Faculty and Staff Activities


Andrea Davalos

Andrea Davalos, Biological Sciences Department, is part of a team of collaborators assembled by Carrie Brown-Lima, director of Cornell University’s New York Invasive Species Research Institute, that works independently on different aspects of swallow-wort ecology and control. Their work, keeping with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute’s mission to connect scientific researchers with on-the-ground managers to address key New York state invasive species issues, is detailed in a July 9 Cornell Chronicle article titled “Moth provides hope against invasive swallow-wort.” Pale and black swallow-wort are rapidly invading fields and forests across the Northeast. The team, which just received a grant from the New York Department of Transportation, will release swallow-wort biocontrol moths later this summer.

Also this summer, two SUNY Cortland students are working with Davalos on the project: Jeremy Collings, who received a Summer Research Fellowship and a grant from New York State Flora Association to pursue a parallel question regarding swallow-wort management in New York State Parks; and Emily Ammons, who started this summer. Both students are mostly involved with Davalos’ project but have assisted with the biocontrol project and will continue to be involved throughout the year.

Rhiannon Maton

Rhiannon Maton, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, had her article, “From neoliberalism to structural racism: Problem framing in a teacher activist organization,” published in Curriculum Inquiry journal. 

Mechthild Nagel

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, gave an invited talk titled “Reconsidering the US’ Prison Dilemma: A Critique of the Affective Economy of Mass Incarceration” at a special seminar for the Microeconomic Seminar Series held June 11 at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

Sebastian Purcell

Sebastian Purcell, Philosophy Department, had his article, “Life on the Slippery Earth,” published in Aeon magazine’s July 4 issue. Purcell’s article discusses how the Aztec moral philosophy has profound differences from the Greek tradition, not least its acceptance that nobody is perfect.

Larissa True

Larissa True, Kinesiology Department, was the organizer of a symposium held June 21 to 23 at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity’s national conference in Denver, Colo. In addition to organizing the symposium, True presented a recent study titled “Tracking of Physical Fitness Components from Childhood to Adolescence: A Longitudinal Study.”

Tyler Bradway

Tyler Bradway, English Department, had his article, “Bad Reading: The Affective Relations of Queer Experimental Literature after AIDS,” published in the Duke University Press journal GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. The article appears as the lead essay in a special issue devoted to the study of LGBTQ literature. It is drawn from Bradway’s ongoing research into the ways that contemporary LGBTQ writers use experimental literary forms to imagine new modes of social and political community. 

Li Jin

Li Jin, Geology Department, co-authored a paper that was published in May in Science magazine titled “Late inception of a resiliently oxygenated upper ocean.” The multi-institution collaboration project with lead authors from Syracuse University is detailed in this news release.

Will Montgomery

Will Montgomery, Communications Office, received the SUNY Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) Award For Excellence for feature writing, honoring the job he did capturing the tale of SUNY Cortland’s 1980 national champion women’s soccer team and their subsequent documentary film and reunion. Read the story: “Film on First U.S. Women’s Soccer Champion – SUNY Cortland – Premieres.” The award was presented at SUNYCUAD’s annual conference held June 6 to 8 in Syracuse, N.Y.

Kevin Dames

Kevin Dames, Kinesiology Department, co-authored a manuscript with collaborators from Colorado State University and Oakland University that was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics. The article is titled “Leveling the Playing Field: Evaluation of a Portable Instrument for Quantifying Balance Performance.” Dames and co-authors derived commonly reported postural stability metrics from a portable force plate and validated them against measures calculated from a laboratory-grade instrument. Validating this tool allows clinicians, athletic trainers and others to collect accurate postural stability outcomes outside of the traditional laboratory setting.

Li Jin

Li Jin, Geology Department, has participated in the DEltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaption (DECCMA) Consortium since January 2016. She has been working on two important river systems in India and Africa and recently had two journal papers accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. They are “Modeling future flows of the Volta River system: Impacts of climate change and socio-economic changes” and “Simulating climate change and socio-economic change impacts on flows and water quality in the Mahanadi River system, India.”