Faculty and Staff Activities

John Suarez

John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement and coordinator for the Service-Learning Office, learned that the appendix of the SUNY Faculty Senate’s upcoming report on service-learning in the SUNY system will include a sample service-learning reflection assignment from SUNY Cortland’s Service-Learning Manual.  The manual, written by Suarez in 2014 for SUNY Cortland faculty, can be found online.

Brice Smith

Brice Smith, Physics Department, and his partner Melissa Kemp, won fourth place as a couple in the Individual category of the 2015 People’s Choice “Signs of Sustainability” poll for their work in promoting Tompkins County’s transition to clean renewable energy. Sustainable Tompkins conducted the online poll from March 23 to April 8. Community members were asked to nominate those they believe made a contribution in the past year toward making a more sustainable and just community. Nominees and the top vote getters were announced at the annual Earth Day Ithaca celebration on April 19.

Jennifer Olin

Jennifer Olin, University Police Department, was named a 2014 Recognition Award recipient by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New York State (MADD). Olin is trained in traffic safety related courses to recognize the effects of alcohol and drugs on the human body and in operational procedures, including Drug Recognition Expert, Breath Analysis Operator and Standard Field Sobriety Test. Also, she is on the State of New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Program – Police Traffic Services. She was nominated as a dedicated officer who has had success in reducing impaired driving her community.

Christopher Gascón

Christopher Gascón, Modern Languages Department, has been invited by publisher Gale Cengage to produce an installment of their Drama Criticism series on the play “Fuenteovejuna (1619), by Spanish playwright Lope de Vega. “Fuenteovejuna” is currently the most performed, read and studied play of the Spanish baroque period. Drama Criticism is a resource for scholars; the entry will include a study of the author and the play, reprints of the most important research on the work, and an annotated bibliography of additional key criticism of the drama. 

Melissa A. Morris

Melissa A. Morris, Physics Department, gave an invited talk titled “The Current State of Research into the Formation of Chondrules” on April 27 at Cornell University.

Peter Ducey

Peter Ducey, Biological Sciences Department, recently served as a judge in the area of ecology and environmental biology for the national Sigma Xi 2015 Student Research Showcase. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is the international honor society of science and engineering and is one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world. In the Research Showcase, outstanding graduate, undergraduate and high school students join professional research scientists from North America and abroad to present their research findings. Also, Ducey recently gave an invited presentation at Cornell University titled “Leaving No Stones Unturned: Science and Careers Related to Herpetofauna and Other Amazing, but Often Hidden, Creatures.” The Cornell Herpetological Society hosted the presentation.

JoEllen Bailey

JoEllen Bailey, Physical Education Department, gave a poster presentation titled “Through Educated Eyes: Teacher Candidates’ Views of Field Experience” at the National Field Experience Conference held April 13-14 at the University of Northern Colorado.

Diane Craft

Diane Craft, Physical Education Department, delivered a keynote address titled “Active Play! Fun Physical Activities for Young Children” at the Young Child Expo and Conference held April 22-24 in New York City. The 12th annual conference drew participants from 40 states and 23 countries. 

Mechthild Nagel

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy Department and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS), presented “Troubling Justice: A Case for a Ludic Ubuntu Ethic” on April 27 at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany. Nagel is a scholar-in-residence from January through July, and this is her official contribution as a research professor at Max Planck under the auspices of the African Diversities Colloquium.

Officer Jennifer Olin

Officer Jennifer Olin, University Police Department, was named a 2014 Recognition Award recipient by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New York State (MADD). Officer Olin is trained in traffic safety related courses to recognize the effects of alcohol and drugs on the human body and operational procedures, including Drug Recognition Expert, Breath Analysis Operator and Standard Field Sobriety Test. Also, she is on the State of New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Program – Police Traffic Services. She was nominated as a dedicated officer who has had success in reducing impaired driving her community.

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