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Faculty Notes – Spring 2006

Harris Brodsky, adjunct associate professor in the Departments of Management, Entrepreneurship and General Business and Health Professions and Family Practices,achieved status as a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The American College of Healthcare Executives is a professional society dedicated to the highest standards of executive performance, the promulgation of continuing education for improved administration, and the betterment of patient care through the efficient management of hospitals and related health facilities and services.

Nora DemleitnerNora Demleitner, professor of law and vice dean for academic affairs for Hofstra School of Law, was called to testify by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in its hearing titled “Judicial Nomination: Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.” Professor Demleitner testified on January 12, 2006. She served as a law clerk to Judge Samuel A. Alito of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Demleitner joined the Hofstra Law faculty in 2001.

Arthur Dobrin, professor and teaching fellow, School for University Studies,addressed students and faculty at two schools in Kenya in June 2005. He talked about business ethics at Egerton University, Kisii College campus, and about applied ethics in the professions at Gusii Institute of Technology. Since shelves at both libraries are nearly empty, and neither school has computers for faculty or students, Professor Dobrin is now collecting books from Hofstra faculty to be sent to the Kisii campuses. Professor Dobrin and his wife Lyn were Peace Corps volunteers in Kisii, Kenya, from 1965 to 1967.

Leslie Feldman, associate professor of political science, was featured in an opinion piece in Newsday on October 22 asking the question: Should there be a religious test for Supreme Court nominees? She was also interviewed by Gannett News Service on the federal grand jury’s indictment of White House official I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Professor Feldman appeared on The Fox Report with Shepard Smith to discuss the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Avriel Goldberger, professor emeritus of romance languages and literatures,presented an invited paper at the Necker Château in Coppet, Switzerland. “Sur les traces de Necker à Mount Vernon.” The paper explores how and why a bust of Jacques Necker is found in George Washington’s study. The occasion was a conference honoring the bicentenary of the death of Necker (father of Mme. de Staël) who, as France’s director of finance, managed to finance the American Revolution.

Harold M. Hastings, chairperson and professor of physics; Sabrina G. Sobel, associate professor of chemistry; and Carolyn B. Cammalleri ’05 patented a new and useful approach to monitoring the performance of industrial mixing processes. Mixing plays a key role in making a wide range of products, ranging from food and fuel to pharmaceuticals and plastics. The Hastings-Sobel-Cammalleri provisional patent covers the use of sensitive chemical reactions to detect and locate regions of inadequate mixing with more precision than was possible with previous technologies.

William E. Hettrick, professor of music,presented a paper titled “Joseph P. Hale, Manufacturer of Pianos: Fraud or Eminent Benefactor?” at the 34th Annual Meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on May 21, 2005. Both enthusiastically praised and resoundingly condemned, Hale (1819-1883) made a fortune as the first large-scale manufacturer of “stencil” pianos in America. Dr. Hettrick’s most recent article, “Harry Edward Freund’s Great Square-Piano Bonfire: A Tale Told in the Press,” was published in the 2004 volume of the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society.

Janet Kaplan, adjunct assistant professor of English, was awarded a poetry fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in June 2005. She was among 21 poetry fellows selected from 552 applicants. Professor Kaplan’s books include The Glazier’s Country (2003 Poets Out Loud Prize, Fordham University Press) and The Groundnote (1997, Alice James Books). There were more than 3,300 applicants for the 2005 NYFA Fellowships in the following disciplines: computer arts, crafts, film, nonfiction literature, performance art/multidisciplinary work, poetry, printmaking/drawing/artists’ books, and sculpture. Fellows are selected by peer panels in each discipline.

Janice Koch, professor of curriculum and teaching and director of IDEAS, has been elected president-elect of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). She assumed office in January 2006 and will become president of the organization in January 2007.

Esmeralda O. LynEsmeralda O. Lyn, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Finance and International Financial Services, was invested in this position on November 30, 2005. Dr. Lyn joined Hofstra University in 1982 after graduating with a Ph.D. in finance from the Graduate Center of CUNY at Baruch College, where she was awarded the Oscar Lasdon Prize for Best Dissertation. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Dr. Lyn worked in the finance area at the United Nations in New York and Bangladesh. She has also worked for Integrated Resources, Inc., and Smith Barney Shearson, and as a consultant for a number of companies. Dr. Lyn’s areas of specialization include mergers and acquisitions, emerging markets, corporate governance and agency theory. She has been editor-in-chief of Corporate Finance Review, and has published articles in such journals as the Journal of Financial Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Multinational Finance Journal, Global Finance Journal, Journal of Investing, Journal of Applied Finance, andJournal of Financial Education.

