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.
Several faculty members, staff, and students were featured in local, regional, and international media outlets, using their expertise to weigh in on current events and sharing their innovative projects, St. Lawrence experiences, and athletic opportunities.
La Casa Latina
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, several members of the St. Lawrence community shared the importance of La Casa Latina, the St. Lawrence theme cottage devoted to the education and support for students of Latinx heritages, with Watertown-based news outlet ABC50 on Thursday, Oct. 7.
“The first people that I met [at St. Lawrence] were people from La Casa,” said Rafael Escoto ’24. “I really feel like building connections with them and having them introduce me to campus really motivated me to want to insert myself even more into the community.”
“The students share values, they share goals, they share visions. Sometimes they share hobbies to create belonging for students to raise awareness, to educate the community about whatever their value is,” said Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Kimberly Flint-Hamilton.
“La Casa is a very social, very welcoming, and very vibrant community,” said Residential Coordinator Sharon Rodriguez. “It’s meant to be that space that’s a safe space for the students who identify with this community but also a space that’s welcoming to all others who want to participate and learn.”
La Casa Latina was founded almost 20 years ago and is connected to the student organization, La Sociedad, which brings Hispanic cultural awareness to the St. Lawrence University community.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Rachael Jones is the founder of the Seed Bank Project. She recently spoke about the project, which encourages people to think about the importance of local ecology by planting a seed bank, with NCPR on Friday, Oct. 8.
“We’ve actually already buried [a seed bank] on the sustainability land at SLU,” said Jones. “I think that it’s a really great way to connect to a place in a deeper sense. It also encourages people to research where they are living and get a better understanding of their atmosphere and their environment.”
Jones is a ceramic and Mixed Media Collaborative artist whose work has taken her to the bayou of Louisiana, the rainforests of Brazil, and the glacial fields of the Andes in Peru. She is the founder of The Seed Bank Project and the first artist to attend the Global Sustainability Fellows Program this summer at the Arava Institute for Ecological Studies in Israel. At St. Lawrence, she teaches courses on ceramics and drawing.
Associate Professor of Economics Sahar Milani’s research interests include the financing of innovation. In an episode of The Academic Minute published on InsideHigherEd.com and AcademicMinute.org on Thursday, Oct. 7, she shared how innovation can occur in nations and industries where it is encouraged by national policies.
“Inventing a new technology is both expensive and uncertain, making it difficult to obtain financing. Patent laws help guarantee that inventors will be able to profit from their inventions, providing a positive signal to banks and future creditors,” said Milani. “I found that patent protection raises R&D in high-patent industries where countries have more limited equity and credit markets.”
Milani is an innovation economist with research interests in environmental economics, macroeconomics, and the financing of innovation. At St. Lawrence, she has taught courses on personal finance, environmental economics, natural resource economics, the economics of innovation, and macroeconomics. In addition to her academic interests, she is a heavy metal music enthusiast. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.S. in Management Science (Financial Analysis) from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and a B.B.A. in Finance, Investment, and Banking from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Julia Gosling ’23
As the youngest player chosen to centralize with Canada’s National Women’s Team in Calgary, Alberta, for the 2021-22 season, Saints women’s ice hockey forward Julia Gosling ’23, was featured in an article published by Hockey Canada on Saturday, Oct. 2.
“Us younger players are really wanting these spots, so it's going to make the older players work even harder,” said Gosling. “We may have different styles of play than the older players and just coming out fresh from college we have no expectations, we’re just playing our game. I think it'll just make our team even better.”
Gosling is from London, Ontario, and attended Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School. She has played in 11 games for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, totaling five goals and three assists to lead Canada to bronze and gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Foundation Under-18 Women's World Championships in 2018 and 2019. At St. Lawrence, she is studying biology.
Associate Professor of History Howard Eissenstat, whose work focuses on nationalism and religion in the Republic of Turkey, recently discussed the potential for Russia and Turkey to work out their differences in the Lebanese newspaper, Le Orient Le Jour published on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
“I think that Libya and Afghanistan, Russia and Turkey can find a basis for cooperation. Both would prefer stability and commercial partnerships to rivalry, ” said Eissenstat. “Ukraine is a more difficult issue and I suspect that there will continue to be tensions between the two powers on this front."
On Thursday, Sept. 23, he provided insight into U.S-Turkish relations on the Al Jazeera talk show, The Bottom Line.
“I think the U.S. and Turkey are coming to a place where they are going to agree that there are areas of cooperation and of real tension,” 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.
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