Faculty Accomplishments

Fall 2017

Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D. (Mass Communication), published an article titled "Visual Communication of Climate Change: Local Framing and Place Attachment" in Coastal Management. In August, she presented a paper titled "Communicating Land Loss for Coastal Louisiana with Visuals: Issue Urgency and Issue Importance" at the peer-reviewed national conference of the Association for Education in Mass Communication and Journalism in Chicago. Dr. Altinay also spoke on a panel on how to teach politically contentious science, environmental, health and risk issues in the classroom.

Amal Alabbad, Ph.D. (Accounting), presented a paper titled "Depositor Characteristics and the Performance of Islamic Bank" at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, 2017, in San Diego, Calif. The paper is also scheduled for a presentation at the 9th Foundation of Islamic Finance in Lancaster, UK, 2017.

Christina Andruk, Ph.D. (Biology), received an Invasive Species Rapid Response and Control (ISRRC) grant award of $39,916.28 from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for the "Mapping, Studying, and Controlling Corydalis incisa (Incised Fumewort) along the Bronx River" project. Andruk plans to use the money to hire Iona College students as undergraduate research assistants to develop strategies to eradicate this new invasive species. Dr. Andruk also made an oral presentation of "A New Invasive Threat: The Distribution and Habitat Requirements of Corydalis incisa along the Bronx River in Westchester County, N.Y." at the joint meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council and Society of Ecological Restoration conference. 

Jeffrey W. Alstete, Ed.D. (Management and Business Administration), wrote a book review of Creating a New Public University and Reviving Democracy: Action Research in Higher Education by Morten Levin and Davydd J. Greenwood which was published in the Comparative Education Review, 61.3 (2017): 655-658. He also wrote a chapter titled "Revenue Generation: Higher Education Institutions" in the Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions, published by Springer Netherlands, 2017.

Mitchell Bard, Ph.D. (Mass Communication), presented two papers at the peer-reviewed national conference of the Association for Education in Mass Communication and Journalism in Chicago in August 2017: "Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS? A Textual Analysis of Fake News Articles on Facebook Before the 2016 Election" (sole author), and "Selective Exposure and the Hostile Media Effect Among Post-Millennials" (lead author). At the conference, Mitchell was re-elected the teaching chair for the Political Communication Interest Group, AEJMC's largest interest group. In addition, Mitchell was asked to write a chapter on the fake news paper he presented at AEJMC in the book Communication and Media in the Age of Trump for the publisher Peter Lang. The book is scheduled to be published in 2018.
Nicholas J. Beutell, Ph.D., Jeffrey W. Alstete, Ed.D. (Management, Business Administration & Health Care Management), and others co-wrote and published an article titled "Coping with the Fear of and Exposure to Terrorism among Expatriates" in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, July 2017, Vol. 14, No. 7, pp. 1-13.

George Bournoutian, Ph.D. (History), published three lengthy entries on Simeon Lehatsi, Arakel Dawrizhetsi and Zakaria Kanakertsi in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, Vol. 10: The Ottoman and Safavid Empires, 1600-1700, D. Thomas and J. Chesworth eds.; Leiden, Brill publishers, 2017. He also published "The Population of the South Caucasus according to the 1897 General Census of the Russian Empire" in Iran and the Caucasus, 21 (2017), 324-340. He reviewed Mustafa Agha's Fathname-ye Iravan (Ottoman Turkish and Persian Text), Tehran 2015 in Haigazian Armenological Review, vol. 36 (Beirut, Lebanon, 2016), 621-623.
David Carlyon, Ph.D. (Fine and Performing Arts), won the Stuart Thayer Prize for Best Circus Book of 2016, for his book The Education of a Circus Clown: Mentors, Audiences, Mistakes. He recently published a chapter, "David Stone: Defying the Gravity of Expectations," in The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers; and a blog post, "American Clowns: Performance, History, and Cliche" for the Smithsonian Institution's Folklife Festival Blog. He also recently consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Kevin Cawley, CFC, Ph.D. (Executive Director of the Thomas Berry Forum at Iona), and Kathleen Deignan, CND, Ph.D. (Co-Founder of the Thomas Berry Forum), were invited by the sponsors of a conference on "Spirituality and Sustainability" that was held in Rome and Assisi during June/July 2017. They both offered presentations on the deepening legacy of Thomas Berry, who was the geologian around whom the Assisi Conferences gathered during eight years of his life. To mark the second anniversary of the papal encyclical, "Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home," the 60 conferees attended an audience with Pope Francis, who acknowledged and thanked them for their work to protect the endangered earth.

