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About the College | Achievements, 2010 Spring

Please see below for recent student, alumni, faculty, and staff accomplishments:



Grants & Research

In April, Sarah Irvine Belson, professor and dean of the School for Education, Teaching and Health (SETH), received an $11,723 grant from the Hyde Leadership Public Charter School to conduct a needs assessment and provide professional development on the effective use of educational technology. The needs assessment was conducted with administrators, faculty, and staff in late summer and early fall of 2009. SETH faculty members, including Belson, then facilitated a series of follow-up professional development workshops. 

In March, Michael Black (computer science) received a $118,651 grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a project entitled, “A Graphical Full System Simulator for Undergraduate Computer Architecture Education.” The project’s goal is to create a simulator that will teach computer architecture to undergraduate computer science students.

In March, Jeremiah Dittmar (economics) received a $5,000 Arthur H. Cole Grant. The grant is awarded by the Economic History Association to support economic history research. 

In May, David Haaga (psychology) received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for a proposal entitled, “Stepped Care in the Treatment of Trichotillomania.” The award will total $198,075 over the course of three years and will fund a two-step treatment program for trichotillomania, a common disorder in which patients have visible hair loss resulting from habitual hair pulling. 

In May, Phillip Johnson (physics) received a $20,630 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The grant will allow three undergraduate students to participate in an 11-week summer physics program at NIST. 

In June, Dan Sayers (anthropology) received a 3-year, $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his project entitled, "Nineteenth-Century Tidewater Resistance Communities: The Forgotten Social History of the Great Dismal Swamp." The grant will support his archaeological and historical research on the Great Dismal Swamp, located on the border of Virginia and North Carolina.

In March, U.J. Sofia (physics) received a $36,993 grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute for a project entitled, “Determining the Phase of Carbon in the Interstellar Medium." The project will explore the role of carbon in interstellar dust. 

In February, Paul Winters (economics) received a $151,500 grant to lead a project entitled “Smallholders in Transition: Behavior, Constraints, and Policies.” The grant deals with the survival of smallholders—poor farmers from developing nations who own small plots of land—as their countries move to industrialization and begin to depend on large farms.  


Appointments & Honors

In April, Harjant Gill (PhD candidate, anthropology) received a 2010 Metro Weekly Next Generation Award in April for his work in anthropology and film. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishment and dedication in the local LGBT community.  

In April, Beth Hill (MA history ’95) was appointed executive director of Fort Ticonderoga, a historical site in New York, which once served as a military fortress from the Revolutionary and French and Indian Wars.

In April, Robert Karch (health and fitness) joined the Science Advisory Board of HealthFitness, a research company which provides health promotion and health management solutions to other companies, the health care industry, and individual consumers.  

In March, Joshua Lansky (mathematics and statistics) received the Morton Bender Prize from the Office of the Provost. The award annually recognizes a professor who has accomplished an exemplary research, scholarly, or creative endeavor since attaining tenure. 

In April, Gail Humphries Mardirosian (performing arts) was nominated to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, one of the highest honors bestowed on educators and professionals of America's educational and stage community. The organization was founded by the American Theatre Association in 1965.  

In February, Betty Morgan (PhD education administration ’87) was awarded the National Superintendent of the Year Award from the American Association of School Administrators for her leadership in education, her communication and professionalism, and her community involvement.

In April, Pam Nadell (Jewish studies) received the Lee Max Friedman Award Medal in April from the American Jewish Historical Society. The medal is awarded for distinguished service in the field of American Jewish history.

In April, David Frank Scrivner (MA literature ’08) received the first-place award in the Frank and Hilda W. Reinhart Short Story Competition sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters for his pieces "A Short but Thorough Analysis of Bridges in the Modern Age" and "Olive."

In March, Virginia Stallings (mathematics and statistics) received the Outstanding Service to the University Community award from the Office of the Provost. The award recognizes exceptional commitment to the university community through student mentorship, sponsorship of university events, initiation of new services, and leadership.

In May, Stacie Tate (SETH) was appointed state coordinator of the National Council of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM), a competition open to high school and middle school students. Tate will receive student entries and direct the work of the state judges.  

In February, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (sociology) was awarded a Fulbright to fund a research and teaching project in Bogotá, Colombia in spring 2011. While there, Vidal-Ortiz will study sexual migration patterns to Bogotá and teach a section of Gender, Sexuality, and Migration—the popular graduate seminar course that he created at AU—at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá. 

