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The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation

Director and Staff
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Steven G. Affeldt, Ph.D.
Director

Steven Affeldt received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University.  His research explores intersections of ethics, social/political philosophy, and aesthetics.

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Drawing on a wide range of figures—including Plato, Augustine, Rousseau, Kant, Emerson, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein—he works to show how philosophy and philosophical texts may be redemptive; possessed of the power to inspire, inform, and effect liberating transformations of both individuals and societies. Dr. Affeldt has presented papers at many national and international conferences, published highly influential articles on Rousseau, Wittgenstein, and Stanley Cavell and is currently completing several new essays dealing with Rousseau, Wittgenstein, and Emerson. Before coming to Le Moyne, Dr. Affeldt was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago and held faculty appointments in philosophy and liberal arts at Johns Hopkins, the New School for Social Research, and Notre Dame.

 
Kathryn S. Hennigan
Administrative Assistant

Kathryn Hennigan is the administrative assistant for the McDevitt Center.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History with a minor in Latin from Le Moyne College.  She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta (the National History Honor Society), Pi Gamma Mu (the International Honor Society in Social Sciences) and serves on the editorial board for the college’s Archive News

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Ms. Hennigan has received several scholarly awards for her research in early Mormon history.  Her research interests are focused on antebellum American religious and cultural movements.

A lifelong academic, Ms. Hennigan is thrilled to be involved with the Center as her profession allows her to interact with budding researchers, like the McDevitt Center Scholars, as well as some of the most eminent scholars in various fields.

 

Endowed McDevitt Chairs
Fr. George Coyne, SJ
Endowed McDevitt Chair in Physics

Father Coyne was born in 1933, in Baltimore, Maryland, and joined the Jesuits in 1951. He obtained his B.S. in mathematics and his licentiate in philosophy from Fordham University in 1958. He earned his PhD in astronomy in 1962 from Georgetown University and completed the licentiate in sacred theology at Woodstock College in 1965 when he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest.

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Following his doctoral work he continued his astronomical research at Harvard University and at the Lunar Planetary Laboratory (LPL) of the University of Arizona. He taught at the University of Scranton and in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. In the 1970s he served as director of the University of Arizona's Catalina Observatory, Associate Director of the Steward Observatory and the Lunar Planetary Laboratory, and as acting director of the astronomy department of University of Arizona. He served as director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978-2006 and founded the Vatican Observatory Summer School and the Vatican Observatory Research Group. He is director emeritus of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.

Fr. Coyne's research interests have been in polarimetric studies of various subjects including the interstellar medium, stars with extended atmospheres and Seyfert galaxies. Most recently he has been studying the polarization produced in cataclysmic variables, or interacting binary star systems that give off sudden bursts of intense energy. He has been active in promoting the dialogue between science and religion and has contributed to the continuing debate about the religious implications of scientific evolution. He also pioneered a series of conferences on “Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action.”

Fr. Coyne has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from St. Peter's College, Jersey City; Loyola University Chicago; University of Padua, Italy; Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland; Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Boston College; Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York; the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts; Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. Also among his honors has been the naming of asteroid 14429 Coyne after him.

Fr. Coyne is a member of the International Astronomical Union, the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and the Pontifical Academy of Science.

Marcus Rogers, Ph.D.
McDevitt Chair in Computer Science
Carl Landwehr, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Computer Science
Martha R. Grabowski, Ph.D.
McDevitt Distinguished Professor of Management Information Systems

In addition to serving as the Endowed McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, Grabowski is also professor and chair of the business administration department, and director of the information systems program at Le Moyne College, as well as research professor of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

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A member of the American Bureau of Shipping, she is a lifetime national associate of the National Academies/National Research Council and served as vice chair of the National Academies’ policy committee for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration assessing the nation’s tsunami readiness. Most recently, she chaired the National Academies’ study examining the future of naval engineering in the 21st century for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research.

Grabowski is widely published in engineering, information systems, large-scale systems, human systems, and safety science journals and publications. A licensed former merchant officer and retired LCDR in the U.S. Naval Reserve, her research group is currently studying the effectiveness of social media in extreme warning events and the impact of technology in highly reliable virtual organizations such as natural disaster prevention and response organizations.

Grabowski and her research group have conducted a series of major maritime risk assessments in Valdez, Alaska, the port of Houston, the lower Mississippi River, and for oil tanker operations in Puget Sound; she developed a suite of embedded intelligent piloting systems in a decade of research projects for the oil and gas industry following the grounding of the Exxon Valdez. Her research interests focus on the impact of technology in safetycritical systems; risk analysis and risk mitigation in large-scale systems; the role of human and organizational error in high consequence settings; and financial cybersecurity in complex, heterogeneous data environments.

