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Recent Achievements

David VineDavid Vine (anthropology) published Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (Metropolitan Books). 

Caleen JenningsTwo of Caleen Jennings' (DPA) plays will be featured in the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

David HaagaDavid Haaga (psychology) won a $321,750 NIH award for the project "Looming Vulnerability and Smoking Cessation Attempts."


A $7.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will establish the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR), a new center devoted to research aimed at ending the AIDS epidemic. DC CFAR is a city-wide consortium representing six collaborating academic research institutions in DC. Kim Blankenship (sociology) is the director of the DC CFAR social and behavioral sciences core.

Sarah Irvine Belson (SETH) won a $409,195 Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) award for the project "Master Teacher Cadre (MTC) Program."

SampTA 2015 (led by Stephen Casey and Michael Robinson in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics) had 203 participants from 6 continents, was endorsed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and received grant support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Army Research Office (ARO). The 127 conference papers were published in IEEE Xplore.

Stephen Casey, PI, Michael Robinson, and Kevin Duke (mathematics and statistics) won a $13,300 US Air Force Office of Scientific Research award for the Sampling Theory and Applications Conference (SampTA 2015). They are the AU component of the Local Organizing Committee. Information about the meeting can be found here.

Zoë Charlton (art) is a 2014 Rubys grantee in the literary and visual arts. Sponsored by the The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the artist grant will support work on the Cultural Currency: Tourists, Trophies, and Tokens series.

David Culver (environmental science) won a $38,187 National Park Service award (part of the Chesapeake Watershed CESU agreement) for the project "A Survey of the Fauna of Seepage Springs in National Capital Parks-East (NACE)."

Kathleen DeCicco-Skinner (biology) won a $419,137 NIH award for the project Tpl2 in Carcinogenesis-related inflammation.

Kathleen Franz (history) won a $20,100 Smithsonian Institution award to continue her work on the American Enterprise exhibition.

David Haaga (psychology) won a $321,750 NIH award for the project "Looming Vulnerability and Smoking Cessation Attempts."

Gregory Harry (physics) won a $499,986 NSF award for the project "CAREER: Integrated Research and Education on Gravitational Wave Detector Optics."

Mary Hansen (economics) and Brian Yates (psychology) won a $39,444 Annie E. Casey Foundation award for the project "Costs and Benefits of Interventions that Reduce Group and Institutional Care." 

David Kearns (psychology) won a $1,582,528 NIH R01 award for the project "Addiction as Maladaptive Choice of Drugs over Non-Drug Rewards." Alan Silberberg (psychology) is a co-investigator. 

Karen Knee (environmental science) won a $9,955 University of the District of Columbia (UDC) award for the project "Does hydraulic fracturing pose a threat to DC's water supply? A Field and Modeling Study."

Naden Krogan (biology) won a $350,820 NIH award for the project "Mechanisms Controlling Cellular Differentiation and Proliferation in a Plant Stem Cell Microenvironment."

Mark Laubach (biology) received a $132,693 NSF award for the project "Neural Circuits for the Executive Control of Action in Rodents." He also won a $392,704 award from The Klarman Family Foundation to research the "Functional connectomics of cortico-striatal-hypothalamic circuits and the motivation control of feeding."

Stephen MacAvoy (environmental science) won a $9,993 US Geological Survey, Water Resources Research Institute (USGS) award for the project "Evaluation of "green roof' effectiveness for nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended solid reduction in runoff precipitation events."

Gabriel Mathy (economics) won a $33,490 Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) award for the project "Secular Stagnation and Persistent Unemployment in the Great Depression: Evidence from Monthly Labor Market Data."

Michael Robinson (mathematics and statistics) won a $85,000 (represents year one of an expected $226,295 two year project) Office of Naval Research (ONR) award for the project "Topological investigation of target / clutter features in sonar data."

Michael Robinson (mathematics and Statistics) won a $485,479 US Department of Defense (DOD)/DARPA award for the project "SIMPLEX: Conglomeration of Heterogenous Content using Local Topology (CHCLT)."

Michael Robinson (mathematics and statistics) won a $40,000 University of Pennsylvania (funding source: DARPA) award for the project "Sheaf-based Layered Track Management (SLTM)." 

Nancy Jo Snider (performing arts) won a $10,000 Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation award for the project "Creating Opportunities for Extended Learning Beyond the Traditional Classroom and Music Studio."

