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Shafiul Chowdhury (Geology) has received two grants for summer and long-term environmental research projects. The first project, “Evaluation of the Health of Lower Esopus Creek Using Water Quality and Benthic Macro Invertebrates,” will be conducted with the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University and at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water. The project's study period, which began in March, will continue through February 2008. The $43,796 in grant money is being provided by New Paltz internal grants ($24,796) and the United States Geological Survey ($19,000). For the project, Chowdhury will evaluate the health of the Lower Esopus Creek by collecting and interpreting water quality data and data on aquatic organisms, known as Benthic Macro Invertebrates (BMI). In the second project, “Creation of Baseline Water Quality Data for Marakill Watershed,” Chowdhury received $2,000 from the Loewy-Mohonk Preserve Liaison Fellowship Program 2007. Chowdhury will add on to similar research conducted in 2006 by collecting additional water quality data on the Marakill Watershed to better understand the relationship between water quality and the local geology.

Donna Flayhan (Communication and Media) received the Jacques Ellul Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Activism on June 10 at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico City, Mexico, for her work exposing and addressing the health crisis in the toxic wake of 9/11. The award is “The Jacques Ellul Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Activism.” Flayhan is director of the Lower Manhattan Public Health Project and on its the advisory Board of Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes Inc.

Eric Gullickson (Public Affairs) was elected to the State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) board of directors for a three-year term at the organization's annual conference in Syracuse, June 13-15.

Sarah Moore was recently appointed assistant registrar of scheduling in the Office of Records and Registration. Moore, who graduated from New Paltz in 2006 with a degree in biology, has worked in Records and Registration as a work study student for four years. She was hired as a temporary worker on two occasions and is Legacy and Banner proficient. Moore can be reached at x3112.


The Kingston Sculpture Biennial 2007, which will open on July
7, is being curated by Beth Wilson (Art History) and Wayne
(Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art). The exhibition is
sponsored by the City of Kingston and the Arts Society of
Kingston (ASK). A special feature the biennial will be the use
of the former Ulster County Jail on Golden Hill for a number of
sculptures and installations. On opening day, there will be a
seven-hour new performance work by the internationally
acclaimed artist Linda Montano. Complete information on the
exhibition is available at


Glenn Geher (Psychology) recently published an article, titled
“Sex Differences in Response to Cues of Parental Investment:
An Evolutionary Social Psychological Perspective,” in the 2007
volume of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural
Psychology. Five New Paltz alumni co-authored and implemented
this work, including Kelly Fairweather '04 (Psychology),
Nilerisha Mollette '04 (Psychology), Uzoma Ugonabo '06
(Biology), Jeremy Murphy '06 (Psychology) and Nick Wood
'04 (Psychology).

Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) published an article, "Assimilative Integration in Constructivist Psychotherapy," in the March 2007 issue of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.

Gerald Sorin (History/Jewish Studies) wrote an essay for Congress Monthly, titled "Blacks, Jews, and Tribalism in Multicultural America." The essay reviewed Cheryl Greenberg's book, "Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century" and Eric Goldstein's book, "The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity." Sorin also reviewed Paul Buhle's three-volume anthology, "Jews and American Popular Culture." For the Jewish Reader, Web-journal of the National Yiddish Book Center, Sorin wrote a critical analysis of Nathan Englander's debut novel, "The Ministry of Special Cases." Sorin - who served as chair of the panel of the American Jewish Historical Society - was also a member of the four-person panel of the Jewish Book Council, which recognizes the best Jewish biography or memoir in any given year with the National Jewish Book Award.