Gretchen Herrmann, Library, presented a paper titled “From Our House to Your House: Intimate Belongings and Kindred Spirits in the American Garage Sale,” at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting on Nov. 20 in Chicago. The paper treats the transfer of special objects, often with a story attached, to buyers who become familiarized as “kindred spirits.”
Bonni C. Hodges, Donna M. Videto and Aimee Greeley
Bonni C. Hodges, Donna M. Videto and Aimee Greeley, Health Department, presented on the School Health System Change Project throughout the fall. In October, they discussed “Plotting a New Course: Letting the Data Drive Your School Health Program” at the American School Health Association conference in South Carolina. In November, Hodges represented the project at the American Public Health Association conference in Boston to present “Barriers to School and Community Health Organization Collaborations.” Videto and Greeley shared the project’s work in November at the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance conference via two presentations, “ Embracing Health, Wellness, and the Common Core” and “School Health Systems: Creating Your Own Success.”
Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy Department and Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, presented an invited talk titled “The Ethic of Ubuntu and the End of Penality,” at the Symposium on Mass Incarceration, Religion, and Abolitionism, held Oct. 5 at Cornell University.
Also, Nagel was the keynote speaker for the annual Arts and Science lecture on Oct. 25 at Clarkson University. Her talk, “The Many Faces of Abolitionism Discourse: From Chattel Slavery, to Prisons and Prostitution,” also served as the opening lecture for the first Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference at the university.
Susan Peterson and Lori Ellis
Susan Peterson, Modern Languages Department, and Lori Ellis, Art and Art History Department, collaborated on a writing project for NeoVox, SUNY Cortland’s online literary and new media design magazine. Students in Peterson’s Advanced Spanish Composition class viewed paintings done by students in Ellis’ 300-level painting class and chose one to critique in Spanish. Both the critiques and the artwork will be published in NeoVox this semester. The project encourages and supports both classes and individual student work. Photographs of the artwork were courtesy of Michael Bersani of the SUNY Cortland Public Relations Office.
Robert Ponterio and Jean LeLoup
Robert Ponterio, Modern Languages Department, and Jean LeLoup, professor emerita of Spanish and the U.S. Air Force Academy, presented a session titled “FLTEACH: Widgets, Twitter, Boards and Mail for Online Professional Development” at the American Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2013 Annual Convention and World Language Expo held Nov. 22 in Orlando, Fla. The session examined the variety of online tools that LeLoup and Ponterio, the forum creators, have developed to enhance the 5,400-member, 81-country grass roots professional development project, now in its 20th year. There was a particular focus on recent enhancements including responsive design for the website, the use of embedded widgets pushing content to the Web, the #flteach Twitter hashtag, wiki, and FLTEACH Facebook page. The project’s searchable archives, annotated bibliography, language teaching methods syllabi collection, and various email options were also discussed. The presenters emphasized the range of options for participation and the applications of the project to pre-service teacher training and ongoing professional development for teachers in the field. The session outline is available at http://web.cortland.edu/flteach/wksp/actfl2013.html
Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, spoke on “The Second Amendment and the Hidden History of Gun Laws,” at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, on Nov. 20. The talk was sponsored by the school’s Institute for Legislative Studies.
Cynthia J. Benton
Cynthia J. Benton, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, had her chapter, “Is This Your Best Work? Complications and Limitations of Online Instruction for High Quality Student Engagement,” published in November in the Encyclopedia of Education and Technology in a Changing Society.
Theresa Curtis, Biological Sciences Department, and two recent biology graduates had their article, “Suitability of Invertebrate and Vertebrate Cells in a Portable Impedance-based Toxicity Sensor: Temperature Mediated Impacts on Long-term Survival,” published in the journal Toxicology in Vitro.
Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Philosophy Department, presented his second address as president of Concerned Philosophers for Peace at their annual conference in October in Yosemite National Park. His presidential address was titled “Return to Earth: A New Natural Philosophy.”
Nancy Kane, Performing Arts Department, was a featured speaker at TEDx Cortland, an independent TED event held on Nov. 9 in Cortland. Her topic was “Traditional Dance in a Digital Era: Contra Dance.”