For the Record -- Week of Sept. 12, 2022

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Note: For the Record, formerly People in the News, is a weekly digest of achievements by faculty, students and staff. Please send entries to Charlie Casey at

Mary K. Carroll ’86, the Dwane W. Crichton Professor of Chemistry, attended the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2022 National Meeting in Chicago in August. In addition to attending technical programming, she participated in meetings of the ACS Committee on Science (COMSCI), represented the Eastern New York ACS local section at the ChemLuminary Awards and the ACS Council Meeting, and campaigned for 2023 ACS President-Elect. Carroll faces Rigoberto Hernandez, Gompf Family Professor of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, for a three-year term on the ACS board as a member of the presidential succession. Her campaign website is here. The ACS election website is here.

Younghwan Song, professor of economics, has co-authored a paper in Journal of Medical Economics. “Cost-utility and cost-benefit analysis of TAVR availability in the US severe symptomatic aortic stenosis patient population" includes co-authors from Data for Decisions, Rutgers Medical School, Edwards Life Sciences and Harvard School of Public Health. Read the paper here.

Samuel Fogarty ’20 and D. Catherine Walker, assistant professor of psychology, recently published his senior thesis, “Twinks, Jocks and Bears, Oh My! Differing subcultural appearance identifications among gay men and their associated eating disorder psychopathology” Body Image is an international, peer-reviewed journal on body image and human physical appearance. Access the paper here.

Rudy Nydegger, professor emeritus of psychology and management, recently received the 2022 Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award for Practice from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. The awards committee selected Nydegger for the award based on his work in advancing the hospice movement, media work in promoting psychology and advocacy for the profession in New York. The Wellner awards, offered for research and practice, are the highest honors bestowed on a registrant to commemorate contributions to psychology during a distinguished career. This award is named in honor of the National Register’s first executive officer. Nydegger, a board-certified clinical psychologist, is also chair of the Division of Psychology at Ellis Hospital, and president of Psychological and Management Resources. Visit here for the full announcement.

Luke Dosiek, associate professor of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering, and Sanjay Hosur, postdoctoral research associate, recently presented a paper, “Improved Time-Localization of Power System Forced Oscillations Using Changepoint Detection" at the 2022 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting in Denver. Dosiek also gave a talk titled "A Review of Power System Forced Oscillations" as part of a panel on the identification, location and mitigation of forced oscillations.

Francis Wilkin, senior lecturer and observatory manager, published two articles in the April 2022 issue of the Minor Planet Bulletin. The first details the rotational properties of asteroid Russell of the Koronis asteroid family. The second, written with Niskayuna High School student Rebecca Schechter, determines the rotation period of the little-studied asteroid Tsesevich of the same family.

Frank Wicks, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, authored "New Horizons in Geothermal Energy" for the current issue of Mechanical Engineering magazine. It describes the potential for extracting crucial lithium for electric vehicle batteries from the hot geothermal brine along with producing electricity. It also calculates the maximum attainable efficiency with the previously published Wicks Thermodynamically Ideal Engine Cycle and defines a simpler and less toxic cycle. Wicks is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and a frequent contributor to the society’s magazine. Access the article here.

Yijing Stehle, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Ellen Robertson, assistant professor of chemistry; Rebecca Cortez, professor of mechanical engineering; Ronald Bucinell, associate professor of engineering; Katelyn Olsson ’23; and Luke Kilby ’23 are among co-authors of a paper, “Using Al3+ to Tailor Graphene Oxide Nanochannels: Impact on Membrane Stability and Permeability,” in a recent issue of Membranes. It is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal, published monthly online by MDPI. Read the paper here.

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