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Steve Whitman presented at Michigan State University

March 5th, 2015 by Nikki-Ann

On January 24th Steve Whitman presented at The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference at Michigan State University. His session was titled “Reducing Community Vulnerability and Increasing Resilience through Ecological Design.”

David Starbuck spoke at the annual meeting for The Society for Historical Archaeology

March 5th, 2015 by Nikki-Ann

David Starbuck (Anthropology) traveled to Seattle, Washington, where he spoke to the annual meeting of The Society for Historical Archaeology on January 8th on the topic of “Archaeology and Preservation at the Lake George Battlefield.” This was a description of David’s summer 2014 excavations with students at French & Indian War sites in Lake George, NY. David was also the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Warren County Historical Society on January 17th on the topic of “Fighting on the Frontier in America’s Colonial Wars.” This was presented in the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury, NY.

David Starbuck presented a public lecture on the future of Rogers Island at the Rogers Island Acquisition Ceremony

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

David Starbuck presented a public lecture on the future of Rogers Island at the Rogers Island Acquisition Ceremony on September 19th attended by about 100 politicians, re-­‐enactors and others. This ceremony was to mark the purchase of Rogers Island by New York State, to become a locally administered historical park.  Rogers Island was home to Rogers Rangers during the French & Indian War (1750s) and is credited as the birthplace of U.S. Special Forces.  (David dug on Rogers Island throughout the 1990s.).  David also spoke on “2014 Excavations at the Lake George Battlefield Park” to the Adirondack Chapter of the NYS Archaeological Association on September 19th in Fort Edward, NY.

Sheryl Shirley attended the 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission/Fair Employment Practices Agency Conference

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Sheryl Shirley attended the 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission/Fair Employment Practices Agency Conference in San Diego in August. Sheryl is the Chair of the NH Commission for Human Rights. In September she represented the NH Commission for Human Rights in meeting with the US Department of State International Visitors Program delegation from Pakistan.

Bryon Middlekauff completed a book review for the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Bryon Middlekauff completed a book review (Stroud, Ellen. 2012. Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast, University of Washington Press, Seattle and London) for the Northeastern Geographer,  vol 6, 2014, and  completed  a paper focusing upon beach processes at Fort Desoto Park, Florida to be published in Florida Geography.

Robert Heiner had an article on “Social Problems” included in the Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Robert Heiner had an article on “Social Problems” included in the Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology published by Brill in the Netherlands.

David Starbuck spent the summer excavating at the Lake George Battlefield Park (Lake George, NY),

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

David Starbuck (Anthropology) spent the summer excavating at the Lake George Battlefield Park(Lake George, NY), site of the Battle of Lake George (1755); home to Fort George (1759); and site of the largest smallpox hospitals in the country in 1775-­‐76.  David’s work was the subject of two news stories by the Associated Press that were carried in newspapers across the country, and he was also covered by Public Radio (WAMC) in Albany. David’s eighth book published by University Press of New England, “The Legacy of Fort William Henry,” came out in May; also, the New Hampshire Archeological Society published David’s book, “The New England Glassworks in Temple, New Hampshire” (revised 2nd Edition) in July.  David also created an exhibit of 18th century coinage that opened at Fort William Henry in July, and he presented a public lecture at Fort William Henry entitled “Fighting on the Frontier in America’s Colonial Wars” on August 7.

Jason Paling completed the second field and laboratory season as co-­‐ director of the Chiquilistagua Archaeological Project in Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua.

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Jason Paling (Anthropology) has recently completed the second field and laboratory season as co-director of the Chiquilistagua Archaeological Project in Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua.  From July to August undergraduate students from George Mason University participated in a field school where they conducted mapping and survey operation, as well as, participate in excavations.  Ceramics from their operations dated to the Tempisque and Bagaces transition (around AD 250-­‐300).  While in Nicaragua, Paling and Justin Lowry presented the results of their first field season at Conversatorio Arqueológico: Realidades y Retos de la ciencia en Nicaragua, which was an archaeological   conference held at the University of Nicaragua, Managua campus.  The title of that paper was “Resultados preliminares: Ecavaciones arqueologicas en la comunidad de Chiquilstagua 2013.”   The results of their first season were also presented at the 79th annual conference for the Society for American Archaeology which was held in Austin, Texas.   Paling was also a co-author along with   Colin Quinn and Dr. Deborah Nichols from Dartmouth College, Michael D. Glascock from MURR of the paper “Chiquilistagua Archaeological Project 2013 Obsidian Analysis and Sourcing.” The paper was also presented at the 79th Society for America Archaeology meetings.  Paling also presented a public lecture organized by the New Hampshire Archaeological Society at Plymouth State University on April 29.  The paper was titled, “Examining the Origins of Mayan Ideology: A Case Study from K’o Guatemala.” Paling was responsible for editing the 2014 Investigaciones Arqueologicas en la Region de Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua written by Justin P. Lowry, Jason S.R. Paling, Colin A. Quinn, Derrick Chow, and Jeffrey McAndrews.  This report was submitted to the Institute of Nicaraguan Culture,Managua,  Nicaragua.

Filiz Otucu presented a paper at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Filiz Otucu (Political Science) presented a paper titled “Veiled Atrocities, Responsibility to Protect and Millennium Development Goals: Case of Sudan” at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference, June 16-­‐19, in Barcelona, Spain.

Stacey Yap helped organize and attended a conference on law and the creative arts.

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Stacey Yap helped organize and attended a conference on law and the creative arts, “Protecting the Creative Spirit: Copyright, Intellectual Property Law, and the Creative Arts” held at Plymouth State and sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the Office of Research and Engagement on May 30. A series of interactive panels highlighted issues concerning intellectual property rights, copyright, contracting, commissions, and provenance. Panelists included legal specialists Drs. Kate and Peter McGovern, Susan Richy, Sarah Chafey, and Amanda Nelson; musicians Romeo Melloni and Paul Warnick; and PSU faculty Thaddeus Guldbrandsen and Rick St. Hilaire.

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November 14th, 2013 by Eric


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Steve Whitman presented at Michigan State University

David Starbuck spoke at the annual meeting for The Society for Historical Archaeology

David Starbuck presented a public lecture on the future of Rogers Island at the Rogers Island Acquisition Ceremony