Celebrating Research

Conversations In And Out Of The Disciplines celebrates and draws attention to the remarkable research being done in various departments at Buffalo State. The series was founded in 2008 by Ann C. Colley, SUNY Distinguished Professor. The lectures are given three times per semester, and offer an opportunity to listen to and participate in a conversation with faculty at Buffalo State who are engaged in research projects. The series is sponsored by the Department of English and is run by Professors Barish Ali, David Ben-Merre, and Ann C. Colley

The conversations are open to members of the campus community as well as to the general public. They take place on certain Fridays from 3:00-4:30 p.m., with a reception following each conversation for the opportunity for further discussion. 

Past Conversations

October 20: Joy Guarino (Theater)
“Learning with the Body and Mind: Kinesthetic Methods and Brain Development”

November 3: Mark Warford (Modern and Classical Languages)
“Translation of Innovations”

March 23: Steve Peraza (History and Social Studies Education)
“Slaves, Freedom Suits, and the Early Black Liberation Struggle”

April 27: Daniel DiLandro (Special Collections)
“Thomas Penney’s Leon Czolgosz Trial Scrapbooks: Cross-Discipline Teaching with the ‘Most Boring Thing in the World’”

October 21:  Kathy Doody (Exceptional Education)
“Coursework to Practice: Au-some Experiences in Community-Based Learning”

November 18: Ann Colley (English)
“Recollecting the Future: Poland, Ukraine, and Coleridge”

December 2: Ted Schmidt (Economics and Finance)
“Hungry Capital: How Wall Street Impacts the Price of Food”

February 3:  Robert Warren (Biology)
“Competition and cooperation in the natural world—no more mister nice guy”

March 3 : Ann Emo (Theater)
“Finding Mastery: How Tae Kwon Do Informed My Scholarship”

April 21:  Cynthia Conides (History and Social Studies Education)
“Building the Narrative of an Ancient City”

October 2: Michael Niman (Communication)
“Acephalus Movements: Studying Utopia, Understanding Terror”

October 16: Katherine Conway-Turner (Buffalo State College)
“Aging Within a Family Context: The Mother and Daughter Dynamic”

November 6: Kelly Frothingham (Geography and Planning)
“Stream Restoration: Local WNY Activity in the Context of National Trends”

December 4: Chuck Mancuso (Music)
“The Last Great Days of the Buffalo Jazz Club Scene”

February 26: M. Stephen Pendleton (Political Science)
“From Bad Air to Bugs: Buffalo’s Role in the Vanguard of the Public Health Revolution: 1832-1910”

April 22: Jason Grinnell (Philosophy and Humanities)
“Codifying Excellence: The Tension Between Ethics and Accountability”

April 29: Alice Pennisi (Art Education)
“Painting as Research, Activism, and Teaching Tool: Nine American Boys Series”

October 24:  Carlos Jones (Theater)
“Whitewashed: The Unconcerned Erosion of the African Moving Body”

November 21: M. Scott Goodman (Chemistry) (rescheduled for Spring 2015)
“Two-Step Spin Crossover Behavior in the Iron(II) Complex of Tris(3- to methylpyrazolyl)methane. What Could this Title Possibly Mean?”

December 5: Jennifer S. Hunt (Psychology and Women and Gender Studies)
“On Princesses, (Super)power, and Patriarchy: How ‘Princess Culture’ Influences Gender Ideologies, Relationship Beliefs, and Career Choices—and Why Superheroes Just Might Be Able to Save the Day”

February 27: Amy McMillan (Biology)
“The Creature from the River Styx: The Life Story of the Hellbender Salamander in New York”

April 3: Carolyn Guzski (Music)
“Manhattan Project: Desegregating the Metropolitan Opera in the 20th Century”

May 8: Timothy J. Bryant (English)
“Will You Play with Me? The Pleasures of Paranoia from the Cold War to Contingent Culture”

September 20:  Bridget Chesterton (History)
“The Sweet Herb: Ka’a He’e and the Guaraní Treatment for Global Obesity and Diabetes from the 1900s - 2010s”

October 18:  Mayra Vélez-Serrano (Political Science)
“Puerto Rico, the next 51st State?: Reasons, Consequences, and Prospects”

November 22:  Julie Wieczkowski (Anthropology)
“Feeding ecology of the Tana River mangabey of Kenya”

