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Kudos (spring 2020)

Kudos spring 2020

Dickinson faculty members are leading national and international conversations in outlets like Newsweek, The Conversation, The Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC News THINK on everything from extinction and eating disorders to national security and the 2020 presidential race. 

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Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies Santiago Anria was quoted in The New York Times story “Evo Morales, Now in Exile, to Run for Bolivia’s Senate,” discussing what the exiled former president must do to qualify for a Senate run. 

Dickinson cosponsored an open house on the impacts of climate change for residents of Dauphin County. Dickinson’s role in that event, coordinated by Lecturer in Spanish Asuncion Arnedo Aldrich and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Heather Bedi, and Spanish translation services offered to attendees by Dickinson students, were highlighted by local media outlets ABC27, CBS21 and FOX43. 

Associate Professor of Biology Scott Boback was quoted in “Guam Rails Are No Longer Extinct in the Wild (Something Only One Other Bird Can Claim)” in the National Resources Defense Council’s onEarth magazine.

Research on insecticides and bee populations by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Maggie Douglas was published in Scientific Reports and made news in several media outlets, including Newsweek

Lecturer in Psychology Michele Ford’s op-ed, “Eating Disorders Are About Emotional Pain—Not Food,” was published in The Conversation and republished by more than a dozen other outlets under Creative Commons. 

Assistant Professor of Psychology Azriel Grysman published “Confronting Self-Discrepant Events: Meaning-Making and Well-being in Personal and Political Narratives” in the journal Self and Identity. He also authored a chapter in The Routledge Handbook of Language and Emotion titled “Emotion and Gender in Personal Narratives.”

The Organization for Defending Victims of Violence, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Iran, published an interview with Associate Professor of Sociology Erik Love by the award-winning journalist Kourosh Ziabari.

Visiting Professor of International Studies Jeff McCausland published an op-ed in NBC News THINK, “U.S. Signs a Peace Deal With the Taliban, but Is the War in Afghanistan Really Ending?”

Assistant Professor of Political Science Sarah Niebler was quoted in electionrelated reports by The Philadelphia Inquirer in “Two Pa. Reps in Battleground Districts—Chrissy Houlihan and Conor Lamb—Endorse Joe Biden.” 

Associate Professor of History Emily Pawley co-authored the op-ed “Trump’s Most Ambitious Environmental Rollback Yet,” which was published in The Globe Post. Her new book, The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science and Capitalism in the Antebellum North, was published in April by the University of Chicago Press.

The Dickinson and Slavery project, led by Professor of History and Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History Matthew Pinsker, made local news for its recommendations to rename three campus buildings. ABC27, FOX43 and The Sentinel all reported on the recommendations. Read more.

Professor of History Karl Qualls published his latest book, Stalin’s Niños, in February with the University of Toronto Press. 

Professor of Biology Dana Somers and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Kristin Strock co-authored “Environmental Controls on Microbial Diversity in Arctic Lakes of West Greenland” in Microbial Ecology. This interdisciplinary work was supported by several students and former students, including Max Egener ’16 and Helen Schlimm ’17. Read more.

President Ensign in the News

National Geographic reported on the surviving victims of the Chibok schoolgirl kidnappings and their efforts to rebuild their lives. Dickinson’s Bridge Program, President Margee Ensign and Bridge program student Patience Bulus were featured in the story.

Ensign was quoted in a PennLive article, “Elizabeth Warren May Be Out but Women See Her Campaign as Purposeful and Impactful,” noting that it’s critical to have women leaders in every sector.

Administrator Accolades

Tara Vasold Fischer ’02, dean and director of academic advising, was quoted extensively in the story “How to Transfer to a New College: A 5-Step Plan,” published by College Confidential

Director of the College Farm Jenn Halpin and Assistant Farm Manager Matt Steiman were awarded the Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Award by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). They received the award and delivered an acceptance speech at the annual PASA Conference in early February.

Phil Moreno, director of West Coast recruitment, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times story “Can’t Get Into UC? These Colleges Outside California Would Love to Have You.” 

ALLARM Executive Director Julie Vastine ’03 was quoted in the report “How Citizen Science Enhances Water Security,” published in New Security Beat, a blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program.

Director of Financial Aid Leah Young discussed loan-forgiveness programs and associated fees for a Fox Business article.

Kudos as of March 10.

Read more from the spring 2020 issue of Dickinson Magazine.

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Published May 13, 2020