People in the news - March 13, 2014

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Bradley Hays, associate professor of political science, was featured on a recent episode of WAMC’s show, “Congressional Corner,” with Alan Chartock. Hays discussed Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, and his fate on the national political stage.

Samuel Amanuel, associate professor of physics and astronomy, presented three papers at the American Physical Society March meeting in Denver, Colo. “Looking for Small Changes in Heat Capacity Using Differential Scanning Calorimeter” was co-authored with physics major Will Linthicum ’14. “Phase Transition of Physically Confined 2-Decanol” was co-authored by Hillary Bauer ’12 (physics), Jargalsaikhan Dulmaa ’13 (electrical and computer engineering) Harrisonn Griffin ’16 (physics), Amer S. Khraisat ’13 (ECE) and Alexandrea Safiq ’14 (environmental studies). Amanuel and Palma Catravas, associate professor of ECE, collaborated on “IR Spectroscopy of Gasses Evolved During Roasting Coffee Beans.” This paper is co-authored by Nick Brenn ’14(ECE), Xavier Capaldi ’16 (physics), Victoria Chee ’13 (ID biology and Asian studies/Leadership in Medicine), Alexander Clain ’15 (physics), Salman Syed ’14 (chemistry and philosophy/LIM) and Shanice Wilson ’15 (mechanical engineering).

Several works by Walter Hatke, the May I. and Walter C. Baker Professor of Visual Arts, are on display at The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, N.Y. One is an oil painting depicting a panoramic view of the Rexford Bridge and the Mohawk River. “Of Time and the River” was recently acquired by the museum and added to its permanent collection. The exhibit runs through June 1.

Rebecca Koopmann ’89, professor of physics and astronomy, was awarded another $10,000 grant through the NASA New York Space Grant Program. The grant helps support five undergraduate summer research projects and student participation at state and national meetings.

A short story, “Reading Murnane at 4 a.m. (The Consolation of Possibility),” by Kimmo Rosenthal, professor of mathematics, will be published in an upcoming edition of Prime Number, a literary magazine.

“Savoring Sicily,” a book by Jay Newman, the R. Gordon Gould ’41 Professor of Physics, was recently published. Newman talks about studying biophysics on the Mediterranean island and spreading his love for the culture, history and sights to his Union students.

A piece by Edward Summers, chief of staff in the President’s Office, was published on the Huffington Post. “Access to Higher Education” discusses college affordability and the need to keep education accessible. The article also mentions Meshach Cummings ’14. Read the story by clicking here.

Tina Lincer, associate director of Communications, will read at the Bookmarks series of The Memoir Project, a program of the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, on March 19. The evening’s theme, curated by Albany Times Union food writer Steve Barnes, is “Eat the Past.” Lincer recently participated in two other readings at the arts center by local memoir writers.

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