Nadine Barnett Cosby, MS (Mass Communication), was selected as a National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellow. Fellowship recipients will be sponsored to attend the NATPE Marketplace and Conference in Miami Beach, Fla., in January 2018.

Mike Damergis (Clinical Professor/Sports Communication & Media Director) had a a radio interview with former California Angels third baseman Carney Lansford cited in the book Lyman Bostock: The Inspiring Life and Tragic Death of a Ballplayer by K. Adam Powell.
George L. De Feis, DPS (chair, Management, Business Administration and Health Care Management), won the Best Presentation Award at the 2017 BAASANA Conference held August 16-18, 2017 at the University of Exeter, England for his paper titled "Business Youth for Engaged Sustainability to Achieve the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals," which will be highlighted in a new Iona course in the Fall 2017: MNG 360 - Service Learning Management for Sustainable Development.

Teresa Delgado, Ph.D. (Religious Studies), has written a book, which was published and released in October 2017 with Palgrave Macmillan, titled A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology: Prophesy Freedom. This study contributes to the ongoing tradition of resistance and freedom within and beyond the island of Puerto Rico and adds a Puerto Rican perspective to theological dialogue in the United States. Delgado also published two essays in "Teaching, Religion, Politics," a blog of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. The essays are titled "Managing Heated Debate on Politics and Religion" (March 23, 2017) and "On Cornerstones: Teaching Social Justice as a Theological Value After #Charlottesville" (August 24, 2017). Additionally, she was selected to be one of the 10 national scholars to participate in a three-year Research Fellows Colloquium on Catholicism and the Common Good, sponsored by the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture at Duquesne University, through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Delgado was also invited to give two presentations at Colgate University in October, first as guest lecturer with Dr. Lourdes Rojas Paiewonsky's class on Latin American and Latina literature; and then an open community lecture on "The Power of Story: Literature as a Source for Decolonizing Theology" on the occasion of her book release, A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology. In late October, Delgado presented on a panel of religious leaders/scholars at the 2017 Puerto Rican Studies Association PRSA Symposium: "Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rico," sponsored by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

Thomas Donnarumma, MFA (Fine and Performing Arts) was invited to participate in the evaluation and consultation of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations by the New York State Education Department and Evaluation Systems group with the New York State Teacher Certification Examination Framework Review Conference in October 2017, in Albany, N.Y.

Elda Buonanno Foley, Ph.D. (Foreign Language), published a new book titled In Viaggio Per L'Italia: Percorso tra la cultura e la lingua del Bel Paese, by Sentia Publishing. Her next book, Impacting the Global Community: The Made in Italy Case by Cambridge Scholar will be released in January, 2018.

Marie Elaine Gioiosa, Ph.D. (Accounting), presented a paper titled, "Do State Appropriations Affect Average Net Price at Four-Year Public Institutions" at the Northeast Business and Economics Association Conference in Port Jefferson, N.Y., in October.

Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D. (Dean, School of Arts & Science), co-wrote and published an article, "Functional studies of AtACR2 gene putatively involved in accumulation, reduction and/or sequestration of arsenic species in plants," in Biologia 72/5: 520-526.
Marie Elaine Gioiosa, Ph.D. (Accounting), published an article titled "Do Factors Associated With the Increases in Higher Education costs Affect Average Net Price at Four-Year Public Institutions?" in Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, 5(1), 2-19.

Amanda Howerton-Fox, Ph.D. (Education) co-presented a paper, "Enacting a Bilingual Grammar Curriculum: Syntactic Knowledge of Teachers of the Deaf," with Jodi Falk, Ph.D. (St. Joseph's School for the Deaf, Bronx, N.Y.) at the New York State Council for Exceptional Children Conference (NYS-CEC) in Binghamton, N.Y., in October 2017.
Yourha Kang, Ph.D. (Biology), published an article titled "Changes in the Numbers of Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa L.) at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, New York, over a 12-year Period" in In Vivo magazine, Spring 2017.

