Dr. Arthur Hyman, distinguished service professor of philosophy and former dean of Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, will be recognized with the Alumni Award of Merit at the St. John’s College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944. The award, which will be conferred at the homecoming ceremony in September, recognizes “distinguished and meritorious service to the United States and outstanding achievement within his/her chosen field.” Hyman is an expert in the field of medieval Jewish philosophy and a member of many professional societies.
Peninnah Schram, professor of speech and drama at YU’s Stern College for Women, recently published a story in New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family (Reclaiming Judaism Press, 2014), an anthology of 43 stories in honor of poet Danny Siegel. Her story is titled, “Bringing Joy to Others.” The first anthology in the Mitzvah Stories series, Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning (2011), was published in honor of Schram with a foreword by YU President Richard M. Joel.
Schram also recently participated in the fifth New CAJE Jewish Education Conference held at the University of California-Los Angeles’ Hillel and Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California from August 8-15, 2014. Her workshop topics included “Sacred Stories for Debriefing Techniques,” “Your Jewish Name: Stories and Methods for Strengthening Connection to Jewish Names and Personal Identity,” and “Master Class: Jump in and Become a Mitzvah-Centered Storyteller,” in addition to an evening storytelling performance. Schram served on the faculty of the newly organized Jewish Spiritual Education Maggid-Training program, which was initiated at this conference.
Professor Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law at Yeshiva University, has been named to the Executive Committee of the American Academy for Jewish Research, where he joins colleagues from Columbia University, Princeton University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto. The American Academy for Jewish Research represents the oldest organization of Judaic scholars in North America. Fellows are nominated and elected by their peers and thus constitute the most distinguished and most senior scholars teaching Judaic studies at American universities.
Kanarfogel currently chairs the committee that awards the Academy’s prestigious Salo Baron Book Prize for the best first book in Jewish studies. In addition to Kanarfogel, members of the Academy from the core faculty of YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies include Dean David Berger, the Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History; Professor Yaakov Elman, Herbert S. and Naomi Denenberg Chair in Talmudic Studies; Professor Jeffrey Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History; Professor Arthur Hyman, Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy; and Professor Richard Steiner, professor of Semitic languages and literature.
Dr. Gabriel Cwilich and Dr. Neer Asherie have both been promoted to full professor of physics and full professor of physics and biology, respectively, at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College.
Cwilich is the director of Yeshiva College’s Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program and the division coordinator of the University’s natural and mathematical sciences. He is an expert on wave propagation in disordered materials and the physics of disordered systems and has taught physics at Yeshiva College since 1991. Cwilich also works to improve public understanding of science and technology, particularly as it’s represented in pop culture, regularly advising theater and film productions and playwrights who involve elements of science in their creative activities.
Asherie’s research interests include chirality and protein crystallization and the phase behavior of biological macromolecules. He recently discovered a new way to control protein crystallization to increase the success rate of making crystals, which has implications for drug development and the study of certain diseases.
“Promotion to the rank of full professor is a recognition of the excellence of a faculty member’s ongoing scholarly productivity in his field and the importance of his continuing contributions to the educational mission of the university,” said Dr. Barry Eichler, dean of Yeshiva College. “Over the years, both Professors Cwilich and Asherie have made significant contributions to their fields of study and have greatly enhanced the quality of Yeshiva College’s educational mission. We wish them continued success in all of their endeavors.”
Dr. Gillian Steinberg, associate professor of English and director of writing at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, has recently published an analytic book on the works of Thomas Hardy. Thomas Hardy: The Poems (Analysing Texts) (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2013) offers an approachable introduction to the poems of one of the most prolific and influential English writers through an examination of wide-ranging selections from his work.
Bruno Galantucci and Gareth Roberts, associate professor of psychology and research fellow in psychology at Yeshiva University respectively, have published an article in PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes primary research in a number of scientific disciplines. Titled “Do We Notice When Communication Goes Awry? An Investigation of People’s Sensitivity to Coherence in Spontaneous Conversation,” the article challenges current assumptions that the main purpose of human communication is the faithful transmission of information. Galantucci and Roberts discuss the findings of a study they conducted in which paired participants communicating online didn’t notice when portions of their conversation were randomly crossed with portions of a different conversation being had by other participants. They conclude that miscommunication probably happens more regularly – and goes undetected more often – than is usually thought, and that the transmission of information may not be the primary function that interpersonal communication serves.
Dr. Tamar Avnet, associate professor of marketing and department chair of marketing and management at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, has a new article that is forthcoming in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The article will highlight her recent research on the effectiveness and emotional well-being of people who complete tasks in clock-time, where scheduled tasks are dictated by an external cue, the clock, versus event-time, where the beginning of a task is dictated by an internal cue, the completion of the previous task. Avnet’s work demonstrates that those who adopt clock-time scheduling style may be more efficient in completing their tasks, but feel they have less control over their lives and actions, while those who adopted event-time scheduling style experience a greater sense of personal control and are more able to savor positive emotions, which leads to an increased sense of overall well-being.
Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel and Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Professor of Talmud and Rosh Yeshiva, will speak at the Hampton Synagogue on Shabbat, July 19, 2014. President Joel will deliver a Shabbat morning drasha titled, “Where Have All the Heroes Gone?” and participate in “The Hampton Volley,” a communal conversation with key leaders both in the Jewish community and beyond. Rabbi Wieder will deliver a shiur in the afternoon.
Dr. Margaret Samu, adjunct assistant professor at Stern College for Women, has published a volume she co-edited with Rosalind P. Blakesley of the University of Cambridge. Titled From Realism to the Silver Age: New Studies in Russian Artistic Culture, the book honors a pioneer in the field of Russian art, Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier from Columbia University. The volume’s publisher is Northern Illinois University Press.
In addition to editing the volume of 13 essays, Samu co-authored the introduction, translated two essays by Russian contributors, and contributed an essay titled “Making a Case for Realism” on caricaturists’ use of satirical paintings and graphic satire to promote the Realist art movement in the 1860s. She also taught a course on Russian art at Stern College in the Spring 2014 semester and was able to incorporate the volume’s new research in her teaching.
Dr. Elizabeth Seng, assistant professor of psychology at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, participated in a TweetChat organized by the American Headache Society (AHS) at their Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles on June 26, 2014. Using the hashtag #AHS14LA, Seng, a member of the AHS’s Electronic Media Committee, and more than a dozen AHS esteemed clinicians working in migraine, headache, and brain injury, contributed to the TweetChat, which highlighted some of the annual conference’s most influential findings along with their clinical implications. Topics included the impact of migraine on the 36 million-plus patients in the U.S. with this debilitating condition; what patients and their support systems can do to reduce the stigma of migraines; what patients should do when they hear claims of a new “cure” for headache; who benefits most from behavioral treatments for migraine; how even retired National Football League players are finding it hard to access quality migraine care; and new findings which indicate that peri-menopausal and menopausal women have more frequent headaches.