Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) recently published Dewey, an exploration into the life and ideas of one of America’s foremost philosophers. The book was recently given an “essential” review from the magazine Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The essential designation refers to publications “of exceptional quality for academic audiences and a core title for academic libraries supporting programs in relevant disciplines.” The review reads in part: “Fesmire helpfully ends with a suggestive discussion of Dewey’s influence and legacy. This book is superb in showing the interconnectedness of Dewey’s philosophy, with each chapter building on the ideas developed in previous ones.”
Nearly 9,000 Nepalis were killed in earthquakes last spring, with over 25,000 injured. “The United Nations estimates that while 10 percent of the Nepali population—some three million residents—are in dire need of basic resources like food, shelter, and medical care, the Nepali government has made no arrangements to receive and use the $4.1 billion in donations from foreign countries and international agencies,” writes prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine art) in a photo essay that appeared last weekend in the New York Review of Books. Kevin has been taking photographs in Nepal since he first arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1975. See the feature here.
Prof. James Cassarino (music) presented lectures on Welsh-American music traditions at the Festival of Wales held in Columbus, OH over the Labor Day weekend. The festival is an international conference of Welsh history and culture. Through his research, Cassarino has been introduced at conferences in Wales and the United States as a leading expert of Welsh-American music traditions and hymnody.
What can John Dewey teach us about today’s important educational policy questions? GMC prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) provides some guidance “One of Dewey’s basic educational ideas was that kids learn better when they organically assimilate knowledge in an active, personal, imaginative and direct way,” Steven writes. Read the full Rutland Herald op-ed here. Steven is author of Dewey (Routledge, 2015), John Dewey and Moral Imagination (Indiana University Press, 2003), and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Dewey (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017).
The digital revolution is making an impact on another traditional sport: tennis. GMC professor of communication studies and tennis enthusiast Jason Schmitt recently had a chance to test out new technology that provides immediate feedback to improving a backhand, or increasing the velocity of a serve. “Tennis could be witnessing one the most important technological evolutions in its history: connected tennis. The connected tennis environment is an exciting merge for a sport with such longstanding traditions . . . we are definitely in-line for a stream of continual upgrades and technological evolution,” Jason writes. Read his full Huffington Post story.
Basil Tangredi, DVM presented two papers at the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention in July. “Ten-Year Study of Antibiotic Resistant Isolates From Seals” is part of ongoing research at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Beach, Cal. “Laboratory of Reform: The New England Experiment to Control Bovine Tuberculosis 1894-1900” was part of the Veterinary History session. Both papers reflect his work in the One Health initiative (the intersection of human, animal and environmental health).
Prof. Valorie Titus (Natural Resources Management) spent a week at the Max McGraw Wildlife Management Institute in July training to become an instructor for the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program. Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (CLfT) is a professional development program designed for student and professional leaders within the natural resource sciences. CLfT focuses on hunting awareness and conservation education among academic programs and government agencies. She will help with instructing courses at the Kehoe Conservation Camp in Bomoseen, Vt. Valorie also attended the Society for the Study of Reptile and Amphibians Conference July 30-August 3 where she presented a portion her research titled: “An Assessment of Reptiles and Amphibians in the Bronx River: Urban Herpetology from a Historic Perspective.”