Faculty and Staff Activities - SUNY Cortland

Faculty and Staff Activities

Theresa Curtis

Theresa Curtis, Biological Sciences Department, recently had two papers accepted for publication. “Equine Mesenchymal Stromal Cells from Different Sources Efficiently Differentiate into Hepatocyte-Like Cells” will appear in the journal Tissue Eng Part C Methods and “A Comparative Study on the In Vitro Effects of the DNA Methyltransferase Inhibitor 5-Azacytidine (5-AzaC) in Breast/Mammary Cancer of Different Mammalian Species” was accepted by the journal J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. The co-authored articles report on collaborative research that Curtis performed during her 2014-15 sabbatical at Cornell University in Gerlinde Van de Walle’s lab.   

Seth Asumah and Mechthild Nagel

Seth Asumah, Political Science and Africana Studies departments, and Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, presented a workshop at the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE) Conference of Association of Public and Land-grant Universities held July 28 in New York, N.Y. The workshop was titled “Diversity Leadership, Inclusive Excellence and the Emerging Roles of Chief Diversity Officers and Faculty.” Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Geography and Africana Studies departments, chaired the session.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, served as a discussant on a panel titled, “Presidents, the Courts, and the Law” at the recent annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, held in Philadelphia from Sept. 1 to 4. Also, he attended the executive council meeting of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society, on which he is serving a four-year term.

Dennis L.C. Weng

Dennis L.C. Weng, Political Science Department, co-authored a paper, “Personality Traits and Voter Turnout in South Korea: The Mediation Argument,” that was accepted for publication in early 2017 in the Japanese Journal of Political Science. Also, Weng was an invited discussant and presented his paper titled, “Personality Traits and Individual Feeling of National Pride in South Korea,” at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in Philadelphia from Sept. 1 to 4. Also, Weng has received $2,500 from The Taiwan and Asia Program at Wake Forest University to host a guest speaker event this semester.

Claus Schubert

Claus Schubert, Mathematics Department, recently was informed that his paper, “Intersections of Maximal Subspaces of Zeros of Two Quadratic Forms,” was accepted for publication in the journal Annals of Combinatorics. This is a joint paper with David Leep, University of Kentucky, and is based on research they performed while Schubert visited the University Kentucky in the fall of 2015, during his sabbatical.

Carrie E. Rood

Carrie E. Rood, Foundations and Social Advocacy, recently co-authored an article titled "Promoting Access Through Segregation: The Emergence of the “Prioritized Curriculum” Class” that was published in Teachers College Record, Volume 118, Issue 14.

Susan Rayl

Susan Rayl, Kinesiology Department, has had three book reviews published. Her review of Racism and the Olympics, by Robert G. Weisbord, was published this summer in the Journal of Sport History, a peer-reviewed journal. The Sport Literature Association published her reviews online of Greatness in the Shadows: Larry Doby and the Integration of the American League, by Douglas M. Branson, on July 17, and Wartime Basketball: The Emergence of a National Sport During World War II, by Douglas Stark, on Sept. 6.

Gregory D. Phelan

Gregory D. Phelan, Chemistry Department, had a new patent issue on Aug. 30. The patent, titled “Methods for making biocompatible polymerizable acrylate products,” deals with creating biodegradable materials containing carbohydrates that can be used in tissue engineering. Details on the patent can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/2bGvLZn. This is Phelan’s seventh patent to issue in 2016.

Also, on July 20, Phelan presented a summary of SUNY Cortland’s Noyce Project Phase II at the 2016 annual Noyce Scholarship National Conference held in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Morris

Melissa Morris, Physics Department, and coauthors presented their work, “Radiative Cooling Rates in Planetesimal Impact Ejecta,” at the 79th annual meeting of The Meteoritical Society, held Aug. 7-12 in Berlin, Germany.

Janet Duncan

Janet Duncan, Foundations and Social Advocacy, recently gave the keynote address for the Inclusive Education Summer Institute at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The title of the keynote was “International Perspectives on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities.” While at Acadia she taught a graduate course in Foundations of Inclusive Education.