People in the news – week of Feb. 28, 2020

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A paper by Ashok Ramasubramanian, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was selected as one of the choice papers of 2019 by the ASME’s Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. His paper was one of 10 chosen of more than 100 that appeared in the journal last year.

Twitty Styles, professor emeritus of biological sciences, recently received the 2020 New York Association of Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Lifetime Achievement Award.

Members of the Political Science department participated in the Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference in Washington, D.C. Zoe Oxley, professor of political science, attended in her role as president-elect of the national political science honor society. William McCann ‘20 and Jane Wiesenberg ‘20 presented their senior thesis research. Alexander Brockwehl ‘11 discussed his post-Union career and current staff position on the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

A lecture by Kim Plofker, associate professor of mathematics, was covered in a blog for Scientific American. Read the article here.

Samuel Amanuel, associate professor of physics and astronomy, participated in the 2020 American Physical Society medal ceremony and leadership convocation in Washington, D.C. Amanuel and his peers visited the legislative offices of Gillibrand, Schumer, Brindisi, Tonko, Zeldin and Katko to advocate for an increase in federal research spending, the support of the Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019 and more.

A piece by Frank Wicks, emeritus professor, was published in the March issue of Mechanical Engineering magazine. “The Engineer Who Discovered Global Warming” discusses the life of professional engineer and amateur climatologist Guy Callendar. His 1938 paper correlated increasing global temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide. His work also showed more than half of the carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels remains in the atmosphere.

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