Faculty Accolades Archives 2011-2012

Winter 2011-'12

Provost Weiner Represents Sage

Provost Terry Weiner attended the 2011 Council of Independent Colleges meeting, where he led the roundtable discussion, "Intellectually Adrift: Is Academic Challenge the Next Great Threat to Higher Education?" At the recent American Association of Colleges and Universities gathering, Weiner was on the "Role of Place in Undergraduate Education" panel. The group was led by members of the New American Colleges and Universities and the discussion focused on how to emphasize impactful local and global dialogue in educational programs. Weiner's featured the RSC WORLD program, which remains a unique attempt to emphasize global education in a general education program. He also gave a talk entitled, "Looking at American Health Care in a Comparative Perspective," to the Cancer Services Program at the NYS Department of Health. 

Terry Weiner

Dean Robeson Represents Sage at MIT Conference Daniel Robeson, dean of the School of Management, attended the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Regional Meeting at MIT, sponsored by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology along with government officials and regional leaders in industry and academia. The forum was part of a White House initiative that aims to turn America's laboratory advances into new technologies to boost the U.S. economy. The meeting was part of AMP, created by President Obama as a national effort to bring together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in new technologies that will "create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance global competitiveness." Robeson participated in a breakout session on University & Industry Collaborations facilitated by MIT Associate Professor Olivier de Weck and attended by White House Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology leaders. 

Daniel Robeson
Dean, School of Management

School of Health Sciences Receive Robert Salant Research Award Neeti Pathare, assistant professor of physical therapy, together with Esther M. Haskvitz, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Marjane Selleck, associate professor of physical therapy, presented their research, "Measures of the Muscle Strength, Balance, Gait, Cardiovascular Fitness and Physical Activity in Relation to Weight Status in 5-9 Year Old Children: A Pilot Study" at the 2011 New York Physical Therapy Association conference. The study was one of the recipients of the Robert Salant Research Award and was initially funded by the Sage Research Institute and the NYSPTA.

Esther Haskvitz
Dean, School of Health Sciences

Neeti Pathare
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Marjane Selleck
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Silberstein Creates Audit Tool for Hospital Finance Gerald Silberstein, lecturer in accounting, authored an article that appeared in the recent edition of the Journal of Health Care Finance and on its website. "Summary of Prospective Quantification of Reimbursement Recovery from Inpatient Acute Care Outliers" detailed the creation of an audit tool designed to select candidate inpatient cases for added hospital reimbursement. The analysis found a possible $230 million impact annually in New York state and a possible annual impact of as much as $3.6 billion if the methodology is applied throughout the entire United States.

Gerald Silberstein
Lecturer, School of Management

Comeaux's Work on Display in Texas Beau Comeaux, visiting professor, visual arts, has a variety of his photographs included in the upcoming show of collected works at the B. Hollyman Gallery in Austin, TX. The gallery specializes in fine contemporary photography and often highlights the work of emerging and established artists. Comeaux is one of several photographers included in the group show.

Beau Comeaux
Visiting Professor, Visual Arts

Cleveland's Fictional Case Study Mirrors Real Life James Cleveland, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, recently had "North Star Paper Corporation" published in the International Journal of Case Studies. The fictional study focuses on two family owned businesses involved in a proposal to purchase new manufacturing equipment. The case calculates and analyzes the net present value and internal rate of return for the proposed capital expense project and constructing a recommendation. Cleveland recently acted as a marketing consultant for the Los Isleños Heritage and Cultural Society of St. Bernard's in New Orleans, LA. Los Isleños, or islanders, settled in Louisiana in the late 1700's and maintain a vibrant heritage. The group has opened a museum to promote their culture to new generations and the wider community.

James Cleveland
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Strum Elected VP of NPSA

Harvey Strum, professor of interdisciplinary studies, was elected to vice-president and program chair of the Northeastern Political Science Association. He will be responsible for organizing the upcoming conference in Boston, MA. He served as selection chair for Congress, presidency and courts for the most recent conference in Philadelphia, PA and chaired three sessions. Strum has been charged with reviewing proposals for the 2012 Mass Communications and American Journalism Historians Association conference and is also the speaker on the War of 1812 for the New York Council for the Humanities.

