Daniel Mosquera, associate professor of Spanish and director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, attended the Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Studies Conference at Yale University. He also participated in a week-long Nahuatl language workshop preceding the conference.
James de Seve, visiting assistant professor of film studies, has been touring the country with his feature-length documentary, “ManDove.” The film chronicles the mystical art of Perkutut, or zebra dove, competitions in Java, Indonesia. It was recently screened at Colgate University, the University of Hawaii and the Flaherty Film Seminar in New York City. He has upcoming screenings at Yale, Cornell, MIT, Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.
Bunkong Tuon, assistant professor of English, recently published "An Outsider with Inside Information: The 1.5 Generation in Lan Cao's Monkey Bridge" in Postcolonial Text. In his reading of the Vietnamese-American novel, he examines how trauma affects the mother-daughter relationship in the Nguyen family. Tuon also recently presented "Writing Trauma, Writing Life" at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association at Brown University, where he discussed the relationship between trauma, writing and healing in the work of Chanrithy Him, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide who visited Union in 2011.
Kerrie Wolf-Piechota, assistant director of Student Activities, was one of a small group of people honored at the 29th annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. Wolf-Piechota was honored for her diversity and inclusion work at the College. Former College President Roger Hull was also honored. Jason Benitez, director of Multicultural Affairs, served on the awards’ selection committee.
Scott Kirkton, assistant professor of biology, was elected the new program officer for the American Physiological Society's Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section. The group, based in Bethesda, Md., is a nonprofit devoted to fostering education, scientific research and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences.
Research by Christopher Chabris, assistant professor of psychology, was recently featured in an article in the Boston Globe. Along with other colleagues, Chabris is studying the concept of “genoeconomics” – how our genes influence our economic traits. Chabris also authored a book review of Jonah Lehrer’s “Imagine” in the New York Times. Also, Chabris was a guest on “Your Are Not So Smart,” a podcast and blog dedicated to psychology and inattention blindness.
Men’s Hockey Coach Rick Bennett recently spoke to the Leadership Tech Valley Class of 2012, a shared initiative of the Chamber of Schenectady County and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. Bennett shared his approach to leadership and commitment to team members. He also fielded questions from the audience of 37. Leadership Tech Valley provides skill development and community immersion experiences that enable participants to grow personally and professionally as they explore issues and opportunities in the Capital Region.
The choral work by Hilary Tann, the John Howard Payne Professor of Music, will be performed at The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. “Paradise,” for mixed choir, will be played this weekend at St. Pancras Church. Also, North/South Recordings has released a retrospective CD of Tann's orchestral music titled "Here, The Cliffs." The CD contains five works dating from 1994 to 2004, including "From the Feather to the Mountain" (composed for the 25th anniversary of the Empire State Youth Orchestra) as well as concertos for alto saxophone and violin, and "From Afar," a large work influenced by the traditional music of Japan. Another choral work by Tann, "Contemplations 8,9," premiered in March by Cappella Clausura, is now viewable on YouTube. Click here to watch the video.