Faculty and Staff Activities

Emily Quinlan and Susan Stiner

Emily Quinlan and Susan Stiner, Advisement and Transition, attended the Western New York Advising Conference on Feb. 15 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. They presented “A Comprehensive Approach to Advising the Undecided Studentto a full room of approximately 50 conference attendees. The conference theme was “The Evolving Students: Strategies and Trends in Advising.”

Richard Hunter

Richard Hunter, Geography Department, has been appointed a contributing editor to the Handbook of Latin American Studies. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the Handbook is the oldest and most prestigious areas studies bibliography in the world.

Kate Polasek

Kate Polasek, Kinesiology Department, recently had her article “Friendship Formation among Professional Male Dancers” published in Dance and Gender: An Evidence-Based Approach.

Mechthild Nagel

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, as editor-in-chief of Wagadu, announces the recent publication of a special issue of the online academic feminist journal. Edited by Nikita Dhawan, professor of political theory and gender studies and director of the Research Platform Gender Studies, at University of Innsbruck, the issue outlines the ideological function of diversity and intersectionality as legitimizing performance indicators in discourses and institutions. Included in the issue is an article by Nagel titled “Pitfalls of Diversity Management.”

Gregory D. Phelan

Gregory D. Phelan, Chemistry Department, had a United States patents issue in February. The patents is numbered 9,567,255 and is titled Light Weight Structural Materials. The patents deal with reducing the density of polymeric structural materials by incorporating hollow microstructures into the matrix of the pyloric materials. More information can be found here.

Jean W. LeLoup

Jean W. LeLoup, professor emerita of Spanish, was the plenary speaker at the annual conference of the Alabama World Languages Association on Feb. 3 at Auburn University. Her talk, “Language and Culture in the Classroom: Are YOU on Target?” stressed the importance of teaching and using in the target language 90 percent plus of the time in all foreign language classrooms. She also gave a talk on FLTEACH, the Foreign Language Teaching Forum, an online resource she has co-moderated for 24 years with her colleague, Robert Ponterio, Modern Languages Department.

Moyi Jia

Moyi Jia, Communication Studies Department, had an article published in the February issue of Management Communication Quarterly. It is titled, “Workplace Emotion and Communication: Supervisor Nonverbal Immediacy, Employee’s Emotional Experience, and Their Communication Motives.”

Timothy J. Baroni

Timothy J. Baroni, Biological Sciences Department, was acknowledged as a consultant for the chapter on “Fungi in the Forest Ecosystem” in Joan Maloof’s recent (2016) book, Nature’s Temples – The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests published by Timber Press of Portland, Ore. Baroni provided Maloof with a 10-page summary of current knowledge of fungal species known from old growth forests of North America and Europe with a comprehensive literature cited section. Also, five of Baroni’s color images of tropical fungi were featured in the 2008 publication Biodiversidad de Puerto Rico, Augustín Stahl, Flora, Hongos, Serie de Historia Natural, on the mushrooms (hongos) of Puerto Rico written by his colleagues, Sharon A. Cantrell, Universidad del Turabo, P.R., and D. Jean Lodge, USDA-Forest Service Northern Research Station, Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Baroni and Lodge were funded by the National Science Foundation from 1996-2001 to perform biodiversity research on Basidiomycetes, large fleshy fungi, in Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands of the Greater Antilles except for Cuba. Cantrell served as the postdoctoral research collaborator on that grant. The chapter is a 46-page summary of the history of research on fungi in Puerto Rico by a host of investigators from around the world, dating back to the 19th century. A summary of these investigations and an overview of the biology of fungi in tropical forest ecosystems is presented, culminating in a list of macrofungi and slime molds documented from Puerto Rico.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of an article published in the Washington Post on Jan. 25 titled “The NRA wants to suppress one of guns’ most important safety features,” about a little-known bill in Congress to remove most existing restrictions on the purchase of gun silencers. Also, he was interviewed on CNN on Jan. 24 about the same subject: The next possible gun industry sales boom: Silencers.


Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, recently was contacted by BBC World Service radio to be interviewed for their show “Outside Source.” She was asked to be prepared to discuss masculinity in China and the recent publication of Little Men, a textbook for boys aimed to correct effeminate behavior. Little Men contains six chapters that encourage boys to be in touch with their masculinity and is aimed at children in the 4th and 5th grades to fight the growing “gender crisis” in the country. Part of Zheng’s recent book Tongzhi Living has analyzed the perceived “crisis” of masculinity, “feminized” boys/men, and nation-wide implemented measures in China to enhance gender difference to combat the issue.