James Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, was co-author on a presentation at the Geochemistry Group Research in Progress Meeting 2015, held in Southampton, UK, March 23-24. The presentation was entitled “Evidence for Glaciation or an Exogenic System Shift across the Silurian-Devonian Boundary: Insights from Osmium Isotopes.” The presentation was a progress report from an international team that also includes geoscientists from the UK, China and the Czech Republic. This team is attempting to evaluate the cause for one of the greatest perturbations of the carbon cycle in Earth’s history.

The Friday Seminar Series in Biology presents:  “Lessons from four-legged patients: what mouse models can tell us about human genetic diseases,”  presented by Mira Krendel, Ph.D.   Dr. Mira Krendel is an associate professor for the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University where she teaches and conducts biomedical research that focuses on the relationship between cytoskeletal proteins and diseases, using model organisms. Her research topic is of potential interest to any biologist, but especially to those with interests in the pre health professions.

Synopsis of presentation: Model organisms can be used to test whether the loss of function of a specific gene results in disease.  Using a knockout mouse model, we discovered that the loss of a cytoskeletal protein, myosin 1e (Myo1e), leads to kidney disease in mice, which led us to predict that mutations in the MYO1E gene in humans may cause familial kidney disorders. As predicted, several families with mutations in MYO1E and associated kidney disease have been identified in clinical genetic studies.  Myo1e is a component of cell-cell junctions between epithelial cells in the glomerulus, a portion of the nephron that plays a key role in selective filtration of proteins.  Our studies using a variety of model systems, including transgenic mice, cultured kidney cells, and fission yeast show that mutations in the human MYO1E gene disrupt domains important for Myo1e functions in cells, leading to defects in protein filtration and subsequent kidney failure.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday April 3rd in Science I room 121.

About this seminar series: This series is offered weekly to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.​

You are cordially invited to the sixth annual New Critics Undergraduate Literature Conference, which will take place on Saturday, April 11, in Morris Conference Center. A schedule of student panels is available through the following link:  http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/conferences/ugconf.asp

There you will also find information about the keynote address, Too Clever by Half: Smart Characters and Dumb Mistakes in The Odyssey, which will be given at 4:00 in Craven Lounge by Professor Daniel Mendelsohn (Bard). Dr. Mendelsohn has been called the greatest cultural critic at work today, and his many publications include his best-selling memoir about relatives killed in the Holocaust, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, and his memoir about family and sexual identity, The Elusive Embrace. Please see the poster for more details. New Critics panels and its keynote address are free and open to the public. Please email Bianca Tredennick if you have any questions.

Mark S. Ferrara, English, publishes a book chapter in the new edited collection entitled The Individual and Utopia: A Multidisciplinary Study of Humanity and Perfection (Ashgate, 2015). In his contribution, Ferrara argues for a mental utopia in literature that finds focus around the inner experiences of fictional characters. These experiences are focalized in order to convey to the reader the centrality and immanence of the lived moment as something ultimately divine. An analysis of literary texts from the Western and world traditions confirms the perennial and universal nature of the mental utopia in literature.

The Hunt College Union on behalf of the student development staff development committee is pleased to announce that we are registered for the following webinars:  WEBINER SCHEDULE.  Anyone is welcome to attend. Some may be narrowly focused but most are of interest to many outside of student union/student activities work.

Professor of Africana and Latino Studies and English, Dr. Neville Choonoo, has been published in the anthologyAutobiography as a Writing Strategy in Postcolonial literature by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2015). His essay, “Black Modernity and the Negotiation of Black Space: African Writers and the African American Literary Tradition,” is based on a keynote address he gave at the University of Maine.

Dr. Zanna McKay, Elementary Education and Reading; Dr. Beth Small, Foreign Language; and Chilton Reynolds, TLTC, participated in the SUNY COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Conference in New York City.  Dr. McKay presented with four students, Carlos Salomon, Meghan Cassidy, Meghan Macleod, and Melissa Abate.  Their session was called “COIL Collaboration and Cultural Exchange in a Teacher Training Program.”  The group co-presented with their partners from University of Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico.  In addition the group also participated in many workshops about establishing new COIL modules into existing courses on campus.  If you are interested in finding out more information about how you can embed COIL projects into your classes, contact Chilton Reynolds (x2673 or chilton.reynolds@oneonta.edu) for more information.

Hua Zhong, Associate Professor of Management in the School of Economics & Business presented a research paper at the 2015 International Business Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 22-26, 2015. His paper, titled “On the Worker Scheduling Problem for a Small Medical Equipment Manufacturer”, studies an actual problem faced by the operations manager from a small local medical equipment manufacturer. Workers are assigned on various workstations during the manufacturing process. We want to setup a working scheduling that rotates workers on the different workstations to reduce repetitive injury. The goal is to quickly find a working schedule that will balance the working load for all workers. A two-step approach is proposed to solve the above problem.

Dr. E. Maria Thompson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Pignato, Associate Professor of Music, will deliver this year’s Susan Smith Lecture titled “Musrara Mix: Technologically Mediated Poiesis in Music Collaboration” on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Craven Lounge of Morris Conference Center. A hearty hors d’oeuvre reception will follow the lecture. Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, the Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is named in memory of the late SUNY Oneonta professor of English.  Dr. Pignato is the twenty-first recipient of this prize.  This event and the student awards presented are made possible by the generous gifts of SUNY Oneonta Alumni to the 2014-2015 Fund for Oneonta.  The Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Hope to see you Tuesday, March 31st for the next Tuesday at the Grille.   Serving 11:30AM to 1PM.

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