Professional Notes: November 2007

Professor of Sociology Katherine O'Donnell published a piece entitled "Building Our Futures, Sustaining Communities: Civic Partnerships, Participatory Democracy, and Academic Practice-A Conversation with the Recipients of the 2006 Ernest Lynton Faculty Award for Professional Service and Academic Outreach." In the July edition (Vol. 18, No 2) of The Journal of Metropolitan Universities.

On October 4, Associate Professor of Geology Eric Johnson presented an invited lecture titled "Transtensional Collapse and Detachment Folding of the Carthage Colton Shear Zone"at the Institut Nationanal de la Recherche Scientifique in Quebec City, Canada. Johnson attended the New England Intercollegiate Geologic Conference/Friends of the Grenville Association quëbëcoise des sciences de la Terre joint conference in Quebec City from October 5-7, where he was named the new director/coordinator for the Friends of the Grenville organization. The Friends of Grenville (FOG) formally came into existence in 1972 but its roots go back to a monumental, 3000 km-long, 12-day fieldtrip in 1967 led by Hugh R. Wynne-Edwards. This year is thus FOG's 40th anniversary. Since 1970, there has been an unbroken chain of annual, end-of-September, two-day excursions that alternate between Ontario, Quebec and New York.

Professor of Mathematics Ron Brzenk, his wife Karen, Systems Manager Jack Sienkiewicz '05, Professor of Art Betsey Ayer and her husband, Ed Macaulay, were in charge of the "stroll" sign ups at the 14th annual Pit Run in Neawha Park on Sunday October 7. The Pit Run is an annual race in honor of Ricky Parisian, an Oneonta resident and State Trooper killed while stopping a robbery in 1994. The event benefits the Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Scholarship Foundation which awards a scholarship to a graduating Oneonta High School senior every year. Sienkiewicz was a recipient of the scholarship in 2001. Tom Kelly, Director of Security, worked in the merchandise booth on Sunday of the race, while members of the AOPi Sorority volunteered as well.

Writer in Residence and Professor of English Carol Frost, in addition to recent readings and the publication of her poems in Poetry magazine, has had her essay on Robert Frost, "Frost's Sincerity" accepted for publication on the website of the Academy of American Poets, although as of this writing the essay had not been posted to the site. The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jeremy Wisnewski has written and published an online review of "The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil" by Philip Zimbardo (Random House, 2007). In addition, he has contributed to the new volume "Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind" (Blackwell Publishing, 2007) a chapter titled "The Phenomenology of Becoming a Runner."