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Faculty and Staff Activities

Christopher Xenakis

Christopher Xenakis, Political Science Department, is the author of a new book, World Politics and the American Quest for Super-Villains, Demons, and Bad Guys to Destroy. The 593-page text is published by Cognella Academic Publishing, with a 2014 copyright.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of an article titled, “Comparing the Constitutional Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama: War Powers, Signing Statements, Vetoes,” published in the Fall 2013 issue of the journal White House Studies.

John C. Hartsock

John C. Hartsock, Communication Studies Department, has had a new book accepted for publication by The University of Massachusetts Press. Hartsock’s Literary Journalism and the Aesthetics of Experience is due to be published in Fall 2015. The result of Hartsock’s most recent sabbatical project, the peer-reviewed volume explores theoretical issues that help to more clearly delineate narrative literary journalism as a genre, one that was long neglected by the academy. These include the advantages of a more traditional narrative approach to contemporary journalism practice, the distinctive nature of narrative literary journalism’s referentiality, the genre’s inherent assault on secular mythologies, and the relationship between the genre and memoir, among other concerns. Hartsock is the author of the critically acclaimed A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Narrative Form, which was the first history of the genre and was published by University of Massachusetts Press in 2000. In 2011, his award-winning Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery was published by Cornell University Press. It is a narrative account of a mom-and-pop winery on Cayuga Lake.

Sonia Sharma

Sonia Sharma, Mathematics Department, presented at the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Contributed Session on “C*-algebras and Analysis” at the annual Joint Mathematical Meeting held in January in Baltimore, Md.

Ute Ritz-Deutch

Ute Ritz-Deutch, History Department, has received a research grant from the Ibero-American Institute to continue her archival research on German scientists in Brazil. Her work is part of the Institute’s current research theme on “Cultural Transfer and Academic Exchange between Europe and Latin America.” She will be working in the archives during June and July 2014.

Jean W. LeLoup

Jean W. LeLoup, Professor Emerita (Spanish), International Communications and Culture, and the U.S. Air Force Academy, along with USAFA colleagues Dan Uribe and Terrence Haverluk, has published “Assessing Intercultural Competence Growth using Direct and Indirect Measures” in the January issue of The NECTFL Review, 73. This article reports the findings of a study conducted at USAFA to explore and assess the intercultural competence of cadets using a variety of instruments. 

Jordan Kobritz

Jordan Kobritz, Sport Management Department, and Jeffrey Levine, University of Louisville, had their article “The Show Cause Penalty and the NCAA Scope of Power” published in the Fall 2013 issue of Arizona State University Sports and Entertainment Law Journal

Beth Klein

Beth Klein, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, was recently named SUNY Cortland’s part-time sustainability coordinator. She has a longstanding record of advocacy for the preservation of the environment and is involved in many sustainability initiatives both on and off campus. These include local food groups, Sustainable Cortland, campus-wide sustainability curriculum projects and energy saving activities, and the Cortland Green Days project. Klein regularly hosts students and area science teachers at Raquette Lake and is a prominent member of the President’s Climate Action Planning Committee.

Nancy Kane

Nancy Kane, Performing Arts Department, wrote an op-ed that appeared on the back cover of the National Education Association’s January 2014 newsletter, NEA Higher Education Advocate. The piece is titled “In Defense of Dance” and is an edited version of her essay on dance as a liberal art.

Richard Hunter

Richard Hunter, Geography Department, presented his paper, “Historical Land use Change in Central Mexico: Another Potential Contributor to the Little Ice Age,” at the meeting of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers in Panama City, Panama, on Jan. 7. This paper explores how the extensive conversion of agricultural semi-terraces to pastoralism in the 16th century may have increased central Mexcio’s carbon sequestration rate and thereby potentially contributed to climatic cooling.