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Mustafa Aksakal (history) received a $123,500 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a summer institute,  "World War I in the Middle East"  during the summer of 2012.

Kim Blankenship (sociology) received a $7,154 subaward from George Washington University (NIH funding) for her work on the project "District of Columbia Development Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR)."

James Bono (economics) received a $114,934 grant from NASA to develop models and software to predict air carrier behavior. The award is part of a $500,000 a year grant, which he is sharing with team members from Stanford's Aero/Astro Engineering Department and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Kathleen DeCicco-Skinner (biology) was awarded a major research grant ($381,871) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This NIH R15 grant investigates the mechanism by which the absence of the Tpl2 gene contributes to skin cancer susceptibility, focusing primarily on dysregulation in prostaglandin signaling.

Jeremiah Dittmar (economics) received a grant from Institute for New Economic Thinking for $143,910 for a project entitled "Spillovers to Slavery: The Long and Short Run Economic Impacts of Slavery in the USA." The grant is for research documenting the impact of slavery on legal institutions and local geographies of economic development in US history.

Mary Hansen (economics) received a $207,665 grant from the Sloan Foundation to create a data set of personal bankruptcy cases from 1898 to 2000.  

Gregory Harry (physics) received a $12,028 grant from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for his project "Coating Thermal Noise in Advanced LIGO."

Philip Johnson (physics) was awarded a $27,496 grant for a University of Maryland - College Park project federally funded by the Army Research Office (ARO) entitled "Nonlinear Sensing with Collective States of Ultracold Atoms in Optical Lattices." 

Gishawn Mance (psychology) was awarded $5,000 by the Kellogg Health Scholars Program in "Take it With You Funds" to conduct community-based participatory research in partnership with two D.C. Public Charter Schools to engage in preventive intervention research to address adolescent depression, chronic stress, coping, and social/community networks.        

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) received a $30,000 award from USDA, Economic Research Services for her project, "Behavioral Economics Based Strategies for Improving Consumption of Health Foods Provided as a Part of NSLB School Meals."

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) received an award from Kelley Miller Middle School for  $18,173 for a project entitled "Community Voices for Health: Kids Take Action."   



Mustafa Aksakal (history) has a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2011–12, an Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship for spring 2012, and a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship for 2012-13.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) was invited to join the editorial board of Discourse, Context and Media (a new journal published by Elsevier).

Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman (history) were named Distinguished Professors. This is the university’s highest professorial rank and recognizes outstanding teaching, service, and nationally and internationally recognized scholarship.

AU had two teams of computer science students participate in the USAID/US Dept. of State code-a-thon. The teams finished first and third prize. The AU students were all undergraduate, whereas other teams included graduate students.

Audrey Cooper (PhD, anthropology, '11) was awarded the American Anthropological Association Council on Anthropology and Education Outstanding Dissertation Award. Cooper's dissertation is  on sign language/deaf education, nation-building, and neoliberal-esque politics in the new Viet Nam.

The National Book Foundation honored Danielle Evans (literature) as one of the "5 Under 35" who were selected by National Book Award winner and finalists.

Danielle Evans (literature) has been awarded PEN's Robert W. Bingham Prize, which awards a fiction writer whose debut work represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.

Danielle Evans (literature) will judge entries for NPR's All Things Considered Three Minute Fiction writing competition. NPR featured an interview with her and her writing process.

Kathleen Franz (history) was named the Goldman Sachs Fellow at the National Museum of American History for 2011-12.

Two College of Arts and Sciences alumnae are featured in Washingtonian's list of "Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women" - Monica Hazangeles, MA arts management '96, and Molly Smith, MA performing arts '76.

Robert Jernigan (mathematics and statistics) won a special award for Best Evidence of Inspiring Students at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Miami Beach for his video, "Through the Eyes of a Statistician."

The Health Promotion Management Program won the National Wellness Institute's Distinguished Academic Program Award.

Derek Horton (chemistry) has been selected to the 2011 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society.

Eric Lohr (history) was awarded a National Council for Eurasian and East European Research fellowship for spring 2012.

Richard McCann (literature) has been invited for a creative artists residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy for November 2011 to work on his project: The Resurrectionist, A Memoir.

