Novel approach. Saratoga Reads—a Skidmore-Saratoga project to foster a communitywide reading experience—is warming up the winter. Says lead organizer Marie Glotzbach (Skidmore’s first lady and a lecturer in the theater department),“We invite all area residents, of all ages and interests, to participate in an extensive shared conversation.” Each fall the public nominates novels (easy to find, in English), then a vote picks the winning book. The entire community is encouraged to read the novel and participate in related activities at schools, libraries, and bookstores. This year’s choice is Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire. Learn more at www.saratogareads.org.
Robert Boyers, English, saw his short story “Samantha” included in The Pushcart Prize (The Best of the Small Presses), fall 2005. The story won the Cooper Prize when it appeared last year in The Ontario Review.
Gove Effinger, mathematics, is the co-author of “Integers and Polynomials: Comparing the Close Cousins Z and Fq[x],” in the spring 2005
Mark Huibregtse, mathematics, has had an article on the “multigraded Hilbert scheme of points” accepted by the Pacific Journal of Mathematics.
Joanna Zangrando, American studies, won the 2005 Mary C. Turpie prize from the American Studies Association, honoring her teaching, advising, and
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