Faculty Accolades Archives 2012-2013

Fall 2012

Haskvitz, Pathare and Selleck Present Collaborative Research,
Pathare Peer Reviewed Scientific Presentations Accepted,
Selleck Tapped to Serve NYS Bureau of Early Intervention

Esther Haskvitz, dean of the School of Health Sciences, Neeti Pathare, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Marjane Selleck, associate professor of physical therapy, continue to focus their research on pediatric obesity.

At the recent American Physical Therapy annual conference, Haskvitz, Pathare and Selleck presented, "Is Performance in the Six Minute Walk Test Related to Body Mass Index and Physical Activity Levels in Young Children?" This study has also been accepted for publication in Cardipulmonary Physical Therapy Journal.

This fall, they will attend the New York Physical Therapy Association annual conference and present their research, "Physical Performance and Cardiovascular Fitness in Relation to Weight Status in 5-9 year-old Children."

In early 2013, the three will present "A Comparison of Physical Performance in 5-9 year-old Children who are Normal Weight and Overweight" at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. Pathare will also share findings on two other studies, "High Frequency Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation as an Adjunctive Intervention for an Individual with Heart Failure in the Home Setting: A Case Report" and "Comparison of Forward Versus Backward Walking Using Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training in Someone with a Spinal Cord Injury: A Single Subject Design,"  with Gabriele Moriello, assistant professor of physical therapy.

Additionally, Selleck has been reappointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve for another three years on the NYS Department of Health's Bureau of Early Intervention. She will continue to educate and train professionals who deliver services to infants, toddlers and their families through the program. 

Esther Haskvitz
Dean, School of Health Sciences

Neeti Pathare
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Marjane Selleck
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Professors Present Collaborative Research

Esther Haskvitz along with Janet Hakey-Brusgul and Daniellen Vittone, both assistant professors of physical therapy, are scheduled to present their research, "Use of the Hypothesis-Oriented Algorithm for Clinicians II in Evaluating a 14-Year-Old Female with Elbow Pain Referred to Physical Therapy

Following a Volleyball Injury: A Case Report," twice in the coming months at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) of Massachusetts Fall Conference and Exposition and in San Diego at the 2012 APTA Combined Sections Meeting.

Janet Hakey-Brusgul
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Danielle Vittone
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Moriello's Research Published in Education Gerontology,
Poster Accepted for Presentation

Gabriele Moriello, assistant professor of physical therapy, co-authored "The effect of implicit stereotypes on the physical performance of older adults," which will appear in Education Gerontology.

This November, she will present "Benefits of an Oral History Project: A Win, Win, Win Endeavor," at the Gerontology Society of America's 65th Annual Scientific Meetings in San Diego, CA. 

Gabriele Moriello
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Pelizza Speaking Engagements Focus on Motivation

Dr. John J. Pelizza, associate professor of education, spoke at several events in recent months to a variety of audiences.

  • June 2012 – Presented "The Power of Motivation" for Liberty Partnership Program Professional Development day for tutors/mentors of students in 6-12th grades at risk for dropping out at Schenectady County Community College.
  •  May 2012 – Spoke at the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) 2012 Conference: Leading Cultures of Innovation and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. His talk was titled, "Capitalizing on Change: Maintaining Productivity and Wellness in Times of Change."
  • May 2012 – Presented "I'm Here & I'm Ready" at the Correction and Youth Services Association Spring Training Symposium n Albany.
  • April 2012 – Presented "There's Magic in a Hit" for Ellis Hospital Leadership Development Institute. 
  • April 2012 – Presented "The Common Link in Motivation & Resiliency" at the Albany County Health Department Citizens Corps Volunteers Recognition Dinner.
  • April 2012 – Presented "Positive Principles for Better Living" for senior citizens of Rensselaer County's Troy Senior Center.
  • April 2012 – Presented "Adjusting to Your New Life" for New York State Teachers' Retirement System.  
  • January 2012 – Presented the keynote address, "Keys to High Energy Living," to attendees of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, NYC Zone Conference in Brooklyn, NY.

John Pelizza
Associate Professor, Education

Davies, Romanoff and Thompson Recognized for Work with Veterans,
Romanoff Study on Grief Published

Leigh Davies, associate professor of creative and performing arts, Bronna Romanoff, professor of psychology, and Barbara Thompson, professor of occupational therapy, were awarded a National Honorable Mention Award from the Campus-Community Partnerships for Health for their work and campus programming on behalf of veterans returning to the community.

Romanoff also had a chapter "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" published in Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved.

