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Faculty and Staff Activities

Mark J. Prus

Mark J. Prus, Academic Affairs, has been informed that his paper, “Prevailing Wage Regulations and School Construction Costs: Cumulative Evidence from British Columbia,” coauthored with Kevin C. Duncan and Peter W. Philips, has been accepted for publication in Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of two recent articles: “An Assault Weapons Gambit Backfires,” which appeared on the editorial page of the New York Daily News on April 9, and “Sensible Regulation of Guns,” which appeared in the Sunday opinion section of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on April 13.

Helena Baert

Helena Baert, Physical Education Department, was the recipient of SUNY Cortland’s Tools of Engagement Project’s (TOEP) first award for completing TOEP learning activities. More information about TOEP can be found on these links: TOEP Cortland Team  and SUNY TOEP.

Seth N. Asumah

Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, was a recipient of the Professor Ali A. Mazrui Outstanding Publication/Book and Educational Activities Award, presented at the 39th annual conference of the New York Africana Studies Association (NYASA). The conference was held at SUNY Cortland on April 4-5.

This inaugural award for NYASA was developed to echo and honor Ali A. Mazrui, a prominent Africanist, Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, and the director and founder of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University. NYASA developed the award to honor Mazrui for his commitment to NYASA and his distinguished scholarship, publication, educational activities, intellectual vibrancy, national and international prominence and reputation.

Asumah is the first scholar and educator in NYASA to receive this award. He is a State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor, professor of political science, professor of Africana studies and chairperson of the Africana Studies Department at SUNY Cortland.

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, was invited by Brown University to deliver a campus talk on March 14. She also presented a talk at the Annual Conference of American Applied Anthropology in New Mexico on March 19. 

Chris Widdall

Chris Widdall, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, presented “Effectively Using Mobile Technology in the STEM Classroom” at the 2014 Noyce NE Regional Conference held March 20-22 in Philadelphia, Pa. During this hands-on workshop, Widdall gave participants the opportunity to see and use apps to supplement a lesson, engage students, design projects, collect data and use app-in-app tools, while showcasing the power of math and science. The presentation focused on the OS mobile platform, with infusion of Android and some cross-platform apps.

Gregory Phelan and Kerri Freese

Gregory Phelan, Chemistry Department, and Kerri Freese, Noyce Program coordinator, along with co-professional investigators (Co-PIs) from Drexel University and University of Massachusetts Boston, planned and executed the 3rd Annual Noyce NE Conference that took place from March 20-22 in Philadelphia, Pa.  The theme of the conference was “Successful Teaching in High-Need Schools.” The conference engaged more than 250 math and science teachers, pre-service teachers and faculty from over 50 Noyce programs throughout the northeast. Keynote speakers included: Paul Gorski, founder of EdChange and associate professor of Integrative Studies at George Mason University; Michele DiPietro, executive director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Kennesaw State University; John Mighton, founder of JUMP Math, and; Ryan Devlin, 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. The conference also included 21 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – related breakout sessions and pre- and post-workshop sessions at the Academy of Natural Sciences. A State of Poverty Simulation, led by the Lindy Glennon, executive director of Cortland County Community Action Program (CAPCO), was held for nearly 80 conference participants. The conference was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

John Suarez

John Suarez, coordinator of the Institute for Civic Engagement’s Office of Service-Learning, conducted a workshop at the 2014 Noyce NE Regional Conference in March in Philadelphia, Pa., in which participants applied reflective-listening skills in STEM-based role-play situations that were complicated by cultural concerns that could compromise student learning. Reflective listening skills help teachers maintain good working relationships with students and parents by helping teachers understand other people’s concerns. The role-plays’ concerns dealt with a hands-on hydrofracking classroom demonstration, the reading of a current events evolution newspaper, and a boy-girl teamwork situation in a chemistry laboratory.

Jordan Kobritz

Jordan Kobritz, Sport Management Department, presented at the 27th Annual Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference held Feb. 26-March 1 in Orlando, Fla. With Douglas Manning from Eastern New Mexico University, he discussed “Royal Pain: Hot Dog Throwing Mascot in Kansas City.” Kobritz and Jeffrey Levine, from University of Louisville, presented “NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

Angela Pagano

Angela Pagano, Biological Sciences Department, along with adolescence education: earth science majors and SUNY Cortland Noyce Scholars Brendan Creegan and Eric Reisweber, presented “Using Stories to Teach Science” at the Noyce NE Regional Conference held from March 20-22 in Philadelphia, Pa. Placing scientific information into a relevant context is important for student engagement and deeper understanding of scientific content. For example, the framework for the Next Generation Science Standards suggests the use of history of science stories or cases as an important approach for providing the context for developing students’ understanding of the nature of science. Presenters gave an overview of the importance of communicating science, worked though a selection of activities, and provided examples of stories that can be incorporated into the secondary science curriculum.