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Faculty Matters | November 15, 2019

Faculty Matters | November 15, 2019

November 15, 2019

Fraleigh’s Work Featured In Multiple Venues

“Sound the Deep Waters,” a collection of paintings by Angela Fraleigh, associate professor and chair of the art department, is on exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, through April 12, 2020. From the museum’s website:

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity through the lens of historic narrative art. Fraleigh’s opulent paintings are populated by female figures freed from the social constructs of their time. No longer the despised witches of popular fairy tales or shunned agitators, these women are empowered to occupy their own utopian landscape. Fusing meticulous realism with gestural abstraction, Fraleigh constructs an immersive space in which reality merges with dreams and hallucinations.

At the museum on November 17, Fraleigh will be a featured speaker in the program “Picturing Beauty: Celebrating Real Women.”

Fraleigh’s work also appears in the group exhibition “Overlap: Life Tapestries,” at Pen + Brush in New York City, through December 14, 2019. Pen & Brush is an international nonprofit organization that showcases the work of emerging and mid-career women artists and writers. From the website:

Intersectionality, the theory underpinning this exhibition, challenges the notion that a woman’s experience and body of work is determined solely by her gener. This 2019 exhibitiohn with Pen + Brush brings together a group of self-identified women artists whose artistic practices are richly charged in their realization that discrimination is characterized and informed by national origin, race, social position, and historical forces.


Rosen “Does Battle” at International Conference

Joel Nathan Rosen at the Battle of Ideas Festival

Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, was an invited panelist at two sessions of the annual Battle of Ideas festival in London, November 2-3. The international conference brings together more than 450 speakers for over 100 debates on questions such as “Snowflakes or Revolutionaries: What is the New Student Identity?” “Is Socialism Making a Comeback?” “Hungary: the Bad Boy of Europe?” “How Do We Solve a Problem Like the Climate Emergency?” “Genome Editing: Do We Need Global Regulation?” “Who Are ‘The People’?”

The only rule governing the event—"Free speech allowed.”

Rosen’s first panel discussion “Life of Brian at 40: Are We More Easily Offended Today?” addressed comedy’s role in society, whether comedians overstep boundaries of acceptable expression, and the effects of the current cultural climate on comedic creativity.

On day two of the festival, Rosen joined international scholars for the session “Caster Semenya—Running into Controversy, Genes, Gender, and Sport.” Semenya, a female 800-meter specialist, was born with a genetic syndrome that results in testosterone levels three times that of a typical female. The governing body of athletics, the IAAF, has ruled that Semenya must take medication to lower her testosterone levels if she is to compete among women. The exchange between panelists and the audience heated up as the panel objected to the ruling while some in the audience denounced Semenya’s advantage.


Keegan and Benham Present at Preeminent Rehabilitation Research Conference

Louise Keegan presents at ACRM

Louise Keegan, program director, speech-language pathology, and Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, attended the 2019 annual conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine held November 5-8 in Chicago. Drawing more than 2,500 physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physicians, neuropsychologists, and rehabilitation scientists, it is the largest rehabilitation research conference in the world.

Keegan was a presenter in the symposium "The use of telehealth and new models of care to improve social and communication outcomes following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): An introduction to the issues in TBI rehabilitation." 

“I came away with a multitude of new research ideas, both in the realm of supporting individuals with TBI and with regard to how students best learn about rehabilitation,” Keegan says. “I now have some great new ideas for teaching our students across disciplines to appreciate the rehabilitation process, the roles they may play, as well as the importance of all stakeholders involved.”

Benham presented her poster “Immersive Virtual Reality for the Management of Pain in Community-Dwelling Older Adults.” The research found that clients reported decreases in pain after six weeks of participating in meaningful, client-chosen virtual gaming applications. The use of immersive virtual reality with the older adult is not established in current literature. We found that there were no adverse side effects, and all participants reported high engagement and enjoyment, likely indicating a distraction analgesic effect. Benham received the “Early Career in Technology” poster award, for the work.

Sara Benham Accepts Award for Research

“From the conference, I’m bringing back the most current evidence on technology-aided stroke rehabilitation techniques into the classroom for masters of occupational therapy students, “ says Benham. “I acquired many new ideas on how to integrate interprofessional research into our labs at the Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Center across our speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training programs, specifically with our new driving simulator technology, as I continue with my virtual-reality research aims.”


myself (next to me with my poster is Namrata Grampurohit, my co-investigator from Jefferson)




Rosen Invited to Speak at University of the West of Scotland

Paisley, Scotland, home to the University of the West of Scotland is a mere hour’s drive from New Lanark, a designated World Heritage Site, where Scottish manufacturer and social reformer created a utopian-intended community of cotton mill workers and their families, many pulled from the poorhouses in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The community provided housing and a school for children, as well as food, medical care, and clothing.

Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and anthropology and author of the book From New Lanark to Mound Bayou, was invited to the University to speak about the journey of Owen’s ideas across the Atlantic, where they eventually reached Mississippi plantation owner Joseph E. Davis. Inspired by Owen’s model, Davis constructed a similar community of slaves that significantly increased productivity on the plantation and economic gain for Davis. Rosen further traces the community’s evolution as ownership of the plantation fell to slave Benjamin T. Montgomery after the Civil War and then as former slaves became residents of Mound Bayou, an entirely African-American town, founded by Montgomery’s son Isaiah.


Dunn Recognized by APA

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently participated in the Fall Consolidated Meetings at the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, DC. Dunn completed his three-year term on the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA), where he spent his efforts advancing educational issues for associate and baccalaureate education in psychology. To acknowledge his efforts, the APA gave him two engraved Jefferson cups, one for his work on the BEA and the other for his leadership of the 2019 Education and Training Awards Committee.


Olsen’s Latest Opinion Piece

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Gary Olsen’s piece “The Empire, Trump, and Intra-Ruling Class Conflict,” appeared in the November 7, 2019, issue of City Watch. And in the November 2, 2019 issue of Dissident Voice.


John D. Rossi, III, associate professor of accounting answers questions about debt consolidation for Wallet Hub.