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People in and Around Fordham


Robin Andersen, Ph.D., GSAS
associate professor of communication and media studies and director, Peace and Justice Studies program, published A Century of Media, A Century of War (Peter Lang, 2006).

Marleen S. Barr, Ph.D., A&S
adjunct professor of communication and media studies, has been awarded a Fulbright lecturing grant to the University of Dortmund, Germany.

Celia Fisher, Ph.D., GSAS
Marie Doty Professor of Psychology, was profiled in American Psychological Association’s Monitor (Vol. 37, No. 7, July/August 2006), about her work as chair of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s human subjects review board.

Masaaki Hamaguchi, Ph.D., GSAS
associate professor of biological science, was awarded a $437,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health for study of the cancer-suppressing gene DBC2.

Robert Himmelberg, Ph.D., A&S
professor of history, has been named interim dean of the arts and sciences faculty, effective September 15.

Astrid O’Brien, Ph.D., A&S
associate professor of philosophy, received a full-year faculty fellowship to write a biography of Nineteenth-Century mystic Lucie Christine, tentatively titled Lucie Christine; a Mysticism of Kindness.

Robert J. Penella, Ph.D., A&S
professor of classics, recently published three articles: “From the Muses to Eros: Choricius’ Epithalamia for Student Bridegrooms” in C. Saliou, ed., Gaza dans l’Antiquite Tardive (Salerno, 2005); “Himerius and the Praetorian Prefect Secundus Salutius,” Prometheus 32 (2006): 85-90; and “In Praise of Cities and Men: Himerius’ Orations at Thessalonica, Philippi and Constantinople” in A. Gonzalez-Galvez and P.-L. Malosse, eds., Melanges A. F. Norman (Lyon, 2006).

Alan N. Rechtschaffen, J.D., LAW
adjunct professor of law, was named to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing body of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., by President George W. Bush, for a term expiring in January 2011. The Council consists of 55 presidential appointees, 10 congressional representatives and three ex-officio members from the departments of Education, Interior and State.

Troy Tassier, Ph.D., BUS
assistant professor of economics, has had an article, “Labor Market Implications of Weak Ties,” named first runner up in the competition for the Georgescu-Roegen Prize for 2006. The prize is awarded each year to the author of the best academic article published in the Southern Economic Journal, an internationally ranked journal in economics. Tassier will receive the first runner up award at the November meeting of the Southern Economic Association’s conference in November in Charleston, S.C.


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