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Please see below for recent student, alumni, faculty, and staff accomplishments:

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Recent Achievements

David VineDavid Vine (anthropology) published Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (Metropolitan Books). 

Caleen JenningsTwo of Caleen Jennings' (DPA) plays will be featured in the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

David HaagaDavid Haaga (psychology) won a $321,750 NIH award for the project "Looming Vulnerability and Smoking Cessation Attempts."


Michael Baron (mathematics and statistics) won a $273,530 NSF grant for the project "ATD: Efficient online detection based on multiple sensors, with applications to cybersecurity and discovery of biological threats."

Albert Cheh (environmental science) won a $12,500 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) award for the project "Mutation analyses in support of the study, Monitoring brown bullhead tumors in the tidal Potomac River and the Anacostia River."

Cara Gabriel (performing arts) received a $3,000 award from the Kurt Weill Foundation to support the Department of Performing Arts production of The Threepenny Opera running October 15-24.

Sibel Kusimba (anthropology) won her third grant from IMTFI at the University of California to study mobile phones in women's social and economic lives in Kenya. Her $11,375 award is for the project "Group versus Individual Strategies: Dynamic Social Networks of Mobile Money among Unbanked Women in Western Kenya." The prime award for this project was awarded to the University of California by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Demetrios Poulios (physics) won a $1,157,609 NASA award for the three-year project "Laser, Fiber, and Optical Technology."

Paul Winters (economics) won a $25,000 USDA award for the project "The Food Insecurity Experience Scale and Regional Correlates of Food Insecurity in Latin America." 

Shouzhong Zou (chemistry) won a $117,375 NSF award for the project "Electrocatalysis on Structure Controlled Metal Nanocrystals: Unraveling Particle Structure-Catalytic Activity Relationships." 



Robert Blecker (economics) was named to the editorial board of Metroeconomica, a prominent European economics journal. 

Caroline Decaire-Goldin, MEd education policy and leadership '15, is a 2015-16 Teach For America Capitol Hill Fellow.

Rachel Louise Snyder (literature) was named Distinguished Alumni of 2015 by her alma mater North Central College.

Cullen White, MAT alumnus, was named the new director of CS@TFA, Teach For America's Computer Science Initiative. 



Robert Blecker (economics) gave a speech on "The US Economy After the Crisis: Slow Recovery or Secular Stagnation?" at a conference on "The Spectre of Stagnation? Europe in the World Economy" in Berlin, Germany, October 23, 2015. Video and presentation slides are available.

Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud's (art) exhibition ally is featured at RandallScottProjects September 12-October 10, 2015. BmoreArt published an article about the exhibition.

Audrey C. Cooper (anthropology PhD '11) and Khadijat K. Rashid (SIS PhD '04) published Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Signed Language Communities (Gallaudet University Press).

Kyle Dargan (literature) published an interview with Saul Williams in Ebony magazine.

Tim Doud’s (art) work is included in RandallScottProjects exhibition at Texas Contemporary, an international art fair in Houston, Texas.

Cara Gabriel (performing arts) presented her solo show, I AM THE GENTRY, in The Capital Fringe Festival from July 9-25. The show received outstanding reviews, a sold-out run, and a subsequent extension through July 31. I AM THE GENTRY also appeared in a sold-out engagement at the United Solo Festival on September 29 at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City.

Joan M. Gero (anthropology) published Yutopian Archaeology, Ambiguity, and the Production of Knowledge in Northwest Argentina (University of Texas Press).

James Girard's (chemistry) textbook, Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime and Terrorism was translated into Chinese by faculty at the National Police University of China and published by the Chinese People's Security University Press.

Andy Holtin's (art) work is included in the exhibition Technovisual: Art in the Age of Code, on view at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Chap Kusimba (anthropology) published “The Impact of Slavery on the East African Political Economy and Gender Relationship” in The Archaeology of Slavery: A Comparative Approach to Captivity and Coercion (Southern Illinois University Press).

Chap Kusimba (anthropology) co-authored “Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (LA-ICP-MS) to Determine the Provenance of the Cobalt pigment of Qinghua Porcelain from Jingdezhen in Yuan Dynasty of China (1271-1368AD)” in Ceramics International and “The Role of Warfare in Shaping the Development of Social Complexity in Southern Zambezia” in African Archaeological Review

Sibel Kusimba (anthropology) co-athored "Family Networks of Mobile Money in Kenya" in Information Technologies in International Development

Robert Lerman's (economics) research showing a link between marriage rates and state prosperity was published in the Statesboro Herald

Danielle Mysliwiec’s (art) work is featured in the group exhibition Painting, More or Less... at Transmitter Gallery (NY) from October 30 - December 6, 2015.

An updated, Spanish-language edition of Adrienne Pine's (anthropology) book, Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras (University of California Press), was published with Casasola Editores as Sobrevivir Honduras.

Alejandro Pintado's (art) solo exhibition The Clearest Skies is on view at Post Box Gallery in London through September 2015. 

Roberta Rubenstein (literature) co-edited Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook After Fifty (Palgrave Macmillan), along with Sandra Singer and Alice Ridout.

Rachel Louise Snyder (literature) published Life: An Unspooling in the New York Times.

Christopher Tudge (biology) coauthored "Cheramus iranicus, a new species of ghost shrimp (Decapoda: Axiidea: Callianassidae) from the Persian Gulf, Iran" (Magnolia Press) with Iranian colleagues.

Politico's article, "My Body Was Not Mine, But the US Miltary's" was adapted from David Vine's (anthropology) book, Base Nation.

John Willoughby (economics) published Higher Education Revolutions in the Gulf: Globalization and Institutional Viability (Routledge Press). The book is co-authored with Professor Fatima Badry of the American University of Sharjah.

Jon Wisman (economics) published “What to Make of Bernie Sanders’ Democratic Socialism?” in the Huffington Post.



Evan Berry (philosophy and religion) discussed the impact of the best-selling book The Alchemist on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show.

Evan Berry (philosophy and religion) talked with The Guardian (US) about Pope Francis’ US visit and how US bishops will perceive his message. Berry also spoke with Associated Press Video and Yale Environment 360.

The Rumpus reviewed Kyle Dargan’s (literature) latest poetry collection, Honest Engine

In a feature for Quartz, Boris Gershman (economics) discussed his research on the evil eye belief, a belief harbored by many cultures around the world that a glance rooted in envy has the power to destroy.

With NPR, Matthew Hartings (chemistry) discussed a finding by researchers that a bacteria naturally present in foods acts as a binding agent that slows ice cream melting.

Nathaniel Herr (psychology) talked with Addiction.com about the warning signs of addiction in college students. 

Kiho Kim (environmental science) talked to Associated Press about the prevalence of plastics in the world’s seabirds.

Alan Kraut (history) spoke with Associated Press for a story about the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965.

With Bloomberg, Alan Kraut (history) discussed why the new face on the $10.00 to replace Alexander Hamilton should reflect the nation's pluralism. His first choice would be Eleanor Roosevelt, though he also believes Harriet Tubman is a worthy candidate.

Barry McCarthy (psychology) talked to the Wall Street Journal about how couples can address infidelity issues.

Becca Peixotto (anthropology PhD student) appeared on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show to discuss her experience as a member of the excavation team for the Rising Star Expedition, which recovered fossils that are evidence of a new species of human ancestor, Homo naledi.

Rachel Louise Snyder (literature) was a guest on the Diane Rehm Show, Readers’ Review: “The Haunting Of Hill House” By Shirley Jackson.  

Jennifer Steele (education) discussed her research on dual-language programs with the New York Times

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