Catherine Stoodley (psychology) won a $402,769 NIH/NIMH award for the project "Cerebellum and Autism: Neural Mechanisms and Modulation of Predictive Processing."

Michael Treanor & Joshua McCoy (computer science) won a $59,611 Educational Testing Service (ETS) award for the project "Assessing Complex Constructs Using Extended Games."

Angela Van Doorn (environmental science) won a $189,972 Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) award in a coordinated effort with Sarah Irvine Belson (school of education) and Christina Pondell (environmental science) for the project "Learning and Teaching Science with Scientists - DC Math Science Partnership Program (DC MSP)." 

Caroline Vill (environmental science) has been awarded a Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship and a Killam Undergraduate Fellowship to study in Canada next spring.

Susie Vulpas has been awarded a Fulbright Grant and a Critical Language Scholarship to study mangrove deforestation and conservation in Indonesia. Vulpas is pursuing an MS degree in environmental science and also received a BA degree in international studies with a minor in Chinese language from AU.



Sarah Irvine Belson (SETH) won the 2015 Betty T. Bennett Award. The award recognizes a member of the College faculty who is an exemplary scholar and administrative leader.

Kim Blankenship (sociology) was appointed to the editorial board of the American Sociological Review.

John Bracht (biology) received the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning's 2015 Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award.

Andrea Malkin Brenner (sociology) was appointed Director of University College, AU’s oldest and largest living-learning community.

Zoë Charlton and Magnolia Laurie (art) are finalists for this year's Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Their work will be on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art from June 24 through August 9. 

Stefano Costanzi (chemistry) was named to the editorial board of the Journal of Receptors and Signal Transduction.

Stefano Costanzi (chemistry) received the national habilitation for full professorship in Italy in the fields of biochemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, the only scholar to receive habilitation in both fields. He was one of twelve scholars awarded the habilitation in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry. 

Terry Davidson (psychology) was elected President of the Eastern Psychology Association. He is currently president-elect and will be president from June 2015-May 2016.

Terry Davidson (psychology) won the university faculty award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions.

Bette Dickerson (sociology) was elected as Member-at-Large to the Executive Council of the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) for 2014-16.

Robert Feinberg (economics) was elected to the board of trustees of the Southern Economic Association for a four-year term. 

Eileen Findlay's (history) book, We Are Left without a Father Here, won the William M. LeoGrande Award for the best book or article in Latin American or Latino Studies published by a member of the American University community in 2013-14.

The District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTD) recognized award-winning filmmaker and documentarian Harjant Gill (PhD anthropology '12), as the May Filmmaker of the Month in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

James Girard (chemistry) was featured as one of the 10 Forensic Chemistry Professors You Should Know with Forensics Colleges.

Kathleen Gunthert (psychology) won the university faculty award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment.

David Haaga (psychology) received the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 2015 Outstanding Service Award.

David Haaga (psychology) and Evan Berry (philosophy and religion) received awards for excellence in graduate student mentoring for the 2014-15 academic year.

Haely Jardas, SOC-CAS/BA '13, was crowned Miss District of Columbia. She will represent DC in the Miss America Organization Competition on September 13.

Laura Juliano and Anthony Ahrens (psychology) were included on list of 10 Must Take Psychology Professors in DC.

David Keplinger (literature) was named the Humanities Scholar of the Washington Performing Arts Society for the 2014-15 season.

The British Institute in Eastern Africa invited Chap Kusimba (anthropology) to deliver the BIEA's annual Nairobi Lecture on January 23.

Mark Laubach (biology) was named to the editorial board of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Sherburne Laughlin (performing arts) was elected Vice President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, the international body that represents arts administration programs.

Lisa Moses Leff (history) was named a 2016-17 Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Elizabeth Malloy (mathematics and statistics) won the Morton Bender Prize, which recognizes important scholarly achievements and facilitates the faculty member's progress towards the rank of full professor.

Gabriel Mathy (economics) won a $33,490 award from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) for his project "Secular Stagnation and Persistent Unemployment in the Great Depression: Evidence from Monthly Labor Market Data."

Richard McCann (literature) was elected the next president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. He will serve a two-year term, from July 2015 to July 2017.

