A&S faculty recognized in Class Act

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Friday May 25, 2012



Arts and Sciences Faculty Participate in Scholars Symposium

The following faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences participated in the Nyack Scholars Symposium New York City in April: Vilma Balmaceda, Ph.D.; Denise Hirschlein, Ph.D.(c); Amy Flavin, M.S.; Kim Huster, Ph.D.; Elaine Lux, Ph.D.; Raquel Reynoso, M.A.; and James Romaine, Ph.D.
The plenary session featured Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch speaking on "Doing Virtuous Business." Dr. Malloch is a research professor and chair of the Spiritual Enterprise Institute, Center for Faith and Culture at Yale University.
Dr. Charles Awasu
Dr. Awasu published a paper in the African Journal of Education and Technology, Volume 1, Issue 3 (2011). His paper entitled "Prevailing Against the Odds of Dropping Out of Schools in Ghana" was co-written with Dr. Cynthia Akorfa Sottie, lecturer of social work at the University of Ghana. Dr. Awasu's paper entitled "Relational Transaction: The Social Dynamism of Informal Finance in Ghana" was published in the African Journal of Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4 (2012).
Dr. Vilma Balmaceda
Dr. Balmaceda participated in the Global Summit of the Rule of Law Task Force in Sabadell, Barcelona. This gathering consisted of lawyers and professors of law and political science dedicated to the study of and action against corruption around the world. Her paper entitled "Judicial Reform Efforts in Latin America: Institutional and Other Challenges" examined the processes of judicial reform in Latin America.
Dr. Balmaceda was a guest lecturer in April for the Spring Lecture Series at the Nyack Library where she addressed the topic of "Restorative Justice: Confronting the Limitations of the Criminal Justice System."
Dr. James Danaher
Dr. James Danaher
Dr. Danaher published "The Problem of Evil from a Gospel Perspective" in the Evangelical Review of Theology, Volume 26, Issue 2 (April 2012). For more information, click here.
Dr. Jonathan GatesDr. Jonathan Gates
Dr. Gates, together with student editors Audrey King and Elizabeth Kendrex, hosted the first gala and awards ceremony for art and photography entries published in the 2012 issue of Fine Print, Nyack's journal of literature and art. In addition to the opportunity to view the students' creative work on display, professional photographer and adjunct professor of photography at Nyack College, Mr. Andres Valenzuela, discussed the four essential elements of his creative process and illustrated his insights with photographs from his personal collection.
Dr. Sharron Greaves
Dr. Greaves presented four papers on African and African American topics entitled "English, Igbo, Yoruba, and Hausa-Fulani: Multiple Language Accounts of Nigerian Culture via Nollywood Film" at Harvard University; "Of Girth and Guts: Interrogating the Revivification of the "Big Mama" Caricature on Contemporary Stages and Screens" at St. Lawrence College; "Strife, Survival, and Celebration: Twenty Years of Fires and Festivals in Crown Heights" at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY; and "Blue or Green?: The Bluest Eye, an Example of Adaptation for Edification vs. Dissemination for Profit" at the 35th Annual New Jersey College English Association.
Dr. Damaris-Lois Lang
Dr. Lang was a guest speaker at the Lehman College Biology Seminar Series. She shared her research on the neuroendocrine regulation of parental behavior in voles in her presentation, "Exploring Paternal Care in the Prairie Vole (Microtus ochrogaster)."
Professor Beverley Locke
Prof. Locke presented a paper at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) at Florida International University. Prof. Locke's presentation, "Writing and Research Consultants: Including the Research Process in the Writing Session for Maximum Results," focused on maximizing the effectiveness of writing center appointments by including the research process in the writing session. She also discussed the collaborative model of the Nyack College Writing Center service levels designed to meet the needs of Nyack College students.
Dr. Mayra Lopez-Humphreys
Dr. Lopez-Humphreys is recognized as an associate editor in Volume 6, Issue 3 of The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Her article, "Intergroup Dialogue: A Pedagogical Model for Integrating Cultural Competence within a Social Justice Framework," which examines intergroup dialogue, an innovative pedagogical model in teaching cultural competence and social justice principles and practices, was published in Volume 6, Issue 5 of this journal.
Dr. Elaine Lux
Dr. Lux presented a paper, "The Voice of Trauma: Narrative Healing in Jonathan Safron Foer," at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY. Jonathan Safran Foer is a contemporary novelist who lives in Brooklyn and has dealt with traumas in the WWII Holocaust, the 9/11 attacks, and the contemporary treatment of animals in factory farming. Approximately 30 Nyack students attended the conference and enjoyed the fine educational experience.
