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Aixa Alemán-Díaz (anthropology PhD student) was invited to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Summer Institute for Research Design in Cultural Anthropology (SIRD).The program aims to advance students' basic understanding of the link between theory and scientific methodology in cultural anthropology.

Sarah Irvine Belson (SETH) was awarded $32,744 by Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. for the first year of a three-year program entitled "Jumpstart for Young Children Partnership Program."

Emeritus professor Richard Berenson (physics) received $660,000 from NASA for first-year funding of the proposed five-year District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium.

Kim Blankenship (sociology) received a Temple University sponsored UNDP Funded Research grant for her project “Law Enforcement and Gender-Based Violence Challenges and Opportunities for HIV Prevention.”

Kim Blankenship (sociology) received a $27,097 supplement to the NIH/NIDA award she already received for the project entitled: "Drug Policy, Incarceration, Community Re-entry, and Race Disparities in HIV/AIDS." This supplement is to host 3 interns for 10 weeks in the summer of 2011.

Kim Blankenship's (sociology) $1,349,169 grant, "Impact Assessment of HIV Prevention Programs," Project Name: HIV Synthesis Project, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been transferred to AU from Duke University.

Kim Blankenship's (sociology) $1,392,527 grant, "Structural Interventions and HIV Prevention Among Sex Workers and Their Clients in India " which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been transferred to AU from Duke University.

David Carlini (biology) received an award of $10,161 from the Cave Conservancy of the Virginias for his project, "Evolutionary Genetics of Opsin Visual Pigment Genes in Cave and Surface Populations of the Freshwater Amphipod Gammarus Minus."

Amos Golan (economics) received a $50,000 grant award from the Army Research Office (ARO) for his project on "A New Information Theoretic Approach for Modeling Games and Interactive Behavior."           

Caren Grown (economics) was awarded $163,415 (year 1 of 2 year contract) by USAID to have Grown work at their agency as a Senior Gender Advisor. Grown will play a leading role on gender issues at the agency. She will be the senior technical expert in developing strategies on gender issues and planning major agency programs. 

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.  

Mary Hansen (economics) received a $69,543 grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking for her project, "Emergency Preservation of Federal Bankruptcy Court Records, 1940 - 2000."

Robert Karch (SETH) received a $44,498 award from CIGNA Corporation for his project, "Expatriate Market Size Study."

Adrea Lawrence (SETH) in conjunction with Department of History faculty, received a $109,437 grant for the first year of a five-year project, "The Power of Place: Landscapes as Historical Texts" from the District of Columbia Public Schools. This is a professional development program for DCPS American history teachers consisting of a graduate level courses in history and history pedagogy, Saturday workshops, and the development of curricular teaching units.

Eric Lohr (history) was awarded $39,376 by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) for his project entitled "Imperial and Revolutionary Russian Citizenship," a historical analysis of the concepts and practices of Russian subjecthood and citizenship. Based upon extensive new archival research, the study will fill a gap in the interdisciplinary literature on citizenship and will provide historical perspective to the debates over citizenship policies in the countries of Eurasia (former Soviet Union.)

Stephen MacAvoy (environmental science) received a $15,000 award from the University of the District of Columbia for his study, "Determination of Seasonal Source Variation of Hydrocarbons, Fatty Acids, Organics and Nutrients in the Anacostia River: Stable Isotape Ratios of Specific Compounds."  

Gishawn Mance (psychology) received a $40,197 award from John Hopkins University (funded by NIH/NIMH grant) for her study "Preventing Depression in Disconnected African-American Adolescents and Young Adults."

John Nolan (mathematics and statistics) received a $7,000 award as part of a five-year $35,000 Simons Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians award for the project entitled "Heavy Tailed Distributions - Theory and Practice"    

Deborah Norris (psychology) and Evan Berry (philosophy and religion) received the "Best Ideas" Award and Grant from American University for development of a program in “Integrative Environmental Studies: Consciousness and the Environment.” This is a competitive grant for incubating innovative cross-disciplinary research. 

Tasia Poinsatte (BA environmental science and international studies '13) and Autumn Rauchwerk (environmental studies '13) have been awarded prestigious scholarships from NOAA. The scholarships provide up to $8,000 per year during the students’ junior and senior years as well as a paid 10-week NOAA internship next summer.

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) received a $94,813 award from Kaiser Permanente for a project entitled, "Community Voices for Health Initiative."

