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(Published in @John Jay on November 19, 2008)

On Board
Diane Ramirez (Physical Education and Athletics) was named head coach of women’s
basketball and equipment manager. Ramirez is a 2007 graduate of Baruch College, where
she served as assistant women’s basketball coach for the past two seasons, and played for
three seasons prior to that.

Between the Covers

Wanda Fernandopulle (Career Development) had her biography of Richard Allen, one
of the founders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, published in a first-time,
eight-volume print edition of the African American National Biography (AANB). The
AANB, published by the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Oxford
University Press, is the largest collective biography of African Americans ever produced
and is already recognized as the standard in the field.

Howard Pflanzer (Communication and Theatre Arts) had a review/commentary,

“Existential Affairs,” a look at Edward and Kate Fullbrook’s book Sex and Philosophy:
Rethinking De Beauvoir and Sartre, published in the October 2008 CUNY Graduate
Center Advocate. His review of Robert Roth’s book Health Proxy was published in the
volume Cultural Logic 2007. In addition, two of his poems recently appeared in the
literary magazine And Then.

George Andreopoulos (Government) presented a paper on “The Regulation of Corporate
Activities Under Human Rights Treaties” at the annual conference of the International
Academy of Business and Economics in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 19-22. The paper
was co-authored with Giuliana Campanelli and Alexandros Panayides of William
Paterson University.

Adina Schwartz (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) presented “
‘I Know It When I See It’ and Criminalistics” at the annual meeting of the Northeastern
Association of Forensic Scientists meeting on October 3, during a general session on
“Debating the Forensic Science in Forensic Science.” On October 23, Schwartz made a
Continuing Legal Education presentation on “Firearms & Tool Marks” at the Texas
Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s annual forensics seminar in Dallas, TX.

Roy Perham (Psychology) presented a workshop, “A Two-Stage Assessment Center that

Brought ALL Employees to a Higher Level of Performance,” at the 34th International
Congress on Assessment Center Methods in Washington, DC, on September 24.

Kimora (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) addressed a group of
students from the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry at the Martin Luther
King, Jr. Educational Campus about self-esteem enhancement and choosing an academic
career over criminal activity on October 15.
Peer Review
Miriam Ehrenberg (Psychology), in her role as executive director of the Institute for
Human Identity (a nonprofit psychotherapy center in Manhattan), was awarded a grant
from the New York State Department of Health for Family Q, a five-year innovative
program that offers free workshops to gay and lesbian parents and prospective parents on
the emotional issues involved in alternate family building. The grant also provides
counseling training for selected interns on the special issues such parents face in raising
families. (Students who might be interested in applying for the program should visit and contact Professor Ehrenberg.)
(Published in @John Jay on October 29, 2008)

M. Victoria Pérez-Ríos (Government) presented a paper, “On the Effectiveness of
International Tribunals (ICTY and ICTR),” at the American Political Science
Association’s annual meeting in Boston, MA, August 28-31. She also presented two
papers — “Investing in Renewable Energies: Are Some Third-Generation Human Rights
More than Wishful Thinking?” and “Accountability for Disappearances: The Role of
Regional Courts” — at the annual meeting of the Research Committee on Sociology of
Law in Milan-Como, Italy, in July.

Rosemary Barberet (Sociology) and Andrés Rengifo, a graduate of the PhD program in
criminal justice and currently an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-St.
Louis, were part of a Commission of Independent Experts selected by the Colombian
statistics agency, DANE, to evaluate crime statistics produced by the National Police of
Colombia, from September 15-19.

Between the Covers

Simon Baatz (History) wrote “Criminal Minds” for the August 2008 issue of
Smithsonian magazine. The article is an excerpt of his book For the Thrill of It: Leopold,
Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago.

Mangai Natarajan (Sociology) had her newest book, Women Police in a Changing
Society: Back Door to Equality, published by Ashgate Publishing in September 2008. The
book focuses on a unique and highly successful experiment begun in Tamil Nadu, India,
in 1992, in which all-female police units were established as a way of enhancing the
confidence and professionalism of woman officers.

Kimora (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) was named
contributing editor of Getting Out by Going In (GOGI), a monthly newsletter published
by a nonprofit organization of the same name. GOGI educates federal, state and juvenile
offenders in California and Arizona. In addition, Professor Kimora wrote the foreword for
Mara Leigh Taylor's book Women in Prison: Women Finding Freedom. In May, Kimora
visited female inmates at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, CA, where
she spoke about the importance of the GOGI program.

