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Please see below for 2019 accomplishments in the following areas:


Grants and Research

Gregory Lane (economics) received a grant for $7,898 from Echo Mobile LLC for his project “Can Online Marketplaces Reduce Barriers to Small Firm Growth.” Dec. 2019

Michael Brody (environmental science) received a grant for $22,500 from American Councils for International Education for his work on “American University and Ferghana State University Educational Partnership.” Dec. 2019

Adam McKay (physics) received a grant for $83,841 (incrementally funded over the next three years for a total of $251,589) from NASA for his project "Establishing (OI) Observations as a Proxy for CO2 Production in Comets.” Dec. 2019

Nathalie Japkowicz (computer science) received a grant for $209,640 from the Department of Defense (DoD) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) for the project "Lifelong Streaming Anomaly Detection.” Dec. 2019

Catherine Stoodley (psychology) received a grant for $58,822 with a total expected funding of $180,048 over three years from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (funded by the Department of Defense) for her project "Biologic mechanisms and efficacy of cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation in ASD.” Dec. 2019

Michael Alonzo (environmental science) received a grant for $53,759 representing one year of funding with an expected total funding of $136,881 over three years from NASA-USFS Partnership to Advance Operational Forest Carbon Monitoring in Interior Alaska. Dec. 2019

Christopher Petrella (Antiracist Research and Policy Center) received a grant for $150,000 from the Open Society Foundation(OSF)for his work with the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. Nov. 2019

Demetrios Poulio (physics) received a grant for $460,631 from NASA to continue work on project "Laser, Fiber, and Optical Technology". The new total awarded to date is $1,618,040. Nov. 2019

Jessica Gephart (environmental science) received a grant for $90,414 this represents incremental funding of a proposed three year project with an expected total award of $219,213 from Harvard University (federal funding from National Science Foundation). This grant is for her work on the project “CNH-L: Social-ecological traps and interactive dynamics of reef fisheries and human health.” Nov. 2019

Mieke Meurs (economics) received a grant for $200,000 from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) to support the organizational strengthening of the program for Gender Analysis of the Economy. Nov. 2019

Alexander G. Zestos (Chemistry) received a $24,841 grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his work on the Mechanisms of Amphetamine Abuse. Nov. 2019

Fredrick Bruhweiler (physics) received a grant for $118,554, representing partial funding for five year project totaling $894,654, from NASA for his work Developing Technologies for Instruments to Study High-Energy Processes in the Solar Atmosphere. Nov. 2019

Nicole Angotti (sociology) received a grant for $49,976 from George Washington University, DC CFAR (prime funding from NIH) for her research on "HIV after 50 in its Era as Chronic Condition in Rural South Africa.” Nov. 2019

Alexander Zestos (chemistry) received a grant for $84,938 from Microprobes for Life Science Inc. (prime Sponsor NIH) for his work on "Multielectrode Arrays for Neurotransmitter Detection with Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry.” Oct. 2019

Fredrick Bruhweiler (physics) received a grant for $10,748 representing incremental funding of proposed 2 year project with an expected total award of $53,741 from Space Telescope Science Institute (STSci). This award is for his project “Down the Tube: A 21st Century Study of a Unique Stellar Jet.” Oct 2019

Michael Robinson (math & stats) received a grant for $41,310 from BAE Systems for his project “Verifiable Automatic Language Analysis and Refactoring for INputs (VALARIN).” This represents partial year 1 funding with the total funding expected to be $209,399. Oct 2019

Karen Knee (environmental science) received a grant for $78,430 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) for her work on Investigating the role of groundwater in pollutant transport to Nu’uuli Pala Lagoon, American Samoa. Oct 2019

Naden Krogan (biology) received a grant for $97,764.72 from Rutgers University prime NSF for research on “Mapping and Functional Characterization of Cis-regulatory Module Variation in Plants.” This funding represents year 1 of a 4 year project – totaling $401,816. Oct. 2019

Alexander Zestos (chemistry) received a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NINDS/NIMH) for his work on multielectrode arrays for neurotransmitter detection for $144,992. Oct. 2019

Nancy Snider (performing arts) received an award for $15,000 from The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation, Inc. for a Koster Foundation Summer Study Grant. Sept. 2019

Kate Haulman (history) has received a grant for $25,000 from the Smithsonian Institution for her project “In Their Own Words: Audience-centric Metadata for Women’s History Objects.” Sept. 2019

Matthew Hartings (chemistry) received a grant for $17,020 from the Parker Hannifin Corporation for the work on his project regarding Nitro Cold Brew. Sept. 2019

Naden Krogan (biology) received a grant for $390,993 from the National Insitute of Health (NIH) for the project "Mechanisms Controlling Cellular Differentiation and Proliferation in a Plant Stem Cell Microenvironment."

