People in the news - Week of May 7, 2021

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Tess Gallagher ’22 published a first-author paper, “Evidence of Integumentary Scale Diversity in the Late Jurassic Sauropod Diplodocus sp. from the Mother’s Day Quarry, Montana,” in the journal PeerJ. Her independent research project was support by Anouk Verheyden-Gillikin, lecturer in geology, and Barbara Pytel, senior lecturer of biology.

Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology, director of Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and academic chief diversity officer, has been accepted to take part in a virtual summer institute for liberal arts college faculty on, “The Humanities in Action: The Future of the Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges,” hosted by Grinnell College. The event features four days of discussion about curricular and pedagogical change in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences, with a particular focus on two themes: the creation of new gateway courses to welcome students to humanistic study and the development of new opportunities in community-engaged learning.

Five students presented posters at the 13th annual Eastern New York American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium, which was hosted virtually by Siena College. Amber Birt '22 presented a poster, “Measuring Concentrations of Acrylamide in Brewed Coffee,” describing research undertaken under the direction of Laura MacManus-Spencer, associate professor of chemistry, and Joanne Kehlbeck, professor and chair of the Chemistry Department, with Emily Andrews '20 as a co-author. Sophie Hurwitz '21 presented “Finding Small Organic Compounds that Selectively Bind to an Alternate Structure in Pre-miR-92b,” based on her senior thesis work in the laboratory of Colleen Connelly, assistant professor of chemistry.

Avi Gajjar '23 presented a poster, “Rhodamine Dyes Entrapped in Monolithic Silica Aerogel for Window Applications.” Sabrina Rufrano '22 and Margeaux Capron '22 co-presented a poster on "Chromia-alumina Catalytic Aerogels for Automotive Pollution Mitigation." Those projects were undertaken in Union's Aerogel Lab under the direction of Mary Carroll '86, the Dwane W. Crichton Professor of Chemistry, and Ann Anderson, the Agnes S. MacDonald Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

An essay by Kimmo Rosenthal, professor emeritus of mathematics, will appear in volume 8 of the British journal Hinterland. The title of his essay, “The Little Patch of Yellow Wall,” comes from the death scene of the writer Bergotte in Proust's In Search of Lost Time.

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