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April Selley, senior lecturer of English, presented a talk at the International Popular Culture Association’s conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. Her talk was based on a paper, “The Young White Male’s Guide to the Galaxy: Sexism, Racism and Ageism in ‘Star Trek.’”

Edward Summers, the president's chief of staff, was recently appointed to the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He takes over the seat for outgoing board member Stephen Dare, vice president of College Relations. Summers also recently spoke in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., at the Catharine Street Community Center’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. Addressing more than 600 people, he highlighted King’s legacy and challenged the audience to think about how they can continue the civil rights leader’s work. 

An article by Don Rodbell, chair of the Geology Department, was recently published in Science. Rodbell’s paper, “Marching in Near-Lock Step,” examines how a cave record from Peru closely matches climate patterns seen in cores from Greenland and the North Atlantic Ocean.  

Robert Baker, the William D. Williams Professor of Philosophy and director of the Ethics Across the Curriculum Program, has been appointed to the UNESCO Scientific Committee on Bioethics Education, which arranges worldwide conferences and workshops on biomedical ethics issues. Also, one of Baker’s papers on global bioethics, “Does Bioethics Have a Future?” was selected for presentation at the International Association of Bioethics’ 11th World Conference of Bioethics, hosted in The Netherlands, in June. Also, a book that Baker co-edited, “The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics,” was cited by Choice, the journal of academic and research libraries and archives, as “Outstanding Academic/Research Book in the Health Sciences for 2009.”   

Andrea Foroughi, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, was recently featured on Civil War Talk Radio, a program on World Talk Radio. You can listen to the discussion by clicking here

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