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People In and Around Fordham


People NotesAl Auster, Ph.D., A&S,
associate professor of film and television studies, published an article “Hollywood’s Iraq War Films” inDissent online in April.

Amy M. Balija, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of chemistry, gave an invited presentation titled “Exploring Dendrimer Structure and Function” on June 9 to the Department of Applied Chemistry at the National University of Kaohsiung in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Robert Brancatelli, Ph.D., GRE,
visiting professor of religious education, gave a presentation with David Gautschi, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration, on “Entrepreneurial Discipleship: Having Faith in the Marketplace” in July at the Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education Conference (CJBE) at Xavier University.

Charles C. Camosy, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of theology, won second place in the category “Social Concerns” by the Catholic Press Association for his book, Too Expensive to Treat: Finitude, Tragedy and the Neonatal ICU(Eerdmans, 2010). Also, he was featured in an article “Young, Gifted and Catholic” published by theTablet.

Leonard Cassuto, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of English, was part of a live chat on July 1, “How to Get Ahead in Academic Publishing,” that was based on his work in the United Kingdom.

John A. Fortunato, Ph.D., BUS,
associate professor in communication and media management, is the lead author of an article titled “American Needle v. NFL: Legal and Sponsorship Implications” published in the University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

Richard Kalina, A&S,
professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts, was elected to membership in the National Academy of Design.

Paul Levinson, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of communication and media studies, gave keynote addresses about the 100th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth on Feb. 25 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn; on May 21 at the Media Institute of Katowice, Poland; and on May 24 at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona in Spain.

Sophie Mitra, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of economics, presented the chapter on Work and Employment of the World Health Organization—part of the World Bank’s World Report on Disability—on June 9 at the United Nations.

Brenna Moore, Ph.D.,
assistant professor of theology, and John Seitz, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology, have been selected to participate in the National Endowment of the Humanities’ Summer Seminar on Religion at the University of Virginia.

Joyce Nilsson Orsini, Ph.D., BUS,
director of the Deming Scholars MBA Program and associate professor of management systems, received the Ellis Ott Award on June 25 from the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Section of the American Society for Quality at its annual awards dinner.

Nina Rowe, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of art history, published The Jew, the Cathedral and the Medieval City: Synagoga and Ecclesia in the Thirteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Travis L. Russ, Ph.D., BUS,
assistant professor of communication, published “Theory X/Y Assumptions as Predictors of Managers’ Propensity for Participative Decision-Making” in Management Decision (2011). He also presented a paper titled Soliciting and Using Input During Organizational Change Initiatives: What are Practitioners Doing? in May at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association in Boston.

Christopher E. Schmidt-Nowara, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of history and associate chair at the Lincoln Center campus, published Slavery, Freedom, and Abolition in Latin America and the Atlantic World (University of New Mexico Press, 2011).

Linda Sugin, LAW,
professor of law, has published “A Philosophical Objection to the Optimal Tax Model” in the Tax Law Review.

William B. Whitten, II, Ph.D., GSE,
Distinguished Research Scholar and director of the Center for Learning in Unsupervised Environments (CLUE), was made a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.



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