Explorer. Scholar. Teacher.
Aug15

Explorer. Scholar. Teacher.

Since 1969, Ronald Herzman has examined culture, the arts and humanity across the world and through time. Students and colleagues say the voyages they have taken have been transformative. On a Wednesday in early April, Ronald Herzman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, Geneseo faculty member since 1969 and international scholar, now in the last month before his retirement, walks down University Drive on his way to his 8:30...

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The Psychology of Happiness and the Sociology of Well-being
Aug15

The Psychology of Happiness and the Sociology of Well-being

Recent books by Geneseo faculty members take different approaches in examining what may make for a better world and for satisfied lives The Shakespearian assertion that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” doesn’t hold weight these days according to the United Nation’s annual World Happiness Report. Denmark, and the handful of other Scandinavian countries, are consistent leaders on the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions...

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The first human cyborg
Aug15

The first human cyborg

Emily Borghard ’11 was one of the first people to receive a brain stimulator implant. For Borghard, a life without seizures has opened up a new world.  VIDEO: Meet Emily and hear about her Pay It Forward project. As part of her daily commuting routine, Emily Borghard ’11 stands outside the 168th Street subway station in New York City with a stash of new socks in her messenger bag. She offers a pair to a man sitting on the entryway...

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Zebra Fish May Advance Our Vision
Aug15

Zebra Fish May Advance Our Vision

Small pet-store fish with regenerative powers may help conquer sight loss in humans. The National Eye Institute estimates that the number of people affected by eye diseases will increase significantly by 2050. Many of these disorders, such as age-related macular degeneration, result in the breakdown of the retina, which contains photoreceptor neurons that detect light and help move that information to the brain. Humans can’t...

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Community Gold
Apr01

Community Gold

Tom Matthews has helped mentor student leaders for more than 50 years. Tom Matthews gazes through the window of his second-floor office in the MacVittie College Union, taking in the majestic Genesee Valley. It’s a view he has enjoyed thousands of times during his 51 years at the College. Many alumni remember Matthews as the ultimate mentor who could identify their hidden leadership talents and gently provide guidance on how to empower...

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Breaking the Chains
Apr01

Breaking the Chains

Activists — including those from the Geneseo community — are using lessons from history to combat modern slavery and galvanize communities. An estimated 40.3 million people are in some form of modern slavery in 167 countries worldwide, according to the 2017 Global Slavery Index, published by the Walk Free Foundation, which works towards ending modern slavery. Some 50 percent are in forced labor, and 25 percent of slaves are children...

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