Tami LaPilusa presents at fourth Bahamas National History Conference

Tami LaPilusa (Lecturer, Biology Department; School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences; G’12) traveled to The Bahamas in March to conduct land crab research and community outreach in Eleuthera, and to present at the 2018 Bahamas National History Conference in Nassau http://bnhc242.com/. During the expedition, she expanded her collaboration with the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, which facilitated her STEM outreach visits with almost 100 high school students at both Preston H. Albury and Windermere High Schools on the Island of Eleuthera and assisted with logistics for future land crab research sites and faculty led study-abroad programs in The Bahamas.

Her presentation “CCRABSS 2017: Creating Collaboration in Research Among Bahamian and SUNY Oneonta Students” at the 2018 BNHC highlighted the findings of her month-long Faculty Led Study Abroad course from summer 2017, where five SUNY Oneonta students were part of an international research expedition to survey the land crab fishery on North Andros Island, The Bahamas.

While at the BNHC, LaPilusa was also an invited scientist in the “Meet a Scientist” Series, where local and international researchers were engaged with elementary students from Nassau to share about what it means to be a scientist and how and why they became passionate about their research program and biology. Generous funding for this important professional development opportunity was provided in part by the Biology Department, the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and The College at Oneonta Foundation.

Michelle Hendley publishes book review

Michelle Hendley, Milne Library, recently published a review of the book, Becoming a Reflective Librarian and Teacher: Strategies for Mindful Academic Practice by Michelle Reale. Reale’s book provides an introduction to the theoretical foundation and practical application of reflective practice. The review appears in the May 2018 issue of the journal, College & Research Libraries. The full-text of the review is available at https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.79.4.594.

Brian Haley publishes new research article

As part of his continuing scholarship on people and communities who adopt Native American identities despite lacking the ancestry or affiliation such claims are expected to entail, Brian Haley (Anthropology) has published a new research article, “Craig Carpenter and the neo-Indians of LONAI,” in the American Indian Quarterly (Spring 2018). The article addresses how Carpenter became a foundational neo-Indian in the 1950s by merging metaphysical spirituality, political activism, and building a network of like-minded self-described “traditionalists.”

Leslie Hasbargen and William Starna have paper accepted

A paper co-authored by Leslie Hasbargen, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and William A. Starna, Emeritus Anthropology, has been accepted for publication and will appear in Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies (85, no. 4, Autumn 2018). It is titled: “Before and After the Deluge: A New Assessment of the Clinton Dam, 1779.”

Congratulations to Dr. Trudy Thomas-Smith, new faculty lead of Inclusive Classroom Team

The Office of Equity and Inclusion and Academic Affairs would like to congratulate Dr. Trudy Thomas-Smith on her appointment as the new faculty lead of the Inclusive Classroom Team.

Dr. Thomas-Smith is an Associate Professor and a tenured faculty member in the Chemistry department with teaching specialties in Analytical Chemistry and General Chemistry. She is also a prior recipient of the Tapestry of Diversity award and has long worked to create a welcoming and inclusive climate at SUNY Oneonta.

Dr. Thomas-Smith is in her second year on the Inclusive Classroom Team, and we are fortunate to have her work with the Office of Equity and inclusion during the 2018-2019 academic year. Please join us in welcoming her in this new role.

Cynthia Falk co-chairs session at annual Architectural Historian meeting

Cynthia Falk, Cooperstown Graduate Program, co-chaired the session “Architecture of Diplomacy and Defense” with Lisa Davidson of the Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service. The session was presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, which took place in St. Paul, Minnesota April 18-22. Presenters analyzed buildings from the Sinai Peninsula, South Korea, American Samoa, and the Italy-Yugoslav border, addressing cultural interactions in contested places.

Tracy Betsinger co-organizes anthropology symposium

Tracy Betsinger, Anthropology, recently co-organized a symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Austin, Texas. The session, “Skeletons in His Closet: A Symposium in Honor of Clark Spencer Larsen,” brought together former students of Larsen, who shared the results of their recent research projects. She co-authored two presentations in the session and was co-author on a third presentation at the conference.