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Tsering to speak on human rights abuses against Tibetan women

Posted on Mar 29, 2007


Tibet Women’s Association President B. Tsering will address the topic, "Is There Freedom in Tibet?" as part of the Perspectives of the Nott series, Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

B. Tsering, Tibetan speaker, April 2007

Tsering works to bring international attention to human rights abuses that continue against women in Tibet, including rape, physical violence and denial of reproductive, religious and political freedoms. She has spoken at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Headquartered in the Tibetan exile community in Dharamsala, India, the Tibet Women’s Association has more than 13,000 members and 47 branches worldwide. It is one of the most prominent Tibetan non-governmental organizations committed to the Tibetan struggle for freedom. Tsering is serving her second elected term as president since 2002. Her talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the departments of Philosophy and Political Science as well as East Asian Studies and Religious Studies.

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Film showcasing Union and President Ainlay wins a Telly

Posted on Mar 29, 2007

Telly Award

“Welcome Back to Union College,” a 24-minute film that introduces President Stephen C. Ainlay and showcases new programs, buildings and other campus changes, has won a silver “Telly” award for distinction in creative work.

The Tellys, founded in 1978 by New York City corporate branding and design expert David E. Carter, honor “the best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest in video and film productions.” The 27th Annual Telly Awards received more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. The silver award is the highest honor given. All judges are top advertising and production professionals.

The Union film was produced DoubleJay Creative of Knoxville, Tenn., which is owned by Adrian MacLean Jay '98 and her husband, Larsen Jay. They worked with Julie Solomon from College Relations, the You are Union campaign director. 

The Telly statuettes are made by the same firm that produces the Oscar and the Emmy Awards. To find out more, visit www.tellyawards.com

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21 students to present research at NCUR

Posted on Mar 27, 2007

Bridget Austin '07

Twenty-one Union students will present their research at the 21st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research, hosted this year by Dominican University of California, April 12-14. 

“Everyone has worked very hard to prepare for this national showcase,” says Mary Carroll, director of undergraduate research at Union. “It's a wonderful opportunity to meet other students and faculty from around the country, learn about scholarship in their own and other fields and develop their presentation skills. These are strong students engaged in interesting senior theses and projects, and they will represent Union College well.”

Mary Carroll

Some 2,200 undergraduates from more than 250 colleges and universities will attend NCUR 21. All but one of Union's participants are funded by the College's undergraduate research office. A Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant is supporting Judy Ng, who will be presenting HHMI-funded work she did at Syracuse University last summer.

Two faculty members, Brad Bruno of Mechanical Engineering and Chad Orzel of Physics and Astronomy, will travel with the group to San Rafael.

Students at NCUR present either a talk or a poster about their research, which runs the gamut of fields and disciplines, from the creative and performing arts to biomedical, engineering and social science research.

In addition, the conference offers prominent speakers and sessions on educational policy, programs and funding for undergraduate scholarly work.

One of the students making the trip is Bridget K. Austin. The senior, who switched her major from Art History to Mechanical Engineering her third day on campus, remembers her freshman seminar.

“When I walked in, there were only boys in the room. Fortunately, Dean Balmer grabbed my arm as I tried to leave and brought me back.”

Bridget K. Austin with Professor Ann Anderson

Four years later, Austin is the president of the campus chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Her senior research project under the direction of Professor Ann Anderson continues the bird flight research of Jennifer Panik '04, using the wind tunnel located in the basement of Science & Engineering to test alula feathers from the wings of various duck species. 

“I loved art in high school but won awards for math and science achievement. I chose Union because I wanted a school where I wasn't just surrounded by ‘techy' people. At Union, I have friends who are math, history and political science majors.”

The Skaneateles, N.Y., native, who is a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority and also volunteers for Union's Big Brothers Big Sisters program, thrives on the individualized attention in Union's small academic community and on  real-world experience – like participation in NCUR – that is not only a possibility, but a probability.

“I built walking robots, medieval trebuchets and remote-controlled dart throwers in my first 10 weeks, instead of waiting until my junior year like with typical undergraduate engineering programs,” she says. “Union taught me that being creative in my discipline is as important as knowing the technical stuff.”

One of only two women in her ME graduating class of 30, Austin acknowledges, “Engineering can be challenging for women. But today, women are becoming more open to the fact that women can do well in math and science and become successful engineers. It takes word-of-mouth to pull them in.”

