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Please see below for recent student, alumni, faculty, and staff accomplishments:

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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."


Michael Baron (mathematics and statistics) won a $273,530 NSF grant for the project "ATD: Efficient online detection based on multiple sensors, with applications to cybersecurity and discovery of biological threats."

Sibel Kusimba (anthropology) won her third grant from IMTFI at the University of California to study mobile phones in women's social and economic lives in Kenya. Her $11,375 award is for the project "Group versus Individual Strategies: Dynamic Social Networks of Mobile Money among Unbanked Women in Western Kenya." The prime award for this project was awarded to the University of California by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Demetrios Poulios (physics) won a $1,157,609 NASA award for the three-year project "Laser, Fiber, and Optical Technology."

Paul Winters (economics) won a $25,000 USDA award for the project "The Food Insecurity Experience Scale and Regional Correlates of Food Insecurity in Latin America." 



Cullen White, MAT alumnus, was named the new director of CS@TFA, Teach For America's Computer Science Initiative. 



Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud's (art) exhibition ally is featured at RandallScottProjects September 12-October 10, 2015. BmoreArt published an article about the exhibition.

Tim Doud’s (art) work is included in RandallScottProjects exhibition at Texas Contemporary, an international art fair in Houston, Texas.

Chap Kusimba (anthropology) published “The Impact of Slavery on the East African Political Economy and Gender Relationship” in The Archaeology of Slavery: A Comparative Approach to Captivity and Coercion (Southern Illinois University Press).

Chap Kusimba (anthropology) co-authored “Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (LA-ICP-MS) to Determine the Provenance of the Cobalt pigment of Qinghua Porcelain from Jingdezhen in Yuan Dynasty of China (1271-1368AD)” in Ceramics International and “The Role of Warfare in Shaping the Development of Social Complexity in Southern Zambezia” in African Archaeological Review

Alejandro Pintado's (art) solo exhibition The Clearest Skies is on view at Post Box Gallery in London through September 2015. 

Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook After Fifty (Palgrave Macmillan) was edited by Roberta Rubenstein (literature), Sandra Singer, and Alice Ridout.

John Willoughby (economics) published Higher Education Revolutions in the Gulf: Globalization and Institutional Viability (Routledge Press). The book is co-authored with Professor Fatima Badry of the American University of Sharjah.



Evan Berry (philosophy and religion) talked with The Guardian (US) about Pope Francis’ US visit and how US bishops will perceive his message. Berry also spoke with Associated Press Video and Yale Environment 360.

In a feature for Quartz, Boris Gershman (economics) discussed his research on the evil eye belief, a belief harbored by many cultures around the world that a glance rooted in envy has the power to destroy.

With NPR, Matthew Hartings (chemistry) discussed a finding by researchers that a bacteria naturally present in foods acts as a binding agent that slows ice cream melting.

Kiho Kim (environmental science) talked to Associated Press about the prevalence of plastics in the world’s seabirds.

With Bloomberg, Alan Kraut (history) discussed why the new face on the $10.00 to replace Alexander Hamilton should reflect the nation's pluralism. His first choice would be Eleanor Roosevelt, though he also believes Harriet Tubman is a worthy candidate.

Barry McCarthy (psychology) talked to the Wall Street Journal about how couples can address infidelity issues.

Becca Peixotto (anthropology PhD student) appeared on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show to discuss her experience as a member of the excavation team for the Rising Star Expedition, which recovered fossils that are evidence of a new species of human ancestor, Homo naledi.  

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