Andrew Gallup Co-Authors Journal Publication with Undergraduates

Andrew Gallup of the Psychology Department co-authored a research article with undergraduate students Allyson Church and Anthony Pelegrino (both graduated in May 2016) in the peer-reviewed journal Biology Letters. The paper is entitled “Yawn duration predicts brain weight and cortical neuron number in mammals” and is available online. The abstract is presented below.

Abstract: Research indicates that the motor action pattern of yawning functions to promote cortical arousal and state change through enhanced intracranial circulation and brain cooling. Because the magnitude of this response likely corresponds to the degree of neurophysiological change, we hypothesized that interspecies variation in yawn duration would correlate with underlying neurological differences. Using openly accessible data, we show that both the mean and variance in yawn duration are robust predictors of mammalian brain weight and cortical neuron number (rho values > 0.9). Consistent with these effects, primates tend to have longer and more variable yawn durations compared with other mammals. Although yawning has long been considered a stereotyped action pattern, these findings reveal substantial variation in this response and highlight the importance of measuring yawn duration in future research.

Hunt Union hours of operation for October break

Hunt Union will observe the following hours during the October break:

                                               OPEN                                    CLOSE

Friday, 10/7                        7:30 am                                6:00 pm
Saturday, 10/8                   9:00 am                                5:00 pm
Sunday, 10/9                      9:00 am                                5:00 pm (Open for Starbucks only at 9am & full service at 12pm)
Monday, 10/10                  7:30 am                                 9:00 pm
Tuesday, 10/11                   7:30 am                                11:00 pm (Open for Starbucks until 11pm full service ends at 9pm)


Application Deadline for UUP Individual Development Awards is November 11th

The UUP Individual Development Awards Program is designed to support a variety of professional development projects or activities by assisting eligible employees to develop their full professional potential and to prepare for advancement.

The maximum amount that can be awarded to an applicant is $1000.  Employees may only be funded for one project or activity per award period.  This allocation covers projects/activities that have occurred or will occur between July 2, 2016 and March 31, 2017. 

For guidelines: deadline-for-uup-individual-development-awards-16-17

MyOneonta and Blackboard Maintenance

MyOneonta and Blackboard will be undergoing maintenance Saturday, October 8, from 6:30am to 6:30pm(EST).  During this time MyOneonta/Blackboard will be unavailable. Students will not have access to Blackboard during this time as well, so they will not be able to turn in course assignments during this time.  Please check your assignment and test due dates to make sure that they do not fall during this time frame.

Emily’s Story

The campus community is invited to a special presentation to be given at the next Oneonta Peer-led Cancer Support Group meeting.  Our guest speaker, John Salka,  Director of Respiratory Services at Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, NY and Supervisor for the Town of Brookfield, will share his daughter Emily’s story. Emily was a SUNY Oneonta student who loved life to the fullest and continued her studies until she lost her battle to brain cancer in Fall 2015.

He will also touch upon the relationship between the environment and cancer.

Please join us for this powerful message on October 19, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Butternut Valley Room in Hunt Union, next to Starbucks.