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Nathan's research project while at Ithaca College resulted in the paper Figures and First Years: An Analysis of Calculus Students' Use of Figures in Technical Reports, which appeared in the recent issue of Numeracy. The paper is available at 

Project Look Sharp is excited to announce that Cyndy Scheibe and Chris Sperry were featured at the 2017 National Association of Media Literacy Educators Conference, “Engaging Citizens, Building Community”. The conference was held on June 26-28th at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.

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Professor of Math Tom Pfaff's blog Sustainability Math has been named one of the top 75 Sustainability Blogs by Feedspot.  The blog provide quantitative literacy and math resources for instructors interested in infusing sustainability into their teaching.  Check it out at

Math major, Britney Mazzetta, presented her research, "Predicting U.S. Childhood Obesity through Mathematical Modeling", at the MAA MathFest in Chicago, July 26-29.  She was awarded a Student Speaker Award from Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honor society for mathematics.

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The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Teribury to the position of Sergeant.

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 Theatre Arts Assistant Professor Walter Byongsok Chon and Associate Professor Chrystyna Dail presented at ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) Conference in Las Vegas, NV. 

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Each program of the GWTI has a specific theme.  The August 1-5 session was Martha Washington and the Women of the Eighteenth Century.  Conger was invited to participate as a scholar of early American women’s history.  On August 2, she led a session entitled “The Law, Marriage & Widowhood.”

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Patricia R. Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, published a dossier in the July 2017 online issue of media arts journal Afterimage entitled “Collaborative Documentary Practice:  Histories, Theories, Practices.” 

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Outcome of the inter-professional Tots-on-Bots program. 

Larin, H., Conmy, K. Schulte, N., Belen, S., Stansfield, S., Dennis, C., Rader, N., Pena-Shaff, J. Infant Postural Control in Sitting Associated with Self-Initiated Robotic Mobility Experience: Preliminary Findings. Poster. World Confederation for Physical Therapists (WCPT). Cape Town, South Africa. July, 2017.

Pearl Ponce (History) presented a paper at a Union/Disunion Conference organized by Plymouth University.

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Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, taught a three week long seminar on Muslim women's rights and Islamic feminism in St. Petersburg, Russia, in July as part of an advanced study program at the New York Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture.

NYI is housed in St. Petersburg University and is a collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY, Stony Brook). Since its inception in 2003, more than 1,000 students from 40 countries and over 50 Russian Federation cities have attended the Institute:

The Department of Biology is pleased to announce the success of our students to become a part of this society!

The Chi Xi chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) was installed at Ithaca College in 1992 and has more than 200,000 past and present members. Founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University, TriBeta has evolved to become a nationally recognized professional honor society whose purposes are to promote scholarship in the biological sciences, growth in biological knowledge and to encourage research.

The Fred Kastenbaum PreHealth Award is granted each academic year by the Health Professions Advisory Committee.

Congratulations to this year's recipients!

Reid Garner, Biochemistry B.S. German area studies minor (2018)

“My hope is to complete medical school as a member of the United States Air Force. I have not decided yet whether I want to pursue an MD or an MD-PhD. Through volunteering at both Cayuga Medical Center and at Upstate Medical Center, I have gained more of an interest in Emergency Medicine. I am most interested in Orthopedics and Cardiothoracics.”

Colette Piasecki-Masters, Biology, Honors Program (2018)

“My passion for medicine was ignited when I began my biology curriculum and joined Professor Susan Witherup’s research lab.

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Inada M, *Nichols RJ, Parsa JY, Homer CM, *Benn RA, *Hoxie RS, Madhani HD, Shuman S, Schwer B, Pleiss JA. Phospho-site mutants of the RNA Polymerase II C-terminal domain alter subtelomeric gene expression and chromatin modification state in fission yeast. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jul 8. pii: gkw603. [Epub ahead of print]

* IC undergraduates

Jean Hardwick, Professor of Biology, was a awarded a 3 year research grant (~$365,000) from the National Institute of Health to support her research on the role of neuropeptides in the remodeling of the cardiac nervous system with heart disease.  Hardwick and her students are examining the changes induced by chronic heart disease in an animal model of myocardial infarction (or a heart attack) to determine how specific signaling molecules are changing and whether these changes are contributing to the pathology of the disease, or acting to improve cardiac function.  The NIH grant, which will begin later this summer, will allow the lab to purchase new equipment for sophisticated electrical recordings from neurons, as well as funding student research opportunities during the summers.


Dave Gondek (Biology). “Local professor weighs in on Zika outbreak”. Ithaca Journal. February 3, 2016View the PDF here.

Photo by Kelsey O'Connor


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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Erika Bucior, Ithaca College, won the Best Poster Presentation Award for “The physiological responses of Brassica rapa (Fast Plants) to nutrient and drought stress” Co-author: Peter Melcher. Presented at the 2015 Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting held in Edmonton, Alberta Canada for the Physiological Section.

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This month, Ithaca College Summer Music Academy (SMA) celebrated the conclusion of its third successful year. Having enrolled 381 participants—an increase of 19% from 2012—SMA students hailed from 18 states and six foreign countries, including Argentina, Canada, China, Japan, Morocco, and Taiwan. The SMA expanded to offer new programs this year, including an International Division, Performance Track, and Jazz Institute, which each added to the success and prominence of the Academy.

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