Chemi Montes (art) was a Merit Winner in the poster category for the HOW International Design Awards.

Danielle Mysliwiec (art) won a Vermont Studio Center (VSC) Fellowship for a May 2016 VSC residency.

Martyn Oliver (philosophy and religion) is a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. He will participate in the "American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics" Institute.

Martyn Oliver (philosophy and religion) gave the MLK Day keynote address, "Muhammad Ali, Islam, and Civil Rights in Multi-Religious America," at Emory & Henry College.

The US Senate confirmed Frank Rose (history BA '94) as the assistant secretary for verification and compliance at the State Department. 

Arthur Shapiro (psychology) spoke at an invited symposium on Mathematical and Psychological Explanations of Visual Illusion in Hong Kong. He gave two public lectures: one to the Young Brain Scientists organization; the other was a public lecture at the University of Hong Kong. 

Rachel Louise Snyder (literature) won the AU Green Teacher of the Year Award.

Martha Starr (economics) is serving as the Senior Economic Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Legislation at the US Food and Drug Administration.

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (sociology) was appointed to the editorial board of the American Sociological Association's journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Stanley Weiss (emeritus, psychology) received a career achievement award from the Ohio State University, his alma mater.

Elizabeth Worden (SETH) was appointed a visiting professor for the Institute for Research in Social Sciences at Ulster University. The appointment is for four years and she will be in residence for research 10-14 days per year.

Melissa Scholes Young (literature) was named a Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellow. The fellowship includes a month-long writing residency in France. Her novel, Flood, is a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and her short story, "A Soft Place to Rest," is a finalist for the American Fiction Short Story Award. She has fiction forthcoming with both Paycock Press and New Rivers Press. 



Nicole Angotti (sociology) co-authored “Working with Teams of ‘Insiders’: Qualitative Approaches to Data Collection in the Global South” in Demographic Research.

Nicole Angotti (sociology) co-authored “Cardiometabolic Disease Risk and HIV Status in Rural South Africa: Establishing a Baseline” in BMC Public Health and “Accurate Information as a Tool to Decrease HIV Test Refusals in Research Studies” in Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

A story about Michael Bader's (sociology) research has published in the Science of Cities blog on Next City, a news website devoted to examination of innovation, policy and technology issues in metropolitan areas.

Economics undergraduate students Mike Bassett and Emily Ellis presented research at the Eastern Economic Association meetings. The research has also been accepted for publication in Issues in Political Economy, the journal of undergraduate student research in economics.

An excerpt from Naomi Baron's (WLC) Words Onscreen, “Printed Pages vs. Screens: How Each Option Affects Reading,” was published in the Independent Book Publishers Association's magazine, Independent.

Naomi Baron (WCL) published "Is Reading Boring?" with the Huffington Post

Naomi Baron (WCL) published Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Meg Bentley (biology) will present a poster at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research taking place at Bates College in July 2015.

Evan Berry (philosophy and religion) published Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism (University of California Press). 

Kim Blankenship (sociology) co-authored “Structural Interventions for HIV Prevention among Women Who Use Drugs: A Global Perspective” in JAIDS and “Peer Outreach Work as Economic Activity: Implications for HIV Prevention Interventions among Female Sex Workers” in PLoS One.

Robert A. Blecker (economics) published "Structural Change, the Real Exchange Rate and the Balance of Payments in Mexico, 1960-2012" in Cambridge Journal of Economics. The paper was co-authored by Carlos A. Ibarra.

Robert A. Blecker (economics) participated in a panel discussion about the US trade deficit at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC.

Robert A. Blecker (economics) published "What would the Trans-Pacific Partnership offer the middle class?" in the Washington Post.

FDR and the Jews, by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman (history), was featured in the New York Times Sunday Book Review's Paperback Row column on January 16, 2015.

To the Gates of Jerusalem: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1945-1947 (Indiana University Press) was edited by Richard Breitman (history), Norman J.W. Goda, Barbara McDonald Stewart, and Severin Hochberg.

Sherrill S. Cannon (BA 1969) published her seventh children’s book, Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! Her previous six children’s books have won 28 awards.  

Zoë Charlton's (art) work is featured in the State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Charlton was also a participant in the State of the Art Summit "Personal Stories: Inspiration to Creation" panel. Of the 102 artists in the exhibition, only 11 participating artists were invited to discuss their work at the summit.

