In the News – June 2015

In the News – June 2015

*The New Haven Register ran a Page 1 story on June 29 about the research of Miranda Dunbar, assistant professor of biology, and senior biology major Christopher Wisniewskiregarding White Nose Syndrome, a deadly disease that is killing bats in frightening numbers. The story also noted that the two have put up a few bat houses on campus, which are designed to give a small number of bats a safe refuge. Miranda is an established expert on bats, while Chris also has done extensive research on them. A photo of the two in front of a bat house is included on Page 1.

*Tracy Tyree, vice president for student affairs, and Jean Breny, chairwoman of the Public Health Department, were quoted in a story June 28 that ran in the New Haven Register about what qualities make college students stand out among their peers. The story was part of a supplement called “Celebrate the class of 2015.” The supplement also included several photos of Southern students from this year’s undergraduate commencement exercises at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Tracy and Jean shared their insight and suggestions to college students.

*A picture of Eric Triffin, long-time adjunct faculty member in the Public Health Department, appeared in the New Haven Register on June 28. He was rehearing for an International Festival of Arts & Ideas concert, dressed up as Snappy the Peas/ce Pod, as part of an effort to encourage children to eat healthy foods, such as vegetables.

*Audrey Kerr, professor of English, wrote an opinion piece titled, “What does it mean to be white?: Dylann Roof, Rachel Dolezal and the ugly legacy of the Rhinelander case,” which was published on June 25 in the online news site, She is the author of a book, “The Paper Bag Principle: Class, Colorism and Rumor, and the Case of Black Washington, D.C.”

*Tim Parrish, professor of English, has appeared in several media outlets over the last few days.

He wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Daily News, which was published on June 21, regarding racism and its connection with the recent shooting in Charleston, S.C. Tim is the author of a recent memoir, “Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist.”

As a result of the op-ed, he was interviewed on June 22 on the Politics of the United States radio show, hosted by Michael Smerconish, on SiriusXM.

He also was a June 20 guest on the Mississippi Public Television network to talk about the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium.

*The New Haven Register featured Southern’s Human Performance Lab as the lead storyJune 18 in its Sports Section. The article included two major projects with which the lab is currently involved – testing of runners using a state-of-the-art treadmill that can detect flaws in running form that may lead to hip, knee and ankle injuries; and testing of a new shoe insole by the Roar Performance company of Milford to determine if the insert enhances athletic performance.

The article also mentioned the lab’s ability to test for VO-2 max, an important test of maximum oxygen consumption for distance runners, as well as body fat composition.

A picture of the insert, the treadmill and of two of Southern’s Exercise Science Department faculty members – Bob Gregory and Bill Lunn – also are included in the piece. Bob and Bill play key roles in the lab operations.

*An op-ed appearing in the June 15 edition of the New Haven Register mentioned the recently launched program at Southern to boost the state’s bioscience efforts. The op-ed was co-authored by Susan Froshauer (president and CEO of CURE, the network of life and healthcare sciences companies in Connecticut) and Robert Skolozdra (a local architect).

*The New Haven Register ran a June 13 story about a documentary, “Letter From Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio.” Sheila Hickey Garvey, professor of theater, appears in the documentary. She directed the 2013 oratorio, “Letter From Italy, 1944,” on which the film is based. The production talks about an American soldier who fought in World War II and suffered from PTSD. The documentary was produced by Karyl Evans, who has taught at Southern.

*A New Haven Registerarticle on June 11 previewed a talk given by Troy Rondinone, professor of history, about the history of some well-known Connecticut boxers. The talk was part of the West Haven Historical Society’s Sports History Weekend. Troy is the author of a book, “Friday Night Fighter.”

*The New Haven Independent posted a story June 10 in which Marna Wilber, president of the New Haven Manufacturers Association (NHMA) Board of Directors, was interviewed. During that interview, she mentioned some NHMA initiatives, including next month’s Materials and Manufacturing Summer Teachers Institute, a collaborative effort with Southern.

*Elliott Horch, professor of physics, is the focus of a cover story in the June edition of New Haven Living magazine, a sister publication of the Hartford Courant.

The story talks about a couple of major projects that Elliott has conducted for the National Science Foundation and his role in NASA’s Kepler Mission – a project to find Earth-like planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. It also refers to the impending opening of the Academic and Laboratory Science Building.