North country people
Brian Arbuckle, Canton, Company B, 2-108th Infantry, Army National Guard, was promoted to staff sergeant.
Staff Sgt. Marla Carter, Fort Drum, recently reenlisted to continue service with the Intelligence and Sustainment Company, 42nd Infantry Division, Army National Guard.
Yaoqing Liu, assistant professor of computer science at Clarkson University, Potsdam, received more than $200,000 in research awards in a year’s time from several agencies, including NSF/CITeR, Comcast and the Air Force Research Lab. Professor Liu’s research interests include networked systems, future internet architecture and blockchain technology.
Goodarz Ahmadi, Robert R. Hill professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, was named Fellow of American Society of Thermal and Fluid Engineering. He received his certificate at the Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference, held in April in Las Vegas.
Kimberly Meyer, a native of Croghan, has been appointed as the new Croghan relationship center manager of Northern Credit Union. Ms. Meyer has been a credit union team member for 15 years. She graduated from Beaver River Central School, Beaver Falls, and attended Jefferson Community College, Watertown, and Le Moyne College, Syracuse.
Ashley J. Livingston, Lisbon, civil and environmental engineering technology major at SUNY Canton, received the David R. Maynard Student Activies Award at the college’s commencement on May 11. She is a founding member of the college’s Society of Women Engineers, where she served as president. In addition, she has volunteered for numerous events.
Thomas Holsen, the Jean S. Newell Distinguised Professor of Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, was recently awarded the Lifetime Research Achievement Award. Mr. Holsen’s research interests include determining sources, movement, transformations and fate of environmental pollutants including emerging contaminants of concern.
Derek Maus, English professor at SUNY Potsdam, released two books in April. “Jesting in Earnest: Percival Everett and Menippean Satire,” was released April 2; and “Conversations with Colson Whitehead,” was released April 13.
Brian Bray, LaFargeville, mathematics and music; and Nicholle L. Gotham, Gouverneur, performance and communication arts, were both inducted into the Ives Society, music honorary, at St. Lawrence University, Canton.
Alana Costello, Watertown, nursing, was recently inducted into the Rho Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society at Elmira College.
Behzad Behnia, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, was awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “EAGER: Investigating the Use of Spiral Cracking Pattern in Fracture Characterization of Soft Adhesive Materials.” The funds will support one graduate student and two undergraduate student researchers for two years.
Zachary Gagnon, Ogdensburg, was awarded an Alumni Association Scholarship at the annual SUNY Oneonta scholarship dinner, held April 4.
Cara D. Aguirre, Theresa, received the SUNY 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. She was honored at JCC’s graduation ceremony May 17.
Ms. Aguirre earned an associate degree in hospitality and tourism, with concentration in winery management and marketing, from JCC in December. She participates in the college’s honor program, holes a grade point average of 3.84, serves as president of the business/hospitality and tourism club and secretary for Tau Xi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Together with two of her professors, she co-authored a research paper titled “Global Climate Change Influences Wine Production and Tourism in Northern New York” and presented the paper in Porto, Portugal.
Ms. Aguirre is pursuing an associate degree in business administration from JCC and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam, through the Higher Education Center. In the fall, she anticipates again traveling to Portugal to participate in a grape and wine production internship.