Celebrate fresh air, clean water, beautiful landscapes and the Oneonta community during Green Dragon Week 2014!!! Check out the fun and educational calendar of events!!!!

The Friday Seminar Series in Biology presents:  “Vectoring Lyme Disease: The Organisms, the Methods, and the Problems”  By Kevin  Schermerhorn, a Masters student in the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department. Kevin’s research interests include vector-borne diseases. In this presentation he will focus on a locally-relevant topic, the Black-legged tick as a vector of the Lyme disease-causing bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi.

Synopsis of presentation: Lyme disease is a major problem in the Northeastern United States. This Masters project focused on the prevalence of Borrelia bacteria  in local tick populations from Otsego and Franklin Counties. Year- long sampling led to a few answers, some problems, and many more questions.  This seminar will discuss how the project was designed, undertaken, and the identification of issues relating to the science, as well as the connection between the research and the policies.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday April 18th in Science I room 313.

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

The Oneonta Online Teaching Group will meet on Wednesday, April 16 at the Hunt Union Starbucks at  8 a.m.  All SUNY Oneonta employees and their guests are welcome. The topic for conversation will be: How to Effectively Manage Workload Online.

A major concern for faculty who are considering teaching online is that teaching online requires more time than the traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Experienced online instructors will share tips, techniques and methods that they have used to manage their time more effectively while ensuring that the online experience is a positive one for both the students and instructor.  Come to listen and/or contribute any ideas you have on how to save time when teaching online.  Dr. Jennifer L. Bueche, RD, CDN Director, Dietetic Internship Masters Program, will lead the discussion.

The presentation has been planned to allow ample discussion time, including an exchange of ideas among all who attend. Join your friends and colleagues in learning and sharing information about online teaching.  For further information, please contact Janet Nepkie (nepkiej@oneonta.edu).

The Science Discovery Center would like to send a MACRO-sized “thank you” to all who contributed to the success of our fourth annual NanoDays outreach event, featured in today’s Daily Star (http://www.thedailystar.com/localnews/x1445047580/OWL-college-team-up-to-teach-kids-science).

SUNY Oneonta science students Omar Burris, Bridget Chartrand, Elsie Dedrick, Katie Forti, Nathan Heller, Kaylee Herzog, Timothy Kilmer, Jonathan Lee, Brianna McEvoy, Rebecca Russell and local middle/high school students Hugh Gallagher, Meghan Gallagher, and Jazmin LaPilusa did a fantastic job facilitating visitors’ exploration of the world of science on the nanoscale! A special thanks also goes out to all of the faculty and staff who helped, including Tim Engler, Paul French, Hugh Gallagher, Kelly Gallagher, Heike Geisler, Hal Legg, Florian Reyda and the custodial staff who assisted with setup and takedown.

We have three 74A toner cartridges available. They are for use in HP Laser Jet 4L, 4P. If interested please contact Reva #3702 or Aimee #2723.

The History Department will sponsor a “How to Get Into Graduate School” Program on Wednesday, April 23rd, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Morris Complex, Room 130Although some of the material presented will focus on the experiences of History majors, all students contemplating graduate school will find the program informative and useful. Please alert students to the program.

Topics to be covered include: deciding to apply to graduate school or not; researching programs and graduate schools; history or another program of study; traditional or online instruction; graduate application process and filling out forms; essays; obtaining letters of reference; preparing for an interview; GRE and other tests to take—and test preparation;  setting up a placement file; cost of graduate education and funding sources; types of acceptance, full-time vs. part-time, and opportunities created by graduate study.

Following formal remarks by the panelists, audience questions and discussion will be welcome.  Panelists: Amy Benedict-Augustine, Director, Career, Development Center, SUNY Oneonta; Marie Sall, Campus Manager, Kaplan Test Prep; Patrick J. Mente, Director of Graduate Studies, SUNY Oneonta; April Harper, Associate Professor, History, SUNY Oneonta; Anna Tittl, SUNY Oneonta alumni (History major); MLS, University of Buffalo; Reference and Instruction Librarian, Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute; and William Simons (moderator/event coordinator), Professor, History, SUNY Oneonta

The program is open to the entire College community.  Complimentary light refreshments will be available.  For further information, please contact program coordination and moderator William Simons at William.Simons@Oneonta.Edu

The panel discussion, “Crisis in Crimea and the New World Order”, will take palce at the Hunt Union Water Front, April 22, from 1 – 2 pm.  The presenters are: Dr. Paul Macharia (Political Science), Dr. Yuriy Malikov (History), and Dr. Pavel Vasiliev (Sociology).  Everyone is welcome to learn and contribute to the panel while the crisis is unfolding.  The panel is organized by the Sociology Club and the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR).

Hua Zhong, Associate Professor of Management in the School of Economics & Business presented a research paper at the Middle West Decision Sciences Institute (MWDSI) 2014 Annual Conference held in Chicago, IL from April 11-13, 2014. His paper, titled “On the Integrated Production and

Distribution Problem with Vessel Assignment and Time Window”, studies a problem that coordinates the purchase, inventory, and distribution of a manufacture to minimize the total logistic cost. A heuristic approach is proposed to solve this problem within a reasonable time. Both gap analysis on a simplified problem and empirical study on the original problem are performed to investigate the solution quality of the heuristic approach.

Toke Knudsen, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics, gave a talk at the conference The Circulation of Astronomical Knowledge in the Ancient World, held at Brown University on April 12-13, 2014.  The conference brought together world experts from Brown University; UC Berkeley; Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University;  University of Heidelberg (Germany); University of Canterbury (New Zealand); University of Chicago; Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China); and other institutions.

Dr. Knudsen’s talk, entitled Omens and Omen Series in Mesopotamia and India: Issues of Transmission, examined the question of transmission of omens between ancient India and Mesopotamia.
On Tuesday, April 15th at 7 pm, Dr. Cynthia Falk, Professor of Material Culture at the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta) will lead a workshop entitled “Our History Through Objects” at the Cooperstown Art Association. Community members are invited to bring an object from home that they feel represents them, or their family or heritage, for use in discussion. If an object is too large to transport, a photograph of it will suffice. The purpose of the workshop is to illuminate how everyday objects can be key in understanding issues related to difference, discrimination, empowerment, and equality.

Created Equal is part of the Bridging Cultures Initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is produced in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Over 450 institutions across the country have been chosen to host the series. The goal is to foster community discussion on our shared civil rights history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life.

The event is free and open to the public, and it will be held at the Cooperstown Art Association located at 22 Main Street, Cooperstown to the rear of the Cooperstown Library. Call (607) 547- 2586 for directions or additional information. To learn more about Created Equal, visit createdequal.neh.gov.