David Clark (Mathematics), associate dean of the School of Science and Engineering, will be on sabbatical leave during the calendar year of 2008. Clark will work as a senior editor on the Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics and also conduct research as a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Julio Gonzales (Engineering) will serve as interim associate dean and chair of the school's colloquium committee in Clark's absence. Additionally, Larry McGlinn (Geography) will take over as director of the environmental studies board.
Peter Fairbrother has left as manager of the Administrative Help Desk in the Computer Services Department to be the college's new Internal Controls officer. Kevin Saunders has taken over as manager. Kirsten Rowe, formerly of Institutional Research, joined the Computer Services staff as the Banner training and support person. Bryan McGurn filled a vacancy in Administrative Computing to support the student area.
John VanderLippe (History) accepted a position as associate dean of the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has resigned as presiding officer of Faculty Governance, effective Oct. 12. Vice President of the Academic Senate Simin Mozayeni (Economics) will serve as interim presiding officer.
Gregory Bray (Communication and Media) produced a video news pod, which aired on Current TV in September. "The Ousting of a Pro-Gay Mayor" chronicles the political rise and fall of former New Paltz Mayor Jason West. It was produced with Rob Jameson '07, Stephanie Man '07 and Danny Asis '07 (all Communication and Media). To view the pod online, visit www.current.tv/pods/issue/PD07201.
Myung Choi '03g (Ceramics) was selected as an Emerging Artist presenter for the closing session of the 2008 National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts Conference in March in Philadelphia. Anat Shiftan (Ceramics) will present a Mid- Career/New Work presentation at the conference. New Paltz's Ceramics Department will also host a "Current Work" exhibition initiated and managed by the ceramics graduate students.
Mary Kahl (Communication and Media) delivered the keynote address, "A Subject for Sarcasm and Ridicule: Learning from the Ladies of Seneca Falls," at the New York State Communication Association Convention in October.
Glenn Geher (Psychology) published two articles in Current Psychology. The first article, "The Role of Stimulus Specificity on Infidelity Reactions: Seeing is Disturbing," was co-authored with Alice Andrews (Psychology) and Joseph Landolfi '06 (Psychology). He also published an article co-authored with Holly Nelson of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
Addie Haas (Communication Disorders, Emeritus) published "Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Perspective," a book she co-authored with Robert Owens and Dale Evan Metz, both of SUNY Geneseo.
Will Hermes (Communication and Media) published an article about the influence of world music among current U.S. rock acts in The New York Times Sunday Arts and Leisure section in October. He also published an interview with cultural critic and historian Luc Sante in The Village Voice.
Ken Nystrom (Anthropology) presented research on the biological consequences of Inca conquest at the 26th Annual Northeast Conference on Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory held in Ithaca in October. Valerie Andrushko of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven contributed to the research.
Felipa Gaudet '02 (Elementary Education/Theatre Arts), '06g (Humanistic/Multicultural Education) Program, was chosen as the first runner- up for the 2007 New York State Teacher of the Year. Gaudet, a kindergarten teacher at the Violet Avenue School in Hyde Park, has developed innovative educational programs to help her students living in poverty and those who are English language learners. A ceremony was held at the State Education Building in Albany in October.
Dave Sela '03 (Biology) is featured on MicrobeWorld, a podcast sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology. Sela's research into Bifidobacterium infantis is revealing important information about the role of this bacterium that is found in breast milk and is important in the health of infants. For more information about the MicrobeWorld radio show, visit www.microbeworld.org/look/radio.aspx.