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(Political Science)recently addressed a symposium on humantrafﬁcking held at the Nova SoutheasternUniversity School of Law in Fort Lauderdale,FL. Andreopoulos’s presentation was on “TheLandscape of Human Trafﬁcking: A GlobalPerspective.”
M. VICTORIA PEREZ-RIOS
(Political Science)presented “Sierra Leone: A Hybrid Model toFollow,” at the American Political ScienceAssociation’s annual conference in Washington,DC, on September 2–5. In early July, shepresented “‘The Alliance of Civilizations’ as anEffective Counter-terrorism Tool” at the 10thComparative Interdisciplinary Section of theInternational Studies Association’s MillenniumConference, in Venice, Italy. She was also thediscussant on the panel on Conﬂict, Migrationand Minorities at the conference.
(Psychology) presented acolloquium titled "Measurement, Causation, andTest Validity: Theoretical Puzzles and PracticalProblems" to the Doctoral Program in SocialPersonality Psychology at the CUNY GraduateCenter on September 15 and the DoctoralProgram in Psychometrics at Fordham Universityon September 22.
JOSE LUIS MORÍN
(Latin American and Latina/oStudies) presented a paper on “The Frontiers ofLatino Studies: The Importance of Latino Studiesin the 21st Century” at Montana State Universityas part of the events celebrating the inaugurationof MSU’s 12th president on September 9 and 10.
(Sciences) participatedin the 2010 plant-biology conference of theAmerican Society of Plant Biologists andCanadian Society of Plant Physiologists inMontreal, Canada, in August. Her presentation— “Binding Pokeweed Antiviral Protein toTobacco Etch mRNA Constructs: StructuralRecognition and Afﬁnity” — included researchperformed by two of her John Jay students,Alexandra Toney and Jeannine DeGrazia.
BETWEEN THE COVERS
(Psychology) published twoentries in the
Encyclopedia of Research Design
(Sage Publications, 2010) with John Jay studentsas coauthors. Markus and Kellie Smith publishedan entry titled “Content Validity.” Along withJia-ying Lin, he published the entry “ConstructValidity.” In addition, Markus’s article “StructuralEquations and Causal Explanations: SomeChallenges for Causal SEM” appears in therecent issue of
Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal
. In it, he discussesopen questions about the nature of causalexplanation as they relate to causal modeling inthe behavioral sciences.
(Philosophy) had hisanthology
Philosophic Values and World Citizenship: Locke to Obama and Beyond
published in September by Lexington Books,a subsidiary of Rowman and Littleﬁeld. Inaddition, his article “Just/New War Theory:Non-State Actors in Asymmetric Conﬂicts” hasbeen published in the journal
Philosophy in theContemporary World.
(Health and Physical Education)competed in the World Masters Swim Champion-ships in Sweden this summer, medaling in the200-meter backstroke and 800-meter freestyle.At the U.S. Master’s Summer Nationals, heldin San Juan, PR, in August, she won the 1500-meter freestyle as well as sweeping the 50-, 100-and 200-meter backstroke events.The accomplishments of pioneering educatorDr. Maria Montessori were the focus of a lectureby scholar Leonisa Ardizzone as part of John Jay’sItalian Heritage and Culture Month on October 7.President of the Salvadori Center in NewYork, Ardizzone has been a public-schoolteacher working with high-risk students inSeattle, New York City and Ithaca, NY. Havingtaught at Fordham and Adelphi universities, sheholds a doctorate in International EducationalDevelopment. Her work in peace education,said President Jeremy Travis during his openingremarks, gives Ardizzone “a home at John Jay.”Ardizzone noted that Montessori, who wasborn in Chiaravalle, Italy, in 1870, attendedan all-boys school at the age of 13 becauseshe wanted to learn how to be an engineer.From there, she went on to medical school. In1894, Montessori became the ﬁrst woman inItaly to earn a medical degree. It was throughher medical work that she became interestedin working with children, said Ardizzone, andtreating special-education children was whatled her to create the teaching philosophy thatunderlies the Montessori Method.