Faculty and Staff Activities

Terrence Fitzgerald and Frank Rossi and alumni Mike Kelly ’14 and Tyler Potter ’14

Terrence Fitzgerald, Biological Sciences Department, Frank Rossi, Chemistry Department, and alumni Mike Kelly ’14, and Tyler Potter ’14, are coauthors of an article titled “Trail Following Response of Larval Cactoblastis cactorum to 2-Acyl-1,3 Cyclohexane Dionesappearing in the current issue of the Journal of Chemical Ecology. The paper reports the isolation and identification of a pheromone that might serve as a bio-rational substitute for a chemical pesticide in the management of the caterpillar.  The caterpillar is an invasive species originally from Argentina that attacks prickly pear cactuses in the Gulf Coast states.  Kelly is currently a graduate student at SUNY Cortland and Potter is in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at Yale University.  Both students worked on the study as Cortland undergraduates. The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service supported the study.

Christopher Gascón

Christopher Gascón, Modern Languages Department, presented at the 2015 Association for Hispanic Classical Theater Symposium held March 19-21 in El Paso, Texas. His paper, “The Supernatural Turn,” analyzed why young New York City directors have integrated supernatural elements into their recent productions of 17th century Spanish plays. 

Nance S. Wilson

Nance S. Wilson, Literacy Department, had an article published in the March issue of the Association for Middle Level Education’s magazine, This We Believe and the Common Core. The article, titled “Beyond the Hype: The CCSS and Middle Grades Instruction,” was co-authored by Carla K. Meyer of Duquesne University and Laurie A. Ramirez of Appalachian State University.

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, presented “Money, Class, and Money Boys in Postsocialist China” at the Association of Asian Studies annual conference held March 28 in Chicago.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, presented a paper titled, “The Bush Presidency and the Unitary Executive” at a conference on the presidency of the George W. Bush administration held at Hofstra University from March 24-26. The conference brought together presidency scholars, journalists and former members of the administration to analyze the second Bush presidency.

Joshua Peck

Joshua Peck, Psychology Department, with co-authors Philip Chu and Joshua Brumberg of Queens College, had their peer-reviewed paper titled “Exercises in Anatomy, Connectivity and Morphology using Neuromorpho.org and the Allen Brain Atlas” published in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. The article discusses how laboratory instruction of neuroscience is often limited by the lack of physical resources and supplies and that the cost of acquiring, maintaining and updating the materials for these labs can be prohibitive. The authors recommend incorporating online, or e-learning, opportunities into undergraduate laboratory courses and describe a method using two free online databases, the Neuromorpho.org and the Allen Brain Atlas (ABA), that freely provide access to data from working brain scientists that can be modified for laboratory instruction and exercises.

Melissa A. Morris

Melissa A. Morris, Physics Department, appeared on the Discovery Channel show “NASA’s Unexplained Files” on March 11. Also, her paper, “New Insight into the Solar System’s Transition Disk Phase Provided by the Metal-rich Carbonaceous Chondrite Isheyevo,” was published in the March 10 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Carolyn Bershad

Carolyn Bershad, Counseling and Student Development, presented with Drs. Susan Stock and Heidi Levine on “Leadership and Development: Many Paths, Many Stories” at the annual convention of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), held March 5-8 in Tampa, Fla. The program was sponsored by ACPA’s Mid-Level Community of Practice.  Bershad also completed her term as past-chair for ACPA’s Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services at the convention.

Lorraine Berry

Lorraine Berry, project director for NeoVox, gave an interview on the Ryan Tubridy show, on Radio RTE, a radio broadcast network in Ireland. She was contacted after an article in Salon.com magazine was re-published. Tubridy is a celebrity in Ireland and his Monday through Friday broadcasts are listened to by millions of Irish. The conversation with Tubridy was about a section from Lorraine’s unpublished memoir. The clip can be heard at http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=1:20736538:0::

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, has been named the new editor of the Presidential Briefings book series, published by Transaction Books. The books in the series provide concise and readable introductions to topics of general interest to students of the presidency. By approaching their subjects from the vantage point of what a president most needs to know, and what we most need to know about the presidency, each book provides a highly practical overview of an important subject. The first book in the series will be published this summer.