This week's news from faculty, staff and students.
Jennifer Fredricks, dean of Academic Departments and Programs, published an article in the Journal of Adolescent Research, titled, "What Matters for Urban Adolescents’ Engagement and Disengagement in School: A Mixed Methods Study." She also published a chapter in the Cambridge Handbook of Motivation and Learning, titled “Measuring Student Engagement: An Overview of Methods, Challenges, and New Directions.” She has a chapter in press in the Handbook of Contemporary Feminism, titled, "Gender and Schooling: Progress, Persistent Barriers, and Possible Solutions.”
Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology, was part of the launch of the “One County, One Book” program at the Schenectady County Public Library. The program centers around Ta-Nehisi Coates' award-winning book, “Between the World and Me.”
A study by Jessica Gilbert '18 and Jeffrey Corbin, professor of biology, was published in PLoS One. Their work demonstrates that biological soil crusts at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve limit plants' seed germination. Biological soil crusts are unique communities of mosses, lichens and bacteria at the soil surface; this is one of the first studies of their ecological role in Northeastern U.S. ecosystems. Read the study here.
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