Over the summer, SUNY Oswego criminal justice and sociology major Gabrielle Roubanian presented research to an international conference at Lisbon, Portugal. Working on research conducted with criminal justice faculty member and mentor Marthinus Koen, Roubanian presented "Management Cops and Street Cops: Making Sense of Changing Times" as part of a panel with Koen at the Law & Society Association (LSA) Conference in July. In addition to Roubanian (at left) and Koen (center), other panelists included, from left, Heather Toronjo from the Center of Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason University, Vincent Southerland with NYU Law and James Willis with George Mason University. Read full story.

Physics professor Shashi Kanbur is co-author of  “Near-infrared observations of RR Lyrae and Type II Cepheid variables in the metal-rich bulge globular cluster NGC 6441” in Astronomy and Astrophysics. This is one of the top three refereed astrophysics journals, Kanbur noted.

Physics faculty member Natalia Lewandowska gave a talk earlier this month titled “Scintillometry with Giant Radio Pulses from the Crab Pulsar” at the Scintillometry Workshop 2022 in Toronto. Scintillometry is the study of the fluctuations of pulsar radio emissions in our atmosphere. A pulsar is a city-sized star that consists mostly of neutrons, is highly magnetized and rotates very quickly. Scientists like Lewandowska use the techniques of scintillometry to investigate whether the twinkling that humans see from a pulsar like the Crab is coming from the star, or from the medium between the Earth and the pulsar known as the Interstellar Medium. In addition, Lewandowska was elected co-chair of the public outreach group in the NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves) Collaboration. This group of collaborators from the US and Canada focuses on the search for nanohertz gravitational waves with arrays of pulsars. In this position, Lewandowska will help coordinate the publications and public outreach activities within NANOGrav as well as outside of the collaboration.

Political science faculty member Allison Rank contributed a chapter on “Black Panther” to “The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” The book’s publisher, the University of Kansas Press, noted that the MCU is a deeply political universe that sends fans many messages about subjects related to government, public policy and society, and brought together 25 legal scholars to analyze films and trends.

Fulbright Specialist update

Communications studies professor and Fulbright Specialist Ulises Mejias did a summer residency at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland). The residency included a keynote at the TRANSFORM 2022: Shape the State conference, an interview with the Der Bund newspaper, student workshops, meetings with members of parliament, and other activities. Mejias also presented his work at the University of California at Berkeley's Science, Policy and Ethics Symposium, the Laboratoire Architecture Ville Urbanisme Environnement (France), Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil), and Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Brazil). The talk Data Colonialism and Digital Border Walls was presented at the Biennale Warsawa (Poland), where his co-authored article “The decolonial turn in data and technology research” was translated into Polish. Other events included participation in the panel A New Era of Democracy during the RadicalxChange Annual Conference, the Youth and the Future of AI Conference, a workshop he delivered for Mijente’s El Instituto de Formación Politica, participation in the round table Experimentalism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution organized by The Open Data Institute (UK), a talk on Digital Sovereignty for the Brussels School of Governance and a talk at the Association for Computational Linguistics during their program on Natural Language Processing Power. In addition, Mejias was interviewed for the series Training the Archive by the Ludwig Forum Aachen (Germany). The Wondros Podcast episode where Mejias appeared received more than 10,000 views, and his work was referenced in TechCrunch, Jacobin Magazine and MIT Technology Review, where his co-authored work was described as "one of the foundational texts that first proposed a 'data colonialism.'” Also, Mejias’ book “The Costs of Connection” (co-authored with Nick Couldry), has been translated and published in Italy as “Il prezzo della conessione.”