Faculty and Staff Activities


Christopher Badurek

Christopher Badurek, Geography Department, was elected president of the New York State GIS Association at the 2019 NYS GIS Conference held Sept. 21 to 23 in Syracuse, N.Y. Also, he was co-chair of the conference and gave two presentations on integrating geographic information systems (GIS) and Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UAS), frequently referred to as drones. 

Geography Department faculty and staff members Wendy Miller, Melinda Shimizu and Adam Levine also each presented their recent projects at this primary conference for academics and professionals working in the GIS industry. The presentations covered use of GIS tools for community-based applied learning projects as well as the Campus Tree Walk App for the Cortland campus.

In addition, four students Badurek mentored presented posters, including: “Assessment of Land Use Land Cover Change 2009-2015 around Onondaga Lake, NY” and “Application of GIS in an Interdisciplinary Field Course on Sustainable Development of Adirondack Park, NY.” They also presented a report on a collaborative course at Camp Huntington on Raquette Lake. Collaborators are Badurek, assistant professor of economics Ben Wilson and history professor Scott Moranda, with support from the SUNY Cortland Common Problems Pedagogy Project. Student participation in the conference was supported by a grant facilitated by the Cortland College Foundation.

David Kilpatrick

David Kilpatrick, Psychology Department, was a panelist for the Central New York Reading Council’s presentation “Dyslexia: Definitions, Issues, and Instructional Responses” on Sept. 21. Dr. Elliott from Durham University, UK, presented a keynote followed by a panel discussion which included Elliott, Kilpatrick, Donna Scanlon from SUNY Albany and Bong Gee Jang from Syracuse University.

Kathleen A. Lawrence

Kathleen A. Lawrence, Communication and Media Studies Department, has received word that two of her poems will be published in Star*Line Magazine's October 2019 issue. Her poems are titled “Sailor Come Home” and “The Nonpareils: As Told by the Woman in the Gingerbread House,” which is a retelling of the German fairytale, Hansel & Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. Star*Line Magazine is the print journal of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. 

Jerome O’Callaghan

Jerome O’Callaghan, Political Science Department, had an article accepted by the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review. The article, “Courts, Trademarks and the ICANN Gold Rush,” was co-authored with Paula O’Callaghan and will appear in the spring 2020 issue of the law review.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, presented a paper titled, “Gun Accessories and the Second Amendment: Assault Weapons, Magazines, and Silencers,” for the Symposium on Gun Rights and Regulation Outside the Home, held Sept. 27 at Duke University.

Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department, presented with Jennifer Hinton of Western Carolina University at the 2019 American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s annual conference held in September in Reno, Nev. They presented “Social4: Deeper understanding of social skills, social affiliation, social cognition, social empowerment and beyond.” 

Janet Duncan

Janet Duncan, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, has been invited by Disability Rights International to provide technical assistance in community living and assessing family needs in Tbilisi, Ga., in October. This work is part of a long-term project with a Georgian NGO, Partners for Equal Rights, and supports its efforts to return children with disabilities to their home communities and to close institutions for children. Duncan will present to Georgian government policy officials about supporting families with children who have disabilities. Disability Rights International is an award-winning human rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Recently a documentary about children with disabilities living in deplorable conditions in Georgia was aired on the PBS program, “The Visionaries.”

Janet Duncan

Janet Duncan, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, recently returned from Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, where she worked with two nongovernmental organizations, Partnerships for Human Rights (PHR) and Families against Discrimination (FAD). Both groups are working toward supporting individuals with disabilities to improve their educational opportunities and rightful place in society. She visited three institutions that are featured in the PBS series “The Visionaries,” hosted by Sam Waterston, featuring the working of Disability Rights International (DRI). Based on DRI’s work, with input from Duncan, DRI will be making a series of policy presentations to government officials from Georgia in the spring.

Timothy J. Baroni

Timothy J. Baroni, Biological Sciences Department, joined colleagues at the Instituto de Ecologia (INECOL) in Xalapa, Mexico, for two weeks of field research on biodiversity of macrofungi in Mexican forest preserves and special protected areas. Supported by a Faculty Research Program grant from SUNY Cortland, this was Baroni's second research trip to southeastern Mexico. Along with INECOL’s Victor Bandala and Leticia Montoya and several of their students, he visited and collected in tropical rainforest preserves in one of just a few remaining southern-most beech forests on the sides of an old volcano. A highlight of the trip was collecting in remnant Gymnopodium floribundum stands in Suchiapa. A good number of mycorrhizal fungi were found in this forest, confirming that the plant/fungus relationship is a new one for science. Several new species were found under these low-growing trees. 

Richard Hunter

Richard Hunter, Geography Department, presented his paper, “Historical Land use Change in Central Mexico: Another Potential Contributor to the Little Ice Age,” at the meeting of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers in Panama City, Panama, on Jan. 7. This paper explores how the extensive conversion of agricultural semi-terraces to pastoralism in the 16th century may have increased central Mexico’s carbon sequestration rate and thereby potentially contributed to climatic cooling.