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Check out the latest publications, media mentions and accolades by our faculty and administrators. 

Featured Faculty

Professor of Physics and Astronomy Robert Boyle shared his expertise on aurora borealis with PennLive/The Patriot-News for a story on whether the phenomenon might be visible from Pennsylvania.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History Robin Crigler penned an opinion piece for South Africa’s LitNet on “The Power of Humour: Does It Help or Hurt Us?”

The Missouri Independent featured quotes from Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Maggie Douglas in a story about pesticides threatening many species. The story also appeared in Investigative Midwest. Douglas and College Farm Director Jenn Halpin appeared in an article in Growing for Market magazine where they discussed working toward standardized measurements of farm biodiversity.

Associate Professor of Music Lila Ellen Gray published her book Amália at the Olympia with Bloomsbury Press (33 1/3 Europe series). This book focuses on an international hit album, Amália à l’Olympia (1957), made by Amália Rodrigues, Portugal’s most celebrated diva of the 20th century, the “queen of fado.” It uses the album as a prism through which to examine processes that shaped the internationalization of peripheral popular music and the making of female vocal stardom in the mid-20th century. Gray participated in two launches for this book in September, one virtual and one at the former home of Amália Rodrigues (now a museum) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Professor of Psychology and Glen E. & Mary Line Todd Chair in the Social Sciences Marie Helweg-Larsen published “Why Do U.S. Conservatives Take Fewer COVID-19 Precautions? The Role of Worry, Perceived Risk, and Governmental Trust” in Social and Personality Psychology Compass. This is the third article with alums Sarah DiMuccio ’15 and Laurel Peterson ’06.

Professor of Physics & Astronomy David Jackson and Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Brett Pearson worked on a major revision to the Workshop Physics Activity Guide, an innovative physics curriculum originally developed and published by Professor Emerita Priscilla Laws. The first two of four modules were published in September by Wiley.

Professor of Biology Dave Kushner has been appointed to a three-year term as co-chair of the American Society for Virology (ASV) Education & Career Development Committee, and as such will be serving on ASV Council, the society’s governing board.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Lena Leson’s article “No Anthem Linked to Russia: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Olympic Games” was published in the summer 2023 edition of Music & Politics.

Professor of Computer Science John MacCormick discussed fairness in artificial intelligence on The Academic Minute. The short program is available on select NPR stations nationwide and in Inside Higher Ed.

Visiting Professor of International Security Studies Jeff McCausland appeared more than a dozen times on CBS Eye on the World/The John Batchelor Show to share his perspective on world military affairs, frequently commenting on the war in Ukraine. McCausland also appeared on the Mangino Talks podcast to discuss military recruiting, and he was a guest on Transatlantic Currents, a podcast series from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

Cha Journal published “Early Spring” by Assistant Professor of English Sheela Jane Menon.

In August, Professor of Music Robert Pound served as a producer for the fourth installment of Cleveland Orchestra trumpeter Jack Sutte’s series of recordings on contemporary American music for trumpet and piano. This was the fifth album on which Pound was a producer. Additionally, Pound, with Professor of Art History and William W. Edel Professor of Humanities Melinda Schlitt, supplied music for the Chain Theatre’s (NYC) critically acclaimed production of the one-woman show A Will to Live, based on the memoir of Holocaust survivor Helena Weinrauch.

PennLive/The Patriot-News ran Associate Professor of French & Francophone and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Mireille Rebeiz’s opinion piece on the struggle for justice in the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion, as well as “A year after Mahsa Amini’s death, Iran is oppressing women.”

Professor of Creative Writing and Poet-in-Residence Adrienne Su appeared on The New Yorker’s poetry podcast reading her poem “The Days.” She also discussed her book, Peach State, in an interview with John Wall Barger in the Southern Literary Review.

Professor of History Neil Weissman’s opinion piece, “WVU Abandons Award-Winning Global Education” appeared in Inside Higher Ed.

Administrator Accolades

In an article in U.S. News & World Report, Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Global Study & Engagement Samantha Brandauer ’95 discussed how the valuable lessons of studying abroad can help students find success in life and their careers.

Inside Higher Ed carried news of Provost Renée Ann Cramer’s appointment.

College Archivist Jim Gerencser ’93 and Dickinson’s Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center are mentioned among the many sources in The New York Times’ extensive reporting on Indigenous boarding schools.

President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11 is quoted in exclusive ProPublica reporting on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ participation in Koch Network donor events. He discussed indictments against former President Donald Trump with Talking Points Memo, The National Law Journal, PennLive/The Patriot-News and WHTM-TV ABC27. He also weighed in on the Supreme Court’s ruling on student loan forgiveness in interviews for two stories with the Philadelphia Inquirer, plus interviews with WPMT-TV FOX43, WGAL-TV NBC 8 and WHTM-TV ABC27. Also in the Inquirer, Jones published a letter to the editor expressing his view that the Supreme Court should adopt a code of conduct like the one that applies to federal judges and was quoted along with Sophie Asbell ’24 in a story about so-called legacy admissions and how Dickinson celebrates legacy families but does not allow legacy status to influence admissions decisions. Jones shared his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the so-called independent state legislature theory with The Philadelphia Citizen. He talked about the possibility of a mandatory retirement age for judges in an article in the National Law Journal. PennLive/The Patriot-News carried an opinion piece by Jones about federal judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the Mar-a-Lago documents trial of former President Trump. Jones also provided expert legal analysis and commentary for WPMT-TV FOX43’s story on the arraignment of Bryan Kohberger, the Pennsylvania native accused of murdering four University of Idaho students. Jones was a featured guest on the statewide TV program This Week in Pennsylvania, where he discussed the 14th Amendment and whether it could be used to keep former President Trump off the ballot. On WHTM-TV ABC27, Jones discussed the arguments in front of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on the state’s firearm preemption law and the expiration of the immigration-related Title 42.

Associate Provost and Director of the Center for Sustainability Education Neil Leary penned a letter to the editor in the Helena Independent Record, praising the young people involved in a landmark climate lawsuit in Montana and highlighting the plaintiffs’ legal advocacy group’s connections with The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize for Global Environmental Activism. Nearly 370 outlets, including Insider, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch and PA Environment Digest, carried news of the Rose-Walters Prize being awarded to Tara Houska. Leary is also quoted in PA Environment Digest in a piece about Dickinson’s back-to-back top rankings among baccalaureate institutions in AASHE’s prestigious Sustainable Campus Index.

Assistant Director of the College Farm and Energy Projects Director Matt Steiman was featured in two stories about climate change and farming that appeared in PennLive/The Patriot-News and in Lancaster Farming magazine. Both highlighted the farm’s sustainability efforts, including its biodigester project.

Read more from the fall 2023 issue of Dickinson Magazine.

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Published November 21, 2023