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Reception honors faculty authors, scholars

One of the many ways Harpur College faculty fosters innovation is through vigorous research, creativity and publication. Faculty authors and scholars were honored at a reception in March as part of the Harpur College Culture of Accomplishment. Nicole Hassoun, Isidore Okpewho and Alex Feingold are just a few examples of faculty members whose works were highlighted at the event.

Along with several papers, Hassoun, an associate professor of philosophy, developed an index ranking the world's largest pharmaceutical companies according to their impact on global diseases. The Global Health Impact Index measures: the need for tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria drugs; the effectiveness of available treatments; and the number of people with access to those drugs. The rankings estimate the number of deaths and disabilities the drugs are alleviating.

Okpewho, a distinguished professor of Africana studies, English and comparative literature, wrote a book titled Blood on the Tides: The Ozidi Saga and Oral Epic Narratology. The Ozidi Saga is one of Africa's best-known epics. Okpewho, an award-winning novelist, examines this epic in his book with the tale of a warrior and his sorcerer grandmother's revenge upon the assassins who kill her son. His book serves as an example of oral literature as well as a reflection of specific social and political concerns of the Nigerian Delta and the country as a whole.

Feingold, a professor of mathematics, makes art — stone, bronze and wood sculptures — using math. Recently, his sculptures have been displayed at the Art Mission in downtown Binghamton and the Broome County Public Library. Feingold makes his knot sculptures out of rods, with the first rod leading into the second, the second into the third and the third into the first to form a single rod going around the knot three times before closing the loop. This idea is based on the mathematical concept of a fiber bundle, used in differential geometry.

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Last Updated: 3/1/17