David Vine (anthropology) was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Fund for Constitutional Government for "Base Nation: Why Do We Have More than 1,000 Military Bases Abroad?"

Brett Williams (anthropology) received a $10,179 NSF - SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to support anthropology PhD student Dvera I. Saxton. The grant is providing the student with funds for travel & living expenses, supplies, participant & research support cost. Saxton's dissertation is called "Bio-Cultural Consequences of Changes in the Scale and Organization of Agricultural Work."      

Paul Winters (economics) received a $96,500 grant from the United Nations (Food and Agriculture Organization) for his study, "Smallholders Farming in Ethiopia ."



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.

Professor Daniel Abraham (performing arts) was nominated for a “Best Classical Conductor/Director” Wammy Award and the Bach Sinfonia nominated the “Best Classical Chamber Ensemble” from the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA).

In July, Daniel Abraham (performing arts) and Sinfonia Voci were named finalists and received placed 2nd for The American Prize in Performance in the professional choral category. This adjudicated national award is given annually for the best recorded live performances during the past performance season.

The Bach Sinfonia's new CD -- J. S. Bach: Motets -- was named the WETA classical music pick of the week on their vocal station (Musica Voce). Daniel Abraham (performing arts) is the music and artistic director of the group. The station featured an interview with Abraham in its Classical Conversations series throughout the week the announcement was made.

Katie Bacon, BA economics '00, was elected to a three year term on the Board of Trustees for Annapolis Opera.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) was honored by the University of Maine–August as they launched their 2010–2011 academic theme "Communications in the Twenty-first Century." Baron delivered the convocation keynote address and her book, Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World, was selected as the common text for many courses and campus events over the academic year.

Doug Bowles (performing arts) received three WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association) nominations for 2010 for “Best Big Band/Swing Vocalist,” “Best Big Band/Swing Group” (Doug Bowles & His SingCo Rhythm Orchestra), and “Best Big Band/Swing Recording” (New Deal Rhythm CD, with Alex Hassan, piano).

Two College students received Killiam Felloships this year. The Killam Fellowship provides undergraduate students from select universities in Canada and the United States with $5,000 and the opportunity to spend one semester at a university in their neighboring country. Alexis Carlson (BA psychology '14) plans to continue her studies of behavioral neuroscience at McGill. Linda Monahan (BA american studies '12) is going to Mount Allison University and will be examining the development of regional cultures in Canada.

David Culver (environmental science) was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Fellows are members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of sciences or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished."

Jeremiah Dittmar (economics) has been invited to serve as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

Erica Dixon (psychology PhD student), Arthur Shapiro (psychology), and their colleague, Kai Hamburger from the Universitat Giessin, placed second in the 7th annual Best Illusion of the Year contest with their submission, "Grouping by Contrast."

Kenya Doyle, MAT: Teaching Secondary Education '08, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship, which will fund up to $24,000 of tuition towards a master's degree.

Danielle Evans (literature) received an honorable mention in the 2011 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for book of short stories Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self.

Danielle Evans (literature) been awarded PEN's Robert W. Bingham Prize, which awards a fiction writer whose debut work, published in 2010, represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.

Molly Fillmore (BA music '94) makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in a production of Wagner's Die Walküre, conducted by music director James Levine. There will be a live broadcast seen around the world in movie theaters on May 14 as part of The Met's "Live in HD" series. She will return to The Metropolitan Opera in the 2011-2012 to sing roles in both Satyagraha by Phillip Glass and in the reprise of the production of Die Walküre.

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

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."

Mary Garrard (art, emerita) received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award from the Board of Directors. Her book “Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art” is considered a major contribution to art history. Other books written by her have become texts in art history and women's studies courses.

Mary Garrard (art, emerita) served as William Fleming Distinguished Visiting Professor at Syracuse University, April 2011.

Daniel Goldman (BA literature ’06) has been named the 2011 recipient of the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award.

Musician in Residence Yuliya Gorenman (performing arts) was nominated for a “Best Classical Instrumentalist” Wammy Award and her new CD "The Gorenman Beethoven Project, Volume 1, Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3" was nominated for a “Best Classical Album” Wammy Award from the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA).

Robert Griffith (history) received the Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American Historians for his service to the organization and his contributions to the field of American history.