Harvey Strum
Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Dean Quigley Appointed to NYACTE Board

Lori V. Quigley, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, was recently elected to the executive board of the New York Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NYACTE) for a four-year term. NYACTE is the professional association representing institutions of higher education which prepare teachers and other professional educators. NYACTE is also the state-level affiliate of the national professional association, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Lori Quigley
Dean, School of Education

Sage Professor's Collaborative Research Published

Gabriele Moriello, assistant professor of physical therapy, adjuncts Keri Maloney and Barb Scheidel and several physical therapy alumnae, will have their article, "The Effects of Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training in People with Impaired Ambulatory Ability from a Traumatic Brain Injury," included in the upcoming issue of The International Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. Another of Moriello's joint efforts, "Oral History in the Classroom: A comparision of traditional and online gerontology classes," was published in the recent edition of Educational Gerontology.

Gabriele Moriello
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Hunt Appointed to AFSP National Public Policy Council

Michelle Hunt, professor of physical therapy, was named to the National Public Policy Council for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the board of directors for the Capital Region chapter, where she serves as chair for the public policy committee. Hunt will travel to Washington, DC with 30 advocates from across New York to meet with federal legislators to discuss mental health and suicide prevention issues and initiatives.   The AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

Michelle Hunt               
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Howard Shares Findings on Parasites

Kenneth Howard, professor of biology, was invited to present his recent findings at the Entomological Society of America's annual meeting in Reno, NV. "Infection by Wolbachia correlates with social structure in the ant Temnothorax longispinosus" explored how the intracellular parasite Wolbachia may be manipulating the social behavior of ants in ways that favor the parasite's own reproduction. This work was done in collaboration with Dr. Robert Jeanne at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Dr. Philip Johns at Bard College.

Kenneth Howard
Assistant Professor, Biology

Study Focuses on Underrepresented Group

Joan Dacher and Barbara Pieper, both associate professors of nursing, gave a presentation at the American Public Health Association annual convention in Washington, DC. "An Investigation of the Meaning of Work and its Translation into Meaningful Retirement for People with Intellectual Disabilities" explores the limited planning, policy agenda and resource allocation for members of this vulnerable population. Stage two of this research project was supported in part by a summer grant from The Sage Colleges.

Joan Dacher
Associate Professor, Nursing

Barbara Pieper
Associate Professor, Nursing

Pohl Presented on Multitasking

Patricia Pohl, chair and professor of physical therapy, presented at the 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Boston, MA. The research presentation, "Walking while talking and other dual task paradigms - adding complexity to the mix," was part of a symposium on the use of walking as a vital sign for older adults. She was invited to speak along with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of South Carolina, and Sacred Heart University.

Patricia Pohl
Professor/Chair, Physical Therapy

Leibo Continues Environmental Efforts

Steven Leibo, professor of history and society, has been appointed international adviser for Brill Publication's New Series on Chinese Research Perspectives on the Environment: Special Volumes on Climate. He will also serve in an advisory capacity on a proposed film, Egypt & the Climate Crisis. He recently visited Egypt to discuss climate change and to conduct interviews on the ongoing democratic revolution. Additionally, Leibo's East & Southeast Asia 2011 was published by Rowman and Littlefield in August of last year.

Steven Leibo
Professor, History & Society

Davis Shares Glimpses of the Past

Curated by Melody Davis, assistant professor of art history, "Victorian Narrative Stereography: 1855-1910" presents original stereoviews of the era, complete with lorgnette stereoviewers. This teaching exhibition identifies artists and trends in American and European stereoviews in an historic parlor setting at the Little Gallery. At this year's College Art Association 2012 Conference, Davis will present "Other Histories of Photography:  The First One Hundred Years," and deliver her paper "On the Matronage of Stereography and Its Ideological Exclusion from the History of Photography."

Melody Davis
Assistant Professor of Art History, Visual Arts

Strimbeck Noted on "Best of" List

Leigh Strimbeck, assistant professor of creative and performing arts, received an honorable mention in the January 2012 edition of Berkshire Online's 2011 "Best Of" list. Strimbeck was recognized for her role as Clare in Capital Repertory's Kingdom of the Shore.  In late 2011, Strimbeck's article "Move it! The importance of physical training for young actors and its practical application in production," was published in The Quarterly Journal of the International Schools Theatre Association.

