Robyn Cope, assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures, presented at the Culture/Identity/Politics: In Praise of Creoleness, Twenty-Five Years On International Conference, sponsored by the Winthrop-King Institute at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, in October. The conference brought together leading scholars of Caribbean and Indian Ocean Creole cultural production to consider the relevance of Jean Bernabé, Patrick Chamoiseau and Raphaël Confiant’s 1989 manifesto, Eloge de la Créolité (In Praise of Creoleness) to our understanding of Creoleness today. Professor Cope’s presentation, “Antillanité, Américanité, and Créolité in Lakshmi Persaud’s Butterfly in the Wind,” examined Indo-Trinidadians’ unique relationship to the Caribbean, assimilation, and the notion of Creoleness through the lens of Persaud’s diasporic culinary fiction.
November 17, 2014
November 17, 2014
Alison Coombs, a fourth-year graduate student working on a PhD in philosophy, has been selected as a 2014 Student Fellow at the State University of New York’s fourth annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference. As a fellow, Coombs will build upon the momentum of the conference by working with SUNY leadership to implement new strategies for collective impact on campuses and in communities. She was selected based on her interest in collective impact and desire to contribute. Her participation in the conference was meant to foster this interest and leadership while providing her with new tools, clearer vision and a broader, stronger network of connections in her field. She is currently doing pre-dissertation research in bioethics and disability. She hopes to use her studies in bioethics to change our understanding of disability in philosophical ethics, social life and public policy. She is also the president of the Binghamton University Graduate Student Organization, and in that role has advocated for University-wide improvements to graduate student advising, career development and access to campus spaces and resources. She received her BA in philosophy and Spanish from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
November 11, 2014
The Campus Rec team raised $2,117 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk held Oct. 18 in Binghamton. The team ranked 12th for dollars raised out of 250 teams registered. The top three Campus Rec team fundraisers were:
Sarah Phillips - $400
Kelly Jean Gavin - $385
Ashley Holmes - $160
November 7, 2014
Ralph Miller, distinguished professor of psychology, will receive the annual QUAD-L Award at the University of New Mexico in February 2015. Miller was selected as the 25th annual recipient of the Quad-L Award in recognition of his outstanding research and contributions to the field of learning, memory and cognition. The Quad-L Trust was established at the University of New Mexico by Professor Frank Logan and his wife Julie. Each year the recipient of the Quad-L award delivers the Quad-L Lecture, which is the preeminent colloquium for the University of New Mexico Department of Psychology. Miller’s lecture is titled “The Persistence of Memory.” His research focuses on interactions between inconsistent memories, and how retrieval cues and contexts determine which memory will immediately control behavior. He is in the company of notable past recipients of the QUAD-L Award, including Robert Rescorla, William Estes, Allan Wagner, Gordon Bower, Anne Treisman, James McClelland, Nicholas Mackintosh, Henry Roediger, Azrin, Richard Thompson, Marcia Johnson, Peter Killeen, William Timberlake, Travis Thompson, Mark Bouton and Michael Posner.
October 28, 2014
Out of a field of 92 individual competitors, Binghamton junior accounting major Ian Kim was ranked as the second best individual debater at West Point’s recent debate tournament. Kim is an international student from Korea and English is his second language. He follows a history of success for international students on the debate team. Anna Pinchuck, a senior from the Ukraine, was on hand helping coach Kim to success.
October 28, 2014
Of the eight awards presented to students at the recent Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference, three were won by Binghamton geography students. Two first-year graduate students ─ Stephanie Brewer and Luis Sanchez-Ortiz ─ and undergraduate student Luis Rodriguez were recognized for the superior quality of their papers and presentations.