David Andrews, professor and chair of the economics department, gave a seminar at the University of Rome (Roma Tre) on “Nature and Natural Prices in Foucault’s Interpretation of Adam Smith” on Jan. 11.

Neelika Jayawardane of the English and creative writing faculty published the article “The Problem with Photojournalism in Africa” in Al Jazeera English. The piece explores reasons why African photographers are not allowed to tell African photo stories in Western media outlets.

Shashi Kanbur, pictured, professor and chair of physics, and several current and former students were part of a number of posters and presentations recently:
• Kanbur; SUNY Oswego students Zachary Dalessandro, Benjamin Kratz, Justin Ortega; and Laszlo Molnar, Emese Plachy, Peter Klagyivik, Aron L. Juhasz and Robert Szabo from Konkoly Observatory in Budapest, Hungary; collaborated on the poster “The Additional-mode Garden of RRab Stars,” presented at last year’s KASC conference in Louisville.
• Kanbur was co-author of “A Comparative Study of Multiwavelength Theoretical and Observed Light Curves of Cepheid Variables,” in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Main Journal. 
• Kanbur also co-authored “Large Magellanic Cloud Near-Infrared Synoptic Survey. IV. Leavitt Laws for Type II Cepheid Variables,” which appeared in the Astronomical Journal.
• Kanbur, SUNY Oswego graduate Zac Schrecengost and additional co-authors Anupam Bhardwaj (Delhi University), Harinder P. Singh (Delhi University) and C. Ngeow (National Central University, Taiwan) recently published “Period–color and Amplitude–color Relations at Maximum and Minimum Light for RR Lyrae Stars in the SDSS Stripe 82 Region” in The Astrophysical Journal.

Ulises Mejias of the communication studies faculty published an editorial titled “Fake Becomes Legit: Disinformation, Social Media and Democracy” in the critical international relations blog The Disorder of Things.

Barbara Faye Streets of the department of counseling and psychological services, was chosen to participate in a Leadership Institute for Indigenous and Diverse Women of Color (LIDWOC) hosted by the Society for the Psychology of Women (American Psychological Association, Division 35) in Portland, Oregon. The institute’s purpose is to engage diverse women psychologists at various professional career stages in the exploration of leadership basics, challenges, and strategies for ongoing development. The institute preceded her attendance, from Jan. 4 to 7, of the three-day National Multicultural Conference and Summit, also in Portland.

Kevin White of the anthropology department recently co-authored an article titled “La Salle on Seneca Creation 1678” in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, published by the American Indian Studies Center at the University of California-Los Angeles. White, history faculty member Eugene R.H. Tesdahl of University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and public historian Michael Galban of the Ganondagan New York State Historic Site in Victor analyzed the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle’s 1678 transcription of a Seneca version of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) creation story that dates to at least 1350. The trio had presented part of the findings in a panel, “220 Years of Oral History Sustainability among Seneca Creation Narratives,” at the Conference on Iroquois Research in Java Center. White, an Akwesasne Mohawk who is director of the interdisciplinary American studies major and Native American studies minor at Oswego, earned a Fulbright Canada research fellowship this semester as visiting research chair in trans-border studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

K. Brad Wray, professor of philosophy, contributed a chapter to the Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science. His chapter, “Kuhn’s Influence on the Social Sciences,” was completed while he was on sabbatical at MIT and draws on his research at the Thomas S. Kuhn Archives at MIT. Wray also published a review of Robert J. Richards’ and Lorraine Daston’s edited volume, “Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions at Fifty: Reflections on a Science Classic,” in the January issue of the journal Philosophy of Science.

Jason Zenor of the communication studies department contributed a chapter, “#NothingButTheTruth: Educating the Public on the Courts Through Social Media” in the book “Social Media and Politics: A New Way to Participate in the Political Process.” In the chapter, the author argues that the judicial branch, which is usually technophobic, should adopt social media to engage the public with services, information, education and strengthening public opinions about the courts. In addition, communication studies colleague Steven Granelli and Zenor co-authored “Decoding the ‘Code’: Reception Theory and Moral Judgment of Dexter” in the International Journal of Communication. The article examines how audiences read the actions of the protagonist in the television series “Dexter.” The article found four perspectives: Justified Vigilante, Psychological Puzzle, Gratuitous Murder, Deviant Escapism. The authors found that moral judgments about the character paralleled how the audience engaged the show (e.g., fantasy, characters, aesthetics or messages).