Zoë Charlton's (art) work is featured in the group exhibition Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness, curated by Rehema Barber at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 7 through June 26, 2015.

Kong F. Cheong (anthropology doctoral candidate) co-authored the chapter "Ancient Maya Musical Encore: Analysis of Ceramic Musical Instruments from Pacbitun, Belize and the Maya Subarea" in Flower World: Music Archaeology of the Americas, Vol.3. He also co-authored the article "Recovering Music from Pacbitun, Belize: New Evidence for Ancient Maya Instrument," published in Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology Vol.11.

Scientific American featured Kristina Crona’s (mathematics and statistics) new research that aims to help doctors deal with resistant bacteria.

Kristina Crona and Devin Greene (mathematics and statistics) published "Rational Design of Antibiotic Treatment Plans: A treatment strategy for managing evolution and reversing resistance" in PLoS ONE with Portia M. Mira, Juan C. Meza, Bernd Sturmfels, and Miriam Barlow.

Kristina Crona (mathematics and statistics) published "Adaptation and Fitness Graphs" in Algebraic and Discrete Mathematical Methods for Modern Biology (Elsevier).

Richard E. Cytowic (MFA creative writing '11) published “Your Brain on Screens," a feature article in The American Interest on digital distractions.

Kyle Dargan's (literature) book Honest Engine (University of Georgia Press) was reviewed in Washington Independent Review of Books' April 2015 Exemplars: National Poetry Month’s Best Picks. It was also reviewed by the City Paper.

Kyle Dargan (literature) published his fourth poetry collection Honest Engine (University of Georgia Press). He also published the poem, “Two years from retirement, my neighbor contemplates Canada” on Proletarian Poetry.

Terry Davidson and Anthony Riley (psychology), members of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, authored a feature article for American Scientist magazine about taste aversions and the implications for treating obesity and drug use. 

Sara Day (art history '85) published Coded Letters, Concealed Love: The Larger Lives of Harriet Freeman and Edward Everett Hale (New Academia Publishing, 2014) and has spoken about her book at the Boston Athenaeum, the Harvard Divinity School, and the Library of Congress, in addition to various clubs and libraries. Her profile of Harriet Freeman has been published in American National Biography Online.

Rebecca Downey (public health '17) published an article on genome sequencing in Exceptional Parent magazine. 

Robert Feinberg and Thomas Husted (economics) published "Does State Antitrust Enforcement Drive Establishment Exit?" in Journal of Competition Law & Economics.

Robert Feinberg (economics) and Daniel Kuehn (PhD student, economics) published "Explaining Variation in Title Charges: A Study of Five Metropolitan Residential Real Estate Markets" in Review of Industrial Organization. The paper was co-authored with Signe-Mary McKernan, Doug Wissoker, and Sisi Zhang.

Robert Feinberg (economics) published "'Exports-at-Risk:' The Effect of Multimarket Contact in International Trade" in the Southern Economic Journal.

Robert Feinberg (economics) published "Pricing of First-Run Movies in Small U.S. Metropolitan Areas: Multimarket Contact and Chain Effects" in B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (Topics).

Boris Gershman's (economics) paper “The Economic Origins of the Evil Eye Belief,” published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, was reviewed in the Ideas section of the Boston Globe.

Bernhard Gunter (economics) gave a presentation on "Revisiting Debt Sustainability in Africa" at the 61st Executive Session of the Trade and Development Board, the governing body of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. 

At the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference in Las Vegas, NV, Alex Hodges (SETH) completed his first year of a two-year term as chair of the Information Literacy Education and Library/Media Science special interest group. He also co-presented "Information Literacy, Libraries, and Virtual Schools: New Standards for New Modalities," a peer-reviewed discussion on the intersections of virtual schooling research and the recent 2015 Association of College & Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Andy Holtin (art) curated The Accuracy of the Ordinary exhibition at HilbertRaum in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition featured work by Berlin-based artists Isabel Manalo and Elizabeth McTernan February 1 through 22, 2015. 

Two of Caleen Jennings' (DPA) plays will be featured in the Women's Voices Theater Festival. 

The Women’s Voices Theatre Festival will feature two plays by Caleen Sinette Jennings. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present Darius & Twig Oct. 31–Nov. 8 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater and Theater J will present Queens Girl in the World Sept. 16–Oct. 11.

