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Faculty and Staff Activities

Mary Gfeller

Mary Gfeller, Mathematics Department and SUNY Cortland Noyce Scholars Kelsey O’Donnell and Robin Tobin presented “Teaching Math Using Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies” at the National Science Foundation 2014 Noyce NE Regional Conference held in March in Philadelphia, Pa. Perspectives on culturally relevant teaching strategies in teaching secondary math concepts were discussed using examples from real classrooms, including several from O’Donnell and Tobin’s current student teaching placement at Binghamton High School. The presenters explored the various strategies designed to make math more accessible and more meaningful to students.

Timothy Conner

Timothy Conner, School of Arts and Sciences, along with adolescence education: earth science majors and SUNY Cortland Noyce Scholars Brendan Creegan and Eric Reisweber, presented “De-Criminalizing High Stakes Exams through Effective Teaching:  Using Project-Based Learning Modules to Meet and Exceed Standards” at the Noyce NE Conference held in March in Philadelphia, Pa. Fearing the results of high stakes exams, teachers often resort to “teaching to the test” or trying to force feed standardized curriculum to resistant students.  As a teacher in New York, a state with a long history of high stakes, end of the year assessments, Conner has found that project-based modules focused on issues relevant to students were much more effective than teaching to the test.  Project-based learning helps to engage students in relevant science experiences and provides a context to support the learning of content required for success on state exams.  Presenters demonstrated how project-based modules can be used in the classroom to meet and exceed understandings required for high stakes assessments.

Mark Dodds

Mark Dodds, Sport Management Department, and Kristi Schoepfer, from Winthrop University, presented “Legal Issues and the Sport Management Intern: A Continuing Evolution of Case Law” at the 27th Annual Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference held Feb. 26-March 1 in Orlando, Fla. 

Genevieve Birren and Jordan Kobritz

Genevieve Birren and Jordan Kobritz, Sport Management Department, presented “NASCAR’s Richmond Race: Good ‘Ole Boys or Race Fixing?” at the 27th Annual Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference held Feb. 26-March 1 in Orlando, Fla. 

Anne Burns-Thomas

Anne Burns-Thomas, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, led a post-keynote discussion with Paul Gorski at the Noyce NE Regional Conference held March 20-22 in Philadelphia, Pa. Participants reflected on Gorski’s keynote, which addressed key insights from his latest book, Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap. Gorski questions how strategies for teaching and relating with families in poverty might change if we truly understood the barriers they experience — barriers that have nothing to do with their cultures or their attitudes about school or their desires to learn. Participants talked about those challenges, how they affect the school experiences of low-income students, and how educators can mitigate them by providing equitable, engaging learning environments.

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, recently was featured in an NPR interview titled “Corruption Blurs the Lines of China’s Mistress Culture.” The anthropology professor spent two years studying sex workers in China and wrote the book Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Post-Socialist China. Zheng also serves as managing editor of Wagadu: A Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies and is the College’s coordinator of Asian/Middle Eastern Studies.

Mechthild Nagel and Seth Asumah

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments, and Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, and Seth Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, presented a talk at the 2014 National Conference of Black Political Scientists, on March 13 in Wilmington, Del. The talk was based on their article, “Diversity Studies and Managing Differences – Unpacking SUNY Cortland's Case and National Trends,” recently published in the book Sprache - Macht – Rassismus(Language-Power-Racism), by G. Hentges, K. Nottbohm, M. M. Jansen and J. Adamou (eds.), Metropol Verlag, 2014, pages 349-466.

Angela Pagano, Mary Gfeller and Kerri Freese

Angela Pagano, Biological Sciences Department, Mary Gfeller, Mathematics Department, and Program Coordinator Kerri Freese, Chemistry Department, along with eight students, represented the SUNY Cortland Undergraduate Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot program, a New York State Education Department (NYSED)-funded grant, during February in Albany, N.Y. They participated in a networking event with district administrators during a NYSED Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness training workshop. SUNY Cortland students included: Eric Reisweber, Zachary Gracyck and Brendan Creegan, adolescence education: earth science; Kelsey O’Donnell and Robin Tobin, adolescence education: mathematics; Taylor Jones and Lisa Dovi, adolescence education: physics; and Elyse Brill, adolescence education: biology.

Brice Smith

Brice Smith, Physics Department, is an invited presenter at a public forum titled “New York’s Energy Plan: Scaling Up Renewable Energy or Business as Usual?” being held Wednesday, March 5, in Ithaca, N.Y. The associate professor and former senior scientist at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research has focused his work on renewable and sustainable energy systems for more than a decade. The forum will be moderated by Tony Ingraffea, a member of Cornell University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is free and open to the public.

Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department, recently completed the Distinguished Visiting Professor program with the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom. The distinguished service professor spent the week lecturing, debating and working with faculty and students in the School of Sport, Tourism, and the Outdoors at UCLAN. The university published this article on its blog site: