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GRANTS AND RESEARCH

Michael Bader (sociology) was awarded $12,677 for the first year of a possible four year project entitled "Using Google Streetview to Measure Neighborhood Characteristics" by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York. This grant is funded by NIH.

Kim Blankenship (sociology) received a $39,993 grant from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as part of a grant funded by NIH for her project entitled, "Community Disruption and HIV Risk: Re-entry, Gentrification and HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia."

Kim Blankenship (sociology) was awarded $71,791 the University of Connecticut for the project "Syntheses of HIV/AIDS Research Project (SHARP)." The funding comes from the National Institutes of Health.

Kim Blankenship (sociology) was given a supplement of $27,097 for the project entitled: "Drug Policy, Incarceration, Community Re-entry, and Race Disparities in HIV/AIDS" which is sponsored by NIH/NIDA. This supplement is to host 3 interns for 10 weeks in the summer of 2012.

Monica Biradavolu (sociology) received a $992 grant from NIH to conduct a focus group for her project, "Provider's attitudes to HIV/AIDS services toward the severely mentally ill in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area." 

Carol Deshano de Silva (SETH) received a $31,881 award for first year funding from the LOongview Foundation for the project DC-Global Education for Teachers Collaborative to initiate and sustain a system of comprehensive internationalization of the teacher education programs at American University (AU) and George Mason University (GMU).

Noemi Enchsutegul-de-Jesus (psychology) received a grant in the amount of $10,770 from CentroNia for her project, "Culturally-Centered After-School Program Practices and their Impact on Latino Children."  

Douglas Fox (chemistry) was awarded $158,476 by the National Institute for Standards and Technology for the first year of a three year project called "Lignocellulosic Materials as Intumescing Flame Retardants for Bio-based Polymer Composites."

Gregory Harry (physics) received a $12,028 grant from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for his project "Coating Thermal Noise in Advanced LIGO."

Gregory Harry (physics) received a $165,000 grant from NSF for a three year project entitled "Reducing Coating Thermal Noise in Gravitational Wave Detectors."

Sarah Irvine Belson (SETH) is the PI on a partnership with the City Year program to provide graduate education to a cohort of City Year participants. The City Year program includes three separate graduate programs in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health: (1) a Master of Education (MEd) program with a concentration in Educational Policy and Leadership; (2) a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, and (3) a Master of Arts in Special Education: Learning Disabilities (MA) Program. City Year is a non-profit organization that brings young people (most of them recent college graduates) together to complete one year of full-time community service in high-need school districts around the country.

Phillip Johnson (physics) received an award from NIST entitled: "Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)" in the amount of $24,843. This project will allow undergraduate students: Matthew Tweardy (physics), Brian Weinstein (physics), and Elizabeth Ghias (chemistry) to participate in the NIST/SURF Gaithersburg 11 week program in summer 2012.

Laura Juliano (psychology) received a $243,250 award from the National Institutes of Health for her project "Placebo Mechanisms Underlying Smoking Behavior and Relapse Processes." This represents first year funding of a three-year project totaling $764,500.

Nina Shapiro-Perl (anthropology) received an award for $740 for her "Community Action Documentary Storytelling Project" from the United Planning Organization (UPO).

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) received an award of $90,550 from Feeding America for her project, "Understanding Feeding America Elementary School-Based Food Pantries ".

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) was awarded a $20,000 grant by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States (KFHPMAS) for her project, "Food Waste Data Collection Project"; $20,000 grant by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States for the project, DC Healthy Schools Act: Measuring its Impact; and $26,000 by the Mid-Atlantic Business Group on Health for a Formative Evaluation on TDAP Vaccination in two Maryland organizations. She also published: Snelling A, Yezek J. “The effect of nutrient-based standards on competitive foods in middle and high schools: Potential savings in kilocalories and macronutrient quantities.” Journal of School Health. 2012;82:91-96.

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) was awarded $26,000 by Mid-Atlantic Business Group on Health (MABGH) for the project "Tdap Social Marketing Program."

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) received $68,967 from Kaiser Permanente for the project "The DC Healthy Schools Act in the District of Columbia: Measuring It's Impact."

Katharina Vester (history) has won an AAUW $30,000 postdoctoral fellowship for Spring 2013.


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APPOINTMENTS AND HONORS

Dan Abraham (performing arts) was nominated for a WAMMIE as best classical conductor/director and his ensemble, Bach Sinfonia, was nominated for best chamber ensemble and their recording of the Bach Motets was nominated for best classical recording.

Kathe Hicks Albrecht (art) was awarded the 2012 Visual Resources Association Distinguished Service Award for her leadership, research, and service in the field of visual resources and image management.

Naomi S. Baron (language and foreign studies) has been named a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences for AY 2012-2013. During her residence, she will continue her research on how reading onscreen (as opposed to in hard copy) is redefining what it means to read. Naomi’s appointment at the Stanford Center is part of a group undertaking spearheaded by linguist Deborah Tannen, entitled Digital Media, Multimodality, and Interactivity: A Linguistic Approach.

