Faculty and Staff Activities


Eric Edlund

Eric Edlund, Physics Department, had an article titled “Overview of the Wendelstein 7-X phase contrast imaging diagnostic” published in the Review of Scientific Instruments. View the online version of the article here.

Jordan Kobritz

Jordan Kobritz, Sport Management Department, and colleagues Ray Cotrufo and Matt Kastel, had the article “Evaluating the evaluators: Developing an instrument to assess a baseball scout’s effectiveness” published in the Review of Management Innovation and Creativity.

Kathleen A. Lawrence

Kathleen A. Lawrence, Communication and Media Studies Department, had her poem, “Three's a Crowd,” published in Hay(na)ku 15, edited by Eileen R. Tabios for Meritage Press, xPress(ed), & Paloma Press. Also, she had her poem titled “Scarlet Letter” published in New Verse News the last week of September. The poem, written as a scrambled abecedarian, looks at the use of the word “accuser” when talking about women in the news, like Dr. Christina Blasey-Ford, for giving testimony about sexual assault identifying powerful men. This was one of several poems Lawrence has written lately that reflect the use of poetry for reflection about news stories, current events and elements of popular culture. 

Tadayuki Suzuki

Tadayuki Suzuki, Literacy Department, presented “Pondering and Examining Equity and Identities in Gender-Nonconforming Children’s Books” at the National Association for Multicultural Education of New York State, held Oct. 5 in Rochester, N.Y.

Anne Adams

Anne Adams, Africana Studies Department, chaired a panel and presented a paper at the annual conference of the Caribbean Studies Association in June in Havana, Cuba. Her paper, comparing folkloric and performance characteristics in African American and Caribbean literature, was titled “Pan-African Literature as Performance: Signifiyin’ Tricksters from Zora Neale Hurston and Marlon James.”

Seth N. Asumah

Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, was a keynote speaker and plenary panelist during Africa Day in May in Lisbon, Portugal, and in June in Hamburg, Germany. Asumah’s papers were on “African Migration, Immigration and Remittances” in Portugal and “Germany’s Compact with Africa” in Hamburg, Germany. As a frequent keynote speaker during Africa Day in Germany, Asumah was featured in a special publication, Africa Day Magazine, May 2018, of the Intercultural, Migration, and Integration Center (IMIC) of Germany. The Africa Day Business Session focused on public/private partnerships (PPP) and a panel discussion by African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) finance ministers. Asumah and academics from the University of Hamburg were participants in this plenary panel discussion.

Mary Schlarb and Shufang Strause

Mary Schlarb, International Programs, Shufang Strause, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, and Dennis Weng, former Political Science Department faculty member, contributed a chapter titled “The New Normal: Student and Faculty Mobility Programs between Public Teacher Education Institutions in China and the U.S.” to The Rise of China-U.S. International Cooperation in Higher Education (Spotlight on China), Christopher Johnstone and Li Li Ji, editors.

Katie Silvestri

Katie Silvestri, Literacy Department, co-authored an article about Twitter as a kind of digital literacy that was recently published in School-University Partnerships. Co-authors are Jevon Hunter of Buffalo State College and Madison Ackerman of Niagara County Community CollegeThe article shares the qualitative research findings of an emerging professional development schools partnership that investigated the way Twitter, as a type of digital literacy, mediated literature discussions of Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” between urban high school students and master’s degree literacy specialist candidates. The findings were organized into three themes that indicated Twitter’s productive use for literacy engagement among participants: (a) extending time-on-task engagement by encouraging text-specific discussions; (b) organizing cognitive engagement through questions to enhance text comprehension; and (c) facilitating affective engagement by generating enthusiasm and a desire to be part of a broader, more authentic literacy community. Collectively, these findings have implications for designing socially mediated digital literacy activities that lead to theorizing about the potential of adolescent online literacies in classrooms, leveraging 21st century literacy-based technologies for academic learning, and expanding the literacy pedagogy of preservice teachers.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of an article titled, “What's Behind NRA TV's Grotesque Take on ‘Thomas & Friends’,” posted Sept. 14 on the CNN.com website. The article examines the political agenda and tactics behind NRA TV’s depiction of a cartoon character in Ku Klux Klan garb.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams, Political Science Department, had an article accepted for publication in Representation: Journal of Representative Democracy. His article, ‘Private Member Bills and Electoral Connection in Wales’ finds evidence of an electoral connection between members of the National Assembly for Wales and their constituencies.