Leigh Strimbeck
Assistant Professor, Creative and Performing Arts

McElligott's New Book in Stores

Matt McElligott, associate professor of visual arts, published his latest children's book, Benjamin Franklinstein Meets the Fright Brothers. The previous book in the series, Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! was one of 10 children's books selected nationwide for the 2012-'13 Texas Bluebonnet Master List. McElligott's Even Monster's Need Haircuts was translated into Japanese, Portuguese and French and is a nominee for the 2012-'13 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award. He is currently working on two new books to be released later this year. 

Matthew McElligott
Associate Professor, Visual Arts

Lohner's Work on Display

Harold Lohner, associate professor of visual arts, has a number of monoprints in various exhibits across the United States. A print from his "Ninety-Nine Names" series was included in Prints USA 2011, a national competitive exhibition at the Springfield, MO Art Museum. "Blue Kiss 3" was selected for inclusion in "I Have the Right," organized by the PICTURE Art Foundation and exhibited at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA.  Other prints from these two series were seen in his recent Opalka Gallery show. Two monoprints from his "Figures in a Garden" series are included in "Sing the Tune without the Words" at the Martinez Gallery in Troy. 

Harold Lohner
Associate Professor, Visual Arts

Morrell Chosen for Torpedo Factory

Linda Morrell, professor of visual arts, was selected to participate in the Torpedo Factory Visiting Artist Program. This residency program is a professional development opportunity for experienced and emerging visual artists, and introduces visitors to exciting projects. Morrell's work was exhibited at the Torpedo Factory and included in a solo exhibition at the Photo Center in Troy.

Linda Morrell
Professor, Visual Arts

Shankman's Artwork in Area Exhibits

The work of Gary Shankman, professor of visual arts, can be found in a number of galleries throughout the Capital Region, including the Sacandaga Valley Arts Newtwork Gallery Program; Northville Library, "Northville, NY Now & Then: A Retrospective;" Sow's Ear Studio & Gallery in Schenectady; Oakroom Artists Gallery; The Arkell Museum and the Bennington Center for the Natural and Cultural Arts.

Gary Shankman
Professor, Visual Arts

Fall 2011

Sage Professor Receives Fulbright Teaching Award 

Andor Skotnes, chair of the Department of History and Society, has received a Fulbright Teaching Award in American Studies. From mid-September 2011 to January 2012 he will be in residence, teaching at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovak Republic.  Additionally, Skotnes recently co-edited a special volume of Radical History Review entitled, "Historicizing 9/11." The publication explores the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Andor Skotnes
Professor, History & Society

Sage Professor's Article Evaluates a Nutrition Food Assistance Program

Rayane AbuSabha, associate professor of nutrition, recently had her manuscript "Food security and senior participation in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program" published in Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, a peer reviewed journal of a practice group of the American Dietetic Association. The article evaluates the effectiveness of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program at preventing hunger and food insecurity in a group of seniors living in New York City. The project was collaboration between the Nutrition Science Department and the New York State Department of Health, Division of Nutrition.

Rayane AbuSabha
Associate Professor, Nutrition

Sage Professor's Work on Exhibit at Rutgers University

Sean Hovendick, assistant professor of graphic design, was invited to exhibit his work in the 2011 Annual Fall Exhibition at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in Brunswick, NJ. Mass Distractions & Cultural Decay showcases artists utilizing strategies and techniques that counter and subvert numerous culture-industry ideologies. Hovendick's work will also be on display at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in South Carolina. Faster Forward highlights the work of ten international artists from Israel to Canada and from Spain to New York whose new media, experimental film and video works explore contemporary visual culture mediated through popular technologies. Additionally, Hovendick has been invited to speak at the 100th College Art Association conference in Los Angeles. Along with five other professors from around the country, he'll present the session entitled "Design Education 2.0: Teaching in a Techno-Cultural Reality," which focuses on the evolution and recent curriculum improvements of the Graphic + Media Design program at Sage College of Albany.

Sean Hovendick
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Sage Professor Talks Women in Science

Daniel Lewicki, professor of chemistry, recently conducted a roundtable session at The Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers conference at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.  The talk, "Insights Gained from Teaching General Chemistry at a Women's College 2004-2011: A Correlational Study," was followed by a discussion regarding instructional strategies that promote equity and full participation for women in science.

Daniel Lewicki
Professor, Chemistry and Physics

History Professor Honored for Best Dissertation

Patricia Acerbi, assistant professor of history, was awarded the 2011 Best Dissertation Prize from the New England Council of Latin American Studies, a major regional organization of scholars of Latin America, for "Slave Legacies, Ambivalent Modernity: Street Commerce and the Transition to Free Labor in Rio de Janeiro, 1850-1925."