Juliet Bellow (art history) is serving as a Consulting Scholar for the National Gallery of Art exhibition "Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music," which will open in May 2013. She traveled to Stockholm, St. Petersburg, and Moscow to look at artworks to include in the exhibition. She is hoping to coordinate the publication of her book, Modernism on Stage: The Ballets Russes and the Parisian Avant-Garde, forthcoming from Ashgate, in early 2013 with the exhibition.

Gina Biver (performing arts) was awarded an artist residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in Amherst, VA, where she completed her composition Mirror, based on a work by poet Colette Inez. Mirror, for piano, violin and spoken word will be premiered at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn New York in June of 2012 by Fuse Ensemble.

Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman (history) were named Distinguished Professors. This is the university’s highest professorial rank and recognizes outstanding teaching, service, and nationally and internationally recognized scholarship.

Fiona Brideoake (literature) as been awarded the 2011 Hans Turley Prize, awarded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, for the best paper in LGBTQ Studies presented by a junior scholar at the 2011 ASECS Convention.

Luis Cerezo (LFS) received the 2012 Harold N. Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences from Georgetown University for his dissertation in Spanish Linguistics.

Lauren Christie, BA foreign language and communication media with dance minor '12, received the 2012 Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Student Achievement Award for contributions to the University through the arts, while maintaining a high academic average.

When asked by Bill Moyers for a list of young poets to watch, Poet Laureate Rita Dove included Kyle Dargan (literature) and Sandra Beasley (MFA creative writing ’04) among the list of those she is "following with great hope."

Tim Doud's (art) work will be featured in Naked: The Nude in America by Bram Dijkstra (Rizzoli Books) a historical overview of the nude in American. Doud is one of but a handful of contemporary artists included.

The Department of Economics was named seventh in the nation based on the use of articles from the Journal of Economic Perspectives on class syllabi.

Anton Fedyashin (history) was awarded a Likhachev Foundation Cultural Fellowship for summer 2012, which is designed for professionals in the field of arts and culture who currently work on creative projects on (or related to) Russian culture or history.

Alyssa Frederick (MS environmental science '12) has been awarded a fellowship through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. 

Melanie George (performing arts) has been appointed to the adjudicating panel for the 2012 Metro DC Dance Awards. The awards are facilitated by Dance Metro DC, the region's dance service organization and are comparable to New York's Bessie awards.

Yuliya Gorenman (performing arts) is now a board member for the Washington, DC Chapter of the Grammy's.

Mike Harvey's (performing arts) recording "Where There's A Thrill, There's A Way" by the "Thrillbillies" was nominated for a WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) for best roots-rock recording. His credits were engineer, mixer, and co-producer.

Kate Haulman's (history) book, The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America, has been nominated for the Berkshire Conference First Book Prize.

Consuelo Hernandez (language and foreign studies) received the Antonio Machado Poetry Accesit Award for “Polifonía sobre rieles,” Madrid, Spain. She was one of six awardees among 1,097 participants from 29 countries.

Alex Hodges (SETH) has been named by the University's Office of Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning as the 2012 Green Teacher of the Year.

Gail Humphries Mardirosian (performing arts) was elected into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. Her investiture is scheduled for April 21, 2013, at the Kennedy Center.

Robb Hunter (performing arts) was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for outstanding choreography in a resident production for his work with Walworth Farce at The Studio Theatre.

Robb Hunter (performing arts) was awarded a Likhachev Foundation fellowship to visit St. Petersburg, Russia in May of 2012. because of his involvement with a project that the DPA is sponsoring in collaboration with Synetic Theatre. He was also awarded a scholarship to attend the International Stunt School's three week training in Seattle for the summer of 2012.

Dan Kalman (mathematics and statistics) was awarded the Beckenbach Book Prize by the Mathematical Association of America for his book Uncommon Mathematical Excursions: Polynomials and Related Realms.

Dan Kalman (mathematics and statistics) was awarded the Trevor Evans award for the article “Harvey Plotter and the Circle of Irrationality,” Math Horizons, vol. 19:2 (2011), p. 10-13, which he authored with Nathan Carter (Bentley University).

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (performing arts) graduated from Catholic University of America with a PhD in historical musicology. Her dissertation, "Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts: Contexts and Canons" investigates the social, political, and cultural aspects of the longest-running concert/music education series on television. Kopfstein-Penk also gave a plenary session called "Making Music with Heart and Mind" at the annual convention of the National Opera Association on an innovative approach to teaching musicianship, one which links intellectual concepts with emotional reactions and is based on both historical research and performance practices.

Alan Kraut (history) was voted in as President-Elect of the Organization of American Historians for 2012. He also served as the academic advisor for the exhibit "Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960," at the Yeshiva University Museum. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation's History Advisory Committee, which he chairs was mentioned in a New York Times article treating the new wing of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The formal opening will be next fall. His article, "John Higham's Critique of His Own Work," will be published next month in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He also delivered the annual Joan Stitt McMenamin Lecture on "Fit to Work: Immigration and Work in America: An Historical Perspective" in memory of the sixth headmistress of the Nightingale-Bamord School.

