Faculty and Staff Activities

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, organized a panel and presented her paper at the annual New York Conference of Asian Studies at Vassar College in October.

Dennis Weng

Dennis Weng, Political Science Department, presented three papers at a conference at The University of Texas at Austin from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1. His paper “Contextual Effects on individual Voting Behavior: the Case of Taiwan,” has been accepted for publication in the Asian Journal of Political Science by the end of this year. Also, Weng created a new international exchange program with Tamkang University in Taiwan. This newly established exchange program will bring Taiwanese exchange students to SUNY Cortland next fall.

Janet Duncan

Janet Duncan, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, recently returned from Tblisi, Republic of Georgia, where she worked with two nongovernmental organizations, Partnerships for Human Rights (PHR) and Families against Discrimination (FAD). Both groups are working toward supporting individuals with disabilities to improve their educational opportunities and rightful place in society. She visited three institutions that are featured in the PBS series “The Visionairies,” hosted by Sam Waterston, featuring the working of Disability Rights International (DRI). Based on DRI’s work, with input from Duncan, DRI will be making a series of policy presentations to government officials from Georgia in the spring.

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, had her new ethnography, Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China, published by University of Minnesota Press in September.

Nance Wilson

Nance Wilson, Literacy Department, made two presentations at the New York State Association of Teacher Educators Annual Fall Conference held in October in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Building Partnerships Between Higher Education and High Quality Middle Level Schools” was presented with Brian Sherman. “NYS College Reading Educators Present Ideas for Preparing Teachers for Literacy Instruction in an Age of School Reform,” was presented with Kathleen Hinchman.

Abby Thomas, Marinda Souva and Lori Schlicht

Abby Thomas, Marinda Souva, and Lori Schlicht, Advisement and Transition, presented “Thriving in Change – Infusing Advising Across Campus Initiatives” at the 22nd National Conference on Students in Transition on Oct. 18 in Baltimore, Md. 

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, gave a talk on “Gun Laws, Gun Policies, and the Second Amendment” at the annual meeting of the Central New York Council for the Social Studies, held in Syracuse on Oct. 20.

Lisa Randolph and Tracy Frenyea

Lisa Randolph, Career Services, and Tracy Frenyea, Advisement and Transition, presented a concurrent session at the College Student Personnel Association of New York State conference held on Oct. 5 in Syracuse. “A Collaborative Evolution” reflected on the collaborations between Advisement and Transition, as part of Academic Affairs, and Career Services, as part of Student Affairs. They discussed how the collaboration has evolved from workshops for undeclared students to a one-credit elective course, Major and Career Exploration, co-taught by both offices, and what they learned in the process.

Hilary Izatt

Hilary Izatt, Political Science Department, has been informed that her article, “Asymmetry of Power and Attention in Alliance Relations: The US-ROK Case,” has been accepted for publication in the Australian Journal of International Affairs, to be published in 2016. Izatt co-authored the article with Gi Wook Shin and Renni Moon.

Gretchen Herrmann

Gretchen Herrmann, Library emerita, had her article, “Valuing Affect: The Centrality of Emotion, Memory and Identity in Garage Sale Exchange,” published in the recent issue of The Anthropology of Consciousness. The article deals with affective or “sticky” elements of feeling and emotion that cling to objects as they circulate among shoppers and sellers in garage sale exchange.