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Eight Union students presented their research at Parilia: An Undergraduate Research Conference in Classics, held at Skidmore College. Kathryn Evans ’17 and Tom Lawton ’17 presented papers. Jahicol Baralt ’17, Taylor Gorman ’17, Sara Halsey ’17, Peter Richardson ’17, Mitchell Toolan ’19 and Joshua Wasserman ’17 presented posters. 

Terry Weiner, the Chauncey H. Winters Professor of Comparative Social Analysis, had a chapter published in the book Understanding Angry Groups: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. “The Institutionalization of Political Anger: The Case of the Affordable Care Act,” explores the role played by conservative insurgent groups in opposition to the ACA and the motivations for their views.

Jeff Corbin, associate professor of biology, was a featured speaker at the 2017 Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program's Partnership Meeting. He discussed his recent paper, co-authored with Matt Wolford '16, that described tools that land managers can use to assess the feasibility of their management plans.

Anna Doran ‘17 and Ashley Rosa '17 presented posters describing their research at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Research Symposium. Both students have worked with Jeff Corbin, associate professor of biology, to study how the plant community has responded to the preserve's restoration efforts.

Sixteen Union students and three professors travelled to Henrietta, N.Y., to take part in the fifth annual New York Celebration of Women in Computing. The two-day event was sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing, an organization chaired by Valerie Barr, visiting professor of computer science. It was also organized in part by Nick Webb, assistant professor of computer science. Other events over the weekend included a student poster session, including presentations by Venus Yu ‘17 and Anna Ko ‘17.

An article by Jennifer Matsue, professor of music, was published in the edited volume, The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music. Her piece is titled “Japanese Religion and Popular Music.”

"Measuring the Distance" by Hilary Tann, the John Howard Payne Professor of Music, received its premiere April 22 in Bethlehem, Pa., by the Concord Chamber Singers, conducted by Jennifer Kelly. With words by Penny Harter, the piece for chorus and instrumental ensemble celebrated the 50th anniversary of the choir. On April 30, Tann's "Seven Poems of Stillness" for cello and voice premiered at the Bakery Concert Series in Saranac Lake, N.Y. Esther Rogers was the cellist and Tann narrated the poems by R. S. Thomas. A new trio, "In the Theater of Air" for flute, cello and piano, will debut May 25 at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in Wales. It will be performed in Ewenny Priory by the Marsyas Trio and takes its inspiration (and title) from poems by Mary Oliver. Tann will speak before the performance and also take part in the Peter Reynolds' Composers Workshop.

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