In June, Vidal-Ortiz  also received the American Sociological Association's Sexualities Section book award for The Sexuality Of Migration: Border Crossings and Mexican Immigrant Men, which he co-edited with Nancy Naples(NYU Press, 2009). The book is based on Lionel Cantú's work on the relationship between sex, state, and international migration.



Publications & Productions

Naomi S. Baron (language and foreign studies) guest-edited the February issue of New Media & Society. The collection examines mobile phone use in a cross-cultural context and includes her article “Cross-Cultural Patterns in Mobile Phone Use: Public Space and Reachability in Sweden, the U.S., and Japan,” coauthored with Ylva Hard af Segerstad of Goteborg University, Sweden.

Kyle Dargan (literature) will have a poem published in Full Moon on K Street (Plan B Press, 2010), an anthology of contemporary poetry about Washington, D.C. 

“Someone Ought to Tell Her There’s Nowhere to Go,” a short story by Danielle Evans (literature), will be published in the 2010 edition of New Stories From the South (Algonquin Books). The piece has also been selected by Pulitzer-Prize winner Richard Russo for inclusion in the forthoming Best American Short Stories—the second time her work has been selected for the anthology. The piece was originally published in the independent arts magazine A Public Space

Caleen Sinnette Jennings (performing arts) authored a play, Uncovered, that was recently chosen to appear in the anthology Shorter, Faster, Funnier (Vintage Books, 2011). The 45-piece compilation received 400 submissions.  

Peter Kuznick (history) is cowriting a 10-episode television series called Secret History of the United States with Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. Scheduled to air on Showtime in January 2011, the series will examine underexposed events and figures that have played a key role in the last 70 years of America's history. 

Tom Ratekin (literature) recently published the book Final Acts: Traversing the Fantasy in the Modern Memoir (SUNY Press, 2009). The book examines memoirs of terminal illnesses and how the authors experience richness and freedom in their lives as a result of being close to death. 

Jeffrey Reiman (philosophy) contributed a chapter, entitled “Ethics for Calamities: How Strict is the Moral Rule against Targeting Non-Combatants?” to Empowering Our Military Conscience: Transforming Just War Theory and Military Moral Education, edited by Roger Wertheimer(Ashgate Publishing, 2010). He alsopublished the 9th edition of The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice (Prentice Hall, 2009). In the book, Reiman discusses how the criminal justice system is biased against the poor.  

 Brett Williams (anthropology) contributed a chapter entitled, “Body and Soul: Profits from Poverty” to The Insecure American: How We Got Here and What We Should Do about It (University of California Press, 2009). The book examines the increasing anxiety affecting many Americans and what this issue could mean for the future. 

Noriko Kurosawa Williams (language and foreign studies) published The Key to Kanji: a Visual History of 1100 Characters (Cheng and Tsui, 2010). The book is an easy-to-understand guide to learning Japanese kanji characters.



Speaker's Corner

Jack Child (language and foreign studies) will be the keynote speaker at the National Postal Museum’s symposium at September. Child’s talk, “Stamps of the American Quadrant of Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands,” will combine Child’s interests of stamps, Antarctica, and the Falkland Islands.  



In the Media

Mary Gray (mathematics and statistics) was quoted in an April article of the Washington Post, “D.C. carjacking victim immediately recognized teen suspect.” In the article, she discussed the statistical probability of a student unintentionally choosing to rob his high school teacher. 

Jeffrey Reiman (philosophy) was featured in the English-language publication of the Tehran Times in April. In the interview, Reiman discussed why the 4th century B.C. was a better period than the 20th century for the history of philosophy.  

In May, Stacey Snelling (health management) appeared in a Washington Post piece entitled, “A Dreamer’s Run: Can professional training improve a middle-age runner’s marathon time?” In the story, Snelling offered Post writer Lenny Bernstein nutrition advice to assist his quest for a faster marathon time.  

This spring, Adrienne Pine (anthropology) was featured in a variety of print and radio outlets for her work on the 2009 Honduran coup and Washington’s response to the coup. Interviews with Pine appeared in the Associated Press wire, Russia Today TV, Radio Iran, and Radio Globo Honduras, to name a few.


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