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.
Marc Goldman, executive director of Yeshiva University’s Career Center, will receive a Volunteer Meritorius Service Award at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), which will take place in San Antonio, Texas, from June 8-11, 2014. At the conference, Goldman will also present a program with colleagues from across the country titled “Small Organizations and Big Numbers: The Conversation Continues,” and begin his term as Co-Chair of the Leadership Advancement Program, concluding his term as Co-Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee.
In addition, Jocelyn Coalter, director of employer and alumni relations at the Career Center, was recently accepted to the NACE Leadership Advancement Program and will be presenting a session titled, “Making ProNet Work For You – A Case Study – Yeshiva University” at the annual NACElink Symposium in Washington, D.C., from June 18-20.
Dr. Shmuel Schneider, associate professor of Hebrew at Yeshiva University, will participate in a panel discussion at the Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills on June 5 titled “Understanding the Complexities of Charedi Vs. Non-Charedi issues in Israel and the USA.” Schneider will speak about the role of the media in reporting these issues.
Dr. Lea Santos, associate professor of physics at Yeshiva University, has been awarded a fellowship at Harvard University’s Institute for Theoretical Atomic Molecular and Optic Physics (ITAMP). Santos will receive support to spend three months at the Institute conducting research for her project, “Many-Body Quantum Systems Far from Equilibrium.” Her goal is to employ computational and analytical methods to advance current understanding of many-body quantum systems far from equilibrium and establish a symbiotic relationship with current experiments with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. Santos’s work will benefit from discussions with theoreticians and experimentalists at ITAMP and in the Boston area.
Dr. Gabriel Cwilich, associate professor of physics and division coordinator of natural and mathematical sciences at Yeshiva College, and Dr. Sergey Buldyrev, professor of physics at Yeshiva College, recently published “Cascading Failures in Networks with Proximate Dependant Nodes” in Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics. The work focuses on the
mutual percolation of a system composed of two interdependent random regular networks and explores the effects of the proximity of interdependent nodes on the cascade of failures after an initial attack. Coauthors include Yeshiva College graduates Yosef Kornbluth and Steven Lowinger.
Dr. Neer Asherie, associate professor of physics and biology at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, delivered an invited talk at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Denver, Colorado. Titled, “An Overview of Protein Phase Behavior,” it reviewed the eﬀorts that have been made over the past 20 years to understand protein phase behavior from a physical perspective with an emphasis on globular proteins in aqueous solutions and presented recent insights and some ideas for future directions.