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Faculty Notes – Fall 2005

Frank Bowe, chairman, Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, Special Education and Rehabilitation, had a paper on the history and technology for the disabled presented at the U.S. House of Representatives on June 16 by Rep. Fred Upton (R, MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. In Two-Way Technologies: A History of the Struggle to Communicate, Professor Bowe explores how people who are deaf, or blind, or have cerebral palsy or mental retardation have communicated over the past 40 years. The paper shows how public policy (federal laws, orders of the Federal Communication Commission, etc.) has alternately led and lagged technology. For example, Dr. Bowe shows how people who are deaf are now using high-speed, always-on, multimedia broadband technologies to make phone calls, yet broadband was little mentioned in the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Two-Way Technologies is the latest in a series of public policy publications by Dr. Bowe. Broadband and Americans with Disabilities (2002) andUniversal Service and People with Disabilities(2003) also looked toward the anticipated reauthorization in 2006 of the landmark 1934 Communications Act. Dr. Bowe was one of the architects of provisions in the 1996 Telecommunications Act that have greatly enhanced the quality of life for Americans with disabilities. Dr. Bowe is also a founding father of section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which mandated that colleges and universities nationwide make their programs and activities accessible to and useable by persons with disabilities. Dr. Bowe is Hofstra’s Dr. Mervin Livingston Schloss Distinguished Professor for the Study of Disabilities.

David C. Cassidy, professor of chemistry, recently saw the publication of Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, The Masterpiece Science Edition (Pi Press), for which he contributed a historical essay titled “The Cultural Legacy of Relative Theory.” Dr. Cassidy is also the author of last year’s J. Robert Oppenheimer and the American Century(Pi Press). Publishers Weekly had this to say of the Oppenheimer book: “While he focuses on Oppenheimer, Cassidy does a superb job of examining how theoretical physics came of age in America during the early part of the 20th century and how many of the country’s greatest scientists permitted science to be subsumed by a military-industrial complex more interested in the direct benefits of applied research than in the possible future benefits of pure research.” To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this spring, Dr. Cassidy spoke on Oppenheimer on March 30 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and on February 14 he lectured on Einstein at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Public Lives on C-Span’s Book TV broadcast Dr. Cassidy’s October 2004 discussion about the Oppenheimer book at the New York Public Library.

Paul Chaleff, professor of fine arts, participated in four exhibitions in the Baltimore Washington, D.C., area during the month of March. Baltimore hosted the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference and the city of Baltimore chose Professor Chaleff’s “Jar Form in Blues” as the logo for Tour de Clay, the largest visual arts program ever held in the United States. Professor Chaleff exhibited a colossal porcelain sculpture titled “Free Form in Porcelain” at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, in conjunction with “Particles and Passion,” a major exhibition of contemporary ceramics. At the Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Professor Chaleff’s work was part of the exhibition “Ceramic Sculpture” along with works by sculptors Sir Anthony Caro and Dimitri Hadzi. In a more experimental exhibition at the Stancill Clay Mine in Perryville, Maryland, Professor Chaleff installed a 2,500-pound ceramic sculpture titled “One, Two – One, Two, Three,” connecting the making of sculpture with the movement of dance. In the Washington, D.C., area Professor Chaleff created 14 portraits for “Faces of the Fallen,” an exhibition of the portraits of 1,000 soldiers killed in action in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The portraits in this exhibition, created by 200 artists, are on display at the Women in Military Service for America Pavilion at Arlington National Cemetery. Professor Chaleff’s portrait busts will be the entry pieces to the exhibition. “Faces of the Fallen” is chaired by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, and John Warner as well as by Congressmen John Dingell and John McHugh and by Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught. Most of the portraits in this exhibition will be donated to the families of fallen soldiers once the exhibition closes.

Michael D’Innocenzo, professor of history, accompanied a group of Hofstra students to Albany over January session, for the third consecutive year at the invitation of Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli (Hofstra Class of 1976). The annual class involves an in-depth, behind-the-scenes study of New York state government. This year’s visit included meetings with Democratic Speaker Sheldon Silver and Long Island Republican officials. Among them were Senators Michael Balboni and Ken LaValle and Assemblywoman Donna Ferrara. Professor D’Innocenzo, the Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change, co-teaches this class, “The Present in Perspective: The Impact of Deliberative Democracy and Leadership in American Society,” with Assemblyman DiNapoli and Dr. Leon Hellerman, an associate with the Kettering Foundation, who passed away in August 2005. The course has been developed and revised with support of The Herman Goldman Foundation of New York City and the Kettering Foundation.

Susan Drucker, professor of journalism, media studies and public relations, was named editor of Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. Additionally, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Eastern Communication Association in recognition of service to and scholarship within the field of communication.

Rabbi Meir Mitelman, University chaplain and executive director of Hofstra’s Hillel chapter, received the Student Government Association’s inaugural Administrator of the Year award. Hillel was recognized with two other awards at the Student Government Association Banquet: Club of the Year for the second year in a row and Best Joint Event for the “Songs of Love” program in which students recorded an original song for a child battling cancer.

Cheryl Mwaria, professor of anthropology and director of the Africana Studies program, is serving on the Committee on Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research established by The National Academies: Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The guidelines, release in April 2005, are intended to enhance the integrity of privately funded human embryonic stem cell research by encouraging responsible practices. Co-chairing the committee is Jonathan D. Moreno, a Hofstra alumnus and the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Professor of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Phyllis Zagano, special associate professor of religious studies and senior research associate-in-residence in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, appeared on many regional and national news outlets in April 2005 to offer commentary on the illness and death of Pope John Paul II and the evolving role of women in the Catholic church. She was interviewed for WCBS-TV, CNN International and CNN Headline News, WNBC-TV, WNYW-TV/Fox 5’s “Good Day New York,” KIRO-AM in Seattle, Washington, and Reuters News Service.

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