David Franke, English Department and Seven Valleys Writing Project, is helping to organize the “Writing Matters in Every Classroom” conference at Homer Intermediate/Junior High School on Saturday, March 28. Several teacher-educator agencies are collaborating on the conference, which focuses on writing and learning in all disciplines — not just English classes. Robert Yagelski, director of University at Albany’s Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry as well as the Capital District Writing Project, serves as keynote speaker. A virtual presentation by Ruth Culham, author of 6+1 Traits of Writing, also is planned. Local and regional teachers will offer more than a dozen breakout sessions on classroom teaching and the use of writing. Other conference sponsors include the Teacher-Leader Quality Partnership, the New York State Master Teacher Program, the Cortland County Teacher Center and the Southern Tier Teacher Center Network. For more information, visit writingmattersconference.com.
Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, spoke at the international conference organized by University of Vienna in Vienna on April 17. Her presentation was titled “Criminal Intimacies: Sexual Geographies and the State.”
Gregory D. Phelan, Chemistry Department, and Kerri Freese, SUNY Cortland Noyce Project, organized and led the 4th Annual National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce NE Conference held March 26-28 in Cambridge, Mass. More than 250 math and science faculty and teachers/pre-service teachers attended the conference with the theme, “Successful Teaching in High-Need Schools.” This initiative was funded by a two-year, $715,398 NSF grant to three universities: SUNY Cortland, the University of Massachusetts Boston and Drexel University. It aims to advocate for strong content knowledge and teaching practices in mathematics and science and to include researchers, science teacher educators, K-12 educators, school administrators and policy makers who can support teachers and work to positively transform practices and policies to better support science and mathematics learning for students in high-need schools.
Henry Steck, Political Science Department, delivered the keynote address at the 69th annual conference of the New York State Political Science Association held April 10-11 at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. The title of his presentation was “Teaching Students About Democracy.” He also presented on a panel: “Diverse Perspectives on Democracy: Suggestions for a Syllabus.”
Gregory D. Phelan, Chemistry Department, had a new patent issued on April 14. Titled “Systems, materials and methods for recovering material from bedrock using supercritical argon compositions,” the patent deals with environmentally friendly ways to extract resources from the ground instead of using traditional hydraulic fracturing fluids. Details on the patent can be found at the following link: http://1.usa.gov/1yyFs6s
Kathryn Kramer, Art and Art History Department, will have her most recent biennial exhibition report published in the May/June issue of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism . Kramer has written exhibition reports for Afterimage since 2012. Her latest report examines Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third citywide exhibition of international contemporary art to be held in New Orleans since 2009.
Richard Hunter, Geography Department, is the lead author of an article titled “Sixteenth-century Soil Carbon Sequestration Rates Based on Mexican Land-grant Documents,” published in the May issue of The Holocene.
Tim Delaune, Political Science Department and pre-law advisor, presented a paper on Taoist elements in the political thought of philosopher Martin Heidegger at the annual conference of the Western Political Science Association held April 2-4 in Las Vegas.
Christopher Gascón, Modern Languages Department, has been re-elected secretary of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater (AHCT). Annually, the AHCT hosts a conference, publishes a journal and supports the oldest and longest-running Hispanic Golden Age theater festival in the world at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater in El Paso, Texas. In addition, the organization provides a library of digitized editions of plays, a video archive of performances of plays available for streaming and a biannual newsletter. Gascón has served as secretary since 2011 and has produced the last eight issues of the AHCT Newsletter, reporting on performances and scholarly activities related to Hispanic Golden Age drama.
Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of a new book, just published by Oxford University Press, titled, Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights. The book argues that, contrary to the current national debate, gun laws and rights were perfectly compatible throughout most of American history, and that guns were actually regulated more strictly in the past than in the current era. In addition to gun law history, the book also examines the so-called right of rebellion, the Second Amendment and the assault weapons ban controversy, modern “stand-your-ground” laws, and New York state’s tough new gun laws and their impact on gun habits.