People in the news - Week of Oct. 2, 2020

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Conferences, Seminars and Panels:

Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology and academic chief diversity officer, presented on a virtual panel, “Modern-Day Race Women: Reconsidering African American Sorority Women’s Professional and Civic Leadership and Activism, in the Post-Civil Rights Era, 1960s-2000s.” The panel was part of the 105th Annual Association for the Study of African American Life History Conference.

Ann Anderson, the Agnes S. MacDonald Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Mary Carroll, the Dwane W. Crichton Professor of Chemistry, recently attended the Online Aerogel Seminar, an international conference that was originally scheduled to take place in Hamburg, Germany, but was moved to a virtual platform as a result of the global pandemic. They contributed to three presentations at the meeting, all related to their ongoing work in aerogel applications for sustainable buildings. The presentations were:

  • A poster on aesthetic approaches to aerogel windows based on the senior thesis research of Zineb Hajjaj '20
  • A poster with John Costa '17 and Adam Forti '17, collaborators at Sunthru LLC, a start-up company co-founded by Anderson and Carroll
  • An oral presentation based on a collaboration with Professor Cinzia Buratti's group at the University of Perugia (Italy), presented by Perugia graduate student Costanza Fiorini.


An essay by Kimmo Rosenthal, professor emeritus of mathematics, was accepted in the journal The Closed Eye Open. “A Very Brief Review of Calvino's Invisible Cities” was subject to a 108-word constraint. He was also one of 220 writers contributing one line each to Pandemic: A Community Poem, published by Muse-Pie Press, whose founding editor assembled the lines into a single poem.

An article by Mason Stahl, the James M. Kenney Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, was published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. “Geochemical Transformations Beneath Man-Made Ponds: Implications for Arsenic Mobilization in South Asian Aquifers” examines how surface water recharge impacts levels of groundwater arsenic. Stahl recently also had a letter published in Science highlighting the need for improved flood management policies in India. Read the letter here.

A paper co-written by Nicole Theodosiou, associate professor of biology, and Jeffrey Corbin, professor of biology, was published in Ecology and Evolution. Their paper, “Redesign Your In-Person Course for Online: Creating Connections and Promoting Engagement for Better Learning,” offered lessons learned during the spring 2020 transition to remote learning. Read the article here.

Upcoming Events:

Jordan Smith, the Edward E. Hale, Jr. Professor of English, will join two other poets for a virtual reading at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, in partnership with Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. The reading will be available live on YouTube and also archived. Smith will read from his new collection, “Little Black Train.” Watch the reading live or archived here.

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