People in the News – week of Feb. 26, 2021

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Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology, was a panelist at the University of Albany’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Women’s, Gender and Sexuality department. The panel was titled “The Black Feminist Roots of Women’s Studies” and can be viewed here. [Passcode: ?3vl!yn9]

Robert Samet, associate professor of anthropology, was awarded the 2020 Marysa Navarro Best Book Prize by the New England Council of Latin American Studies for his book, “Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela” (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Books are judged on the quality of their research and analysis, in addition to their originality, multidisciplinarity, methodology and significance to the field. Samet’s book is based on years of ethnographic research alongside crime reporters in Caracas, Venezuela. In addition to its empirical account of crime and the politics of security, “Deadline” provides a methodological roadmap for studying the relationship between media and the return of populism in the 21st century.

An article by Joshua Hart, professor of psychology, was published in PLoS ONE. The article reports a study examining whether the COVID-19 pandemic influenced Americans' support for then-President Donald Trump in the early weeks of the crisis.

Twitty Styles, professor emeritus of biology, was featured on the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Facebook page as the first African American to receive tenure from the College.

An op-ed by Michael Landis, adjunct assistant professor of history, was published at History News Network. You can read the piece, “The Balance of Power in 2021 Rests with Two Senators,” here.

A paper by Ellen Robertson, assistant professor of chemistry, Chris Avanessian ’21, Jana Davis ‘22, Anna Mahony ’20 and Elizabeth Whitney ’20 was published in Chemical Communications. “Synthesis and Characterization of Plasmonic Peptoid Nanosheets" reported a monolayer-templated synthetic method to produce two dimensional arrays of plasmonic nanoparticles. The work, funded by the Greater Capital Region's Bender Scientific Fund and U.S. Department of Energy, has applications in the design of sensing devices, like those used to identify harmful environmental contaminants. See the article here.

Bunkong Tuon, associate professor of English, publishes a weekly interview with two poets for the online e-journal, Cultural Weekly. The series is called “Poets on Craft” and is a place for poets to share their thoughts and ideas on the process of poetry for students to discover new ways of approaching poetry writing. See his latest post here.

Three works by Claire Bracken, associate professor of English, were published. In January 2020, her journal article, “Vanishing Presences: Women and Violence in ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen,’” was published in International Yeats Studies. In September, her book chapter, “The Feminist Contemporary: The Contradictions of Critique,” appeared in the collection, The New Irish Studies. Another book chapter, “Gender and Irish Studies: 2008 to the present,” came out in December in "The Routledge Handbook of Irish Studies."

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