Maureen Murphy, professor of curriculum and teaching and acting dean of the School of Education and Allied Human Services, was appointed acting dean, effective August 1, 2005. She is also the University’s equal rights and opportunity officer. Dr. Murphy has served as the University’s dean of advisement and for almost a decade as dean of students. She has served on multiple occasions as the acting chair of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Dr. Murphy is a distinguished scholar in the areas of Irish folklore, literature and history; curriculum and instruction; and multicultural education. She has also successfully combined these areas in her efforts as director of the Great Irish Famine Curriculum funded by a grant from the New York State Education Department.

George J. Papaioannou, the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Finance and Investment Banking, was invested in this position on November 30, 2005. Dr. Papaioannou specializes in corporate finance, investment banking and financial markets and has published articles in many academic and professional journals in the United States and abroad. Dr. Papaioannou has co-directed two Hofstra conferences in the area of international finance, serves as ad hoc reviewer of various journals, and is currently on the editorial boards of the Multinational Finance Journal and Journal of Financial Services Marketing. Dr. Papaioannou is the recipient of three Dean’s Awards, as well as a Beta Gamma Sigma faculty inductee and honoree. He is on the international academic advisory board of the Jakarta Institute for Business Economics, Master’s in Financial Management Program. Dr. Papaioannou is the co-founder of the University’s Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets, serving as co-director from 1996 to 2001, and as director since then. Dr. Papaioannou holds a B.A. in economics from Athens University of Economics and Business, an M.B.A. from Duquesne University and a doctorate from Penn State University.

William C. Sanderson, professor of psychology, was appointed editor of The Clinical Psychologist, the official newsletter of the Society of Clinical Psychology. He was recommended to this post by the Publications Committee of the Society. His official duties as editor of the journal began in January 2006 and ran through December 2009. Dr. Sanderson has published seven books and more than 80 articles and chapters, primarily in the areas of anxiety, depression, personality disorders and cognitive-behavior therapy. He has participated on numerous national committees, including the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Workgroup.

Holly Seirup, assistant professor of Counseling, Research, Special Education and Rehabilitation, began this faculty position in January 2006 after serving as vice president for campus life for 10 years. Dr. Seirup has served at Hofstra University for more than 20 years. Dr. Seirup has also held positions in Residential Life and as the dean of students. Dr. Seirup has also taught as an adjunct assistant professor.

E.R. Shipp, the Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor of Journalism, was invested in this position on November 14. Shipp, as she prefers to be called, is a columnist for the New York Daily News and former reporter for The New York Times. She earned a B.A. in journalism, with a minor in political science, from Georgia State University. She has since earned an M.S. in journalism, an M.A. in history and a J.D. from Columbia University. From 1980 until 1993, she was a reporter and editor at The New York Times. She wrote about major trials, about politics everywhere from Harlem to Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi, and, of course, about the intersections between race and gender. In 1988 she reluctantly joined a team of reporters who devoted nearly a year to trying to uncover the truth of the Tawana Brawley matter; and, in 1990, she and her colleagues produced a book about that still divisive episode, Outrage: The Story Behind the Tawana Brawley Hoax (Bantam Books). Since 1994, Shipp has been a columnist for the New York Daily News. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1996 for her penetrating columns on race, welfare and other social issues. In addition to practicing journalism, and now teaching at Hofstra University, she has taught at Columbia University, St. John’s University and Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Alan Singer, professor of curriculum and teaching, and Mary Carter, instructor of curriculum and teaching, received the 2005 Social Studies Program of Excellence Award from the National Council for the Social Studies for his work on a new curriculum titled “New York and Slavery: Complicity and Resistance.” The award was presented on November 19, 2005, at the Marriott-Hyatt Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The “New York and Slavery: Complicity and Resistance” curriculum was edited by Professor Singer, who was assisted by more than 80 local teachers affiliated with the Hofstra New Teachers Network. The editorial team included several Hofstra alumni: Douglas Cioffi (M.A. SED 2004), a middle school social studies teacher at Kellenberg Memorial in Uniondale, New York; Kerri Creegan (M.A. SED 2005), a social studies teacher at the Ames Campus in Massapequa, New York, and April Francis (B.A. 2003 and M.A. SED 2005), a social studies teacher at Lawrence Road Middle School in Uniondale, New York. The “New York and Slavery: Complicity and Resistance” curriculum guide opens with an examination of the transatlantic slave trade and then follows the history of New York state from the original Dutch settlement at the beginning of the 17th century through the end of the American Civil War. It focuses on the position and contributions of people of African ancestry in New York during this period and on the roles played by the citizens of New York in both maintaining and challenging the slave system. The curriculum guide is designed to be part of the New York state human rights curriculum to help students achieve New York state social studies standards, and to facilitate document-based instruction that prepares students to be historians, social scientists and critical thinkers.

Shanti Thakur, assistant professor of audio/video/film, served as a judge in October 2005 for the International Emmy Awards. She was a special guest filmmaker to the Southside Film Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she presented three of her films: Circles, Seven Hours to Burn andKairos. Professor Thakur then accepted the festival’s invitation to serve on its honorary board of advisers.

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