Peninnah Schram, professor of speech and drama at Stern College for Women, will participate in The Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College‘s “Purim Party Extravaganza: Purim Stories with Upside-down Humor” on Sunday, March 1 at Lefrak Concert Hall. Schram’s storytelling at the event, which is part of the Center’s Music and Theater Performance Series, will be accompanied by a musical performance by Moshe Shur.
Dr. Anatoly Frenkel, professor of physics at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and Alyssa Lerner ’15S, are co-authors on an article recently published in Applied Physics Letters. Titled “In-situ extended X-ray absorption fine structure study of electrostriction in Gd doped ceria,” the article details Frenkel’s use of an X-ray based method to explain an unusual effect that his colleagues in the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel recently discovered.
They used the technique, called differential X-ray absorption spectroscopy, to investigate a material atoms of the elements cerium, gadolinium, and oxygen, all arranged in an ordered structure called an atomic lattice. In this particular material, the ratio of these elements leads to holes, known as vacancies, in the lattice, which affects the way it responds to an applied electric field. When the material is exposed to the field, the vacancies give it the flexibility to deform in a process known as electrostriction. Read the rest of this entry »
A three-volume set co-edited by Professor Louis Feldman, Abraham Wouk Family Chair in Classics and Literature at Yeshiva University, was recently awarded the Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award and the 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winner in Scholarship by the Jewish Book Council.
Titled Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (JPS 2014), the work is the first of its kind in a Jewish context, a vast collection of extra-biblical texts that comprise ancient Israel’s excluded scriptures, made accessible to scholar and general reader alike. The volumes examine writings such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, Josephus, Philo and other transformative texts in a unique way—as they relate to each other and illuminate the Hebrew Bible. Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Saul Andron and Dr. Lynn Levy, Hausman Chair in Communal Social Work and assistant professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, respectively, recently served as guest editors of the Journal of Jewish Community Service, published by the JPRO Network. The special issue, entitled “All in the Family: Diversity in the Jewish Community,” was inspired by a conference held in April 2012 on “The Diversity of the American Jewish Family: Challenges and Opportunities,” spearheaded by Andron and Levy, and sponsored by Wurzweiler School of Social Work in collaboration with the UJA-Federation of New York.
This issue addresses topics of the changing Jewish family and how the community must redefine and grapple with new opportunities and challenges. The articles demonstrate that the Jewish community possesses the passion, creativity, and commitment to generate bold approaches that speak to the new and real experiences that many Jewish families face today and serve as a guide for Jewish communal institutions to support traditional and contemporary forms of Jewish family life.
Dr. Ariel Malka, assistant professor of psychology at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, has published an op-ed in The New York Times. Published with co-author Michael Inzlicht from the University of Toronto, the article discusses findings from their recent study, the largest cross-national test to date of how a conservative personality style relates to cultural and economic attitudes. Analyzing responses from over 70,000 people from 51 countries, the study found that people with conservative personalities leaned slightly to the left on issues of social welfare policy and economic intervention, not to the right, as the generally accepted “rigidity of the right” model would dictate.
Dr. Michelle Levine, associate professor of Bible at Stern College for Women, presented at Yeshiva University’s Midreshet Yom Rishon, on the topic of, “The Message of the Menorah in R. Obadiah Sforno’s Religious Thought.” She also delivered a lecture to Stern College students on the first night of Chanukah, titled, “The Illuminating Miracle of Chanukah.” In addition, Levine spoke for the “Ohel Sara” Amen Group in Lawrence, NY, on the topic of, “The Blessing of Light.”
Dr. William Arsenio and Dr. Fatima Ramos-Marcuse, professor of psychology and adjunct assistant professor, respectively, at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, have published an article in the Journal of Genetic Psychology. Titled “Children’s Moral Emotions, Narratives, and Aggression: Relations With Maternal Discipline and Support,” the study asked 63 four-to-six-year-olds how they would feel after engaging in bullying behavior against a peer and acted out event conclusions using narrative methods adapted from the MacArthur Story Stem Battery. The children’s mothers were also asked to assess their disciplinary styles and social support, and children’s aggressive tendencies were assessed based on ratings from the mother and a second familiar adult. The study found that most preschoolers expected to feel happy after their victimizing acts, but variations in happy victimization were unrelated to children’s aggression.
Dr. Abraham Ravid, professor of finance at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Cultural Economics. Centered around the theme of movie economics, the issue explores topics that range from an empirical investigation of contingency factors of movie remakes to the impact of supplier bargaining power on the advertising cost of movie sequels. The issue will appear in print in early 2015.
Dr. Gillian Steinberg, associate professor of English at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, will deliver a Wertheim Study lecture on the life and works of Thomas Hardy at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwartzman Building on January 13, 2015 at 1:15 p.m. Titled “Thomas Hardy’s Autobiography: Shaping a Writer’s Life,” the lecture will explore the ways in which Hardy’s complex biographical history has shaped contemporary readings of his work and explore how Hardy aimed to separate his life from his art, an effort that has largely been foiled by today’s emphasis on biography in literary interpretation. Steinberg is a writer in residence at the Wertheim Study.
Dr. Linda Shires, David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English and chair of the English department at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, has essays forthcoming on self-illustrated literary works of Thomas Hardy and Rudyard Kipling. An essay titled “Matter, Consciousness, and the Human: Hardy’s Image X texts,” will appear in Studies in English Literature (55.4, Fall 2015); another titled “Mutual Adaptation in Rudyard Kipling’s Letters to his Children and Just So Stories” is scheduled for the annual Children’s Literature (2015). Continuing her interest in nineteenth-century relationships among art, literature, and science, Shires will deliver the Jane Stedman Plenary Lecture at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference “Sense and the Senses” in Iowa City this coming May. Her talk is titled “Coming to our Senses: Colors in the 19th Century.”