Kim Blankenship (sociology) received a grant for $33,605 from George Washington University in order to support her project, District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR)Year 5. Sept. 2019

Alexander G. Zestos (chemistry) received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from  the National Institute of Health, which will support his collaboration with a local company, Microprobes. This is the first SBIR grant that AU has ever received. Sept. 2019

Philip Johnson (physics) received a grant for $105,910 (represents year 1 funding of proposed 4 year project - expected total award $443,088) from NASA for his work in IR High-Resolution Spectroscopic Studies in Astrobiology. Sept. 2019

Philip Johnson (physics) received additonal funding for $67,630 in addition to the original $68,051 from NASA for the development of a modern planetary opacity database. The award total is now $135,681.  Sept. 2019

Douglas Fox (chemistry) received a grant for $6,176 from FiberLean Technologies for the project "Nanocellulose Migration from Food Coating." Aug. 2019 

Christopher Petrella (antiracist research and policy center) received a grant for $50,000 from Ford Foundation for his work "The Racial Reporting Guidebook.” Aug. 2019

Monica Jackson (math & statistics) received a grant for $299,895 from National Science Foundation (NSF) for her research "ADVANCE AU: Assessing Gender and Racial Equity Among STEM Faculty.” Aug. 2019

Alexander Zestos (chemistry) received a grant for $50,000 from the National Science Founation (NSF) for his research "I-Corps: Multielectrode Array Biosensor Development.” Aug. 2019

Nathan Larson (economics) received a grant for $159,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “Collaborative Research: Targeting Privacy.” Aug. 2019

Anastasia Snelling (health studies) received a grant for $99,119 from the District of Columbia Department of Health to help obesity prevention in targeted settings.

Vladimir Airapetian (physics)  received a grant from NASA to fund his project “NASA TESS - Evolving Magnetic Lives of Young Suns.”

Alexander Zestos (chemistry) received an award from the National Institutes of Health for his "Study of the Molecular Mechanisms of Amphetamine Abuse."

Monica Jackson (mathematics and statistics) received a $100,000 grant from the National Security Agency for her research titled, "Summer Program in Research and Learning.”

Monica Jackson (mathematics and statistics) received a $64,000 grant from the Mathematical Association of America for her research titled, "National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program SPIRAL Program at American University."

Monica Jackson (mathematics and statistics) received a $9,895 grant from the Delta Kappa Gamma International Education Society for her research titled, "Summer Program Advancing Techniques in the Applied Learning of Statistics."

Cynthia Miller-Idriss (education) received a grant of $55,000 from the Southern Poverty Law Center, for her project "Confronting the Challenges of Demographic Change."

Robert A. Blecker (economics) won a fellowship for a one-month visiting lectureship at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Brendan Tunstall (PhD, behavior, cognition and neuroscience) was awarded an National Institutes of Health K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award for his post-doctoral research.

Irena Volkov (BS neuroscience '19) received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation honoring outstanding graduate students in science and technology.

Laetitia Pierre-Louis (BS Neurobiology '22) was accepted into the competitive Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program at the Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston.

Colleen Baldwin (BS physics and computer science '21) and Irena Volkov (BA neuroscience '19) were awarded E-team grants from VentureWell. They are now eligible for additional grants from VentureWell to continue pursuing their projects.

Catherine Stoodley (psychology) received a three-year grant of $21,310 from the Children’s Research Institute (funded by the National Institutes of Health) for work with Principal Investigator Catherine Limperopoulos on a project titled "The Vulnerable Preterm Cerebellum: Elucidating Mechanisms and Consequences of Injury."

Carolyn Parker (education) received a grant of $50,000 from the Education Forward DC for her project titled "Teacher Education Program Redesign."

