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Work by Fernando Orellana, associate professor of visual arts, is currently on display at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, N.Y. “Playful” features his work titled “Population,” which has thousands of miniature people, houses and cows made by an extruder. The work follows closely to Orellana’s concepts that range from generative art to social and political commentary. The exhibit runs through Sept. 21. 

Nicholas Webb, visiting assistant professor of computer science, was featured in a story on WNYT about his summer robotics program at local libraries and schools. Geared toward getting girls interested in technology, the program introduced students to different kinds of robots and how to program them with computers. Read more about his program here.  

An exhibit featuring the work of Charles Steckler, professor of theater and resident scenic designer, recently wrapped up at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center. “Shadow Box Dioramas” was on display throughout the summer in the center’s Finkle Display Case. 

Michael Vineyard, the Frank and Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Physics, presented a paper, “Characterization of Atmospheric Aerosols in the Adirondack Mountains Using PIXE, SEM/EDX, and Micro-Raman Spectroscopies,” at the 23rd Conference on Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry in San Antonio, Texas. His co-authors are Scott LaBrake, senior lecturer and accelerator manager, Salina Ali ‘15, Benjamin Nadareski '16, Alexandrea Safiq '14, Jeremy Smith ‘14 and Joshua Yoskowitz '16.  

Ann Fleming Brown, director of Admissions, has been appointed chair of the Board of Trustees at Schenectady County Community College. She has ben on the board since 2010, and will oversee the institution’s presidential search. Read more about her appointment and the search in an article by The Business Review here.

McFarland Press published a book by Denis Brennan, lecturer in history. “The Making of an Abolitionist: William Lloyd Garrison’s Path to Publishing The Liberator” was published this summer, and talks about the prominent American abolitionist and social reformer. Learn more about the book here

David Cotter, professor and chair of the Sociology Department, was lead author on a research brief published for the Council on Contemporary Families chronicling the restarting of the "stalled revolution" in gender attitudes. The report was mentioned in the Washington Post "She the People" blog, a New York Times op-ed and dozens of other media outlets. Read the Washington Post story here.

Research by Don Rodbell, professor of geology, was featured in a piece in the August issue of GSA Today, a publication for the Geological Society of America. Along with his co-authors, he discussed the contamination of the Lake Junin National Reserve in Peru by acid mine drainage from the Cerro de Pasco mining district.