Josh Leon, Ph.D. (Political Science and International Studies), published "Global Cities at Any Cost: Resisting Municipal Mercantilism" in the latest issue of the scholarly journal City. He also published a cover story in the March issue of The Progressive magazine "Sanctuary Cities in an Age of Resistance." View the article.

Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D. (Political Science & International Studies; Associate Provost for Strategic Academic Initiatives), offered the keynote address "Leadership Without Authority: Leading Teams from Within" at the annual American Council on Education (ACE) Carol Russett Awards Luncheon at Knollwood Country Club on April 21.
Kara Naidoo, Ph.D. (Education), presented her work "Developing Methods Courses to Increase Teacher Self-Efficacy" at the Association of Teacher Educators Conference in Orlando, Fla., in February.

Hannah Park, Ph.D. (Fine and Performing Arts), had her research presentation titled "Every Body's Journey" accepted for the Somatic Dance Conference and Performance Festival to be held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., in July.

A. Vincent Ciardiello, Ph.D., and William Zimmerman, MA (Education), with four Iona pre-service teachers, collaborated with a social studies teacher at Dodson School in Yonkers in November 2016 to teach four separate lessons on American immigration. Learn more.

Benjamin Gaines, Ph.D. (Mathematics), had his article "(0,2)-Deformations and the G-Hilbert Scheme" published in the journal Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, Vol. 20, No. 5 (2016).

Ross Greenburg (Executive in Residence) produced the film "Perfect in '76," which recounts the Indiana University Hoosiers' 1976 undefeated men's college basketball season under head coach Bob Knight. The film premiered on March 10 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

Malissa Scheuring Leipold, Ed.D. (Education), accompanied Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan on a visit to the site of LAMP (Lay Apostolic Ministries with the Poor) in Throggs Neck, Bronx, on March 8. Lamp Catholic Ministries is an organization whose mission is to serve the materially poor with a focus on witnessing to the love of God. Dr. Leipold, her family, and Cardinal Dolan spent the afternoon serving lunch to the poor and homeless. Dr. Leipold's parents began this ministry. Learn more.

Patricia Oswald, Ph.D. (Psychology), was invited to join SUNY Farmingdale's Advisory Board for the Applied Psychology Program, which consults on curricular and professional development issues.

Hannah Park, Ph.D. (Fine and Performing Arts), had her Choreography Lab proposal accepted for the World Dance Alliance Global Summit hosted by the School of Music at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland, from July 23-28. Dr. Park was also invited to present a blind-reviewed solo choreographic project, "Roots and Pedals," at the 32nd Annual North American BMCC (Body Mind Centering Conference) to take place at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, in July 2017.

Christine Hardigree, Ph.D. (Education), had her proposal for the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) conference accepted. She presented her work, titled "Supporting Synergistic Literacy: Linking Reading and Writing Instruction in Superdiverse Classrooms," in March.

Br. Robert Novak, Ph.D. (Physics), participated in observations of Mars on January 2, 3, 9 and 31. The first three nights were from NASA Infrared Telescope in Hawaii; the last night was from his office in Cornelia Hall. His co-observers were Drs. Michael Mumma, Geronimo Villanueva, and Sara Faggi from the NASA-Goddard Astrobiology Institute. They were the first group to observe Mars using a new infrared spectrograph, iSHELL, which was placed on the telescope in September.

Carol Shansky, DMA (Fine and Performing Arts), presented a concert celebrating Women's History Month on February 24. Dr. Shanksy, a flutist, was joined by guest artists Dr. Hannah Park (Fine and Performing Arts, dance), Jim Millar on piano and Seth Himmelhoch on guitar. All of the works were by women composers and the concert was sponsored by the Council on the Arts and the Fine and Performing Arts Department.

Christina Andruk, Ph.D. (Biology), received a grant from the Bronx River Parkway Reservation Conservancy to study the Incised Fumewort, Corydalis incisa. Incised Fumewort is an invasive exotic plant that has recently spread in the Bronx and Westchester County. Little is known about this plant's life history traits and potential to invade new habitats. The grant will permit Dr. Andruk to study the plant's biology and map its current distribution so that effective management strategies can be developed to control the spread of Incised Fumewort in our region.

Jennifer T. Kaalund, Ph.D., and Teresa Delgado, Ph.D. (Religious Studies), were selected as two of 100 contributors to "American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days 100 Letters," a national nonpartisan campaign that brings together scholars from a diverse range of religious traditions to articulate core American values that have grounded our nation in the past and should guide us forward at this time of transition. For the first 100 days of the new administration, the campaign will send a one-page letter to President Trump, Vice President Pence, Cabinet Secretaries, and Members of the House and Senate, offering insight and inspiration drawn from the collective wisdom of our faith communities and their sacred texts.

