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Posted on May 31, 2010

Mary Swift, biology poster, spring 2010

Seven seniors and Scott Kirkton, assistant professor of biology, took part in the Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, Calif. recently. They joined some 12,000 professional biologists and 700 undergraduates with an interest in research and life sciences for an array of oral and poster sessions, lectures, workshops and exhibits. 

The Union students, who presented posters of their senior theses in biology or biochemistry, are: Dillon Betancourt and HuiQing Zheng (co-authored with Professor Kristin Fox, associate professor of chemistry); Amy Frankenthaler; Natalie Grome (Robert Olberg, the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of Life Sciences); Leah Robison (Robert Lauzon, associate professor of biology); and Matthew Santa Barbara and Mary Swift (Professor Kirkton).

Dillon Betancourt, biology poster, spring 2010

In addition, Kirkton was invited to give a talk and a poster, both titled, “Enzymatic analysis of the American locust jumping muscle during development.” Co-authors were Fox and former research student Elizabeth Nyberg ’09. Kirkton was an author on a collaborator’s poster, “Effects of body size and development on the hypoxia response of the caterpillar, Manduca sexta.” Co-authors were Kendra Greenlee of North Dakota State University, H. Eubanks of Mississippi Valley State University and Wah-Keat Lee of Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Ill.

Katherine Lynes,
assistant professor of English, will present a paper this month at the meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences in Portland, Ore. The paper is titled “You can ache the need for river": Re-envisioning African American Ecopoetics.” The theme for this year’s conference is “Many Shades of Green.”

Gail Golderman,
Digital Services librarian, and Bruce Connolly, head of Public Services at Schaffer Library, marked their 10th year as contributing editors for Library Journal's "e-Reviews" column. The past year's columns covered electronic resources in the areas of careers and vocational counseling, multimedia, law and diversity.

Stephen Schmidt, chair of the Economics Department, recently was quoted in a Sunday Gazette (Schenectady) story about the New York state work force regarding the governor’s proposal to consider furloughs for state workers as one solution to the fiscal crisis.

William Blanchard, public safety officer II, was selected by Disney to be the musical director for the “Lion King” promotional play, held last month at Proctors.

The Daily Gazette did a feature on efforts by Mike Clarke '11 and other students to build a music room, art center, school store and drinking water system for the Faith Hour Redemption Academy in Accra, Ghana. Last year, Clarke and the students built a library in Ghana, collecting thousands of books. To read the story, click here (registration may be required). 

Leo Fleishman, professor of biology, has had several peer reviewed publications recently. These include: “Motion perception and visual signal design in Anolis lizards,”inProceedings of the Royal Society B (in press), with A. Pallus; “Habitat light and dewlap color diversity in four species of Puerto Rican anoline lizards,”Journal of Comparative Physiology, with M. Leal and M.H. Persons; andModeling and measuring the visual detection of ecologically relevant motion by an Anolis lizard,” Journal of Comparative Physiology, with A. Pallus.

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ReUnion 2010 is here

Posted on May 28, 2010

fireworks ReUnion 2009

More than 2,000 visitors are expected on campus for ReUnion this weekend. Together, they’ll enjoy traditional favorites like the Alumni Parade, fireworks show and Gala Dinner. There’ll also be presentations from notable alumni in a variety of fields, a celebration to honor the College’s service men and women, and on Saturday, the official dedication of Messa House (formerly Blue House).

“The weather’s beautiful, and we’re on track to success as we roll out the red carpet for our oldest alumni of 1935 to our newest of 2009,” says Tammy Messercola, director of Alumni Relations. “We begin the Memorial Day weekend with a ceremony remembering our veterans, a special recognition to our Union College V-5/V-12, who are celebrating 67 years since they were here as part of that unit on the Union grounds.”

And don’t forget that the Department of Theatre and Dance presents Brian Friel’s dramatic memory play, “Dancing at Lughnasa,” this evening through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m. It’s set in Donegal, Ireland in August 1936. Tickets are available at the Box Office in Yulman Theater. Call 388-6545 for more information or to reserve tickets.

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College again hosts conference on integrating engineering and the liberal arts

Posted on May 28, 2010

Leaders from nearly two dozen top schools will share different models for integrating engineering, technology and the traditional liberal arts at an annual symposium June 4 and 5.

Students in a particle mechanics class taught by Jennifer Currey, assistant professor of bioengineering.

Among the participants: University of Georgia, Dartmouth, Swarthmore, Lafayette and the U.S. Military Academy.

Speakers include Richard K. Miller, president of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (“From the Ground Up: Rethinking Engineering Education For the 21st Century”); Thanassis Rikakis, professor and director of the School of Arts Media and Engineering, Arizona State University (“Meta-structures for a Contemporary Liberal Education”); and T. Michael Toole, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, Bucknell University (“Engineering Integrated Education: Oh The Places We Can Go!”)

There will also be panels featuring current students and alumni.

Most sessions will be held in the Nott Memorial and the F.W. Olin Center.

This marks the third year the College has hosted a conference on engineering and the liberal arts, which has attracted national attention, including a feature in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In 1845, Union became the first liberal arts college to offer engineering in response to the needs of a nation characterized by rapid industrial and urban growth.

The symposium is funded in part by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more information, including a schedule of events, click here.

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