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Monday, October 30, 2006

Alberto Rey (visual art and new media) was a panelist during the "Complicit" symposium at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville recently. Panelists discussed "Contemporary Art and Mass Culture". The university’s museum also exhibited works by Professor Rey.

Adrienne McCormick (English) will present a paper at the ARM (Association for Research on Mothering) Annual Conference in Toronto, CA, Oct. 28, on "Supermothers on Film, or Maternal Melodrama in the 21st Century."

Aimee Nezhukumatathil (English) was the visiting writer Sept. 27 at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. As part of the national Poetry Bus Project, which brings poetry to 50 cities in 50 days, she also participated in the Poetry Bus stop in Buffalo, NY at the Albright-Knox Art Museum Sept. 22.

P. Michael Gerholdt (Information Technology Services) and Sally Crist (Information Technology Services) are presenting the session, “Targeted Messages in Banner Self-Service (SS),” at the Sungard Higher Education Northeast Users Conference, Dec. 3 – 5 in Lake George, N.Y. They will present the same session at the Fall 2006 Wizard Technical Conference in November in Syracuse, N.Y., sponsored by the SUNY Training Center.

Jeanette McVicker (English) contributed a review chapter on "Postcolonial Approaches" to Palgrave Advances in Critical Virginia Woolf Studies (edited by Dr. Anna Snaith, King's College, London) forthcoming from Palgrave MacMillan. She also presented a paper on Sept. 7 at the "Media Change and Social Theory" conference organized by the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at Oxford University, on "Journalism, Subjectivity, Governmentality."

Amy Cuhel-Schuckers (Research Services) presented the break-out session, “Grant Writing Basics” at the recent 2006 Educators Conference of the Unification Theological Seminary held in Barrytown, NY, Oct. 13 - 15. Sponsored by the Center for Education, the theme of the conference was ‘My Vision and Mission as an Educator’ and drew over 250 participants from across the United States, Canada and as far away as Finland.

Joseph Baxter (Information Technology Services) has been certified as an Information Systems Security Engineering Professional by Cisco Systems. The INFOSEC certification program was established in a partnership between Cisco Systems and the National Security Agency.

Christopher Taverna (ITS Help Desk) has been certified as a Microsoft Systems Engineer. He previously achieved Microsoft certifications as a Desktop Support Technician and Systems Administrator.

William Brown (biology), with a team of three (former) Fredonia undergraduates, published the paper “Aggressive contests in house crickets: size, motivation and the information content of aggressive songs,” in Animal Behavior (July 2006). Undergraduate coauthors are Adam Smith (now in the Ph.D. program at Northeastern University), Brian Moskalik (now in the Ph.D. program at University of Cincinnati), and Josh Gabriel (now doing research with the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon).  “Many animals produce elaborate signals during aggressive contests,” Dr. Brown said. “the function of these aggressive signals, including both their information content and the circumstances under which they cause resolution or escalation of conflict, continues to be controversial. At Fredonia, we studied aggressive acoustic signals in house crickets to test their ability to inform opponents about ability and motivation to fight. “We show that male crickets produce individually distinctive aggressive songs, which contain information about the ability of a male to win an aggressive contest. Song differed with male body size, and in two experiments relative size affected either the intensity or the outcome of fights. In contrast, we found no components of song that signal differences in male motivation to fight over a female. Although males were more aggressive and won more fights when they perceived females to be rare, their songs did not reflect this asymmetry in motivation to fight.”

Len Faulk (Center for Rural Regional Development & Governance) has been appointed to the Local Government Research Advisory Group for New York State's Division of Local Government Services and Economic Development, an agency of the State Comptroller's office.

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