Patricia Acerbi
Assistant Professor, History & Society

Sage Dean's Article Focuses on Innovation

An article authored by Dan Robeson, dean of the School of Management and professor of management, will be featured in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Production Innovation Management. "Board of Directors: Innovation and Performance: An Exploration at Multiple Levels," investigates the dynamics of governance over breakthrough innovation within Fortune 1000 firms. The article explores how innovation will thrive in firms which combine a board of directors operating in accordance with high agency theoretic focus in addition to an innovation governance board operating deeper within the firm that employs a strong stakeholder theoretic orientation its behavior. This article offers implications for practice to innovation decision-makers on to how to proceed if the intent is to offer successful breakthrough innovations within their product or new business portfolios.

Daniel Robeson
Dean, School of Management

Sage Professors Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

Assistant Professor of Nursing Kathleen Kelly, together with School of Management Associate Dean Kimberly Fredericks, Ph.D., MPA, RD received a significant grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The pair was tasked with analyzing The Institute of Medicine's recommendations for the landmark 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Healthcare. This is the first RWJF grant awarded to Sage. The Future of Nursing recommended that the nursing profession adopt important changes to meet the increased demand for care in an increasingly complex heathcare system. The team representing Sage's School of Management and School of Health Sciences was invited to apply for the grant based on Fredericks' expertise in social network analysis – the scientific study of affiliations between two entities – and Kelly's expertise in translational research – the efficient application of research findings into every day practice.

Kimberly Fredericks
Associate Dean & Associate Professor, Management

Kathleen Kelly
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Nursing

Spring & Summer 2011

Sage Professors Publish New Study on the Elderly
Mary Rea, professor of biology, and Laura Gras, professor of physical therapy, collaborated with researchers from the Lighting Research Center at RPI to study falls in the elderly. BMC Geriatrics published "Lighting and Perceptual Cues: Effects on Gait Measures of Older Adults at High and Low Risks for Falls." The article explores how most elderly falls happen at night and how a novel lighting system that provides visual and spatial cues could reduce the risk of falls for seniors attempting to navigate in dim environments. The study was supported by a $250,000 grant from the National Institutes of Nursing Research through NIH. Mary Rea
Professor & Chair, Biology
ream@sage.edu Laura Gras
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Sage Professor Receives Champion of Hope Award Dana Reinecke, assistant professor (ABA program) and co-creator of the new Achieve Degree at Sage, is the recipient of the Long Island based ELIJAH Foundation's 2011 Champion of Hope award. The ELIJAH Foundation's focus is to improve the quality of programs and services available to children with autism, by providing training on the most advanced treatment and educational strategies that maximize the potential of those affected by autism. Reinecke is recognized for her continued research, efforts and advocacy. Reinecke has also been invited to present at the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis annual conference. Dana Reinecke
Assistant Professor, ABA Program

Sage Professor Brings Creativity to Sante Fe Theatre Festival David Baecker, associate professor of theatre, was recently named Associate Artist for the Santa Fe Theatre Festival.  In its third year of operation, the company promotes artistic and educational opportunities through theatre for the Santa Fe area. This fall, Baecker will be involved with a number of productions at Sage, including Hell and High Water, Songs for a New World and Peter Pan. David Baecker
Associate Professor, Creative and Performing Arts

Professor Brings 24 Hours of Reality to Sage Steven Leibo, professor of history, law and government, will host 24 Hours of Reality, a global program on extreme climate change. The project is sponsored by Al Gore's Climate Reality Project and tracks the truth about the climate crisis around the world over the course of a single day. This past academic year, Leibo published an article in Education About Asia titled, "Asia and the Climate Crisis." He also spoke at on the same topic at the Asian Development Conference in Boston, MA. Steven Leibo
Professor, History, Law and Government

Sage Professor & Student Present in Portland Daniel Alemu, assistant professor of educational leadership, and Ed.D. candidate Jennifer Span travelled to Portland, OR in August to present their study, Students that "Get into Trouble for Breaking the School Rules:" A Self Reported Answer, a Quantitative Study Using the NCES' National Longitudinal Data at the 2011 National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration Summer Conference. Daniel Alemu
Assistant Professor of Education Leadership

