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Megan Smailer (Facilities Design and Construction) has been promoted from assistant architect to campus architect. Smailer, who has worked at New Paltz since 1996, will now be involved in the design of larger capital projects on campus.


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Ready, set, cure On Sept. 9, (from left to right) Laura Schultz, Sarah Moore, Bernadette Morris, Elizabeth Shuipis (all Records and Registration), and (not pictured) Jacqueline Andrews (Institutional Research) participated in the Komen Race for the Cure Series in New York City to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Photo submitted

Giordana Grossi (Psychology) organized two workshops on sign language at the 2007 Festivaletteratura, a prestigious Italian festival of literature held in early September. The workshops, led by Grossi and Virginia Volterra of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies in Rome, Italy, were titled "La voce tra le mani: gesti, segni, parole (The Voice of the Hands: Gestures, Signs, Words)" and included a poetry performance in Italian Sign Language.

Judith HaLasz (Sociology) presented two papers at the American Sociological Association annual conference in August. The first examined the ethics of work, paying attention to bohemians' emphasis on self-determination. The second, coauthored and co-presented with Peter Kaufman (Sociology), developed a pedagogical model that enhances teaching and learning by drawing on sociological theory insights. Ron Knapp (Geography, Asian Studies, Emeritus) gave two lectures, "The Business of Tourism in China: The Conflict Between Historic Preservation and Profit" for the Owen Graduate School of Management and "Rainbows and Centipedes: 20th Century Discoveries of 'Lost' Chinese Bridges" for the Department of History of Art and East Asian Studies Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., this month.

Gerald Sorin (History) presented a paper, "Howard Fast and the Problem of Identity: Communist Ideology and Jewish Tradition," at the Workmen's Circle Association in New York City, this month. An audience of about 60 heard Sorin speak about the preliminary results of his work toward a biography of Fast.


Mary Jane Corry (Music Emeritus) published a chapter titled "German Singing Societies in New York City in the Nineteenth Century," in the book "On Bunker's Hill, Essays in Honor of J. Bunker Clark."

Kate McCoy (Educational Studies) published a co-authored paper, "Getting Me Back on Track: The Role of Outreach Interventions in Engaging and Retaining People Living with HIV/AIDS in Medical Care," in the journal AIDS Patient Care and STDs. This work was completed with a team of researchers across the United States and was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Alison Nash (Psychology) and Giordana Grossi (Psychology) published a paper, "Picking Barbie's™ Brain: Inherent Sex Differences In Scientific Ability?" in the last issue of Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought.

Tad Richards (English) has a poem in the new anthology, "From Haiku to Lyriku: Post-2000 North American Kernular Poetry."

Bob Waugh (English) published a chapbook, "Shorewards, Tidewards," this summer through Codhill Press.

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Reva Wolf (Art History) recently had her essay, "Homer Simpson as Outsider Artist," translated into Italian, under the title, "Homer, un outsider dell'arte," for inclusion in the interdisciplinary volume, "I Simpson: Il ventre onnivoro della TV postmoderna (The Simpsons: The Omnivorous Belly of Postmodern TV)," which was edited by Corrado Peperoni, in association with Roma Tre University. Wolf's essay was one of three in the book that was highlighted in the weekly supplement, Il Venerdi, of the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, this month.