Don Kimes (art) solo exhibition Finding Memory: New Works is featured at Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York City February 5 through March 14, 2015. This is Kimes's fourth solo exhibition in Chelsea and his tenth solo show in New York City.

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (performing arts) published Leonard Bernstein and His Young People's Concert (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

Alumnus Gary Kremer published his 12th book, Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri (University of Missouri).

Peter Kuznick (history) published a People’s Daily op-ed “America’s World War II: ‘Good War,’ Bad History.”

Peter Kuznick (history) published "Through Russian Eyes," co-authored with Oliver Stone, in the Japanese journal Shukan Kinyobi.

Peter Kuznick's (history) young readers edition of Untold History was featured on page three of the New York Times. The Untold History (Russian translation) was on Russian bestseller list for several weeks and the documentary series began airing on Russia One, Russia's largest TV network.

Anne L’Ecuyer (performing arts) is the lead planner and fundraiser for Art Lives Here, a regional visibility campaign for the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The National Endowment for the Arts recently showcased the initiative in Exploring Our Town, a new national resource for creative placemaking. 

Lisa Leff (history) published The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust (Oxford University Press).

For a feature article in the New York Times, Lisa Leff (history) discussed the subject of her new book, controversial Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski. 

Jonathan Loesberg (literature) published a translation of Eugene Sue's The Mysteries of Paris with Carolyn Betensky (Penguin Classics, 2015).

Eric Lohr (history) published Empire and Nationalism at War: The Russian Empire in WWI (Bloomington: Slavica).

Cynthia Miller-Idriss' (SETH) proposal for a new sponsored global research network on Radicalism and Violence (together with co-director Prof Fabian Virchow in Germany) was selected by the Council for European Studies for network support. The network will launch at a meeting in Paris in July 2015.

Ellen Mutari (PhD economics '95) co-authored Just One More Hand: Life in the Casino Economy (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

Mixed Greens Gallery in New York City featured work by Danielle Mysliwiec (art) in the group exhibition Common Thread through August 2015. 

NOVELLA gallery in New York featured Danielle Mysliwiec's (art) solo exhibition Harbinger from January 17 through February 8, 2015. Taney Roniger reviewed the exhibit in the Brooklyn Rail.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez (literature) published a new novel, Balm (Amistad).

Meghan Raham (performing arts) designed the set for the world premiere of Life Sucks (or the Present Ridiculous) at Theater J.

Alumna Megan Remo presented at TEDxAmericanUniversity. She discussed how she launched a custom dessert business.

Kara Reynolds (economics) published "Trade Flows and Trade Disputes" in Review of International Organizations.

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog featured research by Kara Reynolds (economics). Reynolds’ research examined the Trade Adjustment Assistance program and found that retraining assistance did help people find new jobs, but they were at much lower wages than their previous positions.

Larry Sawers (economics) co-authored “Rush to Judgment: The STI-Treatment Trials and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa” in Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Daniel Sayers (anthropology) published A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp (University Press of Florida and The Society for Historical Archaeology).

Xuguang (Simon) Sheng (economics) co-authored “Measuring Disagreement in Qualitative Expectations” in Journal of Forecasting

Xuguang (Simon) Sheng (economics) published “Evaluating the Economic Forecasts of FOMC Members” in International Journal of Forecasting.

Jurg Siegenthaler (sociology) co-edited The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912: New Scholarship on the Bread & Roses Strike (Baywood Publishing Company, 2014).

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) published Introduction to Health Promotion (Jossey-Bass).

Elke Stockreiter (history) published Islamic Law, Gender, and Social Change in Post-Abolition Zanzibar (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Vivian Vasquez's (SETH) refereed article "Podcasting as Transformative Work" was published in the Theory into Practice journal, volume 54, issue 2. 

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (sociology) published Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism, edited with Uriel Quesada and Letitia Gómez (University of Texas Press). 

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (sociology) co-authored “Masculinities, ‘Profeminism,’ and Feminism in Latin America” in The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements.

David Vine (anthropology) wrote an op-ed for the New York Times, "Don’t Just Close Bases at Home, Close Them Overseas."

David Vine (anthropology) published Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (Metropolitan Books).