Sage Names Associate Dean of the School of Management  Kimberly Fredericks, Ph.D., has been appointed associate dean of the School of Management. Fredericks holds a number of positions at Sage, including associate professor, the School of Management Graduate Programs Chair, director of Health Services Administration and graduate student advisor. Kimberly Fredericks
Associate Dean of the School of Management

Sage Professor Starring in New Movie
Leigh Strimbeck, assistant professor of creative and performing arts, is presently filming the movie Love Orchard in Columbia County with veteran actor Bruce Dern and Kristanna Loken, best known for her role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. The independent film is a courtroom drama, exploring the illegal immigration controversy in the United States. Most of the movie is being filmed on the Loken family farm, LoveApple Orchard in Ghent, NY. Leigh Strimbeck
Assistant Professor, Creative and Performing Arts

Dean Takács Essay on Cleopatra Included in New Book The written work of Dr. Sarolta Takács, dean of Sage College of Albany and history professor, will be included in the book, Cleopatra: A Sphinx Revisited (September, 2011). Her article, "Cleopatra, Isis and the Formation of Augustan Rome," explores the influence her dynasty had on the Augustan remodeling of the Roman Republic. Politics, art, religion, worship, architecture and culture were all impacted by the powerful Egyptian ruler. Sarolta A. Takács
Dean, Sage College of Albany

Professors' Work Promotes Healing and Understanding  Barbara Thompson, associate professor of occupational therapy, Bronna Romanoff, professor of psychology and Leigh Davies, associate professor, recently presented their work War, Loss, Memory-Building Community and Using Ritual and the Arts at the 9th International Conference on Grief, and Bereavement in Contemporary Society in Miami, FL. Their talk described a model for enhancing awareness of war-related loss and grief and building community support for veterans and their families. Thompson, Romanoff and Davies also discussed how the arts can be used as a therapeutic tool. Barbara Thompson
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

Bronna Romanoff
Professor, Psychology
romanb@sage.edu Leigh Davies
Associate Professor, Creative and Performing Arts, Program Coordinator

Professor to Present Experimental Work in the UK Sean Hovendick will present recent work at The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, England May 18th—20th 2011. Since the summer of 2010, Hovendick has been working collaboratively with faculty and alum from Syracuse University, California State University and Yale University on an experimental, reconstructive media project titled Stopper. Best described as an "interactive cinematic narrative," Stopper allows the viewer to determine the editing of a movie, which creates creates endless variations of the same audiovisual story.  Sean Hovendick
Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts

Professor's Research Published in Peer Review Journal Tom Keane, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; director and academic liaison for INVEST(Incubator for New Ventures in Emerging Sciences and Technologies) and director of the ISES labs (Laboratories for Interdisciplinary Studies in Emerging Sciences) at The Sage Colleges, has had his research at the intersection of nanotechnology and photocatalysis accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical.  Rounding out a year of diverse peer-reviewed publications ranging from astrochemistry and planetary science to biophysical chemistry, this aspect of Keane's research focused on optimizing nano-structured materials for increased energy efficiency in the area of chemical catalysis: a multi-billion dollar industry that accounts for production of 60% of all the chemicals currently being used in chemical processes worldwide. Thomas Keane
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemisty, Chairperson

Professor Presented with Rare "Friendship" Medal by Mongolia's President Stephen Schechter, professor of political science, was recently awarded the rare "Friendship" Medal by the President of Mongolia, H.E. Elbegdorj Tsakhia at the Embassy of Mongolia. Schechter was recognized for his contribution to the development of civil education in Mongolia as well as to the promotion of relations between Mongolia and the United States. Schechter also serves as the director of the Council for Citizenship Education at Sage, a legacy of the NYS Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. As director, Schechter has been involved with many civic and history related projects around the world including the Middle East, Eurasia and Russia. Stephen Schechter
Professor, History, Law and Government

Professors Present at National Conference Julie McIntyre, associate professor of psychology, conducted a round table at The Developmental Science Teaching Institute of Society for Research in Child Development  (SRCD) conference in Montreal, CA.  The talk, "Using field experiences to enhance learning goals in developmental psychology courses" was presented with a colleague from Illinois State. SRCD is the flagship organization for developmental psychology. Sybillyn Jennings, professor of psychology, presented a poster, Developmental Themes, Topics, and Trajectories: Student Inquiries into Harry Potter, at the Developmental Science Teaching Institute of SRCD in Montreal. T