Colleen Krieser, Associate Professor of Biology, was funded by a TEACRS grant for eight weeks during the summer to work in a research lab at Tufts. She worked in the lab of Dr. Peter Juo to develop new lab techniques and a new lab module that will be piloted in the genetics course offered this fall.
A group from Pine Manor will be presenting a panel session titled “Assessing Core Competencies in the General Education Curriculum at Pine Manor College” at the 2016 NEEAN Fall Forum on November 4th at The College of the Holy Cross. Authors of the presentation include: Diane Mello-Goldner, Ph.D., Dean of the College, Associate Professor of Psychology; Eileen McLaughlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication; Michele Ramirez, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Foundational Learning, Professor of Psychology; William Stargard, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence Professor of Art History; Staci Weber, ABD, Dean of Student Affairs; & Melissa Yoffe, MSW, Associate Dean for Academic Services.
Karen Hussar, Assistant Professor of Psychology, presented her research titled, “Can a Picture Book Teach a Thousand Words? Examining Picture Books as a Means to Teach Humane Education to Preschool Children,” in June, 2016 at the Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Chicago, IL.
Ieshia Karasik, Career Development Director, attended the 2016 NCDA Global Career Development Conference, June 30-July 2 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference theme was, Fostering Well-Being Through Meaningful Work.
Meg Kearney, Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Director, Director delivered the keynote address at the Kentucky Association of School Librarians’ Conference at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY, on Saturday, September 4. Meg’s picture book Trouper is winner of last year’s Kentucky Bluegrass Award.
Laura Williams McCaffrey,Solstice MFA Faculty member, is the new Fiction Editor at YARN.
Diane Mello-Goldner, Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Psychology, was elected President of the New England Psychological Association. She will serve as President-Elect beginning October 2016 and will begin as President of NEPA in October 2017.
Cindy Miller, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Sociology gave a talk at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival in Transylvania over the summer. In September, Cindy also gave a talk in Big Sky, Montana, at the Western Literature Association conference. Her latest edited collection, The Laughing Dead, was released over the summer. Cindy’s essay "Disney's Japan" appeared in Doug Brode's new book Debating Disney, and a second essay "'In God's Good Time': 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Cold War Culture" appeared in Doug Brode's new book It's the Disney Version!
Sharon Montella, Adjunct Professor of Dance, competed in the World Martial Arts Karate/Kung Fu Tournament on June 11 and won First Place in an Advanced Weapons Forms Division. Sharon holds black belts in kung fu and tai chi in both White Dragon Fist Kung Fu and Black Dragon Five Elements Forms. She currently teaches Kung Fu and Tai Chi at Amigos Cambridgeport Community Afterschool Program and has taught Self Defense and the Moving Art of Kung Fu at Pine Manor College and Milton Academy Afterschool Program.
Josh Neufeld, MFA Faculty member, attended the Brooklyn Book Festival in Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday, September 18. Josh co-lead a workshop on Flash Fiction inspired by comics and moderated a panel on comics inspired by conflict zones.
Dzvinia Orlowsky,Solstice MFA Faculty member, participated in a reading with poets Kelle Groom and Dan Tobin and others for Plume Literary Magazine at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday September 22.
Melinda Ponder, Professor of English, Prepared the manuscript of her book, KATHARINE LEE BATES: FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, for publication. Her book will be published by the Windy City Publishers in the spring of 2017. In May, 2016 she gave a talk on “Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Main Currents of the 19th Century Literary World” at the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House, and in June, 2016 presented on “The Wellesley College Roots of Katharine Lee Bates: Poet of ‘America the Beautiful’ and Social Activist” at Wellesley College.
Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts, worked with printmakers from the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art and The Boston Printmakers to produce a portfolio of prints in Krakow, Poland during June. In July, she exhibited at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA in Inspired Views. This fall her work will be a part of Pictures at an Exhibition Reframed, in Malden, MA and 2016, A State of Mind at Lamont Gallery in Exeter, NH.
Renée Watson, Solstice MFA Faculty member, has launched a nonprofit to honor the legacy of Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes. I, Too, Art Collective will lease and renovate the brownstone where Langston Hughes lived and created. The non-profit will also provide poetry and writing workshops for youth and community members.
Solstice MFA Faculty members Jedediah Berry, Iain Haley Pollock, and Laura Williams McCaffrey are the 2016-2017 guest editors for Hunger Mountain 21: Masked/Unmasked.
On June 13th 2016, Sandra McElroy attended conference entitled,"Opening Pathways: Strengthening Opportunities for Early Educators Who Are English Language Learners". The conference was sponsered by the CAYL Institute, the Masschusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Council, and Wheelock College.