Selected Research & Scholarship Activities

Sustainable Water: An interdisciplinary group of five faculty members collaborated on a project to involve students in research for application at Le Moyne College. Over the '09-'10 academic year their students investigated different aspects of the how to get the campus community to switch from buying bottled water to using re-fillable water bottles. Students and faculty  presented their research in public forums. Participating faculty included: Birgit Bryant (Psychology), Susan Havranek (Accounting), Wayne Grove (Economics), Anna O'Brien (Chemistry), Thaddeus Sim (Applied Management Analysis).

Green Campus Challenge Gathering
: CURAR Interim Director Caroline Tauxe worked with members of the Le Moyne College Student Environmental Coalition and the College Committee for Environmental Sustainability and with partners in the Syracuse University Sustainability Office to organize a 1-day conference hosted by Le Moyne College in Fall 2009. Fifty-one of those working on greening the operations of 24 colleges and universities throughout Central New York gathered to share their challenges and successes, and to create an ongoing network to organize annual follow-up conferences hosted by a series of CNY campuses.

Literacy Program Development: CURAR faculty affiliate Frank Ridzi is working with the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County as it begins to take shape, in the context of program development at the Community Foundation of CNY.

Save the Kids began as a collaboration between Le Moyne College, SUNY Cortland and Hillbrook Youth Detention Center, coordinated by CURAR affiliate Anthony Nocella (Criminology).

Town of DeWitt Environmental Sustainability
: CURAR Interim Director Caroline Tauxe serves on theTown of DeWitt Environmental Sustainability Committee. The group’s duty is to:
  1. Research sustainable ideas that could be implemented in the short & long term
  2. Provide education in for our homeowners and businesses 
  3. Make focused recommendations to the town Board. 

Cultural Literacy Testing
: CURAR faculty affiliate Patricia Schmidt (Education) is working with students to develop and administer a test for levels of cultural literacy. CURAR faculty affiliate Matthew Loveland (Sociology) and 2 graduate students assisted with analysis of the results.

Food Waste Reduction: an anthropologist consulted with the Student Environmental Coalition, theCollege Committee for Environmental Sustainability, and Sodexho (Le Moyne food service contractor). Eleven students worked with dining hall personnel on action research. “Trayless Tuesdays" were initiated and food waste weighed periodically, providing base line figures (Tauxe).

North Side Mosaic Oral History
: a sociologist, a philosopher and an anthropologist worked with the Northside Collaboratory to design and carry out research for application in neighborhood development planning. An affiliate in Education conducted a training workshop for those doing oral history interviews. Another anthropologist worked with 17 students class to carry out oral history interviews with neighborhood residents (Fisher, Ridzi,Schmidt, Tauxe, Tooker).

Arts and Sustainable Development
: an anthropologist assisted Art Across Borders to organize 3 public forums. She also researched and prepared a report for the organization on corporate environmental sustainability discourse (Tauxe). 

Improving Recycling at Le Moyne: 
a psychologist worked with students and CCES members to research student attitudes, beliefs and behavior regarding recycling on campus. A team also worked with OCRRA and Eagle Corporation to improve the process of recycling on campus (Bryant).

Global Cultural Education
: an anthropologist worked with Syracuse Africa Bound on strategic planning, fundraising and organizing public educational events about Ghana, and accompanied youth on a journey to Ghana. She also worked to bring together PACE-Ghana,PGS and Campus Ministries to explore the idea of a Le Moyne service-learning trip to Ghana and also researched costs (Tauxe).

Organizing Against Coal Projects
: an anthropologist consulted with members of JAM-PAC, the local chapter of the Sierra Club, the Committee of Responsible Citizens in Scriba, NY on strategies for opposing proposed coal plants, and to bring in a national figure in citizens’ anti-coal organizing (coalSwarm founder) to meet with them and give 2 public presentations (Tauxe).

Social Entrepreneurship
: Three CURAR faculty affiliates worked with a team of other Le Moyne faculty led by Salwa Ammar on a Kauffman Foundation grant to research social entrepreneurs for course development (Boyd, Ridzi, Schmidt). Two faculty affiliates worked with another faculty member from Communications and 6 students on another Kauffman grant to research and organize a series of public SEAL Seminars on this theme to be presented in the2008-2009 academic year (Ridzi, Schmidt).

Greening Le Moyne
: The CURAR Project Coordinator provided organizing and coordinating capacity to initiate, develop and institutionalize this diverse group of Le Moyne people(students, faculty, staff, administrators, and contractors) committed to improving the college’s environmental impact. This group gained official status as the College Committee for Environmental Sustainability (CCES). This initiative also resulted in the re-invigoration of the defunct Student Environmental Coalition. Together, these provide a broad institutional framework for a number of specific environmental initiatives (Tauxe).

Community Mapping
: an anthropologist worked to organize a collaborative network of local GIS mapping practitioners to share information, maps, and ideas. CURAR organized a mapping workshop/presentation to stimulate interest in using this technology for research and analysis by groups within the community, and connect them with interested faculty and students (Ridzi, Smith, Tauxe). 

Neighborhood Networks & the Digital Divide
: in 2007 a sociologist constructed a database andconducted formative evaluation for the Syracuse Housing Authority’s James Geddes NeighborhoodNetworks Center. He conducted formative evaluation again in 2008 (Ridzi).    

Team II & Youth Training
: in 2007 a sociologist constructed a database and conducted formativeevaluation for the Syracuse Housing Authority’s Team II program to involve youth in career training for multimedia fields. He conducted additional formative evaluation in 2008 (Ridzi).

Northside Collaboratory Program Portfolio: a sociologist and his 30 students worked with the Northside Collaboratory ( Franciscan Collaborative Ministries) to develop a program portfolio with a needs assessment, a budget and an evaluation plan (Ridzi).

 Weed and Seed: an anthropologist worked with a coalition of organizations in Binghamton,New York (led by the City of Binghamton Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development), to develop a new Weed and Seed Project and to write the grant request for it (Tauxe).

Youth Violence Reduction: an anthropologist served as research coordinator for a coalition including lead partners Broome County Gang Prevention and the City of Binghamton in the preparation of a needs and resources assessment as part of a comprehensive juvenile crime reduction strategic planning process (Tauxe).

La Liga Organizational Development
: two faculty members from Human Relations and Education worked with the Board of Directors of the Spanish Action League (La Liga) on organizational development, governance (Higgins, Schmidt).

Onondaga County Government Consolidation: a political scientist worked with Syracuse 20/20 (Freie). 

Redeveloping New Orleans
: an anthropologist served as a consultant for Citizen DrivenDevelopment, to prepare summary reports and analysis for a community development collaboration between Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in Post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana (Tauxe).

Planning for Aging Baby Boomers
: a sociologist worked with 9 Onondaga County Departments on strategic planning and analysis to help them prepare for increased future demand for services (Ridzi).

 Neighborhood Assemblies AmeriCorps*VISTA Project: an anthropologist worked with the City of Binghamton, Citizens Action of NY and Binghamton University to develop a VISTA project and prepare a successful grant application. A year later she prepared a successful renewal application for the project. (Tauxe). 

Friends of Loguen Park Association
: an anthropologist worked with the Board of Directors on strategic planning and fundraising (Tauxe).

Mapping Hunger in Syracuse: a CURAR sociologist and another faculty member (Brenda Kirby, psychology) worked with the Syracuse Hunger Project to do digital GIS mapping of hunger and interviews with food pantry personnel (Ridzi).