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.
Shelley A. McConnell
Associate Professor of Government Shelley A. McConnell shared her expertise on democratic development in Latin America to weigh in on Nicaraguan elections and the likelihood of the country succumbing to dictatorship rule in an op-ed published by MiamiHerald.com on Thursday, Nov. 11.
“The foreign ministers should begin by calling Nicaragua’s election what it was, an undemocratic process, and listing the Ortega regime as a de facto government, not a legitimately elected one,” wrote McConnell. “They should establish a timetable for implementing measures that would curtail Nicaragua’s participation in certain OAS activities. Nicaragua should have no voice on human rights until its political prisoners are freed”
McConnell’s work explores conflict resolution, revolution, election observation, campaign finance laws and the role of the Organization of American States (OAS). She has served as senior associate director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center where she observed Nicaraguan elections with the United Nations and participated in the Center’s special mission to study Nicaragua’s 2011 vote.
A climate study by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Jon Rosales found that outdoor winter sports could cease to exist if carbon emissions continue to increase, and he shared his research with North Country Public Radio (NCPR) on Thursday, Nov. 11.
“If we remain on the business as usual trajectory, which is the higher emission scenario, there will be no ice available to skate on at the end of the century,” said Rosales.
Rosales is a climate change scientist whose research focuses on the impacts of climate change on native peoples in the Arctic and developing scientific field methods that measure traditional ecological knowledge of arctic climate change. He holds a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, an M.A. in Public Affairs, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in Economics from Mankato State University.
St. Lawrence’s Circle K, a student organization dedicated to community service in North Country communities, took part in the University’s Trunk or Treat event last month, and a photo of Hallie Heggeness ’22, Tyler Kearns ’22, Alexandra Hill ’23, and Trent Meyer ’23 passing out candy to local residents was featured by NorthCountryNow.com on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Elise Pierson ’24
As part of The Wild Center’s youth delegation, Elise Pierson ’24 recently attended the United Nations global climate change conference, COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. She discussed her experience at the conference with Northeast public radio station, WAMC on Thursday, Nov. 4
“The whole reason we’re here is to see political change,” said Pierson. “I just attended the Conference of Youth from all over the world. One of the things we did at the end was submit a global youth statement. They had this [survey] for everyone where they took input from youth all over the world to see what they wanted to change. And then they eventually submitted [the survey] to the president of COP."
Elise Pierson is from Wilmington, N.Y., and attended Lake Placid High School. She is a member of St. Lawrence University’s Class of 2024 and intends to declare a combined environmental studies and sociology major and minors in French and government. Elise is Communications Coordinator for the Lake Placid Climate Smart Communities Committee.
Associate Professor of History Howard Eissenstat used his expertise to weigh in on President Biden’s meeting with Turkish President Erdogan in an article published by Turkish news outlet Cumhuriyet, on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
“The Turkish government gave the most positive reaction to the meeting, however, there is no sign that the toughest topics [between the two countries] were being addressed, and the U.S. reading of the meeting was 'much less positive' given the emphasis on both the S400s and the human rights issue,” said Eissenstat.
Eissenstat's research focuses on nationalism and Islam in the 19th century Ottoman Empire as well as the history of the Turkish Republic. His 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). 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.
Alison Del Rossi
R. Sheldon '68 and Virginia H. Johnson Professor of Economics Alison Del Rossi’s research with co-author Joni Hersch from Vanderbilt Law School examines gender and legal consulting. Their findings were cited in an article about the University of Florida's decision to ban professors from paid expert witness work published by the Chronicle of Higher Ed on Monday, Nov. 1.
Del Rossi’s teaching and research interests include labor economics, law and economics, public finance and government behavior, risky choices (such as smoking and drinking), the economics of gender, and quantitative methods in economics.
Associate Professor of Francophone and Italian Studies Alessandro Giardino shared his experience as a professor who commutes between the United States and Canada to instruct courses at St. Lawrence with the international media outlet RAI on Friday, Oct. 15. Registration is required to view the video.
Giardino’s areas of expertise include the Baroque, Mediterranean Studies, Italian and French literature and art, and twentieth-century French philosophy and psychoanalysis. At St. Lawrence, he regularly teaches courses on French and Italian language and literature, and courses in Mediterranean studies.
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