Keith Leonard (literature) was named one of the American Council of Learned Societies' 2019 fellows for his research titled "Black Avant-Gardism."

Laura Cutler (Center for Israel studies) received a grant of $50,000 from The Israel Institute, Inc. for her project, "Israel Institute Support Academic Year 2019-20."

Azua Luo (BA environmental studies and international studies '19) received a Fulbright research grant to China to examine the potential for public participation in sustainable fisheries management in Qingdao (Shandong Province).

Adam McKay (physics) received a grant of $57,754, and will be incrementally funded over the next year for a total of $115,042, from NASA for his research titled "Observational Analysis Support for Giant Planets and Small Bodies in the Solar System."

Michael Baron (mathematics and statistics) received a grant of $25,655 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Quality and Productivity Research Conference: Data and Science is a Winning Alliance."

Anastasia Snelling (health studies) was awarded a DC Department of Health grant to implement and evaluate health promotion activities at local places of worship. 

Monika Konaklieva (chemistry) published a review paper on antimicrobial resistance, which is featured on the front cover of the SLAS Discovery journal for April 2019.

Patty Park (literature) was named a 2019-2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Literature and will receive $40,000 over the next two years to advance artistic or professional development and/or to create new work.

John Bracht (biology) and Megan Nelson (alum, MS biotechnology) developed a new rapid genetic test to detect antimicrobial resistance to two common antibiotics.

Fredrick Bruhweiler (physics) received $57,704, as a part of a total of $1,523,740, which will be incrementally funded over the next 4 years, from NASA for his research titled "Advance Development of IR & Visible Array Spectrometers and Imagers for Ground-based & Space-borne Planetary Observations."

Dan Kerr (history) received a grant of $650,000 from the Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Humanities Truck Project, an initiative using a customized truck as a mobile platform for collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and expanding dialogue around the humanities.

Monica Jackson (mathematics and statistics) received $100,000 funding for year 1 of a possible 2-year project from the National Security Agency (NSA) for "The Summer Program in Research and Learning."

Nancy Snider (performing arts) was awarded $10,000 from The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation, Inc, for her work titled "Koster Foundation Summer Study Grant for Music Majors."

Mieke Meurs (economics) received a $130,000 grant from the Institute of International Education for her project, "Fulbright Foreign Student Program."

Victoria Connaughton (biology) was awarded $422,021 from the National Institutes of Health for her research titled, "Developmental manipulation of estrogen signaling alters adult visual function.”

Melissa Scholes Young (literature) was named a 2019 Quarry Farm Fellow at the Center for Mark Twain Studies and will do research on "Reimagining Becky Thatcher" while in residence at the archives.

Laura Beers (history) was awarded $56,135 from the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) to serve as executive director.

Sarah Hoback (physics) received a scholarship from the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation.

William Suk (alum, BS biology '68 and MS biology '70) was awarded a Fulbright as a Global Scholar to work in Thailand.

Catherine Stoodley (psychology) was elected a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science for her outstanding achievement and contributions to the science of psychology.

Elizabeth Cotter (health studies) received a $25,000 from Common Threads for her research titled "Community Insight Focus Groups in Washington, DC."

Anastasia Snelling (health studies) received a grant of $50,000 from DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) for her research titled "Healthy Corners Partnerships: Building Sustainable Access to Healthy Foods," an evaluation of the Healthy Corners Program for the Food Insecurity and Nutrition project.

Douglas Fox (chemistry) received $4,505, and is expected to receive additional funding of $23,191, from FiberLean Technologies for his research titled "Nanocellulose Labeling to Track Migration from Paper."

Max Paul Friedman (history) received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, valued at 45,000 Euros.

Maria Floro (economics) received a $220,000 grant from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) for her research titled "Capacity Building for Policy Advocacy on Care."

Chun-Hsi Huang (computer science) received an award of $219,006 from the National Science Foundation to serve as the 2018-19 Program Director for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program. 

Ying-chen Peng (art) received a $25,000 grant from the Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange for her research titled, "Between Femininity and Masculinity: Empress Dowager Cixi’s (1835 – 1908) Image Making in Art.”

Anastasia Snelling (health studies) received an award of $100,000 from the District of Columbia Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) for her project, "Healthy Tots Program."