Wendy Lower, PhD history ’99, has been appointed the John Roth Chair in Holocaust Studies at Claremont McKenna College.

Richard McCann’s (literature) prize-winning 2005 debut novel Mother of Sorrows is being developed as a feature movie by British auteur Terence Davies. Davies is working on the project with Leopardrama, the fiction arm of London and New York-based production group Argonon.

Psychology students Andrew Merluzzi, Erika Robbins, Maria Briscone, and Sarah Norton were awarded an AU Summer Scholars & Artists Fellowship 2012.

Four of Michael A. Moreno's (literature) poems recently appeared in REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, the Tidal Basin Review, and the Arkansas Review. Another poem soon will appear in the anthology Bay Leaves, having won an honorable mention in the Poetry Council of North Carolina's Charles Shull contest for traditional poetry. Two of his short stories are slated to appear in a forthcoming issue of PALABRA. He is also scheduled to present at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association's annual meeting in March.

Time honored Pete Muller, BA history '05, as the Best Photographer on the Wire.

Celine Pascale (sociology) is the President of the Research Committee on Language and Society RC25 for the International Sociological Association.

Tony Riley (psychology) was awarded the Georgetown Undergraduate Research Conference's Angerio Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentorship. The conference's student planning committee selected Riley from a strong pool of faculty nominated for the zeal and love of science they inspire in their students. Riley was nominated by two of his students representing the American University Department of Psychology at this year's conference.

Rachel Robinson (sociology) was elected to a council for the American Sociological Association.

Yana Sakellion (art) was named the 2012 How Interactive Competition Award Winner, Merit for design of a Multimedia Vivaldi performance; In collaboration with Yan Da (Beijing, China), Daniel Abraham (AU, performing arts) and the Bach Sinfonia. There will be a videop screening of her work at AXWTH: The 3rd Missing Festival Show, and her video work will be included in a DVD compilation ASPECT EZ Volume 3: Text + Image.

Richard Sha (literature) was awarded a NEH Fellowship to undertake the project, “Imagining the Imagination: Science and British Romanticism, 1750-1832.”

April Shelford (history) has been awarded a fellowship at the the John Carter Brown Library to work on her project "A Caribbean Enlightenment."

David Snider (performing arts) has been chosen to be a judge for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He will help to decide the finalists, with the winners to be decided by the President's Committee. Awards will be presented at the White House this fall.

Andrea Tschemplik (philosophy) has been accepted to the 37th meeting of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum, a highly selective seminar “On the Question of Life in Ancient Greek Philosophy.” The seminar takes place in Città di Castello, Italy, during the month of July.

Christopher Tudge (biology) started his tenure as the President of The Crustacean Society in January. As president, he is involved in a scientific meeting of the 10th Colloquium Crustacea Decapoda Mediterranea/Crustacean Society Summer meeting in Athens as the chairperson for a symposium/session on Crustacean Biodiversity: Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Biogeography, and will be co-presenting a poster (with a colleague from the Smithsonian Institution here in DC). He brokered a deal to get over 3000 natural history specimens donated to AU department of biology from the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History which will be invaluable teaching material for classes and labs. He also arranged for the biology department to receive surplus lab and histology supplies donated from the department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Vishal Vaidya, BA musical theatre and international studies '09, was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for outstanding actor in a resident production for his work with A Year With Frog and Toad at Adventure Theatre.

Salvador-Vidal Ortiz (sociology) was elected chair of the sexualities section for the American Sociological Association.

Kate Arnold Wernick, BA musical theatre and political science '04, was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for outstanding choreography in a resident production for her work with A Year With Frog and Toad at Adventure Theatre.


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PUBLICATIONS AND PRODUCTIONS

In a remarkable example of collaboration and student involvement, three biology faculty, one grad student, and one undergraduate, Asprias, A.C., R. Prasad, D.W. Fong, D.B. Carlini, and D.R. Angeline, co-authored the paper "Parallel reduction in expression in the eye development gene "hedgehog" in separately derived cave populations of the amphipod Gammarus minus." Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25:995-1001. The grad student (Aspiras) is off to Harvard for his PhD and the undergrad (Prasad) is off to med school.

Janet Auten (literature) has an article, "Teaching as Text—The Pedagogy Seminar," that was published in the May 2012 issue of Composition Studies.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) wrote the forward to Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media, Crispin Thurlow and Kristine Mroczek, eds., Oxford University Press.

Laura Beers's (history) co-edited book, Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation-Building in Britain between the Wars was just published. Her monograph, Your Britain: Media and the Making of the Labour Party, was featured in a roundtable in Media History (vol. 18, no. 1 (2012)).

