GRANTS AND RESEARCH
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
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."
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."
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.
Kena Allison, MAT '10, a physics teacher and instructional specialist at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast, won the prestigious Milken Educator Award.
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.
Terry Davidson (psychology) elected President of the Eastern Psychology Association. He will be President-elect beginning June 2014 and President from June 2015-May 2016.
Kiho Kim (environmental science) was elected as the Recording Secretary for the International Society for Reef Studies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
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.
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.
Bryan Innes (art), BA graphic design '12, worked on Twitter's new web design for its platform.
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.
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.
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).
Vivian Vasquez's (SETH) published a 10th anniversary edition of Negotiating Critical Literacies with Young Children (Routledge 2014).
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Behavioral Pharmacology and Health Promotion Laboratory director Laura Juliano’s 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.
Professor Dan Kerr (history) was recently interviewed by NBCnews.com for a story on those who choose to be homeless.
Economics professor Robert Lerman talked to the New York Times about his hopes for a new push in direct funding for apprenticeships programs.
History professor Allan Lichtman spoke to BBC Radio about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s failure of leadership in the bridge scandal making him a vulnerable presidential candidate.
History professor Allan Lichtman appeared on CNN Newsroom and EuroNews to outline President Obama’s strategy at the State of the Union.
History professor Allan Lichtman 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 history professor Allan Lichtman about Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial campaign and the potential downside of his receiving more than 180 endorsements from elected Democratic officials.
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."
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.