McDevitt Research Associate
 
Donald McCrimmon, Jr., Ph.D.

Donald A. McCrimmon, Jr. earned a Ph.D. in zoology from North Carolina State University.  From 1975 – 1984, he directed the Cooperative Research Program at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, studying bird populations and reproduction throughout North America.  Following professional opportunities that then led him and his family to live in California, Maine and Michigan, he relocated back to central New York in 2003.  In 2013, after 10 years of service, he retired as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Cazenovia College.

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McCrimmon’s research interests have centered on the quantitative assessment of bird populations, especially herons and egrets, as well as some birds of prey and songbirds.  He has also published species accounts and life histories of several wading birds in the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of New York State as well as the innovative and highly regarded online Birds of North America. He is an Elected Member of the American Ornithologist’s Union a Past-President of the Waterbird Society and for four-years was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Waterbirds.

As McDevitt Research Associate, McCrimmon will investigate changes in bird migration patterns as they have been influenced by climate change.  He will be conducting this research in partnership with Le Moyne Professors George Coyne (Endowed McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy) and Lawrence Tanner (Associate McDevitt Chair in Biology) and under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Environmental Change and the Jesuit Environmental Change Network.  McCrimmon recently assembled a data base of spring arrival data for birds in the Cayuga Lake Basin and the Boston metropolitan area. Two Le Moyne undergraduates will work with him in 2014 to assess apparent differences in species’ abilities to adjust arrival dates to warming temperatures with special attention to differences in species which migrate longer as compared to shorter distances. As the research proceeds McCrimmon anticipates expanding the studies to other regions and species in North America as well as other continents.

McDevitt-Core Professor
Jennifer A. Glancy, Ph.D.

Glancy was sleeted as the inaugural McDevitt-Core Professor for her proposed lecture series and course entitled, “Transfiguration and Other Metamorphoses: The Future of Being Human.” According to Glancy, “In the words of the apostle Paul, the future of the human person is transformation from glory into glory.  But the experience of being human is haunted by specters of other metamorphoses, mutant, alienating, and dehumanizing.  Thinking with and against classic musings on the metamorphic, engaging contemporary questions of science, technology, and culture, “Transfiguration and Other Metamorphoses” will ask the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.”

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As McDevitt-Core Professor, Glancy will offer a public lecture series which, in a typical semester, might include one event offering a theological, philosophical, or religious studies perspective on what it means to be human, one event offering either a scientific/technological perspective.

Jennifer Glancy received her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College, and her Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University. Among Dr. Glancy’s research interests are the cultural history of early Christianity, women’s history in antiquity, gender theory, and comparative slavery studies.  She recently received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant program to develop an interdisciplinary Core course, “What does prayer do?”  

She is the author of Corporal Knowledge: Early Christian Bodies (Oxford University Press, 2010), Slavery as Moral Problem: In the Early Church and Today (Facets; Fortress, 2011), Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2002, a History Book Club alternate selection; paperback edition Fortress Press, 2006), and several dozen scholarly articles and chapters.  A member of the faculty at Le Moyne since 1990, she has served as the Catholic Biblical Association Visiting Professor at L’Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem (2004), George & Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible at the University of Richmond (2008-2010), and as Georg Professor (2000-2003) at Le Moyne, where she has also been honored as both Teacher of the Year and Scholar of the Year. 

Associate McDevitt Chairs
 
Christopher Bass
Associate McDevitt Chair in Physics
 
 Thomas Brockelman
Associate McDevitt Chair in Philosophy, Core Director
 
David Craig
Associate McDevitt Chair in Physics
 
Aparna Das
Associate McDevitt Chair in Computer Science
 
Fred Glennon
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religion
 
Jennifer Gurley
Associate McDevitt Chair in English, Undergraduate Research Director
 
Elizabeth Hayes
Associate McDevitt Chair in English, Honors Director
 
Devon Keeney
Associate McDevitt Chair in Biology
 
 
Donald Kirby, S.J.
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religion
 
 
Stamatios Kyrkos
Associate McDevitt Chair in Physics
 
Karmen MacKendrick
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy
 
Donald Maldari
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy
 
Michael Miller
Associate McDevitt Chair in Mathematics
 
Mario Saenz
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy
 
Lawrence Tanner
Associate McDevitt Chair in Biology
 
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy
 
David Voorhees
Associate McDevitt Chair in Computer Science
 
Chris Zimmer
Associate McDevitt Chair in Management/Information Systems