Gerhard Falk, Professor, Sociology

Gerhard Falk, professor, Sociology, published his 19th book, The American Criminal Justice System (Praeger-Greenwood), on March 19.


Andrew T. Garrity, Programmer/Analyst, Computing and Technology Services

Andrew T. Garrity, programmer/analyst, Computing and Technology Services, won first place in the faculty/staff category for the seventh consecutive year in the 13th annual Bengal 5K Run and Fun Walk on Saturday, March 20. Proceeds from this event benefit the Buffalo State Alumni Association’s Legacy Scholarship Fund, a scholarship awarded annually to a student who is the child or grandchild of a Buffalo State graduate.


J. Tomás Henriques, Assistant Professor, Music,

J. Tomás Henriques, assistant professor, Music, earned the top prize at the 2010 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. His double slide controller—a futuristic-looking instrument that uses hand controllers to modulate pitch and tone—suitably impressed the judges. The competition included over two dozen entries from six countries.

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Jeffrey Hirschberg, Assistant Professor, Communication

Jeffrey Hirschberg, assistant professor, Communication, and director, television and film arts program, conducted a radio interview on the 2010 Oscars and his recent book, Reflections of the Shadow: Creating Memorable Heroes and Villains for Film and TV. A podcast of the interview, which aired on WHAM, Rochester’s top-rated morning news program, is available on the TFA Web site.


Kristine Kaminsky, Susan Maguire, Meghan Pereira, Charlotte Roehm, and Ramona Santa Maria

Kristine Kaminsky, secretary 1, Instructional Resources; Susan Maguire, assistant professor, Anthropology; Meghan Pereira, instructional technology specialist, Instructional Resources; Charlotte Roehm, assistant professor, Geography and Planning; and Ramona Santa Maria, assistant professor, Computer Information Systems, won the faculty/staff team award for best time in the 13th annual Bengal 5K Run and Fun Walk on Saturday, March 20. The “Awesome Academics” team averaged 22 minutes.


Gerald Mead Lecturer Design

Gerald Mead, lecturer, Design, judged the regional entries for the Sister Cities International’s 2010 Young Artists Showcase on March 11 and the 2009 National Arts Program Exhibition on October 23. He also conducted collage workshops at the Carnegie Art Center on February 13 and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on October 9, and lectured at SUNY Fredonia as part of its Visiting Artists Program on November 5. Mead received a Jurors Selection Award in CEPA Gallery’s annual Members’ Exhibition February 6–March 20.


Stephen Phelps, Professor Emeritus, Elementary Education and Reading

Stephen Phelps, professor emeritus, Elementary Education and Reading, has been appointed to the board of trustees of Pinnacle Charter School in Buffalo.


Lou Rera, Assistant Professor, Communication

Lou Rera, assistant professor, Communication, presented “Digital Stories: Flash Fiction,” demonstrating the use of multimedia in interactive storytelling, at the 2010 New Media Consortium Symposium on New Media and Learning in Hakone, the NMC’s virtual 3-D meeting space, on March 23–25.


Ramona R. Santa Maria, Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems

Ramona R. Santa Maria, assistant professor, Computer Information Systems, and Kristen Huff, past president of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, coauthored the paper “Past Presidents Share Strategies for Writing and Dissemination: Publishing Is Not Rocket Science” for the NERA Researcher 48 (1): 22–23.


Zhang Jie, Professor, Sociology, and Director, Center for China Studies

Zhang Jie, professor, Sociology, and director, Center for China Studies, published his article “Attitudes toward Suicide: The Effect of Suicide Death in the Family” in Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 60 (4): 365–382. The study’s coauthor was Dr. Cun-Xian Jia, associate professor of epidemiology at Shandong University School of Public Health in China and a current visiting scholar to Buffalo State.