Faculty and Staff Activities - SUNY Cortland

Faculty and Staff Activities

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak, professor emeritus of theatre, has signed a contract with Rowman & Littlefield to write the non-fiction book 1939 At the Movies: A Chronicle of Hollywood's Greatest Year.

Laura Davies

Laura Davies, English Department, had her chapter, “Plagiarism and the Internet: Fears, Facts, and Pedagogies,” published in The Handbook for Academic Integrity. The chapter was co-authored with Rebecca Moore Howard, Syracuse University. The Handbook for Academic Integrity, published by Springer, is international and interdisciplinary in its scope.

Sharon L. Todd

Sharon L. Todd, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department, and undergraduate student Ashlee Boughton, delivered a research presentation titled “Nature Relatedness, Sense of Place, and Well-being in Outdoor Pursuits Trip Groups” at the 28th Annual Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium on April 4 in Annapolis, Md. Ashlee, a senior majoring in therapeutic recreation, has been working all year with Todd on a longitudinal research project through the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program.

Dennis L.C. Weng

Dennis L.C. Weng, Political Science Department, presented three papers at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) annual meeting in Chicago from April 7-10. Also, his paper “Investigating The Changing Citizens in Southeast Asia: An Empirical Analysis of Political Participation and Democratization in Southeast Asia,” has been accepted for publication in April in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

Tadayuki Suzuki

Tadayuki Suzuki, Literacy Department, had his article, “Taking a Closer Look: LGBTQ Characters in Books for Intermediate-grade Children,” published in Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children.

Susan J. Rayl

Susan J. Rayl, Kinesiology Department, presented “The Right to Pursue Arete’” at 4th Annual Athletes and Social Change Forum, April 8-9. Regularly held at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., the forum was conducted online in order to accommodate the schedules of the participants. Participants discussed topics directly and indirectly related to an International Bill of Rights for Athletes.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, presented a paper titled, “Gun Law History in the U.S. and Second Amendment Rights,” at a conference on The Second Amendment: Legal and Policy Issues, held at the New York University Law School on April 8 in New York City. The conference was co-sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice.

Melissa Morris

Melissa Morris, Physics Department, and her postdoctoral consultants presented the latest results of their research on chondrule formation in impact plumes at the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science conference held March 20-25 at The Woodlands, Texas. Morris’s undergraduate research assistant, Anthony Terzolo, gave a poster presentation on the current results of his research on April 6 at the University of Rochester for the Rochester Symposium for Physics (Astronomy and Optics) Students, as well as at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference held Friday, April 15, at SUNY Cobleskill. Also, Terzolo gave an oral presentation at SUNY Cortland’s Transformations on April 8.

Mechthild Nagel, Seth N. Asumah and Lewis Rosengarten

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, and Lewis Rosengarten, Educational Opportunity Program and Africana Studies Department, presented papers at the recent New York African Studies Association at CUNY and Columbia University. Students Deidre Kirkem and Adesola Belo also presented their papers. Asumah and Nagel’s book, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence, published in 2014 by SUNY Press, won the New York African Studies Book Award. 

Scott Moranda

Scott Moranda, History Department, is listed in the credits of a PBS documentary on Carl Schenck, one of America’s first foresters, which showed on WSKG Binghamton and WCNY Syracuse from April 15-18. Moranda was asked to review “America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment” and summarize Schenck’s life in relation to his return to Germany where he lived during the Nazi period. The documentary shows German contributions to American forestry in its earliest days.

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