Other Union participants, their presentation titles and faculty sponsors are:

Aaron Almeida: “The Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Molecular Transporters” (Joanne Kehlbeck, Chemistry, and Barbara Danowski, Biology; co-author David Olson '06)

Danielle Baldwin: “Novel Synthesis of Dendrimers with Exact Substitution Patterns” (J. Gregory Reid, Chemistry)]

Mary Berkery: “The Role of Gender in the Vietnam Antiwar Movement with an Emphasis on College Protests” (Andrea Foroughi, History)

Lauren Carlson: “Preparation of C2 Symmetric Transition Metal Complexes as Potential Chiral Catalysts” (J. Gregory Reid and Laurie Tyler, Chemistry)

Carolyn Castagna: “Phagocyte Function During Death and Regeneration in a Colonial Sea Squirt” (Robert Lauzon, Biology)

Leidy Colon: “The Latina Domestic Worker: Race, Boundary Formations and Conflicts in the ‘Home'”: (Janet Grigsby, Sociology)

Risa Dubow: “The Salience of Peer Groups: A Comparison between Middle School and High School Students” (David Cotter, Sociology, and Kenneth DeBono, Psychology)

Matthew Ernst: “Optimization of Aerogels for Transparent Insulation in a Window Design” (Ann Anderson, Mechanical Engineering, and Mary Carroll, Chemistry)

John Ferrarone: “Spectroscopic Analysis of Oxygen-Sensing Aerogels” (Mary Carroll, Chemistry, and Ann Anderson, Mechanical Engineering; co-author Amanda Barrow '08)

Amarilis Francis: “Black Britons: Recollecting West Indian Identity and History in Post-World War II Britain” (John Cramsie, History)

Victoria Leonard: “Krik Krak, Send the Haitians Back! A Study of Racism in the Haitian/Dominican Borderlands” (Michelle Chilcoat, Modern Languages & Literatures)

Michael Mastroianni: “An Optically Excited Metastable Krypton Atomic Beam for Radioactive Background Measurements” (Chad Orzel, Physics & Astronomy)

Julia Mathew: “Attitudes toward Arranged Marriage among Second-Generation Indian-Americans” (Janet Grigsby, Sociology)

Tom Mazur: “Exploring the Quantum Behavior of Light Experimentally via Spontaneous Parametric Down-Conversion” (Seyfollah Maleki, Physics & Astronomy)

Judy Ng: “Bacterial Multi-Cellular Behavior and Drug Resistance: Correlation between Autoinducer-2 and Drug Resistance in Escherichia Coli” (Dacheng Ren, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University)

Jazmin Puicon: “A Cultural Study of the Rural People and Working Conditions throughout the Generations in El Valle Del Cauca, Colombia” (Teresa Meade, History)

Matthew Roginski: “Bone Density Distribution in the Symphyseal Region of the Anthropoid Mandible using Quantitative Micro Computed Tomography” (Andrew Rapoff, Mechanical Engineering)

Michael Smirnov: “The Role of Visual Motion in Eliciting Attention in the Lizard Anolis Sagrei” (Leo Fleishman, Biology)

Jenna Welby: “The Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Isotopically Labeled Asymmetric Cobalt Complexes: Through Metal Coupling of NMR Active Nuclei” (Laurie Tyler, Chemistry; co-authors: Derek Wayman '06 and Dr. Milo Westler, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Jonathan Young: “Vaccinating the Next Generation: The Impact of Immigration on Childhood Immunization” (Younghwan Song, Economics)

For more information, visit: http://www.ncur.org.

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Theology professor at Georgetown to explore science, religion and cosmos

Posted on Mar 26, 2007

John F. Haught,distinguished research professor of theology at Georgetown University presents “Science, Religion adn the Quest for Cosmic Purpose” Wednesday, April 11 as part of the Wold Religious Studies Lecture Series.

John Haught, a distinguished research professor of theology at Georgetown University, will speak Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Reamer Campus Center Auditorium.

Haught's talk, “Science, Religion and the Quest for Cosmic Purpose,” is part of the John and Jane Wold Religious Studies Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Haught received his doctorate from the Catholic University of America and has served as chair of Georgetown's Department of Theology. His research interests include science and religion, cosmology and theology and religion and ecology.

Haught edited the book, “Science and Religion: In Search of Cosmic Purpose (Georgetown University Press, 2001) and has written extensively on the relations between religion and evolution.

He is the author of “Is Nature Enough? Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science” (Cambridge University Press, 2007); “Deeper than Darwin: The Prospect for Religion in the Age of Evolution” (Westview Press, 2003); “Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution” (Paulist Press, 2001); “God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution” (Westview Press, 2000) and “Science and Religion: From Conflict to Conversation” (Paulist Press, 1995).

The lecture is sponsored by the Religious Studies program.

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Feigenbaums share their knowledge in Dubai

Posted on Mar 26, 2007

Donald Feigenbaum and Armand Feigenbaum

Armand V. Feigenbaum '42, CEO and president of General Systems Company and author of Total Quality Control, delivered the keynote address at the First MidEast Quality Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on March 26, 2007. The conference was attended by leaders from throughout the major Middle Eastern nations.

His brother, Donald S. Feigenbaum '46, COO and executive vice president of General Systems, is co-author with Armand of The Power of Management Capital (McGraw-Hill). The book's Arabic translation has been become a basic guide for MidEast management leadership focus, playing a key role in the several major discussions scheduled during the conference week.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, was the first recipient of the Feigenbaum Leadership Excellence Award given last year by the Middle East Quality Association.

General Systems, based in Pittsfield, Mass., is an engineering organization which works with major companies.

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