Kudos (Winter 2024)


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

Featured Faculty

Lecturer in Spanish Asunción Arnedo was a panelist in an event at Shippensburg University on the Latino community and climate change.

Inverse quoted Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology Matthew Biwer on archaeological connections between South America and the Caribbean, preserved in the diet of the cultures of Puerto Rico.

Professor of History and Benjamin Rush Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences David Commins offered expert insight into the Israel-Palestine conflict on WHTM-TV ABC27.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Maggie Douglas was quoted in an article in The FERN about bee research.

Professor of Geosciences and Moraine Chair in Arctic Studies Ben Edwards offered expert insight into the Iceland volcano eruption in Newsweek, LiveNOW from Fox and on The Shaye Ganam Show.

Professor of Physics Lars English was awarded the 2024 American Physical Society’s Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution.

An opinion piece in The Holland Sentinel (Michigan) mentions Professor of Psychology and Glen E. & Mary Line Todd Chair in the Social Sciences Marie Helweg-Larsen’s long-term exploration of the question: “Why do smart people do dumb things?” Her article on dealing with holiday stress was published in The Conversation and picked up by CNN, among others.

Visiting Professor of International Security Studies Jeff McCausland appeared repeatedly on a nationally syndicated CBS Radio program, CBS Eye on the World/The John Batchelor Show, to discuss developments in the war in Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas war from a military perspective.

Associate Professor of Political Science Sarah Niebler’s research on mail-in voting, conducted with nonpartisan nonprofit Keep Our Republic, gained media coverage. She was featured on WITF’s The Spark and various radio stations and on WPMT-TV FOX43 discussing voter registration. Niebler also commented on Democrats’ growing influence in Central PA’s suburbs for The Philadelphia Inquirer and PennLive/The Patriot-News. Her insights on national politics affecting local races were covered by WPMT-TV FOX43. WHTM-TV ABC27 featured Niebler and student researcher Adam Mast ’25, who, with Keep Our Republic, studied mail-in ballots across Pennsylvania’s counties. The research, showing no partisan biasin rejection rates, was covered by USA Today Network and Yahoo!News, reaching multiple local outlets.

Professor of Creative Writing Susan Perabo appeared on KTVI-TV St. Louis to discuss her groundbreaking career as the first woman to play NCAA baseball.

Research on Peruvian men with Type 2 diabetes by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Amalia Pesantes and Izzy Ferrazza ’24 was published in the journal Frontiers in Clinical Diabetes and Healthcare, and Ferrazza presented findings at the 2023 Society for Applied Anthropology conference. 

Associate Professor of French & Francophone and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Mireille Rebeiz is a featured voice in a national NPR story on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Marine barracks bombing in Beirut. Rebeiz also penned pieces about the bombing for PennLive/The Patriot-News and for the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park news site. Rebeiz wrote several opinion pieces for PennLive/The Patriot-News, including “We, Arab Americans, are not OK,” “An open letter to fellow Democrats: Ditch Biden” and “Dear Sen. Fetterman, I wish I had never voted for you.” This piece garnered considerable attention when it was highlighted by Newsweek in a story about pushback to Sen. John Fetterman for his support of Israel during the war in the Gaza Strip. The Messenger also wrote about Rebeiz’s piece.

Administrator Accolades

Christine Bombaro ’93, former associate director for research & instructional services, and Theresa Arndt, associate dean for collections & resources, co-authored a peer-reviewed article, “Beyond Session Counting: A Program Development Model for Information Literacy in a Liberal Arts College,” which was published in The Reference Librarian.

The PIE (Professionals in International Education) News highlighted a new publication by IIE and Dickinson, and Associate Provost and Executive Director of CGSE Samantha Brandauer ’95 was quoted in the article.

President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, penned an op-ed for The Hill on Speaker Mike Johnson’s contradictory stances on the First and Second amendments and shared perspectives on a potential gag order in Donald Trump’s federal trial with The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Forbes. He provided insights on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice race and commented on a federal ruling regarding mail-in ballots on WPMT-TV FOX43 and discussed election results and provided legal insight for court cases and judicial campaign ads on WHTM-TV ABC27, reaching various stations. Jones also discussed audio livestreams of high-profile trials in The National Law Journal. Yahoo! News featured an opinion piece recounting Jones’ ruling in the 2005 Dover “intelligent design” court case from the York Daily Record. He was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the perilous situation of the University of Pennsylvania’s president.

Provost Renée Cramer is mentioned in a Hechinger Report story about college leaders focusing their attention on career preparation. The story also appears in RealClear Politics and University World News.

The College Farm’s anaerobic digester project and Farm Energy Projects Manager Matt Steiman were honored by the nonprofit Energy Vision with a Leadership Award. The award is mentioned in more than 190 media outlets, including the PA Environment Digest, Feedstuffs magazine, Energy Central, Energy Daily, Waste Today magazine and Waste Advantage Magazine.

Kudos as of Jan. 11.

Read more from the winter 2024 issue of Dickinson Magazine.


Published March 8, 2024