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Accomplishments: December 14


Akbar Ahmed, SIS:  received the Muslim Journal’s 2011 Muslim Advancements in Civilization Award at their eighth Annual Awards Dinner, Washington, D.C.

Max Paul Friedman, history, CAS: served on the State Department Foreign Service Selection Boards, May 2011.

Consuelo Hernandez, language and foreign studies, CAS: invited member of the Editorial Board for Scientific Journal International in the areas of language and literature.

Gwanhoo Lee, Kogod: has received a $20,000 research grant-stipend from IBM Center for the Business of Government for the period from December 2011 to June 2012. The grant supports research entitled “Citizen-Engaged Government Reform: Lessons Learned from the Federal Communications Commission Case.” Lee is the lead principal investigator for this research proposal.

Alison Thomas, literature, College Writing Program, CAS: her essay “A Telescope at the Sky” was recognized as one of the “notable essays of 2010” in Best American Essay 2011.  The essay was originally published in the spring 2010 issue of Fourth Genre.

Ann Zelle, professor emerita, SOC: her 1973 documentary photographs of the Dorothy Draper-designed lobby of Carillon House (2600 Wisconsin Avenue NW) have been acquired by the Dorothy Draper Foundation of New York. The lobby was later redesigned, and the Foundation had no record of this interior design by Draper from the 1940s.


Naomi Baron, language and foreign studies, CAS, and CTRL: delivered a keynote address on reading and new media to the Annual Meeting of the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association, hosted this year at American University by Alina Israeli, language and foreign studies, CAS.

William DeLone, Kogod: “Assessing the Value of Government Web 2.0 Web Sites,” at LUISS University, Rome.

Robert Johnson, SPA, alumnae Sonia Tabriz and Liz Calka, and Alison Brooks, a doctoral student in Justice, Law and Society:  participated in a Roundtable Session, “Reflections on Prisons and Imprisonment: Life and Loss, Suffering and Human Rights,” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C.

Robert Marshak, SPA: gave a plenary session,  “Leveraging Language for Change,” and a “Kurt Lewin Master Class” at the Annual Organization Development Network Conference, Baltimore.

David Rosenbloom, SPA:  “Dealing with Non-mission Based Values in Performance Oriented Public Administration,” Chinese Doctoral Students’ National Program, Renmin University of China, Beijing.

Papers Presented

Robert Tomasko, SIS: “Developing Social Entrepreneurs: Lessons From a New International Relations School-Based Master’s Program,” Eighth Annual NYU-Stern Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, New York, N.Y.

Lacey Wootton and Glenn Moomau, literature, College Writing Program, CAS: “Contingent Faculty Can Have a Voice in the Twenty-First Century Academy: Lessons and Suggestions from Term Faculty,” AAUP Shared Governance Conference, Washington, D.C.

Published Works

Aaron Boesenecker, SIS: coauthored with Leslie Vinjamuri, “Lost in Translation?  Civil Society, Faith-Based Organizations and the Negotiation of International Norms,” in the International Journal of Transitional Justice 5 (2011).

Lauren Feldman, SOC: “Partisan Differences in Opinionated News Perceptions: A Test of the Hostile Media Effect,” Political Behavior, September 2011.

Brian Forst, SPA:  coedited with Jack Greene and James Lynch, Criminologists on Terrorism and Homeland Security, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Christopher Palmer, director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, SOC, and Angeli Gabriel, MA candidate, SOC: guest blog, “Critics: Filmmakers, Celebrities Create Market For Exotic Animals,”  College Inc, Washington Post Local.

Jon Wisman, economics, CAS: coauthored with James Smith, “Legitimating Inequality: Fooling Most of the People All of the Time,” in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 70 (4), October 2011.

Brian Yates, psychology, CAS: coauthored with Danyelle Mannix, CAS/PhD;  Michael Freed, CAS/Phd;  J. Campbell; M. Johnsen; K. Jones; and C. Blyler; “Consumer-Operated Service Programs: Monetary and Donated Costs and Cost-Effectiveness, in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(2), 91-99.