Faculty and Staff Activities

Dennis Weng

Dennis Weng, Political Science Department, presented three papers at a conference at The University of Texas at Austin from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1. His paper “Contextual Effects on individual Voting Behavior: the Case of Taiwan,” has been accepted for publication in the Asian Journal of Political Science by the end of this year. 

Ben Wodi

Ben Wodi, Health Department, was one of 15 invited environmental health career panelists at the 143rd American Public Health Association Conference held Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 in Chicago, Ill. Wodi and one other environmental health professional represented academia among the panelists.

Tadayuki Suzuki

Tadayuki Suzuki, Literacy Department, presented “How to Evaluate Cultural Authenticity in Multicultural Children’s Literature” at the New York State Reading Association Conference held Nov. 10 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. On Nov. 21, he will give a presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The title of the presentation is “Discussing the Missing Piece of the Puzzle: LGBTQ Books for Children in Intermediate Grade Levels.”

Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets

Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets, History Department, attended the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) project director’s meeting to receive final training before launching their $180,000 Landmarks in American History and Culture workshop for K-12 teachers. The meeting was held Oct. 26-27 in Washington, D.C. Their workshop, coordinated with the assistance of Kerri Freese, SUNY Cortland Noyce Project, invites teachers from around the country to learn about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era from the perspective of the wilderness, using Camp Huntington in Raquette Lake, N.Y., as a living classroom. The application and details about the workshop can be found at http://www2.cortland.edu/foreverwild/.

Melissa A. Morris

Melissa A. Morris, Physics Department, recently gave two invited talks. On Nov. 2, she spoke at the University of Rochester and, on Nov. 7, at the annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of New York, held at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak, Performing Arts Department, is co-editor and wrote the commentary for the autobiography Noel, Tallulah, Cole and Me: A Memoir of Broadway’s Golden Age by John C. Wilson, published by Rowman and Littlefield.

John C. Hartsock

John C. Hartsock, Communication Studies Department, was invited in October to conduct a program review of the Department of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. His focus was on their journalism and related courses.

Tyler Bradway

Tyler Bradway, English Department, and E.L. McCallum of Michigan State University, will co-edit a book titled After Queer Studies: Literary Theory and Critical Interpretation. Their book is now under contract with Cambridge University Press. The volume maps the literary influences that made queer theory's academic emergence possible and charts the trajectories that shape its continued evolution.

Timothy J. Baroni

Timothy J. Baroni, Biological Sciences Department, co-authored a peer-reviewed paper that was published in the Japanese journal of mycology, Mycoscience. “A New Species of Laccaria in Montane Cloud Forest from Eastern Mexico” was co-authored with Leticia Montoya and Victor M. Bandala from Net Biodiversidad y Sistemática, Instituto de Ecología, Xalapa, Mexico, and Thomas R. Horton from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Images of the mushrooms and scanning electron micrographs of the basidiospores of Laccaria roseoalbescens from their article were featured on the journal cover of that volume. There are nearly 90 species of Laccaria described from around the world, 20 from North America.  Many of these species are important for the agroforest industry and are used in nurseries to form robust symbiosis with economically important forest tree seedlings such as pine and oak before they are planted in reforestation projects.

Gregg Weatherby

Gregg Weatherby, English Department and local actor and poet, will perform the work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the 1890 House on Tompkins Street in Cortland. Thomas was well known for his dramatic readings during his lifetime, both on the radio and on tour, and is best known for the poems “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and “Fern Hill,” as well as the play Under Milkwood. The performance, presented by Ad Hoc Theatre and The 1890 House, is free and open to the public. It will include the seasonal classic story “A Child's Christmas in Wales” featuring local actor and elementary school student Stuart Carr. Weatherby has published three volumes of poems, “Under Orion,” “Bone Island” and “Approaching Home.” His most recent acting credits include work with Ad Hoc Theatre and the Ithaca Shakespeare Company.