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The Schenectady Silhouettes recently recognized Andrew Guyette ‘17 for his community service on and off campus. Guyette, an Africana Studies major, was awarded the Dr. Marshall G. Jones award and given a citation by New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara at the annual banquet of the Schenectady Silhouettes, a group dedicated to improving the social relations and stimulating community empowerment. 

Michael Vineyard, the Frank and Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Physics, gave a talk at the meeting of the Northeastern New York Section of the American Nuclear Society at College Park Hall. His talk was titled “Ion-Beam Analysis as a Teaching Tool at Union College.” 

Rebecca Koopmann '89, professor of physics and astronomy, and Gregory Hallenbeck, visiting assistant professor of physics and astronomy, presented at “Pathfinders HI Survey Coordination Committee Workshop: HI Surveys Get Real” at Rutgers University. Koopmann presented "The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team: a Model for Involving Undergraduates in Radio Astronomy Surveys," describing her NSF-sponsored program that supports a 19-institution consortium headed by Union College. Hallenbeck presented "HI and H2 flows, holes, and Spin Parameters in HIghMass Galaxies: High HI mass, HI-rich Galaxies in the Local Universe," describing a sample of galaxies the size of our Milky Way, but which have very low star formation rates, despite having lots of hydrogen gas, the fuel from which new stars are formed. 

Stacie Raucci, associate professor of classics, has published “Revenge and Rivalry in Rome” in Rome Season Two: Trial and Triumph, through the Edinburgh University Press. 

Jeffrey Corbin, associate professor of biology, and Lauren Hafkemeyer '14, along with two co-authors, published a paper that details the successful reforestation of an abandoned landfill in New Jersey's Meadowlands. “A long-term evaluation of applied nucleation as a strategy to facilitate forest restoration" was published in Ecological Applications

Helen Hanson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, co-organized a special session for the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America held in Pittsburgh, titled "Celebration of Kenneth N. Stevens' Contributions to Speech Communication." She delivered a talk about some of Stevens’ theories of speech production, distinctive features, quantal theory and enhancement. 

Ann Anderson, the Agnes S. MacDonald Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Mary Carroll, professor of chemistry, were honored with the Insight Into Diversity 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. They will be recognized in the September issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, which is honoring 100 women. 

Katherine Pouliot ’16 spoke at Ellis Hospital recently on a panel on palliative homecare. The event was part of the Department of Internal Medicine’s Medical Grand Rounds program, with many physicians attending to learn more about end-of-life homecare. Pouliot conducted summer research on the topic, which became her senior thesis, under the advisement of Health Professions Program Director Carol Weisse