Please see below for faculty accomplishments:

Submit achievements announcements with using the CAS achievement submission form.


Grants and Research

Mieke Meurs(economics) received a $130,000 grant from the Institute of International Education for her project, "Fulbright Foreign Student Program."

Victoria Connaughton (biology) was awarded $422,021 from the National Institute of Health for her research titled, "Developmental manipulation of estrogen signaling alters adult visual function.”

Keith Leonard (literature) was selected for an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for his project, "Black Avant-Gardism."

Melissa Scholes Young (literature) was named a 2019 Quarry Farm Fellow at the Center for Mark Twain Studies and will do research on "Reimagining Becky Thatcher" while in residence at the archives.

Laura Beers (history) was awarded $56,135 from the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) to serve as Executive Director.

Sarah Hoback (physics) received a scholarship from the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation.

William Suk (alum) was awarded a Fulbright as a Global Scholar to work in Thailand.

Catherine Stoodley (psychology) was elected a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science for her outstanding achievement and contributions to the science of psychology.

Elizabeth Cotter (health studies) received a $25,000 from Common Threads for her research titled "Community Insight Focus Groups in Washington, DC."

Anastasia Snelling (health studies) received a grant of $50,000 from DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) for her research titled "Healthy Corners Partnerships: Building Sustainable Access to Healthy Foods," an evaluation of the Healthy Corners Program for the FINI project.

Douglas Fox (chemistry) received $4,505, and is expected to receive additional funding of $23,191, from FiberLean Technologies for his research titled "Nanocellulose Labeling to Track Migration from Paper."

Max Paul Friedman (history) received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, valued at 45,000 Euros.

Maria Floro (economics) received a $220,000 grant from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) for her research titled "Capacity Building for Policy Advocacy on Care."

Chun-Hsi Huang (computer science) received an award of $219,006 from the National Science Foundation for the 2018-2019 Program Director in the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). 

Ying-chen Peng (art) received a $25,000 grant from the Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange for her research titled, "Between Femininity and Masculinity: Empress Dowager Cixi’s (1835 – 1908) Image Making in Art.”

Anastasia Snelling (health studies) received an award of $100,000 from the District of Columbia Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) for her project, "Healthy Tots Program."

Toks Fashola (education) received a $16,200 grant from the University of Illinois in the first part of a 5 year award amounting to $98,864 for her research titled, "Evaluation of Texas A&M (TAMU) Engineering Research Center for Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP)."

Robert Shand (education) received $20,831 in the first part of a two-year project funding from the Teacher's College at Columbia University, for his research titled "Exploring Academic Return on Investment as a Metric to Direct-level Funding towards Programs that Improve Student Outcomes."

Laura Owen (education) received $15,000 from the Sylarn Foundation for her research titled "Ward 8 Middle School Project."

Boncho Benev (physics) received a $15,150 grant from the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Federal Awarding Agency for his research titled "Parent Volatiles, Near-Nucleus Environment, and Outgassing in Comet 46P/Wirtanen: A historic Apparition for a Space Mission Priority Target, NASA-Keck Proposal #59.”

Boncho Benev (physics) was awarded a grant for $102,055 from the University of Maryland Federal Awarding Agency: NASA for his research titled, "Organic Gases in Hartley 2’s Coma: Integrated Interpretation of Contemporaneous Spacecraft and Ground-based Datasets."

Jessica Leight (economics) received a grant of $20,000 from the Chiang-Ching-Kuo Foundation (CCKF) for her research titled "Export-driven Growth, Human Capital and Poverty in China.”

Stephen Casey (mathematics and statistics) was awarded his second US patent for his work on cell phone technology.

Braxton Boren (performing arts) received $50,000 for "Hearing Bach Music As Bach Heard It” from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Arvenita Cherry (anthropology) received $40,000 for "Monocacy National Battlefield – L’Hermitage Oral Histories” from the National Park Service (NPS).

David Culver (environmental science) received $68,751 from the National Park Service (part of the Chesapeake Watershed CESU agreement) for "A Survey of the Fauna of Seepage Springs in National Capital Parks-East (NACE)."

Douglas Fox (chemistry) was awarded a $149,900 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for his “Tailoring Cellulose Nanomaterial Surface Properties for Improved Polymer Stress Transfer."

Silvina Guidoni (physics) was awarded $30,588 from the CUA Center of Excellence in the Physics of the Heliosphere and the Sun (CEPHEUS) Educational Program Support for the Heliophysics Science Division.

Jessica Leight (economics) received $76,890 for "Fellowship with the Office of Evaluation Sciences" from GSA.

Stephen MacAvoy (environmental science) received a $10,000 grant for "Inorganic geochemistry and endocrine disrupters in urban streams: quantifying links between development patterns and water chemistry" sponsored by UDC.

Colin Saldanha (biology) received an NSF Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA)Assignment Agreement grant in the amount of $211,996.

Rachel Watkins (anthropology) received $80,000 for "Monocracy National Battlefield – Ethnographic Overview and Assessment” from the National Park Service (NPS).


Appointments and Honors

Richard C. Sha (literature) received the 2018 Barricelli Prize, given annually to the best book published in Romanticism.

Richard C. Sha (literature) won a Fulbright to University of Bologna in Italy for Spring 2020.

Deborah Clegg (health studies) received the 2019 Gill Center Transformative Research Award for outstanding contributions to cellular, molecular or systems neuroscience.

Arthur Shapiro (psychology and computer science) was selected to receive an Outstanding Faculty Mentorship in Undergraduate Research award, based on nominations submitted by his students.

David Keplinger (literature) won the 2019 UNT Rilke Prize for his collection, "Another City."

