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Faculty-Staff Achievements

November 30, 2022

Joe Stankovich, Cate Brizzell, and Kerry Nelson, staff in the Office of Institutional Research, played key roles in the North East Association for Institutional Research conference held in Portland, Maine, Nov. 13-15. As program chair, Joe Stankovich, director of institutional research, led the transition back to an in-person event and was responsible for proposal review and the program. Cate Brizzell, business intelligence and reporting analyst, led a NEAIR newcomer workshop and a special interest group. Kerry Nelson, coordinator for institutional research and assessment, was the conference mobile application representative. The theme of the conference was “Navigating a Changed Higher Ed Landscape Together.” 

Paul Arciero, professor of health and human physiological sciences, was highlighted in a Medical News Today article on the best time of day to exercise for cardiovascular health. 

Catherine J. Golden, professor of English and Tisch Chair in Arts and Letters (2017-22), published "Suicide as Scandal: Representations from Victorian Life and Art" in The Routledge Handbook of Victorian Scandals in Literature and Culture (2022).  

Mary Crone Odekon, chair and professor of physics, was interviewed by WAMC about NASA’s Artemis program. In the 12-minute interview, she ponders the concept of retrofuturism – how the refocus on putting people on the moon mirrors the ideals of the space race half-a-century ago. 

Tammy C. Owens, assistant professor of American studies, published “Teaching to Survive: Keeping Black Girls and Black Girlhood Studies on Campus” in the Girlhood Studies journal. In the article, Owens argues that to ensure the survivability of Black girlhood studies on campus, scholars must establish many homes for Black girlhood studies beyond gender studies and Black studies departments. Further, scholars should advocate for Black girlhood studies as a college course in departments or programs in which Black girls are potential subjects of research.

Shyamala Ratnayeke, visiting assistant professor of biology, co-authored the research article “Identification of three Asian otter species (Aonyx cinereus, Lutra sumatrana, Lutrogale perspicillata) using a novel non-invasive PCR-RFLP analysis” in the journal, Ecology and Evolution. The research, a collaboration with colleagues at Sunway University Malaysia and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig, Germany, was supported by the the Rufford Foundation, MSIG Holdings (Asia), Conservation International Asia-Pacific, The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, and the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund. 

Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, senior artist-in-residence in voice, recently performed the leading role of the Governess and was also the stage director of Benjamin Britten's Gothic horror opera, "The Turn of the Screw" with the Schenectady Symphony at Universal Preservation Hall. This marks the third Skidmore-Schenectady Symphony opera collaboration and was conducted by Glen Cortese, visiting assistant professor of music. It also featured Private Music Instructor Casey Gray as Peter Quint, Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Michael Emery, and performance faculty Stefanie Emery and Luke Baker. Skidmore students were also featured in supporting roles, understudies and crew including Jessica Byers, Lucrezia Zichichi, Johnny Mulcahy, Naomi Wagner, Mary Timmons, Arielle Lam, and Tiffany Yang.  


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