Pianist and music faculty member Robert Auler, pictured, will perform Saturday, Oct. 24, in the opening concert of the 2015-16 Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony season in South Dakota. On a program called “Royal Music,” Auler and Aberdeen’s college-community orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Emperor Piano Concerto.”

Art faculty member and alumna Amy Bartel showcases her mixed-media “intimate and introspective bird portraits” in an exhibition titled “Landings” through Sept. 29 at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles. September gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Owner of AE Originals and assistant director of Tyler Art Gallery, Bartell employs gouache as well as pencils and more traditional watercolors in her paintings.

The School of Business has two new visiting scholars this fall. Binghua He, a lecturer (assistant professor) in the Management School at Ningbo Institute of Technology, is visiting until next August. Sponsored by business faculty member Ding Zhang, He is researching models on the coordination of supply chain and electronic commerce networks. Yunfen Bai, an associate professor in the finance department of the College of Business at Shanghai Normal University, is also visiting until next August. Bai is sponsored by business faculty member June Dong. Her research centers on the restructure of asset pricing based on liquidity.

Shashi Kanbur, professor and chair of physics, has been asked to be co-chair of the SUNY STEM conference set for Oct. 1 and 2. The other co-chair is Rabi Musah of the chemistry faculty at SUNY Albany.

Barbara Faye Streets of the counseling and psychological services department recently attended the 2015 American Psychological Association conference in Toronto, where she presented a poster: “Edutainment: Using Storytelling to Process Loss and Grief in Trauma-Impacted Communities.” In addition, Streets and Karen Wolford, professor of psychology, recently co-authored “Pause . . . Before Rushing In: Examining Motivations to Help in Trauma Impacted Communities Internationally,” which appears in International Research & Review: Journal of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. It offers a set of reflective questions for human services providers, cultural immersion curriculum developers, and independent agents to ponder prior to responding to international disasters.

K. Brad Wray, professor in the philosophy department, has published a letter in the journal Science. Titled “The Wisdom of Baboon Decisions,” the letter appeared in the Aug. 28 issue.

In Memoriam

Thomas R. Seawell, 79, emeritus professor of art, died Aug. 28 at his home in Sterling.