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Seven math majors presented their research at the 75th annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Seaway Section, held April 17-18 at Colgate University.

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Katie Hoover (Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, ‘15), Keely Kirby (History, ’15) and professors Ellie Fitts Fulmer and Sherry Deckman (both Education) presented, “Numbers are not Enough: Critical Examination of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ability in Elementary and Middle School Health Textbooks” at the American Educational Research Association Conference in Chicago last week. This roundtable paper presentation focused on Hoover, Fulmer, Kirby, and Deckman’s current research on elementary and middle school textbooks’ depictions of race, gender, sexuality, and ability. This research team along with a collaborator from the Harvard Graduate School of Education are preparing a manuscript for peer review for an equity-focused education journal that they will submit prior to the end of this academic year.

 

It’s Africa Week 2015, and IC African Students Association is in the middle of an amazing lineup of events to celebrate.  IC ASA is dedicated to spreading political, social, educational, cultural and media awareness about the continent of Africa.  On Monday, they hosted their inaugural speaker, Solome Lemma, a philanthropist, activist and organizer, who spoke about the ways in which we can engage and promote diverse, nuanced, and dignified narratives of the continent of Africa.  There are many other events taking place this week including a movie screening, a panel, and a fashion show. 

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This past weekend, 14 members of Ithaca College Humans vs. Zombies Social Club traveled to Pennsylvania State University to compete in the 6th annual Penn State Humans vs. Zombies Invitational.  The day was filled with 12 hours of blasting, tagging, and camaraderie.  On campus, this student organization promotes a week-long game each semester where "zombies" try to chase and tag "humans" who then try to fend off the "zombies" with Nerf blasters. The game only takes place outdoors.  If you are interested in getting involved with this exhilarating game or meeting other players in the area, join the Ithaca College Humans vs. Zombies Social Club group on Facebook.

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On Friday, April 3, IC Women in Communications hosted IC’s first ever Dance-A-Thon in Emerson Suites.  Teams of 2-5 people signed up pledging to have at least 2 members out on the dance floor at all times during the three-hour event.  In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, all proceeds from the event were donated to The Advocacy Center, a local resource that has provided support, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence since 1977, survivors of child sexual abuse since 1982 and survivors of adult sexual assault since 2003.  IC Women in Communications is dedicated to addressing many other issues women face, especially within the context of the communications industry.  If you are interested, stop by one of their weekly meetings on Wednesday nights at 8:00 in Park 279.

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Did you know that IC has an organic garden on campus?  Organic Growers of Ithaca College is a group of IC students interested in growing organic produce, and they are the student organization that takes care of this 3,600 square feet garden located down past the compost facility.  Ever since 2008, Organic Growers of Ithaca College has been using many sustainable farming techniques including permaculture design, crop rotation, companion planting, four-season food production, and heirloom seed saving.  This past week, the student organization hosted a talk with the owners of Plowbreak Farm, an organic farm owned and operated by two IC grads.

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Student Volunteers for Special Olympics is a student organization made up of students volunteering their time to help individuals with a wide range of disabilities participate in competitive sports within the Ithaca Community to improve their quality of life.
This student organization was founded when president Katie Deitz was a freshman in 2011. When Katie went to a “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign focused around ending stigmas and difficult dialogue surrounding those with disabilities, she knew she found something in which she was interested. When the student organization was formed, the members began attending sporting practices, acting as assistant coaches in a variety of different sports including basketball and swimming. Now, three years later, the club has grown and a family has been formed between the athletes and the volunteers.

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They are award winners for their research project sponsored by Dr. Nia Nunn Makepeace entitled, "Processing Transformative Discussion: White Students' Responses to Antiracist Work."  Dr. Nia, Alexandra, and Laura also engaged the greater Ithaca area by presenting their research on WRFI community radio Monday, April 13.

 

Srijana Bajracharya, Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, presented a paper at the 7th International Conference on Climate: Impacts and Reponses, in Vancouver, Canada on April 11.