Lori L. Martin (African-American Studies) had several publications in 2008 including

an article titled “Cashing in on the American Dream,” which examined racial differences
in housing values over the past few decades. The article appeared in the journal Housing,
Theory and Society. Martin also co-authored an article with Hayward Derrick Horton,
“Critical Demography and the Measurement of Racism,” as well as a book, Non-Married
Women and Asset Ownership that explores differences in the types and levels of assets
owned by non-married black and white women.
Margaret Wallace (Sciences) recently published “Forensic Science: The Interface
between Science and the Law” in the Korean Journal of Scientific Criminal Investigation.
The article discussed the role of molecular biology on forensic science and emphasized
DNA-based methods of identification in human, botanical and entomological samples.

Edward Snajdr (Anthropology) had his book, Nature Protests: The End of Ecology in
Slovakia published by Washington University Press. The ethnographic study investigates
why Slovakia’s ecology movement, so strong under socialism, fell apart so rapidly
despite the persistence of serious environmental problems in the region.

James Cauthen (Government) and Barry Latzer (Government) co-authored an article,

"Why so Long? Explaining Processing Time in Capital Appeals," which appeared in
Justice System Journal, a publication of the National Center for State Courts. Their
research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Justice.

Barry Luby (Emeritus, Foreign Languages & Literatures) recently published a new
book, The Uncertainties in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Analytic Thought:
Miguel de Unamuno the Precursor. The work was published in September by Juan de la
Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs.

Peer Review
Susan Opotow (Sociology) was presented with the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution
Award at the 2008 American Psychological Association Convention in Boston this past
August. The award, presented by the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and
Violence (Division 48 of the APA) recognizes Opotow “for her outstanding contributions
as a scholar, teacher, and mentor.”
(Published in @John Jay on October 8, 2008)

Peer Review
Jeremy Travis (President) was named chair of the New York State Juvenile Justice Task
Force by the Hon. David Paterson, Governor of New York State. Over the coming year,
the newly constituted task force is charged with developing strategies for transforming
the state’s juvenile justice system and developing what Travis hopes will be “a more
comprehensive and less punitive approach” to handling juvenile offenders.

Maria Volpe (Sociology) won the 2008 Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award,
presented by the New York State Dispute Resolution Association in collaboration with
the New York State Unified Court System Office of ADR and Court Improvement
Programs. Volpe will also be the honoree at the Network for Peace Through Dialogue
recognition night on October 30 in New York City.

Wanda Fernandopulle (Student Development) was selected as an Association for

Institutional Research Fellow for the upcoming National Conference on First-Year
Assessment, to be held October 12-14 in San Antonio, Texas.

Joseph King (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) won the 2008
Roberta Thornton Award, presented by the CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD Alumni
Association in recognition of his outstanding achievement as a criminal justice
practitioner and scholar.

Keith A. Markus (Psychology) spent five weeks visiting the University of Canterbury in
Christchurch, New Zealand, on an Erskine Fellowship to work with Professor Brian Haig
on a joint methodological research project. While there, he presented a colloquium on
"Construct Validity and Causal Modeling." Closer to home, at the annual convention of
the American Psychological Association in Boston, Markus presented a poster titled
“Abductive Inferences to Psychological Variables: Weighting Competing Criteria”
coauthored by Samuel W. Hawes, a John Jay alumnus, and Rula J. Thasites, a current
John Jay student.

Janice Bockmeyer (Government) presented her paper, “The Politics of Supra-local

Nonprofits: Do ‘Good Practices’ Reset the Community Metacenter?” on a panel
discussing Local Networks, Race, Immigration and Identity at the annual meeting of the
American Political Science Association in August.

Larry Sullivan (Library) taught a four-day seminar on elite deviance to government

officials at St. John’s College in Belize City, Belize, in March. He also gave a lecture on
community justice at the National Police Academy in Belmopan, Belize, on March 12.
He presented the paper, “Family Values and Domestic Violence: The Polish Paradigm,” at
the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Cincinnati in March.
This paper was based on research he did at Warsaw University on a Kosciuszko
Foundation grant.
Between the Covers
Elise Langan (Government) published an article on “Assimilation and Affirmative
Action in French Education Systems” in the fall 2008 issue of European Education. She
was named a visiting scholar at New York University's Center for European Studies.

Kimora (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) published an article
titled “The Punishment Potlach: A Way Out” in the fall 2008 issue of Insights, a
publication of the Offender Preparation and Education Network Inc. In the article,
Kimora and her coauthor, attorney Mark Hazelbaker, contend that this punishment
potlach in the United States has ignored the cost of criminal justice, and they advocate an
aggressive program of intervention for incarcerated individuals.

Larry Sullivan (Library) had his article “Prison is Dull Today: Prison Libraries and the
Irony of Pious Reading” published in the May 2008 issue of PMLA, the journal of the
Modern Language Association. His review essay of The Encyclopedia of the Library of
Congress appeared in the April 2008 issue of Library Quarterly.

