Faculty and Staff Activities

Melissa Morris

Melissa Morris, Physics Department, was invited by NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. to act as a contracted program officer to assist in the administration of several programs under the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate. She has taken a leave of absence from teaching at SUNY Cortland for the fall semester to perform this important service to our country and the scientific community. She will continue to advise her SUNY Cortland undergraduate research assistants and postdoctoral researchers while she is on leave.

Morris was a coauthor on a presentation titled “Thermal History Match Between CBb Chondrules and Impact Plume Models” at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, held July 23-28 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Morris’ undergraduate research assistant and current SUNY Cortland senior Andrew Duval spent six weeks at Arizona State University (ASU) over the summer collecting data on meteorites using the state-of-the-art facilities at ASU’s Center for Meteorite Studies. The results of his research will be the subject of his honors thesis, and will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. 

Also, Morris had a Career Profile posted on the blog of The American Astronomical Society Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy on August 8.

Jim Hokanson and Yomee Lee and Gary Babjack

Jim Hokanson and Yomee Lee, Kinesiology Department, and Gary Babjack, Athletics Department, recently had their manuscript, “Effect of Carbohydrate Ingestion on Blood Glucose Concentration and Women’s Gymnastics Performance,” published in the International Journal of Human Movement Science. The manuscript was co-authored by former exercise science graduate student and assistant gymnastics coach Trisha (Zappala) Rebrovich ’03 exercise science, ’05 MS, exercise science.

John C. Hartsock

John C. Hartsock, Communication Studies Department, has had a scholarly award established in his name by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. The award, the “John C. Hartsock Award for Best Article in Literary Journalism Studies,” was established by the association at their last international conference held at King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May. The award is given for the best article appearing in the association’s blind-reviewed journal, Literary Journalism Studies, for the previous publication year. Hartsock was the founding editor of the journal in spring 2009 and guided it for the first five years of publication. He has been invited to give the award next May at the association’s annual conference to be held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.  

Tyler Bradway

Tyler Bradway, English Department, presented a paper titled “Inchoate Kinship: Psychoanalytic Narrative and Queer Belonging” at the Project Narrative Summer Institute at Ohio State University. The Institute was held from July 9 through July 21 and brought together scholars working on “Queer and Feminist Narrative Theories.”

Mark Dodds

Mark Dodds, Sport Management Department, delivered a keynote speech at the 29th International Sport Science Conference hosted this summer by the Korean Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Also, he was an invited speaker to the Korean Society for Sport Management Conference. 

Alexandru Balas

Alexandru Balas, International Studies Department and Clark Center for Global Engagement, co-authored a book, The Puzzle of Peace: The Evolution of Peace in the International System that was selected as the 2017 winner of the J. David Singer Book Award by the International Studies Association-Midwest. Also, the book was one of seven finalists for American Political Science Association’s 2017 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs. It was co-authored with Paul Diehl and Gary Goertz and published in New York by Oxford University Press, 2016.

Nance S. Wilson

Nance S. Wilson, Literacy Department, co-authored a chapter with Michelle Kelley titled “Avid Readers in High School: Are they Reading for Pleasure?” It is included in Teaching Adolescent Literature Today, J. A. Hayn & J. S. Kaplan, editors. The book was selected to be showcased in Cambridge Scholars Publishing’s July ‘Best Sellers’ marketing campaign.

Chris Manaseri

Chris Manaseri, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, presented at the Country School Association of America’s annual conference this June in New London, N.H.  The group, devoted to the restoration and interpretation of one-room schools across the country, heard Manaseri’s dissertation presentation called “Keeping School: One-room Schoolhouse Preservation Projects in the Greater Finger Lakes Region.” Manaseri visited, photographed and catalogued more than three dozen projects, and interviewed 60 informants for the study.

Kathleen A. Lawrence

Kathleen A. Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, recently received word that her poem “High Tea” has been nominated for the Best of the Net competition by Highland Park Poetry, for the first time. Her speculative poem “Vampirette” has been accepted for publication by Star*Line, the print journal of the international Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Her parallel haiku poem “Extracurricular” is forthcoming in Sonic Boom Journal. Her spiraling abecedarian poem “Curiously, Unexplainably Optimistic” will be published in the magazine Edify Fiction

Mark Dodds

Mark Dodds, Sport Management Department, was interviewed by The Detroit News on June 1. He provided a sponsorship and economic impact analysis for the Belle Isle Grand Prix IndyCar race.