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Rosemary LaTourette '07g (Business) has been appointed the new college accountant. Prior to arriving at New Paltz, LaTourette was associate dean of administration at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge.

Michael Otis (Electrical and Computer Engineering) secured an equipment grant from the California-based company, Opto-22. Otis and several of his students are working with The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC) on a project titled "The Green of New York State Farms." The equipment acquired through the OptoGreen grant will be used for two pilot programs: Wright's Apple Farm in Gardiner and Davenport's Farm in Stone Ridge. Part of the grant includes a programmable automation control training center for future projects - a dairy farm and a vineyard are already in the works.


Ron Knapp (Geography and Asian Studies, Emeritus) gave an invited lecture, "Preserving China's Vernacular Landscapes: Conflict between Heritage and Tourism," on Jan. 28 at the Heritage Trust of Malaysia Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Several members of the Biology Department attended the Hudson Valley Model Organisms Symposium hosted at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie on Feb. 1. Students in attendance were Evan Burawa '08, Justin Joseph '08, Caithlin Macneil '08 and Cody Secor '08. Faculty members Spencer Mass and JenniferWaldo were also in attendance. Assistant Professor Aaron Haselton presented a poster, titled "Effects of Diet and Aging on Circadian Activity Patterns in Drosophila Melanogaster," which was co-authored by alumna Regina Klein '07. Assistant Professor Jeff Reinking gave an invited talk, titled "Using Orthologues to De-Orphanize Nuclear Receptors."

Larry McGlinn and Linda Greenow (Geography) presented their research at the Annual Meeting of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers, held at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania in Nov. 2007. Mano presented "Re-visioning the Aging 'New Towns' of Stevenage, England, and Columbia, Maryland" and chaired a session on Urban Renewal and Gentrification. McGlinn presented "A Geography of Land Trusts in New York State" and Greenow presented "Urban Form in Spanish American Colonial Cities: Cartagena, New Granada, in 1777."


Howard Good (Communication and Media) has published the following poems: "The Poet Confronts His Inner Critic" in Flutter; "Almost Christmas" and "The Audition" in New Verse News; "Snapdragon Clawhammer" and "Love During Wartime" in The Centrifugal Eye; "Seascape With Figure" in Foliate Oak; "Ditty" in Blue Skies; and "The News at 11" in Alba.

Peter Kaufman (Sociology) had two articles published recently. They are "Critical Pedagogy in the Sociology Classroom: Challenges and Concerns" with Catherine Fobes from Alma College in Michigan, in Teaching Sociology and "Gaining Voice through Silence" in Feminist Teacher.

Sheila Schwartz (Secondary Education, Emeritus) has just signed a contract for a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Also, Schwartz just completed her 11th year of teaching writing and Film Study at Rio Caliente, Mexico.

Reynolds Scott-Childress (History) published an article titled "Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Project of Cultural Reconstruction" in African American Review.

Gerald Sorin (History, Emeritus) had a review essay centering on four novels of Holocaust victim Irene Nemirovsky (of Suite Francaise fame) appear in the February issue of Israel's Ha'aretz [The Evening] (Books - English edition).

Chih-Yang Tsai (Business) published a paper, "On Supply Chain Cash Flow Risks," in Decision Support Systems, an Elsevier journal, Volume 44, Issue 4.

Margaret Wade-Lewis (Black Studies, Linguistics) published a biography titled "Lorenzo Dow Turner: Father of Gullah Studies," the first in a series of full-length studies she is preparing on the contributions of Black linguists to American linguistic history. The book has been nominated for the College Language Association Book Award of 2008.



Theresa Torchiano '04 (Sculpture) was assistant editor for the documentary film "Trouble the Water," which recently won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.