On-Campus: I am proud to be a faculty advocate for the Albany Hillel Gift of Life Bone Marrow Drive (http://www.giftoflife.org). In 2006 the drive received almost 200 cheek swab samples from students, all of whom are now entered into the National Bone Marrow Registry. One of the most successful drives ever! The student leadership was marvelous. Thank you all for helping someone, somewhere, facing a life crisis.
I was a bone marrow donor in 2005. The picture on the left is from the family of my marrow recipient. She was four when we were genetically matched. Three years after the transplant she is fully recovered from her illness. Sadly, I can never meet her, as there are restrictions in her country that prevent personal identification of recipients. A big hug over the ether for her, wherever she is.
Off-Campus: I spent most of Summer 2006 and Summer 2007 as a Visiting Professor at Agder University in Grimstad, Norway. The serious research stuff is discussed elsewhere on the site. In 2009 I became an Visiting Professor at TECNUN, University of Navarra, where I collaborate on the SEMPOC project.