Professional Notes: April 2008

Professor of Biology Stan Sessions gave a talk on Wednesday, April 2 for the New York State Biodiversity Research Institute and the New York State Museum in Albany, NY titled "Do We Still Have to Worry About Deformed Amphibians?" It was the first in a series presented by the BRI, which focuses on recent biodiversity research, conservation, and education initiatives in New York State. Sessions discussed two decades of research on deformed amphibians and the concerns of scientists today about what causes declines in amphibian populations worldwide. The New York State Museum is a cultural program of the New York State Education Department. Founded in 1836, the Museum has the longest continuously operating state natural history research and collection survey in the U.S.

Professor of Geology Robert Titus and his new book, The Other Side of Time, will be featured in the May 2008 edition of Geotimes, the national trade journal of the American Geological Institute. Titus' expertise about and passion for the geology of the region are the subjects of both the book and a magazine interview. The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 44 geoscientific and professional associations that represent more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources and interaction with the environment.