In the News – September 2015

In the News – September 2015

*A microbeads/microplastics study coordinated by Vincent Breslin, co-chairman of the Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences Department, has generated plenty of media attention. The study found that microbeads, a form of microplastics, were found in New Haven Harbor.

Vince was interviewed by Channel 61 on Sept. 28 during the station’s 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts.

Channel 8 also aired an interview on Sept. 28 during its 5 p.m. newscast.

The Hartford Courant posted an online piece on Sept. 28 as part of the paper’s Capitol Watch blog.

*Channel 8 interviewed Jim Thorson, professor of economics and finance, during its evening newscast on Sept. 25. The interview was part of a story about the Lockheed Martin purchase of Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies. Jim talked about the economic impact of such a deal.

*Ruth Eren, chairwoman of the Special Education Department, was featured in the Sept. 28 edition of the New Haven Register for being selected as Southern’s first-ever endowed chair. She has been named as the Goodwin Endowed Chair in Special Education.

*The New Haven Register today ran a front page story in its Sept. 15 edition about Southern’s School of Education regaining its “full continuing approval” from the state Board of Education. The article talks about Southern’s efforts to lift its probationary approval status from a year ago to gain full continuing approval within one year, even though the university was given three years to do so. The article quotes Sarah Barzee, chief talent officer for the state Department of Education, as saying that Southern engaged in “incredible efforts.” She also praised School of Education Dean Stephen Hegedus, Provost Bette Bergeron and President Mary Papazian in that drive to regain full continuing approval.

Southern also gained two other mentions last week on getting the state Board of Education approval.

The Connecticut Post ran a story in its Sept. 4 edition.

The Hartford Courant ran a story on Sept. 4 in which Southern’s approval was mentioned.

*The New Haven Register ran a photo in its Sept. 11 edition of President Mary Papazianpresenting the SCSU President’s Medal of Honor the previous evening to Rouben Mirzakhanyan, rector at Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan, Armenia. The award was made in recognition of his commitment to enhancing the quality of education in Armenia by establishing international exchange partnerships with Southern and other institutions in Europe and beyond. Provost Bette Bergeron is also in the photo as she assisted in the award presentation.

The presentation was made during a reception at the Lyman Center to mark the opening of a photography exhibit by Philosophy Professor Armen Marsoobian titled, “Bearing Witness to the Lost History of an Armenian Family Through the Lens of the Dildilian Brothers.” The images in the exhibit tell the story of Armen’s family against the backdrop of events that included a war that ravaged the world and a collapsing empire.

The Register also posted an online photo album from the event.