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April 9, 2002
 
KEYNOTE SPEECH TO SET TONE FOR QUEST
OSWEGO -- Educator, writer and researcher Mary B. Stanley will be the first-ever keynote speaker at this year's Quest, SUNY Oswego's annual symposium of research and creative work. She will speak at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall.
Currently a social science researcher and partner in Stanley and Stanley Research, she has received a U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant and two Kettering Foundation grants. Her dissertation, "Elders, Objects and Agents: Citizenship, Political Culture and Aging Policy," won the 1988 Syracuse University Doctoral Prize.
Her background includes work as an associate professor of public affairs at Syracuse University and guest faculty appointments at summer institutes at Stanford University, Brown University and the University of Colorado.
Stanley is a program host and producer of "The Good Society," a weekly public affairs program on WXXE 90.5 FM. She also shares her views as a producer and staff member of the weekly WAER radio program "Women's Voices."
"Stanley was chosen as speaker because of her experiences as a researcher, writer and teacher," said Claire Putala, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Oswego and a member of SUNY Oswego's Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee.
Putala, who nominated Stanley for the keynote address, describes her as an outstanding, dynamic speaker.
Stanley focuses her research in the meaning of citizenship in a good society, including the role of higher education in a democracy and how that role relates to experiential learning and community service, said Putala.
Stanley's Quest presentation, "Research as a Collaborative Act," covers her studies of such issues as the complexity of team research and the translation of findings into a narrative form.
Putala said she believes Stanley's presentation will set the tone of Quest and spark interest about the issues that she discusses.
More than 100 15-minute presentations on topics ranging from art to zebra mussels will mark this year's Quest activities.
The program with times, places and abstracts is availale online at http://www.oswego.edu/~ctrteach/quest/Quest02.html .
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