Professional Notes: October 2008

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jason Antrosio recently saw the long-awaited Spanish publication of his doctoral dissertation. The work, titled "Todo Moderno," was published by Ecuador-based Quito. Antrosio's subject is modern agriculture, particularly focusing on Colombian neoliberal policy.

Associate Professor of History Edythe Ann Quinn made a television appearance recently. Interviewed amid the friendly confines of Binghamton's Oakdale Mall, Quinn deftly explained the particulars of Hartwick's Native Balance events. The discussion with WGBH's Sofia Ojeda can be seen online here.

So far, 2008 has been a banner year for Professor of Biology Stan Sessions and his students, in terms of publications and awards. Publications included four scientific papers (three published, one accepted for publication) and a book chapter (accepted for publication). The following papers have been published:

  • Rohr, JR, Raffel, TR, Sessions, SK, Hudson, PJ. (2008). Understanding the net effects of pesticides on amphibian trematode infections. Ecological Applications (in press).
  • Sessions, S.K., M. Stöck, D.R. Vieites, R. Quarles, M.S. Min, and D.B. Wake (2008). Cytogenetic analysis of the Asian plethodontid salamander, Karseniakoreana: evidence for karyotypic conservation, chromosome repatterning, and genome size evolution. Chromosome Research
  • Sessions, S.K. (2008). Evolutionary cytogenetics in salamanders. Chromosome Research 16:563-574. Sessions, S.K. (2008). Evolutionary cytogenetics in salamanders. Chromosome Research 16:183-201.

The following paper and book chapter have been accepted for publication:

  • Louise Hecker, Benjamin C. Hambro, Bolaji Akingbola, Luda Khait, Stanley K. Sessions, and Ravi K. Birla (2008) Functional Analysis of Isolated Newt Ventricles. Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (in press).
  • Sessions, S.K., T. Raffel, and J.R. Rohr. (2008). Parasites and Amphibians. Chapter 4. In  Amphibian Biology, Conservation and Decline of Amphibians (H, Heatwole, ed.. Chipping Norton, Australia: Surrey Beatty & Sons).

Awards and grants included a grant from the Corning Foundation to renovate the tissue culture lab as part of a biotechnology initiative, a Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence Award, Hartwick College, a Freedman Award in Science (with Dustin Jones '09) to study heart bioengineering in red-spotted newts, Notophthalmusviridescens and a Freedman Award in Cognitive Science (with Yuri Mataev '09) to study brain regeneration and its cognitive correlates in the red-spotted newt, Notophthalmusviridescens. Sessions also is finishing the fourth and final year on his  NSF research grant: "Collaborative Research: Community ecology as a framework for understanding disease dynamics."

Professor of Geology Robert Titus has continued his education and outreach efforts in the Hudson Valley, bringing deep knowledge of the landscape to the region that gave birth to American landscape painting. Titus recently was the subject of a feature in both the Catskill Daily Mail (Catskill, NY) and Register Star (Hudson, NY) detailing a September Geology Ramble he led at Olana State Historic Site in Hudson.