First Thursday Event


Each month during the academic year, the Smith Library Center and the Office of the Dean of Faculty host First Thursday gatherings that recognize and celebrate the professional achievements of faculty and staff colleagues across campus. 

At each event, several colleagues talk briefly about a recent professional achievement such as a book or article that has been published; a concert, a performance, or a juried exhibition in which they participated; or a grant they received.

The First Thursday receptions are held in the Periodicals Reading Room at 4pm, therefore access to portions of the periodicals collection will be limited during these times. This event is for SU faculty and staff only. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Melissa Byrnes, Associate Professor of History

Published an article titled “Ramadan in the Republic: Imperial necessity and local religious assistance to Muslim migrants” in a special issue of French Cultural Studies: “Religion in France: Belief, identity and laïcité.”

Fumiko Futamura, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Published an article titled “The Image of a Square” in the February edition of American Mathematical Monthly, with co-authors Annalisa Crannell and Marc Frantz.

Developed a TED-Ed video lesson on the Mathematics of Sidewalk Illusions, animated by Jeremiah Dickey. She developed the idea for the lesson, wrote the script and developed discussion questions and a “dig deeper” section.

Alisa Gaunder, Professor of Political Science

Published a book titled “Japanese Politics and Government” with Routledge in March 2017. This book investigates Japanese politics in the postwar era from theoretical and comparative perspectives offering an in-depth exploration of postwar political institutions, political reform in the 1990s, the policymaking process, and the politics of economic growth and stagnation. It also draws attention to key policy issues including women and work, immigration, Japanese aging/low fertility society, security and trade.

Fay Guarraci, Professor of Psychology

She and a number of her students recently published an article titled “An Acute, Non-Therapeutic Dose of Methylphenidate Disrupts Partner Preference in Female Rats” in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior describing the effects of a high dose of methylphenidate on sexual motivation in female rats. This research was supported by the HHMI program during the previous two years. Alexa Gomez, Class of 2017, and alumni Alex Petrucci ’16 and Jessica Morales Valenzuela ’15 are co-authors.

Kim Smith, Professor of Art History

Published an essay titled “Maria Marc’s Letters” in the anthology Marianne Werefkin and the Woman Artists in Her Circle (Brill Rodopi, 2017). The essay argues that the assemblage of texts by Maria Marc—letters, postcards, widow’s signatures, provenance notes, etc.—form the literary tissue against and within which Franz Marc’s art emerged, and thus should be recognized as a generative act central to the Expressionist aesthetic.