Kudos: Summer 2016


Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy, assistant professor of Africana studies and Distinguished Chair in Africana Studies, teaching a class. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

In the News

Professor of History Marcelo Borges’ work Company Towns was quoted in The Economist in “Town and Company,” an article detailing thriving company towns in Germany.

Professor of Political Science Jim Hoefler was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor for a story on California’s right-to-die legislation.

Susan Rose ’77, professor of sociology and director of the Community Studies Center, and College Archivist Jim Gerencser ’93 discussed the work of the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ted Merwin, director of the Asbell Center for Jewish Life and associate professor of Judaic studies, has appeared in numerous media outlets—including PRI’s The World, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Times of Israel, The New York Times and The Forward—for his award-winning book Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli.

Erik Love, assistant professor of sociology, discussed Islamaphobic rhetoric among presidential candidates post-9/11 in a U.S. News & World Report story, “America’s Tough Talkers.”

Assistant Professor of Political Science Sarah Niebler discussed candidate endorsements for a story that aired on NPR member station WITF. Niebler and Assistant Professor of Political Science Kathleen Marchetti also discussed gender bias and the presidential primary on the WITF program Smart Talk.


A. Lee Fritschler, former Dickinson College president and professor emeritus of public policy, published with Catherine E. Rudder and Yon Jung Choi Public Policymaking by Private Organizations: Challenges to Democratic Governance, Brookings Institution Press.

Professor Emerita of German Beverly Eddy has a new article in a jubilee book put out to honor the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Karino Michaëlis Society in  Copenhagen, Denmark: “‘Min kære unge Ven’: Karin Michaëlis’ breve til en vordende forfatter,” in Hardy Bach and Karen Klitgaard Povlsen, eds., Karin Michaëlis:  Skriftens Vagabond, Aarhus: Scandinavian Book, 2016, pp. 148- 172. The article shows how, from 1929 to 1950, the Danish author and humanitarian Karin Michaëlis befriended and nurtured the young Danish author Aage Dons.

Professor of Chemistry Cindy Samet published “Using Student-Made Posters to Annotate a Laser Teaching Laboratory” in Journal of Chemical Education 93 (5). The article was based on a project initiated by Associate Professor of Chemistry Sarah St. Angelo and completed with the assistance of Instrument Support Technician Jim Kuenzie, Aaron Cook ’15, Yu Lim Kim ’15, Brittany Livingston ’15, Brianne Dudiak ’16 and Zev Greenberg ’16 in an advanced topics course taught by Samet.

Melinda Schlitt, professor of art history and William W. Edel Professor of Humanities, published “Galileo’s Moon: Drawing as Rationalized Observation and its Failure as Forgery,” Open Inquiry Archive, vol.5, no.2 (2016), pp.1-19. Read the article here.

Anthony Rauhut, associate professor of psychology, published “Timing of SCH 23390 Administration Influences Extinction of Conditioned Hyperactivity in Mice” in Behavioral Pharmacology 27(1), 73-76, which examines the involvement of a specific dopamine receptor in memory retrieval versus memory reconsolidation.

Kristin Strock, assistant professor of environmental studies, and scientists from the University of New Hampshire and University of Maine, published “Extreme weather years drive episodic changes in lake chemistry: implications for recovery from sulfate deposition and long-term trends in dissolved organic carbon” in Biogeochemistry 127(2), 353-65. Strock and fellow researchers analyzed an unprecedented three decades of data, looking at how the chemistry of more than 80 lakes across the northeastern U.S. changed depending on the weather. The region has experienced a more than 60-percent increase in the frequency of extreme precipitation events, making it the area of the U.S. with the most substantial increase in these events.

Awards and Grants

From over 450 applicants, Professor of Music Blake Wilson was one of 30 chosen to receive the National Humanities Center Fellowship, for his project “Dominion of the Ear: Memory, Performance, and Oral Poetry in Early Modern Italy.”

Professor of Music Amy Wlodarski received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend of $6,000 for her project “Postwar Humanism and the Music of George Rochberg.”

Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy, assistant professor of Africana studies and Distinguished Chair in Africana Studies, received the Duke University Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellowship to finish “Rapso and Revolution: Musical Performance, Activism, and the Postcolonial Subject in Trinidad” and its complementary documentary short film, Rapso Chants. Additionally, she will use her time at Duke to create the plan for the Caribbean Arts Oral History Archive, employing Dickinson students to help build the archive, which also will be available for public use.

The Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Libraries Association, recently named Social Science Liaison Librarian Anna Kozlowska a featured librarian.


Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology John Henson has been promoted to senior associate provost.

The following were promoted to the rank of full professor: Grant Braught, mathematics and computer science; Ben Edwards, earth sciences; Dengjian Jin, international business & management; Andrea Lieber, religion; Ed McPhail, economics; Tony Pires, biology; and Karen Weinstein, anthropology.

The following received tenure and were promoted to the rank of associate professor: Carolina Castellanos, Spanish & Portuguese; Alyssa DeBlasio, Russian; Kamaal Haque, German; Sharon Kingston, psychology; James McMenamin, Italian; Hector Reyes-Zaga, Spanish; and Claire Seiler, English.

Magda Siekert, Middle East studies, has been named senior lecturer.

Samantha Brandauer ’95 has been promoted to executive director of global study & engagement and associate provost.

Mea Culpa: The Yoshitoshi woodblock print that appeared in “Dreamland” (spring 2016) was incorrectly identified as having been purchased through The Trout Gallery’s  new student acquisition program. The print is a gift from Knut Royce ’62. We regret the error.

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Published July 12, 2016