Barry McCarthy's (psychology) book, Enduring Desire (Routledge 2010), coauthored with M. Metz, was the winner of the 2011 American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists award for best consumer book of the year.

Bryan McKeil's (anthropology) book, Combating Mountaintop Removal: New Trends in the Fight Against Big Coal, was published by U. of Illinois Press in December.

Betty Morgan (PhD, educational administration) is one of seven individuals being honored by The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) during the Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. She will receive the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Award.

Meghan Raham (performing arts) received two LA Ovation Award nominations for her design of the set and costume design for the play Venice.

Richard Sha (literature) was awarded a NEH Fellowship to undertake the project, “Imagining the Imagination: Science and British Romanticism, 1750-1832.” 

Richard Sha (literature) has become a poetry editor for the Asian American Literary Review.

David Andrew Snider (performing arts) has been identified as one of 100 leaders who will join the prestigious National Arts Strategies' Chief Executive Program and will spend 18 months re-imagining what cultural institutions will be and how they can contribute to civil society. 

"A Telescope at the Sky," by Alison Thomas (literature) 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.

Ximena Varela (performing arts) has been invited to a meeting convened by the Rockefeller Brothers' Fund, the University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center, and National Arts Strategies. The meeting is an invitation-only event which gathers a select group of scholars, practitioners and academics to discuss the arts and culture infrastructure in the United States.

Katharina Vester's (history) paper, "Regime Change," was awarded the Belasco Prize for Scholarly Excellence from the Association for the Study of Food and Society.



The Sono Luminus label released Daniel Abraham's (performing arts) fourth commercial CD, a collaboration with Grammy nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane, titled The Art of Vivaldi's Lute. The CD has received excellent reviews in Gramophone Magazine, Early Music America, and Fanfare.

Recent publications by Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) include “Concerns about Mobile Phones: A Cross-National Study”, First Monday, Vol. 16, no. 8;  “Necessary Smileys and Useless Periods: Redefining Punctuation in Electronically-Mediated Communication”, Visible Language 45: 45-67 (with Rich Ling); and New Scientist, invited review of John L. Locke, Duels and Duets: Why Men and Women Talk So Differently, Cambridge University Press.

Richard Berenson (physics emeritus), director of the District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium, is featured as the narrator of the  movie entitled "Another Earth." In addition to his role as narrator, Berenson appears in the film.

Debra Bergoffen's (philosophy) book, Contesting the Politics of Genocidal Rape: Affirming the Dignity of the Vulnerable Body, was published with Routledge in November. She also co-edited, with Gail Weiss a special issue of Hypatia, Ethics of Embodiment, Hypatia, Special Issue, (Vol. 26, no.3, Summer 2011) and co-edited with Paula Ruth Gilbert, Tamara Harvey and Connie L. McNeely,  an anthology titled Confronting Global Gender Justice: Women’s Lives, Human Rights (New York: Routledge, 2011)

Gina Biver's (performing arts) composition The Cellar Door, for piano, cello and audio, was given its premier performance by Washington DC's Verge Ensemble at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in April 2011. In November 2011, Biver performed at the National Gallery of Art along with William Brent (performing arts) and other members of the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble.

Jona Colson (literature) has an essay that will be published in The Explicator's issue next month: "Anne Sexton's 'The Little Peasant.'"  Additionally, his poem, "Doctor to Patient (II) will be published in the Sspring 2012 edition of The Potomac Review.

John Elderkin (literature) has written two songs for the Arena Stage production The Book Club Play.

Gina Evers (literature) has two recent publications. "When I Miss My Mother" was a finalist in Copper Nickel's annual poetry contest and will be published in Copper Nickel 17.  "Pomegranate" will appear in the forthcoming issue of Bloom.

Max Paul Friedman (history) published “Of Sartre, Race, and Rabies: ‘Anti-Americanism’ and the Transatlantic Politics of Intellectual Engagement.” Atlantic Studies 8:3 (September 2011): 361-77.

Matt Hartings (chemistry) and Declan Fahy (SOC) coauthored a Nature Chemistry article about the need for chemists to improve how they communicate with the public.

