Union in the Media

Union’s faculty, staff and students are often mentioned in local, national and international media outlets. Among the outlets that have highlighted Union include the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, U.S. News and World Report, MONEY and the Associated Press.

Content on Union’s news site has been honored by the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education (CASE).

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Engineering students engaged in projects to help those with disabilities

Senior mechanical engineering students have partnered with local companies to create devices to make their operations more efficient.

Ron Bucinell, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, crafted a unique capstone course that would push students to devise tools for everyday people who needed them.

To read more in the Times Union, visit the website.

The class was also featured in a segment on WNYT-13, the local NBC affiliate.

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Union's Rhodes Scholar appears in hundreds of media outlets, including Washington Post and Boston Globe

Tawreak “Ty” Gamble-Eddington '21 has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford.

Gamble-Eddington is one of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 826 candidates representing 247 colleges in the United States. The class includes 22 women, the most ever, the Rhodes Trust announced in a statement Sunday.

The announcement was picked up by hundreds of media outlets, including the Washington Post, Boston Globe and The Daily Gazette. A subscription may be required for access to the articles.

WAMC, Northeast Public Radio also did a segment on Gamble-Eddington. Northeast Public Radio is a member of National Public Radio serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

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Chad Orzel, associate professor of physics and astronomy, featured on ESPN

Chad Orzel, associate professor of physics and astronomy, used the laws of physics to explain to ESPN why it is so difficult to tackle Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams.

"It's a really rich subject because there is a lot going on, even in the things that are fairly simple in football," said Orzel. "There's a lot of physics going on, you've got so many moving parts. In physics we're famous for approximating everything as a sphere, football players are very not spherical and the ball isn't even spherical. But you look at the spin around the long axis, you look at the random bounce, things like that, it's a really rich subject physics-wise."

Orzel joined Union in 2001

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Zoe Oxley, professor of political science, part of research team featured by NPR, Forbes and other outlets

Zoe Oxley, professor of political science, is part of a team whose latest research is featured in a number of media outlets, including Forbes, NPR’s All Things Considered, The 19th, WNYC’s The Takeaway and The Conversation.

The research focuses on girls' declining interest in politics.

Earlier research focused on what do kids today think about the presidency and the president, and how does this compare to what children thought in the 1950s?

Oxley joined Union in 1998.

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Union partnership with Schuler Education Foundation featured in Chicago Tribune, other outlets

Union recently announced it would partner with the Schuler Education Foundation to invest up to $40 million to enroll significantly more low-income students, the College’s latest effort to advance educational equity and opportunity.

Union is among the first five schools selected to participate in the Schuler Access Initiative, which aims to enroll more underserved students at the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.

Jack Schuler, co-founder of the Schuler Education Foundation, will spend $500 million over the next 10 years as part of the initiative. He wants to include up to 20 liberal arts schools that will match the funds, for a potential investment of $1 billion.

A number of local and national media outlets reported on the announcement, including Inside Higher Ed, The Daily Gazette , Higher Ed Dive, The Business Journals and WAMC, Northeast Public Radio. Northeast Public Radio is a member of National Public Radio serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

In addition, President David R. Harris authored an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune with the headline, "Pell grants are game changers for promising college students. I should know, I was one."

A subscription may be required to access some of the links.

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Forbes features George J. Mitchell scholars for 2021

Forbes recently featured the Class of 2021 George J. Mitchell scholars, which includes Tawreak “Ty” Gamble-Eddington '21.

He is one of 12 Americans chosen from among 453 applicants for the honor, which was created by the founder and president of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, Trina Vargo. It is named in honor of Sen. George J. Mitchell’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process.

Recipients are chosen based on academic distinction, leadership and service.

A political science and history major with a minor in Spanish, Gamble-Eddington will study race, ethnicity and conflict at Trinity College Dublin before attending law school. He is from Springfield, Mass.

To learn more, visit Union's news site.

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Father-son graduation featured in The New York Times

The New York Times published a piece on Father's Day about Juan Paneto and his son, Joshua, who graduated together at Union's Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 June 13, 2021. A subscription may be required to access the article.

Juan Paneto was several credits short of his degree when he left Union in 1992. The pandemic allowed him to complete his coursework remotely nearly 30 years later.

The story of Juan's quest to graduate with his son was first featured on Union's news site.

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Professor Josh Hart's study on conspiracy theories cited by FiveThirtyEight

A study on conspiracy theories by Joshua Hart, associate professor of psychology, and his student, Molly Graether ‘17, was cited by the FiveThirtyEight, a popular blog that covers a broad spectrum of subjects including politics, sports, science, economics and popular culture.

The 2018 research suggests that people with certain personality traits and cognitive styles are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories.

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Union's 227th Commencement featured in the Daily Gazette

Union held its 227th Commencement on Sunday, June 13. More than 470 seniors in the Class of 2021 received degrees.

The ceremony was featured on the front page of the Daily Gazette. A subscription may be required to access the story.

A story also appeared on Union's news site.

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Professor Jeffrey Corbin featured in National Geographic

Jeffrey Corbin, professor of biological sciences, was quoted in a recent National Geographic piece about the impact of invasive garlic mustard on native species. A subscription may be required to read the article.

A plant ecologist who focuses on the effects of invasive species and land use change on biodiversity and soil dynamics, Corbin discussed his findings of a 2018 paper in Restoration Ecology, coauthored with Matthew Wolford ('16), that described the challenge of eradicating garlic mustard populations.