Descartes, Rene Michel - Anthropology, Archaeological Theory, Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Early Agriculture
Department: Liberal Studies
Office Location: Ryder Hall 216
Office Phone: 518-255-5661
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs, and by appt.
Area of Expertise: Anthropology
Courses Taught: Full Range of Courses in Anthropology; Western Civilization Survey
About Me: Research Interests in the Origin of the State; Archaeological Theory; Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia; Egypt; Evolution of Early Cultural Complexity; Early Agriculture, particularly hydraulic applications.
Owner, with Dr. Marsha Descartes, and Operator of Beaver Dam Farms, Berne, NY, a Registered Polled Hereford operation since 1977.
Curriculum Vitae: Resume with full information on employment experience, symposium, research experience , grants, additional publications, available on demand.
- 1981 The New School for Social Research, Ph.D. Anthropology
Dissertation: “Karl Wittfogel and the Nomothetic Revival in Anthropology”.
Committee: Michael J. Harner, Chair; Stanley Diamond; Rayna Rapp
- 1972 University at Albany, M.A. Anthropology
- 1970 University of Buffalo, B.A. Anthropology
- Minors: Classics; European History
- 1998 University at Albany, M.A. History
- 1991 University at Albany M.L.S.
- 2011 – present : University of Manchester, UK Program in Egyptology
- Dansville Central High School, Dansville, NY
- FFA 1957-1961
- Star Farmer Award 1961
- Livingston County Public Speaking Champion 1961
- St. Anne’s Academy, Manhattan, NY
- 2006 “Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Ancient Greece” in Ancient Greece, T.L. Sienkewicz, ed., Pasadena.
- 2005 “England’s Agricultural Revolution”, in The Seventeenth Century, L.J. Taylor, Pasadena.
- 2005 ” Reign of Montezuma II, 1502-1520″ in ,The Renaissance and Early Modern Era, C.J. Moose, ed, Pasadena.
- 2004 “Ubaid Culture Flourishes in Mesopotamia”, in The Ancient World, Mark W. Chavalas, ed. Pasadena.
- 2004 “Halafian People in Northern Mesopotamia” in Great Event from History: The Ancient World, Pasadena.
- 2004 “Hohokam Adapt to the Desert Southwest”, in The Middle Ages, Brian A. Pavlac, ed. , Pasadena
- 2002 “Agricultural and Animal Husbandry” in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Vol. 1, Pasadena.
- 2002 “Fertile Crescent” in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Vol. 2, Pasadena.
- 2002 “Natufian Culture”, in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Vol. 2, Pasadena.
- 1974 “The Cabot Site: A Ceramic Period Occupation, North Haven Island, Maine”, Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin 14 (2).
Research and Grants: Listed on Resume, available on demand.
Title: Assistant Professor of Art and Graphic Design
Department: Liberal Studies
Office Location: Ryder 103
Office Phone: (518) 255-5355
Additional Title: Grosvenor Art Gallery Director
Areas of Expertise:
- 2D: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking
- 3D: Sculpture, Ceramics
- Digital: Typography, Illustration, Photography
Courses Taught: Design I, Drawing, Art History I
About Me: Multidisciplinary fine artist who loves to teach
- Master of Fine Arts, Marywood University, 2011
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cazenovia College, 2005
- Cazenovia College
- Herkimer College
- Marywood University
- Design I
- 2D Design & Color Theory
- Painting I
- Painting II
- Drawing I
- Drawing II
- Figure Drawing
- Art History
- Fundamentals of Art Education in Early Childhood Development
- Art Therapy
Title: Paramedic Program Clinical Coordinator
Department: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Office Location: Wheeler 104
Office Phone: 5382
Areas of Expertise: Paramedic, Emergency Management
Courses Taught: Paramedic, AEMT, and EMT Clinical
About Daniel: Nationally Registered and New York State Certified Paramedic with 8 years of EMS experience. Currently working as a Paramedic for the Town of Colonie EMS Department and a Flight Paramedic with the New York State Police Lifeguard 12 medevac program.
Department: Department of Natural Sciences and Math
Office Location: Wheeler 112
Office Phone: 518-255-5446
Office Hours: TBA – check office door for schedule
Areas of Expertise: organic chemistry, ethics, biology, STEM recruitment
Courses Taught: Organic Chemistry I and II, Biochemistry, Ethics in Science, Medicine and Technology (usually abroad in foreign country with International Travel), Special Topics in Biotechnology with interest in 2013-2015 in RNA interference, Biology 111 and 112.
About Lynda: My undergraduate background was in biology and philosophy while my graduate background was in environmental medicine with a focus in Oncology, the study of cancer and tumors, with a specialty in radiation induced skin tumors and epithelial cell kinetics. However, my research interests at Cobleskill have been Salary equity, STEM programming for middle and high school students, including designing and directing CSI camps, RNA interference in C. elegans, and EGCG (green tea extract) antioxidant effects on lipids. I have been the founding advisor since 2001 for the Pre Vet Club on campus and most of my advisees are pre vet and pre med students.
Other Links: http://csisummercamps.com/
Title: Instructional Support Associate
Department: Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Office Location: WH234A
Office Phone: 518-255-5136
Areas of Expertise: Support labs in Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, General Biology
Courses Taught: Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
About Laura: I have been employed in a variety of industries pertaining to the Natural Sciences. These include hospital laboratory, biotech manufacturing/regulatory affairs, and environmental microbiology laboratory settings.
Title: Professor/Director of Histotechnology
Department: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Office Location: Wheeler Hall 115
Office Phone: 518-255-5417
Areas of Expertise: Histotechnology
I started my academic career at Wellesley College where I received a BA with a major in Biology. I received my Ph.D. in Anatomy from Boston University and I completed my post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School. My professional career started as a research assistant and I progressed up the ranks of research to Principle Investigator. Over the years my research has been supported by multiple granting agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst for research in Germany. While still active in research I regularly reviewed manuscripts for peer reviewed journals and I served as a primary reviewer for program projects at both NIH and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and as an independent assessor for the National Health and Medical Research Council of the Commonwealth of Australia. I have published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. My research has always focused on the gastrointestinal tract in development and disease.
Though research has always fascinated and challenged me, my ultimate goal has always been to teach and to share the world of science with others. Over my 37 years of teaching I have held many positions ranging from adjunct faculty to full professor and I have taught in a variety of schools including Harvard and PA State Medical Schools, Franklin and Marshall College, Harrisburg area Community College and, most recently, at SUNY Cobleskill. My teaching has focused primarily on courses in Histology, Histotechnology, Anatomy and Physiology. Since coming to SUNY Cobleskill in 1995 I have served as the Program Director of Histotechnology. In the teaching arena, the highlight of my teaching career was receipt of the Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching, while in the professional arena it was the receipt of the State awarded Dominique Europa award for my contributions to the field of Histotechnology.
I have given presentations at the local, State, National and International levels. I have also been a member of a wide variety of professional organizations and am currently a member of Epsilon Pi Tau, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the National Society for Histotechnology where I am a member of the education committee, and the New York State Histotechnological Society where I serve as a member of the Board of Directors and as a member of the editorial staff for their publication “Onstage”.