Keith A. Markus (Psychology) recently published an article contrasting alternative

causal interpretations of statistical models, titled “Hypothesis Formulation, Model
Interpretation and Model Equivalence: Implications of a Mereological Causal
Interpretation of Structural Equation Models” in the summer 2008 issue of the journal
Multivariate Behavioral Research. A recent issue of the journal Measurement included
his article “Constructs, Concepts and the Worlds of Possibility: Connecting the
Measurement, Manipulation, and Meaning of Variables,” as well as his rejoinder “Putting
Concepts and Constructs into Practice: A Reply to Cervone and Caldwell, Haig, Kane,
Mislevy, and Rupp.” Markus also published a critique titled “Abductive Inferences to
Psychological Variables: Steiger’s Question and Best Explanations of Psychopathy,” in
the summer 2008 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology. The critique was
coauthored by John Jay alumnus Samuel W. Hawes and current student Rula J. Thasites.
(Published in @John Jay on September 17, 2008)


Gloria Proni (Sciences) presented a paper entitled "Chiral Recognition by a CD-

sensitive dimeric porphyrin host: Recent Advances in the assignment of absolute
configuration" at the 235th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition,
April 6-10, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The work was done in collaboration with
the laboratory of Dr. Nina Berova in the Chemistry Department of Columbia University.
Later in the spring, Dr. Proni presented a research talk, “Detection of Opioids in Urine by
NMR Spectroscopy: Preliminary Studies” at the 40th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting
(MARM), May 17–21 in Bayside, Queens. Donna Wilson, a forensic science graduate
student, worked on this project as a fulfillment of her thesis requirement. The work was
conducted jointly with Elise Champeil (Sciences). In late August, Proni presented a
poster titled “Synthesis and Chiral Recognition of a Fish Pheromone by CD-Sensitive
Dimeric Zinc Porphyrin Host” at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and
Exposition in Philadelphia. Ekaterina Chadwick, an undergraduate forensic science
student, coauthored the presentation.

Effie Papatzikou Cochran (English) was the lead discussant on a panel titled “Four
Interrogating Concepts and Cases: Family, Law, and Language” at the Law and Society
Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada, on May 31.

Abby Stein (Interdisciplinary Studies) spoke at the International Psychohistorical

Association on June 4 at Fordham University. Her presentation was titled, “From His
Cradle to Your Grave: How Child Abuse Drives Violent Crime.” Stein also served as the
invited “Critical Issues” columnist for the spring issue of ISSTD News, published by the
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation's publication. Her column
focused on “First Defense: Dissociated States and Criminal Violence.”

R. Terry Furst (Anthropology) presented a paper, “A Qualitative Exploration of an

Office-Based Buprenorphine Demonstration Program in New York City,” at the Society
for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) in Boston. He also presented “A Harm
Reduction Approach to the Provision of Bupernorphine” at the conference for the
Developments in the Treatment of Dependence on Opiate: Practices and Perspectives, in
France, and co-authored “Low Threshold Buprenorphine Prescribing,” a paper presented
at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Elise Champeil and Gloria Proni (Sciences) co-authored the lecture “Use of NMR
Spectroscopy for the Detection of Opioids in Human Fluids” that was presented at the
American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia in late
August. Donna Wilson, a recent graduate of the master’s degree program in forensic
science, worked on this project as a fulfillment of her thesis requirement.

Benjamin Lapidus (Art and Music) will have his new book, Origins of Cuban Music
and Dance: Changüí, published by The Scarecrow Press on October 28. The book is the
first in-depth study of changüí, a style of music and dance in Guantánamo, Cuba, that
contributed to the development of salsa.

Kimora (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) and Michael
Aman (Communication and Theatre Arts) co-authored an article, “No Country for Old
Men: Psychopathic Elements in an Academy-Award-Winning Film,” in which they stress
the importance of criminal justice professionals learning elements of psychopathy from
the film. The article appeared in the July/August issue of Community Corrections Report
on Law and Corrections Practice.


Robert Garot (Sociology) has won a faculty fellowship for the spring 2009 semester at
the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College. The fellowship will
help facilitate Garot’s research project on “Immigrants and the Law in Contemporary

Allison Kavey (History) has been awarded a $15,000 faculty development grant by the
City University of New York to fund her proposal, “Teaching Portfolios: An Analysis of
their Uses for History Pedagogy.”
(Published in @John Jay on August 27, 2008)


Laura Drazdowski (Physical Education and Athletics) was appointed head coach of the
John Jay women’s softball team. Drazdowski, the College’s Assistant Director of
Athletics for Marketing and Promotion, served as interim softball coach for the 2008
season, leading the team to a 12-23 record and a fourth place finish in conference play.
“After the hard work the team and I put in last season, I am thrilled to be continuing on
the path of success that started last February,” she said. Over the summer, John Jay added
two other new head coaches. Carl Nedell was named head women’s tennis coach,
succeeding Amy Rowland, who resigned earlier this year. Nedell had previously coached
the John Jay men’s tennis team during the 2000 season, and has also coached for Hunter
College, James Monroe High School and Forest Hills High School. Jessica Kolackovsky
will serve as interim head coach of the women’s swimming team for the 2008-09 season,
filling in for Jane Katz, who will be on sabbatical. Kolackovsky served as a volunteer
assistant coach under Katz last season, and also serves as the College’s head lifeguard.
She was a Big East Conference Academic All-Star as an undergraduate swimmer at Seton
Hall University.


