People in Action

Diana L. Boyer of the atmospheric and geological studies department presented results of a study, co-authored with colleague Paul Tomascak, on “The Decoupling of Biological and Inorganic Geochemical Signals in Microstratigraphic Shale Studies” at the Geological Society of America annual meeting last month in Vancouver, British Columbia. In part, the study’s abstract reads, “In order to quantify at high resolution and statistically analyze the variability in biological and chemical signals, over 250 samples from 5 localities were collected and analyzed from Middle and Upper Devonian black shales in the Appalachian basin.” The results were produced at the college’s interdisciplinary elemental measurement facility in the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation. Boyer said the research is continuing under a National Science Foundation grant.

At the State University of New York’s fourth annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference last week, Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced a class of 2014 Student and Faculty Fellows who will build upon the momentum of the conference by working with SUNY leadership to implement new strategies for collective impact on their campuses and in their communities. Two of the eight students selected—Imani Cruz and Tucker Sholtes—and one of the seven faculty members, Mary McCune, are from Oswego. “This year’s conference has served as a catalyst for collective impact and the idea of affecting meaningful social change at scale, and it is critical that our conversations continue throughout the year on campuses and in communities across New York state,” said Zimpher. “The student and faculty fellows have all demonstrated an aptitude for change leadership on their campuses, and I am confident that they are precisely the right group to help guide SUNY’s strategies for collective impact going forward.” Cruz, a sophomore journalism major with minors in political science and public justice, plans to enter law school upon graduation. She is president of Oswego’s Residence Hall Association. Sholtes, a senior double majoring in business administration and public relations with an international business minor, is president of the SUNY Oswego Student Association and has previously been the president and founder of a variety of organizations on campus. His goal is to pursue a career in management consulting. McCune, associate professor of history and director of women’s studies, has research interests in 20th century women’s history, immigration and ethnic/racial history and is currently working on a project that examines the impact of the Great Migration on settlement houses that were initially created to serve a largely Jewish immigrant base.

June Dong of the School of Business faculty attended the SUNY 4E Network of Excellence Fall Charette Invitation Conference at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry on Oct. 27. The invitation-only conference was for recipients of SUNY 4E Network of Excellence grants. With researchers at SUNY Buffalo and Binghamton, Dong received funding for “Hierarchical and Temporal Model Development Measuring Economic Consequences Stemming from Water Disasters to U.S. Freight Movement Systems.”

The British Journal of Social Psychology has published “Embodied Effects Are Moderated by Situational Cues: Warmth, Threat, and the Desire for Affiliation” by Adam Fay of Oswego’s psychology department and Jon K. Maner of Florida State University. Their findings from two experiments indicate that the psychological link between physical warmth and social affiliation depends on the situation in which the warmth is experienced. Participants who had been primed with physical threat (as compared with control conditions) responded to warmth with stronger increases in affiliative motivation. “We found that warm temperature sensations (like holding a hot cup of coffee or using an electric heating pad) made people more interested in affiliating and being sociable toward others in the lab,” Fay said, but only in situations where people felt like they were in danger.

In Memoriam

Gregory Auleta, 71, former assistant director of Oswego’s Educational Opportunity Center and Office of Learning Services and longtime president of the college’s chapter of United University Professions, died Oct. 29.

Raymond H. Schneider, 85, professor emeritus of earth sciences, died Oct. 14 at his home in Oswego.

(Posted: Oct 30, 2014)