Graig and Rizzo Publish Article

Travis Graig’s ’17 and Christopher Rizzo’s ’15 article ‘Data Challenges in Dynamic, Large-Scale Resource Allocation in Remote Regions’ was recently accepted for publication in Safety Science, the #3 journal for international safety research*.  Both Graig and Rizzo are 2015-16 McDevitt Undergraduate Research Fellows in Information Systems.

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Travis Graig ’17

Travis’ analysis of Bering Strait vessel transits was also highlighted for its contribution in identifying missing and conflicting data in the variety of data sets he analyzed in his research.

Christopher Rizzo ’15

Chris’ work to develop a resource allocation database for Arctic oil spill response was heralded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, as it modeled the data, resources and equipment necessary to respond to a catastrophic oil spill in the Arctic.

Congratulations Travis and Chris!

* Grabowski, M.R, Graig, T. & Rizzo, C. 2016. Data Challenges in Dynamic, Large-Scale Resource Allocation  in Remote Regions. Safety Science. doi: 10.1016/jssci.2016.03.021.


Esbjörn-Hargens to Speak on Integral Economies

HargensCurrent approaches to capital have done much over the last hundred years to create an unsustainable world and jeopardize planetary health. Thus, the transformation of economic systems lies at the heart of sustaining our Earth.   On Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel, on the Le Moyne College campus, Dr. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens will focus on recently emerging models of capital that expand our understanding of capital to include many different forms (e.g., natural capital, human capital, psychological capital). He will examine the various metrics that are being used to measure these forms of capital and will show how these more integral approaches to value creation can play a crucial role in fostering planetary health.

This lecture is part of the McDevitt Center’s new initiative devoted to Sustaining Earth which is motivated by our conviction that a full understanding of these threats and effective responses to them must draw upon both scientific and broadly religious insights and perspectives.

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D. is the founder of MetaIntegral Associates, the world’s premier integral applications consulting firm that specializes in cross-sector coordination for large-scale change.   He has published more than a dozen articles, established the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice with Ken Wilber in 2003, and co-authored the book Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on Nature (Integral Books: 2009).

For additional information on Dr. Esbjörn-Hargens we suggest reading A Conversation Gone MetaIntegral, a brief interview between Esbjörn-Hargens and Eric Reynolds from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at or (315) 445-6200.

Ravven to Speak on Spinoza and The New Brain Sciences

RavvenBaruch Spinoza believed that a turn inward in conscious self-reflection in order to understand ourselves and our unique experiences within the entire universe offers the only possibility of freedom and transcendence. Recognizing ourselves in the world within us enables us to engage passionately in wider and wider domains that become dimensions of our very selves. As a result, our motives towards others and toward the wider world are transformed from self-serving to benevolent and responsible. Join us on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus as Heidi Ravven, Ph.D. discusses how discoveries from the New Brain Sciences may be proving Spinoza right!

This lecture is the first this spring in the continuing lecture series entitled The Future of Being Human. It is being offered in conjunction with a class of the same name that examines the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century from a multi-disciplinary lens.

Heidi Ravven, Ph.D. is a professor of religious studies at Hamilton College and a fellow in neurophilosophy in the Integrative Neurosciences Research Program. A major grant from the Ford Foundation funded her work on The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternative History of Ethics, the New Brain Sciences, and the Myth of Free Will. A member of the Atrocity Prevention Study Group (Washington, DC.), Ravven has served on the Advisory Committee to Jeffrey Sachs, Chairman of the U.N. Sustainable Development Initiative, and as Advisor to Ambassador Prudence Bushnell for the International Conference reviewing the Rwandan Genocide Crisis.

For additional information on Dr. Ravven and her work, we suggest listening to this interview with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry. Ravven discusses how the myth of free will took hold, what Spinoza had to say about it, and why if you want to be a moral person, the last thing you should do is surround yourself with like-minded people.

Dr. Ravven’s talk, Becoming at Home in the Universe as Well as in Our Own Skin: Insights from Spinoza and the New Brain Sciences, is free and open to the public. For more information please call 315-445-6200 or e-mail

An Advent Awakening: God’s Children Made of Stardust

CoyneThe universe is 13.7 billion years old. It contains approximately 100 billion galaxies, each of which contains, on the average, 200 billion stars of an immense variety. As these stars live and die they provide the chemicals necessary for the evolution of life.  On Saturday, December 5th at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 6th at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and noon at St. Ann’s Parish in Manlius, New York, Rev. George Coyne, McDevitt Chair in Physics, will celebrate mass and discuss how important it is to respect the richness of both religious faith and of scientific research as we consider the origins of the universe.

COP21 UN Climate Change Conference to Begin in Paris

We are two degrees from a vastly different world; a world of catastrophic droughts, mass extinctions, extreme rise in sea level, and more.  Overwhelming scientific consensus agrees that this will be our reality within a few decades if we do not curb our carbon emissions.  But how can this be done on a global scale?

At the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris, France held November 30 to December 11, 2015, 196 countries will meet to sign a new climate change agreement.  Their aim is to build a “Paris Climate Alliance”, capable of keeping the average global temperature rise below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels and adapt our societies to existing disruption.

