Past Features

March 9, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 4)

Quorum: News on Faculty Research

This is the second installment of the "Quorum Series," featuring information on recent faculty research, publications, and presentations.

Terrence Cheng
Amod Choudhary
Forrest D. Colburn
Sharon Freedberg
Alyshia Gálvez
Christopher Gerry
Thomas Ihde
Andrei Jitianu
Alan Kluger
Dina Le Gall

Terrence Cheng

Terrence Cheng Terrence Cheng
Terrence Cheng (Associate Professor, English) has received Glimmertrain's Family Matters Award for his short story "The Boy" (forthcoming, August 2009). His essay "Idol Worship," which discusses literary influences for fiction writers, was accepted for publication by the quarterly newsletter Writers Ask (forthcoming, August 2010).

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Amod Choudhary

Amod Choudhary (Assistant Professor, Economics, Accounting, and Business) wrote the article "Auction Rate Securities=Auction Risky Securities" in Duquesne Business Law Journal (Fall 2008).

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Forrest D. Colburn

Forrest D. Colburn
Forrest D. Colburn
Forrest D. Colburn (Professor, Latin American & Puerto Rican Studies) published the article "Asia se cierne sobre América Latina" in the September-December issue of INCAE Business Review. He gave an interview to CNN-Español about the recent unrest in Nicaragua (November 11, 2008) and delivered the keynote address, "The Impact of the U.S. Financial Crisis on Latin America," at the annual meeting of Panama's Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture, held in Panama City (October 23, 2008).

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Sharon Freedberg

Sharon Freedberg
Sharon Freedberg
Sharon Freedberg (Associate Professor, Social Work) published Relational Theory for Social Work Practice: A Feminist Perspective (Routledge Press, 2009).

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Alyshia Gálvez

Alyshia Galvez
Alyshia Gálvez
Alyshia Gálvez (Assistant Professor, Latin American & Puerto Rican Studies) was a guest editor (with José Carlos Luque Brazan) on Virgenes Viajeras/Traveling Virgins (UNAM México DF) of issue 5.1 of e-misférica, the peer-reviewed online journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (New York University, 2008). She published the article "Religion and Politics in the Making of an Empowered Mexican Community" in Profiles of a Migration: The Mexican Diaspora in New York City, eds., David A. Badillo and Herminio Martinez (New York: Bronx Institute, Lehman College, CUNY, 2008). She reviewed This Spot of Ground: Spiritual Baptists in Toronto in CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (2008).

She has two forthcoming publications and papers: A review of Renato Rosaldo's and Juan Flores's A Companion to Latina/o Studies in CENTRO Journal (Hunter College/CUNY, 2009) and "Resolviendo: How September 11th tested and transformed a New York City Mexican immigrant organization" in Politics and Partnerships: The Role of Voluntary Associations in America's Political Past and Present, eds., Elisabeth Clemens and Doug Guthrie (Chicago: University of Chicago, 2009).

Professor Gálvez is the recipient of a grant from The Schoff Fund from Columbia University. The grant will be used to translate the book manuscript May Guadalupe Open the Path for Us: Politics, Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship among Mexican Immigrants in New York City into Spanish for publication in Mexico. She participated in a Mellon Foundation funded faculty fellow seminar for "The Sacred and the Secular" at the CUNY Graduate Center's Center for the Humanities. In addition, she received a PSC-CUNY Research Award for her project entitled From Immigrants into Citizens: Public Health Care as a Key Site for Socialization: A Comparative Case-Study (Oaxaca, Buenos Aires, Santiago, and New York).

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Christopher Gerry

Christopher Gerry
Christopher Gerry
Christopher Gerry (Professor, Physics and Astronomy) published the book chapter (with D. Kalamidas and A. Benmoussa) "A Proposal for Generating and Detecting Two Excitations on a Coherent State," in Coherence and Quantum Optics IX , ed. Bigelow, J. Eberly, and C. Stroud, Jr., p.390 (Optical Society of America, 2008).

