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Peregrines return to the Gunks
Two hundred and fifty feet up a steep rock face, partially obscured from the summer sun by an overhanging cliff, four peregrine falcon eggs lay in wait. High above, pointed wings spread, soar the first of these extraordinary birds of prey to nest on the Shawangunk Ridge in more than 40 years. Some say you can't make a difference, but Heinz Meng (Biology) knows this: Having disappeared from the Shawangunks in 1958, there were no nesting peregrines east of the Mississippi River by the 1960s; this summer or fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove peregrines from the endangered species list. It was only a dream in 1974 when Meng sent Adam and Eve, two captive-bred peregrines, back to the wild from the top of the Jacobson Faculty Tower. Since May 1, when the nest was discovered by recent graduate, Jonathan Tuscanes, it has been a joyous reality. The nestlings are expected to hatch June 12, take flight six weeks later, and become totally independent four to six weeks after that. Until such time, Mohonk Preserve hikers will be rerouted from the area to protect the birds' privacy and to avoid encounters with the talon that rocks the cradle.

Extraterrestrials born in Pasadena
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology, responsible for the design of the Sojourner rover that explored the surface of Mars last summer, is beginning the process of designing a new generation of extraterrestrial rovers with functions akin to reasoning whose electronic brains shall interpret the final frontier. Among team members contributing to the design of the new rovers will be Sandy Samelson (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Ron Sigal (Computer Science, Hofstra University/formerly Mathematics and Computer Science), who have been awarded summer fellowships to work at the Pasadena, California laboratory. The study of computational intelligence, fuzzy logic and biologically-inspired algorithms, for the planning and navigation of rovers, will surely prove a valuable contribution to the birth of these 21st century American explorers.

The opportunity for a summer fellowship at JPL arose as a result of Samelson's participation in the NASA/New Paltz JOVE (Joint Venture) project. Jan W. McLaurin (Sponsored Funds) is project director of the NASA grant which provides research opportunities with NASA researchers for four faculty: Sandy Samelson, Maureen Morrow, Keqin Li and Mohammed Saed. The project also supports research training opportunities for students and community educational outreach activities.

Surf's up
Summer Session information has been available on the web since March when Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) completed a homepage for Continuing and Professional Education. Website visitors can access Summer Session information such as a listing of on-line classes, special programs and schedule changes, registration and tuition information, course descriptions and availability, and the academic calendar. Prospective summer sessioners can send e-mail to the College requesting further information and those not currently enrolled at New Paltz can even download registration forms. This technological resource not only saves trees; it increases the speed with which the College can respond to students' requests for information. According to the calculations of Caroline Murphy and Linda York (Continuing Education), in less than three months, the site has been "hit" more than 2200 times with additional information requested by more than 470 visitors.


1998-1999 Internal Awards

Thirty-one awards for Research and Creative Projects, Multimedia/Instructional Technology Development, and Travel have been granted to faculty members by the Office of Academic Affairs. For a detailed review, read on.

RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PROJECTS AWARDS support research and projects which enhance individual professional development while contributing to institutional goals. Recipients are:

James Bennett (Art), $1,000.00, "Exhibition Documentation," development of a catalog which documents Professor Bennett's works.

Maryalice Citera (Psychology), $402.00, "A Case Study Approach to Teaching Leadership," development of a multidisciplinary Honors Seminar in Leadership.

Joseph Diamond (Anthropology), $2,000.00, "Neutron Activation Analysis of Archaeologically Derived European Trade Goods From the Mid-Hudson Region," testing of artifacts to obtain data for dating "…several important sites in the Mid-Hudson Region."

Wilma Feliciano (Foreign Languages), $1,914.00, "The Death of Atahualpa: A New Creation Myth," "an interdisciplinary analysis [that] will examine Andean spirituality, representational techniques and socio-political history."

Lawrence Fialkow (Math and Computer Science), $1,500.00, "Multivariable Moment and Quadrature Problems," continued research to solve the Truncated Two-dimensional Moment Problem, which "can be expected to yield a wealth of applications to the Quadrature Problem and, more generally, to the efficient calculation of integrals."

Laurel Garrick-Duhaney (Educational Studies), $370.00, "Minority Gifted Children," survey to determine "whether or not students of color are underrepresented in gifted and talented programs [and] … to evaluate whether specific ethnic groups are more underrepresented than others."

Kristine Harris (History), $2,000.00, "Silent Speech: Envisioning the Nation in Early Shanghai Cinema," research work in China to gather information to complete a book manuscript.

Michael Hind (Math and Computer Science), $2,000.00, "New Paltz Interprocedural Complier," for "continuing research in the field of program analysis, in particular, the development of algorithms to perform interprocedural analysis of programs."

Hon Ho (Biology), $2,000.00, "The identity of a fungal pathogen causing root rot of corn in Korea," research to determine characteristics of the fungal pathogen. Proper identification will enable researchers to begin studying control measures for the disease.

Arthur Hoener (Art), $2,000.00, "Alternate Originals," travel to Rome to photograph original letterforms to use in completing type face designs for Maximus, Latium and Carrera, and as documentations for presentations.