David Vine (anthropology) had an op-ed, US Military’s ‘Lily Pad’ Expansion May Prove Costly, published in the Boston Globe and another on the front page of the Ryukyu Shimpo.

The Washington Post and Washington City Paper reviewed Naoko Wowsugi's (art) “Assignment: Happy Birthday” exhibition, which was displayed at Hamiltonian Gallery through Feb. 14. The exhibition was funded by an American University Mellon Grant.

Mahmuf Yesuf (economics) published "Livestock and Private Tree Holdings in Rural Ethiopia: The Effects of Collective Action Institutions, Tenure Security and Market Access" in the Journal of Development Studies.

Mahmud Yesuf and Robert Feinberg (eceonomics) published “Ambiguity Aversion among Student Subjects: The Role of Probability Interval and Emotional Parameters” in Applied Economics Letters.

Gay Young (sociology) published Gendering Globalization on the Ground: The Limits of Feminized Work for Mexican Women's Empowerment (Routledge).



Naomi Baron (WLC) discussed her book Words Onscreen with Wisconsin Public Radio's The Joy Cardin Show, University of Kentucky's New Books in Technology podcast, Los Angeles NPR station KCRW'S Press Play hosted by Madeleine Brand, Radio NZ (New Zealand) Calling, Baltimore NPR station WYPR's Midday with Dan Rodricks, and Barrow, Alaska's NPR station KBRW.

Naomi Baron (WCL) discussed alternative ways to say "yes" and reasons behind these alternatives with the Atlantic.

Naomi Baron (WCL) spoke to NPR affiliate WYPR-FM about her book, Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, and her research on the advantages and disadvantages of print vs. digital books

A Washington Post feature piece about digital and print reading preferences featured Naomi Baron's (WCL) research and new book. 

The Chronicle Review featured Naomi Baron’s (WCL) piece about the decline in reading among professors and undergraduate students and the impact of “tl;dr." Baron also wrote an article about the irrelevance of page numbers for Slate, was featured in a Publisher's Weekly podcast to discuss digital reading, and  published Why Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Critical Thinking with the Huffington Post.

For WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Naomi Baron (WLC) discussed Internet dialects and the way online and offline speech affect each other. 

Naomi Baron (WLC) published a Washington Post op-ed about the demise of voicemail.

Naomi Baron (WLC) published "The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind" in the Washington Post. She also was interviewed by CBC Fresh Air on January 11.

Alumna Sandra Beasley's new book, Count the Waves, was reviewed in the Washington City Paper.

The Wall Street Journal discussed the Center for Ballet and the Arts fellowship program, part of New York University, and Juliet Bellow's (art) participation

Evan Berry (philosophy and religion) spoke to the Washington Post for a story about the papal encyclical and how Americans would receive Pope Francis’ message that climate change affects the most vulnerable. 

Robert Blecker (economics) was interviewed on Tan Cerca Tan Lejos, a bilingual radio program, about the Mexican and U.S. economies and the impact of NAFTA. 

Richard Breitman (history) discussed remembrances of the Holocaust on FOX's "Special Report with Bret Baier." 

Michael Brenner (history) wrote articles and was interviewed on the Israeli elections and on antisemitism in Europe in the leading speaking newspapers of Germany (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Switzerland (Neue Zuercher Zeitung), and Brazil (Correio Brazilense).

For Sinclair Broadcast Group television news affiliates, Michael Brenner (history) addressed tension between the White House and Israel, saying that the countries shouldn’t let it affect their many common values and similar interests. The interview syndicated on more than 30 affiliates nationwide.

For WAMU's Diane Rehm Show on NPR, Michael Brenner (history) joined panelists for a wide-ranging discussion about what's behind recent acts of violence and rising anti-Semitism in Europe. 

The new chemistry student research program was featured in Science Magazine as an Editor's Choice for top research. 

In an interview with The Guardian (U.K. edition), David Culver (environmental science) spoke about the diverse species of life found in Southeast Asia caves.

The Los Angeles Review of Books reviewed Kyle Dargan's (literature) collection of poetry, Honest Engine.

Kyle Dargan's (literature) collection of poetry, Honest Engine, was included on the list of "My Thirteen Favorite New Books of Poetry for 2015" by Boaat Press.

Kyle Dargan (literature) spoke to a reporter about the new poet laureate, and state of poetry in the U.S. today.

