In its 2014 list of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities, the Peace Corps ranked Dickinson No. 8 among small schools for a second consecutive year, with 14 alumni currently volunteering worldwide—in Albania, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Jordan, Madagascar, Moldova, Namibia, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Togo and Ukraine. Since the first days of the Peace Corps, 229 Dickinson graduates have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. Read more at www.dickinson.edu/peacecorps.
Professor of History Marcelo Borges’ research on transatlantic migration from Portugal to Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries was profiled in the Portuguese national newspaper Público.
Alberto Rodríguez, professor of Spanish, published “El retrato literario en dos Novelas Ejemplares de Cervantes: El amante liberal y La española inglesa” in Caracol, no. 6, by the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Associate Professor of Religion Daniel Cozort’s online Journal of Buddhist Ethics, the first academic journal devoted to Buddhist ethics, celebrated its 20th anniversary as an open-access publication. Learn more at blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethics.
Stephen Erfle, associate professor of international business & management, published “Bracketing Utility” in International Journal of Economics, Commerce & Management; “Physical Activity Performance of Focal Middle School Students,” with Corey M. Gelbaugh, in Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science; and Managerial Economics: Economic Tools for Today’s Decision Makers, 7th ed., with Paul Keat and Philip K. Young. The text is being used in his class INBM 220: Managerial Decision Making.
Dickinson received a $700,000 grant from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation to supplement the existing Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides additional tuition assistance to worthy students in support of their pursuit of a Dickinson undergraduate education.
The Dickinson College Farm received $5,000 from the Miller Foundation to support general operating expenses.
Shalom Staub, associate provost for academic affairs and first-year dean, received a $10,000 Bringing Theory to Practice-Leadership Coalition Grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The grant will help Dickinson improve student retention by enhancing the first-year student experience through better integration of academic and student-development programs and resources. Dickinson was invited as one of 30 colleges and universities to submit a proposal to the program, based on its track record as a national-demonstration-project grant recipient.
Associate Professor of Biology Tom Arnold received $5,500 from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for his project SAV Technical Synthesis III.
The Center for Lusophone Research (CLR)/ Council of American Overseas Research Centers Grants for Short-Term Research in Portugal and/or Lusophone Africa awarded Jeremy Ball, associate professor of history, $3,000 for his project Monuments, Commemoration and the Creation of an Angolan National Identity. Ball will conduct research in Angola on historical narratives and political counter-narratives of post-independence public monuments.
Alyssa DeBlasio, assistant professor of Russian, received a $50,000 award from the Pittsburgh Humanities Center to support the completion of her book project on the transition of Russian philosophical thought from the post-Soviet era (1990s) to the present. The grant also supports her new project on philosophical readings of contemporary Russian films. She will be based at the University of Pittsburgh, which houses the largest collection of Russian films outside of Moscow.
Read more from the spring 2014 issue of Dickinson Magazine.
Published April 22, 2014