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Faculty-Staff Achievements, March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015


A book by associate government Professor Flagg Taylor titled The Contested Removal Power (2013, University Press of Kansas) has been named an “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2014 by Choice magazine. According to the magazine write up, “Every year, Choice subject editors single out for recognition the most signi­ficant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice during the previous calendar year. Appearing annually in Choice’s January issue, this prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts extraordinary attention from the academic library community.

The 2014 feature includes 690 titles in 54 disciplines and subsections. In awarding Outstanding Academic Title status, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles:

• overall excellence in presentation and scholarship

• importance relative to other literature in the ­ field

• distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form

• originality or uniqueness of treatment

• value to undergraduate students

• importance in building undergraduate library collections.”


Regina Janes, professor of English, delivered the keynote address, titled “Edmund Burke: The Man with Too Many Countries,” at the third meeting of the Burke Society of America, held Feb. 27-28 at Villanova University, Philadelphia.

Gordon Thompson, professor and chair, Department of Music, spoke with Skidmore alumni groups March 5th and 6th in Sarasota and West Palm Beach, Florida about globalization, memory, and sixties British pop.  "'I Can't Explain': The Second British Invasion of 1965" considered how the American and British music markets began to converge.

Skidmore administrators and students shared their insights as panelists for a discussion titled “College Life: Successful Transitions from High School to College,” presented March 12 at Saratoga Springs High School. Four of the six panelists for the event were from Skidmore—Academic Counselor Darren Drabek, who served as moderator; Counseling Center Director Julia Routbort; Eric Beriquete ’15 (a sociology major and peer academic coach); and Jenny Seibyl ’15 (a psychology major and head peer health educator).

Organized by college admissions consultant Beth Payer ’90, the evening was part of the Saratoga Springs School District’s Parent University, which offers programs on effective parenting and strategies for success in school.


Steven J. Ives, assistant professor, Health and Exercise Sciences Department, is the author of “Passive leg movement and nitric oxide-mediated vascular function: The impact of age,” published in the most recent issue of American Journal of Physiology, Heart and Circulatory Physiology. This article supports the use of the Passive limb movement model as a means of assessing vascular health, and is currently being used by his research group to understand the impact of oxidative stress on vascular health.

In the News

John Brueggemann, professor and chair, Department of Sociology, was a source for “Where has civility gone?” published March 7 in The Post-Star, Glens Falls.

Darren Bennett, head women’s basketball coach, was the subject of a feature titled “Bennett follows basketball dream, but Fitchburg is still home,” published March 8 in the Fitchburg (Mass.) Sentinel and Enterprise, his hometown newspaper. 

Michael Lopez, assistant professor of mathematics, has made a mark on this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. He is featured in a story titled “NCAA pool is worth $15,000—if you can write the code,” published March 12 by; and "How do you win a March Madness bracket?” published by and on He also was the subject of a New York Times feature titled “The Math of March Madness” published March 20.

Please send news items to Andrea Wise, Office of Communications.