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Gary Buckman (Facilities Operations) and Kimberly Nelson (Facilities Operations) were both recently promoted to assistant directors of Facilities Operations. Their positions are similar, but Buckmans new role has a focus on construction projects and Nelsons position focuses on recycling, custodial issues and sustainability as these relate to the Facilities Management Department.

Daniel Freedman (Chemistry) and Preeti Dhar (Chemistry) have been awarded a $13,497 grant by the Albany Nanotechnology Center for their project, "Chemical Synthesis of 1,2-Diester Acid Amplifiers." This project is a collaboration between SUNY New Paltz faculty and Dr. Robert Brainard of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University of Albany.

Hon Ho (Biology) has been appointed to the editorial board of an international journal "Frontiers of Biology in China" published by Chinas High Education Press in collaboration with Springer Publishing Company.

Bernadette Morris (Records and Registration) has been promoted to registrar.


Eugene Heath (Philosophy) was one of several invited speakers at the spring workshop on Scottish Philosophy and the Social Sciences at the Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary, on Feb. 2. Heath also published a collection of scholarly essays on Adam Ferguson. The book, "Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature," was also edited by Vincenzo Merolle of the University of Rome - Sapienza and is the first of a two-volume collection of essays about the 18th century philosopher.

Reva Wolf (Art History) organized and moderated a panel for the 2008 annual national College Art Association conference in Dallas. The panel, held Feb. 22, concerned the relevance today of George Kublers influential 1962 book, "The Shape of Time."


Sasha Austrie 04 (Communication and Media - Journalism) is working as a reporter for The Queens Tribune, a weekly newspaper in southeast Queens. She writes stories on a wide range of issues and as she puts it, "anything and everything happening in that neck of the woods fall on my shoulders."