2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence:

Excellence in Faculty Service — Barbara Brabetz, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biology and Presiding Officer of the Faculty
Excellence in Professional Service — Brian Smith, Director of Financial Aid
Excellence in Classified Service — Sherry Thorington, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Development


   

Achievements & Publications:

Joseph Santiago, Lab Instructor of Paramedic Program

  • Selected as Editor of the second edition of Standards of Critical Care Patient Transport textbook by the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association
  • Selected for national seat on the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association Publications Committee
  • Selected as Instructor for the Medical Transport Leadership Institute of the Association of Air Medical Services

Dr. Scott Ferguson, Chief Diversity Officer

  • Completed SUNY SAIL Institute Development Program
  • Elected Vice President of the Canajoharie Central School Board of Education
  • Elected CAS Board President

Don LaPlant, Instructional Design Librarian at Van Wagenen Library

  • Presented research poster at 2018 SUNY Library Association Conference entitled “The Effectiveness of Individual Research Consultations as a Supplement to Traditional Library Instruction Approaches”

Douglas Hexel, Lab Instructor of Paramedic Program

  • Co-Presented a lecture at the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs’ Convention in June, 2018

April Davies, Head of Technical & Public Services at Van Wagenen Library

  • Presentation “It will work: adapting a weighted allocation formula for a different climate” accepted for 38th Annual Charleston Conference, the premier acquisitions & collection development conference in the country

Dr. Carmen Greenwood, Associate Professor of Fisheries, Wildlife & Environmental Science

  • Received a grant from the New York Natural Heritage program for the Empire State Native Pollinator survey. This four-year, $51,000 grant will fund student internships focused on assessing rare pollinator taxa (saproxylic hover flies – many of which may potentially be endangered) that support (pollinate) native plant biodiversity across the different habitat types of NY

Adam Wild, Assistant Professor of Plant Science

  • Presented original research at the Hubbard Brook Cooperators meeting entitled “The after mast, effects of nutrients on sugar maple and beech seed production”
  • Awarded a license to grow industrial hemp – thus planted industrial hemp on campus

Dr. Alex Ellram, Professor of Plant Science

  • Presented Turfgrass Disease Identification Workshop at New York State Turfgrass Association Turf and Grounds Exposition
  • Received $1,500 award from SUNY Research Foundation to help purchase environmental monitoring equipment for industrial hemp research

Dr. Gail Wentworth, Professor and Chair of Early Childhood and Psychology

  • Developed intergenerational program on campus to benefit young children, senior citizens and college students
  • Presented on intergenerational programming at the New York State Department of Health’s Alzheimer’s Disease Meeting in Albany, NY

Dr. Roger J. Masse, Assistant Professor of Fisheries, Wildlife & Environmental Science

  • Manuscript “Habitat Selection of American Woodcock and its Implications for Habitat Management Where Young Forests are Rare” accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 11th American Woodcock Symposium
  • Oral presentation “Land cover differences between high-, medium-, and low-abundance American woodcock singing-ground survey routes in New York” delivered at the 2018 annual meeting of the New York Chapter of The Wildlife Society
  • Currently serving as Chair of the Membership Committee for the New York Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Dr. Michael Losito, Professor of Fisheries, Wildlife & Environmental Science

  • Recipient of the Professional Excellence Alumni Award at the University of Maine
  • Co-led bird identification walks and presented a workshop on bird song recognition techniques for “Spring Nature Weekend” at the Mohonk Mountain House National Historic Landmark in May, 2018

Katherine Brent, Associate Librarian at Van Wagenen Library

  • Presented research poster at 2018 SUNY Library Association Conference entitled “Assessing Library Displays”

Dr. Ben Weikert, Assistant Professor of Animal Science

  • Presented poster at North American International Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture; poster was co-authored by students Makayla Fowler and Leigha LaTourette

Dr. George Crosby, Professor of Plant Science

  • Invited Speaker at the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State Fall 2017 Conference in Kingston, NY; “Training and Equipping the Next Generation of Horticulturists”
  • Invited Speaker at the Farmers’ Museum Careers and New Ventures Conference in Cooperstown, NY: “Opportunities in Hydroponics”
  • Invited Speaker at Roberts Wesleyan College Science Seminar in North Chili, NY; “Using Science in Developmental Agriculture: Examples from Uganda, East Africa”

Kimberly Tarvis, Assistant Professor of Animal Science

  • Recipient of the Leadership in Applied Learning Award, which included a gift of $5,000 used to purchase tri-gas water jacketed incubators for embryo and cell culture student research
  • Completed the Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Institute held at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, to develop a class that will utilize the CURE framework
  • Served as a judge for beef cattle at the following fairs: Woodstock Fair (Woodstock, CT), The Spencer Fair (Spencer, MA), Westport Fair (Westport, MA) and Clinton County Fair (Plattsburgh, NY)

Peter Barvoets, Associate Librarian of Systems at Van Wagenen Library

  • Presented campus workshop for faculty entitled “Understanding Open Access Resources”

Dr. Anne Rogan, Professor of Agriculture and Food Management

  • Presenter at the Annual Meeting and Expo of the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics held in Niagara Falls, NY; “The Farm Bill: Can Congress Get It Right?”

