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People in Action Dec. 1, 2021

The American College Staff Association (ACPA) has named SUNY Oswego IX Coordinator, Lisa Ivansky, the 2022 Diamond Honorary Award. “It is a great honor and I am very humbled to be in this class. I have known some of these people for 20 years,” Ivansky said of Nominated, it’s really great to be joining this class of amazing professionals.Ivansky was nominated by ACPA member Jane Sevigny and is now Associate Director of Housing Operations at the University of Texas – Dallas.She is a former Director of Residential Life at Oswego, Sevigny praised Evaneski’s dedication, mentorship, accessibility and ability to accomplish great things for her causes and students.The Diamond Honoree, an appreciation and fundraising program, allows individuals to raise funds and donate to ACPA for programs that will promote and ensure a multifaceted, equitable future and opportunity for higher education professionals and students.Read the full story .

Postgraduate Physics major Lauren Simson (Pictured left) Received a Top Presenter Award at the Sigma Xi 2021 Student Research Conference for a summer research project addressing a pressing environmental problem. Titled “Using Self-Assembled Monolayer (SAM) Peptides as Biosensors for Soluble Uranium Oxide, the project was a collaboration when Samson and her mentor, Carolina Eli (Pictured at right) of Oswego’s Department of Physics, participated in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Research Program – a highly competitive undergraduate research experiments program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program allows talented students like Samson to learn more about research and academic work while tackling important issues, in this case potential uranium contamination of drinking water affecting rural areas in western Nebraska and beyond. “We decided to explore a proof of concept using peptides that bind to uranium, and we found that they worked,” Samson said. The peptides are naturally occurring short chains of amino acids, which are more abundant for this use, and have successfully bound to uranium in these tests to show the presence of the dangerous element. Read the full story.

Samson also presented to the Conference on Women in Physics, in person October 21-23 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with the poster “Optical Properties of Lithium Quaternary: Transparency and Luminescence Efficiency.” Co-authors include Catherine Shin and Eli of the State University of New York Oswego; Elena-Maria Echeverria of Cornell University; John McClory and James Petrosky, of the Air Force Institute of Technology, AFIT/ENP; Juan Colon Santana from Aurora University, Yaroslav Burak, Volodymyr Adamev and Ihor Tslyuk from the Institute of Physical Optics in Lviv, Ukraine; Lu Wang from CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefe; Wai Ning Mei from the University of Nebraska-Omaha; Kyle A. Nelson, Benjamin W. Montague, and Douglas S. McGregor of Smart Lab, Kansas State University; and Archit Dingra and Peter Dubin of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Several college students presented research at the Rochester Academy of Sciences’ 47th Annual Paper Session at Nazareth College on November 6.

From the biological sciences:

  • Two seniors working with a faculty member Karen SimLuke Deland And Gabriel Waters – Co-presented a poster titled “Infection rate of Ophryocystis elektroscirrha on Danaus plexippus in Oswego County and Western Adirondack Park in New York State,” describing research supported by the Rice Creek Associates Small Grants Program with Travel Supported by the Biosciences Improvement Fund. jack shepherd Presented a lecture on fossils titled “Vertebrate Fossils of Squamates and Anurans of Cathedral Cave, Nevada,” which he co-authored. Maribelin Salinas And a faculty member Jennifer Leader. students from Yulia ArtemenkoDr.’s lab gave presentations on their work related to guided cell migration and adhesion. Alexia Perez And Sarah Buckler They discussed their research on how cells sense and migrate in response to mechanical stimuli. Their posters were titled “Role of the SibA protein in cell adhesion and mechanosensitization to Dictyostelium discoideum” and “Role of the dimerization domain of Filamin in Dictyostelium discoideum in response to shear flow,” respectively. Kelsey Roberts and Tiffany Flores And Ballina Saljanin They presented their projects aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms of cellular attachment. Their posters were titled “Establishment of imaging conditions to assess the role of KrsB in Rap1-mediated adhesion of Dictyostelium discoideum”, “Regulation of Ras-associated protein-1 by Kinase in response to stress B in Dictyostelium discoideum” and “Investigation of the adhesion-modulation properties of bovine serum albumin (BSA)” In the Dictostilium tablet “, respectively.

From Physics:

  • Michelle Mano Presented “Internal illumination curves for Cepheid variables,” Hugh Riley Randall Presented “Linear Pulse Calculations for Three Types of Variable Stars” and Slim KalicIt has provided “Machine-learning-based estimates of the distance to the M3 galactic globular cluster.”

For many students, travel to this event was supported by the Office of Research and Individual Student Experiences through their Student Travel Grants.

From left, biological sciences students Kelsey Roberts, Tiffany Flores, Balina Saljanin, Sarah Buckler and Alexia Perez attend the 47th Annual Rochester Academy of Sciences Paper Session.

From left, biological sciences students Kelsey Roberts, Tiffany Flores, Balina Saljanin, Sarah Buckler and Alexia Perez attend the 47th Annual Rochester Academy of Sciences Paper Session.

Dean of Graduate Studies Kristen Eichhorn He was appointed as an educational alternative to the proposed advisory board for the Lake Ontario National Marine Reserve for a three-year term. Alternates play an important role on the advisory board, including attending meetings, serving as lead in the absence of the primary member, adding to the overall discussion of sanctuary issues, increasing the voter’s voice, chairing working groups and participating in subcommittees. National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Boards are community advisory groups established to provide advice and recommendations to supervisors on issues including management, science, service, and oversight.

Faculty members in health and wellness awareness Jessica Harris And Minjong Seo, And Joshua McKeown, Associate Dean of International Education and Programs, co-authored “Global Competence through International Collaborative Online Learning – COIL” and co-presented virtually at the 7th International Conference on Advances in Higher Education (HEAd’21) hosted by Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, in June. The research and presentation explored the successful COIL partnership between students from the State University of New York Oswego in New York and The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which 35 students participated in an experiment that served as a platform to educate students through the unique cultural lens of a health educator.

Criminal justice faculty member Martin Quinn He is the co-author of Transitioning from Pandemic to Normal: What Police Departments Can Learn from Ranks and Files in Police Journal. Written with Janne E. Gaub at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Shelby Davis at the University of Houston, the article looks at how the police establishment needs to acknowledge changes made during the pandemic and identify adjustments and innovations that can help them keep moving forward.

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