Faculty and Staff Activities

Timothy J. Baroni

Timothy J. Baroni, Biological Sciences Department, was a co-author on the recently published peer-reviewed paper “Additions to quadrate spored Entoloma (Agaricales) in Kerala State, India” published in Mycosphere in late 2016. Co-authors were Indian research mycologists C. K. Pradeep, K. B. Vrinda and C. Bihjeesh of the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute, Kerala, India.

Alexis Blavos

Alexis Blavos, Health Department, is on the board of directors for the National Health Education honorary, Eta Sigma Gamma, as the director of advocacy. She serves as a voting delegate for the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations and was involved in planning the 50th anniversary celebration that was held on March 30 in Denver, Colo. Also, she was appointed co-chair for the national awards committee for the Society for Public Health Education. And, Blavos recently had her article, “Marijuana and College Students: A Critical Review of the Literature,” published in the American Journal of Health Education, currently posted online.

Nance S. Wilson

Nance S. Wilson, Literacy Department, recently had her blog post published. Titled “Interactive, Asynchronous On-line Discussions,” it describes how teachers can engage students in interactive, asynchronous online discussions that not only play an important role in online and hybrid classes, but are critical to assuring active participation by students.

Melissa Morris

Melissa Morris, Physics Department, presented a talk on chondrule formation in impacts at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held March 20-24 at The Woodlands, Texas.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of the new paperback edition of his book, Guns across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights, published by Oxford University Press. This edition is a revised version of the original edition published in 2015. The book has been favorably reviewed in the “New York Review of Books” and “The American Interest,” among other publications. 

Kathleen Lawrence

Kathleen Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, had two abecedarians, “Lab Test” and “Adding Machines,” accepted for publication in Lemon Quarterly in the April 2017 issue. She also was notified her poem “Trump vs. Big Bird,” written to the tune of Sesame Street’s “Sunny Day,” was accepted for publication in Parody Poetry Journal, April Issue. Lawrence’s abecedarian originally titled “Resisting Trump” was the featured “Your Line” on April 3, 2017 to the epic poem being built on-line by OVS Magazine. In the last year, 53 poems by Lawrence have been published or are forthcoming.

Li Jin

Li Jin, Geology Department, recently gave a presentation at the 2017 Northeast/North-Central Geological Society of America Joint Section Meeting in Pittsburgh. She presented, “Modeling Nitrogen Dynamics in the Tioughnioga River, New York.”

Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo

Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Geography Department, was named a Zonta Woman of Achievement for her achievements in scholarship and teaching, as well as her dedication to the YWCA and Zonta. She served as a U.S. delegate at a 2007 YWCA international conference in Nairobi, Kenya, which led to her being recognized by the organization. The award will be presented at a lunch reception on May 7 in Solon, N.Y.

Bonni C. Hodges

Bonni C. Hodges, Health Department, recently served as a grant reviewer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She participated in two review panels for RWJF’s new funding initiative for Advancing Systemic Changes to Promote Healthy School Environments.

Seth N. Asumah

Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, was invited by the Ghana Society of Central New York (GSCNY) to be the 2017 keynote speaker for the 60th Ghana Independence Day Anniversary Celebration Banquet on March 25 at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. The theme of Asumah’s keynote address was “Consolidating Democracy and Development in Africa.” The event was attended by many faculty, staff, administrators and students of Syracuse University, Bryant and Stratton College, LeMoyne College, Onondaga Community College, SUNY Cortland, and the public. Proceeds of the funds raised by the organizers of the event were earmarked for student scholarships in Central New York area. 

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