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Faculty-Staff Achievements, April 14, 2013

April 14, 2013


Matthew Hockenos, associate professor and chair, Department of History, and Rabbi Linda Motzkin, Jewish chaplain, participated in a “Film & Forum” discussion April 7 following the screening of Lore at the Saratoga Film Forum.

Joseph R. Murphy, community coordinator, Office of Residential Life, has been elected to the executive board of the Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers (NEACUHO).  He will continue serving the organization as treasurer beginning a two-year term in June where his responsibilities will include managing the receipt and distribution of all funds, chairing the finance committee, and providing financial reports.

Three faculty members and 13 students attended the regional Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience conference April 3 at Quinnipiac University. Participants included faculty members Bernie Possidente, professor of biology, Denise McQuade, senior teaching associate in biology, and Sarita Lagalwar, Susan Kettering Williamson ’59 Professor in Neuroscience; and the following students: Kaitlin Garofano, Yusuke Ota, Pamela Hirschberg, and Michael Greenberg, Class of 2013; Maia Moog, Emily Carbone, and Katherine Alwan, Class of 2014; Nicholas Toker, Mayumi Kohiyama, and Kara Rode, Class of 2015; and Cara Kraus-Perrotta, Jenny Zhang and Natasha Noelfils, Class of 2016.

The students combined to deliver five separate poster presentations in a well-attended session. Kaitlin Garofano was recognized for the most outstanding undergraduate poster presentation, which included good visual presentation and excellent verbal presentation and response to questions. She received the Susan Bliss Tieman Award. She was co-author with Yusuke Ota and Pamela Hirschberg. Overall, attendance doubled from the last meeting, with 100 submitted abstracts and more than 75 posters.

Sheldon Solomon, professor of psychology, participated in a conference titled “Security and Terrorism in the Modern World: Social Science and Legal Perspectives” April 9 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The program was sponsored by the university’s Department of Psychology and College of Law.


Gordon Thompson, professor of music, describes how the British music press reacted to the release of the Beatles’ third single, “From Me to You” on the Oxford University Press OUPBlog (11 April) in “From Me (the Beatles) to You (the Stones), April 1963.”

In the News

Sandy Baum, professor emerita of economics, was a source for “Study: More Adult Pell Grants, Not Enough Graduating,” a report by David Greene that aired April 10 on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Roy Ginsberg, professor and chair, Department of Government, and Jean Monnet Professor in European Integration Studies, was a source for two recent stories following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. On Monday, April 8, he discussed the Reagan-Thatcher alliance in an interview that aired on WAMC-FM, and on Tuesday, April 9, his opinions were featured in a Daily Gazette story titled “Skidmore prof: Thatcher best PM since Churchill.”

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