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(March 20, 2007)


Riker Named Guest Curator at Chesterwood
Janet Riker, director of the University Art Museum at the University at Albany, has been named guest curator of the 2007 Contemporary Sculpture Show at Chesterwood, the 1920s summer home of sculptor Daniel Chester French, in Stockbridge, Mass.

Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, a juried outdoor exhibition, runs from June 22 to Oct. 8. Chesterwood, where visitors view working models of the seated Lincoln for the Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a National and Massachusetts Historic Landmark. For more information, visit the Chesterwood Web site at

"Mr. President" and UAlbany Art Museum Receive National Attention
The current University at Albany Art Museum exhibition "Mr. President," on view through April 1, received national coverage in the March issue of ARTnews.
Author Meredith Mendelsohn included quotes from co-curator Corinna Ripps Schaming, who organized the show, co-curator and Art Department Chair JoAnne Carson, and English Professor Lynne Tillman, who wrote a short story based on the exhibition for the catalogue.

Founded in 1902, ARTnews has a circulation of 200,000 readers in 123 countries. Its readership includes collectors, dealers, historians, artists, museum directors, and curators.

Gellis Wins International Award
Zvi Gellis of the School of Social Welfare received the Outstanding Practice Research Award in December for his paper "Randomized Controlled Trial of Problem-Solving Therapy for Late Life Depression in Home Health Settings" at the fifth International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health in Hong Kong, China. Gellis is director of the Center for Mental Health and Aging and an associate professor.

School of Ed Wins Technology Grant
The School of Education's Center for Innovation in Career Development was awarded a $14,450 grant from The Community Foundation for the Capital Region to develop further the Career Profiles section of the Web site. The online resource for educators and their families is designed to provide resources and information about science, technology, engineering and mathematics developments, and innovations taking place in the greater Capital Region.

Wagner Speaks at Higher Education Forum
Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies Alan Wagner joined other leaders Feb. 1-2 in Raleigh in the 2007 Annual Emerging Issues Forum Transforming Higher Education: A Competitive Advantage for North Carolina. Wagner, a consultant to the State of North Carolina as it seeks to transform higher education, spoke on the topic "How Does the U.S. Measure Up?" In addition, Wagner was the keynote speaker at the 15th Annual National Education Finance Summit held Feb. 16-18 in Denver, Colo. The summit was convened by the National Conference on State Legislatures.

Herzig Offers Workshop at AIM
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education Abbe Herzig (School of Education) offered a workshop, Finding and Keeping Graduate Students in the Mathematical Sciences, at the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) Dec. 4-8 in Palo Alto, Calif. Although this was the first non-mathematical workshop that AIM has sponsored, it was so successful that the workforce team of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation invited Herzig to participate in a workshop as part of a process of re-evaluating the Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century's workforce program.

Vellutino Selected
Professor of Educational Psychology and Methodology Frank Vellutino, Ph.D., was selected to serve on the National Institute for Literacy's Commission for Reading Research. The commission is building on the work of the National Reading Panel by assessing the current status of research-based knowledge about how children, K-12, learn to read.

Improving Educational Pathways
The KnowledgeWorks Foundation has selected Professor Hal Lawson, Ph.D., of Educational Administration and Policy Studies and Social Welfare, to study P-16 councils that develop collaborations and pathways from pre-school through college.  Working with a colleague from Ohio State University, Lawson's project will focus on the state of Ohio, and will result in a policy brief for national distribution. In addition, Lawson has been appointed by a select national network, funded by the MetLife Foundation and supported by the Coalition for Community Schools, to develop new professional education programs and accompanying research agendas for school principals.

Gluck Shares Electronic Music
Since March 2006, Associate Professor Robert Gluck of the Department of Music has performed his electronic music all over the country, as well as at UAlbany's Performing Arts Center. Gluck has published three articles in music journals since the fall of 2006.

At the International Computer Music Conference held Nov. 5-12 in New Orleans, Gluck co-organized four panel discussions and presented a paper. Gluck's new CD, Electronic Brew, (2007) was recently released on the EMF Media label.

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