Faculty Focus-December 12, 2022 – St. Lawrence University Saints

Faculty members put their knowledge into action so students and others are able to benefit from it. Recently, faculty presented their creative work on stage, during conferences, and in published research articles.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Kevin Angstadt ’14 published his article “Synthesizing Legacy String Code for FPGAs Using Bounded Automata Learning” in the September/October 2022 special issue of IEEE Micro on Compiling for Accelerators. The article focuses on automatically converting existing software to run on specialized, application-specific computer hardware, known as accelerators.
Angstadt’s expertise is in the intersection of computer architecture, programming languages, and software engineering where he develops programming support for emerging hardware technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Assistant Professor  Performance and Communication Arts Jennifer Baker’s creative scholarship on Clay Jenkinson’s “Shakespeare: The Magic of the Word recently premiered in Chicago. Baker designed, constructed, and distressed costumes, wigs, and headgear to support the staged portions of the performance.
Baker‘s creative work focuses on scenic and costume design and construction.
Associate Professor of History Howard Eissenstat weighed in on debates within Turkish historiography as a guest on the podcast, The Lausanne Project
Eissenstat’s recent work has focused increasingly on contemporary Turkish domestic and foreign policy, especially on issues of rule-of-law, minority rights, and the reshaping of political culture under the Justice and Development Party (AKP). At St. Lawrence, he teaches courses on Middle Eastern history and politics and in the First-Year Seminar (FYS). In addition to traditional academic work, Eissenstat served for over a decade as a Turkey Country Specialist for Amnesty International-USA. He has lectured at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. military, and the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, as well as given testimony to the Canadian Senate and offered briefings to Congressional Committees.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies Robert Flahive presented two papers, “Mobilizing colonial archives to address historical silences: Reframing World Heritage List materials through the Research Center for Material Culture archives” and “International peace and security at the expense of whom? Unsettling the United Nations Headquarters” at the annual International Studies Association Northeast Conference.
The papers were based on archival work in the Dutch National Museum of World Cultures (NMVW) through the Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC) and research into the destroyed worlds and urban forms that enabled the construction of the United Nations Headquarters in midtown Manhattan. 
Flahive’s research is broadly interested in how power is produced and contested through the built environment. I use the built environment as a device to challenge the obfuscation of historical and ongoing injustices.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Co-Director of the Sustainability Program published a peer-reviewed chapter titled “Ancestral Centers and Bureaucratic Boundaries: Sociolinguistic Scaling in an Eastern Indonesian Polity” in an edited volume titled New Directions in Linguistic Geography: Articulations of Space. The chapter analyzes shifting relations between ethnic languages and the national language in Indonesia.
Harr’s research examines how social change is reflected in and precipitated by people’s use of different languages. Since 2002, he has conducted research in multilingual communities in the highlands of central Flores, an island in eastern Indonesia.
James H. Chapin Professor of Geology and Mineralogy Antun Husinec published a paper evaluating the petroleum reservoir potential of deep-water limestones of the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt, in the peer-review journal Marine and Petroleum Geology. The paper has been among the most downloaded articles from Marine and Petroleum Geology in the last 3 months. 
Husinec’s research focuses on the carbonate-rock record of a 540-million-year history of climate-induced sea-level changes, which provides a window into how similar modern tropical habitats might respond to global warming. His recent research projects include Mesozoic Periadriatic platform carbonates (Croatia), Lower Paleozoic mixed carbonate-evaporite succession of the Williston Basin (USA); Permian-Triassic deposits (Persian Gulf); and modern reefs and lagoons of the Caribbean Region (Bahamas, Jamaica, Honduras).
Visiting Lecturer in Performance and Communication Arts Jessica Madden presented her work at the National Dance Education Organization’s annual meeting. Madden’s presentation focused on teaching dance during the pandemic and considered post-pandemic implications of the physically attuned, active-listening, and gestural resonance methodologies discovered in her research methods.
Madden’s creative work and research investigate the role of personal narrative, specificity, and vulnerability, as well as storytelling, in creating an empathetic connection in both process and performance. 
Associate Professor of Economics Sahar Milani published an article on Inomics.com reflecting on diversity initiatives implemented in the St. Lawrence economics department and provided advice to other economics departments looking to increase the diversity of their undergraduate majors and build a more inclusive professional environment.  
She also weighed in on the best debt consolidation loans for bad credit on WalletHub.com.
Milani is an innovation economist with research interests in environmental economics, macroeconomics, and the financing of innovation. In the summer of 2021, she taught a personal finance sophomore seminar at St. Lawrence called Money Management Matters: Financial Literacy in a Dynamic World. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.S. in Management Science (Financial Analysis) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a B.B.A. in Finance, Investment, and Banking from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Maurer Associate Professor of Performance and Communication Arts Alison Rowland published an article examining masculine entitlement as a rhetorical strategy. 
At St. Lawrence, Rowland teaches courses like Rhetoric and Public Speaking, Gender and Communications, Rhetoric of Life and Death, and Queer Rhetorics. She has also taught in the First-Year Program and conducted a first-year seminar titled Speak Up!: Rhetoric and Public Speaking. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University, a master’s in critical, social, and cultural psychology from the University of Bath in Bath, Great Britain, and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
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St. Lawrence University has named Brenda Papineau director of Native American Affairs. Papineau, a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2002, a master’s in counseling and human development in 2006, and a master’s in educational leadership in 2015.
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Audrey Bowman ’24 and Annabella Kennedy ’24 took home the Austin Sartin Collaborative Research Award at the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.
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