SUNY Research Foundation to visit campus, host technology transfer discussion

Staff from the Innovation and Partnerships Office at the SUNY Research Foundation will be on campus April 30 to learn about specific research our faculty are engaged in and meet with any faculty interested in pursuing technology transfer options. An open session will be held in the Physical Science Building, room 209, from 2-3 p.m. For more information, contact Denise Straut, Sponsored Programs Office, x2525.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Department Seminar

The Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics will host its monthly department seminar this Friday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in Fitzelle Hall, room 205. Dr. Laura Munteanu will present a talk entitled “Geometric Perspectives to Control Theory”.

Abstract: Control systems can be viewed as ordinary differential equations or dynamical systems involving a parameter. This parameter, called control, can be varied as to induce diverse trajectories of the given system through its solutions. More precisely, from a fixed point or state, we could reach an entire set of other states by varying the control. These are the so-called reachable sets, and the environment or the space in which the trajectories of certain control systems evolve may not necessarily be an Euclidean space but rather a differentiable manifold. These ideas led to the development of a new branch of control theory, called geometric control theory. In this presentation, we will discuss a few examples of both linear and nonlinear control systems, and we will look at how nonlinear control systems can be viewed as collections of vector fields on finite dimensional differentiable manifolds.

Public Events Committee seeking applications for funding

The Public Events Committee continues to seek applications for funding of “public events” on the SUNY Oneonta campus for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

The application deadline is approaching – Friday, April 26, 2019.

Typical events that meet the “cultural and educational standards of the college” include guest speakers; arts and cultural activities; readings; concerts and public performances; and presentations geared to increase the positive cultural relationship within and between the college and the surrounding community.

Generally, funding awards are between $300 and $1000. Funding requests should demonstrate that substantial funding (preferably more than 50%) is sought from additional sources.

The “college sponsored” event should be held on campus and should benefit the entire campus community, NOT just a narrow interest group or population.

All proposals should include a budget and advertising plan.

The proposal must be submitted by a member of the faculty, staff, or a current or retired employee of the college.

For complete submission guidelines, link to the application form, and sample proposals, visit the Public Events Committee’s web page by searching for “Committee on Public Events” or going to

Questions? Contact Public Events Committee Chair, George Hovis, at or at 436-2571.

GSRC seeking Dialogue Session facilitators for Fall 2019

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is looking for folks who may be interested in facilitating Dialogue Sessions this Fall!

Dialogue Sessions are intentional 60-90 minute conversations around topics involving gender and/or sexuality. Facilitators choose the topic they would like to lead a discussion on. Depending on the number of sessions, they are held bi-weekly or weekly throughout the semester. Facilitators can be faculty, staff, or students.

Examples of sessions we’ve had this past academic year include:

  • Queer Women of Color: Visibility, Stereotypes, Social Justice
  • Masculinity & Relationships
  • Environmental (In)Justice
  • Where We Meet: The Intersection of Race and Gender Stereotypes
  • Cultural Appropriation?: The Complexities of What We Mean by “Culture”

If you would like to facilitate a dialogue session, please contact Emily Phelps

Still time to sign up for employee Safe Space 101 training

As we near the end of the year, here is a reminder that there are two Safe Space 101 trainings left that are available to employees. The details are listed below, as well as how to RSVP for a session.

Schedule Details:

– Monday, April 22, 4-7 p.m., Union Square Room, Hunt Union

– Tuesday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Butternut Valley Room, Hunt Union

How to RSVP:

  • Go to
  • In the top right corner, there will be a button labeled SIGN IN. Click that and log in with your Oneonta username and password.
  • Once back on the home dashboard, in the search bar, you can type in “Safe Space 101”. The events will populate, and you can select which one you’d like to attend. Please make sure to select one that’s labeled accordingly (i.e. Employees select “Faculty/Staff Only”).
  • Once you select the event, you’ll go to the specific event page and after scrolling down, you’ll see a button labeled RSVP TO THIS EVENT. Click that and you should be good to go. You will get email notification closer to the session date with more information.

If the above dates don’t work, there will be more monthly options next academic year.

If there are any questions or if your department/office would like to schedule a training session for your unit for over the summer, please contact Emily Phelps, Assistant Director for Student Life & Leadership/GSRC at

Andrew Bottomley interviewed for CNN/Beme News report on podcasts

Dr. Andrew Bottomley, Assistant Professor of Media Studies in SUNY Oneonta’s Department of Communication & Media, is featured in a CNN online news report titled “Can podcasts survive the billion dollar hype?” 
Dr. Bottomley was interviewed by “It’s Lou!” host Lou Foglia about the current state of the podcasting industry, in the wake of hundreds-of-millions of dollars of recent investment in the medium from the likes of Spotify (which acquired the podcasting startups Gimlet Media, Anchor, and Parcast). Dr. Bottomley teaches and researches radio, podcasting, and the cultural convergence of broadcast media and the internet. 
“It’s Lou!” is a commentary show covering media, technology, economics, and global politics for Beme News, CNN’s millennial-centric YouTube channel. Foglia interviewed Dr. Bottomley as background research for his story, and he references Dr. Bottomley numerous times in his commentary and analysis.