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Kudos (Summer 2018)

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From the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer to a mention in Forbes to being featured in Men’s Health, NBC News and Vanity Fair, Dickinson faculty and administrators maintain a strong media presence. See the latest headlines at

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The Associated Press report “Saudi Arabia Uses Ancient Tourist Site to Alter Its History” quoted Professor of History David Commins and his interpretation of the teachings of Sheikh Mohammed Ibn Abdul-Wahhab. The report was published in Egypt Independent, Time of Egypt, Newsday, The Bismarck Tribune, Newser, The Charlotte Observer, Post Bulletin and more than 23 other outlets. In May, Commins was quoted in a story in Vanity Fair, “Meet Haifaa al-Mansour, the Saudi Woman Challenging Riyadh—and Hollywood—to Evolve.”

Professor of Religion Daniel Cozort published The Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics through Oxford University Press. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the field of Buddhist ethics in the 21st century.

Professor Emerita of German Beverley Driver Eddy published Erika and Klaus Mann: Living With America (New York, Bern, Berlin: Peter Lang). By examining statements made by Thomas Mann’s two eldest children, as well as those made by American journalists, politicians, book critics and FBI and immigration officers, Eddy traces the Mann siblings’ rise in America as celebrity representatives of an “other,” better Germany.

The Kilauea volcano eruption triggered national media to interview volcanologist and Professor of Earth Sciences Ben Edwards. His expert analysis ran in stories by Men’s Health, Earther and NBC News. He also was interviewed by KJZZ, the NPR member station in Phoenix.

Professor of Psychology Marie Helweg-Larsen penned an opinion piece for The Conversation regarding Denmark’s ranking as one of the happiest countries in the world. The piece was reprinted in more than 50 additional outlets, including Newsweek, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It was referenced in the Forbes article “Nordic Countries Continue to Rank High in Happiness, While America Fails” and inspired an hourlong discussion with Helweg-Larsen as the featured guest on Wisconsin Public Radio. Helweg-Larsen was also featured on WNHN-FM’s (Pacifica/Concord, N.H.) The Attitude radio program and 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.

Lorelei Koss, professor of mathematics, had an article, “Ordinary Differential Equations and Easter Island: A Survey of Recent Research Developments on the Relationship Between Humans, Trees, and Rats,” published in the European Journal of Mathematics. She notes that Easter Island is a fascinating example of resource depletion and population collapse, and a variety of predator-prey models investigate the relationship between deforestation and the size of the human population. The paper surveys recent developments in research using differential equation models to understand the interactions among people, rats and forest stock.

Assistant Professor of American Studies Marisol LeBrón discussed with The Intercept Puerto Rico’s movement of prisoners to U.S. mainland lockups.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Kathleen Marchetti was interviewed by Politiken, the largest newspaper in Denmark, for a story on youth protests against gun violence.

Assistant Professor of Political Science David O’Connell was quoted in The Washington Times article “Will He or Won’t He? Dwayne Johnson on Rock’s Bid for President.”

The New York Times published “What’s So Good About Original Sin?,” an op-ed by Associate Professor of Philosophy Crispin Sartwell.

Associate Professor of Music Amy Wlodarski had an article, “George Rochberg’s Road to Ars Combinatoria, 1943-63,” published in the Journal of the Society for American Music 12, no. 2. The article is the first major reconsideration of the composer’s wartime service in WWII and its impact on his compositional style.

President Margee Ensign in the News

  • Margee Ensign’s latest op-ed, “Civic Engagement and the Value of College,” was published in The Washington Post and shared as the featured story in Grade Point, the newsletter of the Post’s higher education news blog.
  • In an exclusive Philadelphia Inquirer feature, Ensign and Visiting International Scholar in International Relations 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 story appeared on the front page of the Inquirer on May 21.
  • SRQ Magazine out of Sarasota, Fla., wrote about Ensign in advance of her Commencement speech at New College, her alma mater.
  • Ensign presented the first Dickinson-Carlisle Scholarship to Bethany Petrunak ’22 during a ceremony at Carlisle High School in May.

Administrator Accolades

Tara Vasold Fischer ’02, associate dean of academic advising, discussed Dickinson’s community college transfer agreements with The Hechinger Report.

Isaac Lopp, associate director of user services, was one of 39 individuals selected to participate in the Leading Change Institute, which was held in Washington, D.C., in June.

Vincent Stephens, director of the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, was interviewed by CNN’s John Blake for a story on Martin Luther King Jr.’s last day in Memphis.

Director of Event Planning and Holland Union Building Dottie Warner received the Jack Thornton Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors International, for her service, devotion and dedication.

Partnership for  Better Health awarded four grants to Dickinson this spring:

  • “CONNECT: The Summer Collaboration,” which brings together Dickinson and the Carlisle Arts Learning Center in a unique four-week summer program targeted at enriching the lives of middle school youth. ($3,500, Vice President for Student Life Joyce Bylander)
  • “2018 Migrant Farm Labor Health Outreach - Upper Adams County.” ($4,000, Lecturer in Spanish Asuncion Arnedo-Aldrich)
  • “Collaborative Assessment of Patient Activation Measure (PAM) Between Sadler Health Center (SHC) and Dickinson College.” ($2,700, Associate Professor of International Business & Management David Sarcone and Adjunct Faculty in Health Studies Margaret Winchester)
  • “Bicycle Safety Education Program for Carlisle’s Northside Neighborhood.” ($500, Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainability Education Lindsey Lyons)

(Kudos as of June 1, 2018)

Read more from the summer 2018 issue of Dickinson Magazine.


Published August 3, 2018