Mark Boensel (performing arts) conducted the Anne Arundel County All-County High School Band; presented two clinics for band directors at the Maryland Music Educators Association conference, and will serve as a judge for the Maryland All-State Solo and Ensemble Festival at Towson University.

Matt Boerum, studio manager and instructor of audio technology, released his first solo album "Cold Hearted Disaster" on February 11 at Iota Club & Cafe.

Michele Carter's (psychology) publications include: Carter, M.M., & Weissbrod, C. Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Competitiveness And Adjustment Among Athletically Identified College Students. Psychology, 2, 85-90; Sbrocco, T., Carter, M.M., Hsiao, C., Gold, D., Hill, L.D, Kazman, J., & Bowie, J,. Successful Faith Based Community-University Partnership to Promote Health among African Americans: G.O.S.P.E.L. Cares. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action; and Carter, M.M., Mitchell, F.E., & Sbrocco, T. Treating ethnic minority adults with anxiety disorders: Current status and future recommendations. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

Victoria Connaughton (biology) published the following papers: hapman, GB, R Tarboush, and VP Connaughton. 2012. The effects of rearing light level and duration differences on the optic nerve, brain and associated structures in developing zebrafish larvae: a light and electron microscope study. Anatomical Record. In press; and Cederlund, ML, ME Morrissey, T Baden, D Scholz, V Vendrell, L Lagnado, VP Connaughton, and BN Kennedy. 2011. Zebrafish Tg(7.2mab2112:EGFP)ucd2 transgenics reveal a unique population of retinal amacrine cells. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 52: 1613-1621. She also published the book chapter, Nelson, R and VP Connaughton. 2012. Bipolar cell pathways in the vertebrate retina 27pgs). In Kolb, H., Fernandez, E., and Nelson, R. Webvision: The Neural Organization of the Vertebrate Retina.

David Culver (environmental science) published with W.B. White, the second edition of their book, Encyclopedia of Caves (Elsevier Press, Amsterdam); published the paper "Redefining the extent of the aquatic subterranean biotope—shallow subterranean habitats" in Ecohydrology 4:721-730; and was elected a Fellow of the Explorers Club. 

Angela Dadak (literature) presented the paper, "Picking all Linguistic Locks: Designing Writing Courses that Reflect Multilingual Realities," at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in March.

Lisa Dillin's (art) exhibit "The Alternate Present" will be at Flashpoint Gallery from May 4 – June 2, 2012.

Gina R. Evers (literature) is one of 12 poets featured in Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, edited by Bryan Borland, and published by Sibling Rivalry Press. The book will be published in July 2012.

Vivian Feggan's (Dean's Office) book, The Gathering Place: Ordinary Women; Extraordinary Lives, was accepted by the Virginia Festival of the Book, and she will be presenting on a panel entitled "Why we write what we write."

Anton Fedyashin's (history) book, Liberals under Autocracy: Modernization and Civil Society in Russia, 1866-1905 will be released May, 8 2012 from University of Wisconsin Press. He has also published a review article Istoriia Rossii: XX vek [A History of Russia: The 20th Century]. 1: 1894-1939, and 2: 1939-2007 in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Vol. 13, No. 1. 

Douglas Fox (chemistry) and a former student published a paper (Fox, D. M.; Lee, J.; Zammarano, M.; Katsoulis, D.; Eldred, D. V.; Haverhals, L.; Trulove, P. C.; De Long, H. C.; & Gilman, J. W. (in press) Char - forming behavior of nanofibrillated cellulose treated with glycidyl phenyl POSS. Carbohydrate Polymers. 

While on leave at USAID, Caren Grown (economics) led the development of the Agency's new policy on Gender Equality and Female Empowerment policy. It will be released at an event at the White House on March 1.

Bernhard G. Gunter (economics) had two book chapters published: Gunter, Bernhard G.; M. Sarwar Jahan; and A. F. M. Ataur Rahman (2011) Papermaking from Jute: A Win-Win Solution for Bangladesh, in: Munir Quddus and Farida Khan (eds.) Bangladesh Economy in the 21st Century: Selected Papers from the 2008-09 Conferences at Harvard University (Dhaka: University Press Ltd.), Chapter 4; Gunter, Bernhard G.; A. F. M. Ataur Rahman; and Jesmin Rahman (2011) Aid, Debt, and Development in Bangladesh: Synergies or Contradictions, in: Munir Quddus and Farida Khan (eds.) Bangladesh Economy in the 21st Century: Selected Papers from the 2008-09 Conferences at Harvard University (Dhaka: University Press Ltd.), Chapter 10. He continues to edit the Global Majority E-journal of student work.

Gregg Harry's (physics) co-edited book Optical Coatings and Thermal Noise in Precision Measurement was just published by Cambridge University Press.

Some of Matt Hartings (chemistry) work, including his blog post "I love gin and tonics" describes the chemistry of why gin and tonic separately taste nothing like a gin and tonic, have been chosen for inclusion in the anthology called "Open Laboratory," which is an anthology of the best on-line science writing of the year.

