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Eric McDowell, assistant athletic director and sports information director, was featured in the fall edition of NCAA Champion Magazine. “Take this Job and Love it” profiled a day in the life of a sports information director and chronicled his career. Read the piece, including a video, here

Tomas Dvorak, chair of the Economics Department, wrote an op-ed on college retirement plans for The Chronicle of Higher Education. His research interests are in the design of retirement plans, performance measurement, financial literacy and conflicts of interest in financial markets. Dvorak serves as a fiduciary of Union College’s defined contribution retirement plan. Read the op-ed here

Women’s basketball coach Mary Ellen Burt recently celebrated 300 wins with the College. She currently leads all Liberty League women’s coaches with the most wins. Burt also coaches the women’s golf team. Read more about the milestone here

A chapter by Zoe Oxley, professor of political science, was included in The Political Psychology of Women in U.S. Politics. “Gender and the Socialization of Party Identification” explores whether children are more likely to adopt the partisan affiliation of their mothers or their fathers.

Research by Lewis Davis, professor of economics, about the links between rainfall patterns, collectivism and economic development was recently featured on WAMC's “The Academic Minute.” The segment can be heard here.

Inside Higher Ed published an op-ed by Christine Henseler, professor of Spanish. “Humanities and Diversity: A Tale of Two Crises” can be read here

Teresa Meade, the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture, is the recipient of a 2016 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute research grant.  The award supports interdisciplinary topics concerning Jewish gender studies. Her project, “’We don’t become refugees by choice’: A Life from Poland to California, 1939 to 2014,” is a biography of Mia Truskier, a Jewish woman who escaped from Nazi-occupied Poland in 1940. Truskier lived clandestinely during World War II in Italy and eventually settled in California. She advocated for refugees from Central America and the Caribbean and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the East Bay Sanctuary in Oakland until her death at 94.

Daniel Mosquera, associate professor of Spanish, published an article, "What Does Trash have to do with Revolutions? Re-thinking Trash and the Renewal of Political Ecologies," in a collection titled University and Society within the Context of Arab Revolutions and New Humanism. The collection, which analyzes the Arab revolutions through an interdisciplinary and transnational lens, was published in English with introductions in English and Arabic.

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