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Faculty and Staff Activities

Wanda Kent

Wanda Kent, Communication Disorders and Sciences Department, presented the poster “Prediction of Reading Comprehension by Various Measures of Listening Comprehension,” at the British Dyslexia Association International Conference on March 28 in Guildford, England. Also, she presented the poster “Intonation and Reading Comprehension Skills in Fourth-Grade Students,” at the Society for Scientific Studies in Reading annual conference on July 18 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Heather L. Balog, Ph.D. was the second author of both posters.

Brian Barrett

Brian Barrett, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, recently had his review of The Politics of Knowledge in Education published in Educational Studies . Additionally, in July he presented his paper titled “Bernstein in the Urban Classroom” at the Eighth International Basil Bernstein Symposium in Nagoya, Japan. During the symposium’s opening session he led a tribute, along with Parlo Singh, Griffith University, Australia, and William Tyler, Charles Darwin University, Australia, to his friend, mentor and intellectual collaborator, Rob Moore, late senior lecturer of sociology of education at the University of Cambridge, U.K.  

Alexander G. Gonzalez

Alexander G. Gonzalez, English Department, had his scholarly article, “Eavan Boland’s ‘The Glass King’ and R.G.Collingwood’s Theory of Art,” published in South Atlantic Review after many delays.

Seth N. Asumah and Mechthild Nagel,

Seth N. Asumah, Political Science and Africana Studies departments, and Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy Department and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS), had their peer-reviewed anthology titled Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence: Transdisciplinary and Global Perspectives published by SUNY Press. The essays focus on the components of diversity, social justice and inclusive excellence, not just within the United States but also in other parts of the world. The contributors to the anthology include Elizabeth Davis-Russell, president of Tubman University, Liberia, and former provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Cortland, and other prominent scholars from 11 different universities.  SUNY Cortland contributors include: Janet Duncan, Foundations and Social Advocacy and Educational Leadership Department; Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Geography Department, and; Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department. With generous support from Provost Mark Prus, the anthology was made available to participants of the 2014 Summer Diversity Institute.  The book will be on display by SUNY Press at the first SUNY-wide diversity conference, “Making Diversity Count: Ensuring Equity, Inclusion, Access and Impact,” set for Nov 12-13 at the Marriott Inn in Albany, N.Y.

Peter Ducey

Peter Ducey, Biological Sciences Department, coauthored a manuscript over the summer titled “Confirmation and Distribution of Tetrodotoxin for the First Time in Terrestrial Invertebrates: Two Terrestrial Flatworm Species (Bipalium adventitium and Bipalium kewense),” which appeared in the journal PLoS ONE. The eight-author team included scientists from the University of California Bakersfield, Utah State University, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, and SUNY Cortland. Popular articles about the work have been posted by numerous science news outlets including Science News, Science Daily, Nautilus and Mysterious Universe.

Led by Amber Stokes of UC Bakersfield, the research team found that two species of terrestrial flatworms living throughout the U.S. have within their tissues a potent neurotoxin that may be used to either defend them from potential predators or to subdue their own prey (earthworms). Because this is the same toxin that occurs in pufferfish and certain salamanders, interesting questions about its biochemistry and evolution have been raised. Ducey and his students at SUNY Cortland have been studying the ecology, behavior and evolution of these flatworms since the mid-1990s. Although the flatworms are not native to the U.S., they are now quite abundant in many parts of the country, including Central New York, and are formidable predators on earthworms. Because of the tetrodotoxin, Ducey advises against eating these flatworms if found locally. 

Vickie Hess and Lisa Kahle

Vickie Hess and Lisa Kahle, Campus Technology Services, co-presented “Implementing a Cloud-based Student Print Management Solution” at the SUNY Technology Conference held June 18 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Fran Elia

Fran Elia, Sports Information Office, along with the Georgetown University sports information director, co-moderated the “Town Hall” panel at the annual Eastern College Athletic Conference-Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) workshop June 26 in Troy, N.Y.

Maggie Haefele and Lisa Kahle

Maggie Haefele, Information Resources, and Lisa Kahle, Campus Technology Services, co-presented “KACE – Asset Management Solution for SUNY Cortland” at the SUNY Technology Conference held June 19 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Tim Delaune

Tim Delaune, Political Science Department, presented research on the depiction in film of pirates as domestic and international outlaws from the 1930s to the present at the international conference Frontière(s) au Cinéma on June 27 in La Rochelle, France. His paper “The Outlaw at Sea: An Inquiry into Cinematic Depictions of Pirates and Piracy,” was included in the panel discussion on “Borders and Lost Territories” (Frontières et territories perdus).

Joshua Peluso

Joshua Peluso, Systems Administration and Web Services, served on a panel to discuss “Web Apps and Responsive Web Design,” at the SUNY Technology Conference held June 18 in Lake Placid, N.Y. The panel discussion was sponsored by the SUNY Council of Chief Information Officers.