Justin Jacobs (history) has written “Cultural Thieves or Political Liabilities? How Chinese Officials Viewed Foreign Archaeologists in Xinjiang, 1893–1914.” Silk Road, vol. 10.

Laura Juliano published two papers: Juliano, L.M., Huntley, E.D., Harrell, P.T., & Westerman, A.T. (2012) Development of the caffeine withdrawal symptom questionnaire: Caffeine withdrawal clusters into 7 factors. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Advance online publication; and Huntley, E. D., Juliano, L. M., 2011. Caffeine Expectancy Questionnaire (CaffEQ): Construction, Psychometric Properties, and Associations With Caffeine Use, Caffeine Dependence, and Other Related Variables. Psychological Assessment.

David Kearns (psychology) has published (or had accepted for publication) five articles based on his NIDA-funded research during the past six months: Kearns, D. N., Tunstall, B. J., & Weiss, S. J. (2012). Deepened extinction of cocaine cues. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, in press; Kearns, D. N., Tunstall, B. J., Marks, K. M., Weiss, S. J. (2012). Extinction of goal-tracking also eliminates the conditioned reinforcing effects of an appetitive conditioned stimulus. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 135-138; Kearns, D. N., & Weiss, S. J. (2012). Extinguished cocaine cues increase drug seeking when presented simultaneously with a non-extinguished cocaine cue. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 121, 140-147;Kearns, D. N., Gomez-Serrano, M. A., & Tunstall, B. J. (2011). A review of preclinical research demonstrating that drug and non-drug reinforcers differentially affect behavior. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 4, 261-269; Kearns, D. N., & Gomez-Serrano, M. A. (2011). A rat model of gambling behavior and its extinction: effects of “win” probability on choice on a concurrent-chains procedure. Analysis of Gambling Behavior, 5, 5-18.

David Keplinger (literature) released an album of songs based on lyrics written 160 years earlier by his great-grandfather. He’s also just published a translation of a book of poems called House Inspection by Carsten Rene Nielsen. He worked with Nielsen on it in Denmark in the summer of 2010.

Don Kimes's (art) solo exhibition entitled Etruscan Memory will be at Fondo del Sol Museum and Cultural Center in the Dupont Circle area March 2 - April 15. The gallery is also hosting an event to honor Kimes's contributions to the DC art world over the past two decades at the opening. 

Monica Konaklieva (chemistry) and three of her former students published a paper (Kostova, M. B.; Myers, C. J.; Beck, T. N.; Plotkin, B. J.; Green, J. M.; Boshoff, H. I. M.; Barry, C. E.; Deschamps, J. R.; & Konaklieva, M. I. (2011) C4-Alkylthiols with activity against Moraxella catarrhalis and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, 19:6842-6852.)

Economics doctoral student Daniel Kuehn recently published the paper A note on America’s 1920–21 depression as an argument for austerity in the Cambridge Journal of Economics (Volume 36, Issue 1 Pp. 155-160).

Illana Lancaster (SETH) published two papers: "Modalities of Mobility: Johannesburg Learners’ Daily Negotiations of the Uneven Terrain of the City." South African Review of Education, 16 (3) and Lancaster, I. & Sanyal, A. (2012). Teaching “Valores” in Cuba: A conversation among teacher educators. In T. Griffith & Z. Millei (Eds.), Education and Socialism: Historical, Current and Future Perspectives. New York: Springer.

Joshua Lansky and Jeff Hakim's (mathematics and statistics) paper "Distinguished Tame Supercuspidal Representations and Odd Orthogonal Periods" has been accepted by the journal Representation Theory.

The first issue of the Journal of Language and Sexuality will be published April online and in print. Bill Leap (anthropology) is the founding co-editor.

Isabel Manalo (art) is preparing a solo show "Bits of Elsewhere" which will open at Addison Ripley Fine Art in March. The Studio Visit (TSV), the non-profit web journal she directs launched a curatorial residency program with the Arlington Arts Center to open with a printmaking exhibition in June; it is also are partnering with AAC with their popular Art Critique Series being held every other month; curating an interactive exhibit at Artisphere in Arlington featuring artist Reuben Breslar in a show titled "Marco;" and expanding its presence to western Europe by setting up shop in Berlin starting this September 2012.

Gail Humphries Mardirosian (performing arts), Myra Sklarew (literature, emerita), and Nina Shapiro-Perl (anthropology) contributed chapters to the forthcoming book, The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations, and Traces of the Holocaust: Trauma, Psychoanalysis, and the Living Mind.

Michael A. Moreno's (literature) poetry has recently been published in REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, the Tidal Basin Review, and the Arkansas Review. Another poem soon will appear in the anthology Bay Leaves, having won an honorable mention in the Poetry Council of North Carolina's Charles Shull contest for traditional poetry. Two of his short stories are slated to appear in a forthcoming issue of PALABRA. He also presented at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association's annual meeting in March.

