Several Oswego business students attended and placed in competitions at the Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference, July 28 to July 1 in Baltimore. Rachel Cronin placed fifth in the Human Resource Management category; Janeah Thomas seventh in Cost Accounting; Erin Gantley ninth in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making; and Sean Ormsby 10th in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making. Phi Beta Lambda is a national business organization aimed at uniting business students in a positive working relationship.

Joe McCarthy, a senior zoology major, gave a talk titled "Effects of the parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE) on the painted lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)" July 13 at the annual meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society in Ottawa. His research on butterfly parasites, with faculty mentor Karen Sime of the department of biological sciences, is currently supported by a grant from Rice Creek Associates.

Teach Access, a collaboration among higher education, the technology industry and advocates for accessibility -- with a shared goal of making technology usable for all by infusing accessibility into higher education -- announced recently that Rebecca Mushtare of the art department’s faculty is among the 13 winners of $5,000 Curriculum Development Awards available to instructors at  colleges and universities nationwide. Mushtare’s project, “Fully Integrating Accessibility into Web Design Courses,” involves developing new exercises, demonstrations and videos in collaboration with a disability advocate and assistive technology expert to enhance the way she teaches accessibility and inclusive design. Other Teach Access awards will be used to develop modules, presentations, exercises or curriculum enhancements, or to make changes that introduce the fundamentals, concepts and skills of accessible (universal) design and development in existing, classroom-based courses. Teach Access includes members from leading tech companies, academic institutions, disability advocacy organizations and other non-profit institutions.

Human-computer interaction students Annie Reynolds and Tara O'Grady recently presented at the Google I/O Surf event in Vietnam about the Girls Who Code initiative and augmented reality projects.

Marilynn Jean Smiley, emerita professor of music, recently earned the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who as a leader in musicology, the study of music as an academic subject. A faculty member for 53 years through her retirement in 2014, Smiley taught a full range of courses in music history, as well as in American music and women in music. Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes profile individuals selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process, the publisher said. Named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1974, Smiley also won the 1973 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2013, she and former Oswego adjunct Helen Engel published their co-edited book “Remarkable Women in New York State History.”

Hong Wan of Oswego’s School of Business and former Oswego visiting scholar Xiaocong Wu presented their research paper, "Do Institutional Investors Deter Block-Holders' Tunneling? Evidence from Related-Party Transactions in China" at the Western Economic Association International Conference in Vancouver from June 26 to 30. Wu was a visiting scholar in the School of Business from February 2017 to February 2018.