December 6:  Mark Fulk (English)
“William Gilpin, Eliza Knipe, and the Limits of Picturesque Aesthetics in the English Lake District, c. 1780”

February 7: Camille Holmgren (Geography and Planning)
“Sonoran Desert Biogeography: Past, Present, & Future”

March 7: Anthony Chase (Arts and Humanities)
“Mae West, Comedy, and the Disenfranchised Woman Playwright”

April 25:  James Cercone (English Education)
“Community-Based Participatory Teacher Education: Lesson from the Digital Writing Workshop”

October 5: Daniel L. Potts (Biology)
“All that is solid melts into air: post-industrial ecosystem ecology”

November 16: Karen Sands-O’Connor (English)
“Being Black, Writing British: Black British Writers for Children”

December 7:  Gary Marotta (History)
“Richard Hofstadter’s Populist Problem—And Ours—And His Identity as a Jewish Intellectual”

February 22: Kevin Williams (Earth Sciences and Science Education)
“Detecting Subsurface Ice in the Canadian Arctic”

March 15: Kimberly Blessing (Philosophy and Humanities)
“Theistic and Atheistic Theories about The Meaning of Life”

May 10: Saziye Bayram (Mathematics)
“The Numbers Behind the Kidney: Mathematical Modeling of Renal Dynamics”

October 21:  Peter Ramos (English)
“Beyond the Deep Image: James Wright's Vallejo and the Ethics of Translation”

November 18: John Abromeit (History)
“Max Horkheimer and the Foundations of the Frankfurt School”

December 9: Lisa Berglund (English)
“Secular Bibles: Annotations in Early American Dictionaries”

February 24: Philip B. Ogle (Fine Arts)
“Public Art: Selected Work”

March 30:  Kyeonghi Baek (Political Science)
“The Tide and the Turbulence: Analysis on Political Risks and the Flow of Foreign Direct Investment”

April 20 John D. Draeger (Philosophy and Humanities)
“Respect for Humanity, the Battle Against Bigotry, and the Cost of Moral Mistakes”

September 24: Judith Walsh (Art Conservation)
“American and Modern: The Legacy of Winslow Homer”

October 22: Ed Standora (Biology)
“Biotelemetry to Monitor Animal Behavior”

November 19: Dana Symons (English)
“Robin Hood: Relishing the Kill, Becoming a Man”

March 18: Julian Cole (Philosophy and Humanities)
“Power without Power Relations: Conceptual Space for the Social Construction of Mathematical Entities”

April 22: Aimable Twagilimana (English)
“The Rhetoric of Liberation in African-American Literature”

April 29: Michele Ninacs (English)
“Engaged Ideological Infrastructures: Multimodality, Curricular Innovation, and Developing Institutional Consensus”

October 2:  Barish Ali (English)
“Minority in Perspective: Lawrence Durrell’s Bitter Lemons and the Cyprus Problem”

October 23: Ann C. Colley (English)
“Mountains as Spectacle in the 19th Century”

November 20:  Andrew Nicholls (History)
“The First War for North America”

February 26:  Jennifer Ryan (English)
“‘You are sorry you are born with ears’: Ideology and Identity from Bessie Smith’s Blues to the Coltrane Poem”

March 12:  Kimberly Hart (Anthropology)
“Women’s Work in Secular and Sacred Redemption in Western Turkey”

April 30: Kim Chinquee (Writing)
“Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, and Men Jumping out of Windows: Search for Plot and Finding Definitions”

November 21:  Chris Vials (English)
“Taking Down the Great White Hope: The Popular Front Boxing Narrative and the Politics of Race”

December 5:  Adrienne M. Costello (English Education)
“Teaching Shakespeare through Arts Integration & Comic Book Composing”

February 6:  Lorna L. Perez (English)
“Between Winesburg and the Barrio: Sherwood Anderson and Sandra Cisneros”

February 27:  David Ben-Merre (English)
“Vowel Movements and Boustrophedonic Droppings: On Joycean B.S.”

March 20:  Theresa A. Harris-Tigg (English Education)
“Circle of Practice: Teaching a Secondary Methods Course in an Urban School”

April 3:  Frances M. Gage (Art History)
“Sex, the Imagination and the Creation of Progeny in Seventeenth-Century Picture Collections”