Achim Koeddermann, Philosophy, at the international conference of the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science

Achim Koeddermann, Philosophy, chaired and organized a panel at the international conference of the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS, October 29) at Fordham University. It provided the context to his presentation at the NY Asian Studies Society at Utica College (September 24) on the philosophically founded building of a “Civil Society in Central Asia.” The discussion on Classical Islamic Philosophy from Avicenna to AlGhazali at Fordham focused on the distinction between Islamic Philosophy and its possible applications, and widespread misunderstandings in the interpretation of Islamic Philosophy.

In the framework of the parallel conference the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at Lincoln Center, the discussion focused on the application of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, such as Epicurean philosophy, and its transformation in “The East Asian Heritage of Ancient and Medieval Central Asia”. Elyor Makhmudov, Dean, Institute of Oriental Studies, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, provided the link to applied philosophy in constructing a civil society as alternative to Western interpretations of philosophy since Plato. The research presented at Fordham U. was the result of an international Colloquium at Koblenz University at the “Institute for Environmental Sciences” (6.22.2016). Koeddermann’s invited talk “Against tragedy of the commons? Central Asian concepts of community and sustainability for Environmental ethics” led to a redefinition of the Silk Road with an emphasis on sustainability.  As part of the new applied track in Philosophy at SUNY Oneonta, it was developed and later discussed in cooperation with the Environmental Ethics students and the participants of the “Sustainable Development in Developing Countries” Seminar.

Biology Seminar Series November 11

The Seminar Series in Biology presents:

“The Developmental Origin of Gills in Mayflies,”  presented by Brigid O’Donnell, Ph.D., Plymouth State University. Dr. O’Donnell is a developmental biologist. Her research is integrative in that she utilizes techniques and perspectives that span modern genetic and molecular techniques, morphological studies, and studies of  organisms in their environment. In this presentation she will discuss research on the developmental origin of gills in mayfly species.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday November 11th in Science I room 121.

About this seminar series: This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.



Date and Location Change for Workplace Caregiver Education Series Final Program

The Employee Assistance Program would like to remind you that the last scheduled Workplace Caregiver Education session is coming up.  Topic is Decisions! Decisions! When They Count and What Matters Most.

New Date and Location.  This valuable information session will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at noon in Craven Lounge.   See attached flyer for more information about this session: workplace-lunch-series-last-date.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Nicosia, EAP Coordinator at x2452.

Katherine Lau, Psychology, Has Peer-reviewed Journal Article Published

Katherine Lau, Assistant Professor, Psychology, has had a peer-reviewed journal article published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation:

Schwartz, K., Alexander, A. O., Lau, K.S.L., Holloway, E.D., & Aalsma, M. C. (2016). Motivating compliance: Juvenile probation officer strategies and skills. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1080/10509674.2016.1257532

Juvenile probation officers aim to improve youth compliance with probation conditions, but questions remain about how officers motivate youth. The study’s purpose was to determine which officer reported probation strategies (client-centered vs. confrontational) were associated with their use of evidence-based motivational interviewing skills. Officers (N = 221) from 18 Indiana counties demonstrated motivational interviewing skills by responding to scenarios depicting issues common to youth probationers. Results of a hierarchical multiple regression analysis indicated that, while officer endorsement of client-centered strategies was not associated with differential use of motivational interviewing skills, officers endorsing confrontational strategies were less likely to demonstrate motivational interviewing skills.

UUP Part-Time and Adjunct Meeting

UUP invites Part-timers and Adjuncts represented by the UUP Bargaining Unit to join a discussion concerning their needs, situations and goals on Wednesday November 16th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Le Cafe, Morris Hall.  UUP Officers will attend to greet and facilitate discussion over light refreshments.  In addition, attendees will receive some UUP Swag.