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This week's news from faculty, staff and students.

Robert Harrington ’20 participated in the final round of the NBA’s 2019 Hackathon, a data analytics competition for undergraduate and graduate students who qualify through a two-stage application process. Read more about his experience here.

A poem by Bunkong Tuon, associate professor of English, was nominated for “Best of the Net” by carte blanche, a literary and arts journal published by the Quebec Writers’ Foundation. Read “Moon in Khmer” here.

A book by Christine Henseler, professor of Spanish, will be published in March. “Extraordinary Partnerships: How the Arts and Humanities are Transforming America” explores the how a renaissance of the arts and humanities stands to change the direction of communities.

Undergraduate Economic Review is publishing a paper by Robert Righi ‘19, titled “The Shifting Dynamics of International Reserve Currencies.” He examines the potential decline of the U.S. dollar as an international reserve currency and concludes that the international monetary system appears to be moving toward a tri-polar system (the US dollar, the Euro and the Renminbi). The work is based on his double-major honors senior thesis last year with advisors Eshragh Motahar, professor of economics, and Jue Wang, associate professor of mathematics. Righi is currently working on his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Kentucky.

A piece by Roger Hoerl, the Donald C. Brate ’45-Stanley G. Peschel ’52 Associate Professor of Statistics, was featured in the Harvard Business Review online. “Most Analytics Projects Don’t Require Much Data” shares steps to unlocking the power of small data. Read the article here.

Research projects by Ronald Bucinell, associate professor of mechanical engineering, were featured in the Center for Economic Growth’s “The Research Connection.” The Capital Region-based non-profit highlighted Bucinell’s projects: “Bio-Industrial Materials Institute: Sustainable Materials Development,” “Mycelium Based Biocomposites and Foams” and “High Efficiency Fiber Reinforced Isogrid Structures.” Read more about his work here.

Abigail Golodik '18, sculpture lab technician, and Tina Lincer, associate director of Communications and Marketing, are among the local artists whose works have been selected for the “Creations: Collections & Connections” exhibit at the Albany Center Gallery. Golodik’s sculpture, constructed of laser-etched wood and steel, is titled “Point of Intersection.” Lincer’s painting, in oil and graphite, is titled “The Turquoise Table.” The exhibit runs from Oct. 15 to Nov. 8, with an artist reception set for Nov. 1, 5-8 p.m., during 1st Friday Albany.

Megan Ferry, professor of Chinese, Meghan Reilly ‘20, Trevor Atkins ’20 and Jeremy Rausch ‘21 presented papers at the New York Conference in Asian Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. The Union group presented an interdisciplinary panel, “Between State and Populace, Chasing the China Dream.” Presentations included:

  • From Ferry: “From Dreams to Reality: Building Linguistic and Cultural Competencies with Student-Derived Research on China”
  • From Reilly: “One Belt One Road: Echoes in the China Dream”
  • From Atkins: “China’s Web: The Balancing Act of Information and Technology in China”
  • From Rausch: “A Regressing Tide: China’s Fundamentalist Approach to Socioeconomic Development and National Rejuvenation”

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