To follow the conference and keep up with the latest news coming out of COP21 visit: United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

To learn more about what the COP21 conference can achieve we suggest reading this article entitled Yes, the Paris Climate Change Conference Can Save the Planet.

To continue the dialogue locally, the McDevitt Center’s initiative on Sustaining Earth will continue this spring with a lecture by Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Ph.D. (MetaIntegral, Inc.) on March 17th and John Hart, Ph.D. (Boston University School of Theology) on April 7th.  Both lectures will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus.

Dr. Cathy Gutierrez to Speak on The Deviant and The Dead Tonight

Nineteenth-century Spiritualists assured the grieving that their loved ones were thriving in the afterlife. Spiritualists threw open the pearly gates to all humanity, admitting even criminals into heaven. At the same moment, the science of criminology was born, fathered by committed Spiritualist Cesare Lombroso. Investigations into deviance both here and in the hereafter required new techniques for detecting the deviant hiding in plain sight, inaugurating new thinking about human futures.

2015-07-14 14.37.55 (2)-2Join us tonight, Monday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m. in Le Moyne’s Panasci Family Chapel as Dr. Cathy Gutierrez discusses the implications of these new techniques in a lecture entitled The Deviant and the Dead: Incarnations of Crime.’’

This lecture is part of the McDevitt Center lecture series on the Future of Being Human and is being offered in conjunction with a class of the same name that examines the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century from a multi-disciplinary lens.

Dr. Cathy Gutierrez received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her master’s and doctorate in religion from Syracuse University. She was a professor of Religion at Sweet Briar College for 18 years. The author of Plato’s Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 2009), she is the editor of several collections, most recently the Brill Handbook of Spiritualism and Channeling (2015).

This lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at or (315) 445-6200.

Michael Mann, Ph.D. to Speak at Le Moyne College

IPCC_2001_3rd Assessment_Report_SPMThe ongoing assault on climate science in the United States has never been more aggressive, more blatant, or more widely publicized than in the furor surrounding the so-called Hockey Stick–a clear and compelling graph of scientific data constructed by Dr. Michael E. Mann and his colleagues to demonstrate that global temperatures have risen in conjunction with the increase in industrialization and the use of fossil fuels dating back to 1000 AD. The graph was featured in the high-profile “Summary for Policy Makers” of the 2001 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and quickly became an icon in the debate over human-caused (“anthropogenic”) climate change.

MannTree-highresJoin us on Monday, November 2nd at 5:30 p.m. in Le Moyne College’s Panasci Family Chapel as we host a lecture by Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. Professor Mann will tell the story behind the Hockey Stick, using it as a vehicle for exploring broader issues regarding the role of skepticism in science, the uneasy relationship between science and politics, and the dangers that arise when special economic interests and those who do their bidding attempt to skew the discourse over policy-relevant areas of science. In short, Professor Mann will use the Hockey Stick to cut through the fog of disinformation that has been generated by the campaign to deny the reality of climate change and, in so doing, will reveal the very real threat to our future that lies behind it.

Dr. Michael E. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. He is the recipient of 27 honors and awards, the author of more than 180 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming (Pearson/DK Publishing, 2008) and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Columbia University Press, 2012).

For additional information on Professor Mann and his work, we suggest listening to this interview with Andrea Milan as they discuss the impact of anthropogenic climate change on a geological perspective; reading this June 2015 interview by Stefanie Penn Spear, Founder and CEO of EcoWatch, entitled “Michael Mann’s Dire Predictions Provides Ultimate Guide on Understanding Climate Change;” or watching this brief September 28th, 2015 interview that aired on The Weather Channel in which Professor Mann discussed the “cold blob” in the Atlantic Ocean, its correlation to global warming, and the implication for humanity.

Additional information is also available on Professor Mann’s website.

This talk is part of an ongoing series of lectures devoted to Sustaining Earth: Insights from Science and Religion. It is free and open to the public. For more information please call 315-445-6200 or e-mail

A Reading By George Saunders: Monday, October 19th at Le Moyne College

gsaundersWorld-renowned author, George Saunders, will be reading from his work on Monday, October 19th at 5:30pm in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus. Saunders’ reading is part of the Future of Being Human initiative sponsored by the McDevitt Core Professor, Dr. Jennifer Glancy, and the McDevitt Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Saunders has written four collections of short stories, a novella, and a book of essays. His most recent collection, Tenth of December (Random House 2013), won the 2014 Story Prize and the 2014 Folio Prize. The recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Genius grant, his work appears regularly in The New Yorker, GQ, and Harpers Magazine, and has appeared in the O’HenryBest American Short StoryBest Non-Required Reading, and Best American Travel Writing anthologies. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2013.

To learn more about George Saunders we recommend watching this short video produced by The New Yorker on December 4, 2013 in which Saunders discusses reading, writing, and teaching at Syracuse University.

We also recommend watching his inspirational 2013 Syracuse University Convocation Address that was later reprinted by The New York Times and eventually became the basis for Congratulations by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness (Random House, 2014).

For more information on George Saunders’ talk please e-mail the McDevitt Center at or call 315-445-6200.