It was announced that Mary Hansen (economics) was awarded the Morton Bender Prized by the university. The purpose of the prize is to recognize an important research, scholarly, creative endeavor, or professional achievement since attainment of the rank of associate professor

Instructor Mike Harvey’s (performing arts) recording and mix of Michael Butler's album "Should Have Been By Now" was nominated for a “Best Country Recording” Wammy Award from the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA). 

The Health Promotion Management Program won the National Wellness Institute's Distinguished Academic Program Award. The purpose of the award is is to recognize outstanding academic health promotion/wellness programs that consistently produce high-quality graduates ready to implement wellness programs into a variety of work sites. Additionally its purpose is to reward university programs that meet or exceed national accreditation standards for wellness education.

During the MACLAS conference at Pittsburgh University, Consuelo Hernandez (language and foreign studies) received the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, James Street Prize in Recognition of her scholarly excellence and for the best article published in the 2011 Latin American Essays. The article is entitled: "El inmigrante como sujeto polidimensional en Viaje a la tierra del abuelo de Bencastro."

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

Fred Jacobs (SETH) was recently appointed as a Research Fellow to EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. The center assembles leading scholars, practitioners, researchers, and analysts to provide research that allows higher education leaders to make better decisions about information technology. Dr. Jacobs will serve his term as Research Fellow from July 2011-June 2014.

Jennifer Jone (CAS/BA '12) and Stephen Bronskill (CAS-SPA/BA '13) were named Udall Scholars for 2011. Each scholar is awarded $5,000 along with funds to support attendance at workshops and other events.

Nikki Kahn (BA visual media and art history '96), was one of three Washington Post photographers to receive the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.

Cynthia Keppel (MS/PhD physics ’95) was named a 2011 recipient of the Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award. She has been a Hampton University physics professor for the past 15 years.

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. The Creative Artists residency provide time for disciplined work, individual reflection, and collegial engagement, uninterrupted by the usual professional and personal demands. Artists are invited based on their exceptional achievement and the fit of their project with the Rockefeller Foundation mission.

Heather McDonald (literature) College Writing Program, won the top prize for her essay “How to Fix Everything,” in Creative Nonfiction’s food essay contest. The essay will appear in the spring 2011 issue.

The Florida Alliance for Arts Education has honored Dario Moore (MA dance '05), artistic director of The Center for Contemporary Dance, with the 2011 Doris Leeper Award for Excellence in Arts Education.

Alumna Stephanie Milne (BS audio technology ’04) was nominated for a “Best Studio Engineer” Wammy Award from the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA). 

Kermit Moyer (literature, emeritus) won the 2011 PEN New England/L L Winship Award for The Chester Chronicles.

Dambisa Moyo (CAS/BS ’91, Kogod/MBA ’92) featured for How the West Was Lost is already in sixth place on the New York Times bestseller list.

Pamela Nadell (history) is one of four members of the Historians Team and a Consulting Historian for the media at the newly-opened National Museum of American Jewish History which opened in November 2010 in Philadelphia. In addition to Nadell, the opening weekend festivities featured opening weekend, which
featured, among others, Barbara Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, and Joe Biden.

Scott Parker (psychology) has been selected as a Fellow in the American Psychological Society, as well as the Eastern Psychological Association.

Naima Prevots (performing arts, emeritus) was appointed adjunct professor for the master’s program in dance at the Deutsche Sporthochshule, Cologne, Germany.

Cassandra Ricketts (BS biochemistry '11) won the College Chemistry Award.

Cassandra Ricketts (BS biochemistry '11) won the President's Award.

Jeanne Roberts (literature, emerita) received an award from the Folger Shakespeare Library for Outstanding Contributions to the Innovative Teaching of Shakespeare in American Classrooms.

Lyn Stallings, Elizabeth Malloy, and Frances Van Dyke (mathematics and statistics) were named the first winners of the Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning award by the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning.

Lesley Weiss (CAS/BA '76) was appointed by President Obama to America's Heritage Abroad Commission. Weiss is Director of Community Services and Cultural Affairs for NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia.

June Willenz (sociology) was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame for her lifetime career as a global human rights advocate.

Ward Wilson (BA history '80) was filmed by TalkWorks Films in a series of interviews with nuclear experts. Other interviewees include Desmond Tutu, Shirley Williams, and many others. Wilson is director of the Rethinking Nuclear Weapons Project, a project of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.



