Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded an Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) startup grant. Simpson’s grant is for “Using Density Functional Theory to Predict Heterogeneous Catalysis for Selective Hydrogenation.” The XSEDE grant provides access to computing, visualization and storage resources to allow Simpson to run complex quantum chemical calculations on several supercomputers housed around the United States. Read more about the research and grant here: http://www.sbu.edu/about-sbu/news-events/latest-news/news-release/2016/12/06/bonas-professor-awarded-grant-to-help-him-research-cheaper-production-of-chemical-products
Dr. Chris Stanley, professor of theology, has been invited to present seminar papers at the next two annual meetings of the Society of New Testament Studies. This is a notable honor, as a high-level group of New Testament scholars will spend two hours discussing each of his papers. For the 2017 meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, he will be writing on "Paul and Asklepios: The Greco-Roman Quest for Healing and the Mission of Paul." For the 2018 meeting in Athens, Greece, his topic will be "Paul the Cosmopolitan? A Postcolonial Analysis." Stanley also chaired a session at the recent Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature on "Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies in Africa" and led a meeting of the steering committee for the Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies section. Stanley has also been invited to give the keynote address for the annual fund-raising dinner of the SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence in Buffalo in April 2017. The title of his presentation is "Words of Life or Words of Death? Violence and Nonviolence in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Scriptures." Previous speakers at the event include Arun Gandhi and Sr. Simone Campbell. The Klimczak Center was formed in 2007 to carry on the peace-making and community-building work of Sr. Karen Klimczak, who lost her life in 2006 at the hands of one of the parolees whom she had been helping in her ministry.
Dr. Ibrahim Zabad, associate professor of political science, gave a talk titled "The Fate of Minorities in the Middle East in the Wake of the Arab Spring" at St. John Fisher College in Rochester on Nov. 16. The talk was sponsored by the political science and religious studies departments.
Dr. Robert P. Amico, professor of philosophy, facilitated “Dialogue on Cultural Competency: Advancing the Strategic Plan” for the leadership of Alfred State College on Nov. 1, 2016. The dialogue is a first step in advancing Alfred State College’s “Roadmap 2020” strategic plan. Dr. Amico conducted a similar workshop in August 2016 for all librarians and library staff at Alfred University.
Dr. Robin Valeri, professor of psychology, and Dr. Kevin Borgeson, associate professor of criminal justice, Salem State University, had a chapter titled "Masculine Identities within the Skinhead Movement: How Straight Men, Gay Men, and Women Embody and Perform Masculinity in a Culture of Traditional Masculinity," published in Advances in Sociology Research: Vol. 19,(pp. 39-58).
Using qualitative research methods and interviews, the chapter explores masculinities within the skinhead movement. Specifically this chapter examines how three sub-groups of skinheads, heterosexual men, gay men, and women each define and live masculinity within a culture that espouses a traditional hegemonic definition of masculinity. Skinheads present a tough, hard “don’t mess with me” image and a culture that promotes drinking, fighting, slam dancing, and the attributes of aggressiveness, competitiveness, restricted emotions, and limited affectionate behavior between men that are associated with traditional masculinity. Drawing on information from their online communications as well interviews with member of each of these subgroups, we will compare and contrast the extent to which each group embraces the traditional hegemonic masculinity associated with the skinhead movement in relation to skinhead identity, ideology and culture and examine how members of each of these groups, as they interact with other skinheads, embody, interpret, and perform some attributes of traditional masculinity while distancing themselves from others.
Dr. Ed. Simone, professor of theater and director of the theater program, was a presenter at the August 2016 Association for Theatre in Higher Education International Conference in Chicago. His presentation on using mask work to develop comedy was part of an expert panel on improvisational techniques in theater and related media. Simone was also re-elected for a fourth term, and elected an officer of the liaison committee for the Western New York Region of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Simone continued his work as an associate editor of Players, an online journal about the pedagogy and practice of acting. Simone is the host of Sunday Classics for Classical-WNED, and writes and produces radio promotions for WNED-TV.
Dr. Phillip Payne, professor of history, will be one of five scholars participating in The People’s Forum on the American Presidency Saturday, Oct. 1, at Daemen College in Amherst. The participants will discuss four presidents whose actions and reputations raise questions about how we understand history through the president's lens. Payne, author of “Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy,” and “Crash! How the Boom and Bust of the 1920s Worked,” will discuss Warren G. Harding. The other presidents who will be discussed are Thomas Jefferson, Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at http://dae.men/ThePeoplesForum
Dr. Donika Kelly, assistant professor of English, has made the longlist for the National Book Award in Poetry for her latest collection, "Bestiary." Hers is one of ten books to make the longlist; other poets on this year's longlist include Rita Dove and Donald Hall.
Three faculty members were nominated by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to participate in the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) of the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education. The 2015-16 participants were Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education and acting dean of the School of Education; Dr. René Hauser, associate professor of education and director of the Differentiated Instruction program; and Dr. Anne Foerst, director of the Individualized Major program, Teagle Team Leader and associate professor of computer science. Each of the faculty members attended sessions provided by regional education leaders and worked with small groups to develop presentations on pertinent higher education topics. Dr. Hauser's presentation can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Yrj8300AqGU, and Dr. Casey's can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Krhs300AqMy.
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