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Kudos: Spring 2017

Assistant Professor of Political Science David O’Connell


“A Qualitative Study of the Context of Child and Adolescent Substance Use Initiation and Patterns of Use in the First Year for Early and Later Initiators” co-authored by Sharon Kingston, associate professor of psychology, was published in PLoS ONE 12.1 (2017), a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access journal.

Professor of Mathematics Lorelei Koss and Katie Roy ’15 published “Dynamics of vertical real rhombic Weierstrass elliptic functions” in Involve 10:3 (2017). Koss also published “Differential equations in music and dance” in the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts. This is the second paper in a series that connects ideas from differential equations to relevant and interesting material from the arts and humanities.

Neil Leary, director of the Center for Sustainability Education, published “Why the U.S. Should Stay in the Paris Climate Agreement,” “What a Trump Presidency Means for Fighting Climate Change,”  “5 Things to Do About Climate Change, Just in Time for the New Year” and “What Should We Be Doing to Actually Increase Our Security?” in The Huffington Post.

Professor of Mathematics David Richeson published “Circular Reasoning: Who First Proved That C Divided by d Is a Constant?” in The College Mathematics Journal (Vol. 46, No. 3), May 2015, pp. 162-171. The article is set to appear in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2016 (edited by Mircea Pitici, Princeton University Press).

Associate Professor of Philosophy Crispin Sartwell published “The Wax Presidency Wanes as a Human Comes to the White House” in The Wall Street Journal.

Vincent L. Stephens, director of the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, co-edited (with Anthony Stewart) Postracial America? An Interdisciplinary Study, published by Bucknell University Press in November.

Awards and Grants

Tara Vasold Fischer ’02, associate dean of academic advising, was named the 2017 Outstanding Advisor of the Year by the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta.

Jerry Philogene, associate professor of American studies, received a Duke University Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellowship for 2017-18, which supports a fullyear sabbatical. She will be recalibrating her general approach to Haiti and Haitian studies through a visual studies perspective and engaging with the scholars at Duke.

Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies Gregory Steirer received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his work “Intellectual Property Law and the History of the Narrative-Based Franchise,” which examines the management and development of narrative-based intellectual property through chapter-length studies of media properties dating from the 1920s to 2012.

The book Religious Activism in the Global Economy: Promoting, Reforming, or Resisting Neoliberal Globalization (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) received Honorable Mention by the book award committee of the Religion and International Relations Section of the International Studies Association. Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Edward Webb contributed two chapters to the book, one solo-authored and one co-authored (with the editors).

In the News

Associate Professor of Biology Scott Boback’s research regarding a Burmese python found in Florida with three deer in its belly was published in several national outlets: IFL Science,, Live Science and National Geographic.

Director of Admissions Programs & Services Molly Boegel was quoted in a Reader’s Digest story, “How to Guarantee Your Teen Gets the Best College Tour,” in February. 

Professor of Psychology Marie Helweg-Larsen was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece examining the financial cost of smoking at the state level.

Associate Professor of Judaic Studies Ted Merwin was featured in and interviewed for numerous outlets related to Jewish delis, based on his book, Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli, including New Jersey Jewish Times, USA Today and NPR.

Assistant Professor of Political Science David O’Connell was part of the Inauguration Day coverage on WITF’s Smart Talk on Jan. 20.

Dana Scaduto, general counsel, was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s article “Trump Administration May Back Away From Title IX, but Campuses Won’t.”

A session of Associate Professor of American Studies Cotten Seiler’s course, Colonial America, Race and the Origins of Country Music, was featured on C-SPAN.


Professor of English Wendy Moffat has been installed as the next John J. Curley ’60 and Ann Conser Curley ’63 Faculty Chair in Global Education. Read the story, "The Things That Matter," and watch a video from the ceremony. 

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Published April 5, 2017