Leigh Davies
Associate Professor, Creative and Performing Arts, Program Coordinator

Bronna Romanoff
Professor, Psychology

Barbara Thompson
Professor, Occupational Therapy

Brennan Presents Findings at Conferences

James Brennan, associate professor of physical therapy, recently presented his paper, "The Development of Critical Physical Therapy Education," at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Nation Conference (Medical Humanities Section) in Boston, MA and "Diversity in Physical Therapy Practice; Including Persons with Disabilities as Colleagues," at the 12th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

James Brennan
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Hunt Tapped as Expert for WAMC's "Speaker's Corner"

Michelle Hunt, assistant professor of physical and occupational therapy, was interviewed by WAMC's Alan Chartock for the program "Speaker's Corner." Hunt was joined by Mary Jo Gibson, wife of Congressman Chris Gibson, and John Madigan, senior director of public policy at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Their discussion focused on suicide as a major public health issue and prevention, as suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and second among college students.

Michelle Hunt
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy

Gras and Pohl Awarded Schacht Faculty Research Grant

Laura Gras, associate professor of physical therapy, and Patricia Pohl, professor and chair of physical therapy, were recently awarded the Schacht Faculty Research Grant for their project, "Gait, Balance and Cognitive Performance in Older Adults."

Gras also co-authored an article for the peer-reviewed journal, Games for Health, titled "Improvements in Dynamic Balance Using an Adaptive Snowboard with the Nintendo® Wii™."

Pohl co-authored a research paper, "The Role of Patient Demographics and Clinical Presentation in Predicting Discharge Placement after Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation: Analysis of a Large, U.S. Data Base," in press in the international journal Disability and Rehabilitation. The study represents the work from a fellowship awarded to Pohl while at the University of Kansas Medical Center from the Allied Health Research Institute.

Laura Gras
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Patricia Pohl
Professor & Chair, Physical Therapy

Marinello Resumes Blogging for Times Union

Nina Marinello, associate professor of nutrition, is continuing her Healthy Professor blog on the Times Union website, after a brief hiatus. The blog focuses on a variety of topics relating to nutrition. 

Nina Marinello
Associate Professor, Nutrition

Bourdeanu's Study Published 

Laura Bourdeanu, assistant professor of nursing, had her research published in The Journal of Supportive Oncology, July-August 2012 edition. The study, "Chemotherapy-induced nauseas and vomiting in Asian women with breast cancer receiving anthracycline-based adjuvant chemotherapy," provided preliminary evidence that ethnicity plays a role in the development of severe chemotherapy-induced side effects.

Laura Bourdeanu
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Cafiero Doctoral Studies Complete

Madeline Cafiero, assistant professor of nursing and graduate nursing director, completed her doctoral studies earlier this year at Teacher College Columbia University. Cafiero's dissertation, "Nurse practitioners' knowledge, experience, and intention to use health literacy strategies in practice," was presented at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners' Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June.

Madeline Cafiero
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Flack's Coauthored Article Published

Lisa Flack, assistant professor of nursing, was published in International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2012 issue. "Programs that support employment for people with severe mental illness: A literature review," was co-authored with two doctoral student colleagues. Flack is also the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Delta Pi Chapter Anne Goethler Nursing Research Award.

Lisa Flack
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Hayward Presents At ATI Educator Enrichment Conference

Michelle Hayward, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of the undergraduate nursing programs, presented, "Best practices for student success: Use of technology in the classroom," at the ATI Educator Enrichment Conference in Syracuse this past spring.

Mary Michelle Hayward
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Smith Accepted to Specialized Program

Kiki Smith, assistant professor of Nursing, was accepted into the Frontier Nursing University's Community-Based Nurse Midwifery Program. This prestigious program is the oldest distance learning program of its kind and specializes in community-based care.

Kiki Smith
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Reinecke to Present in Northern Ireland

Dana Reinecke, assistant professor of education, will co-present a workshop later this fall at Queens University Belfast. The conference focuses on how behavior interventions can be utilized to enhance academic curriculum and build basic and adaptive life skills.

Dana Reinecke
Assistant Professor, Education

Cloninger's Book Published

The sixth edition of Susan Cloninger's book, Theories of Personality: Understanding Persons, was published by Pearson Education. Theories of Personality provides an overview of major classic and current theories of personality, brings theories to life through the interpretation of illustrative biographies, and integrates a clear explanation of theory with the latest research.

Susan Cloninger
Professor, Psychology

Spring 2012

Dean Takács Examines Ancient Rome Using Modern Technology

Sarolta Takács, dean of Sage College of Albany, was selected to participate in the Humanities High Performance Computing Collaboratory, a summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities for faculty who are conducting scholarship in the digital humanities. Participants study computer vision, augmented reality, game design, and mobile application development at the University of Illinois' Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science and the University of South Carolina's Center for Digital Humanities.

