GSRC looking for SUNY Pride 2018 planning committee members

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is looking for interested faculty, staff and students to join the conference planning committee for SUNY Pride 2018. The SUNY Pride Conference is in its sixth year, welcoming members of the SUNY community to Oneonta for two days of educational dialogue, workshops and networking. Last year, more than 180 attendees from 14 different institutions (both within and outside of New York State) were present, along with local attendees from Oneonta Job Corps Academy and Walton High School.

We are looking for members of the SUNY Oneonta community who would like to volunteer their time this spring and fall to help assist with event planning, marketing, outreach, programming and other preparation tasks. The conference will take place on October 12 and 13 this year. This is an excellent opportunity to work with different members of the campus community and assist in diversity efforts to promote a safe campus for all.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Emily Phelps, the Assistant Director for Student Life & Leadership/the GSRC via email (Emily.Phelps@oneonta.edu) by Wednesday, Feb. 7th.

John Relethford publishes paper on Neandertal ancestry and cranial variation in living humans

John Relethford, Anthropology, is senior author of a paper entitled “Cranial measures and ancient DNA both show greater similarity of Neandertals to recent modern Eurasians than to recent modern sub Saharan Africans,” in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology (with Fred Smith, Illinois State University, as coauthor).

Neandertals are ancient humans that died out about 40,000 years ago, but form part of the ancestry of modern humans (Homo sapiens). Fossil and genetic evidence show that modern humans first evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and about 100,000 years ago began to disperse throughout the rest of the world, where they encountered earlier humans such as Neandertals.

In the past decade, studies of ancient DNA have shown that there is a small amount of Neandertal ancestry in present-day people of Eurasian ancestry but not in present-day people of sub-Saharan African ancestry. This geographic difference is because interbreeding of Neandertals and modern humans took place after the initial dispersion of modern humans out of Africa.

Relethford and Smith tested the hypothesis that the same pattern can be found when comparing cranial measures of present-day humans with those of Neandertals. They examined a multivariate measure of cranial similarity based on 37 craniofacial measures and compared 2,413 crania of present-day humans around the world to an average Neandertal (based on the same measures from fossils).

They found that although all recent modern humans are very similar to each other and quite distinct from Neandertals, individuals of Eurasian descent were closer to Neandertals, as expected from the ancient DNA results. They also showed that other factors, such as differences relating to climatic adaptation, did not affect the conclusions.

Student show to open this week in Martin-Mullen Annex Gallery

“Welcome to Bestiary,” a student show with digital prints by Teresa Memole, will open this week in the Martin-Mullen Annex Gallery (the gallery lobby). The exhibit will run from Jan. 25 to Feb. 9, with a public reception Friday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lobby.  All are welcome.

According to Memole, “Welcome to Bestiary” is a a visual storyline of imagination, curiosity, childhood and monsters.

“In the fall of 2016, I discovered the fun of putting a face (or two) to the unexplained, the scary, and the creaks under your basement stairs. This developed, and continues to develop, into a parallel universe of creatures and cryptics. Some are malevolent, others curious; some are beyond the constraints of humanoid emotions. Caught in the middle are Eleanor, a crypto-biologist from the turn of the 19th century who was followed by monsters throughout her childhood, and Jamie, a boy from the present day searching for answers in Eleanor’s famous field guide.

“Bestiary” is constantly expanding and refining itself; this is by no means a completion of the monster universe. However, it is my hope that you can find enjoyment in this current chronology, and perhaps appreciate the whimsy of a world that started with a single sketch nearly two years ago.”

The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and Project Space Gallery are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when the college is in session and during special events. For more information about the gallery or an upcoming exhibition, contact Gallery Director, Tim Sheesley at (606)436-2445, (607)436-3456 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/art/gallery.html.

Student photography show to open this week in Project Space Gallery

“Harold’s House,” a photography exhibit by student Marissa Hogan, will open this week at the Project Space Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will run from Jan. 25 until Feb. 9, with a public reception Friday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome.
 
Harold’s House” is a series of conceptual digital photographs that reveals the life of a man through images of his aging home, Hogan said. Chipping paint, sagging ceilings and a collection of forgotten curios begin to unveil Harold’s story. The house, once full of life, now reflects Harold’s slow decline. Bedrooms once occupied by children have been abandoned and left for storage. There is a quiet solitude that has settled in the house. Yet, like the dried hydrangeas that sit in vases around the house, there is still life to this space. It is aged, life wilted from its old self, but still beautiful.

Harold currently resides in the house by himself, Hogan said. Harold himself is never physically revealed to the viewer. However, the viewer gets to know him and his story through images of the house and the items that fill it. So, who really is Harold? That is ultimately left for the viewer to decide.
 
The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and Project Space Gallery are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when the college is in session and during special events.  For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, contact Gallery Director, Tim Sheesley at (607)436-2445, (607)436-3456 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/art/gallery.html