Kaugars reception to be held July 19

Please join us to wish Karlis Kaugars success in his new role as Chief Information Officer at the University of Rhode Island. A farewell reception will be held Thursday, July 19 in the Physical Science Building First Floor Atrium from 2:30 to 4 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

Contact the Office of Finance and Administration x2081 if you have questions.

Barbara Vokatis publishes article in international journal

Barbara Vokatis (Elementary Education and Reading Department) published an article titled “Reflections from the First Phase of Teaching Online Literacy Clinics: Changes to the Initial Perspectives and Future Considerations” in Literacy Research & Practice, an international publication of the Organization of Teacher Educators in Literacy.

The article describes changes to the initial design of innovative online literacy clinic courses for master’s students taking SUNY Oneonta literacy programs online.

Florian Reyda and students attend, present at Cancún meeting

Last week, Florian Reyda, Biology, and two graduate and four undergraduate students traveled to Cancún, Mexico for the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists.

Graduate student Maggie Doolin gave an oral presentation about her Masters research on species of thorny-headed worms in fishes. Graduate student Brian Mullin and undergraduates Jessica Schoeck, Byron Peregrim, Sisina Macchiarelli and Daniela Aguilar presented posters on the results of their own parasitological research projects on host-parasite systems of Otsego Lake, or of marine stingray tapeworms. Sisina’s poster received an honorable mention at the meetings. Reyda also gave two presentations.

Several of the student research projects were supported in part by Student Research Grants from SUNY Oneonta. Student travel to these meetings was supported in part by the Caroline ’67 and David D’Antonio Student Travel for Excellence Fund. 

Important UUP contract meeting July 23

UUP Contract Meeting with Negotiations Team: Monday, July 23, 3 p.m., IRC Lecture Hall 2

There will be an important UUP meeting on Monday, July 23 at 3 PM in IRC Lecture Hall 2 to discuss the tentative contract. The UUP Negotiations Team will explain the provisions of the contract and procedures for the vote on ratification Attendees are encouraged to pose questions and comments to the Negotiations Team. This meeting is open to—and limited to—members of the UUP bargaining unit. For questions about the meeting, contact oneonta@uupmail.org

Biological Field Station interns find first American Eel in upper Susquehanna River in recent decades

Summer interns at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station in Cooperstown stumbled on a surprise recently when they caught a 12-inch American eel more than 440 miles from the ocean in a habitat from which the species was thought to have been extirpated.

The interns, high school seniors Alexa Platt and Lauren Saggese, were electrofishing on June 29 in the Susquehanna River near the base of the Cooperstown Dam at Otsego Lake, NY, when they discovered the eel.

American eels were reduced below detection during the late 20th century, which is largely attributed to construction of dams, and this find represents the most-upstream record of the fish in the system in decades. Needless to say, the find is generating much excitement among those enamored with the American eel.

Platt and Saggese are working to, respectively, characterize fish assemblages and invasive rusty crayfish densities prior to the planned stocking of juvenile eels in the watershed. This is part of larger eel restoration efforts in the Upper Susquehanna River involving the state Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SUNY Cobleskill, Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta.

From its origin at Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, the Susquehanna River flows for more than 440 miles, making it the longest river on America’s east coast. It eventually empties into the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The location of the eel represents the very upstream extent to the Susquehanna River and is the terminal point to what historically was the longest fish migration on the east coast.


Alanna Rudzik publishes article on infant sleep in Sleep Medicine

Alanna Rudzik (Anthropology) is the lead author of an article in the peer-reviewed journal Sleep Medicine entitled “Discrepancies in maternal reports of infant sleep vs. actigraphy by mode of feeding” which can be accessed online at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1389945718303204.

Article Highlights

• Actigraphic measures of infant sleep duration did not vary by feed-type.

• Parental-report infant sleep duration varied by breastfed vs. formula-fed status.

• Parental-report infant sleep duration varied by infant sleep location.

• Parental reports by formula-feeding mothers overestimated infant sleep duration.

• Parental-report data diverged from actigraphic data after 8 weeks infant age.



Many studies of infant sleep rely solely on parentally-reported data, assuming that parents accurately report their infant’s sleep parameters. The objective of this paper is to examine whether night-time sleep parameters of exclusively breastfed or exclusively formula-fed infants differ, and whether correspondence between parental reports and objective measures varies by feeding type.


Mother-infant dyads intending to breastfeed or formula-feed exclusively for 18 weeks were recruited. Mothers were multiparas and primiparas, aged between 18 and 45 years. Infants were full-term, normal birthweight singletons. Maternal report and actigraphic data on infant sleep were collected fortnightly, from four to 18 weeks postpartum. Data were analysed cross-sectionally using t-tests and GLM analysis to control for interaction between feed-type and sleep location.


Actigraphy-assessed infant sleep parameters did not vary by feed-type but parentally reported sleep parameters did. Maternal report and actigraphy data diverged at 10 weeks postpartum and discrepancies were associated with infant feeding type. Compared to actigraphy, maternal reports by formula-feeding mothers (controlling for infant sleep location) over-estimated infant’s Total Sleep Time (TST) at 10 weeks and Longest Sleep Period (LSP) at 10, 12 and 18 weeks.

Conclusions: These results raise questions about the outcomes of previous infant sleep studies where accuracy of parentally-reported infant sleep data is assumed. That parental reports of infant sleep vary by feeding type is particularly important for reconsidering previous studies of infant sleep development and intervention studies designed to influence sleep outcomes, especially where feed-type was heterogeneous, but was not considered as an independent variable. 


Rudzik AEF, Robinson-Smith L, and HL Ball. Discrepancies in maternal reports of infant sleep vs. actigraphy by mode of feeding. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.sleep.2018.06.010.