Bruce Sillner, dean of the Center for International Programs, received the University of Dundee tartan from Gordon Craig, director of Admissions and Student Recruitment at the university in Scotland. In recognition of the study abroad partnership with Dundee, New Paltz was presented with the Caledonian Scholarship to be awarded to a New Paltz student attending the University of Dundee in the fall.
Cathy Varunok (Humanistic/Multicultural Education) is the recipient of the 2007 Yoplait Champion Award for her educational, fundraising and advocacy work on behalf of women with breast cancer. Varunok, an occupational therapist and co-founder of the local nonprofit organization Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, received her award in March at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Ken Nystrom (Anthropology) presented a paper that explored the impact of X-ray exposure on ancient DNA preservation at the 6th World Congress on Mummy Studies in February in the Canary Islands.
Rita Celariste (Educational Opportunity Program) and Nicole Pacheco (Educational Opportunity Program) presented a workshop, "Student Initiative Pilot Program: Improving Student Retention," at the 9th Biennial Tri-State Consortium Opportunity Program Conference in Tarrytown in April.
John Sharp (Geography) presented research he completed with James Ryo Kiyan '06 (Geography) at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in April in San Francisco. The paper, "Reporting on Iraq: A Discourse Analysis of Truth Claims," resulted from their collaboration in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in 2006. Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro (Geography) also attended the conference. He presented his research, "Protecting Diminishing Forested Area through Long-term Anti-colonial Struggle: The Case of Menominee Forestry," chaired the James Blaut Award and Memorial Lecture, and participated in three panels.
Reva Wolf (Art History) presented the paper, "The Scholar and the Fan," at the annual Clark Conference in April. The conference, titled "What Is Research in the Visual Arts? Obsession, Archive, Encounter," was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. The papers written by Wolf and others will be published by the Clark Institute in association with Yale University Press.
Spring 2007 Academic Year Undergraduate Research Experience (AYURE) recipients Daniel Tzvi Cohen '07 (Chemistry) and Elaina Chan '08 (Chemistry) presented the results of their project, "Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of Skeletally Modified Alpha-Pinene Derivative," at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Chicago in March. Preeti Dhar (Chemistry) supervised the project. In April, Jessica Maxwell '08 (Theatre Arts), a spring 2007 AYURE recipient, presented the results of "The Anarcha Project: Process and Product," which was overseen by Anita Gonzalez (Theatre Arts), at the Anarcha Performative Research Symposium on Black Culture/Disability Culture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Amber Dabroski '08 (Biology) was awarded a summer stipend from C2Biotechnologies (C2B), in Kingston. Dabroski will conduct research at the company, where Larry Cosenza '86 (Biology) is the chief science officer. Dabroski will also work with Maureen Morrow (Biology) on a project to generate enzymes to improve ethanol production.
Kristian Voss '07 (History/International Relations) garnered third place at the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Undergraduate Research Paper Competition for his paper "Support for the Far Right: The Desire for Cultural Preservation in an Increasingly Globalized and Multicultural Europe."
Tom Forehand (Business) worked with a group of accounting students who participated in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, in partnership with the Ulster Chapter of the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition and Rural Ulster Preservation Company. Forehand hosted training and organized a volunteering schedule that allowed the program to complete 140 tax returns in February.
Ilgu Ozler (Political Science), and five students, all members of Amnesty USA, met with Congressman Maurice Hinchey ('68, '70g), left, on campus in April to discuss concerns about the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan. As a result of the national legislative efforts of local Amnesty groups, 103 representatives and 96 senators signed on to a letter to the President of China Hu Jintao.
Maurice Hinchey and Ilgu Ozler