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Please see below for news briefs on CAS student, faculty, and staff accomplishments from 2008:



Appointments & Honors

In November, Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) won the 2008 Duke of Edinburgh English-Speaking Union English Language Book Award for Always On (Oxford, 2008).

A paper by Tom Hertz (economics), "The Inheritance of Educational Inequality: International Comparisons and Fifty-Year Trends," won the 2007 Arrow Prize for Junior Economists. The paper originally appeared in the B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy.

Priyanka Komala (MS computer science '08) was awarded the 2008 Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Award.


Publications & Productions

In October, Harjant Gill (anthropology PhD candidate) screened his new film, Lot's Wife, at the 13th Annual Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Consuelo Hernández (language and foreign studies) published "Realidad virtual," Alora. La Bien Cercada. Revista Políglota Internacional de Poesía y Dibujo (December, 2007); "En el fondo de la valija" and "Volver a la niñez," Hostra Hispanic Review (Spring, 2008); and "Los músicos de Jazz," Revista La Urraka, Edición Internacional: Poesía Del Mundo no. 16 (August, 2008).

Philip Johnson (physics) published "Probing Optical Lattice States with Double-Well Atom Interferometry," Proceedings of SPIE (May, 2008). He coauthored "Nonequilibrium Quantum Dynamics in Ferromagnetic Nanoparticles: Conditions for Bose- Einstein Condensation," Journal of Applied Physics (February, 2009). This article was selected to appear in the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology (March 2, 2009).

Kiho Kim (environmental science) coauthored a report, Tackling Marine Debris in the 21st Century (National Academy of Sciences, 2008). The report was covered in the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer, and the Associated Press.

Allan Lichtman (history) published an op-ed, "The Democratic Dream Ticket," in the Gazette (May 9, 2008).

Eric Lohr (history) and Tazreena Sajjad (PhD international relations) published "Human Rights and Human Insecurity: The Contributions of U.S. Counterterrorism," Journal of Human Rights (January–March, 2008).

Michael Manson (academic affairs) had his essay “‘The Thews of Hymn’: Dickinson’s Metrical Grammar," included in A Companion to Emily Dickinson. (Eds. Mary Loeffelholz and Martha Nell Smith. Blackwell, 2008). He also gave an interview to Isabella Wai of The Richard Wilbur Forum entitled“‘Demiurge’s Laugh’ versus ‘Cheshire Smile’: Differing Approaches of Frost and Wilbur to Nature.”

The composition Phreximus by Paul A. Oehlers (performing arts) was included in a 50th-anniversary recording for the Experimental Music Studios, University of Illinois–Urbana- Champaign. His film score for Most High received a Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Atlanta Film Festival.

Roberta Rubenstein (literature) published " ‘I Meant Nothing by The Lighthouse' : Virginia Woolf 's Poetics of Negation," Journal of Modern Literature (Summer, 2008).

As a contributor to a feature on U.S. military bases abroad, David Vine (anthropology) published "Homesick for Camp Justice," Mother Jones online edition (August 22, 2008).

Jon D. Wisman (economics) contributed "The Economic Causes of War and Peace" to the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict 2nd edition, vol. I (Elsevier, 2008).

Andrew Yarrow (history) published an op-ed, "Making Tax Day Less Painful," Washington Times (March 26, 2008).

Andrew Yarrow (history) published "How National Debt is Contributing to Public Disenchantment with Government," Huffington Post (April 28, 2008).


Speaker's Corner

In July 2008, Patricia Hall (psychology) and Catherine Schaeff (biology) presented "Homosexual Women's Assessment of Models' Attractiveness" at the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR) Conference in Leuven, Belgium.

Last December, Mary Hansen (economics) testified before the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Human Services in a public oversight hearing on extending adoption and guardianship subsidies until age 21 and expanding guardianship subsidies to non-kin. She has also recently given interviews to WAMU’s Metro Connection and AARP TV’s Inside E Street on historical parallels between the depression and the current economic downturn.

Last November, Shubha Pathak (philosophy and religion) presented a paper entitled, "Kalidasa's Cuddly Kumara: An Army Commander Allowed to Act like an Infant," at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago. The paper was part of a panel session that she organized entitled, "The Divine Child in South Asian Religious Traditions.”

Madhavi Menon (literature) was a keynote speaker in September at Cornell University's ShakesQueer Symposium. The symposium explored using queer theory as a new way to interpret and view Shakespeare.

In November, Catherine Schaeff (biology) presented "Monitoring Marine Mammal Health: Maximizing the Fluctuating Asymmetry Signal" at the Centre de Recherche sur les Mammifères Marins Annual Seminar in La Rochelle, France.

Brian Yates (psychology) presented "Measuring and Improving Cost-effectiveness and Cost-benefit in Psychological Services" at the second biannual meeting of the Romanian National Psychological Association in Timisoara, Romania.


In the Media

Close Encounters: Facing the Future, an exhibit at the American University Museum in September and October, was reviewed in the Washington Post Express (October 2, 2008).

Naomi Baron's (language and foreign studies) book Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World was reviewed by William Safire in the New York Times Magazine (December 21, 2008).

Jacob Choi (BS math, BA secondary education '09) appeared in an Associated Press television news segment about the Obama administration's plans to spend more time on education efforts (December 5, 2008).

The Voice of America interviewed Consuelo Hernández (language and foreign studies) about implications of the burgeoning population of Latin Americans and Hispanics in the United States (September 12, 2008).

Mary Garrard (professor emerita, art history) discussed artist Raphael and his painting Madonna Lactans in an op-ed for the Washington Post (October 5, 2008).

Laura Juliano (psychology) was quoted in a New York magazine article, "The Coffee Junkie's Guide to Caffeine Addiction: We're Hooked Like Never Before. Is That Bad?" (June 1, 2008).

USA Today quoted Alan Kraut (history) in "Ellis Island Strives to Tell More Complete Immigration Story," an article about a new exhibit center that will focus on the island's history between 1954 and 1982 (September 23, 2008).

In October, Alan Kraut (history) was quoted in a New York Times article, "Getting the Nation's Story Straight" (October 11, 2008). He also was quoted in a Washington Examiner piece, "Prince William Seeing Effects of Immigrant Crackdown" (December 4, 2008).

Allan Lichtman (history) was quoted last fall on the subject of the presidential election by the Bloomberg News, the Press Association, the Associated Press, and the Chicago Tribune.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Barry McCarthy (psychology) in "The Young and the Restless: Why Infidelity Is Rising among 20-somethings" (November 28, 2008).

Brad Schiller (economics) was quoted in a story about John McCain's and Barack Obama's different plans to increase workers' wages (August 1, 2008).

Stacey Snelling (School of Education, Teaching, and Health) was quoted in a story on how to select a proper diet (October 1, 2008).

Martha Starr (economics) was quoted in an Agence France-Presse story, "Americans Shift Back to Thrift as Finance Tightens," about the dangers of frugality during an economic recession (October 6, 2008).