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Kudos: Summer 2021


Kudos as of June 14.

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A new study by Associate Professor of International Studies Shamma Alam and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health economist Bijetri Bose was published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. It is the first study to examine how job losses during the Great Recession affected the physical activity of young adults in the United States. Media outlets highlighting this study include Scienmag, Medical Xpress, 15-Minute News, Newswise, Infosurhoy and

Associate Professor of Psychology Suman Ambwani’s recent research, “Addressing weight stigma and anti-obesity rhetoric in policy changes to prevent eating disorders,” was published in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most respected medical journals.

Professor of Earth Sciences and Moraine Chair in Arctic Studies Ben Edwards was a guest on the KFPA podcast, “A Rude Awakening.” He discussed the science behind the recent volcanic eruptions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Iceland and their contribution to the climate emergency.

Amy Farrell, the James Hope Caldwell Memorial Chair and professor of American studies and women’s, gender & sexuality studies, has been named a 2021-22 fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, one of the world’s leading centers for interdisciplinary exploration. U.S. News & World Report interviewed Farrell for “Dropping the Wait,” a report on fat stigma that exists in health care and during the COVID vaccine rollout.

Lecturer in Psychology Michele Ford discussed dealing with uncertainty during the pandemic for a story published in the May issue of Better Homes & Gardens. The newsletter Mind Health Report featured an interview with Ford on coping with negative emotions.

Associate Professor of Music Ellen Gray’s latest article, “Listening for Affect: Musical Ethnography and the Challenge of/to Affect,” was published in Culture, Theory and Critique (62: 1-19).

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences Jorden Hayes, who along with several of her students, has been leading efforts to use ground-penetrating radar to identify unmarked burial sites at the Mount Tabor AME Zion Church in nearby Mount Holly Springs, was interviewed by PennLive and FOX43. They reported on the recent installation of solar lights at the site of the discovered graves.

Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, visiting international scholar in international studies, co-authored the opinion piece “Disasters Interrupt Schooling Regularly in Parts of Africa: Here’s A Solution” with former President Margee Ensign. The piece was published by The Conversation.

Associate Professor of Psychology Sharon Kingston’s op-ed, “Children of Addicted Parents Need Their Own Form of Recovery,” was published in The Hill.

While serving a two-year directorship of Dickinson’s humanities program in Norwich, England, Professor of Theatre Karen Lordi-Kirkham directed Tatlin’s Tower by Evan Yionoulis and Thomas Cabaniss. The piece whisks the audience back to 1918 Moscow in the first months after the communist revolution. A collaboration among Dickinson, UEA School of Drama and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, this U.K. premiere was performed in May in front of the 10-meter scale model of the Vladimir Tatlin monument erected next to the Sainsbury Centre.

Professor of Economics Ebru Kongar was interviewed by ABC27 for its report, “Pandemic Erases Decades of Growth for Women in the Workforce.”

Professor of Mathematics Lorelei Koss had two recent publications: “Symmetries of an Online Culture – Two-colour Frieze Patterns in Friendship Bracelets,” along with Kathryn Beck ’20, in Symmetry: Culture and Science; and a chapter titled Music, Dance, and Differential Equations in Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences.

Professor of Italian and Film Studies Nicoletta Marini-Maio was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer story “With Philly’s Reopening, the Mundane Is Fun Again.”

Associate Professor of Political Science Katie Marchetti was quoted in The Washington Post article “Pagan Politics Are Not as Uniform (Or Liberal) as You Think.”

Visiting Professor of International Studies Jeff McCausland was a source for several military-focused stories this spring: “The Military Has Long Had an Extremism Problem. What Will It Do Now to Finally Solve It?” by; “Former U.S. Military Leaders Sign Bizarre Open Letter Pushing Election Lies” by Huffington Post; and “Birth of a Militia: Men in Uniform” on FOX43. Additionally, his latest op-ed, “March 4 Capitol Attack Rumors Highlight Dangers of Far-Right Extremism,” was published by NBC News THINK

Assistant Professor of English Sheela Jane Menon was interviewed by FOX43 as part of its coverage of the Carlisle Walks 4 Asians rally. Menon is an appointee to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. She was the featured interview for The Sentinel ’s series “5 Questions.” Menon discussed the commission’s work and her role on it, as well as the rise in anti-Asian rhetoric, hatred and violence.

