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Faculty-Staff Achievements, Jan. 20, 2015

January 20, 2015


Helen Knowles, Department of Government
Knowles and her undergraduate thesis advisor,
Dr. Rob Busby.

Helen Knowles, visiting assistant professor of government, gave a guest lecture Jan. 13 at her alma mater, Liverpool Hope University. Her talk, titled “What Next for the Nine?  Predicting the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015,” looked at what will happen when the Supreme Court ends its current term in June. She examined what the powers of the federal and state governments will look like, and to what extent this will affect the rights and liberties of Americans.  Knowles is now working on a book-length project titled “Parchment Slaves.” She is also co-editing (with Steven B. Lichtman of Shippensburg University) “Judging Free Speech,” a volume of nine original essays, each providing a comprehensive and accessible overview of the free speech jurisprudence of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Publications and Exhibitions

David Domozych, professor of biology, is author of a chapter titled "Cell wall evolution and diversity" in the book Polysaccharides: Bioactivity and Biotechnology (2014, Springer Press). His chapter describes the complexity and diversity of polysaccharides found in different groups of algae.

Domozych is also co-author of two chapters in the book, Plant Cell Expansion. Methods in Molecular Biology (2015, Human Press):  "Penium margaritaceum as a Model Organism for Cell Wall Analysis of Expanding Plant Cells" and "Using Chemical Genomics to Study Cell Wall Formation and Cell Growth in Arabidopsis thaliana and Penium margaritaceum." Co-authors of these two chapters are from the University of Copenhagen and the University of California at Davis.

In addition Domozych co-wrote a paper titled "Tracking developmentally regulated post-synthetic processing of homogalacturonan and chitin using reciprocal oligosaccharide probes' in the journal,Development,Vol. 141, 2014. This paper deals with the development of new probes for tracing carbohydrates in biological systems. Co-authors are from the University of Copenhagen, INRA/AgroParisTech and the University of Namur (Belgium).

Robert E. (Steve) Goodwin, instructor in Sanskrit, Asian Studies Program, has the following publications, all of them translations from German:

--On the Edge, a novel by Markus Werner: Haus Publishing Ltd (UK), 2012, as hard copy; and New York Review of Books, 2013, as an e-book

--Romanticism, a German Affair, an intellectual history by Rüdiger Safranski: Northwestern University Press 2014.

--Hero, a novel by Root Leeb: Haus Publishing Ltd (UK), 2014.

Sattler's work for juried invitational at Prince St Gallery
Remedy ("Do you see this?"), 9"x13", ink and watercolor
on paper, 2013, by Paul Sattler.

Paul Sattler, Ella Van Dyke Professor of Art and director of the Schick Art Gallery, is one of 62 artists from 21 states whose work is featured in the Seventh Annual National Juried Exhibition Jan. 27–Feb.21 at the Prince Street Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., in New York City.Robert Berlind, an award-winning painter who writes frequently on art, is the juror for the exhibition, which will have an opening reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Sattler's piece is an ink and watercolor on paper titled Remedy ("Do you see this?").

In the News

Joerg Bibow, professor of economics, had an essay titled “Europe must drop austerity and end Greece’s pain to save Euro” published Jan. 13 on the

Benjamin Bogin, associate professor of Asian studies, was interviewed by the Albany Times Union for a story titled “Found in translation,” about his book titled The Illuminated Life of the Great Yolmowa, about the 17th-Century Buddhist master. In addition, Bogin did a “5 Questions” feature for The Saratogian on the same topic. He will present a slide show of images from the book in a free presentation at p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway.

Research by Corinne Moss-Racusin, assistant professor of psychology, and assistants Aneta Molenda ’14 and Charlotte Cramer ’15 about gender bias in the STEM fields was covered by the, Inside Higher Education, and The Washington Post.

Ron Seyb, Joseph C. Palamountain Jr. Professor of Government, was a source for a Jan. 6 story on WNYT-TV, the Albany NBC affiliate, on the political plans of Rep. Chris Gibson, who has said that his current term in Congress as representative of New York’s 19th congressional district will be his last.

Megan Williams, visiting assistant professor of American studies, was a source for “The Tinman’s Hat from The Wiz Offers Just a Hint of the Musical’s Beating Heart,” published Jan. 5 on

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