Grace Begany, Assistant Professor of Business and Information Technology

  • Awarded the New York State Health Foundation’s “Consumer Empowerment” Conference Scholarship for scholarly research poster presentation at the Academy Health
  • Invited and served as a Program Committee Member for the 5th Annual Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Lake George, NY
  • Invited and served as peer-reviewer for Special Interest Group on Information Needs, Seeking and Use (SIGUSE) Best Conference Paper and Best Conference Poster submissions for the annual conference of the Association for Information Science & Technology in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Invited and served as a doctoral researcher/consultant to members of the national committee that advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary on matters related to health data access and use (the “National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Workgroup”)
  • Accepted to and participated in the peer-reviewed annual Doctoral Colloquia of the Association for Information Science & Technology in Washington, DC – which identifies and cultivates emerging research scholars to lead the field of information science & technology into the future – for my doctoral dissertation research (“An Integrative View of Consumers’ Engagement with Open Health Data”)
  • Published peer-reviewed scholarly article “Transforming government health data into all-star data: Benchmarking data quality” in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
  • Published peer-reviewed scholarly research article “Opening government health data to the public: benefits, challenges, and lessons learned from early innovators” in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
  • Published expert blog article “The OPEN Government Data Act: What’s at stake?” in The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government blog
  • Published in the conference proceedings and presented peer-reviewed scholarly research “An open health data engagement ecosystem model: Are facilitators the key to open data success?” at the annual conference of the Association for Information Science & Technology in Washington, DC
  • Published in conference proceedings and presented peer-reviewed scholarly research “Open data for healthcare innovation: Strategies needed to engage consumers and promote use” at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting in New Orleans, LA

Nick Testa, Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering

  • Appointed to Board of Directors of Equipment & Engine Training Council
  • Invited Presenter at the New England Regional Turfgrass Conference in Providence, RI
  • Invited Presenter at the SUNY Cobleskill Lifestyle Farming Conference

Dr. Illona Gillette-Ferguson, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 

  • Poster presented with Crew 8 at the Mohawk Watershed Symposium
    Illona Gillette-Ferguson, Emily Benton, Jillian Burton, Lily Demera, Emily Frost, Alex Gieseler, Tyler Hotaling, Nathalia Mazoff, Sarah Meaney, Lucy Meehan, Nora Oukili, Caitlyn Peck, Ayiana Shaw, Jen Stanton, Lyndsey Wanits, Claire Williams 2018. “Is that E. coli or not? Unique fluorescent color in Colilert treated samples from the Mohawk River.” Proceedings of the 2018 Mohawk Watershed Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY, March 23, 2018, Vol. 10, 28.
  • Served as Keynote speaker for the Schoharie schools STEAM night held on February 2, 2018
  • Earned Boy Scouts of America William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award

Dr. Neil Law, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Presented in a symposium at the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE2018) with a talk entitled “Chemistry inside and out: Engaging students in water chemistry as a course and research program”, co-authored by Joseph T. Sprague and Barbara L. Brabetz
  • Presented poster on water quality research at the Mohawk Watershed Symposium entitled: “Using Total Coliforms, E. coli and Enterococcus bacteria as reporters for water quality along the North Chuctanunda Creek, a tributary of the Mohawk River”. Co-authors were Barbara L. Brabetz and Lyndsey M. Wanits (a SUNY Cobleskill Honors Program undergraduate)
  • Presented poster on water quality research at the 2018 Hudson River Estuary Program entitled: “Comparison of Two Commonly Used Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Waterways of the Hudson River Watershed”. Co-authors were from SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Cornell University, CUNY Queens College, and Riverkeeper

Dr. Thomas Cronin, Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Co-author of two papers submitted to the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2018 (co-authors include Barbara Brabetz, Neil Law, James Klino, Holly Ellram) on effective and engaging techniques in teaching general chemistry

Barbara Brabetz, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Presented at the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE2018), with a talk titled “Up an incline! Best teaching practices and strategies in a general chemistry course leading to success with a diverse student audience”. Co-authors included Joseph T. Sprague and Dr. Neil A. Law
  • Presented in a symposium at the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE2018) with a talk entitled “Chemistry inside and out: Engaging students in water chemistry as a course and research program”, co-authored by Joseph T. Sprague and Dr. Neil A. Law
  • Contributed to a poster on water quality research at the 2018 Hudson River Estuary Program titled: “Comparison of Two Commonly Used Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Waterways of the Hudson River Watershed”. Co-authors were from SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Cornell University, CUNY Queens College, and Riverkeeper
  • Contributed to a poster on water quality research at the Mohawk Watershed Symposium titled: “Using Total Coliforms, E. coli and Enterococcus bacteria as reporters for water quality along the North Chuctanunda Creek, a tributary of the Mohawk River”. Co-authors are Dr. Neil A. Law and Lyndsey M. Wanits (a SUNY Cobleskill Honors Program undergraduate)
  • Monthly panelist and contributor on the Northeast Public Radio’s hour-long call-in radio show, The Science Forum. Collaborators include SUNY Cobleskill’s Dr. Ed Stander and Dr. James Pickett, retired chemistry researcher from GE Global Research.

Dr. Ko Hin Lau, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • A Generalization of the Bernoulli Differential Equation: Discovered a way to solve a special class of differential equations that can be transformed into the Bernoulli differential equations formally