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     Paul Arciero, exercise science, is lead author of an article on creatine use and resistance training in Metabolism, vol. 50, December 2001; co-authors include Norman Hannibal ’98, Christopher Gentile ’99, and Jason Hamed ’99. Arciero co-authored two other articles on resistance exercise, one in the Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 90, 2001, and one in a forthcoming American Journal of Physiology.

     Tim Brown, athletics, has been inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Hall of Fame. He’s the first Hall of Famer from New York State and just the fourth from the NCAA’s Division III. Since 1981 Brown’s Thoroughbreds have won twenty-five championships in five conferences and qualified for Division III nationals fifteen years in a row.

      David Domozych, biology, published a paper on the pectin and protein components of the cell walls of a Closterium alga in the Journal of Phycology, vol. 37, 2001. Co-authors were Ariella Baylson ’00 and Brian Stevens ’00.

      Glenn Egelman, health services, won an American Medical Association award for physicians who expand their knowledge and skills through continuing education.

      Michael Ennis-McMillan, anthropology, received a 2001–02 fellowship from the Center for U.S. –Mexican Studies at the University of California at San Diego. He’s preparing a book on community-based water management and environmental health in Mexico. Among his recent publications was “Suffering from Water: Social Origins of Bodily Distress in a Mexican Community” in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, vol. 15, no. 3.

      Denise Evert, psychology, published a research study, “Selective attentional processing and the right hemisphere: Effects of aging and alcoholism,” in Neuropsychology, vol. 15, no. 4.

      Steven Frey, chemistry, has received a grant of nearly $50,000 from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society. Frey’s study will explore the ability of hectorite clay, when bound with particular metals, to hydrolyze, or break down, toxins. The grant includes support for student researchers for the next three summers.

      In January Roy Ginsburg, government, went on a European speaking tour, arranged by the U.S. embassies in Prague and Berlin, to discuss U.S.-Europe relations. In Prague he joined Skidmore students involved in Model European Union simulations. Ginsburg also consulted with U.S. intelligence agencies and the State Department regarding European security issues. In February he was invited to a Green Party conference in Berlin, to discuss the European Union’s security policies with the German foreign minister and Greens leader, the Greens president in the European Parliament, the editor of France’s Le Monde newspaper, and others.

      Francisco Gonzalez, philosophy, has received both a Humboldt and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to support sabbatical research next year, including six months at the University of Freiburg in Germany. He’s working on a book about Heidegger’s critiques of Plato. In the fall Gonzalez presented papers on Plato and Heidegger at universities in Milan and Pavia, Italy. Last summer he delivered a paper about Socratic communication for the International Association for Greek Philosophy in Rhodes, Greece.

      Steven Hoffmann, government, was in India and China last year to research a project titled “India-China Relations: U.S. Perceptions and Policy, sponsored by the Asia Society of New York City and the Woodrow Wilson Center of Washington, D.C. Hoffmann is on the project’s steering committee, co-chaired by former U.S. Ambassadors Winston Lord (China) and Frank Wisner (India). A research compendium is to be published in 2002– 03. In January Hoffmann was back in India, studying the role of the press in U.S.-India relations.

      In the fall Jack T. F. Ling, diversity and affirmative action, gave a presentation at an American Council on Education conference in Cincinnati. (The invitation arose from Skidmore’s being one of fifty institutions chosen in 1998 to spearhead President Clinton’s campus-community dialogues on race.) Ling discussed three Saratoga groups working on race relations.

      Kimberly Marsella and John Thomas, geosciences, attended the annual meetings of the Geological Society of America in Boston, where both gave talks on teaching strategies. Recently Thomas was honored for his “long and outstanding service” to the New York State conference of the American Association of University Professors.

      In Chicago, Reinhard Mayer, German, participated in a Goethe Institute seminar to organize upcoming standardized exams in business German (linguistic skills, plus business practices and culture). Skidmore is a magnet testing site for the exams, to be administered each spring. Mayer also contributed four articles to a reference work on scholars of German literature, for the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, to be published later this year.

      Scope and Barbara Melville, college relations, won an award from the mid-Atlantic district of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Melville’s feature story “Now Hear This!” (fall 2000 Scope) earned a silver medal in the “Best Article of the Year” category.

      Karl Mihalek and Priscilla Barry, campus safety, were honored by Saratoga Springs officials. Mihalek, a retired Saratoga police officer, won an Exceptional Service Award, while Barry, a city firefighter, was among a group cited for helping save two people from a plane crash in 1998.

      In January Doretta Miller, art, had a solo exhibition titled Signs of the Times: New Paintings of China at the First Street Gallery on West 26th Street in New York City.

      Last summer Bernard Possidente, biology, presented “Genetic Variation Among Inbred Mouse Strains for Circadian Activity Rhythm Period” at the Behavior Genetics Society meetings in Cambridge, England. Co-presenters were Jennifer Wishnow ’02, Susan Kurr ’02, and Felicia Gomez ’02. Possidente and Augustus Lumia, psychology (emeritus), will soon publish three articles on rat models for anabolic steroid abuse: one, co-authored by M.Y. McGinnis, in Physiology & Behavior, and the other two, co-authored by McGinnis and Meg Breuer ’98, in Hormones and Behavior.

      Jeffrey Segrave, exercise science, gave a lecture, “Toward a (Cosmo)politics of the Winter Olympic Games” for the University of Utah’s lecture series on the history and culture of the Olympics. Before and during this year’s winter games in Salt Lake City, Segrave was quoted in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio. Additionally he’s the author of “‘The Lovely Evil’: The Pregame Sex Myth and the Denigration of Women,” in Violence Against Women, vol. 8, no. 1, 2002.

      Mason Stokes, English, gave a paper titled “Straight, No Chaser: Harlem, Heterosexuality, and the 1920s” at the W. E. B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University, where he is currently a fellow.

      Jamienne S. Studley, president, is chair-elect and program chair for the Annapolis Group, an organization of some 100 top liberal-arts colleges around the country. The group works to promote greater public understanding and appreciation for the value of a top-quality liberal-arts education. Studley also joined the boards of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, New York State’s Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the American Bar Association President’s Commission on Loan Repayment and Forgiveness.

      Jill Sweet, anthropology, received a fellowship from the School of American Research for a summer residency in Santa Fe, N.M., to work on a new edition of her book about the dances of the Tewa Pueblo Indians.

      On Christmas Day, Mark Vinci, music, performed with Bucky Pizzarelli and Michael Feinstein on TV’s "Today" show. Also Vinci made a CD with Feinstein, called Romance on Film, Romance on Broadway, which earned a Grammy nomination.

      Mark Youndt, management and business, presented a paper on human resources in service organizations (co-written with Bruce Skaggs from the University of Kentucky) at the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management in Charleston, S.C.



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