John Cabra, assistant professor, Creative Studies, and Fulbright graduate student Diego Uribe ran a virtual 3-D creative problem solving session for IBM in Second Life. The meeting involved defining and bringing clarity to a challenge involving the deployment of breakthrough thinking tools in IBM’s social software. The session was well received. Cabra and Uribe received an invitation to run a follow-up idea-generation session.
Maria Ceprano, professor, and Nancy Chicola, associate professor, Elementary Education and Reading, presented “Teacher Candidates Connecting with Parents and Children on Literacy and Cross Cultural Understandings” at the 2008 annual conference of National Network for Educational Renewal in Arlington, Texas, September 19–21. Their presentation described a project they facilitated last spring at the Enterprise Charter School. Teacher candidates enrolled in their methods classes held a cross-cultural literacy fair that enabled more than 70 children and their parents to engage in literacy-based activities as they learned about diverse cultural traditions.
Four students from the Elementary Education and Reading Department, mentored by Professor Maria Ceprano, presented “Multimedia Approaches that Support Cross-Cultural Understandings: Curriculum Integration in a New Light” at the Niagara Frontier Reading Council’s Fall Conference on October 18 in Depew, New York. In line with their presentation, Lindsey Crill, Shannon Driscoll, Lisa Giardino, and Rebecca Tasner each discussed projects they had created and expanded upon since their enrollment in the childhood education program.
The SUNY University Faculty Senate regularly publishes documents designed to assist campus members with topics of concern. At the October 2008 meeting of the University Faculty Senate, the 2008 edition of the Governance Handbook was distributed to members. The handbook was last updated in 1995. Sharon Cramer, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Exceptional Education, was the editor of the revised handbook in 1995 and the chair of the Governance Committee that completed the update in 2008.
Martin Ederer, assistant professor, History and Social Studies Education, wrote and formatted illustrated tour pamphlets for Corpus Christi Church and St. Anthony’s Church, both in Buffalo, during summer 2008.
Roger Firestien, lecturer, International Center for Studies in Creativity, delivered a seminar, “Unleashing the Power of Creativity,” to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Advisory Commission in Norman, Oklahoma, on September 16.
Lisa Forrest, instructional technology librarian, E. H. Butler Library, received the 2008 Excellence in Library Service Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) at the council’s 42nd Annual Meeting of the Membership on October 22. The WNYLRC is a not-for-profit consortium serving 83 member libraries and library systems in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans counties. WNYLRC awards recognize excellence in librarianship and service to patrons. Forrest received the award for her work as founder of the Rooftop Poetry Club and for her ability to use technology in a way that enhances what is considered a traditional humanities program. Forrest gratefully acknowledges the contributions of colleague Dennis Reed Jr., Web editor and library communication associate, whom she collaborates with extensively on the Poetry Club’s Web site and podcasts.
Jason Grinnell, assistant professor, Philosophy and Humanities, and William White, assistant professor, Modern and Classical Languages, presented a paper titled “An Inconvenient Truth: The Incoherence of Multicultural Education” at the 15th annual conference of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum in Austin, Texas, October 9–11. The paper and discussion offered an alternative approach to multicultural education based on critical literacies rather than static notions of cultural perfectionism.
Melissa J. Miszkiewicz, director of academic computing, Computing and Technology Services; Kelly Marczynski, assistant director and senior research scientist, Center for Health and Social Research; and Barbara J. Dray, former assistant professor, Exceptional Education, and current assistant professor, Special Education, University of Colorado Denver, recently traveled to Murcia, Spain, to explore potential opportunities for collaboration with colleagues at the Universidad De Murcia Grupo Investigacion de Tecnologia Educative (GITE), a group of faculty researchers within the University’s Departamento de Didáctica y Organización Escolar.
Allen Podet, professor, Philosophy and Humanities, presented a paper on the “Concept of Messiah in Abrahamic Religions” to the Interfaith Symposium of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Buffalo Chapter, held October 26 in Cheektowaga, New York.
Deborah Silverman, assistant professor, Communication, was elected to the national board of directors of the Public Relations Society of America at the PRSA Assembly, held on October 25 in Detroit, Michigan. She will serve a two-year term as director, effective next January. Silverman is the first person from Buffalo (and the Buffalo-Niagara PRSA chapter) to be elected to the national board.
James J. Sobol, assistant professor, Criminal Justice, recently published his book, Social Ecology and the Vigor of Police Response: An Empirical Study of Work Norms, Context, and Patrol Officer Behavior (VDM Verlag, June 2008).
John Thompson, associate professor, Computer Information Systems, presented “Web 2.0: It’s Not Just for Online Courses” to Medaille College faculty on August 21.
William White, assistant professor, Modern and Classical Languages, published an article titled “The Nut and Bolt of Student Teaching” in the journal of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Language Association Journal. White also presented a paper, “An Unfortunate Occurrence: The Removal of the Curriculum from the Hands of the Professoriate,” at the 15th annual conference of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum in Austin, Texas, October 9–11.