Henry Steck, Political Science Department, delivered the keynote address at the 69th annual conference of the New York State Political Science Association held April 10-11 at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. The title of his presentation was “Teaching Students About Democracy.” He also presented on a panel: “Diverse Perspectives on Democracy: Suggestions for a Syllabus.”
Gregory D. Phelan, Chemistry Department, had a new patent issued on April 14. Titled “Systems, materials and methods for recovering material from bedrock using supercritical argon compositions,” the patent deals with environmentally friendly ways to extract resources from the ground instead of using traditional hydraulic fracturing fluids. Details on the patent can be found at the following link: http://1.usa.gov/1yyFs6s
Kathryn Kramer, Art and Art History Department, will have her most recent biennial exhibition report published in the May/June issue of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism . Kramer has written exhibition reports for Afterimage since 2012. Her latest report examines Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third citywide exhibition of international contemporary art to be held in New Orleans since 2009.
Richard Hunter, Geography Department, is the lead author of an article titled “Sixteenth-century Soil Carbon Sequestration Rates Based on Mexican Land-grant Documents,” published in the May issue of The Holocene.
Tim Delaune, Political Science Department and pre-law advisor, presented a paper on Taoist elements in the political thought of philosopher Martin Heidegger at the annual conference of the Western Political Science Association held April 2-4 in Las Vegas.
Christopher Gascón, Modern Languages Department, has been re-elected secretary of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater (AHCT). Annually, the AHCT hosts a conference, publishes a journal and supports the oldest and longest-running Hispanic Golden Age theater festival in the world at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater in El Paso, Texas. In addition, the organization provides a library of digitized editions of plays, a video archive of performances of plays available for streaming and a biannual newsletter. Gascón has served as secretary since 2011 and has produced the last eight issues of the AHCT Newsletter, reporting on performances and scholarly activities related to Hispanic Golden Age drama.
Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of a new book, just published by Oxford University Press, titled, Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights. The book argues that, contrary to the current national debate, gun laws and rights were perfectly compatible throughout most of American history, and that guns were actually regulated more strictly in the past than in the current era. In addition to gun law history, the book also examines the so-called right of rebellion, the Second Amendment and the assault weapons ban controversy, modern “stand-your-ground” laws, and New York state’s tough new gun laws and their impact on gun habits.
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 Diones” appearing 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, 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, 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.