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A national organization that works to create a safer environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students has included Ithaca College on its list of the top 50 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. The listing by Campus Pride highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the institutions leading the way.

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Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Workshop – Undergraduate Neuroscience Education:  Innovations in Creating and Sustaining Programs and Courses

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Sherry Deckman, Department of Education, presented, “Beyond the Numbers: Institutional Influences on Experiences with Diversity on Elite College Campuses” at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting this summer in San Francisco. The paper, co-authored with Natasha Warikoo (Harvard University), draws on 77 in-depth interviews with students from two different universities. The paper argues that though the schools have demographically similar student bodies, different institutional approaches can have significant impact on students’ campus diversity experiences. The full paper will be published in Sociological Forum this winter.




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The research team used a Leica C-10 3d Laser Scanner to complete a scan of the entire house taking readings of house details about every millimeter. Evan Van de Wall also used a higher resolution Next Engine Laser Scanner to record fine details such as fireplace mantels and attic beam work. Colleen Mahoney and Greg Fobes gathered cesium magnetometer gradient data in the front yard to support her senior thesis, which is comparing total field data versus fluxgate and total field versus gradient data.

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Jake Brenner, Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, was invited to a workshop in 2013 sponsored by the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education for early-career faculty with interests in geography teaching and learning. A collaborative article from that workshop, titled "Improving Geography Education Research across the Different Elements of Geography," was recently published in the Grosvenor Center's journal, Research in Geographic Education. The article included a case example from Jake's work with Environmental Sentinels (ENVS 120), an IC course in which wilderness awareness skills are used to teach local natural history and ecology in an attempt to combat "nature deficit disorder." Full reference information is below. The case appears on pages 23-25.

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Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Action (PPSFL Action) recently recognized Dr. Nia Nunn-Makepeace, Assistant Professor of Education, with the "Emerging Leader Award" in recognition of Dr. Makepeace's "new and innovative" methods of engaging in community activism. Dr. Makepeace is the director of CUMEP (the Community Unity Music Education Program) and has been the leader/facilitator of a Girls' Empowerment Group in Ithaca. Formerly school counselor at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School and director of the Southside Community Center, Dr. Makepeace's research on her collaborative projects will soon be presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education.

Associate Professor Catherine Taylor presented creative and critical work on military drones on a panel focused on "Distance Vision" in literary and visual representations of war at the Conference of the International Association of Word and Image Studies hosted this year by the University of Dundee, in Dundee, Scotland on August 10, 2014. 

Luca Maurer, program director of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services, presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists in Monterey, CA.

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Richard Faria, Professor in the Department of Music Performance was invited to teach and perform at The Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East (August 10-17, 2014) in Bennington, VT.

 Stephen Sweet, Associate Professor of Sociology, received the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology.  The award is given annually to one scholar within the American Sociological Association's Section on Teaching and Learning to recognize an enduring and substantial influence on undergraduate education in the field of sociology.  The award was presented on August 18 at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco.

During the first two weeks of August, Michael Twomey (Dana Professor of Humanities and Arts, English Department) and Steven Hartman (IC class of 1987, now Professor, English Department, Mid-Sweden University) taught in an interdisciplinary, graduate-level course for students of environmental criticism, history, archeology, and anthropology.  

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Jake Brenner, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies and Sciences, recently presented collaborative research he conducted with students at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Sacramento, California.  The paper, titled "Keeping Danby Danby," discusses the gaps between land conservation ideals, policy, and practice in the nearby Town of Danby, NY.

On July 16, Michael Twomey (Dana Professor, Humanities and Arts) presented a paper at the 19th Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society at the University of Reykjavik, Iceland. 

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Asma Barlas, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) taught a three-week course and gave a school-wide lecture, 'Why is it so hard to speak about Islam?' at the NYI-St. Petersburg institute of Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture, in Russia in July. 

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 Christy Agnese, School Operations & External Relations Officer for the School of Music; Deborah Martin, Professor and Chair of Music Performance; and Stacia Zabusky, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs for the School of Humanities and Sciences were selected to take part in the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) summer institutes. The HERS institutes focus on leadership development for women in higher education, providing sessions on topics such as budgeting, information technology, student success, and personal career development.  Approximately 60 women higher education professionals from across the country are selected annually to participate in each of the three HERS programs.

Agnese and Martin attended the HERS Denver Institute and Zabusky attended the HERS Bryn Mawr Institute. Agnese and Zabusky’s participation was supported by the Office of Human Resources and Martin’s participation was sponsored by the Office of the Provost.



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Bruce Thompson (Physics) presented a paper at the American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting

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Nancy Rader presented her research on early word learning in a plenary session of an NSF-sponsored conference held at Uconn in June; her paper was titled, “A Speaker’s Orchestrating of Infant Attention through Show Gestures: Evidence from Pupil Dilation Measures.”  She also presented her infant language research at the Association for Psychological Science conference in San Francisco in May and at the International Association for the Study of Child Language conference held in Amsterdam in July. Becca Post ’14, a co-author, presented a poster in July at the International Conference on Infant Studies in Berlin.

Professor Anna Larsen of the Ithaca College Chemistry department has been nominated to serve a 2 year term as a  Fulbright Ambassador.   The worldwide success and stellar reputation of the Fulbright Scholars Program has been built on the talent, commitment and professionalism of scholars who have served as Fulbrighters at universities and research institutions in more than 155 countries. Fulbright Ambassadors serve as official representatives of the Fulbright Scholar program.  The goal of Fulbright Ambassadors is to expand the  outreach efforts of  the Fulbright program to the higher education community across the United States. 

Anna Larsen is a 2010 Alumna of the Fulbright Scholars Program, with a joint project to the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. more details at:

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Quoted in the media: Faculty members Diane Gayeski, Michael McCall, Jeff Cohen, Michael McCall and Stephen Mosher. For more information on the following articles, please visit the IC in the Media Page.



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