He published the following articles: (with T. Cheng, Q. Su, and R. Grobe) "Vacuum Induced Oscillations in the charge density of distinguishable Fermions," Euro Physics Letters, vol. 84, p. 50004 (2008); (with undergraduate student T. Bui) "Quantum non-demolition measurement of photon number using weak nonlinearities," Physics Letters A, vol. 372, p. 7101 (2008); (with undergraduate student M. Peart) "Spin Squeezing and Entanglement via Hole Burning in an Atomic Coherent State," Physics Letters A, vol. 372, p. 6480 (2008); (with A. Benmoussa) "Spin Squeezing via Ladder Operations on an Atomic Coherent State," Physical Review A, vol. 77, p. 062341 (2008); and (with D. Kalamidas and A. Benmoussa) "Proposal for Generating a Two-Photon Added Coherent State via Down-Conversion With a Single Crystal," Physic Letters A, vol. 372, p. 1937 (2008).

Professor Gerry presented the paper "Entangled Coherent States, Heisenberg-Limited Metrology, and Related Issues," at a conference on Quantum Entanglement and Decoherence, #5d International Conference on Quantum Optics, Optical Society of America, Boston (July 13-16, 2008).

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Thomas Ihde

Thomas Ihde
Thomas Ihde
Thomas Ihde (Associate Professor, Languages & Literatures) wrote the book (with Máire Ní Neachtain, Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, and John Gillen) Colloquial Irish (Routledge, 2008). He wrote a review of Brian Ó Conchubhair's Gearrscéalta Ár Linne in An Sionnach: A Journal of Literature, Culture, and the Arts, vol. 4, no. 2 (2008).

He presented the paper "Linguistic Human Rights: Ireland, Israel, and the United States" at the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies public lecture series (November 25, 2008).

In addition, Professor Ihde received a PSC-CUNY Grant 2008 for his project "Linguistic Landscape and Lexical Acquisition of Irish."

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Andrei Jitianu

Andrei Jitianu
Andrei Jitianu

Andrei Jitianu (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) published the article (with J. Doyle, G. Amatucci, L. Klein) "Methyl-modified Melting Gels for Hermetic Barrier Coatings" in the chapter titled "Enabling Surface Coating Systems: Science and Technology" (p. 2171-2181)in Proceedings of Material Science & Technology, Pittsburgh 2008. He presented the following papers: (with J. Doyle, G. Amatucci, L. Klein) "Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Melting Gels and their Hermetic Barrier Properties" at the Symposium on Functional Packaging Through Chemistry, Organized by the NJ-American Chemical Society—Polymer Topical Group (October 29, 2008) and (with J. Doyle, G. Amatucci, L. Klein) "Methyl-modified Melting Gels for Hermetic Barrier Coatings" at the MS&T 2008, Material Science & Technology, Pittsburgh (October 5-8, 2008).

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Alan Kluger

Alan Kluger
Alan Kluger
Alan Kluger (Professor and Chair, Psychology) published the entry (with Golomb, J.) "Neuropsychologists" in The Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2nd Ed.), p. 554-557, ed. E. Capezuti, E.L. Siegler, and M. Mezzy (New York: Springer Co.)

He published the following articles in International Psychogeriatrics, vol. 20, no. 1, 2008: (with A. Gianutsos, J.G. Golomb, J. Wagner, A. Wagner, D. & S. Scheurich) "Clinical features of MCI: Motor changes," p. 32-39 and (with B. Reisberg, S.H. Ferris, E. Franssen, J. Wegiel, & M.J. de Leon) "Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): A Historical Approach International Psychogeriatrics," p. 18-31. He also published (with C. Myers, J. Golomb, M. Gluck, M. & S. Ferris) "Learning and generalization tasks predict short-term cognitive outcome in nondemented elderly," Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, vol. 21, no. 2, p. 93-103 (2008).

Professor Kluger co-presented the poster (with W.M. Limmer, C.E. Myers, J. Golomb, S. Ferris, & M.A. Gluck) "Hippocampal-dependent learning and generalization in the healthy elderly and individuals with MCI" at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco (April 12-15, 2008).

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Dina Le Gall

Dina Le Gall (Assistant Professor, History) worked with colleagues to devise and write proposals for new courses and a new minor in Middle Eastern Studies and worked with the Curriculum Committee toward approval. In addition, she received a N.E.H. Faculty Research award for the 2009-2010 academic year.

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