“The ﬁrst thing she did was come up withthis idea, after working with 16 children —essentially, throw-away children in the streets ofRome —that they all could learn, they all had thesame abilities, and that helped her come to theplace that children are in fact agents of their ownlearning,” said Ardizzone.In Montessori education, children choose whatthey want to study, she explained. They select anactivity, they complete it, work on it, and then“my favorite thing,” quipped Ardizzone, “theyclean up after themselves.”Children educated at Montessori schools, shecontinued, are able to follow their own curiosity,explore a variety of materials and often workalone, learning self-sufﬁciency.The tribute to Montessori was co-sponsoredby John Jay Senior Vice President for Finance andAdministration Robert Pignatello and CUNY’sJohn D. Calandra Italian American Institute.Can a black ex-convict with a violent pastreinvent and reintegrate himself in a society thatneither prepared him for his return nor is itselfprepared for it? That question was examinedthrough a variety of lenses at an October 14panel discussion of the new book
byProfessor Greg Donaldson.The book,subtitled
TheTrue Story of aBlack Ex-Conand a WhiteSingle Mother in Small-Town America
,explores theups and downsin the life ofKevin Davis— “Killer Kev”— who spentseven years inthe New YorkState prisonsystem on a gun-possession conviction, afterhaving beaten a homicide charge in the sameincident.Co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Crimeand Justice and the Center on Media, Crime andJustice, the panel brought together the authoralong with Professor Delores Jones-Brown andStephen Handelman, directors, respectively, ofthe two centers; Professor David Brotherton,Chair of the Department of Sociology, andProfessor Amy Green, Chair of the Departmentof Interdisciplinary Studies.Donaldson, a member of the Department ofCommunication and Theatre Arts, described hissubject as a fearsome-looking, heavily muscled“über-thug” with a frightening résumé and acarefully codiﬁed warrior ethic. Despite this, Davisis articulate and burning with a desire to make itin the post-incarceration world.“This is not a feel-good book,” Donaldsonsaid of
, “but while the book may bedepressing, it is authentic.” Donaldson followedDavis for eight years to write the book andsaid that upon reﬂection: “This has not been acomfortable experience; I’m afraid people will seeKevin Davis and decide he’s not worth it.”Brotherton, Handelman and Green took turnsanalyzing
and its subject matterfrom different perspectives that reﬂected theirareas of scholarly expertise. Brotherton spoke ofthe book’s criminological elements, Handelmanexplored it as a piece of human-interest journalism and Green discussed its pedagogicaland theatrical relevance.Handelman noted that the loftiest role themedia can play is to “help you rethink what youthought to be true and real.” Donaldson’s book,he said, serves as “a template for how to writeabout criminal justice issues from now on.”
Before her talk on the educational pioneer Dr. Maria Montessori, Leonisa Ardizzone, president of the Salvadori Center, was joined by (from left) President Jeremy Travis, Dean Anthony J. Tamburri of the John D. Calandra Institute at Queens College,and Senior Vice President Robert Pignatello.
Tackling ToughQuestions in Black & White
A Great Day for Italian-American Pride
Lecture Looks at Contributions of Educational Pioneer Montessori
The ﬁrst week in October is celebrated as National Tutor Appreciation Week, and John Jay paused torecognize the roughly 100 tutors who work tirelessly to help John Jay students master their college-level studies. Tutors from a number of specialized “learning labs,” including the Math & Science ResourceCenter, the Center for English Language Support, theCommunication Arts Lab, the Foreign Language Lab,the Writing Center and the SEEK Tutoring Center,received kudos from top college ofﬁcials, includingcertiﬁcates of appreciation presented by Dean of Undergraduate Studies Anne Lopes. The event, said MSRC Director Michele Doney, “is a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for the enormous contributions of our tutors,” many of whom are versatile enough to beworking in more than one resource center.(Photo by Navraj Sandhu)Scholars the world over know that John Jay College offers unrivaled opportunity for study and research, and on October 4 President Jeremy Travishosted a welcome reception for the latest cohort of international visitors to the campus. On hand were (from left): Ciara McCormack (McCabe Fellow),President Travis,, Annette Connolly (McCabe Fellow),Sir Ian Blair (Ofﬁce for the Advancement of Research), Andrew Briers (Bramshill Exchange Scholar), AnneliesVredeveldt (Department of Psychology) and StevenRitchie (Fulbright Scholar). Other visiting scholars at the College this year include those conducting researchin economics, psychology, law and police science, and in the Lloyd Sealy Library.