This regular roundup features a selection of recent mentions of St. Lawrence University and its students, faculty, and staff in regional, national, and international media outlets.
Elisa Van Kirk
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Elisa Van Kirk examined the role that Title IX played in creating opportunities for women in NCAA Coaching and administrative leadership ahead of the 2023 Women’s March Madness Elite Eight in an article published by MsMagazine.com on Friday, March 31.
Van Kirk holds a doctorate of education in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University and, after serving as head coach of the Saints softball team from 2012 to 2017, now teaches education courses and in the First-Year Program at St. Lawrence.
Eissentstat also offered insight into Turkey’s influence over journalism following the earthquake in an article published by the Columbia Journalism Review on March 22.
Eissenstats's recent work has focused increasingly on contemporary Turkish domestic and foreign policy, especially on issues of rule-of-law, minority rights, and the reshaping of political culture under the Justice and Development Party (AKP). At St. Lawrence, he teaches courses on Middle Eastern history and politics and in the First-Year Seminar (FYS). In addition to traditional academic work, Eissenstat served for over a decade as a Turkey Country Specialist for Amnesty International-USA. He has lectured at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. military, and the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, as well as given testimony to the Canadian Senate and offered briefings to Congressional Committees.
Assistant Professor of Sociology Zeyno Ustun, whose research indicates that many of Turkish President Erdoğan’s allies who have ownership of Turkish TV channels also have stakes in construction conglomerates, was quoted in an article about her research on construction media coverage in an article published by the Columbia Journalism Review on March 22.
Ustun holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, and master’s degrees in sociology from Bogaziçi University and the New School for Social Research. Her research aligns at the intersection of traditional media and critical media studies, global media infrastructures, networked social movements, and Internet law–with a particular focus on the Global South.
Performance and Communication Arts Technical Director and Production Manager Dan Gallagher’s lighting design for Vermont Stage's production of “Airness” by Chelsea Mercantel was featured in a review published by Vermont's Times Argus on March 13.
Gallagher holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in theater from Mary Washington College. His work at St. Lawrence focuses on lighting design.
James R. Wallace Associate Professor of Psychology Serge Onyper weighed in on the use of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence engine, in teaching and learning, during an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education published on March 6.
Research conducted by Onyper and St. Lawrence students that found chewing gum moments before an exam helped improve the cognitive ability of students was cited in an article published by NationalWorldNews.com on March 3.
Onyper’s research focuses on learning and memory, and sleep and technology use. He holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Syracuse University.
Associate Professor of Geology Alexander K. Stewart shared insights into the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, and was featured in special coverage, in articles published by BejingNews.com on March 3. Translation tools may be needed to read the articles.
Stewart has worked with students on numerous geologic research projects such as dating rockfall events in Alaska, leaf-wax work in the Adirondacks, glacier-lake sediments in the High Andes, and the impact of geomorphology on the Battle of Sackets Harbor. Stewart is retired from the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Cold War and three foreign wars.
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