Dickinson College in the News, May/June 2018

Philadelphia Inquirer

Dickinson featured on front page of The Philadelphia Inquirer, numerous faculty members interviewed by Vanity Fair, NBC News, NPR, USA Today and others

In an exclusive feature published on the front page of The Philadelphia Inquirer, President Margee Ensign and Visiting International Scholar in International Studies Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob discussed the Bridge Program, a new college-preparation initiative started by Ensign for young people from regions of the world experiencing conflict and natural disasters. The first Bridge students are four women who escaped the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Did you know that many Dickinson College professors are go-to sources for members of the national media? Professor of History David Commins, one of the foremost experts on Islam and Wahhabism, was interviewed by Vanity Fair for a story on a Saudi film director. It was published in the May issue, which is available now. The Kilauea volcano eruption led national media directly to volcanologist and Professor of Earth Sciences Ben Edwards. His expert analysis appeared in articles by Men’s Health, NBC News, USA Today, Gizmodo and Earther. He also was interviewed by NPR member stations KJZZ (Phoenix) and WITF (Harrisburg, Pa.).

Associate Professor of Biology Scott Boback, whose research findings on snake constriction have appeared in nearly every major science publication and consumer news outlet, was interviewed recently by Live Science for a story on a decapitated snake that bit a human.

Additional Highlights (April 25 - June 12)

  • SRQ Magazine out of Sarasota, Fla., wrote about President Margee Ensign in advance of her Commencement speech at New College, her alma mater.
  • Opinion pieces authored by Associate Professor of Philosophy Crispin Sartwell were published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Professor of Psychology Marie Helweg-Larsen discussed the link between Danish happiness and the cultural construct, hygge, on The Academic Minute, which aired on WAMC and was featured in Inside Higher Ed.
  • In The Washington Times, Assistant Professor of Political Science David O’Connell analyzed the potential for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to run for president.
  • Forbes highlighted the newly established Dickinson-Carlisle Scholarship as a “good neighbor” policy for local students.
  • Stephen M. Smith ’92’s May 20 Commencement address was highlighted by Entrepreneur magazine among the “gems of wisdom” offered to the Class of 2018.

Published June 14, 2018