Binghamton University’s Center for Learning and Teaching received a “Creative and Innovative Award for Most Outstanding Administrative Program from the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS) at its annual meeting for development of B-Online, a training module to assist students preparing to take online courses. Programs are judged on creativity, uniqueness, benefit to students and adaptability to other institutions. The program was developed by Eric Howd, instructional designer.
Through these awards, NAASS seeks to highlight the importance of curriculum development, give credit to summer session administrators who make outstanding contributions to the operation/management of summer session and provide a forum for members to learn from each other.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology Ralph Miller and his laboratory’s contribution to the field of basic learning and cognition will be honored on Saturday, March 7, with a symposium and reception at the 86th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Philadelphia.
The Office of Research Advancement received recognition in two categories of the CASE District II Accolades Awards program. Discover-e took a Silver Award in the News Website category. The judges said Discover-e “is very informative, aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. Content was up-to-date and strong.” In the Research, Medicine and Science News Writing category, Rachel Coker, director of research advancement, received a Bronze Award. The judges said her “writing samples are excellent – clear, energetic and engaging. Adept at using analogies. Very readable. Excellent work. The glossary (in one example) is a nice touch.” Awards will be presented during the CASE District II conference in February in Washington, D.C.
The Board of Directors of The Institute of Turkish Studies just unanimously voted to make Kent Schull, associate professor of history, an Associate Board Member. Schull’s area of expertise is Ottoman and Modern Middle East history. He is also editor of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA).
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.
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.