GRANTS AND RESEARCH
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.
Mary Hansen (economics) won a $39,444 Annie E. Casey Foundation award for the project "Costs and Benefits of Interventions that Reduce Group and Institutional Care."
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."
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)."
APPOINTMENTS AND HONORS
Stefano Costanzi (chemistry) received the national habilitation for full professorship in Italy. 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.
Bette Dickerson (sociology) was elected as Member-at-Large to the Executive Council of the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) for 2014-16.
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
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.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Frank Rose (history BA '94) as the assistant secretary for verification and compliance at the State Department.
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.
PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTIONS, AND EXHIBITIONS
Naomi Baron (WCL) published Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (Oxford University Press, 2015).
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
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.
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.
Kristina Crona (mathematics and statistics) published "Adaptation and
Fitness Graphs" in Algebraic and Discrete Mathematical Methods for
Modern Biology (Elsevier).
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.
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.
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
Mark Laubach (biology) is on the 2015 editorial board for The Journal of Neuroscience.
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.
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.
NOVELLA gallery in New York will present Danielle Mysliwiec's (art) solo
exhibition Harbinger from January 17 through February 8, 2015.
Meghan Raham (performing arts) designed the set for the world premiere of Life Sucks (or the Present Ridiculous) at Theater J.
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.
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).
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. Her co-authored book Technology and Critical Literacy in Early Childhood Education was an Amazon Top 20 Best Seller in December 2014.
The Washington Post and Washington City Paper reviewed Naoko Wowsugi (art) and her “Assignment: Happy Birthday” exhibition, which was displayed at Hamiltonian Gallery through Feb. 14. The exhibition was funded by an American University Mellon Grant.
Gay Young (sociology) published Gendering Globalization on the Ground:
The Limits of Feminized Work for Mexican Women's Empowerment
IN THE MEDIA
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.
Richard Breitman (history) discussed remembrances of the Holocaust on FOX's "Special Report with Bret Baier."
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.
In an interview with The Guardian (U.K. edition), David Culver (environmental
science) spoke about the diverse species of life found in Southeast Asia
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 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.
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
Mary Hansen (economics) spoke to the Los Angeles Times about President Obama’s announcement to make paid family leave a new norm in America.
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
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
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, Benton.org, 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.
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"
In an op-ed for Talking Points Memo, Pedram Partovi (history) explained that there is no quick fix to the jihadist movement.
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
Stacey Snelling (SETH) participated in a live panel discussion about food insecurity and college students for the NPR affiliate for Kansas City.
Carol Weissbrod (psychology) discussed the stigma of men crying - and how to change it - with the Washington Post.
The Washington Post cited research by Chenyang Xiao (sociology) and his colleagues that was published in Nature Climate Change.