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People in the news - Jun 2013

Christopher Chabris, associate professor of psychology, co-authored an opinion piece in the New York Times, questioning the safety of Google’s latest invention, Google Glass. The new hands-free device allows users to see their smartphone while walking and not looking down. Chabris, with his co-author Daniel Simons, a professor at the University of Illinois, questioned whether the invention disrupt crucial cognitive capacities. 

Robert Hislope, associate professor of political science, contributed a chapter to “The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe.” His section analyzes the evolution of the party system in the Republic of Macedonia.

The University at Albany Foundation named Stephen Berk, the Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies, one of its 2013 Citizen Laureates. The award, which is the foundation’s most prestigious honor, will be given later this year at a ceremony at the university.

Assistant Professor of Biology Roman Yukilevich gave a seminar at New York University’s Biology Department on speciation of the Drosophila genus. His talk, “Why Sympatry Breeds Contempt and Who is to Blame?” showed that species occupying the same geographical areas will rapidly evolve mating discrimination, and this will often occur via male mate choice in many species.