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Laurence Hauptman (History) was selected as a speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities' Speakers in Humanities Program, which is being held in honor of the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. Hauptman will speak on the topic of "American Indians in the Time of Henry Hudson: The Munsee and Mahican (Mohican) Indians."

Tom Meyer (Secondary Education) was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Irving Harris Foundation for the "Hudson Valley Writing Project-Infrastructure." The work will improve the Hudson Valley Writing Project's organizational and administrative outreach and provide more in-service training to area schools in person and through print materials.

William Rhoads (Art History, Emeritus) received the 2008 Friends of Historic Kingston History Award in April for his contributions to the presentation of Kingston's architectural history.

University Police Dispatcher Karen Koch and Officers William Shaw and David Vorisek received commendations for their responses to a call on May 6 of a 91-year-old man having difficulty breathing outside Studley Theatre.


Glenn Geher (Psychology) gave the keynote at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference in Dickinson, N.D. The talk, titled "Perceptions of Current and Former Romantic Partners Conceptualized as Adaptive Mating- Relevant Biases," focused on research he conducted with alumnae Heather Downey '03 (Psychology) and Kristin Renstrom '04 (Psychology).

Ron Knapp (Geography/Asian Studies, Emeritus) gave the Fifth Annual Wan-lin Kiang lecture, titled "In Search of China's ‘Lost' Bridges," at the University of California-Irvine on May 6.


Gerald Sorin (History, Emeritus) had three review essays published. His pieces on Adam Mansbach's third novel, "The End of the Jews," and Holocaust survivor Imre Kertesz's novel, "Detective Story," appeared in the books section of the Israeli- English language newspaper Ha'aretz (The World). Sorin's review of Holocaust survivor Fred Wander's autobiographical fiction book, "The Seventh Well," appeared on the Web site of the National Yiddish Book Center's "Jewish Reader."


David Jakim '08 (Environmental and Geochemical Science) was awarded the Barnabas McHenry Award in Conservation in March for his project with Hudsonia Ltd., and the towns of New Paltz and Lloyd, as well as the Village of New Paltz.

Rachel John '08 (Political Science) won second place and $1,000 in the 2008 Benjamin and David Scharps Essay Competition for her entry on "Campus Safety After Virginia Tech." The contest, which is open to all junior and senior SUNY students, requires a research essay on a selected legal topic.


Adam Bosch '05 (Journalism) has a contract with Scientific American Magazine to write a 600-800 word article every other month. Bosch recently graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

A.J. Schenkman '92 (History, Political Science), '95g (Secondary Education/Social Studies) published a book, "Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh," in the "Images of America" series. Listed among the acknowledgements are the Sojourner Truth Library and Professor Laurence Hauptman (History).