Sharon L. Todd, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department, and undergraduate student Ashlee Boughton, delivered a research presentation titled “Nature Relatedness, Sense of Place, and Well-being in Outdoor Pursuits Trip Groups” at the 28th Annual Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium on April 4 in Annapolis, Md. Ashlee, a senior majoring in therapeutic recreation, has been working all year with Todd on a longitudinal research project through the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program.
Dennis L.C. Weng, Political Science Department, presented three papers at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) annual meeting in Chicago from April 7-10. Also, his paper “Investigating The Changing Citizens in Southeast Asia: An Empirical Analysis of Political Participation and Democratization in Southeast Asia,” has been accepted for publication in April in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.
Tadayuki Suzuki, Literacy Department, had his article, “Taking a Closer Look: LGBTQ Characters in Books for Intermediate-grade Children,” published in Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children.
Susan J. Rayl, Kinesiology Department, presented “The Right to Pursue Arete’” at 4th Annual Athletes and Social Change Forum, April 8-9. Regularly held at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., the forum was conducted online in order to accommodate the schedules of the participants. Participants discussed topics directly and indirectly related to an International Bill of Rights for Athletes.
Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, presented a paper titled, “Gun Law History in the U.S. and Second Amendment Rights,” at a conference on The Second Amendment: Legal and Policy Issues, held at the New York University Law School on April 8 in New York City. The conference was co-sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice.
Melissa Morris, Physics Department, and her postdoctoral consultants presented the latest results of their research on chondrule formation in impact plumes at the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science conference held March 20-25 at The Woodlands, Texas. Morris’s undergraduate research assistant, Anthony Terzolo, gave a poster presentation on the current results of his research on April 6 at the University of Rochester for the Rochester Symposium for Physics (Astronomy and Optics) Students, as well as at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference held Friday, April 15, at SUNY Cobleskill. Also, Terzolo gave an oral presentation at SUNY Cortland’s Transformations on April 8.
Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, and Lewis Rosengarten, Educational Opportunity Program and Africana Studies Department, presented papers at the recent New York African Studies Association at CUNY and Columbia University. Students Deidre Kirkem and Adesola Belo also presented their papers. Asumah and Nagel’s book, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence, published in 2014 by SUNY Press, won the New York African Studies Book Award.
Scott Moranda, History Department, is listed in the credits of a PBS documentary on Carl Schenck, one of America’s first foresters, which showed on WSKG Binghamton and WCNY Syracuse from April 15-18. Moranda was asked to review “America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment” and summarize Schenck’s life in relation to his return to Germany where he lived during the Nazi period. The documentary shows German contributions to American forestry in its earliest days.
Mary McGuire and John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement, conducted an “ignite” event, titled “’Hire’ Education, Public Purpose, and Student Employers” at Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Conference, held March 21-23 in Boston, Mass. This session used a “What If” approach to role-play in which the audience explored benefits of, and challenges to, a SUNY system that serves as a brokerage agency for college students. Examples included: Imagine a SUNY that refers students to professionals in their disciplines; students choose and hire professionals to be mentors; and students work with those mentors in applied-learning situations for the majority of their college educations.
David Kilpatrick, Psychology Department, made an all-day presentation to 180 school psychologists and teachers at the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists Conference on March 25. His topic was effective approaches to preventing and correcting reading problems.