News Notes for Faculty and Staff

Students Corey Sussman, Justin Ali, and Corrine McCarthy, all psychology majors, presented their research, “Teaching Professors How to Better Collect Data from MTurk,” during a poster session at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association in October.

Ruth Maher, anthropology, and students who attended the Summer Field School in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, this past summer, presented posters on sustainability at the 2012 Open Workshop in Sustainability Science and Education held at the CUNY Human Ecodynamics Research Center on October 15.

Gian Paul Gonzalez, a master’s degree candidate in educational leadership and professional studies and a social studies teacher at Jose Marti Freshman Academy in Union City, was honored by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie as the eighteenth recipient of the New Jersey Heroes Award, presented to New Jersey residents who give back to the community.  Gonzalez was honored for his 4-one organization, which uses basketball to motivate at-risk youth, and for his role in starting “Flight Club,” an after-school group where students exercise the body and the mind.

Mark Travis Rivera, a junior majoring in communication and women’s and gender studies, was among the 2012 honorees at the 14th annual Bergen County Salute to Champions Ceremony, which honors individuals and groups for their help and achievements in advancing the inclusion and aid of people with disabilities.  Rivera was honored for his Marked Dance Project, in residence at the university, a dance company that includes dancers with and without disabilities.

Christopher Salerno, English, was the featured reader at the Bennington Writers Series-Poetry reading held at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City on November 12.  Salerno is the author of two books of poetry and his works have been included in journals such as the Boston Review and Verse Daily, among others.  He holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.

Robb Rehberg, Kinesiology, participated in a roundtable discussion, “Playing Safety:  The Future of Youth Football,” presented by the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society Program in Washington, DC on November 9.  The discussion, which focused on the concussion crisis in football, will air November 20 at 3 p.m. on the PBS WORLD Channel.