Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

2009-10 Event Materials

Growing Research at Fordham: 2009-2010 Event Materials

Click the links below to see event details & materials.

March 29, 2010
Research Under the Rotunda
March 24, 2010
A Delicate Balance
Origins, Extinctions, and Preservation of Life on Earth

 February 3, 2010
Globalization & Its Social Systems as a Living, Self-Organizing Body

November 4, 2009
The Hidden History of Sam Spade & Crystal Eastman

March 29 2010:
Research Under the Rotunda

Check out the research bios & award winning abstracts featured at this annual spring event in 2010: Back to Top

March 24 2010: 

A Delicate Balance

Three Fordham Faculty discussed origins, extinctions, and the careful preservation of life on earth, from asteroids, to living fossils, to the use of fungi to control disease bearing insects:

Jon Friedrich leveraged a 2007-08 Fordham Faculty Research Grant to make unique contributions in his field of Chemistry to a research collaboration whose groundbreaking results made the cover of the journal Nature and were subsequently awarded a grant from NASA to investigate the physical properties of Chondritic Meteorites, providing insight into the origins of our universe and life on earth. (slides)

Mark Botton used his 2007 Fordham Faculty Fellowship to research and write his book Biology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs (Springer 2009), placing him at the forefront of international efforts to save this species that is integral to the food web of coastal marine ecosystems as well as the economies of coastal communities, and which is invaluable to human health due to its use in pharmaceutical manufacture. (slides)

Amy Tuininga laid the foundation with her 2006-07 Fordham Faculty Research Grant for her subsequent award from the National Institute of Health to fund her compreshensive research agenda into the natural, biological control of disease bearing ticks (Regulating I. scapularis and the role of entomopathogenic fungi). (slides
Our Cross-Discipline Q&A centered on what relationship the panelists perceived among their research, being a researcher at Fordham, and Fordham University's published mission "to research and education that assist in the alleviation of poverty, the promotion of justice, the protection of human rights and respect for the environment."

Back to Top

Feb. 3 2010:

Globalization & Its Social Systems as a Living, Self-Organizing Body

Click here to read the Inside Fordham feature!

Joachim Rennstich introduced the organic development of social systems (chart) using agent-based simulations available from:

Milan Zeleny explored the implications of this new organic understanding that is replacing previous mechanical models of how economies and their underlying institutionsfunction and evolve. (slides)

Pamela Moulton dissected the circulatory system of this "living" model of globalization -- financial markets -- and what their "steroidal" use of technology has revealed about their pre-technology tissues and how that technology has potentially changed the way those tissues function in ways both intended and inadvertant. (slides)  

Robert Hume traced the sensory-motor neural pathways of our model -- courts, the legislature and federal agencies under the executive office -- to understand how these separated powers influence and are influenced by one another: do they adhere to formal linear mechanisms or are they synapses swimming in a sea of "social" signals? (slides & presentation notes

Paul McNelis re-assembled our dissected body of globalization, re-considered its self-organizing behavior, and performed a (possibly) post-mortem examination of our recent global economic crisis. (slides)

J. Alan Clark, biologist and attorney, commented on the metaphor to kick start our Q&A.

Back to Top

Nov. 4, 2009:
The Hidden History of Sam Spade & Crystal Eastman

Amy Aronson uncovered one of history's most influential -- and most forgotten -- progressives: the early 20th century journalist, entrepreneur, activist and attorney who founded the ACLU -- the woman Crystal Eastman. (Inside Fordham feature

Leonard Cassuto pulled away the mask of such 20th century hard-boiled detectives as Sam Spade to reveal the domestic themes derived from women's writing of the previous century and the social activism of women like Crystal Eastman.  (Hard-Boiled Sentimentality:The Secret History of American Crime Stories)

Our Cross-Discipline Q&A revealed that public pride in and fascination with the social reforms initiated by Eastman and the crusading bravado of Spade, respectively, stem from the same root: an American idealism to foster a better world.  However, the hidden history of both Eastman's authorship of those initiatives and Spade's soft side suggest that American idealism also makes us look away from a sometimes painful past.  If this is true -- that "history forgets what it wishes to disavow" -- who and what will be part of our hidden history tomorrow?  

Back to Top

Site  | Directories
Submit Search Request