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Sociology faculty Bhavani Arabandi (assistant professor), Stephen Sweet (associate professor) and Alicia Swords (associate professor) published “Testing the Flat World Thesis: Using a Public Dataset to Engage Students in the Global Inequality Debate”.

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I want to extend a huge thank you to all who were involved in the renovations of Hill and CHS this summer.

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Mara Alper’s documentary art Sacred Waters of Bali screened at the Westbeth Gallery in New York City from May – June. It was exhibited in the “Time Frames Marking Time” multi-media exhibition that featured 19 artists who engage time as a palpable presence. The show was curated by Elisa Decker and Barbara Lubliner. The video can be viewed on Mara’s Vimeo channel at http://vimeo.com/channels/maraalper/89910746  It is part of a longer work in progress about water in Balinese rituals and in their complex irrigation system.

Because of her work in Bali, Mara was invited to give a talk on “Exploring Culture Through Filmmaking” in June at the Cornell seminar “Global Competency and the Arts”  presented by the Einuadi Center for International Studies.

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Heather Dichter, assistant professor in the Department of Sport Media and Management, co-edited the recently published book Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations since 1945

The book explores the role sports has played in driving political and cultural change in the world over the past seven decades, examining landmark events including the United States' boycott of the 1980 Olympics in the Soviet Union and the end of apartheid in South Africa. 

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Four Ithaca College faculty members presented at the ATHE conference in July.

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 Melinda Cozzolino and Carole Dennis attended the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Yokohama, Japan, June 18-21, 2014.

 

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Congratulations to Tyler Ashe '16 on winning the Project Run With It competition during the Beta Alpha Psi international meeting.

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Julia Cozzarelli, Associate Professor of Italian, published an article titled "'Poscia, più che 'l dolor, poté 'l digiuno': Translation and Interpretation in Inferno XXXIII" in the summer issue of Romance Notes.

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Ellie Fitts Fulmer, Department of Education, presented, "The Course Identities Framework: A Tool for Investigating White Teachers' Engagement in Multicultural Education Coursework" at the Action Research Network of the Americas Annual Conference this spring. The paper suggests a pedagogical approach for teaching and co-learning that reconsiders the mythology of resistance narratives about student learning on personally and socially challenging content, such as anti-racism and social justice issues. This work draws upon data from Dr. Fulmer's practitioner inquiry study of her own graduate level teaching in recent years. The paper will be published in the first issue of the peer-reviewed ARNA Conference Proceedings this winter. 

 

The Environmental Studies and Sciences (ENVS) department at Ithaca College has received support for its interdisciplinary experiential learning program.  Specifically, for the students of our Non-Timber Forest Products (or NTFP) program to explore the use of different technologies to reduce the energy intensity of maple syrup production.  Maple syrup production is economically and culturally important in upstate New York and represents a commercial activity that does not require harvesting of trees.

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The intent of this program is to bring to campus a leading researcher in the chemical sciences who will give two or more lectures and interact substantially with undergraduate student and faculty.

Stephen Sweet, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been selected to be the next editor of the journal Teaching Sociology, with work beginning August 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017.  As part of the agreement with the American Sociological Association (ASA), Ithaca College has committed 2 course releases during this period (6 classes total), approved by Dean Leslie Lewis.  

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The Gerontology Institute received a $6000 partner grant from the Human Services Coalition Health Planning Council (HPC) to coordinate and host the Falls Prevention Workshop Series with continuing education credits for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other healthcare professionals. The Falls Prevention Workshop Series is supported by the Tompkins County Falls Prevention Coalition, led by the Health Planning Council of the Tompkins County Human Services Coalition and the following project partners: Tompkins County Office for the Aging, Lifelong, Finger Lakes Independence Center, Community Health and Home Care, and the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response. The Tompkins County Falls Prevention Coalition has been part of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York “Step Up to Stop Falls” collaborative since 2010. 

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Congratulations to Rebecca Lesses who has received a research fellowship at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg at the Ruhr-University, in Bochum, Germany for the academic year 2014-2015.

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Dr. Virginia Mansfield-Richardson, Associate Dean in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the Newspaper Research Journal. 

Newspaper Research Journal is a refereed journal published quarterly by the Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.  It focuses on topics of interest to journalism and mass communication students, scholars and media professionals. Newspaper Research Journal comprehensively answers questions about U.S. newspaper performance and related topics of interest. Significant themes of research range from balance and fairness to the use of computer analysis in newspaper reporting.
 

Stephen Tropiano, associate professor of screen studies, presented a paper entitled “‘Last Show of the Series”: TV Finales as Event Television” at the University Film & Video Association Conference at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

In May, Dr. Tropiano received the Park Faculty Writing Award for his book Saturday Night Live FAQ: Everything Left to Know About Television’s Longest-Running Comedy (Applause Books, 2013).

A panel of Park School faculty whose professional expertise represent scholarly writing, journalism, and screen/scriptwriting reviewed the nominations and selected the winners.

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Paula Twomey, lecturer in Spanish, has published a mystery thriller in 10 episodes.  

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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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