Faculty Research & Creative Activity Grant Program spring 2019 call for applications

The Grants Development Office (GDO) is pleased to announce the spring 2019 application round of the 2019/20 Faculty/Professional Staff Research & Creative Activity Grant Program (for funding commencing July 1, 2019). The application deadline is March 18, 2019, 11:59 pm.

This program is designed to support faculty in all disciplines to conduct research or creative work. Applicants may request up to $3,000 for the funding period ending June 30, 2020. Funds awarded through this program may be used to cover costs associated with the proposed research or creative activity, such as necessary travel (to conduct the work), supplies, analysis costs, student assistants, etc.

Grant applicants must be paid employees of SUNY Oneonta at least through the fall 2019 semester. Adjunct and part-time instructors are welcome to submit applications, provided they have a contract for the fall 2019 semester. Faculty on sabbatical leave in the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semesters are eligible to apply. Priority in funding decisions will be given to junior faculty and applicants who have not received previous awards, and to interdisciplinary projects.

Guidelines and the online application link are available on the GDO website. Questions? Contact the GDO – Chris Barberio (x2434) or Kathy Meeker (x2632).

Stich, collaborators publish article on design of long-term ecological studies

Dan Stich, assistant professor in the Biology Department and Biological Field Station at Cooperstown recently published a research article with collaborators at the U.S. Geological Survey New York Water Science Center in Troy, NY.

The USGS project leads and other researchers have been studying fish community recovery from acid rain in the Adirondacks and Catskills for many years. However, naturally high variability in the numbers and types of fish makes it very difficult to detect changes in those systems using common statistical techniques. The focus of this project was to characterize how variable fish assemblage metrics actually are in these montane streams, and to provide information about how metric choice and sampling intensity can influence conclusions about recovery from acid rain.

The approach used is generalizable to a wide variety of ecological questions, and has the potential to be used for saving time and money through a priori study design. The paper was published in the open-access journal Ecological Indicators, and the full-text article is availablehere through the publisher website. Reproducible simulation code is made available through GitHub here.


Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seeking students for SUNY Model Senate session

The SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is pleased to invite students to apply to be nominated for a unique and challenging opportunity as a Student Senator to represent SUNY Oneonta during the CUNY/SUNY Model Senate Session. Students participate in a mandatory training program with a campus mentor to develop leadership skills in a legislative/policy-making setting, emphasizing critical thinking and communication. Students should be prepared to commit their time during the weekend of March 8-10, 2019.

The Model Senate, now in its 23rd year, is held in Albany at the State Capital Senate Chamber in conjunction with the annual state-wide “Somos el Futuro Conference.” In addition, student senators will have the opportunity to compete for ten scholarships awarded by the NYS Assembly and Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, as well as summer interships with members of the state legislature.

The SUNY Oneonta contingent of 3-4 students will be led by Andrew Stammel of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Lodging, transportation, and food costs will be covered by SUNY. Please email inquiries to andrew.stammel@oneonta.edu or phone 607.436.2835.

Applications are due February 22, 2019.

From the Faculty Center: Brown Bag event rescheduled, writing workshops to be held

The Brown Bag: Sustainable Course Designation event has been rescheduled to Feb. 18.

Join the Office of Sustainability to discuss the process of applying for sustainability designation.

When: Monday, February 18, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Where: 159 Fitzelle Faculty Lounge


Writing Across the Curriculum

Foster pedagogical conversations with faculty in meaningful, engaging, and authentic writing across disciplines. Presenters will hold workshops for faculty utilizing meaningful writing practices for a variety of classes and carious purposes.

When: Friday, March 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Hunt Union


Theater Department to present “The Exception and the Rule”

SUNY Oneonta’s Theatre Department with the Mask and Hammer Theatre Club presents The Exception and the Rule, written by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Eric Bentley, and directed by John McCaslin-Doyle. Following the tale of a merchant attempting to cross the desert, this play is very relevant to our times, examining exploitation, class conflict, and the modern legal system.

The production opens on Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamblin Theater located in SUNY Oneonta’s Fine Arts Center. Following shows will be on February 23 at 7:30 p.m., February 24 at 2 p.m., February 26 at 7:30 p.m., February 27 at 7:30 p.m., and the final show on February 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hunt Union Information Desk, at tickets.oneonta.edu, or at the door one hour prior to the performance. For more information visit oneonta.edu/theatre.