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People in and around Fordham


Claudio M. Burgaleta, S.J., GRE,
associate professor of systematic and pastoral theology, published La Fe de los Hispanos: Diversidad  Religiosa de los Pueblos Latinoamericanos (Liguori Publications, 2013).

Aimee M. Cox, Ph.D., A&S,
cultural anthropologist and assistant professor of performance and African and African American Studies, received a $40,000 fellowship from the Ford Foundation to conduct research on her project, “The BlackLight Project.”

Keith R. Cruise, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of psychology, received a $20,028 grant for, “Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice,” from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He also received a $59,270 grant for, “Screening for Poly-Victimization in Predicting a Range of Behavioral and Justice-Related Outcomes in Justice-Referred Youths Screened at Intake,” from the National Institute of Justice.

Jeffrey Flynn, Ph.D., A&S,
associate professor of philosophy, received a $37,500 grant for, “Saving Distant Strangers & Humanitarianism in History,” from the Institute for Advanced Study.

John A. Fortunato, Ph.D., BUS,
professor of communication and media management, published Sports Sponsorship: Principles and Practices (McFarland Press, 2013).

Christine M. Fountain, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of sociology, received a $66,635 grant for, “Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Increased Autism Risk,” from National Institute of Mental Health.

Shirley Gatenio-Gabel, Ph.D., GSS,
associate professor of social work, received a $5,000 grant for, “Children’s Voices in Child Welfare Proceedings,” from The Haruv Institute. She also received a $10,000 grant, “Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Social Work Field Placement Project,” from Council on Social Work Education.

Albert Greco, Ph.D., BUS,
professor of marketing, and Robert M. Wharton, Ph.D., BUS, professor of management systems, published The Book Publishing Industry (Routledge-Taylor & Francis, 2013). Greco also published “The Competitive Advantage of U.S. Book Publishers in the International Market for Books,” in theLibrary and Book Trade Almanac 2013 (Information Today, Inc., 2013).

Gyula Klima, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of philosophy, received a $55,000 grant, “John Buridan’s Philosophy of Mind: An International Conference on His Questions on Aristotle’s De Anima (On the Soul),” from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Anita Lightburn, Ed.D., GSS,
professor of social work and director of the Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty, received an anonymous $180,000 grant for “Community Based Life Skills Empowerment Programs for the Homeless.” She received a $9,350 grant, “CCCS Program—MSW Supervisor,” from Catholic Charities Community Services. She also received a $5,600 grant, “A Mentor’s Manual: To Support Volunteer Mentors for Programs for the Post-Incarcerated Coming Home Program and Survivors of Domestic Violence Living Well Programs,” from The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Subha Mani, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of economics, received a $22,725 grant for a project, “Determining the Economic Impacts of Poverty Related Risk Factors for Cognitive Development and Human Capital,” from Grand Challenges, Canada.

Monica Rivera Mindt, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of psychology, received a $242,862 grant, “Neurocognitive Effects of Opiate Agonist Treatment in HIV-infected Drug Users,” from the National Institute of Drug Abuse through Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Robert J. Penella, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of Classics, spoke in May on “Rhetoric, Episcopacy, and Cultural Encyclopedia in Late Ancient Gaza: Choricius’s Panegyrics in Honor of Marcianus” at a conference at the College de France in Paris. He published “Cross-Dressing as a Declamatory Theme in Choricius of Gaza” in theHermes.

Michael Peppard, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of theology, received a $20,000 grant, “Born of Oil and Water: Imagining Initiation in the Earliest Church,” from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Barry Rosenfeld, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of psychology, received a $62,892 grant, “Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in Advanced Cancer Patients,” from the National Cancer Institute through Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Lance Strate, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of communication and media studies, received the Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Media Ecology Association from June 20 to 23, where he gave a keynote address, “If Not A Then E.” He also published a guest post, “Can We Survive Entertainment,” on the Hannah Arendt Center blog on Aug. 12.

Gary Weiss, Ph.D., A&S,
associate professor of computer and information sciences, received a $4,000 grant, “Accelerometer-based Activity Level Determination,” from Healthy Pet Technologies. He also received a $2,000 grant, “Development and Use of a Downloadable Smartphone Application – Map of Bronx Zoo,” from Wildlife Conservation Society.

Editor’s Note: Entries for “People In and Around Fordham” are limited
to 150 words and may be edited for clarity. The deadline for submissions
the Nov. 4 issue is Oct. 15.

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