People in Action


Nergis Aziz is a visiting scholar in the School of Business from now through next January. A recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship from the North East Turkish American Scholars Foundation, she has taught at the International Ataturk-Alatoo University in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Her research interests are in product positioning, integrated marketing communications and branding. Aziz holds a doctorate and master’s degree in international business from Marmara University in Turkey. She is fluent in English, Russian, Turkish and Kyrgyz.

Earl Bellinger and Greg Feiden.Two Oswego students and a recent graduate presented posters at the 217th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in January in Seattle.
The presentations were “Multiphase Comparison of PC/PL Reactions” by student Earl Bellinger, Oswego Faculty Fellow Shashi Kanbur and C. Ngeow of National Central University in Taiwan; and “Period-Color Relations at Max/Min Light for RR Lyraes in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey” by student Anna Bontorno, recent graduate Martin Berke, Kanbur and Ngeow. The two posters will also be presented at the ninth Pacific Rim Conference on Stellar Astrophysics, set for April 14 to 20 in Lijiang, Yunnan, China. Pictured: Bellinger, left, at the American Astronomical Society meeting talks with recent graduate Greg Feiden, who is pursuing a doctorate at Dartmouth College.

Thomas Bertonneau of the English and creative writing department is the author of an essay on the French writer-thinker Rene Guenon that appeared in The Brussels Journal at the end of December. His essay on “A Counter-Curriculum for the Pop-Culture Classroom” appears in the current issue of Academic Questions. The H.L. Mencken Society has invited Bertonneau to deliver a lecture on Henry Adams at its November conference in Baltimore.

Lyn Blanchfield, visiting assistant professor of history, presented a paper at the 2010 Renaissance Society of America annual conference, held last April in Venice, Italy, on the proliferation of the term “piagnone,” or “weeper,” as a public insult in 15th- and 16th-century Florence.

Ali Cuneyt Cetin, an assistant professor in the department of accounting and finance at Suleyman Demirel University in Turkey, will be a visiting scholar in the School of Business for a year beginning Feb. 1, funded by the Turkish Higher Educational Council. Cetin has research interests in financial institutions; he plans to research investment trusts while here. He received his MBA and doctorate from Suleyman Demirel University.

Tim Delaney, associate professor and chair of sociology, traveled to New Zealand from Jan. 5 to 7 to present at the seventh annual International Conference on Environment, Cultural and Social Sustainability. The conference took place at the University of Waikato, a sister university to SUNY Oswego, in Hamilton. It was Delaney’s first time presenting at this conference and his talk, “The Five Horrorists: The New Destroyers of Life,” centered on the human threats to the sustainability of the earth’s environment. The conference is held annually in different locations around the world and aims to bring professionals from various fields and perspectives together to discuss sustainability. In recent years, it has been held in Ecuador, Malaysia, India and Vietnam. The 2012 conference is scheduled to be at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Oswego Faculty Fellow Shashi Kanbur in January presented “The Galactic Oosterhoff Dichotomy in Terms of Period-Color Relations at Max/Min Light” at the conference “RR Lyrae Stars, Metal Poor Stars and the Galaxy” held at the Caltech/Carnegie Observatories of Washington; and “Recent Results from the Astrophysics Research Program at SUNY Oswego,” an invited colloquium at the Ohio State University department of astronomy.

The Journal of Statistics and Applications has accepted for publication an article co-authored by faculty members and a student. “A Comparison of Testimation and Schwarz Information Criterion for Heteroscedasticity” is by Ampalavanar Nanthakumar, professor of mathematics; Shashi Kanbur, faculty fellow; undergraduate A. Marsh; and C. Ngeow of National Central University in Taiwan.

Julia Offen, assistant professor of anthropology, wrote an article, “Portrait of a Circus Girl,” that was published in the September issue of Ethnography.

Douglas Pippin, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, gave an invited talk to the Bristol Historical Society in November on the results of his summer excavations at the Burning Springs site in Bristol Center in Ontario County, south of Rochester. He is working with the Rochester chapter of the New York State Archaeology Association there. Pippin also attended the “NAGPRA at 20” conference in Washington, D.C., as did three of his students, all anthropology majors: December graduate Shelly Barbernitz, senior Stephanie Hallinan and junior Khrystyne Tschinkel. Barbernitz will attend the graduate program in archaeology this fall at University College in London. “NAGPRA at 20” was a public policy conference hosted by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior and George Washington University to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The anthropology department has a collections management project funded by a NAGPRA grant.

Graduate student Dena Scimone received the Ted Bernstein Award for Excellence in School Psychology at the New York Association of School Psychologists annual conference, held Nov. 11 to 13 in Lake George.

Kevin White, assistant professor of anthropology and academic planning counselor in the Office of Learning Services, and 11 of his students and Native American Heritage Association student group members attended the daylong Canandaigua Treaty Day celebration in November in Canandaigua. The students were Karly Babcock, Frank Carmine, Karla Gutierrez, Amy Ludlow, Matthew Moran, Ian Mumpton, Kristin Nicholas, Fabio Ritmo, Clarece Rojek, Jessica Tetro and Cliff Weinstein. The event commemorated the 216th anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 between the Six Nations Confederacy (Haudenosaunee) and the United States.

(Posted: Jan 28, 2011)