Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of chemistry, had an article published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Published on November 30, 2016, the article investigated how to theoretically model iron porphyrin on a metal surface. Simpson’s research determined that this molecule can be switched between two spin states, similar to how a light switch is turned on and off.
“These molecules (porphyrins) have great potential to be used as molecular spintronics,” Simpson said. “Understanding and determining molecules that can be spintronics is necessary for producing quantum computers. Quantum computers have the potential to perform calculations faster than currently used silicon-based computers.” Simpson said the findings are important not only because of the speed of the computers, but also the size of them. “Current computers have a size restriction due to the physical limitations of the transistors that are used in them,” he said. “However, quantum computers can get past this limitation.”
Simpson worked with collaborators from the University at Buffalo (notably, Dan Miller and Prof. Eva Zurek), Jagiellonian University in Poland, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Penn State-Behrend, and the Univerität Bayreuth in Germany.
Darwin L. King, professor of accounting, and Edward D. King had an article published in the September 2016 issue of the Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly. The article is titled "A Brief History of the Evolution of Percentage Depletion." King has done research in natural resource accounting and taxation for the last 17 years. The majority of his research in this area involves timber accounting and taxation. This is the 40th article that King has published in this journal since 2000.
Dr. René Hauser, director of differentiated education, presented a half day workshop on differentiated instructional strategies to 30 teachers in the Jamestown school district. Teachers from Love Elementary School participated in activities to help them clearly identify learning outcomes, differentiate their instruction based on student needs and interests, and develop differentiated assessments.
Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey, assistant professor of educational leadership, had an article published titled "Shifting the Paradigm of the Classroom to Respond to the Demands of a Global World" in edCircuit magazine. The article offers practical solutions for bringing global competency into the K-12 classroom. It can be viewed here.
Dr. Charles Walker, professor of psychology, gave an address to the biannual meeting of the Dresser-Rand National Leadership Group. His presentation was titled “The Obvious, Yet Surprising, Things Researchers Have Discovered About Happiness.”
Dr. Lauren Matz, professor of English, presented a paper at the Modern Language Association annual conference in Philadelphia on January 5, 2017, as part of a panel exploring the impact of the Reformation across 500 years of British literature. Her paper, "L. E. L., the Novel, and Romance Catholicism," analyzed the romantic allure of continental Catholicism for English Protestant characters in an 1831 novel by Letitia Elizabeth Landon.
Fr. Ross Chamberland, O.F.M., successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and earned a Doctor of Education and Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. “My dissertation research was an effort to use contemporary leadership theory to retroactively assess the leadership of church figures from the past who have been recognized by the tradition as great leaders,” said Ross. “My hope in the work I’m doing is to be able to develop formation models for leadership development inside of religious and priestly formation programs. My coursework was mostly in the area of executive leadership in higher education.”
John Stevens, management lecturer, received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from Leadership Cattaraugus during the organization’s annual dinner in December. In presenting the award, board member Jesse Gugino stated that Stevens has given 13 years of dedicated service to Leadership Cattaraugus. Stevens was one of the founders of Leadership Cattaraugus, meeting monthly to develop the program starting in 2003 and launching it 2004. He served as the LC board president for many years, and has been a board member since the program was founded. He volunteers at the Opening Retreat, Leadership Day and serves on the Curriculum Committee. Gugino said, “John is a valuable asset to the Board of Directors, his tireless service and commitment to Leadership Cattaraugus makes him an outstanding candidate for this award.” Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the School of Business, gave the keynote address during the annual dinner and celebration that marked graduation day for Leadership Cattaraugus’ Class of 2016.
Dr. Thomas J. Schaeper, professor of history, recently published a new book, titled "Somewhere in France: The World War I Letters and Journal of Private Frederick A. Kittleman." In 1983, a man cleaning out his attic in Olean came across a stack of papers that had previously gone unnoticed. After glancing through them, he discovered they were letters dealing with World War I and brought them to nearby St. Bonaventure to donate to the library. The library alerted Schaeper and what resulted was a decades-long project. The letters were those of Priv. Frederick A. Kittleman, a small-town man who regularly wrote to his family after being drafted in 1918 and sent to France. The letters are contrasted with Kittleman's journal, which recounts the gritty details of battle that he shielded from his family in their correspondence. "Somewhere in France" will be available Feb. 1. Read more about Schaeper’s book here.
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