Bonni C. Hodges, Health Department, was an invited participant in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) “Working Forum on Healthy Schools” held March 22-23 in Washington, D.C. The approximately 80 participants engaged in a series of activities designed to assist RWJF in setting its priorities related to fostering healthy schools as part of its initiatives to build a culture of health.
Kathleen Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, had five of her poems published by the HIV Here & Now Project in March. They include “Mingle,” “Male Gaze,” “Muscle Men,” “Breasts and Below” and “Music Menu.” Also, her elegy for B. B. King will be published in an introduction to poetry textbook edited by Gerry LaFemina, forthcoming from Kendall-Hunt. In addition, she received an honorable mention for her abecedarian “Boy Hoods” in the non-rhyming poetry category of the 2015 Writer’s Digest Annual International writing competition. ?
Tim Delaune, Political Science Department, was a presenter and panel chair/discussant on multiple panels at the Western Political Science Association annual meeting held March 24 -26 in San Diego, Calif. Delaune presented work in progress on the lessons that can be drawn from films and literature about the American West in regard to ethical policing.
Alexandru Balas, International Studies Department and Clark Center for International Education, presented his research projects in three panels at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in March. He presented a paper titled “‘Double Agent’ Negotiators at the Ottoman-Russian-Austrian Peace Negotiations (1699-1878): Applying a Negotiation Analysis Framework to the 18th and 19th Century ‘Eastern Question’ Negotiations.” Also, he was part of two roundtable discussions on the topics of “UN-Regional Collaboration: Achievements, Stumbling Blocks, and the Way Forward” and “The Decline of Violence and the Rise of Peace in the International System.” Finally, he served as a discussant for the panel “Multi-Actor Peace Operations: Approaching a Standard Operating Procedure Theoretically and Empirically.”
Tyler Bradway, English Department, presented a paper titled “The Queerness of Creativity: Aesthetic Object-Relations in Eve Sedgwick and Alison Bechdel” at the 2016 American Comparative Literature Association’s annual meeting on March 18 at Harvard University. Also, he co-chaired and organized a seminar titled “Are We Queer Yet?” Also, in January, Bradway presented a paper titled "Bad Writing: Queer Experimentalism at the Limits of the LGBT Canon" at the 2016 Modern Language Association Convention in Austin, Texas.
Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is one of several experts interviewed in the new documentary film, “Under the Gun.” Produced by Katie Couric’s film company, Atlas films, and narrated by Couric, the documentary examines contemporary gun violence in America and why the country has not moved ahead with stricter gun laws. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and will have its New York City premiere in May.
Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, edited a book titled Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia, published by the University of Hawaii Press in March.
Mechthild Nagel, Africana Studies and Philosophy departments and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, gave an Edu-Drama talk on March 4 titled “Playing with Memories” for the inaugural “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” program at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, N.Y.
Jennifer Olin, University Police officer, and Mark DePaull, University chief of police, were recognized by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for leadership and dedication demonstrated while serving as the program managers for the University Police Department during the most recent accreditation assessment. The assessment was conducted by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. Both Olin and DePaull received the DCJS John Kimball O’Neil Award on March 3 in Albany.
Melissa Morris, Physics Department, has been asked by Scientific American to comment on a recent paper appearing in the peer-reviewed journal Icarus titled “A new mechanism for chondrule formation: Radiative heating by hot planetesimals,” by Herbst & Greenwood (2016).