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People in and around Fordham: August 24, 2006


Janis Barry, Ph.D., GSAS,
associate professor of economics, received a Fulbright scholar grant for the fall 2006 semester at Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, where she will teach and conduct research on “The Importance of Gender for Understanding the Economics of Globalization.”

Nancy A. Busch, Ph.D., GSAS,
dean, has been named chief research officer and associate vice president for academic affairs at Fordham University. She will continue to serve as dean of GSAS and professor of psychology.

Anthony Ciorra, S.J., GSAS,
dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, took part in an inter-religious dialogue, “Children of Abraham: Jews, Christians and Muslims,” at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan on July 11.

Everette Dennis, Ph.D., BUS,
Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor and director, Center for Communications, published Finding the Best Business School for You (Preager, 2006), with Sharon Smith, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs, National University, and former dean of Fordham’s Graduate School of Business.

Albert N. Greco, Ed.D., BUS,
professor of marketing, served as session chair for Decision Research II papers at the INFORMS Marketing Science Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 10, and was a nominating and voting member of the Quills Awards 2007. With co-authors Hooman Estelami, Ph.D., BUS, associate professor of marketing and co-director of Fordham Pricing Center, and Robert M. Wharton, Ph.D., BUS, professor and area chair of management systems, Greco presented a paper, “The Scholarly Book Buyer’s Decision Process: A National Survey of University Faculty,” at the INFORMS Marketing Science Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 10.

Mark Gura, GSE,
director of outreach, Regional Education Technology Center (RETC), published a chapter on digital learning environments, “Digital Classrooms and the New Tools of Engagement: Technology to Reinvigorate Learning,” in Digital Designs: A Showcase of Digital Learning Environments and Analysis on How They’re Changing the Face of Education (Center for Digital Education, 2006).

Ron Jacobson, Ph.D.,
associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of the summer session, successfully completed a 12-day summer Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University. The Institute is designed for experienced administrators responsible for thinking strategically about their institution’s change agenda, including new programs, modes of delivery and new alliances.

Stephanie Jones, Ph.D., A&S
assistant professor of psychology, was awarded a two-year, $499,340 grant, with Joshua Brown, Ph.D., New York University, from the William T. Grant Foundation. Their research, “Changing Classroom Climate and Other School Micro-contexts: The 4Rs Setting-Level Study,” seeks to determine whether school-wide social-emotional learning and literacy programs improve how classrooms function, and if effects of the programs extend to non-classroom school settings.

Kathleen King, Ed.D., GSE,
professor of education and director, RETC, was an invited speaker at the Nonprofit Success Forum’s “Grantmakers and Grantmaking: An Inside View” seminar, held at New York University on July 28.

John Kezel, Ph.D.,
director, Campion Institute, was one of four fellowship advisors asked to lead a Fulbright Program advisor workshop on May 24, to encourage new Fulbright Program advisors in establishing successful programs at their universities. Fordham was recognized as a leader in the 2004 Fulbright competition, with seven scholarship winners.

John P. McCarthy, Ph.D., A&S,
professor emeritus of history, published Kevin O’Higgins: Builder of the Irish State (Irish Academic Press, 2006), a biography of Kevin O’Higgins, one of the founding fathers of modern Ireland. The book’s launching was held at the National Library, Dublin, on June 19, and was hosted by Poetry Ireland and the Directors of Irish Academic Press.

Maureen H. O’Connell, Ph.D., A&S
assistant professor of theology, was awarded a $10,000 Luce Fellowship for a research project, “Art for Building the City of God: Community Murals, Theology, and Social Transformation,” investigating the implications for Black theology, political theology, and Catholic social ethics of community-based murals in the city of Philadelphia.

Aristotle Papanikolaou, Ph.D., GSAS,
associate professor of theology, recently published Being with God: Trinity, Apophaticism and Divine-Human Communion (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006), and “Liberating Eros: Confession and Desire,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 26:1 (Spring/Summer 2006): 115-36.

Joachim Karl Rennstich, Ph.D., A&S
assistant professor of political science, delivered a demonstration podcast, modeled on those he does for his classes, at Fordham University’s Instructional Technology Academic Computing (ITAC) conference in May.


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