Cathryn Lavery, Ph.D., and David T. Mulcahy, MA (Criminal Justice, Sociology), presented, on January 30, at The American Association of Behavioral & Social Sciences International Conference, which is an interdisciplinary conference that brings scholars together to present their scholarship which is related to a wide variety of contexts – theory, empirical research and conceptual advancement. Presenters undergo peer-review prior to acceptance, as well as for their top tier publication, Journal of Behavioral & Social Sciences. Dr. Lavery and Professor Mulcahy were accepted for their upcoming article, The Resocialization of Radicalization of Fundamental Terrorists: Key Highlights & Concerns for Law Enforcement Practitioners, which evaluates deprogramming initiatives internationally of terrorists, as well as current U.S. efforts; and their effectiveness in combating radicalization. Dr. Lavery and Prof. Mulcahy were notified that their presentation earned high evaluation marks on their topic, its relevance, their knowledge-base and the execution of their presentation. This was the first time the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department was represented at the conference.

Lily Rubino (adjunct, Scientific and Technological Literacy), had her abstract "Indicator Efficacy: Anthropological Approaches to Evaluating Household Water Access in the Colombian Amazon" accepted by the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, which took place in March in Santa Fe. 

Jeffrey Alstete, Ed.D. (Management and Business Administration), has presented updates to the Business Capstone Course Simulation for 2017: Wearable Cameras and Copter Drones. After successfully using the GLO-BUS competitive online business simulation for the past 12 years, where Iona teams frequently earned top 100 rankings internationally, the game has been updated for spring 2017. Senior business students will participate in capstone 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. Co-managers of each company are responsible for assessing market and competitive conditions in the two product categories, determining how to respond to the actions of competitors, forging a long-term direction and strategy for their company, and making decisions relating to the design and performance of the company's two products, assembly operations and workforce compensation, pricing and marketing, corporate social responsibility and citizenship, and the financing of company operations. See website.

Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D. (Religious Studies and Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies), was invited to participate in one of the few memorials to Holocaust Survivor and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel authorized by his family. Procario-Foley read a short portion of Wiesel's book Night at the memorial event presented by The Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene on January 29. In a continuous five-hour event, world, national and local leaders, artists, writers, performers, academics and heads of cultural institutions read aloud the famous memoir. The Museum of Jewish Heritage expected 1,000 people to be in attendance at the museum and the reading was live-streamed to viewers around the world.

Benjamin Gaines, Ph.D. (Mathematics), presented a paper on "The Practicality of Writing Prompts in Freshman-Level Math Courses" at the annual Joint Mathematics Meeting, in Atlanta in January. He also co-organized a session on "How to Successfully Enhance Cultural Diversity in the Mathematics Classroom and Beyond."

Robert Lacey, Ph.D. (Political Science), published his second book, Pragmatic Conservatism: Edmund Burke and His American Heirs, for which he was interviewed on the New Books in Political Science podcast. He also published a chapter titled "Elihu Root: Balancing Constitutionalism and Democracy" in Lonce H. Bailey and Jerome M. Mileur, eds., In Defense of the Founders Republic: Critics of Direct Democracy in the Progressive Era (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).

Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., (Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and chair of Chemistry), published a paper titled "Enthalpic Effects of Chain Length and Unsaturation on Water Permeability Across Droplet Bilayers of Homologous Monoglycerides" in Langmuir, a publication of the American Chemical Society, which is available online. The paper is coauthored by three Iona undergraduates, Maria Lopez '17, biochemistry; Sue Ellen Evanglista '17, chemistry; and Melissa Morales '16, chemistry. In this paper, a deeper understanding of unassisted passive transport of water permeation across lipid membranes was attained by studies using a droplet interface bilayer (DIB) formed by the contact of two aqueous droplets in an immiscible solvent containing bilayer-forming surfactant. Both permeability values and activation energies have been extracted for water transport across a lipid bilayer formed of a homologous series of lipids, allowing to make ready comparisons between the different lipids and potentially better elucidate the contributions that molecular motifs make to the permeation process

George V. Privolos, Ph.D. (Marketing & International Business), chaired a session on leadership and gender and presented the paper "Developing an Integrated Analytical Framework for Nation Branding: Targeting International Tourists vs. International Investors" at the 10th Annual International Conference on Global Studies sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education & Research (ATINER), in December 2016 in Athens, Greece.

