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Recent Achievements

Terry DavidsonTerry Davidson (psychology) discussed How Childhood Diet Impacts Brain Development on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Martha StarrMartha Starr (economics) is serving as Senior Economic Advisor for Policy, Planning, and Legislation at FDA.

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


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

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.

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."



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.

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

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.

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

Martha Starr is serving as the Senior Economic Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Legislation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



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.

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.

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

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 "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.

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

NOVELLA gallery in New York will present Danielle Mysliwiec's (art) solo exhibition Harbinger from January 17 through February 8, 2015.

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).

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

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



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.

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. 

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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.

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.

Martyn Oliver (philosophy and religion) published "10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Islam" on faith.com.

OnFaith's top 20 posts of the year features prof Martyn Oliver's (philosophy and religion) essay "10 Things Every College Student Needs to Know About Religion"

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.

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.

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