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Human Rights breakfast

Christopher Hayen and Krystal "Tru" Edwards '17


The Human Rights Commission of Schenectady recently recognized two members of the Union community at its 34th Annual Awards Breakfast. Krystal “Tru” Edwards ’17 and Christopher Hayen, director of Campus Safety, were both honored at the annual event for their contributions to the community.

Carol Weisse, professor of psychology and director of Health Professions, was recognized at the annual Engage for Change Conference at Siena College for her exemplary work, dedication and promotion of civic and community engagement in the Capital Region. After giving her keynote address, “The Heart and Soul of Civic Engagement,” Weisse was presented with her award by Lorraine Morales-Cox, associate professor of art history and director of faculty development. Morales-Cox serves on the Capital Region Community Engagement Council and planning committee for the conference. She was also coordinator for the conference’s roundtable discussion, "Art and Community Development." 

Teresa Meade, the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture, recently participated in the International Congress on the History of Women in Bogota, Colombia. The event was sponsored by two Colombian universities, the Universidad Nacional and the Universidad de los Andes, and the Journal of Women's History. Meade is president of the Board of Trustees of the journal.

Laura MacManus-Spencer, associate professor of chemistry, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, "Groundwater Contamination in the Northeast: Improving STEM Education by Demonstrating How Science Matters.”​ A collaborative project with faculty researchers at Bennington College, the grant will enable​ ​the redesign of select science courses in conversation with the PFOA contamination originally discovered in Hoosick Falls. In these courses, undergraduate students will be trained in chemistry, geology, and environmental studies and equipped to apply that training in the production of independent data on a disaster in real-time. Learn more about the project here. 

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