PSS Fall '09 - From Theory to Practice

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HWS Top National Rankings
The Colleges once again were recognized by The Princeton Review as among the best in the country, with their study abroad program ranking 18th in the nation in this year's edition of The Best 371 Colleges (Random House/Princeton Review).

The Colleges were also recently ranked 17th overall among the nation's liberal arts colleges in the area of service by Washington Monthly in its 2009 "College Guide" liberal arts college rankings. The publication defines service as the institution's encouragement to students to give something back to their country and ranks colleges in this area based on the number of alums who go on to serve in the Peace Corps (HWS ranked 37th nationwide) and the amount of federal work-study money going to community service (HWS ranked 12th in the nation), among other criteria.

Professor Galloway


Galloway Secures $500K Grant
Associate Professor of Russian David Galloway recently received a three year International Research and Studies Instructional Materials grant from the U.S. Department of Education, totaling nearly $500,000. The grant will help Galloway and a team of other linguists design and develop a computer-based Russian language learning program called Russian Verbal Laboratory. "Essentially, it allows you to learn verbs of motion and the concept of verbal aspect in the Russian language through a graphic interface," Galloway says.

Faculty Ink and Accolades

Professor Blanchard


"Huizong's New Clothes: Desire and Allegory in Court Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk," an article by Associate Professor of Art Lara Blanchard, was published in the 2009 issue of the peer-reviewed journal "Ars Orientalis."

The American Chemical Society awarded a grant to Associate Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens to test hypotheses of local black shale deposition.

Associate Professor Kanaté Dahouda


"Mémoires et Identités dans les Littératures Francophones," an anthology coedited by Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies Kanaté Dahouda, was published in Paris by L'Harmattan.

Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean's new book "Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies: Communicative Capitalism and Left Politics," was published in 2009 by Duke University Press.

Associate Professor of Economics Tom Drennen was quoted in a story on home hydrogen power in U.S. News and World Report's "green issue" and in an "Interactive Feature" about President Obama's green plan.

Professor Eck


"Introduction to Programming Using Java," a free online book authored by Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science David Eck, was featured on Eck was also featured on for his development of a cross-platform version of a museum for exploring 3D math.

Stephen Frug, instructor of history, has been awarded the Allan Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians for his dissertation, "Accepting Equality: Rhetorical Reactions to the Changing Politics of De Jure Segregation."

Associate Professor of Political Science Cedric Johnson wrote a new foreword to Harold Cruse's "Rebellion or Revolution?" - first published in 1968.

Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas and Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman were published in "Congress and the Presidency: A Journal for Capital Studies" for their joint article titled "Five Factions, Two Parties: Caucus membership in the House of Representatives, 1994-2002."

"To Be Here, Again," a poem by Assistant Professor James McCorkle '76 was superimposed on a mosaic by Polish artist Wlodzimierz Ksiazek to form a limited-edition art book, which was displayed in an exhibit in Tel Aviv.

Associate Professor Vikash Yadav


An article by Assistant Professor of Political Science Vikash Yadav concerning the Afghan presidential elections was featured in the Nepalese magazine Himal Southasian.

"My Life is Great: The Stevie Stiletto Story," the feature-length documentary produced, directed and edited by Associate Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn, premiered at the historic Five Points Theatre in Jacksonville, Fla.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Associate Professor of Education Jim MaKinster and his team a grant to supplement travel to Kenya to support Crossing Boundaries, a biodiversity conservation program for middle and high school students.

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"None of this would be possible without the help of volunteers. This is truly a blessing."
- Geneva Resident Chris Matuszak, whose family received a Habitat for Humanity House funded and built, in part, by students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

"With this type of research, we can create new and better pharmaceuticals to keep people healthy. It's really amazing to know that the work you are doing could help millions of people."
- Jessica Greger '11, who earned two grants for her synthetic organic chemistry research, presented her findings at the National Organic Symposium, and co-authored a research paper and a review paper with Associate Professor of Chemistry Erin Pelkey.

"It gave us a chance to gain a better understanding of the larger organization and to coordinate possible programs with other chapters. We came up with a number of new ideas for potential events at Hobart and William Smith."
- Alex McCartin '10, co-president of the HWS chapter of Project Nur, a national, student-led initiative of the American Islamic Congress. He and fellow co-president Syed Zaidi '12 joined hundreds of student leaders from chapters across the country to share ideas.

"Our study will bridge together the disciplines of ecology, limnology, meteorology and computer science to better understand the establishment and spread of non-native species in Seneca Lake."
- Assistant Professor of Biology Meghan Brown, one of four HWS science faculty members in three different departments awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to collaboratively study Seneca Lake.

"Singing with literally thousands of Estonians and feeling how important and powerful this music is to them was extremely rewarding. It was an unexplainable sensation."
- Chris Slaby '09, member of Seneca Camerata, a group of musicians who, under the direction of Professor of Music Bob Cowles, performed as part of a 30,000 voice choir during the National Song Festival in Estonia this summer.

"The HWS Leads program has allowed me to flourish as a leader, encouraging me to evaluate myself and come to terms with my weaknesses while working toward making my weaknesses part of my strengths."
- Cecilia Teye '09, one of nine students who earned a Leadership Certificate during the program's inaugural semester. Sixteen students are on track to complete the program this fall.

Associate Professor of Political Science Cedric Johnson

Associate Professor of Political Science Cedric Johnson

"This year's Fisher Center Series theme is Engendering Crisis. Most obviously, we'll be dealing with the economic crisis in this region and more broadly as a national phenomenon. But we're also looking to explore crisis beyond that of macroeconomics and into the original Greek meaning of the word, which suggests crisis as not only a time of deep problems but also as a time of decisiveness and a moment of opportunity."
- Associate Professor of Political Science Cedric Johnson, the new director of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men.



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