Physics professor Shashi Kanbur co-authored a paper, “Near-infrared Census of RR Lyrae variables in the Messier 3 globular cluster and the Period–Luminosity Relations,” appearing in the Astronomical Journal. It continues research by Kanbur and his international co-authors into the use of galactic markers such as Cepheids and RR Lyrae -- period-variable stars whose pulsation allow an estimate of their distance from Earth -- to explore the astronomical distance scale and how galaxies form. (NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image)

Oswego faculty members Fiona Coll, Serenity Sutherland and Candis Haak published “Finding Our Way to a Digital Humanities Community at SUNY Oswego” in the inaugural issue of Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts and Humanities (IDEAH). They discuss how they formed interdisciplinary connections (as faculty in the departments of English and creative writing, communication studies and history, respectively) as colleagues who use digital tools in teaching and research. The article also details the college adding digital humanities as a minor, the development of the Humanities Collaboratory and a survey by the authors on how faculty use digital tools. IDEAH is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal committed to publishing digital humanities research.

Title IX Coordinator Lisa Evaneski and 2016 alumna (and former It’s On Oz campus coordinator) Shelby Gallaro Trudeau, now the prevention and education advisor at Monroe Community College, presented “Work Smarter Not Harder: Infusing LGBTQIA+ Awareness into Prevention Programming” at the recent SUNY Spectrum Conference. This workshop provided participants with the tools to infuse LGBTQIA+ awareness into existing education efforts. 

Since the last submitted update, communication studies professor Ulises A. Mejias and his co-author Nick Couldry presented their book "The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism" by invitation at Michigan State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Hyderabad (India), Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), the Centro de Estudios sobre Medios y Sociedad (Argentina) and the Radical xChange 2020 conference. The book has recently been reviewed in ZDNetCritical Studies in Media Communication (Taylor and Francis), and Social Forces (Oxford). Mejias also participated in a virtual by-invitation-only stakeholder meeting titled "Horizons for health and digital technology," which supports the work of the commission Growing up in a digital world: Governing health futures 2030 organized by The Lancet and Financial Times. Mejias published two blog posts: The Nuances of Data Colonialism (Stanford University Press) and The plantation, the factory, and the data center (Tierra Común), as well as three op-eds for Al Jazeera: Resistance to the new data colonialism must start now (translated into Turkish in Sosyo Kritik), Trump is not doing anything to stop weaponisation of social media, and To fight data colonialism, we need a Non-Aligned Tech Movement.

Brian Moritz of communication studies was named chair of the Sports Communication Interest Group for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). For the one-year term, Moritz will lead all aspects of the interest group, which promotes research into sports media and sports communication, as well as supporting best teaching practices in sports media programs. He also will help coordinate all the group's programming at its annual conference, scheduled next year for New Orleans. In addition, Moritz moderated a panel discussion about The Athletic and the state of subscriptions in digital journalism at this year’s virtual conference. AEJMC is the oldest and largest alliance of journalism and mass communication educators and administrators at the college level.

Damian Schofield, director of the college’s human-computer interaction program, gave a virtual keynote address in the wee hours of Aug. 24 to an online data sciences seminar in India. The talk, titled "The Value of Visualization," was part of the inaugural program of the conference, with Schofield giving the opening talk as “Chief Guest” to around 100 online attendees. This seminar was hosted at the Tripura Institute of Technology and run by the AICTE Training and Learning Academy.

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