For the Record -- Week of April 28, 2023

Publication Date

Silvina Yi, assistant professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies, was one of three panelists in “Diversity in/of Approaches to Experimental Teaching” at Siena College on April 14. She gave a talk titled “A Virtual Stroll: Street Art in the Latin American City.”

Carol Weisse, Ronald M. Obenzinger Professor of Psychology and director of Health Professions, presented at the Ellis Medicine Department of Internal Medicine's Grand Rounds with palliative care physician Dr. John Pezzulo and Dr. Kelly Melekis, associate professor of social work and MSW program coordinator at the University of Vermont.   The program, “Bridging Gaps in End-of-Life Care for Hospice Patients with Housing or Caregiver Instability,” is available on YouTube.

George Shaw, professor emeritus of geosciences, gave two lectures for UCALL in the series on Modern Science. The first was on the surface conditions on early Mars, including evidence for flowing streams, lakes and possible oceans. The second described the composition, internal structure, and possible liquid water environments below the surface of the large icy satellites of Jupiter and Saturn. Future NASA missions will seek evidence of life in the oceans thought to lie below the icy surfaces. Shaw’s lecture also described laboratory studies on possible salty solutions that might comprise these oceans, including preliminary results from experiments at Union under a NASA grant to Heather Watson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, on which grant Shaw is a co-investigator.

Six Union students presented posters at the 15th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Eastern New York American Chemical Society Local Section (ENY ACS) on April 19, 2023.

Yeonjae Lee '23

Yeonjae Lee '23 was among six Union students who presented research at the Eastern New York American Chemical Society Local Section recently.

Presenters, by major, and their research advisers were

  • Morgan Duffany '23, biochemistry and Spanish, Colleen Connelly, assistant professor of chemistry.
  • Yeonjae Lee '23, chemistry, Joanne D. Kehlbeck, professor of chemistry.
  • Daniel Singer '25, chemistry, and Tessa Thomas '24, neuroscience, Laura A. MacManus-Spencer, associate professor of chemistry.
  • C'Lannye James '25, chemistry, Ellen Robertson, assistant professor of chemistry (and chair-elect of the ENY ACS local section).
  • Morgan Truesdell '24, biochemistry, Dr. Bryan Duffy, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health.

Other members of the Union community in attendance were chemistry majors Kyra Lum '24 and Emily Stein '24, student trustee, and faculty members Brandon Schabes, lecturer, and Mary K. Carroll '86, the Dwane W. Crichton Professor of Chemistry and 2023 ACS president-elect.

Holli M. Frey, professor of geosciences, and Matthew R. Manon, lecturer of geosciences, have co-authored a paper along with Sydney A. Walters ’22, a geosciences major, and collaborators from the U.K. and West Indies titled “Petrology of the explosive deposits from the April 2021 eruption of La Soufrière volcano, St Vincent: a time-series analysis of microlites” in the Geological Society of London Special Publications.