Chris Cubells, James Durr and Joshua Peluso
Chris Cubells, James Durr and Joshua Peluso, Systems Administration and Web Services, presented at the SUNY SICAS Summit held Sept. 24 in Syracuse, N.Y. Their two talks were on migrating to the new myRedDragon and how to reach students through email.
Nancy Kane, Performing Arts Department, was awarded one of the highest honors given to statewide United University Professions members at a ceremony held Oct. 4 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The SUNY union gave her the 2013 Fayez Samuel Award for Courageous Service by a Part Time Faculty Member for her work on behalf of the LGBTQIA community at SUNY Cortland. In Kane’s acceptance speech, she acknowledged the efforts of fellow union members, allies at the Cortland campus and across the state, and especially the students, faculty and professionals who fight discrimination and bullying on campus.
Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy Department and Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS), presented her paper “The Ethic of Ubuntu and the End of Penality,” at a symposium on Mass Incarceration, Religion, and Abolitionism held Oct. 4 at Cornell University.
Gregory D. Phelan
Gregory D. Phelan, Chemistry Department, was issued two patents: the first patent, Dioxaborinanes and uses thereof — United State Patent Number 8,546,617, deals with a new wood preservative. The second patent, Supercritical Noble Gases and Uses Thereof — United States Patent 8,551,257, deals with a new way to use nontoxic materials to clean textiles in a more environmentally friendly way.
Robert Ponterio, Modern Languages Department, presented a session titled “Make Web Materials Work on Student Smart Phones” at the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers’ NYSAFLT Annual Convention on Oct. 11 in Buffalo, N.Y. The session examined the basic techniques of Responsive Design for adjusting Web page text size, images, columns and video to display on desktop, tablet and smartphone media. Templates were provided to simplify converting existing class materials to an HTML5 format with built-in responsive style elements to make the process easier for teachers with limited Web development skills. All presentation materials and templates are available online at web.cortland.edu/flteach/wksp/nysaflt2013.html.
Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, was the Constitution Day speaker on Sept. 17 at Manchester University in Indiana, where he met with students and gave a featured address on “The Second Amendment and Guns in America” as part of that university’s Values, Arts and Ideas speaker series.
Matthew Whitman, Institute for Civic Engagement and SUNY Cortland AmeriCorps member, presented “Using Social Media to Engage Students” at Imagining America's national conference held Oct. 6 in Syracuse, N.Y.
Carolyn Bershad, Counseling and Student Development, has learned that the office was awarded full re-accreditation by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), the only association that accredits counseling services on university and college campuses. Approval by IACS is dependent upon evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence in counseling performance. The office offers individual and group counseling for students, as well as consultation and outreach to the campus community.
Mark Dodds, Sport Management Department, co-authored “Are Ticket Lotteries Fair Game? George v. NCAA Sets the Standard,” which was published in Sport Marketing Quarterly.
Moataz Emam, Physics Department, in collaboration with recent physics graduate Charles Canestaro ’13, jointly wrote “The Five Dimensional Universal Hypermultiplet and the Cosmological Constant Problem,” which was published in the journal Physics Letters B. The paper is based on research Canestaro conducted during his junior and senior years on the Cosmological Constant problem. This involves the apparent discrepancy between the measured rate of expansion of the universe and the theoretically calculated rate. The work proposes a solution to this problem based on the possible existence of higher dimensional supersymmetric fields and their effect on our universe from the “outside.”