Mustafa Aksakal (history) published “Why Did the Ottomans Enter a European War in 1914?” in the Journal of Ottoman Studies.

Under the direction of Daniel Abraham (performing arts), the Bach Sinfonia performed "A Multimedia Four Season" with the renowned baroque violin soloist Ingrid Matthews in May 2011. The project constructed as a music/multimedia collaboration with assistant professor of graphic design Yana Sakellion and her Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) graduate school classmate Yan Da. 

Janet Gebhart Auten (literature) published “Mapping the Meaning of ‘Help’: Writing Tutor Training and the Sense of Self-Efficacy,” in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, fall 2010.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) published a revised version of Chapter 10 (“The People We Become”) of her book Always On (2008) in Russian in the Information Society Journal, published by the (Russian) Institute of the Information Society.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) published “Control Freaks: How Online and Mobile Communication is Reshaping Social Contact,” in Language at Work 7.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) is author of the chapter "Assessing the Internet’s Impact on Language", which just appeared in Blackwell's Handbook of Internet Studies.

Andrea Bonior (PhD clinical psychology '04) has published her first book, The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up With Your Friends (St. Martin's).

Jack Child (language and foreign studies) published the second edition of Latin American History Through Its Art and Literature.

Lola Cohen (CAS/BA ’68) has edited The Lee Strasberg Notes, the master teacher’s thoughts on everything from training and exercises to directing and the Method.

Edward Comstock (literature) publsihed "Idiocy, Attention, and the Normal Scholastic Prototype," in Educational Philosophy and Theory.

Edward Comstock (literature) published, "The End of Drugging Children: Towards the Genealogy of the ADHD Subject," in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.

Victoria Connaughton (biology) and colleagues published "Bipolar cells in the zebrafish retina," in Visual Neuroscience.

Kathleen Decicco-Skinner (biology) and colleagues published their study "Loss of tumor progression locus 2 (tpl2) enhances tumorigenesis and inflammation in two-stage skin carcinogenesis" in Oncogene.

Noah Getz (performing arts) has two CD's being released in July. Still Life is a solo CD that features pieces written for Getz. Getz's harp and saxophone duo, Pictures on Silence, will release a CD entitled Voyage

Max Paul Friedman (history) presented “Emigrés as Transmitters of American Protest Culture.” Jewish Voices in the German Sixties, Elmau, Germany, June 2011.

Kate Haulman (history) published The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth Century America (University of North Carolina Press).

Consuelo Hernandez (language and foreign studies) “Permanente devenir: Dos discursos sobre la Amazonia colombiana,” in Actas del XVI Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, Nuevos caminos del hispanismo, Iberoamericana / Vervuert 2010.

John Howard McClellan (BA literature and mathematics) has a newly released book, A River to Cross, that tells the tale of the Confederate Army’s retreat from Gettysburg to Falling Waters during the Civil War.

Glenn Moomau (literature) published “The Pulpwood Yard,” in storySouth, spring 2011.

Richard Kay (physics, emeritus) coauthored with D. Poulios, D. B. Coyle, P. R. Stysley, and G. B. Clarke (an AU physics student), “Derivation of the Frantz-Nodvik Equation for Diode-Side-Pumped Zigzag Slab Laser Amplifiers with Gaussian Laser Mode and Pump Beam Shapes,” in IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, vol 47, no 5, 2011.

Peter Kuznick (history) coauthored an article "Barack's Betrayal" with Oliver Stone for the New Statesman.

Eric Lohr's (history) Nationalizing the Russian Empire: The Campaign against Enemy Aliens during World War I has been translated and was published in Russia this spring by the Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie (New Literature Review) publishing house.

Eric Lohr (history) published “Germanskoe zaimstvovanie?”: Poddanstvo i politika v oblasti immigratsii i naturalizatsii v Rossiiskoi imperii kontsa XIX – nachala XX veka,” [“Borrowed from Germany?: Subjecthood, Immigration, and Naturalization in the Russian Empire,”] Imperium inter pares: Rol’ transferov v istorii Rossiiskoi imperii (1700-1917), edited by Martin Aust, Ricarda Vilpius, and Aleksei Miller, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2010.

Madhavi Menon’s (literature) newly edited volume, Shakesqueer (Duke University Press, Jan 2011), looks at the intersection of Shakespeare’s texts and queer theory—a school of thought that critiques notions of normativity across fields as seemingly disparate as sexuality and politics.

Simone Perszyk (MA arts management '10) coauthored the article “U.S. Radio Broadcasting in Iraq and Afghanistan: A Grand Soliloquy” published in the Journal of International Services, Spring 2011 issue. 

L. D. Rafey, CAS '81, published Martin Truemartin, a fantasy novel for young adults and adults. Available in print, kindle and audio book versions.

Jeffrey Reiman (philosophy and religion) published “Is Racial Profiling Just? Making Criminal Justice Policy in the Original Position,” in The Journal of Ethics 15, no 1-2, winter 2011.

Jeffrey Reiman (philosophy and religion) published "What is Fair Punishment?” in The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, vol 8, no 1 (winter 2011).

Larry Sawers (economics) published an article "HIV and concurrent sexual partnerships: modelling the role of coital dilution," in the Journal of the International AIDS Society."  His coauthors are Alan Isaac (economics) and Eileen Stillwaggon.

Gretchen Schafft (anthropology) coauthored the book, Commemorating Hell: The Public Memory of Mittelbau-Dora (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011) which looks at how the camp was portrayed to the German people after the war through a memorial first constructed by the communist East German government and later reconstructed by a united Germany and how the processes of reconciliation among people in the town under the various governments lends new information about reconciliation and the role of memory in community mental health.

Richard Sha (literature) published two articles in Inside Higher Ed "Job Letter Mistakes" and "Advising and the Job Letter."

Richard Sha (literature) published "Towards a Physiology of the Romantic Imagination" in the journal Configurations (Johns Hopkins University Press) 17: 197-226 (2011).

Myra Sklarew (literature, emerita) published "Enough" in Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care, Elsevier 2011, and "Bly in prose: the song of the body, the memory of rhythm" in The Fortnightly Review, UK 2011.

Myra Sklarew's (literature, emerita) “Crossing Boundaries: Memory and Trauma,” a chapter from a work-in-progress to be published by SUNY Press will be published in Studies in American Jewish Literature, Purdue University.

Myra Sklarew (literature, emerita) helped to put together a program on the Nobel poet and novelist Sigrid Undset of Norway.

Martha Starr's (economics) new book, Consequences of Economic Downturn: Beyond the Usual Economics, was released in February 2011 by Pelgrave Macmillan. It includes chapters by our colleagues Jon Wisman and Caren Grown and their respective AU doctoral-student coauthors, Bart Baker and Emcet Tas.



Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) delivered a plenary address at the Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. Her topic was "Print or Onscreen: Better, Worse, or About the Same?"

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) organized the panel “Gender Patterns on Mobile Phones: New Trends or Familiar Ways?” at the meetings of the Association of Internet Researchers, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) presented “Connections and Consequences: Living in an Online and Mobile World” at Georgetown University.

On February 10, at the centennial meetings of the College Art Association in New York, art historian Norma Broude (art) and Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds) cochaired a special centennial session on "Feminism." Conceived as a "mash-up" that would bring together disparate points of view, this standing-room only session consisted of two panels: Attaining Full Equality: Women Artists, Museums, and Markets; and New Directions and International Perspectives in Feminist Art History.

Jack Child (language and foreign studies) presented “The Digital Repository of Free Latin American Visuals,” at the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS).

Anton Fedyashin (history) was quoted in a Reuters story about the 20th anniversary of the Soviet coup.

Consuelo Hernandez (language and foreign studies) moderated the debate on the play Rifar el corazó, by Dino Armas with music by Enrique Santos Discepolos at Gunston Arts Center.

Consuelo Hernandez (language and foreign studies) presented “Los inmigrantes en la literatura escrita en español,” at the Embassy of El Salvador, Washington, D.C.

As part of the Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium, mathematics professor Dan Kalman (mathematics and statistics) presented Province of Polynomia – Uncommon Excursions for the Seasoned Visitor at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Don Kimes (art) gave a lecture on his own work as well as artists ranging from Jackson Pollock and Willem deKooning to John Walker and Thomas Nozkowski entitled "Don Kimes: The Time and Culture that Formed the Artist," at the University of Perugia, Italy.

Dolores Koenig (anthropology) was invited to give the inaugural seminar, for USAID's 50th Anniversary Presentation in Bamako Mali.