Fall 2016

Marcus Aldredge, Ph.D. (Criminal Justice and Sociology), published a new paperback edition of his book Singer-Songwriters and Musical Open Mics with the publisher Routledge in November.

Jack Breslin, Ph.D. (Mass Communication), presented his paper "Publicity Stunt or Legitimate News?: Press Coverage of Nelly Bly's Race Around the World" at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War and Free Expression, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, his 13th paper presented at this prestigious annual national journalism history conference. He also attended the two-day Communications Law in the Digital Age 2016 seminar at the Practicing Law Institute in New York City.

Dennis Gunn, CFC, Ph.D. (Education and Religious Studies), was appointed archivist and historian for the Religious Education Association, whose archives are part of the Special Collections at Yale University Divinity Library.

David Carlyon, Ph.D. (Fine and Performing Arts), was awarded the Circus Historical Society's Stuart Thayer Prize for best book of the year for his work The Education of a Circus Clown: Mentors, Audiences, Mistakes.

James Carpenter, Ph.D. (Mathematics), gave three presentations during the summer and the fall semester. At a joint meeting of the mathematics teachers associations of New England, New Jersey and New York, held at Iona College in June, he presented "An Investigation of Linear Functions." At the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, he presented "Exploring Triangular Numbers" in Columbus, Ohio, and he presented "The Idea of a Function" at the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State 66th Annual Meeting and Conference in Rye, N.Y., in November.

Ross Greenburg, Executive in Residence (School of Business), produced and directed "Running for his Life," a documentary on former star running back Lawrence Phillips. The film premiered on Showtime on December 16. 

Cathryn F. Lavery, Ph.D. (Criminal Justice and Sociology), was accepted and appointed as an affiliate Board Member for the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

George V. Priovolos, Ph.D. (Marketing & International Business), chaired a session on Marketing & Management Information Systems and presented a paper titled "Successful Nation Branding: Know Who You Are and What You Want" at the Fall 2016 Conference of the Academy of Business Research (ABR) in San Antonio, Texas.

Aaron Rosenfeld, Ph.D. (English) was the 2016 Faculty Development Grant recipient. Dr. Rosenfeld's proposal aspires to build upon his previous work to strengthen student writing across the curriculum.

Carol Shansky, DMA (Fine and Performing Arts) was elected as Board Member for Musicology for the College Music Society, Northeast Regional Chapter. She is responsible for providing guidance in her subject area in chapter activities and conferences.

Carol Shansky, DMA and Hannah Park, Ph.D. (Fine and Performing Arts Department), traveled to Salzburg, Austria, in November to present the findings of their research on the role and interactions between musician/performer and dancer/choreographer. This research project explored the roles of both artists and the ways that this investigation can enhance both artistry and pedagogy. In addition to their presentation, the two led a workshop to provide a hands-on experience for the attendees.

James Stillwaggon, Ph.D. (Philosophy), recently published a co-edited volume in Teachers College Record on Robert McClintock's concept of formal justice. His own contribution to this collection is a critique of distributive ideals in American educational thought.

Kara Naidoo, Ph.D. (Education), published an article, "Candidates Use a New Teacher Development Process, Transformative Reflection, to Identify and Address Teaching and Learning Problems in Their Work with Children," in the Journal of Teacher Education November/December 2016.

James Stillwaggon, Ph.D. (Philosophy), was interviewed on the Bill Newman Show about his book Filmed School: Desire, Transgression and the Filmic Fantasy of Pedagogy (Routledge 2016).

Nadine Cosby and Natalie Redcross, Ph.D. (Mass Communication), along with Tommy Van Cleave, Ph.D. (director for Academic Civic & Global Engagement), were selected to present their panel on "An Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Collaboration: Students Take on a Community Partner to Learn Through Service and Give Back to the Community." Their panel was presented at the Black Doctoral Network annual conference in Atlanta on October 28.

Br. Dennis Gunn, Ph.D., '93 (Education), presented a paper titled "Teaching for Cosmopolis: Bernard Lonergan's Hopeful Vision for Education in a Globalized World" at the Religious Education Association Annual Meeting in November.

Thomas Donnarumma (Fine and Performing Arts) directed the Iona College Theatre Ensemble in Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin, November 17-20.

Research by Paolina Centonze, Ph.D. (Computer Science), was accepted by ACSAC (Annual Computer Security Applications Conference), one of the top international cyber security gatherings.

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