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Accomplishments: August 31

Performances/Media Productions

Phil Brannen, Office of the Provost: had a small role in the film Telling Amy’s Story, which premiered in June at the Newseum and was aired on PBS stations.

Gary Griffin, SOC: was the cinematographer for the film Gerrymandering, a documentary critical of the practices of gerrymandering, that was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.


Laird Anderson, professor emeritus, SOC: received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, Florida State University, in recognition of outstanding public service. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the FSU alumni club of Washington, D.C.

Pat Aufderheide, director, Center for Social Media, SOC: received the Communication Research as an Agent of Change Award from the International Communication Association.

Consuelo Hernandez, language and foreign studies, CAS: appointed a member of the Executive Council of Middle Atlantic Latin American Association (MACLAS), 2009–2010.

Caleen Jennings, performing arts, CAS: appointed by D. C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee to the Blue Ribbon Commission to help plan a new citywide arts middle school.

Laura Langbein, SPA: her article, “Controlling Federal Agencies: The Impact of External Controls on Worker Discretion and Productivity,” received the 2009 Accenture Advances in Public Management Award as the best article published in the International Public Management Journal, from the Public and Nonprofit Management Section of the Academy of Management.

Robert Marshak, SPA: received with his coauthor the Douglas McGregor Award from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science for the best article published in 2009.

David Rosenbloom, SPA: received a research grant through Hong Kong’s City University’s research arm (government funded) to study “The Impact of Administrative Law on Public Management in Hong Kong.”

Dan Sayers, anthropology, CAS: won a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his Great Dismal Swamp archaeology project.

Susan Shepler, SIS, and Sharyn Routh, SIS PhD student: their coauthored article, “Effects of Teacher Training for Refugee Women in West Africa: Fostering Agents of Change in Schools and Society?” won the Jackie Kirk Memorial Competition sponsored by the Interagency Network on Education in Emergencies.


Maria Green Cowles, SIS: keynote address, “European Power Elites: Theory, Transformation, and Perspective,” at the conference “European Power Elites: Où va la sociologie politique de l’Europe?” Paris, France.

Mireya Solis, SIS: was one of 15 emerging Japan specialists selected to join a one-week meeting of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, a new program launched last year by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation in collaboration with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

David Swartz, AVP, CIO, Office of Information Technology: keynote address, “Enforcing Information Security Policies in Higher Education Community,” at the Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC) Information Security Conference, Hong Kong.

Paul Wapner, SIS: “The Future of Environmentalism: From Nature to Justice,” Haverford College.

Papers Presented

Shubha Pathak, philosophy and religion, CAS: “The Olympian Gods in Homer and in Ovid: Evidence of the Collectively Cultural Superego and the Individually Idealized Selfobject,” at the conference, “Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis,” the Fifth Bristol Colloquium on Classical Myth, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Beryl Radin, SPA: “Performance Measurement and Accountability in the Intergovernmental System in 2020,” at the symposium “Intergovernmental Relations in 2020: Theory and Practice,” Conference of the American Society of Public Administration, San Jose, Calif.

Published Works

Naomi Baron, language and foreign studies, CAS: “The Myth of Impoverished Signal: Dispelling the Spoken Language Fallacy for Emoticons in Online Communication,” in J. Vincent and L. Fortunati (eds.), Electronic Emotion: The Mediation of Emotion via Information and Communication Technologies, Peter Lang.

Daniel Dreisbach, SPA: coedited with Mark David Hall, The Sacred Rights of Conscience: Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding, Liberty Fund, 2009.

Stephanie Newbold, SPA: “Toward a Constitutional School for American Public Administration,” in Public Administration Review, vol 70, no 4, 2010.

Judith Shapiro, SIS: “Earth Day Thoughts,” in Chinese Academy of Social Science News, April.

Andrew Yarrow, history, CAS: coauthored with Cecilia Orphan, “Why Students Need to Be Informed about Our Looming Fiscal Crisis: The America’s Future Initiative,” in Symposium, April 2010.


Peter Kuznick, history, CAS: was interviewed by Japan’s Asahi Shimbun and by Nagasaki Television about the prospects for progress toward nuclear abolition at this year’s Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations.