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Distinguished Professor of Marketing and Management Sarfraz Mian continued activities related to his global reputation as a top expert in the field of entrepreneurship: 

Biological sciences faculty member Daniel T. Baldassarre and students Haley S. Bedell. Kristie M. Drzewiecki, Brooke D. Goodman, Mya L. Mills and Denis A. Ramos co-authored “Multiple carotenoid-based signals are enhanced despite poor body condition in urban male and female Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) in the December 2022 issue of the Wilson Journal of Ornithology. The research looked at how urbanization impacted the food available to species with color based on carotenoids (pigments), which they must obtain from their diet. Researchers found that, urban males had redder chest feathers than rural males in one year and redder bills in every year, while urban females gained more saturated underwing color than their rural counterparts in every year.

Professor Tim Delaney of the Sociology Department earned the Choice Award for his co-authored book, “Beyond Sustainability: A Thriving Environment.” The Choice Award is a prestigious honor given to a select number of "outstanding academic titles." Based on information provided by Delaney’s publisher, McFarland & Company, Choice describes the selected outstanding academic titles based on "their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as an important — often the first — treatment of their subject.” 

Celinet Duran of the criminal justice faculty delivered the keynote address, titled “No Imposters Here,” at the Joint Honor Societies Induction Ceremony at LeMoyne College in late November. A SUNY PRODiG (Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth) Fellow, Duran also is the co-principal investigator of the Extremist Crime Database.

Physics professor Carolina Ilie published a paper in Nanomaterials, “Surface versus Bulk State Transitions in Inkjet-Printed All-Inorganic Perovskite Quantum Dot Films.” The paper has as co-authors SUNY Oswego alumnus Dylan Richmond (now a Ph.D. student at SUNY Binghamton) and University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) collaborators Thilini K. Ekanayaka, Mason McCormick, Shashank R. Nandyala, Halle C. Helfrich, Alexander Sinitskii, Jon M. Pikal, Peter A. Dowben, plus Andrew J. Yost from Oklahoma State University.

Physics professor Shashi Kanbur announced a successful observing proposal for research conducted by him and collaborator Anupam Bhardwaj for their project observing RR Lyraes/type II Cepheids in globular clusters on the International Gemini Observatory. This is Kanbur’s third successful proposal for the very competitive time for the telescopic facility.

History professor Gwen Kay gave a talk titled "How to De-Gender a Field in One Easy Step? The Transformation of Family & Consumer Science" at the History of Science Society's annual meeting in Chicago in November. Kay also serves as treasurer and on the executive board for the international organization.

Physics faculty member and planetarium director Natalia Lewandowska contributed a chapter about the Green Bank Observatory to the book “Kosmochemie – Geschichte der Entdeckung und Erforschung der chemischen Elemente im Kosmos” (“Cosmochemistry – History of Discovery and Research of Chemical Elements in the Cosmos”). Lewandowska also earned very competitive time on the Green Bank Telescope for observations of the Crab pulsar. Located in West Virginia, the Green Bank Telescope is the largest fully steerable radio telescope on the planet.

University Police Officer Eric Martin earned both statewide and local awards recently. Martin’s quick, life-saving work earned honors during the 2022 University Police Awards, the highest recognition by the SUNY Police Chiefs Association. In March 2022, he was the first on the scene of a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 104 and Fifth Avenue near campus. Martin’s quick work saved the life of a 69-year-old occupant who was unresponsive and was having trouble breathing before the officer opened the man’s airway. In addition, Martin was named a 2022 “Traffic Safety Champion” by the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board. Recipients are recognized for their dedication to traffic safety and keeping the community safe.

Mamta Saxena of SUNY Oswego’s human development faculty earned an award from National Council on Family Relations

Mamta Saxena of SUNY Oswego’s human development faculty earned an award from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for an outstanding combination of teaching, advising and scholarship. The NCFR recognized Saxena with the Cognella Innovation in Teaching Award for Family Science in late 2022. NCFR noted Saxena’s innovative use of a care-based pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching) that connected instruction, scholarship, advising and community partnerships.

Jason Zenor of the communication studies faculty contributed a chapter to the book “Religious Freedom v. Equal Protection: Clashing American Rights,” edited by Kevin Johnson and Jennifer Asenas. His chapter is titled "Prejudice, Politics, and Privilege: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in the United States and Its Disparate Impact on Native Americans," looking at the history of religious freedom cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and how nature-based religions are treated differently than practice-based religions and how movements to increase religious freedom for Native Americans have been usurped by fundamentalist Christian groups. In addition, Zenor was appointed by the National Communication Association’s Board of Editors for the journal Communication and Democracy (formerly known as First Amendment Studies), and also taught a CLE (Continuing Legal Education) class for the Colorado State Bar Association, focused on AI and Client Confidentiality.

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