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People in the news 03 - May 2013


President Stephen C. Ainlay participated in a presidential panel as part of the Adirondack Research Consortium's annual conference in Lake Placid this week. He discussed the College's Adirondack initiative, which includes the Kelly Adirondack Center in nearby Niskayuna. Ainlay's panel was "A Sense of Place: Historical and Future Perspectives on the Community." Other college presidents on the panel were Anthony G. Collins of Clarkson University and John Mills of Paul Smith's College. The consortium was founded in 1994 to provide scientific study to help guide policy within the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. 

Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology and director of the Africana Studies program, gave a keynote address at the 75th annual Carver Community Center Gala on May 3. The center serves various social service needs of individuals living in Schenectady. 

Scott Kirkton, associate professor of biology, Kristin Fox, associate professor of chemistry, and Brian Cohen, lecturer in biology, attended the Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston.  They were accompanied by 14 students who presented posters describing the research they have done at Union for senior theses and/or over the summer.  The meeting brings together approximately 15,000 biomedical researchers from around the world.  Student travel was funded by the Union College Undergraduate Research Program. Students presenting their research included: Meredith Adamo ‘13, Kaleigh Ahern ‘13, John Carroll ‘13, Samantha Chevalier ‘13, Nicholas Ferrara ‘15, David Foreman ‘13, Connor Gagliardi ‘13, Han Lin ‘13, Ethan Loew ‘13, Kayla Marti ‘13, Kateri Molinaro ‘13, Ashley Stamatis ‘13, Lauren Wainman ‘13 and Todd Wechter ‘13. Carroll won the Undergraduate Scholander Poster Competition sponsored by the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section of the American Physiological Society.

Also at the meeting, Kirkton chaired a symposium highlighting graduate and postdoctoral research for the APS, judged an APS graduate poster session, was elected program Chair of the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section of the APS and was a co-author on four student posters. Fox is a member of the committee that organizes the student poster session for the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and was a co-author on four student posters. Cohen served as a judge for the ASBMB student poster competition and was a co-author on one student poster.  Additional IEF funds provided the opportunity for five more students to attend the meeting for a day and learn about opportunities for pursuing further study in biology or biochemistry.

A paper by Lewis Davis, associate professor of economics, was recently accepted for publication in Social Indicators Research. “Social Comparisons and Life Satisfaction across Racial and Ethnic Groups: The Effects of Status, Information and Solidarity” was co-authored with Stephen Wu of Hamilton College. The authors discuss the level of happiness across several racial groups. 

Ann Fleming Brown, director of Admissions, was featured in a New York Times article about prospective students working to get off the wait list at prestigious colleges and universities. Read the full article by clicking here

Robert Soules, director of the Becker Career Center, was recently quoted in a Times Union article discussing the importance of students utilizing internships as a means to find future employment. Read the full article by clicking here