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AWARDS, HONORS, APPOINTMENTS AND RECOGNITION

Shafiul Chowdhury (Geology) was awarded an $18,744 grant by the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University for his project, "Evaluation of the Health of Lower Esopus Creek using Water Quality and Benthic Macro Invertebrates."

Matt Skillman (Public Affairs) has been appointed Web production assistant where his responsibilities include monitoring and assisting with enhancements to my.newpaltz.edu, updating program and department Web sites and reviewing all work flow through the content management system, OmniUpdate.

PRESENTATIONS, EXHIBITIONS

Glenn Geher (Psychology) recently had his latest book, "Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind's Reproductive System," released by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Geher edited the book with Geoffrey Miller, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Geher and Miller authored the first chapter, "Mating Intelligence: Toward An Evolutionarily Informed Construct," with Jeremy Murphy '06 (Psychology). Geher also co-authored the final chapter, "Mating Intelligence: An Integrative Model and Future Research Directions" with Michael Camargo '07(Psychology) and Stephen O'Rourke '90, '94 (Psychology), associate professor of psychology at the College of New Rochelle.

L. David Rooney, vice president of student affairs, attended a New York state summit, titled, "Preventing Student Alcohol Abuse: Improving the Campus-Community Culture," on June 19 in Albany. Rooney participated in a plenary session, titled, "Addressing the Community Context Related to College Student Alcohol Abuse."

ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

Edward Renehan Jr. '80 (Political Science) is the author of "Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt," published by Basic Books/Perseus. Renehan's previous works include biographies of Gilded Age financier Jay Gould and Hudson Valley/Catskills naturalist John Burroughs.