Prof. Brad McDuffieProfessor Brad McDuffie
Prof. McDuffie published a book, Teaching Salinger's Nine Stories, by New Street Communications. He was a guest lecturer in March for the Spring Lecture Series at the Nyack Library where his presentation was an overview of the short-story cycle in literature and explored some of its major ideas, works, and themes.
Dr. Peter Park
Dr. Park published a paper in Current Zoology, a peer-reviewed zoology journal based in China. The paper entitled "Phenotypic Plasticity of the Threespine Stickleback Gasterosteus Aculeatus Telencephalon in Response to Experience in Captivity" was co-authored with Dr. Ivan Chase and Dr. Michael A. Bell, and is part of a special issue on ecology and the evolution of fishes.
Dr. Kevin Pinkham
Dr. Pinkham led a group of students from his Science Fiction class to Philcon 2011, the 49th Annual Science Fiction Convention, run by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS). Started in 1936, Philcon features cutting-edge programming about literature, art, television, film, anime, comics, science, gaming, costuming, and other topics of interest to fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. The students were privileged to meet Cory Doctorow, one of the most important science fiction writers of the 21st century.
Dr. Pinkham also directed the spring play, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, by Francis Beaumont, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, with student director Brittany Wetherill.
Dr. Larry PostonDr. Larry Poston
Dr. Poston presented a paper at the Annual Conference of the Evangelical Missiology Society, Northeast Region. The paper entitled "The Lecture Hall of Tyrannus: The Missionary Methodology of the Society of Jesus" examines the role of educational institutions such as those established by the Society of Jesus to spread the Gospel message worldwide.
Along with Stuart Guild, Dr. Poston presented a paper at the Northeast Chapter of the Evangelical Theological Society at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The paper, "After the Love Has Gone: The Historical Effects of Revivalism," focuses on the historical reactions to the "Great Awakenings" revivalist movements and describes how such counter-revivals contributed to the secularization of American society.
Professor Raquel Reynoso
Prof. Reynoso presented a paper at the Study of Eugenics--Past, Present, and Future Conference at Uppsala University in Sweden entitled "'Para el Mejoramiento de la Raza': An In-depth Look at Eugenics and Hygiene in Mexico in the Early Twentieth Century."
Dr. James Romaine
Dr. Romaine was elected president of the board of directors of the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA). ASCHA is the leading academic association dedicated to the promotion of scholarship of the 2,000-year history of Christianity and the visual arts.
Dr. James Romaine was also the guest presenter in May for the Spring Lecture Series at the Nyack Library. He explored the insights of a recently published biography about van Gogh which stirs new debates about his life and art.
Dr. Jacqueline Washington
Congratulations to Dr. Washington for being named 2012 Professor of the Year by the College of Arts and Sciences!
Dr. Washington presented at the Council of Scientific Society Presidents workshop in Washington, DC on "The Role of Scientific Societies in STEM Faculty Workshops," where she represented the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators. Attendees, including keynote speaker Carl Weiman, focused on the development of faculty to improve undergraduate STEM education.
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Dr. David Weir
Dr. David Weir was elected to the board of trustees of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA for a six-year term.
Dr. Keyone Kale YuDr. Keyone Kale Yu
Dr. Yu's paper "American Missionaries and the Korean Independence Movement in the Early 20th Century" was published in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of the International Journal of Korean Studies (IJKS). The article investigates the intersection of militancy with Korean Christianity in the early twentieth century.
Dr. Yu also presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies in Washington, DC. His paper entitled "Separatists and Accommodationists: The Problem of Ethnicity in the Korean and Asian American Church" examines the role of ethnicity and culture in the formation and life of faith communities.
Joan Spence
Ms. Joan Spence
Ms. Spence, administrative assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Science at the NYC campus, recently launched a new ministry website. Visit her site at:
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