Medaille Professor Discusses Lackawanna Terror Arrest on Local TV and Radio
Steven MacMartin, director of Medaille’s bachelor's degree program in homeland security and a clinical assistant professor at the College, appeared in-studio on WBEN-AM radio on July 30 to discuss the arrest of a Lackawanna, New York, resident on charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. MacMartin has also spoken about the arrest with WKBW-TV and WIVB-TV.
During his radio appearance, MacMartin discussed the complex issue of radicalization. In this specific case, federal authorities believe the suspect attempted to join the terrorist organization ISIS.
“Radicalization is a very complicated topic,” he said. “I think it’s a popular misconception that radicalization targets the unintelligent, the person living in poverty or the mentally ill. Radicalization is a process that’s seeking different target switches in people. There are lots of people out there who have a grievance, or a perceived grievance, that are a danger to become radicalized.”
He cautioned listeners to remain vigilant in their communities, and to report any suspicious behavior to authorities: “I don’t think we should let our guard down. If you see something, say something. This is an example that things like this can happen in your own backyard.”
The Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creativity Panel was open to the entire campus community and aimed to celebrate faculty scholarship, mentor students on the research process, and promote the annual spring semester Student Research, Scholarship & Creativity Day.
The second phase of development at the Medaille Sports Complex, slated to be completed in summer 2020, will add a baseball diamond, three softball diamonds, four dugouts, two batting cages, press boxes, scoreboards, and a multipurpose field to the already robust site.
Biology students at Medaille will now have 10 acres of land in Amherst to use as a "living laboratory" to study ecology, thanks to a wetland donation made by Frank and Jeanette Levin.
Dr. Reichenberg Highlights Medaille’s Graduate Literacy Education Program at the New York State Reading Association ConferenceProgram Director for Literacy Education Dr. Jennifer Reichenberg spoke at the New York State Reading Association’s Annual Conference in Albany, New York, discussing how Medaille is implementing the International Literacy Association’s revised standards for the preparation of literacy professionals in the College’s M.S.Ed. in literacy program.
Medaille is proud to be a collaborating sponsor for the fifth annual Western New York Children’s Book Expo, which will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 9. This free children’s literacy gathering of local, national and international authors celebrates the importance of reading with children, their teachers and caregivers.
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