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Speakers

Alexandra Zagara

"Changing Language in Music Education"

Alif Jakir is a a third year dual degree computer science and data analytics student at Clarkson University. His research is on  Artificial Intelligence at the TARS human computer interaction lab. One of his main interests is understanding the general principles behind human intelligence and creativity, and augmenting it with AI. He likes to ponder questions about where this technology might one day take our world, and how it may change our conceptions of ourselves.

"Cognitive Automation / Augmentation" 

Anastasia Ivanova

"Understanding the Villain -Cross Cultural MIScommunications between the United States and Russia and its affects on Cinema."

Anastasia Ivanova is a Russian Born American who has a passion for the outdoors. As a senior here at SUNY Potsdam, she will graduate next fall with a B.S in Geology and GIS, and a B.A in Environmental Studies and Wilderness Education. When her final semester is concluded, Anastasia plans to become a Geoscientist-in –the- Park (GIP) for a year. After, she will pursue a master's degree in Environmental Engineering Science at the Colorado School of Mines. During her free time, she enjoys slacklining, backpacking, and collecting rocks from her travels.  

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Mental Health

Emma Massa

"Our Brains on Trauma: Emotions and Implications from the Perspective of a Student"  

Ms. Massa is a dedicated historian, researcher and student. Driven by her passion Emma takes pride in constructing well-researched projects at her graduate institution as well as checking in on her nearly 75 undergraduate students. As a graduate student, her goals include finishing her Ph.D. and working abroad creating preventative and interventive programming for underrepresented populations experiencing trauma. 

In addition to her primary goals Emma has been recognized by SUNY Potsdam for her extraordinary commitment to advocating for her fellow students’ needs and inspiring inclusion among them. In the Spring of 2021 Emma was recognized for her involvement in the representation of homeless students as well as her efforts to the campus food pantry. She then went on to organize one of the most successful students led food drives in the history of SUNY Potsdam with her fellow Emerging Leaders. When she sees a need, she will find a solution.  

Karen Caldwell

"Learning Out Loud"

Karen Caldwell, Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Professional Studies, is an adult learning specialist. Karen applies brain and cognitive science to all aspects of her research, teaching, and program development and her (awesome) undergrad and graduate students use digital media to take their applied learning experiences to the next level of content and career competencies. For over two decades Karen has lived and worked in South Korea, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, and is now based in Canada and the US. Her roles have ranged from Trade Commissioner for Canada to program development to English as a Foreign Language Teacher and she remains a curious, cradle-to-grave learner. 

Kate Cleary

"Food for the Future"

Kate Cleary is a conservation biologist whose research focuses on evaluating the complex relationships between biodiversity and agriculture. She has worked in systems ranging from corn milpas in highland Guatemala, to industrial pineapple plantations in Costa Rica, and most recently, to organic vegetable farms in the Adirondack region. Across these diverse systems, her research has always found that modern industrial agriculture is harmful to biodiversity, but solutions do exist, if we embrace them.  

Kate holds a BA in English from the University of Richmond, an MSc in Conservation Biology from Colorado State University and a PhD in Conservation Genetics from the University of Idaho. Between these degrees, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica, and has also worked for the National Park Service, the US Geological Survey, and private environmental consulting firms. In her current position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at SUNY Potsdam, Kate’s goals are to involve as many undergraduate students as possible with her research program, and to instill in all her students a sense of both urgency and optimism about creating a more sustainable future.   

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Madison Bray-Trophia

"Me Too Edu: A Title IX Task Force"

Madison Bray-Trophia (‘22) is a senior studying Arts Management, Music Business, and Anthropology. She currently serves on three executive boards including the Harry Potter Alliance, Potsdam Music Business Club, and the It’s on Us Chapter. Madison primarily focuses on program development and arts nonprofits, evident in her work with the Crane Institute for Music Business and Entrepreneurship, and the St. Lawrence Arts Council.  

 As a campus leader, Madison strives to make the campus a more equitable place for every student and prides herself on being a public advocate for sexual violence awareness and prevention on campus. She hopes that one day, she can bring together her love for community development and arts administration in order to make the world a better place.   

Mallory Wittlin

"Reconnecting Broken Links: The Importance of Cultural Connections for Adoptees "

Mallory Wittlin is a senior at SUNY Potsdam, pursuing her bachelor's degree in English Composition and Creative Writing. Coming from a unique family dynamic, she uses her experiences of being an adoptee from Colombia as a means to narrate creative projects around themes of diversity, acceptance, and racial conflict. With her experiences in working with children from all backgrounds and of all ages, Mallory’s goal in writing is what she also plans on bringing to the classroom, dynamic and unique lessons about representation and identity. Having struggled with her cultural identity, Mallory’s journey of narrating the “adoptee journey” is just the beginning of what is to become of her writing projects, personal growth, and how she plans to teach representation and culture in her future classes as a middle or high school teacher.  

Dr. Seon A Levius

“Coaching Business” 

Dr. Seon A. Levius is an Assistant Professor of Technology in the SUNY Potsdam Department of Business Administration. He has recently been awarded the Thomas L. and Jane D. Russell Distance Education Faculty Excellence Award for his pedagogy using inquiry-based learning. He has also been recently appointed SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador because of his teaching excellence.  
Dr. Levius teaches in the Master of Science in management program—the first fully online degree program at SUNY Potsdam. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Walden University in Minneapolis and a Master of Science degree in information systems management from the University of Liverpool. Levius also completed Harvard Business School Executive Education programs in digital transformation, and attended the University of Guyana, where he studied public management. 
Before joining SUNY Potsdam, Levius led the information and communication technology portfolios for two Caribbean intergovernmental and multilateral agencies based in Barbados. His teaching draws from sharing this eclectic knowledge and life experiences to inspire lifelong curiosity.  

Simisola Macaulay

"No Wahala: The struggle for gendered language as Nigerian-American"  

Simisola Macaulay is a rising Senior as SUNY Potsdam double majoring in International Studies and Anthropology concentrating on history, culture, and gender studies. They are the current Vice President of the African Student Assocation and Anthropology Club, along with being a member of CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program), Emerging Leaders and the Presidents List. She is an aspiring Research Anthropologist, working toward conducting research in West Africa on Traditional Gender and Sexual expression. Simi is avid book and music lover but is most likely to be found petting a dog or wrapped in a blanket.