Paul Oehlers's (performing arts) composition, Protolith for marimba and electronic playback was accepted by Ablaze Records for its CD release, Electronic Masters, Vol. 1. The piece was premiered by Nobue Matsuoka at the International Community of Auditory Display Conference and was accepted for the 2012 UAHuntsville News Music Festival. Oehlers also composed music and served as post-production sound supervisor for six short films for AU's Investigated Reporting Workshop in conjunction with Frontline for PBS. The short films examine the issues of border security and illegal immigration. And he composed the film score for SOC faculty member Carolyn Brown's documentary On the Line. The film has been airing on PBS affiliates across the country this year. 

Celine-Marie Pascale (sociology) published “Epistemology & the Politics of Knowledge” in Sociological Routes and Political Roots, a Sociological Review Monograph. She has also been interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) regarding issues of culture and identity in the film, The Names of Love for All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She was also interviewed by Channel 9 News Now (WUSA) regarding the controversy generated by Russell Crowe’s tweet about circumcision.

Jeffrey Reiman's (philosophy) new book, As Free and as Just as Possible: The Theory of Marxian Liberalism, is in press with Wiley-Blackwell. The 10th edition of his book The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice is scheduled to be published this summer. The Japanese translation of the most recent edition was recently published.

Jeff Reiman's (philosophy) new book, As Free and as Just as Possible: The Theory of Marxian Liberalism, has just been published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Graduate students and professor Anthony Riley (psychology) in the Psycholopharmacology Lab have had numerous publications based on their research. A list can be found on the lab website. Additional papers are under review or in preparation.

Trinka Roeckelein (art) will have a solo show, Safari in Clay, March 29 through April 29, 2012 at the Horowitz Art Center, Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland featuring her ceramic sculptures.

Daniele Rodamar (language and foreign studies) published the article "Les Métaphores picturales d'Elstir dans A la Recherche du Temps Perdu." Language and Style: An International Journal, First Collection (2011) pp. 285-295

Andrea B. Rugh, PhD anthropology '78, has published International Development in Practice with academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan.

Abdelrahim Salih's (language and foreign studies) book, The Nineteenth-Century Wars Between the Manasir People of Northern Sudan and the British Colonialist Invaders: A Study Based on Historical Artifacts, Geographical Sites, Oral Traditions, and Documentary Remnants has been accepted for publication (Edwin Mellen Pr, Aug 31 2012).

Melissa Scholes-Young's (literature) fiction was recently published in Sliver of Stone and she has work forthcoming in Conclave. She also has nonfiction essays in The Truth About the Fact and Mandala. Her recent author interviews with Luana Monteiro and Ana Menendez were published in Fiction Writers Review. Her poetry recently appeared in Tampa Review and Cold Mountain Review.

Anita Serman's (literature) book Skepticism and Memory in Shakespeare and Donne (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) was recently reviewed in the Journal of Modern Philology. Sherman also published “The Politics of Truth in Herbert of Cherbury,” Texas Studies in Language and Literature 54.1 (2012): 189 – 215; “Forms of Oblivion: Losing the Revels Office at St. John’s,” Shakespeare Quarterly 62.1 (2011): 75 – 105; and “Shakespearean Vertigo: W. G. Sebald’s Lear,” Criticism 52.1 (2010): 1 – 24.

Richard Sha's (literature) essay, "On the Romantic Imaginations We Want and Don't," has just appeared as the lead essay in the Blackwell's Handbook to Romantic Criticism, eds Joel Faflak and Julia Wright (Blackwells 2012), and his essay "John Keats and Some Versions of Materiality" was solicited for publication by the editor of Studies in Romanticism. Materiality was solicited for publication by the editor of Studies in Romanticism. 

Nancy Snider (performing arts) preformed the modern world premiere of Monsigny's Le Roi et le fermier in France with Opera Lafayette at the Opéra Royale in Versailles. She also mounted another production of "The Voice of Anne Frank" with Mirenka Cechová of the Czech Republic a project they originally collaboration on when Cechová did her Fulbright here at AU.

Christopher Tudge (biology) has published three papers and two book chapters with colleagues in Germany, Brazil, Italy, Argentina, USA, Australia and Japan. The papers are: Klaus, S., Munzner, S., Modenbach, A-C., Streit, B. & Tudge, C.C. (2011). Spermatophore formation and sperm ultrastructure of Sundathelphusa philippina (Crustacea: Brachyura: Gecarcinucidae). Acta Zoologica (DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-6395.2011.00550.x); Terossi, M., Tudge, C., Lopez Greco, L. S. and Mantelatto, F. L. 2011. A novel spermatozoon ultrastructure in the shrimp Hippolyte obliquimanus Dana, 1852 (Decapoda: Caridea: Hippolytidae). Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, DOI: 10.1080/07924259.2011.631040; and Tirelli, T., Sylvestro, D., Campantico, E., Tudge, C. C. and Pessani, D. (2011). Morphology of Paguristes eremita spermatophores and spermatozoa in comparison to those of the other Mediterranean Diogenidae (Decapoda, Anomura) and their bearing on a sperm phylogeny of the family. Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino, Atti IX Colloquium Crustacea Decapoda Mediterranea 2008: 343-355. The book chapters are: Dworschak, P., Felder, D. and Tudge, C. C. (2012). Decapoda - Thalassinidea. In: Treatise on Zoology – Anatomy, Taxonomy, Biology – The Crustacea, Vol. 9. Koninglijke Brill, Netherlands; and Tudge, C. C., Asakura, A., and Ahyong, S. (2012). Decapoda - Anomura. In: Treatise on Zoology – Anatomy, Taxonomy, Biology – The Crustacea, Vol. 9. Koninglijke Brill, Netherlands.