Takács' project examines Roman religion in the context of living space. The study of Roman religion furthers our understanding of antiquity, she said, yet integration of the various findings dealing with religion and the urban, rural, and military landscape of ancient Rome is lacking. "I've proposed a comprehensive analysis of sacred space, texts, and realia for the Roman Empire," said Takács. "An analysis that will be embedded in computational social science but also produce virtual, explorable landscapes."

Sarolta Takács
Dean, Sage College of Albany

Dean Robeson Appointed to Albany-Tula Alliance Board of Directors

Dan Robeson, dean of the School of Management, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Albany-Tula Alliance. The Alliance has been facilitating exchanges with citizens of Tula, Russia, since 1991, when the former Soviet Union began to move toward a revitalized economy and a democratic form of government. Its mission is to work toward mutual improvement in the quality of the personal and professional lives of each city, and celebrate the residents' common humanity.

Daniel Robeson
Dean, School of Management

Katz Awarded Fulbright

Pamela Katz, professor of legal studies and political science, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for her project, "Enduring Opportunities for Learning and Collaboration." As a Fulbright Scholar, she will spend the 2012-'13 academic year teaching about American and international law as well as U.S. government and politics at the University of Economics and Law located in Ho Chi Minh City. The school is part of the Vietnam National University system; Katz will work to create relationships with universities and institutes within the system.

Pamela Katz
Professor, Legal Studies & Political Science

Jennings and McIntyre Share Findings on Adolescents and Engineering

Sybillyn Jennings, professor of psychology, presented her research, "Opening up the STEM Pipeline: What Adolescents Think about Engineering," with Julie McIntyre, associate professor of psychology. The two attended the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society in Toronto, CA in early June. Their study focused on girls and boys in late childhood and early adolescence and what may lead them to reject or consider the possibility of pursuing a career in engineering. Jennings and McIntyre asked participants their thoughts about engineering, what they knew of the topic and what did and did not appeal to them about this field.

Additionally, McIntyre was recently part of a teaching panel at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Pittsburgh, PA. The title of her talk was "Activities on Coping: Non-stressful ways to Facilitate Critical Analysis." 

Sybillyn Jennings
Professor, Psychology

Julie McIntyre
Associate Professor, Psychology

Sabi Receives Grants to Conduct Research in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

Manijeh Sabi, professor of economics, received a grant from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research to conduct field research regarding the outreach and supply of Islamic Microfinance in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. She received an additional grant from the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) for the second phase of the project, which looks at the clients' demand for Islamic Microfinance in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Funding from the Schacht Faculty Research program will also provide support for her research.

Manijeh Sabi
Professor, Economics

Salomon Delivers Talk on Upcoming Book

David A. Salomon, associate professor of English, presented as an invited speaker at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He discussed his forthcoming book on the medieval glossed Bible, the Glossa Ordinaria, an extensively annotated Bible printed circa 1841. Salomon explores the Glossa Ordinaria and its annotations through the lens of contemporary hypertext theory. By applying a mix of ancient, medieval, and modern theories, the book opens up new avenues through which readers can engage with the text.

David A. Salomon
Associate Professor, English and Modern Languages

Dacher Facilitates Experts Panel at Conference

Joan Dacher, associate professor of nursing, recently led the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York expert panel in Albany. The discussion, "Thinking Outside the Policy Box: Strategies for Transforming Heath Care and Society," included insights from professionals from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, City University of New York and St. Luke's Healthcare in Utica.

Joan Dacher
Associate Professor, Nursing

Dahlgren Tapped to Present in Denver

Jean Dahlgren, associate profession of visual arts, had a paper accepted for presentation at the Assessment in the Arts Conference in Denver, Colorado. The paper is entitled "Assessing Conceptual Ability in the Art Portfolio– A New Paradigm in College Admissions."

Jean Dahlgren
Associate Professor, Visual Arts

Davis Published in Ecology and Society

"A geographic model to assess and limit cumulative ecological degradation from Marcellus Shale exploitation in NY State," an article written by John Davis, lecturer in physics, will be published in Ecology and Society. The electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal focuses on integrative science for resilience and sustainability.

