For the Record -- Week of May 26, 2023

Publication Date

Mary T. Guerrant, visiting assistant professor of psychology and GSWS, has received the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award through the American Psychological Association's (APA) Society for the Psychology of Women. The award recognizes a faculty member who has devised a creative approach, exercise or assignment for increasing diversity in teaching the psychology of women and gender. Guerrant’s application centered on a project they used in their Psychology of Gender Roles course at Union. The award honors Mary Roth Walsh, a revered researcher in the psychology of gender, feminist psychology, and women's health and a teacher devoted to promoting the psychology of women.

Francis Wilkin, senior lecturer in physics and astronomy and observatory manager, published three papers in the Minor Planet Bulletin in January, 2023. Eva Crowley '24 was first author in a study of Koronis asteroid family member (993) Moultona, and Finlay MacDonald '23 was co-author in a study of asteroid (1389) Onnie. Stephen Slivan (MIT) was first author on the remaining paper, which was a multi-year analysis of asteroid Onnie.

Martin Benjamin, the William D. Williams Professor of Visual Arts emeritus and noted rock music photographer, recently was inducted into the Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2023 for his outstanding contributions to the music industry. He was one of eight legends of the local music scene honored at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. They join 24 individuals and groups inducted since the hall’s 2019 founding. The celebration included videos about the artists as well as a rotating gallery of Benjamin’s photos of dozens of rock stars – such as Sting, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Tina Turner – taken at venues in the region over the past 40-plus years.

Christopher Chandler, assistant professor of music, has been awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Statewide Community Regrants project for his proposal to compose “Through and Through,” a new work for flute, piano and electronics for Duo Axis. Chandler’s project is one of 25 Capital Region grassroots arts initiatives selected, with seven from Schenectady County.

Hasan B. Al Ba’ba’a, visiting assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is co-author (with Kyung Hoon Lee and Qiming Wang) of an article, Designing Topological Acoustic Lattices via Electroacoustic Analogies in the Journal of Vibration and Acoustics. The research developed a mathematical framework using electro-acoustic analogies to serve as an analysis tool for acoustic lattices and to reduce computational cost of simulations. The work is envisioned to be valuable for designing low-frequency acoustic lattices with high accuracy and relatively low computational cost.

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