Alan Isaac (economics) published two articles: “HIV and Concurrent Sexual Partnerships: Modelling the Role of Coital Dilution”, with Larry Sawers and Eileen Stillwaggon, Journal of the International AIDS Society 14(1), Article 44, September, 2011, and “The ABM Template Models: A Reformulation with Reference Implementations”,Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 14(2), Article 5, 2011.

Authored by Eric Kramer, MA psychology, Active Interviewing: Branding, Selling and Presenting Yourself to Win Your Next Job, is a ground-breaking new book, that provides strategies to change the basic dynamics of job hunting and offers a contemporary new outlook on interviewing.

Adrea Lawrence (SETH) published the book Lessons from an Indian Day School, Negotiating Colonization in Northern New Mexico, 1902–1907 with University of Kansas Press.

Carl Menninger (performing arts) published a new book Minding the Edge: Strategies for a Fulling, Successful Career as an Actor (Waveland Press).

Maggie Michael (MFA, studio art, '02) has a solo exhibition at G Fine Art.

Glenn Moomau (literature) wrote "Folk Music and Community" for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works blog.

Paul Oehlers's (performing arts) composition, Protolith for marimba and electronic playback was accepted by Ablaze Records for its CD release, Electronic Masters, Vol. 1.  The piece was premiered by Nobue Matsuoka at the International Community of Auditory Display Conference and was accepted for the 2012 UAHuntsville News Music Festival. Oehlers also composed music and served as post-production sound supervisor for six short films for AU's Investigated Reporting Workshop in conjunction with Frontline for PBS.  The short films examine the issues of border security and illegal immigration. And he composed the film score for SOC faculty member Carolyn Brown's documentary On the Line.  The film has been airing on PBS affiliates across the country this year. 

The Japanese translation of the most recent edition of Jeffrey Reiman's (philosophy) book The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison will be published in January 2012.

Olga Rojer (language and foreign studies) co-edited and translated the book: Rojer, O.E. and Aimone, J.O. (2011). Founding Fictions of the Dutch Caribbean: Carel de Haseth's Slave and Master (Katibu di Shon). (Peter Lang Postcolonial Studies). She and Aimone co-authored the introduction.

Samuel Scharf's (MFA, studio art, '12) installation at the Arlington Arts Center was included in the Washington Post's list of "10 things that will amaze you." Other artists listed include Chick Close and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Ben Tolman (MFA, studio art, '12) has a solo exhibition at The Fridge DC.

Linda Voris (literature) been invited by the Smithsonian Resident Program to give a lecture on Gertrude Stein at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the program for the Stein exhibit presently on view, "Seeing Gertrude Stein:  Five Stories."

Paul Winters (economics) published three papers in Fall 2011: Todd, Jessica, Paul Winters and Guy Stecklov. (2011) “Evaluating the Impact of the Poverty-Reduction Programs on Fertility: The Case of the Red de Protección Social in Nicaragua.” Journal of Population Economics 25(1): 267-290; Cavatassi, Romina, Mario Gonzalez , Paul Winters, Jorge Andrade, Patricio Espinosa  and Graham Thiele. (2011) “Linking Smallholders to the New Agricultural Economy: An Evaluation of the Plataformas Program in Ecuador.” Journal of Development Studies 47(10): 1545-1573; Zezza, Alberto, Paul Winters, Benjamin Davis, Gero Carletto, Katia Covarrubias, Luca Tasciotti and Esteban Quiñones. (2011) “Rural Household Access to Assets and Agrarian Institutions: A Cross Country Comparison.” European Journal of Development Research 23(4): 569-597

Brian Yates (psychology) published “Delivery Systems Can Determine Therapy Costs, and Effectiveness, More than Type of Therapy,” in Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6(5), 498-502, 2011.



Angela Dadak (literature) presented a paper called "Surpassing the Limited Dimension of Monolingualism:Creating Multilingual Opportunities in US Composition Classes" at the Conference on Writing Education Across Borders At Pennsylvania State University on September 30.

Don Kimes (art) presented "Interruption, Transformation, and the Creative Art" at Chautauqua Institution. The lecture was based on his chapter in the book "Interruptio," which was published last year in Italy.

