A conference was held June 16-20, in Columbus, Ohio, to honor Bartle Professor of Mathematics Ross Geoghegan on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Titled “Topological Methods in Group Theory,” the conference honored the numerous mathematical contributions Geoghegan has made. He was one of the first mathematicians to use topological techniques to study groups and his textbook, Topological methods in group theory,’’ is one of the standard references in the field.
Conference organizers will publish conference proceedings in the LMS Lecture Notes in Mathematics series.
Professor of English Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand/Guernica Editions), has been named by Poets & Writers as one of the “Best Books for Writers.” This 200-page writing guide combines Gillan’s personal story as a poet and author with her suggestions for writers at all stages of development. More than half of the book is comprised of writing prompts designed to give poets confidence and help them overcome writers block, jumpstart creativity and silence the critical voice. Go online to see the “Best Books for Writers” List.
Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, has recently published S. Eustachio Martire. Santo Bizantino (Parma-Roma, Studies in Christian Thought and Tradition, 2014). The Byzantine saint Eustace was a Christian who suffered martyrdom under the emperor Trajan. Sticca studies the development of the cult of this early Greek-Byzantine martyr whose vita became very popular within the Latin Christian world, becoming celebrated in iconography from the early sixth to seventh centuries in Cappadocia and through the twelfth, thirteenth and sixteenth centuries in Europe. Sticca tries to separate the legendary and apocryphal elements from the historical reality of the general Placidus-Eustathius. Three authorities on Christian spirituality – Don Michele Persichitti, Antonio Varasso and Professor Vincenzo Centorame – centered a colloquium on Sticca’s book on Aug. 10, in the city of Casauria (Abruzzo).
M. Stanley Whittingham, distinguished professor of chemistry and of materials science, has been reelected for a two-year term to the vice chair of the board of directors of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NYBEST). NYBEST was created in 2010 to position New York state as a global leader in energy storage technology, including applications in transportation, grid storage and power electronics. See more online.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, professor of English and award-winning poet, was honored on June 29 by the Cultural Ministery of San Mauro, Cilento, Italy, province of Salerno, the region her parents came from before they emigrated to America in 1936. Gillan was presented with a book of her poems about the town of San Mauro called, In a Place of Flowers and Light. In addition, a parade was held in her honor, as well as a concert of traditional Italian songs, a reading of her poems in Italian and English, and a dinner. Gillan was then escorted by the mayor to her mother’s childhood home, where a plaque dedicated to the writer and her literary contributions to the town of San Mauro had been affixed to the front of the stone house. The following evening Gillan was again honored with a reading of her poems in Italian, as well as a concert of Italian folk songs and a dinner. She was later interviewed by Italian television. The broadcast was aired in Southern Italy.
Susannah Gal, interim dean of libraries and professor of biological sciences at Binghamton University, recently graduated from the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, held July 6–19 at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Since 1978, the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College has annually offered women faculty and administrators the opportunity to participate in an intensive program that prepares them to be leaders in higher education.
The 73 participants in this year’s institute represented institutions across the U.S. and focused on “Women Leaders: Facing the Challenges as We Re-Invent Higher Education.”