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 The Ithacan has been named a national Online Pacemaker Finalist by the Associated Collegiate Press. The Pacemaker is ACP’s top honor, commonly referred to as “the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism.” 

Entries for the award were judged during the Spring 2016 semester (Kira Maddox, editor-in-chief; Evan Sobkowicz, managing editor/webmaster). Winners will be announced on Oct. 22 at the Fall National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C.

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 The Ithacan has been named a Gold Medalist for 2016 in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual college publication critique.

Each year the CSPA evaluates member papers on overall content, news, depth reporting, features, opinion/editorial, sports, arts/entertainment, editing/headline writing, and design/graphics based on more than 150 specific criteria. This year the paper scored 832 on the critique’s 1,000-point scale. The CSPA consistently ranks The Ithacan as a Gold Medalist, its highest category. The publication was evaluated in the critique’s ”hybrid” category, which is defined as “print publications that provide live coverage via website between print editions.”

 The Ithacan has been named one of 10 national finalists for the Columbia Scholasstic Press Association’s 2017 Crown Award in the competition’s “hybrid” category. The Hybrid category is defined as “print publications that provide live coverage via website between print editions.”

The list of finalists in the category this year includes publications from Indiana University, Iowa State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pennsylvania and Oklahoma State University, among others. The winners, who receive either a Gold or Silver Crown, will be announced at the Spring National College Media Convention in New York City, March 11–14.

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 Ithacan Staff Writer Max Denning, a junior journalism major from Portland, Oregon, has been awarded the First Place National Mark of Excellence Award for General News Reporting for 2015 by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The award was for Denning's story “This Shouldn't Happen Here," which covered Ithaca College resident assistants' protest against alleged racial aggression and harassment by Public Safety officers. It appeared in the September 3, 2015, issue of The Ithacan

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Professor Malpass presented his paper, Middle Preceramic Lithics from the Casma Valley: Bipolar Cores and Edge-Ground Cobbles," at the 35th annual Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory, Harvard University, October 15-16, 2016.

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Dr. Evis Sammoutis was recently awarded a highly competitive Chamber Music America Commission to compose a new woodwind quintet for District5. The commission is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the premiere of the new work will take place in fall 2017.

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Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, has published the lead essay for a round table on Feminism and Islam in the current Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (Fall, 2016).  The essay, "Secular and Feminist Critiques of the Qur'an: Anti-hermeneutics as Liberation?" has six respondents with a short rejoinder from Barlas. The Journal can be accessed here: 

A panel of the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) has recommended that DirecTV, LLC, modify claims made for its satellite television services to better disclose to consumers that limited programming is available in 4k, or ultra high-definition format, modify its claims that DirecTV is wireless, and discontinue a “free upgrade” to Genie HD DVR claim.

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Professor of Politics, Asma Barlas, gave the visiting Marsico Scholar's lecture at the invitation of the department of Religious Studies, University of Denver (her alma mater), on October 13th. The title of her talk was "Muslim Women: Between religious and secular extremism."

Professor Doug Turnbull (Computer Science) was recently awarded an NSF Information & Intelligent Systems grant for $100,000. The grant focuses on using user preference information that is collected from his personalized radio app to improve media recommendation algorithms.   


This grant will primarily be used to support undergraduate research at Ithaca College over the next three years.  Details can be found at:

This is a collaborative grant with Professor Thorsten Joachims who was awarded $400,000 to support graduate research at Cornell University.


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Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Politics, featured for work on U.S.-Taiwan relations and Obama's foreign policy pivot to Asia.

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Paula Twomey Publishes a Book

Contributed by Tina Bennett on 10/11/2016 

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Paula Twomey published "35 Discussion and Response Topics For Immediate Communication."  This book helps student practice speaking skills in small groups for a brief conversations. Students use basic interrogatives, develop an exchange of ideas, improve writing skills, review vocabulary in context and practice tense usage.

Black Female Bodies Fetishized – Black Thought Devalued: Critical Womanist Perspectives within a Predominately White Institution. The presentation was well received in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, September 30th as it incorporated original narrative research of Black female student-activists’ experience of sexual objectification, tokenization, degradation, and fetishization, while being intellectually devalued and silenced at a predominately White institution. In an effort to begin healing the trauma of White supremacist consumption of Blackness and to provide a space for decolonization, the presentation introduced the major themes that derived from a series of different focus group discussions, which we call Sister Circles, comprised of both collective and isolated groups of pre-adolescent school-age girls, college women, and adult women within researched communities.

For two days of intensive discussion of on-going research projects, scholars from Germany, Austria, Greece, and the United States gathered at “The Politics and Polemics of Gender in Early American Theater” conference in Salzburg, Austria.  On Friday, Friday September 30, 2016, Conger presented her paper entitled “Deborah Read Franklin and Sally Franklin Bache: Intergenerational Cultural Performances of Politics."

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Maki Inada presented in Kyoto, Japan!

Maki Inada. Poster Presentation. “Serine Phosphorylation in the C-Terminal Domain of RNA Polymerase II Modulates Gene Expression in Sub-telomeric Regions of Schizosaccharomyces pombe via Chromatin States”. Eukaryotic mRNA Processing Meeting. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Kyoto, Japan. Summer 2016. Co-authored with Robert J. Nichols (Biochemistry '14), Jahan-Yar Parsa and Christina M. Home (University of California, Berkeley),  Ruby A. Benn and Reyal S. Hoxie (Biochemistry ’15),  Hiten D. Madhani and Stewart Schuman (University of California, San Francisco), Beate Schwer (Weill Cornell Medical College),  Jeffrey A. Pleiss (Cornell University).  View the abstract here.

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Barney Beins chaired a symposium and presented a paper at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Denver, Colorado. He also participated on APA’s Council of Representatives, the governing body of the organization.

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Peter Silberman, associate professor of music theory in the School of Music, has published a review of two recent undergraduate music theory textbooks.

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Sae-Mi Lee, one of HSHP Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellows was awarded the “Student Diversity Award” at the 31st annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) conference held September 28- October 1 in Phoenix AZ.

This award recognizes and honors the achievements of students involved in research, service or applied experiences that focus on diversity issues.

Sae-Mi Lee also presented a workshop at the conference titled: “It is Our Problem: How to Advocate for Social Change in Applied Sport Psychology” with colleagues from the University of Tennessee and West Virginia University.


Exercise and Sport Studies faculty and students represented Ithaca College at the 31st annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) conference held September 28- October 1 in Phoenix AZ. AASP is the premier international conference in sport and exercise psychology.

Associate Professor Justine Vosloo (Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences) and a group of graduate students in the Exercise and Sport Sciences Graduate Program presented a workshop titled:

“Making Learning Fun: Creative Activities for those Potentially Dry Topics within Sport and Exercise Performance Consulting” by Sydney Masters, Cathlyn Pistolas, Brian McDevitt, Margaret McConnell, Megan Walker, Justine Vosloo.

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 Two Ithaca College students, seniors Daniel Tjie and Ryan Bianconi, from the Department of Mathematics presented at MathFest 2016. 

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