Kudos: Winter 2018

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The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Geographic and the Weather Channel are just a few of the places you may have seen Dickinson mentioned in the last few months. With renowned research expertise and noteworthy accomplishments to promote, Dickinson faculty members and administrators are frequently in the spotlight. Read more at dickinson.edu/inthenews.

Featured Faculty

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies Santiago Anria’s op-ed on the consequences of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ attempts to stay in power was published in The Washington Post.

Karol Szymanowski: Music for Violin/Piano; Piano Solo (Musica Omnia, 2017), recorded by Associate Professor of Music Blanka Bednarz (violin) and Matthew Bengtson (piano), was awarded the Global Music Awards Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the category of classical and instrumental/instrumentalist. The CD is available at the Dickinson College bookstore and online.

Professor of History Marcelo Borges, co-editor of Company Towns: Labor, Space, and Power Relations Across Time and Continents, was quoted in Construction Drive’s story on the high-tech and amenity-rich future of company towns.

Professor of Physics and Astronomy Robert Boyle was featured on the Discovery ID program American Monster. Boyle sat down with producers and revisited how, in 1997, he used the position of the sun to help police solve a local murder case.

Professor of Earth Sciences Ben Edwards discussed with National Geographic the potential for Iceland’s Bárðarbunga’ volcano to erupt. The story also appeared on MSN News.

Professor of Mathematics Dick Forrester’s paper “Assigning students to Schools to Minimize Both Transportation Costs and Socioeconomic Variation Between Schools” was published in Socio-economic Planning Sciences. The paper was co-authored with colleagues from Furman University, including Liz Bouzarth ’03, who is now associate professor of mathematics at Furman.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Jeffrey Forrester’s op-ed “How the Russians Hacked Our Math Curriculum” was published in Education Week.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Christine Guardino discussed the long-term mental-health threats facing hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on WeatherChannel.com.

Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, visiting international scholar in international studies, was featured on EdVenture Partners’ blog series on how to achieve success and bring big ideas to life for his work running a student-led civic engagement project. 

Loreli Koss, professor of mathematics, published “Visual Arts, Design, and Differential Equations,” in the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts. This is the third paper in a series to connect ideas from differential equations to relevant and interesting material from the arts and humanities.

Assistant Professor of American Studies Marisol LeBron’s op-ed “Congress Could Help Puerto Rico Recover. What’s Stopping It?” was published in The Guardian. LeBron, who is co-creator of the Puerto Rico syllabus, a digital project about the current debt crisis in Puerto Rico, also was interviewed by WAMC and WORT public radio, Truthout and Internationalist 360˚.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Erik Love’s book Islamophobia and Racism in America was reviewed by Muftah.

Assistant Professor of Political Science David O’Connell, who teaches a course on the politics of American pop culture, was quoted in Variety’s story on Jimmy Kimmel’s political monologues.

Jorge R. G. Sagastume, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, published a collection of short stories about the military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-83), titled Im Schatten der Sehnsucht nach Freiheit..., trans. U. Rachowski and M. Ritterson, Hamburg: Shoebox House Verlag, 2017.

Two of Associate Professor of Philosophy Crispin Sartwell’s op-eds, “Texting and Twitter Make This a Golden Age for the Written Word” and “The Modern Epic of Denunciation,” ran in The Wall Street Journal. Sartwell’s essay and critique of Monument Lab, Philadelphia’s public art and history project, was published in The Atlantic’s CityLab. Another op-ed, “History, Totally Destroyed,” was published by The New York Times.

Associate Professor of American Studies Cotten Seiler discussed NASCAR’s diminishing popularity with an Associated Press sports columnist. The column ran in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, NY Daily News, Newsday, ABC News, FOX Sports and dozens more outlets. Seiler, who is the author of Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America, was interviewed by The Washington Post for its story “Taking a Back Seat With Uber, Lyft or a Taxi: Is It About Being First Class?”

Assistant Professor of French Adeline Soldin and Associate Professor of French Lucile Duperron received $2,200 from the FACE Foundation–Tournées Film Festival.

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences Alyson Thibodeau’s dissertation research was featured in an Archaeology News Report story about turquoise mining in the Southwest U.S.

The Washington Post interviewed and quoted Assistant Professor of Economics Tony Underwood for a story on the sharing economy, based on a paper Underwood recently published in Ecological Economics.

Professor of Biology Chuck Zwemer and Senior Instructor in Military Science John Haiduck received $5,711 from Highmark Inc. for their project “An Emergency Response Initiative: Improving Survival in Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events.” Through the project, faculty EMTs will conduct training for Dickinson Public Safety, Carlisle Police Department first responders, the Dickinson community and the general public in innovative and effective new methods of bleeding control utilized by the U.S. military and other agencies.

President Ensign


President Ensign in the News

President Margee Ensign shared the good news with national press that 100+ school girls—once held captive by Boko Haram—arrived safely at the American University of Nigeria, where they will enter an educational program established by Ensign. The news was picked up by more than 200 outlets.

  • In The Huffington Post, Ensign also wrote about the need for intercultural competence and Dickinson’s initiative.
  • Two interviews with Ensign ran in the Central Penn Business Journal and PennLive. They focused on the experiences she brings to Dickinson and her vision for the college.
  • Ensign was featured in the video and story “Keeping Nigerian Youths from Boko Haram’s Clutches,” by ShareAmerica (watch at dson.co/shareamerica), the U.S. Department of State’s platform for sharing compelling stories and images that spark discussion and debate on important topics like democracy, freedom of expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, education and the role of civil society. The story and video were published in seven languages.
  • News and photos related to Ensign’s inauguration ran in PM News Nigeria and 247 Nigeria as well as The Sentinel and PennLive.

Administrator Accolades

Neil Leary, director of the Center for Sustainability Education, discussed the study of climate change in a story that was picked up by the Associated Press and ran in the Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee, Washington Times, Charlotte Observer, Fresno Bee and dozens more outlets.

Vice President for Enrollment Management Stefanie Niles was featured in “5 Questions: Niles Elected to Head Admissions Counseling Association” in The Sentinel. In addition a U.S. News & World Report story on college tour groups included advice from Niles.

The National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning program awarded $40,000 to Julie Vastine ’03, director of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), for “Streamlining Embedded Assessment to Understand Citizen Scientists’ Skill Gains.” ALLARM will serve as a partner/participant in this project with University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Read more from the winter 2018 issue of Dickinson Magazine.


Published January 25, 2018