Toks Fashola (education) received a $16,200 grant from the University of Illinois in the first part of a 5-year award amounting to $98,864 for her research titled, "Evaluation of Texas A&M (TAMU) Engineering Research Center for Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP)."

Robert Shand (education) received $20,831 in the first part of a two-year project funding from the Teacher's College at Columbia University, for his research titled "Exploring Academic Return on Investment as a Metric to Direct-level Funding towards Programs that Improve Student Outcomes."

Laura Owen (education) received $15,000 from the Sylarn Foundation for her research titled "Ward 8 Middle School Project."

Boncho Benev (physics) received a $15,150 grant from the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Federal Awarding Agency for his research titled "Parent Volatiles, Near-Nucleus Environment, and Outgassing in Comet 46P/Wirtanen: A historic Apparition for a Space Mission Priority Target, NASA-Keck Proposal #59.”

Boncho Benev (physics) was awarded a grant for $102,055 from the University of Maryland Federal Awarding Agency: NASA for his research titled, "Organic Gases in Hartley 2’s Coma: Integrated Interpretation of Contemporaneous Spacecraft and Ground-based Datasets."

Jessica Leight (economics) received a grant of $20,000 from the Chiang-Ching-Kuo Foundation (CCKF) for her research titled "Export-driven Growth, Human Capital and Poverty in China.”

Stephen Casey (mathematics and statistics) was awarded his second US patent for his work on cell phone technology.

Braxton Boren (performing arts) received $50,000 for "Hearing Bach Music As Bach Heard It” from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Arvenita Cherry (anthropology) received $40,000 for "Monocacy National Battlefield – L’Hermitage Oral Histories” from the National Park Service (NPS).

David Culver (environmental science) received $68,751 from the National Park Service (part of the Chesapeake Watershed CESU agreement) for "A Survey of the Fauna of Seepage Springs in National Capital Parks-East (NACE)."

Douglas Fox (chemistry) was awarded a $149,900 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for his “Tailoring Cellulose Nanomaterial Surface Properties for Improved Polymer Stress Transfer."

Silvina Guidoni (physics) was awarded $30,588 from the CUA Center of Excellence in the Physics of the Heliosphere and the Sun (CEPHEUS) Educational Program Support for the Heliophysics Science Division.

Jessica Leight (economics) received $76,890 for "Fellowship with the Office of Evaluation Sciences" from GSA.

Stephen MacAvoy (environmental science) received a $10,000 grant for "Inorganic geochemistry and endocrine disrupters in urban streams: quantifying links between development patterns and water chemistry" sponsored by the University of District of Columbia (UDC).

Colin Saldanha (biology) received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA)Assignment Agreement grant in the amount of $211,996.

Rachel Watkins (anthropology) received $80,000 for "Monocracy National Battlefield – Ethnographic Overview and Assessment” from the National Park Service (NPS).


Appointments and Honors

Alexander G. Zestos (chemistry) received an award through the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative and will present his work at BRAIN Investigators meeting scheduled for June 1st- 3rd, 2020 in Arlington, VA. Dec. 2019

Melissa Scholes Young (literature) was named a 2019 Quarry Farm Fellow at the Center for Mark Twain Studies. The fellowship includes a two-week research residency at Quarry Farm in Elmira, NY, Mark Twain's summer home where he wrote his most famous works. She presented a paper titled "Reimagining Becky Thatcher" at the quadrennial Clemens Conference in July 2019 in Hannibal, MO. The paper is forthcoming in 2020 in Mark Twain Journal, founded in 1936. Oct 2019

Sarah Marsh (literature) has been appointed a Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar at the Smithsonian Libraries beginning in January 2020.

Stephen D. Casey (mathematics and statistics) received the Drew University 2019 Distinguished Alumni in the Sciences Award.

Lonnie Bunch (BA history '74 and MA history '76) has been appointed as the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

Lindsey B. Green-Simms (literature) won the African Literature Association's Best First Book prize for her book Postcolonial Automobility.

Liza Wilson (BS environmental science '21) was named a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Scholar.

Moriah Mitchell (BA biology & mathematical epidemiology '19) was accepted to graduate programs at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine, Brown University, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School. She will attend Harvard this fall.

Sam Fromkin (BA musical theatre '19) received the 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, which recognizes outstanding minority young men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits.