Associate Professor of Political Science Sarah Niebler was interviewed by FOX43 for its report “Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the May 18 Primaries.”

Associate Professor of Political Science David O’Connell was interviewed by LancasterOnline/LNP for its report “Rep. Lloyd Smucker Quietly Leaves Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.”

The launch of the House Divided Project’s historic walking tour highlighting the Dickinson & Slavery Initiative was covered by The Sentinel, PennLive, ABC27, CBS21 and FOX43. Professor of History and Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History Matthew Pinsker, who leads the initiative, as well as then-President Margee Ensign and students Charlotte Goodman ’23, Liz McCreary ’22 and Amanda Sowah ’22, was interviewed by the outlets. Pinsker was a guest on WITF’s Smart Talk to discuss the House Divided Project and the new three-week summer program for low-income high school seniors and first-generation college students from the midstate that focuses on the historic struggle for freedom in America. Pinsker also received the 2021 Torch Award from the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg for his work on the Dickinson & Slavery Initiative.

Professor of Music Robert Pound received a beautiful review by Arlo McKinnon for his latest CD, “Relics of Memory,” in Opera News.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Crispin Sartwell published two op-eds in The Wall Street Journal: “Do Psychologists Cause ‘Mental Illness’?” and “ ‘Woke’ Corporations Use the Chinese Model.”

Associate Professor of American Studies Cotten Seiler was quoted in the CNN Online and CNN International article “Ford Is the Undisputed King of Trucks. Here’s How It Got There.”

Professor of Creative Writing and Poet-in-Residence Adrienne Su published an op-ed, “North and South on my Mind,” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Su also was interviewed by ArtsATL for a feature on her new book of poetry, Peach State. Additionally, she discussed poetry’s ability to translate “a question or problem into comprehensible form” and “[making] everyday vocabulary do something no one previously thought it could” in an interview for The Best American Poetry blog series, in which she’s been featured four times.

Professor of Music Amy Wlodarski was interviewed by the SRF Swiss Radio and Television podcast episode, “The Archive of the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel.” She also began her appointment as associate editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society. She will serve as editor-in-chief in 2023.

Administrator Accolades

Dickinson was featured on the TODAY show and NBC News Now as part of the network’s weeklong series on college admissions during the pandemic. Interviews with Vice President and Dean of Admissions Catherine McDonald Davenport ’87 and Associate Director of Southeastern Recruitment Amy Hall ’12 were featured on the TODAY show report “College admissions officers on how the pandemic has changed the process.” Hall and Director of West Coast Recruitment Phil Moreno were interviewed for the report “How the Pandemic Changed Applying to College,” which was featured on the News Now streaming service. Davenport also was a featured panelist for The Chronicle of Higher Education webinar “Reaching and Retaining the Students of the Pandemic.”

College Archivist Jim Gerencser ’93 received the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Distinguished Service Award for the “often quiet yet tremendously impactful ways you have gone above and beyond MARAC and the archival profession,” according to his award letter. He also was interviewed by FOX43 for a story on the remains of 10 Native American students who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School being returned to their family members.

Director of West Coast Recruitment Phil Moreno was a live guest on Good Day Sacramento and FOX40 in Sacramento, Calif., as an admissions expert discussing waitlists, financial aid and what high school juniors should be doing in the college-search process. This was Moreno’s third appearance on Good Day Sacramento and his second on FOX40 discussing how the pandemic has impacted college admissions. He was also interviewed by KSEE Fresno for “Accepted, Rejected, Or Waitlisted; The Western Association for College Admission Counseling Has Great Advice for College-bound Students.”

The anaerobic digester project underway at the Dickinson College Farm was the subject of a feature story by Waste360. Special Projects Manager Matt Steiman and Director of Dining Services Errol Huffman were interviewed.

Damon Yarnell, associate provost and executive director of the Center for Advising, Internships & Lifelong Career Development, was quoted in “A Rite of Passage Becomes Another Example of the Growing Divide” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Presidential Transition in the News

The departure of President Margee Ensign and appointment of interim President John E. Jones ’77, P’11, made headlines in a variety of outlets, including the Associated Press (AP), Bloomberg Law, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Legal Intelligencer, Premium Times, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, PennLive and The Sentinel. The AP story was published in 50 outlets nationwide, including The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Read more from the summer 2021 issue of Dickinson Magazine.


Published August 13, 2021