This paper described institutional commitment and initiatives to reduce carbon emission by promoting sustainability positive activities among campus community in order to combat climate change. It highlighted a course that was designed to fit in a newly designed campus wide Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) Themes, “The Quest for a Sustainable Future & Power and Justice” and Perspectives “Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.” This liberal arts course on holistic health focuses on the environmental sustainability approaches with multi-disciplinary perspectives in order to promote overall wellness and quality of life.

"Bees Do It (For Now): Biologist’s Research May Lead to Building a Better Vibrator"

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Erika Bucior presented a poster at the Northeast Regional American Society of Plant Biologist Conference held at Northeastern University in Boston, MA on  April 11th and 12th.

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Dr. Matthew Holtmeier, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Screen Studies, recently presented at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference in Montreal, Canada.

Participating in a workshop titled 'Teaching Transnational Cinemas,' he discussed how to enact a critical pedagogy through assignment and curriculum design, and best practices for contextualizing transnational media. This panel was selected by the SCMS Transnational Cinemas Scholarly Interest Group as having particular significance to the academic study of transnational media.

Archaeogeophysical and 3D laser scanning at the Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark site in Fort Johnson, New York provides a case study for creation of an integrated landscape. The ability to digitally image above and below ground features creates a new way of visualizing an integrated landscape.

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Mara Alper's presentation "Re-Imagining Water: Citizens Educating Fellow Citizens About Water" at the 7th World Water Forum, in Korea on April 14 was attended by an enthusiastic international audience from Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. After her presentation, people discussed their water interest areas and experiences educating others. Her materials were requested for presentations about water conservation and bottled vs. tap water at Seoul National University, a Korean water conservation company and an Indonesian youth education program.

During the forum, Mara enlisted international guest experts for her online course "Water Planet" and her Ithaca Seminar "The Power of Water." They are from Laos, Slovakia, Austria, Great Britain, Indonesia and the US.

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Larin, H., Wessel, J. (2015) Do emotional-social intelligence, caring, moral judgment and leadership of physical therapy students predict their clinical performance? International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, 10(4).

 

Each year, the Ithaca College chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi invites outstanding seniors to apply for selection as the chapter’s candidate for one of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowships for the first year of graduate or professional study. This year the IC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi received many outstanding applications for consideration.

The selected application was submitted by Katharine Ahrens, a senior Mathematics and English major (Music Minor) in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College, who plans to continue study at North Carolina State in the Fall 2015.

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Quoted in the media: Faculty members Jack Wang, Alison Shields and Stephen Mosher; students Candace King and John Jacobson; and alumnus David Muir. For more information on the following articles, please visit the IC in the Media page.

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Stephen Mosher, Professor, Department of Sport Management and Media, along with Elijah Breton (Sport Studies/Communication Studies '18) and Brian Hotchkiss (Sport Studies/Writing '09) presented at the Annual Popular Culture Association Conference in New Orleans, April 1-4. Their presentation was titled "Tony Stewart and NASCAR's Deadly Sins."

Shaianne Osterreich, Associate Professor in Economics,  was invited to present at the New School for Social Research in New York during a workshop entitled After Global Feminization: Industrial Change and Gender Segregation.  This workshop brought together scholars investigating questions related to gender equality in labor market outcomes for workers in the global south.  Shaianne’s paper, "Gender, Decent Work, and Global Production Sharing in Indonesia”,  used the International Labour Organization’s definition of ‘decent work’ to investigate the differences in pay and types of contracts for women and men that work in manufacturing exports.  Significant sectoral gender segregation means that women’s export factory work is very different than men’s and often comes with significantly less pay, more temporary contracts, fewer safety provisions, and less access to health benefits.

Dr. Andrew Utterson, Assistant Professor of Screen Studies, recently presented at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference in Montreal, Canada.

Participating in a panel on the role of sound in online and app-based documentary projects (including a recent work by Canadian artist Stan Douglas), he spoke about theories of interactivity and immersion in considering the role of online and mobile screen technology in mediating our auditory experiences of the world, including how sound (unrecorded as well as recorded) shapes our experiences and understanding of space and place.

This panel was selected by the SCMS Documentary Studies Scholarly Interest Group as having particular significance to the academic study of documentary.
 

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