Kyle Dargan (literature) was interviewed by the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University and Ploughshares featured his work on their blog. 

Terry Davidson (psychology) discussed how childhood diet impacts brain development on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Donna Dietz (mathmatics and statistics) discussed the importance of Pi on Fox 5 DC.

Anton Fedyashin (history) appeared on CNN International to discuss political and economic issues surrounding the Russian government's attempts to modernize its healthcare system. 

For WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Dara Ford (health studies) discussed the growing trend and popularity of gluten-free diets. 

Kathleen Franz (history) spoke at a press conference with the writers and cast of Mad Men. She also gave interviews for the Smithsonian Channel, ARD (Germany's radio network), and More than 50 artifacts from the show were donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Learn more.

For KSAT-TV online, Kathleen Franz (history) discussed her work to help bring a collection about Sosa, Bromley, and Aguilar and Associates, the top-billing Latino ad agency in the industry to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Franz was also a featured guest on BackStory with the American History Guys, the "New & Improved, Advertising in America" episode.

In an op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel, Max Paul Friedman (history) and Tom Long discussed the restoration of US relations with Cuba, noting that the US ended half a century of hostility toward Cuba in response to pressure from its neighbors in the Western Hemisphere.

For U.S. News & World Report, Jolynn Gardner (public health) spoke about the increase of minority students majoring in public health and the role personal connections with these communities play for these students.

Fox 5 News DC interviewed anthropology PhD student Anthony Gualtieri and United Nation of Individuals Fighting Impossibilities program director to discuss how plans to build job training facility are unfazed by Baltimore Riots.

Mary Hansen (economics) spoke to the Los Angeles Times about President Obama’s announcement to make paid family leave a new norm in America. 

Alumnus Jonathan Harper received a Kirkus Review for his new short story collection, Daydreamers.

Anthropology PhD Candidate Erin Moriarty Harrelson spoke to National Geographic about her research on deaf Cambodians and Cambodian Sign Language. 

Matthew Hartings (chemistry) was used as an expert source in a Chemistry and Engineering News article about nitro cold brew coffee. 

Nathaniel Herr (psychology) was interviewed by Business Insider for the article "Pixar's 'Inside Out' is a surprisingly accurate look at human psychology—here's what it gets right and wrong." 

Nathaniel Herr (psychology) was interviewed by for "How ‘Inside Out’ Can Help Your Kids Talk About Tough Feelings."

For WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Vincent Intondi (history) explained the history of race in regard to efforts to curtail use of nuclear weapons and the response after the Hiroshima-Nagasaki atomic bombing. 

For The Diane Rehm Show on NPR, Alan Kraut (history) discussed Europe’s influx of migrants fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

Alan Kraut (history) appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss past presidential executive actions on immigration dating back to the Eisenhower administration. 

Anthropologist-in-residence Sibel Kusimba spoke to The East African about the rise of mobile money systems rivaling traditional brick-and-mortar banks in East African countries.

Peter Kuznick (history) was interviewed by Yomiuri Shimbun, Saitama Shimbun, Liberty Magazine, Kyodo News, Mainichi, German Public Radio (ARD), and other publications to discuss the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings and the current state of global nuclear affairs 

Peter Kuznick (history) was quoted in a Japan News article about the series of panels that depict the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that will be exhibited at the AU Museum June 13 through August 16.

Nuclear Studies Institute director Peter Kuznick (history) spoke to Japan News about the art exhibit "The Hiroshima Panels," which will be shown at the American University Museum in the spring. 

Peter Kuznick (history) was interviewed by KARN Newsradio, Fox 16 TV, AETN, Soul of the South Radio, RTR TV (Russia), CCTV, Russia One TV, NHK (Japan's Public TV), Yale Daily News, Boston Globe, Cambridge Community TV, and the University of Connecticut's Daily Campus to discuss Untold History.

The gender-neutral prefix Mx. was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Professor Bill Leap (anthropology) discussed the addition with Huffington Post's QueerView.

Robert Lerman (economics) was interviewed by the National Journal in the article “Teach Vets to Rehab Homes” and quoted in the New York Times in “Starbucks and Other Corporations to Announce Plan to Curb Unemployment of Young People.”

For WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show on NPR, Robert Lerman (economics) joined a panel to discuss presidential candidates calling for more apprenticeship funding. 

