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Kudos: Winter 2017

Carlisle Indian School


Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Heather Bedi published “Right to food, right to mine? Competing human rights claims in Bangladesh” in Geoforum, 59, 248-257 (2015).

Associate Professor of Biology Scott Boback co-authored “Supersize me: remains of three white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in an invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) in Florida” in BioInvasions Records: International Journal of Field Research on Biological Invasions, 5.4, 197-203 (2016).

Sharon Kingston, associate professor of psychology, contributed to “Psychological Factors Influencing the Decision of Urban Adolescents With Undiagnosed Asthma to Obtain Medical Care,” published in Journal of Adolescent Health, 59.5, 543-548 (2016).

“I Lay on the Floor: Meditation on a Die-In” by Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy, assistant professor of Africana studies, was published in Anthropology Now, 8.1, 127-129 (2016).

Susan Rose, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology and director of the Community Studies Center, co-edited Carlisle Indian Industrial School: Indigenous Histories, Memories, & Reclamations (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), which captures the voices of students and descendants of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (1879-1918) as well as poets, activists and the latest research by Native and non-Native scholars. Read more at

James Sias, assistant professor of philosophy, published The Meaning of Evil (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), which presents an in-depth, innovative look at the psychologies of those of have acted in ways widely regarded as evil. Read more at

“The Lazy Susan,” a poem by Associate Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence Adrienne Su, was published in the Nov. 7 issue of The New Yorker.

Awards and Grants

Dickinson College Children’s Center teacher Mandy Gutshall has been named a 2016 recipient of the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Award by the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation. The award acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality care and education while providing grants to dozens of award-winning teachers annually.

Associate Athletic Director and Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Dave Webster ’88 will be inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of US Lacrosse’s inaugural Hall of Fame for “pioneering record setting lacrosse  at his alma mater.” Read more at

Associate Professor of Music Amy Wlodarski’s book, Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation, received two awards at the American Musicological Society (AMS) meeting in Vancouver, Canada, in November—an Honorable Mention for best publication of 2015 from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the AMS, and the Lockwood Award, which honors the best publication by an emerging scholar in 2015.

In the News

Neil Diamant, professor of Asian law and society, who studies veterans’ issues, was quoted in an Associated Press article and The Wall Street Journal related to Chinese veterans protesting for better benefits.

Professor of Earth Sciences Benjamin Edwards was interviewed by the National Science Foundation as part of a series on geosciences risk and resilience. View the Q-and-A at He also produced a video, “Pronounce That Volcano Name!,” to walk viewers through pronunciations of the 10 toughest volcano names on the planet. Watch it at He also discussed his study of past under-ice volcanic eruptions and future dangers from the meltwater floods they cause for a story on

Amy Farrell, professor of American studies and women’s, gender & sexuality studies and John J. Curley ’60 and Ann Conser Curley ’63 Faculty Chair in the Liberal Arts, was quoted in an article in The Atlantic, “Donald Trump’s Double Standard on Weight.”

Professor of Political Science Jim Hoefler and his students collaborated with WITF’s Transforming Health to create a website, It is a resource on end-of-life issues and options for caregivers. Jim interviewed medical experts, bereavement counselors and families across the country during his sabbatical. Dickinson and the Mellon Foundation funded the project, and Hoefler was interviewed about the project on WITF’s Smart Talk.

Associate Professor of Sociology Erik Love discussed Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric in a story that ran on His op-ed, “Leading Republicans Plumb the Depths of Racist Islamophobia,” ran in The Huffington Post.

Kathleen Marchetti, assistant professor of political science, was featured on ABC27 news as part of a study on how Pennsylvania’s suburban middle-aged women could decide the election.

Stefanie Niles, vice president for enrollment, marketing & communications, was included in a feature in The Washington Post, “What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate,” in August.

Assistant Professor of Political Science David O’Connell and Assistant Professor of Political Science Sarah Niebler were quoted and featured in numerous local and national articles and news reports related to the 2016 presidential election, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Hill, Pittsburgh PostGazette, Associated Press, NPR, Roll Call, CBS21 and others.

Director of Institutional Research Jason Rivera had two op-eds published in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: “Free College for All, but Where’s the Choice?” and “At the Bottom of the Resource Gap Lies the Diversity Desert.”

New Faculty Members

Dickinson welcomed seven new tenure-track faculty members to the campus community this year: Maiko Arashiro, postdoctoral fellow in environmental studies; Qing Bai, assistant professor of international business & management; Lila Ellen Gray, associate professor of music; Sheela Jane Menon, assistant professor of English; Naila Smith, assistant professor of psychology; Nicholas Soderstrom, assistant professor of psychology; and Xiaolu Wang, assistant professor of international business & management. Read more at

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Published January 18, 2017