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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GERALD BENJAMIN (The Benjamin Center) will be a featured presenter at a March 14 SUNY Town Hall Meeting on the subject of the New York State Constitutional Convention 2017.

JAMES BURNS (Student Accounts) has published a new book titled “Let’s Go to Hell,” which defines the political, cultural and musical climate that lead to the US hardcore movement of the 1980s and the grunge movement of the 1990s. The book is available through Outskirts Press; or, follow this link to read the first chapter.

SCOTT LEVINE (Geography) has received a $5,000.00 grant from the CUNY University Transportation Research Center for his project titled, “Empirical Analysis of Consumer Aspects of Autonomous Cars.”

JAMES MINAS (Business), along with co-author Natalie Simpson, Associate Professor of Operations Management and Strategy at the University at Buffalo, was named a winner of the Best Paper Award in Application of Theory by the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI). Their paper, “Simulating the Salient Properties of Decision Making in Emergency Response,” will be recognized at the upcoming NEDSI 2016 Conference in Alexandria, Va.

DAVID RICHARDSON (Biology) has collaborated with a research group including SUNY New Paltz alumni David Charifson ’13 (Biology), Valerie Stanson ’15 (Biology) and Erich Stern ’14 (Biology) to publish a paper titled “Reconstructing a trophic cascade following unintentional introduction of golden shiner to Lake Minnewaska, New York, USA,” in the peer-reviewed journal Inland Waters.

The paper details the unintentional introduction of the golden shiner, a small minnow, to Lake Minnewaska in 2008 and how the fish introduction caused a trophic cascade in Lake Minnewaska resulting in increased algal biomass and decreased water clarity. The major ecosystem effects were verified by comparing changes in Lake Minnewaska with nearby Lake Awosting (fishless) and Mohonk Lake (with fish).

MARY SAWYER (Secondary Education) has received a $20,000.00 grant from the National Writing Project Corporation for her project titled, “2016 NWP Advanced Institute to Scale-Up the College-Ready Writers Program.”

EKATERINA SHEMYAKOVA (Mathematics) has received a $47,030.00 grant from the National Science Foundation to support her participation at the XXXV Workshop on Geometric Methods in Physics and its summer school in Poland.

JOSH SIMONS (The Benjamin Center) was appointed to the United Way Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) Project Research Advisory Committee for New York State. The ALICE Committees consist of local researchers and specialists who contribute to regional project reports, on subjects related to the financial struggles faced by low-income working Americans.

EVE WALTERMAURER (The Benjamin Center) has received a $5,200 grant from the Oceanside School District for her project titled, “Oceanside Youth Development Survey.”