September 2017 News Archive

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Union to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Union has planned a number of events to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a 16th-century revolt that separated the Christians of western Europe into Catholics and Protestants.

An exhibit, lectures, musical performances and a symposium will honor the movement started by Martin Luther, a German monk and priest.

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Union recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion

Union has again been named a winner of a HEED Award by Insight Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

This marks the fifth straight year the school has been honored by the magazine, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Union recognized for its commitment to the environment and sustainability

For the eighth year in a row, Union has been named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges.”

Schools were chosen based on data collected from hundreds of four-year colleges on their sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. Only schools with a Green Rating of 80 or higher were included in the guide.

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Meet Union’s new sustainability coordinator

Alex Lykins recently took over for Meghan Haley-Quigley ’11 as steward of the College’s sustainability efforts.

Alex is familiar with the campus, having served as a residence director, where he helped lead efforts in waste management, energy efficiency and emissions reduction.

A native of Middletown, N.Y., he has spent the majority of his life in Schenectady County.

He loves hiking, camping and mountain climbing.

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Celebrated journalist, IBM leader to headline Feigenbaum Forum

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman and John E. Kelly III ’76, who oversees IBM’s research labs and parts of the Watson business, will headline the third annual Feigenbaum Forum on Innovation and Creativity.

They will discuss the impact of technological acceleration on innovation and creativity, and the important role of the liberal arts. The forum is Friday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

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Tenure committees formed

Ad-hoc committees are reviewing the tenure of four professors: Roger Hoerl, Margot Paulick, Kim Plofker and Krisanna Scheiter. Members of the Union community may submit written comments on their teaching, service and scholarship to committee members preferably by Friday, Oct. 13. Committees (with chairs listed first) are:

Roger Hoerl:

Steven Rice, Leila Khatami, Ann Anderson and Ilene Kaplan

Margot Paulick:

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Students honored with Gilman Scholarships

Nine students were honored with Gilman Scholarships for fall study abroad trips. Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their costs.

Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies. 

Gilman scholars traveling this fall are:

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"Accordion Space" exhibit strikes the right painterly note

Six contemporary painters who expand and compress space in unpredictable ways are featured in “Accordion Space,” in the West and Crowell galleries in the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts.

Laini Nemett, the John D. MacArthur Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting, curated the exhibition. A free reception, open to the public, will be held at the galleries Friday, Oct. 20, 5-7 p.m. 

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Beyond “The Second Sex”: The political mind of a feminist legend

“Politics with Beauvoir: Freedom in the Encounter,” is the latest book by Lori Jo Marso, the Doris Zemurray Stone Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies and professor of political science.

A fan of the French feminist, philosopher and writer for more than three decades, Marso has longed to delve into Beauvoir’s political thought.

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People in the news

An article by Mary Carroll, professor of chemistry, Ann Anderson, the Agnes S. MacDonald Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Brad Bruno, professor of mechanical engineering, was published in the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology. The article focused on copper-containing aerogels for automotive catalysis applications.