Winter 2023 Kudos


The latest publications, grants and accolades for our accomplished faculty and staff. 

Featured Faculty

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Heather Bedi co-published The Great Goan Land Grab with Goa 1556, a publisher located in India. She also authored a chapter, “A Just Energy Transition in India?” in Energy Democracies for Sustainable Futures.

Prevention magazine featured Senior Lecturer in Psychology Michele Ford in an article on self-concept.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Azriel “Azi” Grysman co-published “Accuracy and Reconstruction in Autobiographical Memory: (Re) Consolidating Neuroscience and Sociocultural Developmental Approaches” in WIREs Cognitive Science.

Professor of Psychology Marie Helweg-Larsen appeared on The Pulse on WHYY-FM, Philadelphia’s NPR member station, where she discussed the psychology of the so-called zipper merge. The Wall Street Journal included comments from Helweg-Larsen in a story about fighting seasonal depression, and she published an article on dealing with holiday stress (Danish-style) in The Conversation.

Professor of Biology Dave Kushner led a national team of virologists to develop curricular guidelines for undergraduate and graduate virology courses. A synopsis of these guidelines was published in Journal of Virology in September.

PennLive/The Patriot-News published Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Marchetti’s opinion piece, “I Survived a Stroke and Open-heart Surgery. I’m Confident John Fetterman Can Be a Senator.” The Pennsylvania Capital-Star published an opinion piece by Marchetti titled “I’m a Stroke Survivor: The Fetterman-Oz Debate Shows the Challenges We Face.” and Quick Telecast published stories quoting Associate Professor of Economics and Data Analytics Emily Marshall about a study on COVID’s impact on home-court advantage in NCAA basketball games.

Visiting Professor of International Security Studies Jeff McCausland appeared on Global News Morning, the morning newscast on Global Television Network’s stations in Canada, to discuss the state of the war in Ukraine. He also discussed the conflict on select CBS Radio stations nationwide on The John Batchelor Show/CBS Eye on the World and on the Decisive Point Podcast. McCausland was quoted extensively in a piece on the war in Ukraine and what causes armies to lose the will to fight.

Al Jazeera interviewed Associate Professor of Political Science Sarah Niebler for a preview story on the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. Niebler also shared thoughts with PennLive/The Patriot-News on what Donald Trump’s newly announced presidential candidacy could mean for Pennsylvania.

Associate Professor of Political Science David O’Connell appeared on WITF’s The Spark to discuss the results of the midterm elections and put President Joe Biden’s first two years in office into historical context.

The Modern Language Association of America presented its 15th Lois Roth Award for a translation of a literary work. An honorable mention will be given to Mariana Past, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and Benjamin Hebblethwaite, associate professor in Haitian Creole and Haitian and francophone studies at the University of Florida, for their translation of Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Stirring the Pot of Haitian History, published by Liverpool University Press.

Associate Professor of English Siobhan Phillips published a review in Bookforum on a new biography of George Balanchine.

Professor of Music Robert Pound was invited to give a pre-performance lecture for the Harrisburg Symphony in February 2022. His mass setting A Lenton Ordynary, which premiered in March 2020 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York, and was reprised there in March 2022, has been selected by St. Mary’s organist and Choirmaster David Hurd to be performed at the cathedral on the first Sunday of Lent each year. Pound’s trio The Dance of Death was performed on March 23 as a part of the 40th-anniversary celebrations of Market Square Concerts in Harrisburg. In August 2022, Pound served as co-producer of Cleveland Orchestra trumpeter Jack Sutte’s album Sonata Palooza, Vol. III, due for release in 2023. Pound’s epic, hourlong Sonata in Memoriam Lloyd Arriola, completed during his 2020-21 residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat (Englewood, Fla.), received its premiere by pianist Charles Hulin IV at the Lasker Music Festival (Lasker, N.C.) on July 8 and was reprised at Dickinson on Sept. 16. His original music as recorded by the Dickinson Faculty Jazz Quintet was featured in the premiere production of the play What Passes for Comedy at the Chain Theatre in New York City, Oct. 28-Nov. 19. Pound’s chaconne and chaser for bass clarinet and marimba is scheduled for performance at the Low Clarinet Festival in Glendale, Ariz., in January.

Associate Professor of French & Francophone and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Mireille Rebeiz published an opinion piece in Inside Higher Ed on pervasive ignorance about the Arab American community. Additionally, PennLive/The Patriot-News published her opinion piece “Policing Women’s Bodies: The Case of Mahsa Amini.” Two of Rebeiz’s opinion pieces, “Orientalism and the Erasure of Middle Easterners in Black Adam” and “Historic Game on the Horizon: U.S. Faces Iran Once More,” were published by The Markaz Review. Additionally, PennLive/The Patriot-News published her opinion piece “Veterans Like Jeff Have Stories to Tell. Americans Need to Hear Them.”

A Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Integrated Research-Education grant for a project titled “Reprogramming Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells Toward Cell Cycle Arrest and Death” was awarded to Associate Professor of Biology Michael Roberts (PI) and Associate Professor of Mathematics and Data Analytics Jeffrey Forrester (co-investigator). The two-year, $100,000 grant will fund Dickinson student researchers during the academic year and summers from December 2022 to January 2025.

Administrator Accolades

International Educator quoted Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Global Study & Engagement Samantha Brandauer ’95 in its story on supporting international students who wish to study abroad.

Business Insider interviewed President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, for an extensive piece on judicial security, with two follow-up pieces that also heavily featured Jones’ commentary. Jones was among a nonpartisan group of former judges associated with the nonprofit Keep Our Republic calling for patience in waiting for counties to report results from Election Day. Jones was quoted extensively in City & State PA, The Pennsylvania Capital-Star, PennLive/The Patriot-News and WHP-TV CBS 21. He also discussed voting laws in a USA Today article and talked about the Supreme Court ruling on undated mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania on This Week in Pennsylvania. Jones also discussed the death of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Max Baer on WHTM-TV ABC27 and WGAL-TV 8. A staff column in the Gettysburg Times lauded Jones’ inauguration and his reputation for integrity. The Shippensburg News-Chronicle and Newville Valley Times-Star also ran notices of Jones’ inauguration.

College Archivist Jim Gerencser ’93 and the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center were mentioned in “Surviving Genocide: Native Boarding School Archives Reveal Defiance, Loss & Love,” a report by, a national reporting project focused on education. KRBD-FM, the NPR member station in Ketchikan, Alaska, included information about the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center in its reporting on how native students from southeast Alaska were enrolled in the school more than 100 years ago.

Assistant Farm Manager Matt Steiman and the College Farm were featured by The Cool Down in the article “Scientists Have Discovered How to Turn Cow Manure Into Electricity—Here’s Why That Matters.”

WHTM-TV ABC27 reported on the college’s decision to remove the $65 application fee in the interest of ensuring equity and greater access to the admissions process.

Kudos as of Dec. 9.

Read more from the winter 2023 issue of Dickinson Magazine.


Published February 24, 2023