Faculty and Staff Activities

Brian Barrett

Brian Barrett, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, had his book, Knowledge, Curriculum and Equity: Social Realist Perspectives, published this summer by Routledge. The book was co-edited with Ursula Hoadley, University of Cape Town, and John Morgan, University of Auckland, and contains a chapter by Barrett and Foundations and Social Advocacy Department colleagues Anne Burns Thomas and Maria Timberlake.

Timothy J. Baroni

Timothy J. Baroni, Biological Sciences Department, with co-authors, described the new species of mushroom in their article “A new species and a new combination of Rhodophana (Entolomataceae, Agaricales) from Africa.” It describes Rhodophana flavipes, T. J. Baroni, Daniëls and Hama, a mushroom of the family Entolomataceae, and made the new combination Rhodophana fibulata, (Pegler) T. J. Baroni, Kluting and Daniëls, for a species described in 1977 and still only known from Uganda and Tanzania. Their paper was based on morphological and phylogenetic evidence and published in 2017 in the journal Phytotaxa, volume 306. Only two species of Rhodophana are now known for the entire continent of Africa. Scientists names follow the species names as it is accepted in botanical taxonomy to include the authors of a species, governed by the Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

Co-authors were Pablo Daniëls and Felix García-Pantaleón, University of Cordoba, Spain, Oumarou Hama, University of Tahoua, Niger, and Kerri Kluting, Uppsala University, Sweden, Saha Bergemann, Middle Tennessee State University, Moussa Barage and Dahiraou Ibrahinm, Abdou Moumouni University, Niger.

Seth N. Asumah

Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, was invited by Intercultural Migration and Integration Center in Hamburg, Germany, to give a keynote address on Africa Day 2017. Also, he participated on a panel discussion on “Africa’s Partnership with Europe and Agenda 2063.” The panelists included Professor of Journalism Jane Ayeko- Kummeth from Deutsche Welle, Hamburg, former Minister of State for Private Sector Development Honorable Abdul-Rashid Hassan Pelpuo from Ghana, and Professor of Educational Science and Economics Louis Henri Seukwa from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.  

John Suarez

John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement, partnered with Linda Drake, director of SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community, to form a new professional organization: The North/South Central NY Applied Learning Coalition. On Aug. 10 at SUNY Oneonta, Suarez and Drake co-conducted the Coalition’s first meeting, which included 19 of the Coalition’s 27 members. New York Campus Compact’s Executive Director Laurie Worrall participated in, and provided lunch for, the meeting. The Coalition is designed to be an informal and agile mutual-assistance organization. In that spirit, the meeting’s participants identified shared challenges and explored solutions. Worrall is creating a listserv for the Coalition, and Merissa McKasty, assistant to SUNY’s Director of Applied Learning, will work on making time and space available for Coalition members to continue developing ad hoc partnerships while they are at SUNY’s Applied Learning Conference in October. Membership includes 19 public and private colleges and universities whose locations range from Canton to Binghamton to Stony Brook.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of an article titled “Armed Private Militias Like Charlottesville’s Offend the Founding Fathers’ Intent,” that appeared in the August 16 issue of the New York Daily News

L. Sebastian Purcell

L. Sebastian Purcell, Philosophy Department, presented “What the Aztecs Can Teach Us About Happiness” at the Chautauqua Institution on Aug. 10. Purcell has written widely on topics of moral, political and Latin American philosophy, from topics addressing environmental ethics to his comparative scholarship on Aristotle and the Aztecs. In 2016 he received the American Philosophical Association’s national prize for best essay in Latin American Philosophy for his comparative work on Aztecs, happiness and the good life. A philosopher by trade, he has learned that creative and critical thinking can have an impact on living better, and he applies these thoughts to investing, art and society. He writes about natural goodness, the ethics of cosmopolitanism, and what he calls the “Normativity Challenge: Happiness across Cultures.” 

Charlotte L. Pass

Charlotte L. Pass, Literacy Department, co-presented the workshop “A Cluster of Others,” addressing the practice of “othering” and ways to increase student awareness of its enactment at the combined Australian Association of Teachers of English and Australian Literacy Educators Association Annual Conference held July 6 to 9 in Hobart, Australia.

Mechthild Nagel

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, gave a talk on “The Meaning of Freedom for Black Women and Girls: Gender Injustice and the U.S. Judiciary System” on May 31 at the Law and Criminology Department, University of Cologne, Germany.

Jerome O’Callaghan

Jerome O’Callaghan, associate dean in Arts and Sciences, with co-author Paula O’Callaghan, presented a paper titled “Courts, Trademarks and the ICANN Gold Rush: Top Level Domains Outside Free Speech” in April at the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual meeting in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Kathryn Kramer

Kathryn Kramer, Art and Art History Department, had her critical review of the exhibition, “Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie” (Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa.) published in the current issue of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.

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