Two of Vivian Vasquez's (SETH) books will be published in summer 2012: Technology and Critical Literacy in Early Childhood (Routledge, August 2012) and, edited with J. Wood, Perspectives and Provocations in Early Childhood Education. Volume 1 (Information Age Publishing, July 2012). She has also had a book chapter published, Albers, P., Harste, J.C. & Vasquez, V. (2012). "Interrupting Certainty and Making Trouble: Teachers’ Written and Visual Responses to Picturebooks." Dunston,P.J., Gambrell,L.B., Fullerton,S.K.,Gillis,V.R., Headley, K., Stecker,P.S. (Eds.), 60thYearbook of the National Reading Conference and is working on two books which will be published in fall 2012. 

David Vine (anthropology) has recently published three articles: Nothing "Off-base" about Ron Paul's Estimates of U.S. Bases Overseas. Focal Points Blog, February 20; and Bipartisan Strategy Takes Shape to Close Overseas U.S. Bases. 2nd author, with Raymond DuBois. Defense News, January 29; and Fanning the Flames in Honduras: The Comayagua Prison Fire and US Responsibility.

Brett Williams (anthropology) published an article in Landscape Architecture-China, which was published in both English and Chinese and featured her photographs of Anacostia Park and gave the Keynote Address at the International Conference on Poverty Alleviation in Port-of-Spain Trinidad, organized by the University of the West Indies.

Jon Wisman (economics) has published two highly interdisciplinary articles: “Legitimating Inequality: Fooling Most of the People All of the Time,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 70 (4), October 2011: 974-1013 (with PhD candidate James F. Smith) and “Inequality, Social Respectability, Political Power, and Environmental Devastation,” Journal of Economic Issues, 45 (4), December 2011: 877-900.

Brian Yates (psychology) published the following articles and book chapters: Yates, B. T., Mannix, D., Freed, M. C., Campbell, J., Johnsen, M., Jones, K., & Blyler, C. (2011). Consumer-operated service programs: Monetary and donated costs and cost-effectiveness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(2), 91-99; Yates, B. T. (2012). Step arounds for common pitfalls when valuing resources used versus resources produced. In G. Julnes (Ed.), Promoting valuation in the public interest: Informing policies for judging value in evaluation. New Directions in Program Evaluation, 133, 43-52; Yates, B. T. (2012). Quantitative approaches to outcome measurement. In J. Magnabosco & R. Manderscheid (Eds.), Outcomes measurement in human services (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers Press; and Yates, B. T. (2012). Program evaluation: Outcomes and costs of putting psychology to work. In H. Cooper (Ed.), Handbook of research methods in psychology, Volume 2. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


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SPEAKER's CORNER

Dan Abraham (performing arts) will be the moderator for two panels at a symposium on the state of American Choral Music and the "search for an American style" hosted by the American Choral Directors Association and the Library of Congress in June.

Cindy Bair Van Dam, Chuck Cox, Alison Thomas, and Lacey Wootton (literature) presented a panel at the 2012 Conference on College Composition and Communication, titled "Generational Gates and Gateways: Examining the Divides and Discovering Bridges."

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) delivered a lecture at the Learning & the Brain Conference, "Web-Connected Minds: How Technology Transforms Brains, Teaching, and Attention", in Arlington, VA.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) lectured on "Reading in the Age of iPads" at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning.

Tony Ahrens (psychology) presented his poster session research on "Facets of Mindfulness as Predictors of Gratitude: A Daily Diary Study" at the Association for Psychological Science 23rd Annual Convention in Washington, DC.

Eileen Findlay (history) delivered a refereed paper at a conference on internal colonialism sponsored by New York University. It was entitled "Racialization and Internal Colonialism: A Glimpse from Puerto Rico and its Diaspora."

Justin Jacobs (history) has given two public lectures: “The Road to Yi-Ta: The Failure of Chinese Communist Ethnic Policies in Xinjiang, 1950–70,” for the Washington Asian Forum and “100 Years Later: The 1911 Chinese Revolution Then and Today” at AU.

