Faculty News Features

We are excited to share some of the accomplishments of our faculty that have been featured by major media outlets. Accomplishments are listed by date of achievement in reverse chronological order with the most recent first.

Valerie Rapson

Valerie Rapson

8 Amazing Things You Can See in the Night Sky Without a Telescope
Best Life Online
May 5, 2023

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Valerie Rapson was featured in Best Life Online’s “8 Amazing Things You Can See in the Night Sky Without a Telescope,” explaining where Venus and Mars can be seen shortly after sunset this spring and summer.

Where, When, How to See "Green Comet" in the Capital Region
Times Union
Jan. 27, 2023

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Valerie Rapson talks about Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), which was discovered by astronomers in March 2022 and nicknamed “the green comet” because of its verdant glow.

Spectrum News Capital Region
Spectrum News Capital Region
July 13, 2022

Many have been blown away by the new pictures released by NASA from the James Webb space telescope. The telescope has captured images of space in a way never seen before. and Doctor Valerie Rapson, an astrophysicist professor at SUNY Oneonta...

Astronomy with Dr. Valerie Rapson
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
March 3, 2021

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Valerie Rapson answers radio listeners' questions about all things related to astronomy.

Astronomy with Dr. Valerie Rapson
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Feb. 3, 2021

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Valerie Rapson answers radio listeners' questions about all things related to astronomy.

Theresa Russo

Theresa J. Russo

Financial Playbook for Married Couples
March 18, 2023

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Theresa Russo was featured in MoneyGeek’s “Financial Playbook for Married Couples,” contributing expert tips on marriage and personal finance.

Insight From Experts on Teaching Your Children About Money
Money Geek
March 17, 2022

According to Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Theresa Russo, a goal of parenting is to raise children to become socially competent adults. Moving from being financially dependent on their parents or guardians to being financially self-sufficient is part of the transition to adulthood.

Best & Worst States to Raise a Family
Wallet Hub
Jan. 10, 2022

Families have a lot to consider when deciding where to live. Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Theresa Russo offers what should families consider when choosing a place to set down roots.

Andrew Bottomley

Andrew Bottomley

Pacifica Welcomes Oneonta’s WONY… How a New York State University’s 60-Year Commitment to a Student-Run Station Inspires Media Smart Citizens and Carries New Voices to its Local Community
Pacifica Network
Jan. 13, 2023

Associate Professor of Media Studies Andrew Bottomley talks about WONY 90.9 FM, SUNY Oneonta's student-run radio station, which recently marked its 60th anniversary.

Greg Fulkerson and Alex Thomas

Greg Fulkerson and Alex Thomas

Schoharie County Health Director Forced Out Following COVID-19 Conflicts
Albany Times-Union
Jan. 6, 2023

The article cites a 2021 survey on burnout among public health workouts conducted by Professor and Chair of Sociology Greg Fulkerson and Professor of Sociology Alex Thomas, in collaboration with the Bassett Healthcare Network Research Institute and the New York State Association of County Health officials, through their work with the PLACES Institute.

What does it mean for higher education to be rural located and rural serving?
Dr. Parton's Literacy In Place
Feb. 25, 2022

Four of the five metrics utilize a perspective that Professor and Chair of Sociology Greg Fulkerson and Professor of Sociology Alex Thomas describe as urbanormative, or the basing policy and research on urban environments as the norm.

William Wilkerson

William Wilkerson

A Record-Breaking Number of Women Were Elected Governor in 2022 – Here are 7 Things to Know About How That Happened
The Conversation
Jan. 3, 2023

Professor of Political Science William Wilkerson and research colleague Alana Jeydel, assistant professor of political science at Fresno City College, share insights on the November 2022 midterm election, during which 12 women won a governor’s office.

America Decides: Campaign ‘22
CBS News
Nov. 8, 2022

As the 2022 election results pour in, CBS News cites recent research by Bill Wilkerson and Alana S. Jeydel, assistant professor of political science at Fresno City College, indicating that this year’s female gubernatorial candidates had more political experience than their male counterparts. (Reference is at 5:00 in the news segment).

Will This Be a Banner Year for Women Running for Governor?
Aug. 24, 2022

William Wilkerson, professor of political science, weighs in on why women are overcoming barriers that few men face in politics.

Lamrianos NikiFordis

Lambrianos Nikiforidis

Expert Advice For Finding the Right Card
Jan. 2, 2023

Assistant Professor of Marketing Lambrianos Nikiforidis answers FAQs about the pros and cons of getting a credit card that comes with a time-bound 0% APR offer.

Americans Averaged More Than $1,100 on Holiday Spending Last Year; Many Are Still Paying It Off
Dec. 1, 2022

Assistant Professor of Marketing Lambrianos Nikiforidis gives insights on the factors that led consumers to overspend during the holidays, and advice for paying off debt from holiday spending.

Geico Insurance Review 2023
April 28, 2022

Assistant Professor of Marketing Lambrianos Nikiforidis discusses how important Geico’s list of discounts should be for a car insurance shopper compared to its base premiums.

