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People in the news 02 - Jan 2014


Columnist Paul Bray cited President Stephen C. Ainlay in a Sunday Times Union piece for reaching out to the Schenectady community through Union’s programs, including the Mohawk River Symposium and the establishment of the Kelly Adirondack Center. Also mentioned were Eddie Summers, chief of staff, and John Garver, professor of geology. Read the column here

Palma Catravas, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, performed alongside her brother Nicolas Catravas, on WMHT radio. The duet played Brahms’ “Sonata for Two Pianos, Op. 34.” The performance was recorded in Memorial Chapel. 

Kenneth Aslakson, associate professor of history, will take part in the Schenectady County Historical Society’s film and discussion series on the Civil Rights Movement. He will lead a conversation on the film, “Slavery by Another Name,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the organization’s headquarters at 32 Washington Ave., Schenectady. 

Scott Kirkton, associate professor of biology, recently gave a talk at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting in Austin, Texas. “Effect of gravity on jump performance and muscle physiology in the American locust” was co-authored with John Carroll '13

Jennifer Matsue, associate professor of music and director of the Asian Studies program, will present her paper, “Female Passivity or Musical Democracy?: Making Music with Hatsune Miku,” at the upcoming conference, “Voices of Asian Modernities: Women, Gender and Sexuality in Asian Popular Music of the 20th Century,” at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Rudy Nydegger, professor of psychology, was recently quoted in the Ocala Star Banner in Ocala, Fla. Nydegger discussed the possible mixed messages school districts are sending students as they openly violate the state’s class-size amendment. 

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