Namiko Kunimoto (art) presented “Shiraga Kazuo: The Hero and Concrete Violence” at the Asian Studies Association Conference in Honolulu.

Namiko Kunimoto (art) was on the panel, “Transcultural Visualities Presentation: Traveler-as-Lama Photography and the Fantasy of Transformation in Tibet,” College Art Association Conference, New York.

Allan Lichtman (history) delivered the annual keynote speech to some 200 international fellows of the Hubert Humphrey Institute and provided commentary on the 2010 elections for the U. S. Department of State.

Eric Lohr (history) was an invited participant in the “Dartmouth Dialogues,” including a three-day discussion of U.S.-Russian relations in Snegiri, Russia, and another in Lansdowne, Maryland.

Jin Park (philosophy and religion) gave the keynote speech, “Ethics of Tension” at the Buddhist Ethics Symposium, West Chester University.

Jin Park (philosophy and religion) gave the plenary panel speech, “The Visible and the Invisible: Rethinking Values and Just from a Buddhist-Postmodern Perspective,” at the East West Philosophers’ Conference, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Naima Prevots (performing arts, emerita) was invited to present a paper at the 18th International Conference of Aesthetics, Beijing, PRC.

Joseph Ross (literature) gave several readings, including one for the Library of Congress’s Poetry at Noon Series.

Joseph Ross (literature) was a reader and panelist on “American Poets Respond to Major Global Trauma,” at the Association of Writers and Writing Program’s annual conference.

Larry Sawers (economics) presented a paper at a conference entitled "HIV in a global perspective: Explaining variations in HIV epidemics," at the Conference on Globalization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July.

A feature story about Dan Sayers' (anthropology) research in the Great Dismal Swamp is in the Sept./Oct. issue of Archaeology magazine.

Richard Sha (literature) presented “The Motion Behind Emotion: The Chemistry and Physics of Romantic Emotion,” at the Mastering the Emotions Conference, Queen Mary’s College, University of London.

Myra Sklarew (literature, emeritia) moderated a panel, “Brain and Creativity,” where a neuroscientist, molecular biologist, and science writer spoke, at the Writer’s Center.

Myra Sklarew (literature, emerita) coedited with Bruce Sklarew, The Journey of Child Development: Selected Papers of Joseph Noshpitz, Routledge: Taylor and Francis. Work from the book was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Myra Sklarew (literature, emerita) gave a talk at the celebration of E. Ethelbert Miller, director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University and board chair of the Institute of Policy Studies.



More than 192 news outlets including Washington Post, USA Today, Seattle Times, Huffington Post, and Yahoo! News picked up on the AP story "To LOL, or not to LOL? That is the question" which quotes Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies).

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) was interviewed on the acronym LOL, in an associated press story. The story ran in several dozen print news media, including the Herald Tribune, USA Today, Boston Globe, LA Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Denver Post, Fresno Bee, Austin Statesman, as well as online in Salon, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, AOL News, and Comcast News.

Laura Beers (history) discussed with the Washington Post the differences between journalism practices in the United States and Great Britain.  

Laura Beers (history) was featured on WTTG-Fox 5 as an in-studio guest to discuss the rioting in London.

Robert Blecker (economics) was featured on a half hour interview program that appeared on a news show in Mexico City (and around Latin America) on the US debt ceiling issue. The show was entirely in Spanish and live from the DC studio of CNN.

David Carlini (biology) and Stacey Baker (MS biology '12) were interviewed by Ari Daniel Schapiro for a podcast posted on (Encyclopedia of Live) about their research on the red-shouldered soapberry bug.

Jona Colson (literature) interviewed Cornelius Eady for the December issue of The Writer’s Chronicle. His poetry was published in the winter 2010 issue of Palooka.

Yuliya Gorenman (performing Arts) reached the end of a four-year series of performances of Ludwig von Beethoven’s 32 sonatas called The Gorenman Beethoven Project. reviewed the final installment and said her journey was “a feat of the intellect and of endurance as it is of pianism.”

Gail Humphries-Mardirosian (performing arts) discussed the importance of encouraging children to creatively express themselves with Washington Family Magazine.

Alan Kraut (history) was quoted in the April 16 edition of the Washington Examiner about the ways the Civil War helped transform the city of Washington and the bureaucratic challenges the government faced in fitting out a new army.

Alan Kraut (history) spoke to the Associated Press about a proposed immigration museum in Washington, D.C. More than 145 outlets, including,, and, republished the article.

