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Faculty and Staff Achievements, Winter 2012

February 1, 2013 by Editor in Faculty and Staff with 0 Comments

Cheryl Buff ’82, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, co-authored an article titled “Can they defer the cellular lure? College students’ self-control and cell phone usage.” She was assisted by Jeremy Abel ’13 and Jessica Abel ’13. The article was featured in the Review of Business Research.

Buff also worked with Christopher Weaver ’13 on another study published in the Review of Business Research. Their article was titled: “You’re so vain … want to buy a counterfeit product? An exploratory study of vanity and counterfeit product purchase.”

Jon Bannon, Ph.D., brought Maureen Jeffery ’13 to Shanghai, China for the 65th birthday conference of Donald Hadwin, a prolific mathematician with more than 170 publications to his name. Jeffery is Hadwin’s youngest coauthor to date. Their paper titled “A note on moments in finite von Neumann algebras” was published in Involve: A Journal of Mathematics. The paper explores the validity of using matrices to model infinite-dimensional phenomena.

John Cummings, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, received a $243,689 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his particle physics research that contributes to the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, an international collaboration of physicists responsible for a highly-publicized finding that could pave the way for explanations of why matter exists in the universe.

Leonard Cutler, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the center for the study of government and politics, co-edited a collection titled “The Obama Presidency: A Preliminary Assessment” that was released in July 2012 by SUNY Press. The book provides a scholarly evaluation of Obama’s effectiveness while in office.

rajwebRaj Devasagayam, Ph.D., professor of marketing, and Nick Stark ’15 have been awarded best paper for their research “Millennial Development Goals and Business: Opportunities, Challenges and Exemplars.” They will be presenting their research at the 8th Annual SIMSR Global Marketing Conference in Mumbai, India.

dorseywebJennifer Dorsey, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director of the McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution, applied for and received a $175,000 NEH grant to support Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshop for School Teachers. Dorsey wrote the grant application in collaboration with Sharon Finnerty, Siena College’s Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs, Francis Butler ’15, who served as the McCormick Center work study student in 2011-2012, New York State Historian Bob Weible and representatives from the New York State Museum, New York State Library, Shaker Heritage Society, Hancock Shaker Village and Mt. Lebanon Shaker Museum and Library. The workshops will take place at Siena in July 2013 and will be themed “Heaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival and Social Reform in America.” The workshops will focus on the history, contributions and legacies of American Shakers as a model for understanding the utopian impulse in American History.

Mathew Johnson ’93, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and director of Academic and Community Engagement (ACE), received a $25,000 continuation grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support Siena’s VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. Funding will be used to support 34 VISTA placements across various not-for-profit agencies in partnership with ACE.

Adam Mason, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a $362,000 National Science Foundation research grant to study morphogenesis, a critical component of development by which embryonic structures are molded to generate the final adult forms. The grant will provide funding for Mason, Stephanie Vernooy, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of biology, and a team of undergraduate research students.

Michele McColgan, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, and Robert Colesante, Ph.D., professor of education, received a $71,000 grant to partner with the Albany City School District on a New York State College Access Challenge Grant chely wright pokies to increase the percentage of Hackett Middle School students who plan to pursue a college education. Siena’s role in the multi-organization program will be to provide seminars that enable college and career exploration, as well as engage the students in science, technology and math projects designed to strengthen their motivation and performance in these areas. Several of the seminars will include parent/family participation.

johnmwebJohn Moustakas, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, was part of an international team that discovered what they believe to be the most distant galaxy ever detected. In a recent paper published in Nature, they described their find, which could provide clues to the nature of the universe in its infancy. “This discovery is exciting because we know very little about how the very first galaxies in the universe formed,” said Moustakas. According to DiscoveryNews, scientists have gauged that the overall age of the universe is 13.7 billion years, but this galaxy formed when the universe was just 250 million years old, at a time dubbed “The Dark Ages.”

“This galaxy is the most distant object we have ever observed with high confidence,” said Wei Zheng, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University who was the lead author of the paper.

Aaron Paciti, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, had his research featured in the Harvard Business Review’s “Stat of the Day” on September 25. His research showed that the recent recession not only caused widespread layoffs; it also raised the “cost of job loss” in the U.S. In 2009, the difference between weekly pre-layoff income and the post-layoff sum of unemployment insurance, welfare and earnings from re-employment, measured over a year and reported as a weekly average, was $352.57 or 41.74% of pre-layoff earnings. That record high was driven by record high unemployment duration and record low re-employment duration.

Paul Ricciardi, M.F.A., assistant professor of creative arts, spent August 2012 observing Kristin Linklater, a leader in voice training for actors in the United States and abroad, at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Mass. The monthlong observation led to Ricciardi’s certification as a Designated Linklater Teacher, joining the ranks of a select community of voice practitioners from around the world. This project was supported by a research grant from Siena’s Center for Excellence in Teaching. Ricciardi was also hired by Stageworks, a professional union theater in the Hudson Valley, to serve as a dialect coach for the premiere of “Tomorrow in the Battle.”

Rebecca Taylor, Ph.D., assistant professor of creative arts, and Mitchel Clow ’13 will present a workshop on producing theatre criticism for broadcast at the Kennedy Center theatre festival in January 2013.

To kick off its 75th year, the College recognized the following community members who have been employed for over half of the College’s existence.

Tony Rossi, head baseball coach, 45 years of service

Edward LaRow ’59, Ph.D., professor of biology, 44 years

Bill Whitcomb, assistant director of operations and maintenance, 43 years

Fr. Julian Davies, O.F.M., Ph.D., professor of philosophy, 42 years

Leonard Cutler, Ph.D., professor of political science, 42 years

Anthony G. Pondillo ’65, assistant professor of finance, 42 years

Leonard Putnick, Ph.D., professor of computer science and mathematics, 42 years

Frederick DeCasperis ’70, Ph.D., professor of marketing and management, 41 years

Robert Woll, Ph.D., professor of psychology, 41 years

Loretta Epstein ’77, associate director of major gifts, 40 years (retired fall 2012)

Lynne Daly, help desk specialist, ITS, 39 years

John Vallely, lecturer in history, 39 years

William Kanalley, librarian, 38 years

Douglas Fraser, Ph.D., professor of biology, 38 years

Michael Van Patten ’71, professor of accounting, 37 years

Jean Stern, Ph.D., professor of political science, 37 years


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