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Accomplishments: January 25


Consuelo Hernandez, language and foreign studies, CAS: received the Antonio Machado Poetry Accesit Award for “Polifonía sobre rieles,” Madrid, Spain. She was one of six awardees among 1,097 participants from 29 countries.  

Office of the University Architects and Facilities Management: received a 2011 Grand Award from the Landscape Contractors Association for “Commercial Landscape Installation” for AU’s Kogod Garden.

David Rosenbloom, SPA: was appointed to serve on the 2011 Presidential Rank Awards Board, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Nina Shapiro-Perl, SOC: her film, Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, won Audience Favorite Award at the Washington Jewish Film Festival.



Naomi Baron, language and foreign studies, CAS, and CTRL: wrote the forward to Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media, Crispin Thurlow and Kristine Mroczek, eds., Oxford University Press.

Christine Haight Farley, WCL: invited to lecture on intellectual property law in Havana, Cuba, as part of a series of seminars organized by the Center for Inter-American Legal Education and hosted by the University of Havana Faculty of Law. The center is a not-for-profit organization with a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to travel to Cuba to provide legal education to judges, law professors, and lawyers in Cuba on the laws of the United States.  

Max Paul Friedman, history, CAS: “Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Cold War,” Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, Va.

Howard McCurdy, SPA: “Liftoff! A Keynote on the Past, Present, and Future of Innovations in Space,” Smithsonian Institution, Keynote Address, New Perspectives on Invention and Innovation Symposium Series.


Papers Presented

Richard Sha, literature, CAS: presented two papers, “Rethinking Sympathy: Shelley, Mirror Neurons, and Emotion Theory” and “Rethinking Materiality in the Poetry of John Keats,” at the annual Modern Language Association Meeting, Seattle.


Published Works

Erran Carmel, Kogod, and J. Alberto Espinosa, Kogod: I’m Working While They’re Sleeping: Time Zone Separation Challenges and Solutions, Nedder Stream Press, 2011.

Stephanie DeStefano, Facilities Management: coauthored with Marc Fourneir and Ellen Newell Chapter I: “Sustainable Grounds Operations” and authored Chapter VI: “Contracting Options” in Operational Guidelines for Educational Facilities Grounds (APPA), second edition.

Lauren Feldman, SOC: “The Effects of Journalist Opinionation on Learning from the News,” Journal of Communication, December 2011.

Brian Forst, SPA: refereed article, “Managing Miscarriages of Justice from Victimization to Reintegration,” Albany Law Review, vol 74, no 3 (2011).

Robert Johnson, SPA, and Carla Mavaddat, student: “Still Life On Gurney,” a poem and photo collage in the e-magazine Adore Noir.

Pallavi Kumar, SOC, and Darrell Hayes, SOC: collaborated with Jerry Hendrix on the textbook, Public Relations Cases, 9th edition, Cengage Learning.

Jon Wisman, economics, CAS: coauthored with Barton Baker, “Rising Inequality and the Financial Crises of 1929 and 2008,” in Consequences of Economic Downturn, Martha Starr, editor, Palgrave Macmillan, December 2011.

Ann Zelle, professor emerita, SOC: fourteen of her photographs documenting Art and Soul, the 1968–69 West Side Chicago neighborhood museum developed through a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Conservative Vice Lords, were published in the article “Art & Soul: An Experimental Friendship between the Street and a Museum” by Rebecca Zorach in Art Journal, vol 70, no 2 (Summer 2011).



Sally Shelton-Colby, SIS: was quoted in the Miami Herald concerning the new Western Hemispheric alliance spearheaded by Hugo Chavez which omits the U.S. and Canada.

Judith Shapiro, SIS: discussed “Winners and Losers in China’s Greening Policy,” VOA television, “Pro and Con” in Mandarin.