Faculty and staff awards, honors and publications

SUNY New Paltz congratulates faculty and staff on their notable awards, honors and publications.

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MARK COLVSON (Sojourner Truth Library) has received an $11,010 grant from the New York State Education Department for a project titled “Library Coordinated Collection Development Aid 2015-2016.”

JAMES HALPERN (Institute for Disaster Mental Health) has received an $18,000 grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health for a project titled “Disaster Mental Health: Train the Trainer.”

TOM MEYER (School of Education/Hudson Valley Writing Project) has received a $75,000 grant from the Irving Harris Foundation for a project titled “Hudson Valley Writing Project Early Learning Initiative.”

AMY PAPAELIAS (Art – Graphic Design) is coeditor of a recent special issue of Visible Language, a premier peer-reviewed academic journal of design published by the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati. Papaelias collaborated with Jessica Barness of Kent State University to edit the special edition of this journal, titled “Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities,” which uses “critical making” as a framework for understanding and analyzing interdisciplinary practices and digital scholarship.

DAVID RICHARDSON (Biology) has collaborated with SUNY New Paltz alumnus and SUNY Stony Brook Ph.D. candidate David Charifson ’13 (Biology) on a peer-reviewed paper lead-authored by Charifson, titled “History of Fish Presence and Absence Following Lake Acidification and Recovery in Lake Minnewaska, Shawangunk Ridge, N.Y.,” which was published in a late 2015 issue of Northeastern Naturalist.

The paper details the history of fish in Lake Minnewaska over the past 100 years, including a period where the lake was fish-less from 1922-2008, and then following the unintentional and unexpected introduction of two fish species after 2008. Charifson worked extensively in Richardson’s lab over multiple semesters on this project, with support from the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (RSCA) Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program, as well as from other external grants. This work is the culmination of a partnership between SUNY New Paltz, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and Mohonk Preserve. It is the first of a series of forthcoming papers about the ecology of the Sky Lakes on the Shawangunk Ridge.

KARLA VERMEULEN (Institute for Disaster Mental Health) has received a $10,000 grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health for a project titled “Disaster Mental Health Response to a Mass-Shooting Incident.”

RUSSELL ZWANKA (School of Business – Marketing) has released two new publications. “Operating in the New Cuba” presents a brief overview of operating methods designed to maximize the effectiveness of any company heading into a newly-opened Cuban market. “Food Retail Management Strategic Cases” collects a series of studies drawn from food retail, Zwanka’s area of particular expertise and professional experience (he currently serves as CEO of Triple Eight Marketing, a retail consultancy company). The book is designed to be used as a teaching tool and features episodes from the histories of Walmart, Kraft and Pepsico, among other companies.

“I find students gravitate towards the real-world stories where they can clearly picture the issues and solutions faced by consumer goods companies and retailers,” Zwanka said. “These books offer a pragmatic and strategic method of thinking about issues retail professionals face day to day, and give students a clear vision of how strategic solutions play their part in every company.”

“Operating in the New Cuba” and “Food Retail Management Strategic Cases” are available for purchase at Amazon.com.