The Secret Reason Why Parents Play Favorites
Discover Magazine
April 8, 2022

Assistant Professor of Marketing Lambrianos Nikiforidis explains why parental favoritism may speak to an evolutionary perspective of carrying on the gene pool.

What does it say about car insurance companies that so many have celebrity endorsers?
Wallet Hub
March 23, 2022

Assistant Professor of Marketing Lambrianos Nikiforidis explains why having celebrity endorsers for car insurance makes sense, given the nature of the product/service.

Tips From The Pros: Finding the Right No Annual Fee Card
March 1, 2022

Is a no annual fee credit card right for you? Assistant Professor of Marketing Lambrianos Nikiforidis offers tips on finding the right “no annual fee” credit card.

Sarah Portway

Sarah Portway

2022’s Best Cities for Thrifting
Lawn Love
Sept. 12, 2022

Sarah Portway, assistant professor of fashion and textiles, explains the benefits of thrifting as well as tips and tricks on finding the best deals.

Evan Howard Ashford

Evan Howard Ashford

Morning Show 2022-08-11 Historian Evan Howard Ashford
Morning Show
Aug. 11, 2022

Evan Howard Ashford, assistant professor of Africana and Latinx studies, has just recently published a new book.

Kiyoko Yokota

Kiyoko Yokota

RIT's remote sensing experts help scientists keep an eye on the Earth
July 28, 2022

NASA leverages data collected from unique temperature-sensing buoys developed by SUNY Oneonta Associate Professor Kiyoko Yokota.

Why You Should Still Care About Microplastics
The Academic Minute
May 20, 2022

Associate Professor of Biology Kiyoko Yokota explains why microplastics are a modern environmental threat.

Maria Montoya and Alejandra Escudero

Maria Montoya and Alejandra Escudero

SUNY Oneonta students do research in Colombia
The Daily Star
July 26, 2022

Under the tutelage of Maria Montoya, associate professor of Spanish, and Alejandra Escudero, Spanish lecturer, SUNY Oneonta students recently completed research in Colombia.

Sean Robinson

Sean Robinson

A wilderness pioneer
The Adirondack Almanack
July 10, 2022

Sean Robinson, professor of biology, shares with his botany students about Elizabeth Britton’s pioneering efforts in the High Peaks Wilderness area.

Renee Whitman

Renee Whitman

Field work: Warsaw native digs into the past on archeology project
The Daily News
July 9, 2022

Anthropology Professor Renee Whitman started a pre-historic field school in the region in 2003 and it remains as the only one of its kind. now.

Alex Thomas

Alex Thomas

On Three Different Continents, Rural Health Strains under the Weight of the Coronavirus
Scientific American
June 10, 2022

Sparsely populated regions like central New York, which have smaller health departments and hospitals, are easily overwhelmed during surges, says Alex Thomas, a sociologist at SUNY Oneonta who studies rural health care.

Two years in, pandemic's impact on college students continues to evolve
Spectrum News
May 4, 2022

Being isolated from society during the pandemic has been a challenge for a lot of people, with the transition back into society being, in some cases, even more difficult.

Kate Mcgrath

Kate McGrath

Facial Asymmetry in Gorillas Can Be A Sign of Stress
The Academic Minute
May 19, 2022

According to Kate McGrath, Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropology, stress in childhood can alter the shape of your face.

Florian Reyda

Florian Reyda

Parasites Revisited
The Academic Minute
May 18, 2022

Florian Reyda, professor of biology, shares how parasites have a role to play in an ecosystem.

Dan Stich

Dan Stich

Could We Bring Back Lost Species of Fish?
The Academic Minute
May 17, 2022

Dan Stich, assistant professor of biology, questions how we can help restore declining fish populations.

Casey Coomes

Casey Coomes

Songbirds and Climate Change
The Academic Minute
May 16, 2022

Visiting instructor and PRODiG fellow Casey Coomes discusses one small animal that is in great peril.

Achim Koeddermann

Achim Koeddermann

SUNY Oneonta Class Builds Lifeline With Ukrainian Class
April 7, 2022

Associate Professor of Philosophy Achim Koeddermann shares details of a live, online panel discussion with four Ukrainian professors who have received support from Koeddermann and a network of faculty, friends and alumni. SUNY Oneonta and the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University established a partnership three years ago, and before the war broke out, Koedderman had been planning interactive, online sessions between his students and theirs.

Sheena Mason

Sheena Mason

Dr. Sheena Mason Discusses ‘Theory of Racelessness’
BNC News
Feb. 14, 2022

A recent NPR article on the subject of being racially neutral is stirring up lots of conversation. In response to NPR’s tweet about the story, many on Twitter went to Associate Professor of English Sheena Mason in the hope that she would chime in on the debate.

Undoing Racism Means Undoing Race | Opinion
Dec. 6, 2021

Associate Professor of English Sheena Mason gives her opinion on ending racism.

Gina Solano

Gina Solano

Expert advice on preparing to become a teacher.