John Davis
Lecturer in Physics, Interdisciplinary Studies

AbuSabha to Represent NDEP as Chair-Elect

Rayane AbuSabha, associate professor of nutrition, was voted chair-elect of the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Group (NDEP) for 2012-'13. NDEP is the advocate of the dietetic profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well being and supports the goals of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Rayane AbuSabha
Associate Professor, Nutrition

Lawrence Joins Mathematics Content Advisory Panel

Deborah Lawrence, associate professor of math and computer sciences, will serve as a higher education representative for the Mathematics Content Advisory Panel for the New York Sate Education Department (NYSED). The panel was authorized by the Board of Regents to provide guidance to NYSED on New York State's implementation of the Common Core, including feedback on new standards, curriculum, and assessments to ensure that all New York students are college and career ready.  As Part of the Board of Regents' Reform Agenda, College and Career Readiness Advisory Panels have been established for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. These panels have been convened to advise the NYSED on the revision and implementation of New York State Learning Standards, and on the rigor and design of P-12 curriculum and assessments.

Additionally, Lawrence and David Salomon will present at the 9th Annual Teaching Professor Conference this summer. Their discussion, "Developing an Interdisciplinary Course in Literature and Mathematics," will focus on their experiences on the topic, the unexpected connections and how it's received by students from varying disciplinary backgrounds.

Deborah Lawrence
Associate Professor, Math and Computer Sciences

David A. Salomon
Associate Professor, English and Modern Languages

Meaney Oversees Special Edition of Publication 

Shealeen Meaney, assistant professor of English, recently served as guest editor of a special volume of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. The "Women and Travel" issue also included her essay, "Gendered Journeys: North American Women Travelers in the Twentieth Century and Beyond."

Also, Meaney was interviewed on WAMC's "The Roundtable," during Women's History Month. Her talk focused on the community engagement and service learning projects she's worked on with the New York Council for the Humanities and her WST405 and ENG405 students. 

Shealeen Meaney
Assistant Professor, English and Modern Languages

Mancuso Hosts Panel Discussion

Tina Mancuso, associate professor of math and computer sciences, moderator the post-performance panel following the play "Truth Values - One Girl's Romp through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze" at the University at Albany. Panel and members of the audience discussed the treatment of women as they pursue advanced degrees in STEM fields. The panel included Gioia De Cari, the playwright and performer.

Tina Mancuso
Associate Professor, Math and Computer Sciences

Moutray Elected to MLA Delegate Assembly

Tonya Moutray, assistant professor of English, was elected earlier this year to the Modern Language Association's Delegate Assembly representing Women in the Profession. The Delegate Assembly represents the agendas of special interest groups within the MLA and proposes to the MLA Executive Council recommendations and resolutions to public and institutional policies that impact the professions of teaching language and literature. In representing Women in the Profession, Moutray will act within the council to bring more attention to women's concerns in the profession, including gender-based discrimination, job security, and continued support for research and scholarship.

Tonya Moutray
Assistant Professor, English and Modern Languages

Horton Inducted into Alma Mater's Hall of Fame  

Melody Horton, associate professor of physical education, was recently inducted into the Winthrop University Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. This award is through the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance which is a part of the Richard W. Riley College of Education. Horton received her M.S. in physical education for special populations from Winthrop in 1988.  Horton serves as a lead reviewer and auditor for NASPE/NCATE. For the last two years, she has developed and presented an assessment workshop for PETE programs at the AAHPERD National Convention.  

Melody Horton
Associate Professor, Physical Education

Keane Invited to Speak at NASA Conference

Tom Keane, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was invited to speak at the NASA Astrobiology Science Conference 2012 in Atlanta, GA. Multidisciplinary in its content and interdisciplinary in its execution, astrobiology embraces a comprehensive and inclusive understanding of biological, planetary and cosmic phenomena.   

The conference brought together scientists from all over the world to report on research related to the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. Keane's presentation entitled, "The Coupled Photochemistry of Ammonia and Acetylene: Implications for Giant Planets, Comets and Astrobiology" focused on the light induced synthesis of chromophores and molecular precursors to biomolecules from simple atmospheric gases on giant planets like Jupiter, including Extra-Solar Giant Planets and Comets.

Tom Keane
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry|

Research by Keane and Gray Published in Peer Review Journal   

Tom Keane, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Thomas Gray, assistant professor of chemistry; and Dr. Prakash Joshi of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, published results of laboratory based research entitled, "Protection of Riboflavin and UVB Sensitized Degradation of DNA and RNA Bases by Natural Antioxidants" in the peer reviewed journal, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.  

The article highlights a potential photosensitivity of flavin derivatives present in biological systems and the effects of increased flux of solar UV due to stratospheric ozone layer depletion. Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying how naturally occurring dietary supplements counteract these effects in vitro could have implications for the understanding and treatment of various skin diseases including cancer.

Tom Keane
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Thomas A. Gray
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry