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Recent Achievements

“AmyAmy Stolls (MFA creative writing '00) was appointed as the new Literature Director at the National Endowment for the Arts.
 

Matthew HartingsThe American Chemical Society ice cream chemistry video features Matthew Hartings (chemistry).
 

Anton FedyashinWashingtonian magazine spoke to Anton Fedyashin (history) about his course on Cold War history and the spy novel.

 

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GRANTS AND RESEARCH

The research of Mauro Zammarano and Douglas Fox (chemistry) on the smoldering of foam used in furniture is featured in the latest issue of NIST Tech Beat.

Juliet Bellow (art history) received a fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU for the 2015-16 academic year.

Alyssa Frederick Braciszewski (BS marine biology '12) has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This award will permit her to continue her graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While at AU, she applied successfully for a 2012-13 Fulbright Grant to New Zealand, where she conducted research on a marine organism (anemone) that has proven resistant to bleaching due to environmental degradation.

David Culver (environmental science) received a $9,513 award from the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail for the project: "Rare Invertebrates of Rock Creek and Tributaries".

Kathleen Franz (history) received a $19,327 award from the Smithsonian Institute for the project "American Enterprise: Stories of Business."

Amos Golan (economics) received a $98,544 award for the first year funding of a 5 year $500,731 project, "Info-Metrics Institute and Network" from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Caren Grown (economics) received a $26,611 grant from the University of Florida for her project "The Gender Asset Gap Project."

Mary Hansen (economics) received a $27,107 award from the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) for her project "Opening New Views into Bankruptcy and Credit Markets Using Court Records."

Kiho Kim (environmental science) received a $93,490 award from NSF for his project " RAPID: Documenting Bleaching Susceptibility and Resilience in Guam Micronesia."

Chap Kusimba (anthropology) won a $27,335 grant from the University of California-Irvine for the project "Mobile Money and Coming of Age in Western Kenya."

Elizabeth Malloy (mathematics and statistics) received a $16,282 award for the first year of the three year project "Exposure Response Relationships for CTS and Epicondylitis from Pooled Data."

Cynthia Miller-Idriss (SETH) received a $29,375 grant from the Spencer Foundation for her project "The Extreme Goes Mainstream?: School Bans and New Right-Wing Extremist Forms in Germany."

Jin Y. Park (philosophy and religion) received a $19,000 award from the Academy of Korean Studies for her project "Philosophy and Modernity in Korea."

Eric Rodriguez, BA anthropology '14, is a Truman Scholar.

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) received a $20,821 award from the Children's National Medical Center for her project "Teacher's Views on Health Education."

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) received a $165,524 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. grant award for her project "D.C. Healthy Schools Act: Measuring Implementation and Impact."

Paul Winters (economics) received a $106,700 award from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for research activities in the context of the "From Protection to Production" project.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND HONORS

University Faculty Award Recipients
Scholar/Teacher of the Year: Max Paul Friedman (history)
Outstanding Service to the University Community: Robert Blecker (economics)
Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Appointment: Yuliya Gorenman (performing arts)

Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning Awards:
Winners were acknowledged at the January Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research, and Learning.
Ann S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award: Kiho Kim, Sara Lombardi, Stephen MacAvoy, and Jesse Meiller (environmental science)
Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award: Teresa Larkin (physics)
Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award: Donna Dietz (mathematics and statistics)
Brian Yates (psychology) is one of the newly-named winners of the Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award, to be acknowledged at the January 2015 conference.

Four students received a NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship: Jennifer Makanani Bell (anthropology '16), Billie Case (environmental studies '16), Valerie Rennoll (audiotechnology & physics '16), and Lindsay Wylie (mathematics and international studies '16).

Daniel Abraham's (performing arts) group The Bach Sinfonia received three Washington Area Music Association "Wammie" Nominations: Best Classical Chamber Music Ensemble, Best Classical Recording: Zelenka, The Capriccios, Best Classical Conductor/Director: Daniel Abraham.

Abdul Ali, MFA creative writing '13, has won the 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize for Trouble Sleeping. Ali wins a $2,000 award and publication of his manuscript in the spring of 2015.

Kena Allison, MAT '10, a physics teacher and instructional specialist at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast, won the prestigious Milken Educator Award.

Ahmed Alowfi, MA sociology '15, won the Irene B. Taeuber Graduate Student Paper Award in Sociology from the DC Sociological Society for his paper, "Linking 'Frame' to Discourse: The Discursive Configuration of Migrant Worker's Presence in Saudi Arabia."

Sarah Irvine Belson (SETH) earned the National Association for Alternative Certification research award for her work on retention of alternatively prepared teachers in D.C. schools.

A Wider Circle's Mark Bergel, College of Arts & Sciences alumnus and professor, was named a ?CNN Hero?.

Kim Blankenship (sociology) is the new director of the DC D-CFAR Social and Behavioral Sciences Core. She is also co-lead of the Criminal Justice-Affected Communities Scientific Interest Group, and the DC D-CFAR's AU Institutional Representative.

David Brat, CAS/PhD '95, will run against House majority leader Eric Cantor in Virginia's 7th District.

Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman (history) received a Tikkun Olam award for "raising enormously important issues and opening up a dialogue leading to a new sense of understanding" through their book FDR and the Jews. They also won the highest award in American Jewish Studies, The National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies.

Michael Brenner (history) has joined the boards of the Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute, and now chairs the advisory board of the Hebrew University's Franz Rosenzweig Center. His Short History of the Jews has appeared in Spanish, Portuguese, and Turkish, and is being translated into Danish and Czech.

Esther Chow (professor emerita, sociology) won a Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Ramón Cruz (BA history) was recently appointed by Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla as Vice-President of the 3-member Environmental Quality Board (EQB).

Terry Davidson (psychology) was elected President of the Eastern Psychology Association. He will be President-elect beginning June 2014 and President from June 2015-May 2016.

The 2014 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work went to America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture by Erik Dussere (literature).

Boris Gershman (economics) was invited to participate in the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences August 19-23 in Lindau, Germany.

Arts management alumna Laura Hagood won a highly prestigious Bosch Fellowship.

Kiho Kim (environmental science) was elected as the Recording Secretary for the International Society for Reef Studies.

Dolores Koenig (anthropology) will serve the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) as president-elect beginning December 7, 2014, and will become president of the SEA in November 2015 to serve for two years.

Robert Lerman (economics) is currently the president of the Society of Government Economists.

The Durham Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to hire alumnus Bert L'Homme (master's in teaching) as its new superintendent.

Paige Lin, CAS/BS '12, pushes UCLA women's club lacrosse to success. In recognition, Lin was named the WWLL Division I Coach of the Year.

Eric Lohr (history) gave talks on his book Russian Citizenship at Berkeley, Stanford, Munich, Toronto, and St. Catharines (January-March 2014). He also was invited to give a series of four lectures in 2014-2015 as visiting professor at the School of Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris.

Jenny Molberg's (MFA creative writing '10) Marvels of the Invisible won the 2014 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry.

Andrea Pearson (art history) has been elected to a three-year term on the Council of The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) starting in January 2014. The SCSC, an international organization, promotes scholarship and intellectual exchange on the early modern era.

Chris Pearson, MA education '99, received the 2014 Washington State Elementary Principal of the year award.

Naima Prevots (professor  emerita, performing arts), has been invited as an honored guest for the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Beijing Dance Academy  which has 1,500 students, diverse programs, and many distinguished alumni. This will take place as an international event in Beijing November 22-25, 2014. 

Gautham Rao (history) was invited to give a series of four lectures in 2014-2015 as visiting professor at the School of Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris.

Kristus Ratliff, CAS/BA '04, is Mrs. Maryland Plus America 2014 and promotes the empowerment of women through music.

Desiree Raught, CAS/MAT '09, won a 2014 Next Generation award and was featured on the cover of Metro Weekly for her achievements as a LGBT leader.

Dark Swans and Painted Faces - A Tale of the Vietnam War (Tate Publishing) by John Schalestock, CAS '74, was a finalist in the 2013 Wiliam Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

Chet'la Sebree (MFA creative writing '13) was named a Stadler Fellow at Bucknell.

Anita Sherman (literature) won a Folger Institution's Fellowship, a short term "Hearst" fellowship, for her book chapter in progress on "The Skeptical Imagination of Margaret Cavendish." She will be taking up the five-week residency in summer 2014.

Brett Smock (BA theatre '92), has been named the next producing artistic director of the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Central New York.

The French government named Dean Peter Starr a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques, for his work in promoting French language and culture in the U.S.

Martha Starr (economics) was the president of the Association for Social Economics until January 2014.

Amy Stolls (MFA creative writing '00) was appointed as the new Literature Director at the National Endowment for the Arts.

John Suau, MA arts management '99, is new director of the Historical Society of Washington.

Vivian Vasquez (SETH) won the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award. The early childhood section of NCTE honored her by creating The Vivian Vasquez Teacher Scholarship.

Vivian Vasquez (SETH) was named Routledge Author of the Month for March 2014.

Matt Waskiewicz (CAS/SPA) received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study in Wales at the Universities of Cardiff, Bangor, and Aberystwyth.

Elizabeth Worden (SETH) received a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRODUCTIONS

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will present Slow Looking: Recent Works by Don Kimes from June 13-July 25.

Naomi Barron submitted a piece ("Are eBooks Good for the Humanities?") to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which they just accepted.

Laura Beers's (history) journal article "Model MP?: Ellen Wilkinson, gender, politics and celebrity culture in interwar Britain" appeared in Cultural and Social History.

William Brent (performing arts) received an outstanding review in the Washington Post for his computer transformation of virtuoso Ross Karre's performance of composer Steve Antosca's world premiere of “Habitat" at the National Gallery of Art.

Mary Ellen Curtin's (history) article, "'Please Hear Our Cries': The Hidden History of Black Prisoners in America," appears in The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration (University of Virginia Press).

Kyle Dargan (literature) wrote the forward to Everyone Is Moving, No One in Place, a book of poems that DC Public School students wrote while at 826DC.

Kyle Dargan's (literature) poem "State of the Union" is included in District Lines: An Anthology of Original Local Work Volume 2, Summer 2014, published by Politics & Prose. 

Kyle Dargan's (literature) poem "The Robots Are Coming" is published in the 2014 Best Nonrequired Reading anthology.

Duke University will publish Eileen Findlay's (history) book 'We Are Left Without a Father Here': Transnational Domesticity, Colonial Populism and Puerto Rican Labor Migration, 1930-1950.

Melanie George (performing arts) published a chapter, "Jazz Dance, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era" in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches (University of Florida Press).

James Girard (chemistry) published Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism, Third Edition, which is an essential resource for undergraduate students entering the ever-evolving field of forensic science.

Mary E. Hansen's (economics) “The Evolution of Garnishment and Wage Assignment Law in Illinois, 1880-1930.” will be published in Essays in Economic & Business History, May 2014.

Thomas Husted (economics) published "Political Economy of Presidential Disaster Declarations and Federal Disaster Assistance,” in the Public Finance Review, January 2014.

Bryan Innes (art), BA graphic design '12, worked on Twitter's new web design for its platform.

Justin Jacobs (history) has completed his first book manuscript, Empire Among Empires: Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State, and had articles on Chinese geopol-itics accepted for publication in the Journal of Asian Studies and Journal of Cold War Studies.

Caleen Jennings' (performing arts) "Cream Soda and Creme de Menthe" or other new work was staged at Theater J in Washington, DC.

Despina Kakoudaki (literature) published a new book, Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema and the Cultural Work of Artificial People (Rutgers University Press).

Peter Kuznick’s (history) Untold History Blu-ray 12 episode box set was released by Warner Bros and the U.S. paperback was published and made it on to the New York Times Bestseller list.

Eric Lohr's (history) edited book, The Empire and Nationalism at War in the series Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914–1923: The Centennial Reappraisal, was submitted and accepted for publication by Slavica. 

Eric Lohr's (history) article “Russian Citizenship and Migration in Historical Perspective,” was published in Problems of Post-Communism 60, no. 6 (November – December 2013): 3-15. 

Eric Lohr (history) and Anya Schmemann published their article "Spotlight on Crimea" in The National Interest on February 27, 2014.

PhD alumna Wendy Lower's (history) new book, Hitler's Furies, was reviewed by the New York Times. It is also a finalist for the National Book Award.

Pam Nadell's (history) article “Sisters in Arms: Jewish Women in the Civil War,” co-authored with Dale Rosengarten, appeared in Heritage: The Magazine of the American Jewish Historical Society (Winter 2014). Her chapter “‘The Synagog shall hear the Call of the Sister’: Carrie Simon and the Founding of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods” was published in Sisterhood: A Centennial History of the Women of Reform Judaism (Hebrew Union College Press, 2013). In December, Nadell was elected to a two-year term as Vice-President for Program of the Association for Jewish Studies.

Jin Y. Park (philosophy and religion) published her book, Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun: Essays by Zen Master Kim Iryop (University of Hawaii Press, 2014), which is a translation of a book by a Korean Zen nun and philosopher.

Jin Y. Park (philosophy and religion) co-edited a special issue, "Envisioning a Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in Korea" for Journal of Korean Religions (spring 2014 issue), co-authored the introduction "Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in Korea" and published an article "Won Buddhism, Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue."

Jin Y. Park (philosophy and religion) delivered talks at the University of Leipzig in Germany and Jagiellonian University in Poland on Buddhism and deconstruction (May 2014).

David Pike’s recent articles and essays include "The Bunkerization of Albania," Cabinet 50, "Quatermass in Space," in The Twilight Language of Nigel neale (Circadian Press), "Fun in Victorian London Today," in Journal of Victorian Culture 18.4, "Slum," forthcoming in Global Modernism: Towards a New Lexicon (Columbia University Press), "Hitchcock's Underground," forthcoming in Modernism/modernity 22.3 (2015), and review essays on the films The Stories We Tell (2012) and Underground (1928). His essay, “Introduction: Headlong into Futurity,” appears in History and Technology 29.3, a special issue on the elationship between literary studies, history, and technology for which he served as guest editor.

History doctoral candidate Terumi Rafferty-Osaki has six entries (Apollo Anton Ohno, Junior Seau, Scott Fujita, Kailee Wong, Caroline Zhang, and the Manzanar Riot) in the Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History, Eds. Xiaojian Zhao and Edward J.W. Park, (Westport: Greenwood Publishing, November 2013). Additionally the article "Battered but not Broken: Baseball and Masculinity at Tule Lake, 1942-1946" was accepted for publication in the biennial Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture Anthology, 2013-2014, (Jefferson: McFarland Publishing, forthcoming). 

Michael Robinson (mathematics and statistics) just published his book Topological Signal Processing (Springer, 2014).

Roberta Rubenstein (literature) published Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman à Clef (Palgrave Macmillan May 2014).

Richard Sha published his latest book, coedited with Joel Faflak, Romanticism and the Emotions (Cambridge University Press 2014).

Rachel Louise Snyder (literature) published her first novel, What We’ve Lost is Nothing. The book was reviewed by many publications including the Washington Post, Booklist, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Snyder was featured on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, WBEZ’s The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia, Authors Revealed with Becky Anderson, and WVON: Conversations with Jeff Schectman/San Francisco Public Radio among others.

Martha A. Starr's (economics) "Gender, added-worker effects, and the 2007–2009 recession: Looking within the household," will be published in the Review of Economics of the Household, forthcoming 2014. 

Martha A. Starr's (economics) "Qualitative and mixed-methods research in economics: Surprising growth, promising future," will be published in the Journal of Economic Surveys, forthcoming 2014.

Cedric Tillman (MFA creative writing) published Lilies in the Valley.

Vivian Vasquez's (SETH) published a 10th anniversary edition of Negotiating Critical Literacies with Young Children (Routledge 2014).

Vivian Vasquez (SETH) has a co-authored chapter, "Digital Media, Critical Literacy and the Everyday: Exploring Writing in the 21st Century" that was recently published in Myers, R. & Whitmore, K. (Eds) Reclaiming Writing by Routledge Press.

Vivian Vasquez (SETH) had a book chapter published: Children's Literature: A Critical Literacy Perspective In Kosnik, C., Simon, R., Williamson, P., Roswell, J. & Beck, C. (Eds) Literacy Teacher Educators: Preparing Teachers for a changing World. New
York, N.Y.:Sense Publishers.

David Vine's (anthropology) recent article, "The Italian Job," which appeared at TomDispatch.com, was published in translation in a major Italian weekly magazine, Internazionale.

History graduate student David Waltrop’s publication, "An Underwater Ice Station Zebra: Recovering a KH-9 HEXAGON Capsule from 16,400 Feet Below the Pacific Ocean” in Quest: the History of Spaceflight Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 3 (2012) won the Charles Thomson Prize by the Society for History in the Federal Government.

Ward Wilson (BA history '80) published "Return of the Cold War?" on United Press International.

Elizabeth Worden's (SETH) book National Identity and Educational Reform: Contested Classrooms was published by Routledge (2014) as part of the Routledge Research in International and Comparative Education.

 

IN THE MEDIA

In a USA Today story about Christmas traditions, Daniel Abraham (performing arts) discussed how the modern form of caroling, with harmonies and refrains, was formed during the Victorian era. More than 75 outlets republished this article.

Naomi Baron (WLC) spoke to Discovery.com about language evolving over time, especially the rise in the use of exclamation points in online and mobile conversations.

Naomi Baron (WLC) spoke to Forbes about American consumers and the phenomenon of digital stickers, which are icons purchased and used in photo editing on Facebook.

Slate.com spoke to Naomi Baron (WLC) who explained how people choose to drop regional dialects to conform to the way a majority of people speak.

In a Wall Street Journal story about a Venezuelan online language school staffed with native English speakers, Naomi Baron (WLC) explained that online language learning places less emphasis on teaching finer grammar points to instead equip students to get their point across, to speak and listen.

Naomi Baron, executive director of the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning, appeared on BBC Radio’s Digital Human to discuss her research revealing that people often use text messages to communicate because messaging allows people to edit their words.

Naomi Baron (WLC) appeared on WHYY Radio to discuss the pros and cons of digital reading in schools.

Juliet Bellow (art) provided background for a story in the Spanish language press La Vangaurdia about the recent discovery about Pablo Picasso's "The Blue Room" (in the Phillips Collection). She was also quoted in the article.

For Washington Post online, Sarah Irvine Belson, dean of the School of Education, Teaching, and Health, wrote about the lessons a class of aspiring teachers learned while they sheltered in place after reports of a person with a gun on campus earlier this week.

Economics professor Barbara Bergmann appeared on PBS NewsHour to discuss a proposal in Switzerland for a guaranteed basic income for citizens over 21 and whether such a program could work in the United States despite risks of personal misspending.

Marking the week of the 30th anniversary of the disclosure of the AIDS virus, director of AU Center on Health, Risk and Society Kim Blankenship’s Huffington Post op-ed explained the role research in the social sciences plays in combatting the AIDS epidemic.

Robert Blecker (economics) was quoted in the Economist for his 2009 study which indicated that "for all its promise NAFTA had failed to close the development gap between Mexico and the United States."

Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg, USA Today, NBCNews.com and hundreds of national and regional news outlets talked about AU alumnus David Brat's upset win in Virginia's 7th Congressional district this week and highlighted his PhD in Economics from AU.Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Slate, EconoSpeak and other national outlets highlighted David Brat's 1996 dissertation, "Human Capital, Religion &Economic Growth" on which AU economics professor Walter Park and emeritus professor Jim Weaver served as co-chairs and economics professor John Willoughby served as a committee member.

American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center’s spring exhibit "Brink and Boundary" is featured in the Washington Post. The review focused on four particular artists' installations that use sound and other elements to transform little-used and overlooked museum spaces into thought-provoking works of art.

South Africa's Mail &Guardian highlighted Terry Davidson's (psychology) research that found that there is a link between obesity-causing diets and changes in the brain's hippocampus, resulting in the overconsumption of food.

Anton Fedyashin (history) spoke to U.S. News & World Report and NBC’s Today Online about the Sochi Olympics serving Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambition to internationalize Russia and highlight its culture. 

In an op-ed for The Guardian’s Comment is Free (US), Anton Fedyashin (history) wrote about how the Sochi Olympics boosted Russians’ self-confidence but received Cold War style treatment from the majority of western media and governments.

Anton Fedyashin (history) appeared on CNN International to discuss Russian President Putin’s strategic and uncompromising speech following Crimea’s annexation.

Washingtonian magazine spoke to Anton Fedyashin (history) about his course on Cold War history and the spy novel.

Anton Fedyashin (history) provided analysis and discussion surrounding Ukraine’s unfolding political crisis. He appeared twice on CNN International and on CNN Newsource. Fedyashin also spoke to McClatchy Newspapers, PolitiFact and Global News online (CA).

Anton Fedyashin, director of the Initiative for Russian Culture, appeared on CNN to talk about voters in Eastern Ukraine casting ballots in the referendum for autonomy from Kiev, despite the acting President’s warning about the negative consequences. Fedyashin also appeared on CNN International to discuss this topic.

Anton Fedyashin discussed his course "The Cold War and the Spy Novel" with Washingtonian magazine.

Douglas Fox (chemistry) discusses the use, safety, and future of flame retardants in several web video clips.

For TheWeekender.com, history professor and curator at the Smithsonian Kathleen Franz, discussed the preservation of the original sketches of the iconic Planters' Mr. Peanut logo donated to the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of American History.

In a feature piece about the new MA in game design, Lindsay Grace (SOC) and Michael Treanor (computer sciences) spoke to OZY.com about how persuasive gaming can help players improve themselves and the world around them.

In the Huffington Post, Vincent Intondi (history), co-director of research for AU's Nuclear Studies Institute, urges President Obama to recommit to nuclear disarmament and add Japan to his spring Asia tour. In his argument, Intondi references the student trip he leads each year to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with co-director Peter Kuznick, where students explore Japanese wartime aggression, nuclear devastation, and current efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Matthew Hartings (chemistry) discussed the toxicity levels of formaldehyde found in everyday products like baby shampoo with Slate.com.

American Chemical Society ice cream chemistry video features Matthew Hartings (chemistry).

Matthew Hartings (chemistry) appeared on NBC's Today Show to explain how the chemical reactions from sizzling bacon releases organic compounds that trigger salivation as soon as a person comes in contact with the smell that makes it virtually irresistible.

The Initiative for Russian Culture Symposium, Ending the Cold War: Culture, Dialogue, and Diplomacy, aired May 17 on C-SPAN 3 and on their website.

In an opinion piece for the Huffington Post, Vincent Intondi (history) wrote about the collective culture and how compared with expressions of peace, the U.S. engages more in expressions about the virtues of warfare, specifically within the context of certain public architectural spaces and museums.

