People in Action


Silhouette of actress pretending to be a puppet.Senior theatre major Courtney Bennett will take her original one-act play, “human,” pictured, to a New York City competition next month. The Manhattan Repertory Theatre Long One-Act Play Competition accepted her submission for a three-performance run. In the play, a puppet, guided by a voice in a chaotic land of memories and surrounded by shadows and dancing lights, escapes from its strings and searches for the secret to being human. Bennett will also perform the play May 6 in Oswego’s lab theatre as part of her capstone project. Directing the play is fellow senior theatre major Jacob Luria. Oswego students traveling to the competition are Rebeca Schretzlmeir, stage manager; Kellie McMenemon, assistant stage manager; Darren Loganne Robinson, costume designer; Julia Kulaya, assistant costume designer; Jamie-Brooke Ruggio, lighting designer; and Amie Howard, sound designer. (Photo by Katie Goldstein)

Eric Hellquist of the biological sciences department is the author of a paper, “CO2 exchange of native and exotic plant communities in Gardiner Basin, Yellowstone National Park,” that has been published in the “Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” The theme of the proceedings is “Questioning Greater Yellowstone’s Future: Climate, Land Use, and Invasive Species.” Contributing authors include collaborators from Syracuse University and Washington and Lee University and Kimberly Wahl Ryan, former Oswego undergraduate in biological sciences and now a master’s student at the College of Charleston.

Shashi Kanbur, associate professor of physics and faculty fellow, is a co-author of a poster, “Near-Infrared Period-Luminosity Relations of Large Magellanic Cloud Cepheids,” presented at the American Astronomical Society of America meeting in January. Frank Ripple, a former student who is now pursuing a doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, is a co-author; others are L. M. Macri and Michael T. Smitka of Texas A&M University and C. Ngeow of National Central University in Taiwan.

People pause for a picture near museum.Faith Maina of the curriculum and instruction department, who is currently a Fulbright Scholar in Kenya, hosted three colleagues from her department—R. Deborah Davis, Bonita Hampton and Tania Ramalho—when they were in Kenya last month for the Second International Gender Symposium at Moi Univeristy in Eldoret. Pictured at the National Museum of Kenya are, from left, Davis, Maina, Hampton, Yvone Lewis (Davis’ sister), Regina Archie (Hampton’s daughter) and Ramalho.

Ampalavanar Nanthakumar, professor of mathematics, is the author of an article, “On the Use of Moment Estimators to Test for a Zero Inflated Poisson Distribution,” that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Statistical Sciences. Also, an article that Nanthakumar co-authored with Shashi Kanbur, associate professor of physics, has been accepted for presentation during the sixth Athens Institute for Education and Research Conference in Mathematics and Statistics, June 11 to 13 in Greece. Its title is “On the Detection of Error Heteroscedasticity by using CUSUM Range Distribution.”

The student project of a 2010 graduate, Wallace Reardon, promoting safety for tower workers will bear fruit Feb. 21 in the form of a “Frontline” episode on PBS, produced by WGBH in conjunction with ProPublica. “Cell Tower Deaths” investigates the hidden cost that comes with the demand for better and faster cell phone service. A former communications tower worker himself, Reardon gathered stories and data from climbers and managers, working with grieving families and, as a SUNY Oswego senior, completing a tower climbers safety project that became the Workers at Heights Health and Safety Initiative. For the “Frontline” episode, “I have been scrounging up information and connecting them with climbers, regulators, and industry people,” he told Experience-Based Education Director Paul Roodin, political science assistant professor Lisa Glidden and others in an email message this week. His work on the issue while a student included an internship at Upstate Medical University.

Currently showing at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center are the art exhibitions “Images of Upstate New York,” featuring paintings by Oswego graduate student Kate Walseman and recent graduate Morgan Goodwin, and “Juxtaposed Through Wonderland,” featuring work by Oswego graduate student KayCie Danniel.

(Posted: Feb 10, 2012)