Allan Lichtman (history) compared Bill and HIllary Clinton's scandals for Sinclair Broadcasting.

Allan Lichtman (history) spoke to CNN Politics about the history of the “pop culture campaign” in which political candidates engage with pop culture figures to be seen as ordinary, relatable people. Lichtman also appeared on CCTV America to discuss the 2016 presidential candidates. 

Allan Lichtman (history) appeared on BBC World News to discuss Clinton’s 2016 announcement compared to her announcement in 2008. Lichtman praised Clinton’s video, and pointed out examples of past candidates who failed the first time out but won the presidency after campaigning for a second time.

Allan J. Lichtman’s (history) comments on President Obama’s State of the Union address have appeared on ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Voice of America, San Angelo Standard Times, Euronews, Irish Times, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, Washington Times, El Financiero, CRJENGLISH, NIYZ, Medill on the Hill, Report News Today, RIFE,, The Maddow Blog, Israel News, Berliner Zeitung, L'Orient-Le Jour, Telam Mundo, Diario El Analista, El Periodico, Middle East Eye, Yomuri Shimbun, Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija, Latino Fox News, and the Strait Times.  

Allan Lichtman (history) spoke on WJLA-ABC7's NewsTalk to discuss the historical precedent for presidents acting unilaterally on immigration, emphasizing Herbert Hoover's executive action in 1930. Lichtman also wrote an op-ed for The Hill.

Gabriel Mathy (economics) was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor feature story about the potential and pitfalls for local governments trying to attract cybersecurity clusters as a economic development strategy for their communities. 

Cynthia Miller-Idriss (SETH) was quoted in an article, "Authoritarian Outfitters," in The New Republic.

Danielle Mysliwiec (art) interviewed artist Jessica Dickinson for the Brooklyn Rail

Martyn Oliver (philosophy and religion) published "10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Islam" on The website's top 20 posts of 2014 featured his essay "10 Things Every College Student Needs to Know About Religion."

For NPR, Martyn Oliver (philosophy and religion) spoke about the Museum of the Bible, a new museum set to open in DC in 2017, and the artifacts that the museum will have on display.

In an op-ed for Talking Points Memo, Pedram Partovi (history) explained that there is no quick fix to the jihadist movement.

NY Times best selling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez's (literature) new novel Balm was reviewed in the Washington Post and NPR Books.

Samantha Phillips (health promotion '04 and director of emergency management for Philadelphia) talked with Rachel Maddow about the coordination of the emergency response to the crash of Amtrak train 188.

Science News featured a study by Colin Saldanha (biology) and two of his students explaining how estrogen can protect the brain from harmful inflammation following traumatic injury.

Kendra Salois (performing arts) spoke to U.S. News & World Report about music and political leanings, and the reasons behind why country music tends to get seen as conservative.

NPR featured Daniel Sayers (anthropology) and his new book, A Desolate Place for a Defiant People. The segment aired on more than 70 NPR affiliates nationwide.

Arthur Shapiro (psychology) spoke to the Los Angeles Times for two separate articles about “The Dress” that went viral and the science behind the visual illusion. The articles syndicated more than 100 times. He also discussed #TheDress on ABC, NBC, and USA Today. 

Stacey Snelling and Sarah Irvine Belson (SETH) talked to CBS News about results from their recent research that that showed students who reported getting higher grades in school also tended to have higher levels of physical activity.

Stacey Snelling (SETH) participated in a live panel discussion about food insecurity and college students for the NPR affiliate for Kansas City.

David Vine (anthropology) talked about his book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the Worldat Politics and Prose. CSPAN filmed the talk.

For NPR’s All Things Considered, David Vine (anthropology) discussed his book Base Nation

David Vine (anthropology) was interviewed for Sinclair Broadcast Group’s story on U.S. overseas military bases. He also wrote an op-ed for which was republished in the Huffington Post, Salon, Nation, and elsewhere. 

Carol Weissbrod (psychology) discussed the stigma of men crying - and how to change it - with the Washington Post.

Gay Young (sociology) was a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. She talked about gender relations and societal inequalities and how those structures contribute to violence against women, women's human right to live without violence, and her own research on militarized masculinity an its impact on violence.

The Washington Post cited research by Chenyang Xiao (sociology) and his colleagues that was published in Nature Climate Change.

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