Laura Juliano’s (psychology) research on the negative effects of caffeine use is receiving media attention. WJLA–TV and WTOP Radio featured Juliano’s findings indicating further research is needed to understand the condition known as Caffeine Use Disorder. More than 100 domestic and international outlets, including UPI, CBS-DC online, Outside Magazine online, National Post (Canada), and Huffington Post (UK) highlighted the study.

In a San Francisco Chronicle feature story on caffeine use disorder Laura Juliano (psychology) discussed her research focusing on the condition. 

Women’s Health Magazine online spoke to Laura Juliano (psychology) about her research examining caffeine consumption and the little-understood condition called Caffeine Use Disorder. EmaxHeatlth.com also featured Juliano’s research.

Laura Juliano (psychology) spoke to MedicalDaily.com about the need for caffeine labels on products such as energy drinks, as manufacturers currently do have to regulate limits of caffeine in their products.

Professor Dan Kerr (history) was recently interviewed by NBCnews.com for a story on those who choose to be homeless.

Hill Rag profiled studio art alumnus Martin Kotler. Kotler is represented by Hemphill Galleries.

A Wall Street Journal piece noted Anthropology department chair Chapurukha Kusimba's appointment to AU and contribution as co-leader of the discovery last year of a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda.

In his op-ed for Anthropology News, William Leap (anthropology) explains how the longest-running academic conference on LGBTQ language use retains its focus on scholarship, while also involving activists, community organizers and citizens from around the Metro D.C. area.

New York Times spoke to professor and specialist in lavender linguistics William Leap (anthropology) who explained how the term “homosexual” is now considered offensive because of its association with medical history.

In a Wall Street Journal article examining the decline of U.S. apprenticeships, Robert Lerman (economics) attributes the apprenticeship decline to their blue collar image and state agencies dominated by construction unions from broadening their reach.

Robert Lerman (economics) talked to the New York Times about his hopes for a new push in direct funding for apprenticeships programs. 

Robert Lerman (economics) appeared on PBS NewsHour to explain the benefits and success of BMW's apprentice program and the 'Apprenticeship South Carolina' program.

Robert Lerman (economics) spoke to Bloomberg News about the need to create more overall positions for female apprentices in the United States rather than spend public money to shift existing jobs from men to women.

Economics professor Robert Lerman talked to CNBC.com about a bill introduced in Congress that aims to increase the number of registered U.S. apprenticeships. Lerman said federal and state agencies must market the bill to companies to drive home the value of apprenticeships.

Allan Lichtman (history) spoke to BBC Radio about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s failure of leadership in the bridge scandal making him a vulnerable presidential candidate.

Allan Lichtman (history) appeared on Sinclair Television to discuss the impact that the partisanship in Congress is having on passing legislation on the Healthcare Act, taxes, global warming and immigration reform.

National Journal spoke to Allan Lichtman (history) about 2016 presidential media coverage beginning earlier than ever.

Allan Lichtman (history) spoke to New York Times about Tea Party leader Katrina Pierson’s effort to become the first black Republican female in Congress, as she mounts a primary challenge against Texas Rep. Pete Sessions.

Allan Lichtman (history) appeared on CNN Newsroom and EuroNews to outline President Obama’s strategy at the State of the Union.

Allan Lichtman (history) appeared on Sinclair Television to discuss the Republican Party’s motivation to support immigration reform. More than 30 network affiliates across the country aired this story, including outlets in San Antonio, TX and Baltimore, MD.

Associated Press spoke to Allan Lichtman (history) about U.S. Senator Ted Cruz trying to distance himself from his father Pastor Rafael Cruz’s more polarizing, sensational remarks. More than 200 outlets republished this article.

Allan Lichtman (history) spoke to Reuters about one-third of Americans rejecting the notion of evolution, saying that evangelical Protestants make up the majority of that segment.

