Finding ‘Place’ in Unexpected Places
Dec11

Finding ‘Place’ in Unexpected Places

Helping residents in Puerto Rico Reminds Us What Home and Belonging Really Are. Danny stood on the curb waiting for us every day in front of his hurricane-ravaged house in Puerto Rico as we arrived to help him rebuild.  His residence outside of Carolina City was among thousands all but destroyed by Hurricane Maria in the fall of 2017, and Geneseo alumnus Dan Martin ’16 and I led a group of seven Geneseo students last May.  The...

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Seven Marathons. Seven Continents. Seven days.
Dec11

Seven Marathons. Seven Continents. Seven days.

Check out Cara’s “ultimate motivating playlist” for tunes to keep you going on a run or exercising.  Teacher Cara Nelson ’09 brought the experience of completing an impossible feat to her students. Along the way, she learned that succeeding is all mental. Last spring, Cara Nelson ’09 accomplished something that may seem impossible. She completed seven marathons on seven continents — in seven days. Nelson first ran...

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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.  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 steps, as commuters rush past him. She will be here again on the...

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Zebrafish May Advance Our Vision
Aug15

Zebrafish 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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