Gershon Greenberg (philosophy and religion) presented the lecture "Rethinking the Canon of Modern Jewish Thought" to the Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress.

Richard Sha (literature) has been invited to give a keynote at the Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure, Coercion Conference at the University of Newcastle in June. Other keynotes will be given by Joseph Bristow of UCLA and Cora Kaplan of the University of London.

Richard Sha (literature) has been invited to be a Seminar Leader at the Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of West Virginia, where the focus of the four-day seminar will be on his work. This seminar will probably be held in 2013.

Lacey Wootton and Glenn Moomau (literature) presented a paper, "Contingent Faculty Can Have a Voice in the 21st Century Academy: Lessons and Suggestions from Term Faculty" at the AAUP Shared Governance Conference.



Naomi Barron (language and foreign studies) was cited in the New York Times article "Authentic? Get Real" about the increasingly frequent usage of the word "authentic."

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) has been interviewed by the Helsingin Sanomat (Helskini, Finland) and the AARP Bulletin on why the use of voice calls on telephones is declining.

Sarah Irvine Belson (SETH) talked to about the importance of Math for America–D.C., a partnership between AU and the Carnegie Institution for Science that seeks to improve math education in D.C.'s high-needs schools by providing teachers with intensive training.

Matt Boerum (audio technology) described for Audio Solutions magazine the Audio Technology Program’s new, state-of-the art facility and how the curriculum prepares students for a wide range of audio career options. A photo of the new main control room graced the magazine’s cover.

Danielle Evans (literature) was featured on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on December 19.

Anton Fedyashin (history) was featured on NBC Nightly News on Saturday, December 10 speaking about the fall out from the elections in Russia. Fedyashin spoke with Voice of Russia radio on December 12  about the 20th anniversary of the official demise of the Soviet Union and on November 28 he did another interview with Voice of Russia radio about the elections in Russia.

Max Paul Friedman (history) was interviewed for the Süddeutsche Zeitung on anti-Semitism in postwar Germany. reviewed professor Andy Holtin's (art) new exhibition, pointing out how it reflects his teaching philosophy—to get his students to experience works of art rather than obsess over artist intent or the message a particular piece communicates.

Kiho Kim (environmental science) spoke to the Water Environment Federation’s Water Environment & Technology magazine about the nitrogen pollution affecting coral reefs in Caribbean waters.

Alan Kraut (history) spoke to the Washington Times about a confusing and controversial federal initiative aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants.

Peter Kuznick (history) was interviewed by Chile's El Mercurio newspaper about the Bush administration response to 9/11 and its impact upon U.S. society, politics, and intelligence and the U.S. image in the world.

During a 10-minute segment on PBS’ Newshour, Robert Lerman (economics), discussed economic inequality in America. He also discussed unemployment among young adults on American Public Media’s Marketplace.

A letter to the editor of the New York Times from Robert Lerman (economics) offering an option for boosting demand for owner-occupied dwellings was published October 17.

U.S. News & World Report featured Allan Lichtman’s (history) prediction that President Obama will win again in 2012.,, and also published articles. In addition, Lichtman discussed his prediction on MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and FOX News Channel’s Big Five mentioned the prediction.

During an hour-long broadcast of his class on C-SPAN’s American History TV, Allan Lichtman (history) discussed Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life and impact on the modern American presidency. The class aired three times the weekend of October 1 and 2. A second hour of the class aired October 8.

Jeffrey Reiman (philosophy and religion) was interviewed by the Teheran Times on ethics and the value of philosophy as a discipline.

In its local theatre column, the Washington Post featured the Department of Performing Arts' performance of The Who's Tommy. “There’s a social aspect to this show. [It’s] the human story of a child who is told that he is less than, that he will never achieve anything,” said Javier Rivera (performing arts), assistant professor of theatre and the play’s director.

United Press International news wire service published an article based on the health benefits of some favorite holiday foods using professor Anastasia Snelling's (SETH) expertise. 

Martha Starr (economics) spoke to about Rep. Barney Frank’s plan to reduce the influence of the U.S. bank industry on the Federal Reserve.