Ronald Knapp (Geography), $1,372.00, "CENTENARY VIEWS The Ridge, The Valley - Then & Now: Mohonk/Minnewaska & New Paltz/Gardiner," research/photography project to result in a book comparing pre-twentieth century and contemporary photographs of local landscapes with complementary historical text.

Ann Lovett (Art), $1,000.00, "Fragmentation and Containment: Constructed Meaning in the Sacred Body Relic," photographic works of "religious reliquaries containing body parts of various saints and holy persons."

Clifton Meador (Art), $2,000.00, "Russian Architecture," creation of an artists' book that "explores the relationship of Russian Architecture to the political conditions of its creation."

Myra Mimlitsch Gray (Art), $1,000.00, "Framing Art Ideas: The Potency of Image Production," development of a color brochure of the artist's recent pieces, metal serving trays.

Gary Patterson (Business Administration), $1,885.00, "Market Efficiency between Real Estate Investment Trusts and Its Underlying Asset Market," an original academic study of a relatively new industry.

Carol Rietsma (Biology), $1,124.00, "The Impact of Deer Browsing on Forest Vegetation in the Northern Shawangunk Mountains," scientific study using exclosures and unfenced areas as controls, which will be incorporated in an undergraduate ecology course as a laboratory activity.

Mary Roehm (Art), $2,000.00, "China: Workshop and Study Tour," presentation at the First International Ceramic Art Conference in Yixing and participation in a study tour which will provide the artist the opportunity to work with Yixing potters.

Louis Roper (History), $2,000.00, "Conceptions of America: Early Modern English Ideals and the Colonization of a ‘New World' (South Carolina)," continuation of a study that "bridges the historiographical gulf between England and colonial America and reveals how closely the colonizers and leading colonists of the English-speaking Atlantic world shared a socio-political mindset rather than anachronistically emphasizing peculiar differences between the ‘Old World' and the ‘New'."

Brian Schmidt (Political Science and International Relations), $1,755.00, "Reuniting Political Theory and International Relations," research to "result in new information about the history of political science in general, and international relations in particular."

Lynn Spangler (Communication & Media), $1,973.00, "Sojourner Truth TV Documentary," an hour- long documentary focusing on "the woman and the symbol."

Chih-Yang Tsai (Business Administration), $1,185.00, "A Hybrid Classification Model Using Mathematical Programming and Probabilistic Neural Network," development of a hybrid model from two neural network models resulting in one model that has the advantages of the two, but not the drawbacks.

Nikolaos Zahariadis (Political Science and International Relations), $2,000, "A Framework to Improve Greek-Turkish Relations," research to develop a "framework that will set the foundation for improving Greek-Turkish relations and begin the process of finding solutions to their differences."

MULTIMEDIA/INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AWARDS support the development of instructional software material designed to facilitate the integration of educational technology into college classroom instruction. Recipients are:

Rebecca Adae (English as a Second Language), $4858.00, "Enhancement of the Language Lab for Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)," purchase of hardware, software and supplies to upgrade ESL software and to better meet the needs of students going abroad.

Rimer Cardillo (Art), $2,204.00, "Piccolo Lexicon - El Pantanal," development of woodcuts and silkscreens utilizing new media and digital imagery. Works are expected to be exhibited at international biennials.

Francois Deschamps (Art), "$2,000.00, a study in combining photography and graphic design to result in an artists' book, Red Shadows, that "deals with the role of ideas and ethics in promulgating violence."

Thomas Olsen (English), $1,977.00, "Shakespeare Wired," development of an undergraduate course on Shakespeare "that would employ a triad of available electronic resources."

Mary Roehm (Art), $4,200.00, "Data Base: Ceramic Visual Resource Library," "creation of a visual resource data base of ceramic objects," which will be available to SUNY New Paltz students and to others through the Internet. It will initially focus on China and later "expand to include an unlimited, multi- cultural ‘library' of the history of ceramics to the present."

TRAVEL AWARDS are essentially research and creative project awards designed to support those whose research and projects require travel. Recipients are:

Amy Cheng (Art), $2,000.00, "Research Trip to Turkey," visit various sites in Turkey to photograph and sketch art works and architecture, which will result in drawings and eventually paintings.

Eudora Chikwendu (Black Studies), $1,750.00, "Training Women in Tanzania to Participate in Rural Development," study of rural training centers, women's organizations, technology and documentation in Tanzania in order to assess "the types of efforts that the Tanzanian government is making to put into place national machinery for the integration of women in national development efforts."

David Clark (Math and Computer Science), $750.00, "Natural Dualities for Communtative Rings," attendance at the Conference on Lattices and Universal Algebra in Szeged, Hungary, in order to meet with the other researchers involved with the final phase of this project.

June Zuckerman (Secondary Education), $750.00, "Stories About Mentoring Beginning Teachers: A Source of Practical Knowledge About the Mentoring Relationship," research through interviews to obtain an understanding of "the conflicts, dilemmas and/or pitfalls that can arise in mentoring relationships…"


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