Washington Post spoke to Allan Lichtman (history) about Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial campaign and the potential downside of his receiving more than 180 endorsements from elected Democratic officials.

With Deseret News, Allan Lichtman (history) talked about lawmakers reaching a bipartisan legislative agreement on how to address problems in Veterans Affairs' health services. 

Allan Lichtman (history) appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show to discuss President Obama's use of executive orders while Congress stalls on moving legislation as compared to his predecessors.

For The Hill, history professor Allan Lichtman explained why a Clinton candidacy that quickly sweeps away the opposition represents the Democrats' best hope for victory in 2016. Lichtman's analysis explains how his "13 Keys" system works and its track record at predicting winners.

In an op-ed for Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog Eric Lohr (history) asks whether the handing out of passports to Russian-speaking citizens in Ukraine suggests that Putin has a long-term plan in Crimea.

Stephen MacAvoy (environmental science) appeared on WJLA to discuss the benefits of environmentally-friendly green roofs.

Associated Press recognized Stephen MacAvoy's (environmental science) research revealing that garden rooftops, or green roofs, in D.C., including those at AU, keep common pollutants out of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. Washington Post, Washington Times and InTheCapital republished the story.

WTOP Radio featured environmental science professor Stephen MacAvoy’s research revealing that garden rooftops, or green roofs, in D.C., including those at AU, keep common pollutants out of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. The new research reveals that green roofs clean rainwater by absorbing nitrogen before it gets into the waterways.

Psychology Today featured Barry McCarthy's (psychology) opinion piece on how couples can approach improving their intimate lives as a shared endeavor and learn to embrace the many dimensions and expressions of sexuality.

Huffington Post spoke to Barry McCarthy (psychology) about young couples sustaining happy and healthy relationships even when intimacy is infrequent.

Barry McCarthy (psychology) answered questions for Men’s Health, debunking myths about issues in marriage, intimacy and relationships.

Performing arts associate professor Carl Menninger talked to BroadwayWorld about his directing Pinkalicious, a musical that tells the adventures of a young girl who turns pink after eating too many pink cupcakes.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss (SETH) disussed her research of young people in Berlin schools who are on the periphery of the extreme-right with Rolling Stone magazine.

Literature professor Glenn W. Moomau spoke to the Chronicle of Higher Education about AU's Faculty Senate where both tenured and non-tenure track faculty collaborate to address faculty concerns. The article also noted non-tenure-track faculty member Lacey Wootton will lead AU's Faculty Senate.

Danielle Mysliwiec (art) published an interview with artist Sheila Hicks for the Brooklyn Rail. Mysliwiec also exhibited work in the group show Higher Learning curated by Dannielle Tegeder at Lehman College - CUNY.

Freddy Scott (BA Audio technology '08) is making big news for the parody Nine Inch Nails song he made and uploaded to SoundCloud.com two days ago. The song has started to go viral on the internet and has reached press with SPIN magazine among other media outlets. Freddy is currently a freelance soundtrack composer for TV and film and has had some of his work featured on "Arrested Development."

Morocco World News announced the launch of the Arab World Studies Program at American University. Randa Serhan (sociology) is the director of the new program.

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss federal changes to food nutrition fact labels and the impetus to improve consumers' opportunities for healthy eating.

Stacey Snelling (SETH) published an opinion piece on school lunches in the Washington Post. She also discussed her research with WAMU and WTOP.

Martha Starr (economics) spoke with ModernHealthcare.com about how the rising costs of disease treatments are the primary source for driving up average health care spending in contrast to rising disease prevalence which has had a modest impact on spending growth.

Arts management professor E. Andrew Taylor (performing arts) spoke to Washington Post about the number of vacancies and length of time it is taking to fill leadership positions in Washington’s cultural and arts institutions despite a large pool of qualified candidates.

Venus Thrash, CAS/BA '01, MFA '04, was profiled in the Washington Blade.