For Immediate Release—Friday, Sept. 7, 2007

Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Officer
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo professors spend summer
conducting research with assistance from fellowships

GENESEO, N.Y.—Ten professors from the State University of New York at Geneseo spent their summers conducting research with assistance from fellowships provided by the College.

Thomas Greenfield, professor of English, received the Roemer Summer Research Fellowship, which supports the research of a faculty member with $5,000. Greenfield will serve as the editor for, and a principal contributor to, the Encyclopedia of Broadway and American Culture.  This work, with an expected publication date of 2009, will focus on the artistic and social history of "Broadway"—American popular theatrical performance as it developed in Manhattan throughout the 20th century.

Anthony Yanxiang Gu, associate professor in the School of Business, Thomas MacPherson, professor in the School of the Arts, and Susan Bandoni Muench, associate professor of biology, were awarded Mid-Career Summer Research Fellowships, which support the research and creative projects of faculty who have been with the college at least six years. They will receive $4,000 apiece, funded by the Geneseo Foundation.

Focusing on the Chinese yuan and the Malaysian ringgit, Gu studied the impact of exchange rate peg on real exchange rate volatility between the pegged currency and the anchor (U.S. dollar) and non-anchor currencies.

MacPherson studied Renaissance artwork in Italy, particularly that of Agnolo Bonzino, the lead court painter of the Florentine school in the mid 16th century, who utilized the arduous process of painting in egg tempera. MacPherson will study both the technique and the cultural context for Renaissance art in order to further his own work, which explores the issues of cultural and ethnic identity, social injustice and power and conflict.

Bandoni Muench traveled to Ghana to study behavioral differences in infected versus non-infected freshwater snails, which are the carriers of the parasitic worm that causes human intestinal schistosomiasis. This disease infects an estimated 200 million people in the tropics and subtropics, and recent evidence suggests that schistosomiasis infection may increase the likelihood of HIV infection in women and speed the onset of AIDS in both sexes.

Seong Lim, assistant professor in the School of Business; George Marcus, assistant professor of physics; Jun Okada, assistant professor of English; Matthew Pastizzo, assistant professor of psychology; and Linda Ware, associate professor in the School of Education were awarded Presidential Summer Fellowships, which provide newer faculty with an opportunity to undertake research and other scholarly activities. They received $3,500 apiece, funded by an allocation from the President.

Lim examined entrepreneurship education in ten different countries, including the U.S., China, India, Sweden and New Zealand. His research seeks to improve the customization of entrepreneurship education according to each country's unique cultural context and needs.

Marcus is developing a cavity ringdown spectroscopy system to examine optical extinction, a measure of absorption and scattering of light, of atmospheric samples. His experimental program will focus on scattering produced by "carbon black" particles, a common pollutant that plays an important role in climate modeling.

Okada is preparing a book manuscript narrating the history of Asian-American film and video as a genre produced by a complex system of national, regional, and community institutions such as PBS and the Center for Asian American Media. Okada's research examines the link between thematic and narrative tendencies in Asian-American film and the social and economic context of this institutional infrastructure.

Word frequency in written and spoken language is a variable that is used widely in language and memory studies. In order to promote research on the relationship between television viewing and language development, Pastizzo used closed-captioned text extraction to produce word frequency counts from children's television programming. 

Ware is developing classroom-based lessons that feature disability studies art in preparation for a summer institute for teacher educators. Ware seeks to bridge the division between general and special education, focusing on disability studies and the arts as it can be deployed in classroom settings.

Yu Zhang, assistant professor of communication, received the Hurrell/McNaron Award for Scholarly Presentation. He received $1,000. Zhang's paper focuses on the proposed development of a nationwide campaign to improve China's translation of public signs.  The issue has growing importance as China has become a major travel destination and prepares to host the 2008 Olympics. Zhang presented his paper at the Fifth International Conference on English Language Teaching in China and the First Congress of Chinese Applied Linguistics, held in May in Beijing.