Brenda Kirkwood (sociology) has presented the following papers: "Undergraduate public health studies and LEAP essential learning outcomes;" "Choosing a path in public health: An insider’s view;" and "An update on undergraduate public health studies: Research findings from the Educated Citizen and Public Health initiative." She has also moderated a session on "Recruiting and Counseling Undergraduate Students in Public Health" and will serve on the Planning Committee for the 2012 Summit on Undergraduate Education for Public Health, organized by the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Deborah Payne Fisk (literature) was a featured plenary speaker at the annual Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies conference in Seville, Spain.

Glenn Moomau and Lacey Wootton (literature) presented a paper, "Contingent Faculty Can Have a Voice in the 21st Century Academy: Lessons and Suggestions from Term Faculty" at the AAUP Shared Governance Conference.

Pamela Nadell (history) was included on a panel of experts on Interfaith Voices concerning the denominations of American Judaism.

Richard Sha (literature) presented two papers, “Rethinking Sympathy: Shelley, Mirror Neurons, and Emotion Theory” and “Rethinking Materiality in the Poetry of John Keats,” at the annual Modern Language Association Meeting, Seattle. He will also give the a plenary talk on "Electrical Materiality in the Romantic period" at the GEO Conference on Electric Bodies, University of MD.


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IN THE MEDIA

For Federal Computer Week online Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) provided several tips for better online communication.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) was interviewed on RadioWest (Australia) on the effects of new technologies on language.

Naomi Baron (language and foreign studies) was interviewed by Yahoo! News on the Washington politics of Blackberries versus iPhones.

Naomi S. Baron (language and foreign studies) spoke on the status of different languages on the internet at a seminar,"The Business of Language," sponsored by the Welsh Government and Sony in New York.

Amanda Berry (literature) participated in a Postmedia Networks, Canada's largest publisher of English-language daily newspapers, live web discussion about the growing popularity of Comic-Con. CBS Newsradio WNEW-99.1 also interviewed Berry on the popularity of comic book movies.

Kim Blankenship (sociology) hosted an episode of C-SPAN's Book TV program "After Words," interviewing Eric Klinenberg about his book "Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone."

Kyle Dargan (literature) discussed the strong literary community in Washington and talks about the relationship between poetry and government with the Washington Post.

Bette Dickerson (sociology) was featured in A&U America's Aids Magazine discussing alternative breaks for her students to work with others on issues like empowerment, rights and HIV/AIDS.

Anton Fedyashin (history) was featured on a Voice of Russia radio broadcast of a panel discussion on the views for a better Russia that Vladimir Putin published less than a month before the Russian presidential elections.

Washington Post Express interviewed NIH research fellow Meredith Fox (behavior, cognition, and neuroscience '03) about more women earning graduate degrees and launching successful careers in the traditionally male-dominated STEM fields.

Literature professor Despina Kakoudaki was an in-studio guest for the Kojo Nnamdi show for a segment about summer reading that included discussion about the late sci-fi author Ray Bradbury.

Dan Kerr (history) was featured on the NPR Cleveland affiliate yesterday morning for an hour long interview on his book Derelict Paradise

Alan Kraut (history) was quoted in the New York Times about the relationship between medicine and the Jewish religion.

Peter Kuznick (history) did an interview with El Periodico (Guatemala) about the Eisenhower Administration's role in hooking Japan on nuclear power and Japan's recent nuclear history in anticipation of the March 11 anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Peter Kuznick (history) was interviewed on WUSB radio (SUNY Stony Brook) on the Mort Mecklosky "Unfinished Business" show about Henry Wallace, FDR's visionary VP.

Anthropology professor William Leap discussed Lavender Languages and Linguistics on WBEZ 91.5

On WAMU 88.5’s The Diane Rehm Show, Kimberley Leighton (philosophy) discussed how adopted children are using their DNA to find their biological family.

On MSNBC’s Jansing & Company, Allan Lichtman (history), discussed the importance of the Iowa Caucus. He also discussed the Iowa Caucus on Canada’s Business News Network.

Allan Lichtman (history) was interviewed by the Boston Globe on Joseph Kennedy III and mandated contraception coverage.

After being brought in by city council leaders as a national expert to consult on Chicago’s redistricting process, Allan Lichtman (history) told the Chicago Tribune that the dueling groups of aldermen need to show that population variances among wards were designed to protect African-American and Latino voters and preserve racial harmony.

Carl Menninger (performing arts) and Sophomore, Matthew Ingraham, were featured on the Fox Morning Show (Channel 5) to talk about their outreach efforts with the theatre production Bare. Menninger was also interviewed by Metro Weekly.

History Adjunct Instructor and PhD candidate Terumi-Rafferty Osaki was an in-studio guest this morning on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the Japanese-American internment camps.

On WAMU 88.5’s The Diane Rehm Show, Peter Starr, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, discussed Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal, a book about a hitman out to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle.

Martha Starr (economics) was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education where she commented on Robert Shiller's new book, Finance and the Good Society.

Nancy Zeller (biology) investigated how clean touch screens are for WTTG-Fox 5 News. A reporter brought iPhone, self-checkout and ATM machine swab samples to be tested.


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