Campus Update
October 2007

Bones Bare Ancient Patterns of Life
Sean Pipkin gazed down diligently at his lab table, and finely wielded a thin stick so as to keep his Dasypus novemcinctus apart from his Meleagris ocellata.

Nigerian-born Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Visits UAlbany
"I think what's interesting about having a colonial education is that it's mostly absurd," said Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie of her education while living in Nigeria.

Herbst Thanks UAlbany Faculty for Devotion to Education, Research and Diversity in Last Formal Speech
At the Oct. 11 Fall Faculty Meeting called to order by Reed Hoyt, chair of the University Senate, Officer in Charge and Provost Susan Herbst delivered a message of thanks, recognition of faculty achievements, and the need for continued support for UAlbany.

Homecoming Tailgate Party Provides Food and Fun for Football Fans
The smoky smell of barbeque and the sight of tents and trailers filled the SEFCU Arena parking lot Oct. 13 prior to the big Homecoming Weekend football game with Sacred Heart.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Richard Russo Visits UAlbany
"I'm simply trying to have fun...If I'm not entertaining myself, I'm probably not entertaining you," said Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo, when asked about his writing process.

Freshman Travis Harris Winner of Slam Poetry Contest Held by Spread the Word
"I like to focus on the personalities of people and the interactions between people," said Travis Harris, winner of the Slam Poetry Contest held by Spread the Word, when asked about subjects for his poetry.

Homecoming/Family Weekend and Reunion 2007
This year's theme brings together students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and guests for a weekend of fun and excitement Oct. 12-14, as UAlbany celebrates Homecoming/Family Weekend and Reunion.

Honors College a Hit with Freshmen
Honors College freshmen enrollment is up nearly 50 percent this fall, demonstrating that the word is out and more and more bright, motivated students and their families recognize the value of the education they receive at the University at Albany.

UAlbany to Honor Life of Internationally Known Chemist Harry Frisch with October 14 Memorial Service
The University at Albany community will honor the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Harry L. Frisch with a memorial service on Sunday, October 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the Constance and Thomas D'Ambra Auditorium in the Life Sciences Research Building on the main UAlbany campus.

Hirsch to Speak on Flexibility of Older Brains at 6 p.m.
Oct. 9

UAlbany's Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences Professor Helmut V.B. Hirsch will address the mystery of whether older brains can learn new tricks at 6 p.m. this evening at Noche Lounge, 895 Broadway, Albany.

DeLong Appointed Associate Dean of CCI
Professor Stephen E. DeLong, who has served UAlbany for nearly 35 years, was recently appointed associate dean of the College of Computing and Information. DeLong has been director of the University's Project Renaissance program for first-year students.

Terrence A. Maxwell Named Chair of Information Studies
Professor Terrence A. Maxwell has been named chair of the Information Studies department. Maxwell joined the department in 2000 as an assistant professor, teaching courses on information policy and information management.

Specialist in National Security Law Warns of Abuses to Constitution in War on Terror
"In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself," said Professor William C. Banks of Syracuse University in his Sept. 18 lecture at UAlbany, quoting the Federalist Papers 51, written by James Madison.

UAlbany Emeriti Teaching in Russia
On Oct. 4, George Hastings and Iliana Semmler, husband and wife, both retired from the UAlbany Department of English, flew to Russia under the auspices of the Albany-Tula Alliance to present a series of workshops and lectures to the two universities in Tula.

Altarriba Publishes New Book on Bilingualism
Three years ago, Professor of Psychology and then Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jeanette Altarriba of UAlbany's College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with Robert R. Heredia of Texas A&M International University, conceived of the idea of a complete and comprehensive introduction to bilingualism due to the lack of texts available.

UAlbany's Miroff Captures Historic McGovern Campaign in New Book
Bruce Miroff, a professor of political science and Collins Fellow at UAlbany, has written a new book titled The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party.

Kinser to Study Role of Accreditation Requirements
Kevin Kinser, a professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, has recently been awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Public University System to study institutional governance of regionally accredited for-profit institutions.


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