In the News – February 2014

In the News – February 2014

*Armen Marsoobian, professor of philosophy, was interviewed Feb. 28 for a story inArmenian Weekly that was a preview of a talk he gave in Las Vegas titled, “Survival and Resistance in the Heart of Darkness: The Story of an ‘Islamized’ Armenian Family in Marsovan, 1915-1919.”

*Jim Barber, director of community engagement, was the focus of an article that ran in the Feb. 23 edition of the New Haven Register for an award he received from the West Haven Black Coalition. He received this year’s Rev. Dr. Edwin R. Edmonds Humanitarian Award at the organization’s recent Carroll E. Brown Scholarship and Community Awards dinner.

*The New Haven Register ran a front page story in the Feb. 16 paper that focused on Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska, professor of philosophy. The story discussed her observations – based on considerable research — pertaining to the increase in robotic use in today’s society. Robots are beginning to be used to teach children and to assist nurses in hospitals and nursing homes. Krystyna discusses ethical questions related to future uses of robots.

*Southern’s efforts to recruit students into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines recently received some notoriety with a Feb. 12 article in CT Latino News, an online publication. The article talked about how the university is seeking to increase the number of minority students, particular Latinos, in the STEM programs. The article served as the lead story in the Feb. 12 edition of the publication. Pablo Molina, chief information officer at Southern, was quoted extensively in the article. He noted that the state and national need for more STEM students, coupled with the changing demographics, make this an especially important effort.

*The New Haven Register ran a story in the Feb. 9 edition about the Connecticut Youth and College Summit that was hosted by Southern and the university’s chapter of the NAACP. The paper reported that the event drew more than 100 high school, middle school and college students.

*Lisa Lancor, chairwoman of the Computer Science Department, was interviewed at 8:50 a.m. Feb. 4 on WTIC radio’s (1080 AM) “Mornings with Ray Dunaway” show about cybersecurity. She talked about some of the latest hacking threats and what people can do to protect their computers.

*Mike Donnelly, coach of the men’s basketball team, was co-featured in an article Feb. 4 in theNew Haven Register about how both Southern and the University of New Haven have turned their men’s basketball programs around. The story previewed the SCSU-UNH game that evening.

*Michael Finnegan, a Southern student who is active in the National Guard after serving three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, was profiled in a Feb. 3 article in the New Haven Register. He has produced several documentaries that tell the story about everyday Americans.

*The Connecticut Post  blog, “Education Matters,” included a post that previewed the “Materials and Manufacturing Institute” at Southern. The post was written by reporter Linda Lambeck.