Making the jump from student to teacher isn't always easy. Assistant Professor of Educational Technology Gina Solano gives tips and advice for prospective teachers.

Valerie Rapson and Josh Nollenberg

Valerie Rapson and Josh Nollenberg

Lunar eclipse entices local astronomers
The Daily Star
Nov. 18, 2021

An almost total lunar eclipse will take place between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and astronomy professors at SUNY Oneonta Valerie Rapson and Josh Nollenberg encourage everyone to take a look at the sky.

Karen Stewart

Karen Stewart

Local professor turns research into video game
The Daily Star
Oct. 28, 2021

Assistant Professor of Media Studies Karen Stewart created a historical story about a SUNY Oneonta student that ends up traveling back in time to the Revolutionary War.

Christine Storrie

Christine L. Storrie

Ask the Experts: Best Hotel Credit Cards
Wallet Hub
Oct. 21, 2021

Even the best hotel credit cards usually aren’t among the best or most popular cards overall. Assistant Professor of Economics Christine Storrie explains why and gives other details on hotel credit cards.

Chris Karmosky

Chris Karmosky

Average Cost of Flood Insurance 2021
Sept. 9, 2021

With sea levels rising, the risk of flooding is becoming a more prominent worry for homeowners in the future. Chris Karmosky, assistant professor of Meteorology and Climatology, offers some measures people can take to mitigate the effects of flooding today.

Matthew Hendley

Matt Hendley

What if the U.S. Followed the Westminster Parliamentary Model?
The Academic Minute
April 5, 2021

Matthew Hendley, professor of history at SUNY Oneonta, delves into the contrasting styles of governance. In his segment, Dr. Hendley considers what the U.S. government would be like if it was more like the United Kingdom's parliamentary system.

Jim Mills

Jim Mills

The US has never had much of a pilgrimage tradition
The Conversation US
March 24, 2021

The pandemic has curtailed religious tourism for many. Jim Mills, associate professor of geography and environmental sustainability at SUNY Oneonta, suggests the U.S. has never had a tradition of pilgrimages, but that they could be an opportunity for healing.

Pilgrimages could save the environment
The Academic Minute
June 11, 2020

Pilgrimages could save the environment. James Mills, assistant professor of geography and environmental sustainability, explores how.

Brian Lowe

Brian Lowe

Conspiracy Theories
The Academic Minute
March 17, 2021

Conspiracy theories continue to run rampant in today’s public sphere. Brian Lowe, professor of sociology at SUNY Oneonta, looks into why.

Analyzing "Big Data"
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Aug. 5, 2013

Dr. Brian Lowe of the State University of New York Oneonta explains why "Big Data" is becoming a focus of academic inquiry.

Richard Barberio

Richard Barberio

What Can Scandal Tell Us About Presidential Power
The Academic Minute
Jan. 19, 2021

U.S. Presidents have a long history of scandals. Richard Barberio, associate professor of political science at SUNY Oneonta, looks into these profligations to investigate presidential power.

Gretchen Sorin

Gretchen Sorin

Driving while Black
The Academic Minute
Nov. 23, 2020

Gretchen Sorin, SUNY distinguished service professor at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, explores how Black Americans have had a different experience with cars.


Philip Sirianni

The result of taxing carbon emissions
The Academic Minute
June 12, 2020

What happens when carbon emissions are taxed? Philip Sirianni, associate professor of economics, explores how our neighbor has fared with this policy in place.

Trevor Fuller

Trevor Fuller

What is environmental justice?
The Academic Minute
June 9, 2020

Trevor Fuller, associate professor of geography and environmental sustainability, explains what environmental justice is.

Greg Fulkerson

Greg Fulkerson

Urbanization, urban dependency and urbanormativity
The Academic Minute
June 8, 2020

The world is getting more and more urban. Greg Fulkerson, associate professor of sociology, explains why an urban world will still depend on rural areas.


Bharath Ramkumar

Fast Fashion: Food isn’t the only product treatable as disposable in our society
The Academic Minute
Oct. 28, 2019

Bharath Ramkumar, professor of human ecology at SUNY Oneonta, explores fast fashion.


Jacqueline Bruscella

Do you say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?
The Academic Minute
Dec. 25, 2018

Jacqueline Bruscella, assistant professor of communication at SUNY Oneonta, says your choice may depend on your speech community.

Tracey Betsinger

Tracy Betsinger

Vampires are more than just Dracula
The Academic Minute
Oct. 31, 2017

Tracy Betsinger, associate professor in the department of anthropology at SUNY Oneonta, looks into a different European vampire legend.


Sallie Han

Material Culture and Pregnancy
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Jan. 31, 2014

Professor of Cultural Anthropology Sallie Han of the State University of New York Oneonta discusses what the items we accumulate during pregnancy say about our culture.


Jacqueline Bennett

Green Chemical Manufacturing
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
July 25, 2011

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Jacqueline Bennett of SUNY Oneonta explains her discovery of a novel and greener process of chemical production.

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