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This past weekend, Food for Thought hosted the 9th annual Walk for Plumpy’nut, one of their biggest events, at Cass Park.  The purpose of the walk was to raise money for Plumpy’nut, a therapeutic, ready-to-eat peanut butter paste given to children who are malnourished around the world.  In the past, the solution to childhood malnutrition was a powdered milk mixture requiring water, but many malnourished families could not rely on access to clean water.  Plumpy’nut is packed with protein, vitamins, peanuts, and powdered milk, and since its introduction, there has been a dramatic decrease in childhood malnutrition.

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Patricia Zimmermann and Dale Hudson (New York University Abu Dhabi) contributed an invited essay to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress on the film Precious Images (Chuck Workman, USA, 1986). Patricia Zimmermann is Professor of Screen Studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

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Susan Giarratano (M.S. candidate, Occupational Therapy), Kevin Guevara (junior, English with Teaching Option), Alec Tucker (junior, History and Theater, Education Studies Minor), and professors Ellie Fitts Fulmer and Nia Nunn-Makepeace (both Education) presented, “Breaking the Tension: A Racial Comedy Pedagogy for Multicultural Education” at the National Association for Multicultural Education Conference in New Orleans, LA. This roundtable presentation focused on Giarratano, Guevara, Tucker, Fulmer, and Makepeace’s current research on the potential for and tensions in using racial comedy media clips in college classrooms. An earlier stage of this work will be published this November in the journal Perspectives in Urban Education.

It is with great pleasure and pride that we are announcing this year’s recipients of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Presidential Scholar Awards, named after the first four presidents of the Ithaca College chapter:

Shirley Hockett Presidential Scholar - Kaitlyn DeHority

John Bernard Presidential Scholar - Sean Themea

John Harcourt Presidential Scholar - Danica Kelley

Raquib Zaman Presidential Scholar - Merrideth Maley

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Congratulations to Scott Erickson, Professor & Chair, Marketing/Law in the School of Business who presented the paper “Strategic Approaches to Knowledge and Related Intangibles” at the 16th European Conference on Knowledge Management in Udine, Italy, on September 3-4.

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Donald Beachler's reporting on the behind-closed-doors process employed by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee in selecting candidates in two electoral districts for the upcoming general election is one of the five most read articles in the October 12-20 issue of the Ithaca Times

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Sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Beyond Benign (a non-profit educational organization based in Massachusettes), the IC Chemistry Department hosted a day-long hands-on workshop on "Green Chemistry" geared toward high school teachers. The workshop, attended by 30 teachers from 16 different counties, emphasized the use of environmentally benign lab activities designed to illustrate important topics in chemical education. Many thanks to all involved for an engaging and innovative day.

 After a screening of the Cuban film Conducta for Ithaca's Cine con Cultura Film Festival, Dr. Enrique Gonzalez-Conty, Modern Languages and Literatures, presented on contemporary Cuban cinema and life. Dr. Gonzalez-Conty's is an expert on Latin American cinema. His  current book project examines the close relationship between post-revolutionary Cuban Literature and Film and their ties to important Cuban state institutions such as Casa de las Américas and the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC). 



Pena-Shaff, J., & Altman, W. (2015). Student interaction and knowledge construction in case-based learning in educational psychology using online discussions: The role of structure. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 26(3), 307-329.


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Debbie Martin, Professor of Piano and Chair of Performance Studies, and Laura Amoriello, Assistant Professor of Piano, co-presented "What's App? Cool Apps for Every Music Teacher" at the New York State Music Teachers Association Conference on October 10, 2015 at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.

Debbie and Laura's research spanned apps for music students of all ages, with emphasis on sight-reading and rhythm. In particular, they explored practical uses of the apps in the music lesson, for both independent and classroom music teachers.

Patricia Zimmermann, professor of Screen Studies,  presented her research "Towards a Theory and Practice of Documentary in Open Space New Media" at Visible Evidence XXII Conference on Documentary in Toronto, Canada, on August 21, 2015.

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Psychology students Maris Krauss and Shannon Rebholz presented the results of their research at the annual convention of the New England Psychological Association on Saturday, October 10.

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 Susan Durnford, SLPA, Janice Elich Monroe, RLS, Catherine Gooch, Program Manager CLS, and Linda Heyne, RLS presented at the ATRA conference September 27-30, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. 

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Andy Smith's lab published a paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology titled,"'Double network gels and the toughness of terrestrial slug glue".  Alex Wilks ('15), Sarah Rabice ('14), Holly Garbacz ('15) and Cailin Harro ('17) co-authored this paper.


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Matt Clum (Environmental Science '15) won the student paper competition at the Annual Meeting of the Middle States Association of American Geographers this past weekend in Binghamton, NY.  His paper is titled: "HABITAT PREFERENCE OF RAINBOW TROUT (Oncorhynchus mykiss) DURING SPAWNING MIGRATION IN A HEADWATER STREAM". 

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Ithaca College in the Media

Contributed by Megan Wolk on 10/06/2015 

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Quoted in the Media: Faculty members Patrick McKeon, Devan Rosen, Jeff Cohen, Michael Smith, Betsy Keller and Gary Sforzo. For more information on the following articles, please visit the IC in the Media Page

 IC in the Media

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The Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) held its 2015 North East Regional Conference in Teaneck, NJ from Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Sunday, October 4, 2015. APCA is dedicated to providing leadership training and programming opportunities to students and staff from colleges around the country. Natalie Reed was chosen from a field of candidates to serve as an Intern to the Director of Education and Associate Services at the APCA Conference.

The conference is an opportunity for learning to complement the classroom experience. There are educational sessions addressing such topics as motivation, stress management, communication skills, decision making, ethical leadership and group processing techniques.

The APCA North East Regional Conference is a valuable educational experience for all students who attend. Many of the students return with new perspectives and more definite future goals.

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This past spring the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s Willard Daetsch Youth Outreach Program was the recipient of a 2015 Yale Distinguished Music Education Partnership Award.

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Last month Wendy Herbener Mehne, professor of flute in the School of Music, performed on three concerts at the National Flute Association convention in Washington, DC.

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Mara Baldwin, director of Ithaca College's Handwerker Gallery, has been commissioned by Facebook to install a large scale wall drawing in their Astor Place offices in Manhattan, NYC.

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