Peter Kuznick (history) was interviewed by Exchange Monitor Publications on the impact that Japan's nuclear crisis will have on future use of nuclear power in the United States and by the Chicago Tribune about the impact the Fukushima Daiichi accident will have on the anti-nuclear movement in the United States.

Peter Kuznick's (history) article "Japan's Nuclear History in Perspective: Eisenhower and Atoms for War and Peace" appeared in the April Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. interviewed Peter Kuznick (history) on history and film, with particular focus on an upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio film arguing that the mafia was behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Peter Kuznick (history) was interviewed for the article, "Japan is at the point to move beyond its dependency on the U.S.," in Ryuku Shimpo.

Peter Kuznick (history) was interviewed by Chile's El Mercurio newspaper regarding the celebrations in response to the death of Osama bin Laden and what that represents in terms of attitudes about U.S. capabilities and global role.

William Leap (anthropology) discussed why GLAAD and other advocacy groups should hold comedians and other media figures accountable for LGBT depictions that are more hurtful than humorous with Edge-NewYork.

Robert Lerman (economics) was featured on CNN and as an expert on the value of apprenticeships. 

Robert Lerman (economics) spoke via Skye to Bay News 9 in Tampa, Florida, about his theory of an national apprenticeship program to repair two economic woes--housing and unemployment.

Allan Lichtman (history) discussed how the economic downturn would hurt Obama's chances for reelection, but would not be fatal in the Christian Science Monitor.

Professor Allan Lichtman's (history) 13 keys system was mentioned in an OpEd by Roll Call executive editor/columnist Mortan Kondracke, then also published through a syndicate in five other regional newspapers. 

Allan Lichtman (history) provided more than 25 interviews and commentaries internationally, nationally, and locally on the midterm elections and President Barack Obama.

Allan Lichtman (history) discussed with the Associated Press the criticism President Obama received after the debt deal and whether the president’s chances for reelection are dead. More than 225 outlets, including,, and, republished the article.

Research done by Wendy Lower (PhD history '99) on the surprisingly large number of women who participated "as perpetrators, accomplices or passive witnesses" to Nazi atrocities was featured in an article in the New York Times.

GloboNews (Brazilian TV) interviewed Stephen MacAvoy (environmental science) regarding La Nina, climate change and the flooding in Brazil on January 18.

Madhavi Menon (literature) was featured on a WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection segment about her book Shakesqueer and expertise on queer theory.

Anna Nelson (history) was quoted in the Washington Post on the beautifully bound collection of presidential public papers. She was asked if we need them any more since they are online."

Ross Nover (graphic design) was quoted in a Scripps Howard Foundation Wire News story about the design of federal government Web sites.

On UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now, Dan Sayers (anthropology), discussed his research on Native Americans and maroons (formerly enslaved people) that formed resistance communities in the Great Dismal Swamp from the 1600’s through the 1800’s. 

The Associated Press featured Dan Sayers (anthropology) and his students for their field research in the Great Dismal Swamp to identify evidence of Native American and maroon (formerly enslaved people) resistance communities between 1600 and 1860. More than 250 outlets, including,, and, republished the article.

Ed Smith (anthropology) discussed with the Associated Press why the debate over African-Americans’ contributions to the Confederacy during the Civil War still touches a nerve 150 years later. More than 145 outlets including the Houston Chronicle, Forbes and Washington Examiner republished the article.

First Lady Michelle Obama, whose platform encourages more healthful habits among children, sparked controversy after eating a fattening fast food meal. Stacey Snelling (health promotion) told the National Journal the fuss was unwarranted. “Banning foods from our lifestyle is not a message that is consistent with enjoying life. That’s a message of deprivation, and that is never successful,” she said.”

Martha Starr (economics) was quoted in the New York Times on the timing of economic recovery.

Martha Starr (economics) was featured in an interview with Al Lewis from Dow Jones Newswire column on The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch, on the need for a code of ethics for economists.

Dean Peter Starr spoke about "Why Conspiracies Persist" based on his research for his web-based multimedia book, We the Paranoid, on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt.

Dean Peter Starr was interviewed by Politico about the proliferation of conspiracies as they related to the birthers movement and the death of Osama bin Laden.

Nancy Zeller (biology) assisted with an experiment to determine the number of germs on Metro surfaces.