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Faculty and Staff Activities

Seth N. Asumah and Mechthild Nagel

Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, and Mechthild Nagel, Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies and Philosophy Department, presented papers at the recent Syracuse University symposium, hosted by the Department of African American Studies, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s landmark book, Arrow of God. Among the presenters were members of the Achebe family, international personalities in Africana and oral literature, and scholars from various universities around the world. Asumah’s paper is titled “Arrow of God as a Tool for Analysis in Comparative Political Science.” Nagel’s paper is titled “The Art of Restorative Justice vs. Colonial Punishment with its Focus on Prisons (Engendering Social Death), Referencing Arrow of God.”

Tadayuki Suzuki

Tadayuki Suzuki, Literacy Department, will present “Art of Pleasure: Reviving the Joy of Reading,” at the Kentucky Reading Association’s annual conference in October. In November, he will present “Still Missing: How Should Teacher Educators Include LGBT Family-themed Picture Books in Curricula for Primary Grades?” at the National Association for Multicultural Education in Tucson, Ariz. Also in November, he will present “Stories to Tell—Listening to the Words in LGBT Themed Children’s Literature” at the National Council of Teachers of English in Washington, D.C. 

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, presented a paper titled, “New York State and the NY SAFE Act: A Case Study in Strict Gun Laws,” at a conference on “A Loaded Debate: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the 21st Century,” held at Albany Law School on Oct. 9.

Laura J. Davies

Laura J. Davies, English Department, was accepted to present at the Northeast Modern Language Association annual conference planned for April 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

Timothy J. Baroni

Timothy J. Baroni, Biological Sciences Department, organized and ran the 61st Annual Charles Horton Peck Foray that hosted 40 professional, amateur and student mycologists from the northeast, held Sept. 12-14 at the Vanderkamp Retreat Center in Cleveland, N.Y. Amateur Mycologists from the Central New York Mycological Association, the Rochester Area Mycological Association and the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, joined faculty and students from Cornell University, SUNY Cortland, Clarion University and The New York Botanical Garden for the two day event that focused on collecting and studying macrofungi — mushrooms, cup fungi and their relatives. Cortland has hosted the event six times since 1976.

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, presented her paper at a panel she organized at the New York Conference on Asian Studies held Sept. 18-20 at Hofstra University. Also, she was invited by SUNY Plattsburgh to deliver two campus-wide lectures in October.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, has been invited to join the advisory board of the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics. Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honors society. Cortland has had a chapter since 1970.

Laura J. Davies

Laura J. Davies, English Department, had her chapter, “Browsing with Intent: Digital Information Literacy and Distant Reading Practices,” published in August in The Next Digital Scholar, edited by James P. Purdy and Randall McClure. Her chapter was selected as the featured chapter on the publisher’s website.

Carolyn Bershad

Carolyn Bershad, Counseling and Student Development centers, has learned that the office was awarded full re-accreditation for the 2014-15 year by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). IACS is 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.

Peter Ducey

Peter Ducey, Biological Sciences Department, co-authored the presentation “Predator-Prey Relationships Between Streamside Salamanders and Earthworm Communities Inhabiting the Riparian Zone” recently given by lead author and Cortland alumna Rebecca Forrest Pinder ’02 at the 10th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology held in Athens, Ga., in June. Pinder has recently completed her Ph.D. at University at Albany in ecology and evolutionary biology and is currently a faculty member at Columbia-Greene Community College. The presentation was part of a broader study investigating the influences of non-native earthworms on biotic and abiotic components of stream ecosystems.