Faculty and Staff Activities

Melissa A. Morris

Melissa A. Morris, Physics Department, had two postdoctoral researchers visit SUNY Cortland for 10 days in late May to work on her NASA project, “The Formation Environment of Chondrules in Planetesimal Impact Plumes.” They were visiting from University of Oxford and Montreal, Canada.

Also, Morris served on a NASA review panel in early June.

In late June, Morris and Anthony Terzolo, her undergraduate student research assistant, presented posters at the Gordon Research Conference on the Origin of Solar Systems. Morris and Terzolo presented “The Indirect Detection of Liquid Water in Extrasolar Protoplanetary Disks,” and Morris and four coauthors presented “Modeling Collisional Ejecta in 3-D with Adaptive Mesh Refinement.” The conference was at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.

Mark Dodds

Mark Dodds, Sport Management Department, served as editor of the recently published book, Sports Leadership: A reference guide. The book includes contributions from Sport Management Department professors Genevieve Birren, Lawrence Brady, Ray Cotrufo, Ted Fay, Peter Han, Jordan Kobritz, Tara Mahoney, Matt Seyfried, Tracy Trachsler, George Vazenios and Ryan Vooris, and Kinesiology Department members Katherine Polasek and Brian Richardson.

James Hokanson, Kate Polasek and Larissa True

James Hokanson, Kate Polasek and Larissa True, Kinesiology Department, mentored students who presented at the inaugural SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) on April 10 at The College at Brockport. SURC brings together undergraduate researchers and visual and performing artists as well as their faculty mentors throughout the SUNY and CUNY system for a full day of activities. Adam Lowe ’15, who was mentored by Hokanson, presented “Metabolic Cost of Supported Treadmill Running.” Karen Martinez ’15, who was mentored by Polasek and True, presented “Physical Activity Patterns of Latinos in the Northeast.” Their research was published in the International Journal of Exercise Science.

Tadayuki Suzuki

Tadayuki Suzuki, Literacy Department, will present “Promoting Social Justice and Reading Skills with Multicultural Informational Picture Books” at the International Literacy Association annual convention in July in St. Louis, Mo.

Mechthild Nagel,

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy Department and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS), presented on Ubuntu Philosophy at a forum sponsored by the Critical Jurist Association of Frankfurt University, on June 11 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Karen Downey and Matthew Ellis

Karen Downey, Chemistry Department, and senior student researcher Matthew Ellis, presented their work, “Density Functional Theory Modeling for Design of Group 10-based Metallo-organic Catalysts,” at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society on June 10 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Fran Elia

Fran Elia, sports information director, was presented the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Warren Berg Award at the CoSIDA Convention on June 17 in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually by the 3,000-member organization to a CoSIDA College Division member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information, and who, by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession.

                  In February, the Metropolitan New York Football Writers and USA College Football presented Elia with the Bob Kenworthy Div. III Football Communications Award at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Sports information director since 1992, Elia received the Fraser Stokes Award for dedication to Cortland athletics in 1996, the Eastern College Athletic Conference – Sports Information Directors Association’s Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award for excellence in the profession in 2009 and induction into the Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame as an honorary member in 2012.

Mark Dodds

Mark Dodds, Sport Management Department, recently was interviewed by the radio show “ESPN The Classroom” about the legal issues surrounding the FIFA corruption story. FIFA is the international federation for association football (soccer).

Erik Bitterbaum, Mary Schlarb, Daniela Baban Hurrle and Doug Langhans

SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum, International Programs Director Mary Schlarb, International Student Advisor Daniela Baban Hurrle, and Senior Admissions Advisor Doug Langhans attended the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference May 24-29 in Boston, Mass. They met with representatives from 13 of SUNY Cortland’s current and prospective international partner institutions.

John Suarez

John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement and coordinator for the Service-Learning Office, learned that the appendix of the SUNY Faculty Senate’s upcoming report on service-learning in the SUNY system will include a sample service-learning reflection assignment from SUNY Cortland’s Service-Learning Manual.  The manual, written by Suarez in 2014 for SUNY Cortland faculty, can be found online.