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Summer 2015 Kudos

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Japanese Soh Daiko performance


Professor of Political Science Russell Bova has been appointed to the Walter E. Beach Chair in Political Science.

The following were promoted to the rank of professor: Tom Arnold, biology; Sherry Harper-McCombs, theatre & dance; Hans Pfister, physics & astronomy; and Amy Witter, chemistry.

The following received tenure and were promoted to the rank of associate professor: Suman Ambwani, psychology; Jeffrey Forrester, mathematics; Margaret Frohlich, Spanish & Portuguese; Elizabeth Lewis, education; Kristine Mitchell, political science and international studies; Siobhan Phillips, English; Sarah Skaggs, theatre & dance; Sarah St. Angelo, chemistry; and Amy Steinbugler, sociology.

In the News

David Jackson, associate professor of physics and editor of American Journal of Physics (AJP), was interviewed by Science magazine, Huffington Post and WBUR’s “Here and Now” about an article appearing in AJP that calculates how long it would take to fall through the center of the Earth.


Tullio Pagano, associate professor of Italian, published The Making and Unmaking of Mediterranean Landscape in Italian Literature: The Case of Liguria, which focuses on literary representations of the northern Italian region of Liguria, whose landscape has been portrayed by internationally known Italian poets and novelists, from Eugenio Montale to Italo Calvino.

Awards and Grants

Professor of English Wendy Moffat received the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for her book project The Most Terrible Years: Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, Thomas Salmon and the Trauma of the Great War.

Ben Edwards, associate professor of earth sciences, was awarded an emergency grant of $5,000 from the National Geographic Society–Committee for Research and Exploration for his project “Origin of floods caused by pyroclast-lava interactions with snow/ice during the 2015 ongoing eruption of Villarica volcano, Chile.”

Assistant Professor of International Studies Shamma Adeeb Alam received a $26,000 research grant for alumni of the Hewlett Dissertation Fellowship from the Population Reference Bureau. His project, “Do Community Health Workers lead to Improved Health Awareness and Increased Use of Health Products among Individuals? Evidence Using Experimental Data from Uganda,” will use survey data to examine whether the introduction of community health workers in an area leads to greater health awareness or increased use of health products among the people in the area.

Multimedia specialist Brenda Landis produced the award-winning documentary film Cumberlocal, which highlights local economic and human connections, for Leadership Cumberland. The film premiered at the Carlisle Theatre and  Performing Arts Center in February.

Retired Associate Professor of Sociology Marvin Israel’s photograph, “Pipe and Glasses,” received third prize in the photography division in the 2015 Art of the State juried exhibition held at the Pennsylvania State Museum June 28 through September 13. Israel’s photo was among the 128 works chosen from 1,600 entries.


Robert Renaud, vice president and chief information officer, was invited to serve as council member for the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable, which will convene at the 2015 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.


Associate Professor of Political Science Douglas Edlin presented “Why Common Law Judges Can’t Be Objective (And Why We Don’t Want Them to Be)” at the New England Political Science Association.

Sarah Niebler, associate professor of political science, presented her papers “Ideology of the Left: Liberal versus Progressive and Americans’ Self-Identification” and “American Flag, Republican Flag: Symbolic Politics and Partisan Effects of Flag Display in Candidates’ Televised Advertising Campaigns” at the Midwest Political Science Association.

Nicola Tynan, associate professor of economics, presented “Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility: Metropolitan Water Companies Compared” at the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research Symposium.

Suman Ambwami, associate professor of psychology, presented her paper “Negotiating interpersonal dominance and submission: An experience-sampling investigation of social perception, negative affect, and binge-eating behavior” at the Academy of Eating Disorders.

Assistant Professor of Archeology Maria Bruno presented her paper “On the origins of raised-field farming in the Lake Titicaca Basin of the Andes” at the Society for American Archeology.

Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies and Political Science Robert Musgrave presented his research “Republican Empire: Partnership and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1866-1989 and the Resource Pure: State Formation, International Security, and the Politics of Resource Endowments” at the Midwest Political Science Association.

Luca Lanzilotta, lecturer in Italian, presented his research paper “Far from us, a skillful blend of journalism and literature at the book presentation ‘via da noi’ ” at New York University.

Antonio Rivas, visiting assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, presented “Extravios, masificacion y otros males de altura: Bienvenidos a Incaland, de David Roas,” at the Seventh Transatlantic Conference.


Sylvie Davidson, professor of romance languages and literatures and John J. Curley ’60 and Ann Conser Curley ’63 Faculty Chair in Global Education; JeŽrey W. Niemitz, professor of earth sciences; Thomas L. Reed Jr., professor of English; Andy Skelton, professor of psychology; Candie Wilderman, professor of environmental science and Walter E. Beach ’56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies.

Durwin “Whitey” Ellerman, associate director of operations; Victoria Kuhn, senior academic coordinator, sociology and political science; Randall Nenninger, manager of buildings and grounds; Kim Nichols, director of design services; Pat Pohlman, director of design services; Les Poolman, director of athletics and physical education; Ann Rhoades, executive assistant to the vice president for advancement.

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Published July 28, 2015