Jenna Wiegand (environmental sceince) received the Veronique Pittman Student Award for Cancer Prevention Day for her research on environmental contaminants in the Anacostia River, many of which are carcinogenic.

Stephen Casey (math and statistics) was honored with Drew University’s 2019 Alumni Achievement Award in the Sciences.

Jack Anthony (audio technology, MA candidate) received first place in the Best Student Presentation competition and a $150 prize from the DC Chapter Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America for his paper entitled “Timbral dimensions of cross-modal perception.”

Chloe Brown (sociology) was accepted into the Congressional Black Caucus Fellowship program.

Dan Kerr (history) was elected to the position First Vice President for the Oral History Association.


Publications, Exhibitions, and Productions

Sherburne Laughlin (performing arts) contributed a chapter to "Cultural Governance in a Global Context: An International Perspective on Art Organizations" which explores cultural governance across the United States. 

Arthur Shapiro (psychology and computer science) won first prize at the 10th Visual Illusion and Auditory Illusion Contest in Japan, for his work titled “Helix Rotation: A New Twist on Pulfrich and Hess.”

Karen Knee (enviornmental science) published a paper linking oil and gas development in the Marcellus Shale to regional patterns in stream water quality, including elevated arsenic levels in areas with more oil and gas development.

Melissa Scholes Young (literature) was invited to present “Writing from Roots in ‘America’s Hometown’: Flood, a Novel” at The Trouble Begins Lecture Series at the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. 

Allan Litchman (history) published a new book about voting rights, "The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present."

Don Krimes (art) presents new art and pieces reworked from the 1980s at a new exhibit at the MK Gallery.

David Gerard (mathematics and statistics) authored the article of the month in the November 2018 Genetics journal. 

A philosophy paper by Asia Ferrin (philosophy & religion) has been accepted for inclusion in the Fall 2018 Young Philosophers Workshop and Lecture Series at The Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University.

Douglas Fox (chemistry) co-authored The Chemical Society Review cover article, "Current characterization methods for cellulose nanomaterials."

Rachel Sullivan Robinson (SIS and sociology) published "Making Interdisciplinary Population Health Science Happen" on AU's Center on Health, Risk & Society.


In the Media

Stefano Costanzi (chemistry) spoke to The Telegraph Magazine about chemical weapons and their effects on humans in "The rise of biological and chemical weapons."

Laura Beers (history) wrote "What Alexander Hamilton could teach Trump and May" for CNN Online.

Stefano Costanzi (chemistry) delivered a presentation on export control of chemical weapons precursors at the Stimson Center. 

Ibram X. Kendi (historypublished "What the Believers are Denying" in The Atlantic.

Kyle Dargan (creative writingappeared in Poetry Daily as a featured poet.

Rachel Louise Snyder (literaturewas placed in Esquire 25 Most Anticipated books of 2019 with her forthcoming book "No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us."

Kyle Dargan (literaturewas mentioned in the New York Times "New and Noteworthy" section for his new poetry collection, "ANAGNORISIS."

Laura Beers (historyappeared on a podcast interview with Matt Peterson of The Atlantic to discuss the Labour Party and Brexit.

Laura Beers (historypublished "Why Brexit might not happen: ignoring the will of the people is a British tradition," in the Washington Post.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss (education and sociologyco-authored "When Hate Speech and Free Speech Collide" in Diverse Issues of Higher Education.

Ibram X. Kendi (history) launched a new series, Antiracism and America, in collaboration with The Guardian. The series will review the current systems that create racial inequity and how to dismantle it to create an antiracist America.

Allan Lichtman (history) published "Why Nancy Pelosi Should Be the Next Speaker" in Fortune.

Douglas Fox (chemistry) presented his crab shell based flame retardant work at the NIST Disaster Resilience Symposium in August, which is now available for public viewing.

Laura Beers (history) published an opinion article on

Mieke Meurs and Kelly Jones (economics) co-authored blog posts for Ms. Magazine about gender economics.

Maria Rose Belding (public health, BA '19) was named one of CNN's Top 10 Heroes for her work with the non-profit she co-founded, MEANS, which connects unwanted food to charities and shelters who provide it to the hungry.

David Cowan (arts management, MA '15) was recently named by Crain’s as one of the “Twenty in their 20s” making an impact in the Detroit area. He’s applying what he learned here at AU to make a difference in Detroit’s civic and social life.

Justin Jacobs  (history) published "Chinese leaders tried before to assimilate the Uighurs. This time it might face less resistance," in the Washington Post.

Melissa Scholes Young (literature) was chosen as the community Capital Read title for Missouri with her novel FLOOD

Bruce Schneier (MA '88, computer science) published an article in The Atlantic titled "Nobody’s Cellphone Is Really That Secure. But most of us aren’t the president of the United States." 

Allan Lichtman (history) published "Voter fraud isn’t a problem in America. Low turnout is" in the Washington Post, and explained how voting fraud suspicions have historically been used as an excuse to restrict voting access.

Allan Lichtman (history) published "Framers fail: Voting is a basic right but they didn't guarantee it in the Constitution" in USA Today.

Daisy Gebbia-Richards (College of Arts & Sciences) published "How Loves Drives Extremism" in the Fair Observer with Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor of Sociology and Director of the International Training and Education Program.

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy (education) published an Op-Ed in The Washington Post titled "A dual-enrollment program for DC high school students could help fill classrooms in the future."

Justin Jacobs (history) was asked to appear before the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and provide testimony regarding China's policies toward the Uyghur ethnic group.

The New York Times published an article on The Embattled Vote in America by Allan Lichtman (history).