Jonwook Kim, Ph.D. (Computer Science), had his published papers presented at the International Systems Software Product Line Conference (SPLC'17) in Seville, Spain. His papers are titled "Refactoring Java Software Product Lines," and "X15: A Tool For Refactoring Java Software Product Lines,"
Cathryn Lavery, Ph.D. (Chair, Criminal Justice), co-wrote and published an article titled "Masquerading Sanity: Crimes, Violence and Victimization on the Internet" published in Acta Psychopathologica, 2017, 3:3.

Sunghee Lee, Ph.D. (Chair and Endowed Professor, Chemistry), presented her research titled "Insights Into Bilayer Membrane Structure From Water Transport Across the Droplet Interface Bilayer" at the International Colloids Conference, June 18-21, 2017, in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
Timothy S. Lyle, Ph.D. (English), published a full-length article in the 50th anniversary edition of African American Review (50.2, summer 2017, John Hopkins University Press), which focuses specifically on "Blackness and Disability" and will feature Dr. Lyle's work on HIV/AIDS and contemporary black women's fiction. Because of this article's various lines of inquiry, he was subsequently invited to speak at Princeton University in October, at the National Women's Studies Association in November, and at the Modern Language Association's annual conference in January. Lyle also published an article titled "'She Came to Liberate': Janet Mock and Revolutionary Love among Trans Women" in the College Language Association Journal, vol. 60, no. 2, 2016, pp. 225-243.

Yasuhiro Makimura, Ph.D. (History), published a book titled Yokohama and the Silk Trade: How Eastern Japan Became the Primary Economic Region of Japan, 1843-1893; New York: Lexington Books, 2017. 

Chrissy Martins, Ph.D. (Marketing and International Business), presented a paper titled "Impression Management and Restaurant Leftovers: Strategies for Reducing Food Waste" at the Marketing and Public Policy conference this past June in Washington, D.C. This paper is based on a project with Eric Hamerman, Ph.D. (Marketing), and Fredrica Rudell, Ph.D. (Marketing).

Thomas Moretti, Ph.D. (English), has published an essay titled "Tragic Mediation in The White Devil" in the collection Forms of Faith: Literary Forms and Religious Conflict in Early Modern England (June 2017). Dr. Moretti also shared a paper, "Green Fantasies of Conquest in Henry V," at the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) 2017 conference. He will co-lead the seminar "Time and Emotion" at the 2018 SAA conference with Dr. Kristine Johanson (U. of Amsterdam) and Dr. Sarah Lewis (King's College London).

Glen Mules, Ph.D. (Computer Science), was selected to receive a 2017 IBM Faculty Award for $10,000 in recognition of his work with the specialists of the IBM Analytics Education Services to create the new curriculum for the Data Scientist Track of the IBM Skills Academy.

Kim Paffenroth, Ph.D. (Religious Studies; Director, Honors Program), published an essay, "The Best Teacher Is Like a Famous Mage Everyone Knows - Just Not Any of Your Favorites," in the journal Teaching Theology & Religion. He is also the co-editor of Augustine and Keirkegaard, a new volume in the series Augustine and Conversation: Tradition and Innovation (Rowman and Littlefield). The index for this volume was prepared by Madeline Bennett (2018). Paffenroth also participated in a panel on "Honors Education at Faith-Based Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities" at the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Atlanta, Ga.

Hannah Park, Ph.D. (Fine and Performing Arts), presented "Harmonious Embodiment: Somatic Approaches to Training a Transparent Body," a blind-reviewed theory into practice presentation, at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Houston, Texas, in October. The blind-reviewed paper titled, "Nietzsche and Somatics: An Experiential Study of Conflicting Creative Energies" that was collaborated on with undergraduate student, Dan Liang, was accepted for presentation at the 2018 Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Education (AHSE), which will take place in January 2018.

Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D. (Religious Studies and Core Curriculum director), presented a panel paper titled "The Refugee Status: Political Ethics and Moral Politics" at the Martin-Springer Institute of Northern Arizona University as part of the symposium "Strangers or Neighbors? Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Perspectives on Refugees," in October in Flagstaff, Ariz. 

Lisa Rene Reynolds, Ph.D. (Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy), wrote the second edition of her book, Parenting Through Divorce: Helping Your Kids Thrive During and After the Split. The book was released in September 2017 and is available via Skyhorse Publishing.

Aaron Rosenfeld, Ph.D. (English), published an essay titled "Bodies of Water: Un-Writing the Mother in Whitman and Eliot," in Literary Imagination 19:1 [2017]: 54-69). He also published "Wine, Poems, and Song: Lateral Reading and the Pedagogy of Appreciation," in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 17:2 [April 2017]. His article "Extended Engagement: In Praise of Breadth" will appear as a chapter in the edited volume New Approaches to Teaching the Surveys (ed. James Lang, et. al., West Virginia University Press, 2017); and his article "Boundaries of Taste: Cosmopolitanism and the Bordered Survey" will appear in a special joint issue of the Associated Departments of English/Associated Departments of Foreign Language journal (ADE/ADFL) devoted to globalization and literary studies. 
Lily Rubino, M.Sc. (Scientific and Technological Literacy), presented a poster, "Water, Water Everywhere: Investigating Household Water Access in an Urban Site of Abundance" at The Water and Health Conference at UNC Chapel Hill in October. She then traveled to Colombia in November with WaterAid America to follow-up on this work and explore water access challenges faced by the Wayuu communities of La Guajira, Colombia.

Carol Shansky, DMA (Fine and Performing Arts), presented her paper, "We Are Aiming for Quality and Good Music: The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Harmonica Band, Harmonica Contests and Music Education, 1924-1930," at the Oklahoma City Symposium on the History of Music Education on June 3. This was an international conference with attendees from the United States, Hungary and Australia. Additionally, Shansky performed by blind, peer-reviewed invitation at two October conferences: the National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors at the University of Montevallo, Ala., and the College Music Society National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Shansky performed on flute with clarinetist, Dr. Michelle Kiec, interim dean of Visual and Performing Arts at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Their programs featured works by current American composers.

Michelle Veyvoda, Ph.D. (Speech Communication Studies), led a panel presentation at the International Association of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (IARSLCE) in Galway, Ireland. Along with colleagues Tommy Van Cleave, Ed.D, and Genevieve Harding (Office of Academic Civil and Global Engagement) and colleagues at Grand Valley State University and Emory University, Dr. Veyvoda presented ongoing research and a pedagogical model on the use of service-learning in academic programs in the Allied Health Sciences.

Ronald R. Yager, Ph.D. (Information Systems), published an article titled "Bidirectional Possibilistic Dominance in Uncertain Decision Making" in Knowledge-Based Systems, 133, pp. 269-277. He also published a journal article titled "Generalized Regret Based on Decision Making" In Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 65 (2017): 400-405. Additionally, along with co-author J. Pascual Espada, he published a book titled New Advances in the Internet of Things, Springer, Heidelberg, 2017. Yager, along with coauthors N.D. To and M.Z. Reformat, published an article titled "Linked Open Data: Uncertainty in Equivalence of Properties" in Advances in Fuzzy Logic and Technology 2017- EUSFLAT 2017: the 10th conference of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology.
Katherine Zaromatidis, Ph.D. (Psychology), Kara Naidoo, Ph.D. (Education), and Catherine Salch, MSEd (Liberty Partnerships Program, director), presented a paper titled "Innovative Extended Learning Opportunities and Strategies for Retention and Graduation of At-Risk Students" at the 2017 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. 

David Zuckerman, Ph.D. (Biology), presented his research at a talk at the New York Bacillus Interest Group Meeting hosted by NYU in June, titled "Identifying the slime secretion apparatus of Myxococcus xanthus." In July, he presented a talk, "Bacterial cytoskeletons and motility: studying the cell biology of Myxococcus xanthus," as an invited lecture at the Department of Natural Sciences at Baruch College. He also chaired a session on bacterial interactions at the 44th International Conference on the Biology of Myxobacteria in Arlington, Va.   

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