Andrew Sidman (Government) has an article, “Forecasting Non-Incumbent Presidential

Elections: Lessons Learned from the 2000 Election,” due out in a forthcoming issue of
the International Journal of Forecasting. Sidman also has 12 entries in the recently
published Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Election, and Electoral Behavior (Sage,

Mary Gibson (History) received a Senior Fulbright Research Grant and a National
Endowment for the Humanities' Fellowship to finish a book on the history of prisons in
modern Italy. Her article “Ai margini della cittadinanza: le detenute dopo l’Unità italiana
(1860-1915) [At the Margins of Citizenship: Women Prisoners after Italian Unification]”
was recently published in the journal Storia delle Donne [Women’s History].

Nathan Lents (Sciences) had his manuscript “Identification and Characterization of a

Novel Mdm2 Splice Variant Acutely Induced by the Chemotherapeutic Agents
Adriamycin and Actinomycin D” published in the journal Cell Cycle in June.

Danielle Sapse (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration), Elise
Champeil and Anne-Marie Sapse (Sciences), working in collaboration with two
professors from the University of Rouen, France, had their paper "Interaction of DNA
Fragments with Methyl Lithium" accepted for publication in the journal Comptes Rendus
des Seances de L' Academie Francaise. The paper applies theoretical methods to the
study of DNA fragments interaction with methyl lithium and its possible use for criminal
Kimora (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) and Michael
Aman (Speech, Theatre and Media Studies) co-authored an article, “No Country for Old
Men: Psychopathic Elements in an Academy-Award-Winning Film,” in which they stress
the importance of criminal justice professionals learning elements of psychopathy from
the film. The article appeared in the July/August issue of Community Corrections Report
on Law and Corrections Practice.


Margaret Wallace (Sciences) was an invited speaker at the Fourth Annual Conference of
the Korean Academy of Scientific Criminal Investigation. Wallace’s presentation on
“Forensic Science: the Interface between Scientific and the Law” discussed the role of
forensic biology in human identification and genotyping of botanical and entomological
samples. Wallace was also appointed Foreign Editor of the Journal of the Korean
Academy of Scientific Criminal Investigation by the president of the academy.

Janice Bockmeyer (Government) moderated the roundtable “Maximum Feasible

Misunderstanding at 40: The Midlife Crisis of Community Participation?” at the annual
meeting of the Urban Affairs Association in Philadelphia in late April. The roundtable
explored the impacts of federal community development policies in the 40 years since the
War on Poverty urban initiatives.

Edgardo Diaz Diaz (Foreign Languages) addressed a full house of doctoral students and
faculty members at the University of Padova, Italy, on April 22. Diaz, an
ethnomusicologist, spoke about the meaning and influence of Italian opera in the

Kimora (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) spoke to members of
the Correctional Services Division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on
May 23, about the educational needs of adult offenders and the programs funded by the
National Institute of Corrections.

M. Victoria Pérez-Ríos (Government) presented a paper on “Western Bias in

International Law: Francisco de Vitoria’s Writings and the Third World School” at the
International Studies Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, in late

Abby Stein (Interdisciplinary Studies) spoke at the International Psychohistorical

Association conference on June 4 at Fordham University. Her presentation was titled
“From His Cradle to Your Grave: How Child Abuse Drives Violent Crime.” Stein also
served as the invited “Critical Issues” columnist for the spring issue of ISSTD News,
published by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Her
column focused on “First Defense: Dissociated States and Criminal Violence.”

Maria Hartwig (Psychology) received the "Early Career Award" from the European
Association of Psychology & Law, for "her excellent track-record in peer reviewed
papers in international journals and chapters in national and international volumes, and
for being an inspiring example showing how a young researcher from a small place can
find her way to a top position in the international arena.”

Peter Dodenhoff (Institutional Advancement) recently completed the requirements for

his U.S. Coast Guard merchant captain’s certification. The entry-level license, awarded
on the basis of experience, test scores, fitness, character references and other criteria,
allows the for-hire operation of merchant and recreational vessels in U.S. coastal waters,
including charters and yacht deliveries.