Ibram X. Kendi (Antiracist Research and Policy Center) has been awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The American University Physics Department was identified as one of the few co-ed departments where over 40% of the physics majors are female in the American Institute of Physics 2019 report on the state of women in the academic disciplines of physics and astronomy.

Rachel Louise Snyder (creative writing) was honored with the Alliance for HOPE International’s Hope Rising Award for excellence in journalism for her writing on domestic and gender-based violence.

Alexander G. Zestos (chemistry) was selected as an Emerging Investigator by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his recent publication in their journal, Analytical Methods.

Sybil Williams (critical race, gender, and culture studies collaborative) was selected as American University's NAACP Professor of the Year. 

Richard C. Sha (literature) received the 2018 Barricelli Prize, awarded annually to the best book published in Romanticism.

Richard C. Sha (literature) won a Fulbright to University of Bologna in Italy for Spring 2020.

Deborah Clegg (health studies) received the 2019 Gill Center Transformative Research Award for outstanding contributions to cellular, molecular or systems neuroscience.

Arthur Shapiro (psychology and computer science) was selected to receive an Outstanding Faculty Mentorship in Undergraduate Research award, based on nominations submitted by his students.

David Keplinger (literature) won the 2019 UNT Rilke Prize for his collection, "Another City."

Jenna Wiegand (environmental science) received the Veronique Pittman Student Award for Cancer Prevention Day for her research on environmental contaminants in the Anacostia River, many of which are carcinogenic.

Stephen Casey (mathematics and statistics) was honored with Drew University’s 2019 Alumni Achievement Award in the Sciences.

Jack Anthony (MA audio technology '18) received first place in the Best Student Presentation competition and a $150 prize from the DC Chapter Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America for his paper entitled “Timbral dimensions of cross-modal perception.”

Chloe Brown (sociology) was accepted into the Congressional Black Caucus Fellowship program.

Dan Kerr (history) was elected to the position First Vice President for the Oral History Association.


Publications, Exhibitions, and Productions

William Leap (anthropology) published a new book, Language Before Stonewall: Language, Sexuality, History. Dec. 2019

Jeff Gill (mathematics and statistics) with Michelle Torres, wrote a book chapter, "Flagship Entries: Generalized Linear Models" in the SAGE Research Methods Foundations

Jeff Gill (mathematics and statistics) wrote “Bayesian Methods for Sociological Research: An Introduction” for Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, forthcoming late 2019.

Jeff Gill (mathematics and statistics) with Simon Heuberger (PhD candidate, American government and quantitative methods) wrote “Generalized Linear Models: A Modern Perspective” for the SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations, forthcoming fall 2019.

Jeff Gill (mathematics and statistics) published the book "Generalized Linear Models: A Unified Approach, Second Edition" with Michelle Torres.

Anthony Ahrens (psychology) published an article titled "Acting for Good Reasons: Integrating Virtue Theory and Social Cognitive Theory" in the Social and Personality Psychology Compass.

Alexander G. Zestos (chemistry) co-published "Use and Future Prospects of in Vivo Microdialysis for Epilepsy Studies"  for the Monitoring Molecules series in April's ACS Chemical Neuroscience.

Melissa Scholes Young (literature) released a new fictional single story chapbook titled Guinea Pig about the ethically ambiguous practice of medical testing.

Naoko Wowsugi (art) opened an group exhbition at Sala 1 Gallery in Rome, Italy titled "Storie americane."

Jenny Wu (alum, MFA studio art) curated a group exhibition at Sense Gallery titled "Quietly Powerful."

Mills Brown (alum, MFA studio art) opened a solo show at Latela Curatorial.

Mills Brown (alum, MFA studio art) was featured in a group show titled "Quietly Powerful" at Sense Gallery.

Brian Barr (alum, MFA studio art) opened a solo show at the Arlington Arts Center.

Aaron Posner and Meghan Raham (performing arts) appeared in a Washington Post article about the play "JQA" at Arena Stage, which Posner wrote and directed and Raham provided scenic design.

Jean Kim (alum, MFA studio art) appeared in a group exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center in honor of Women's History Month, titled "To Be A Woman." 

Kate Haulman (history) co-curated a new Smithsonian exhibition at The National Museum of American History titled "All Work, No Pay" about women's invisible labor.

Anastasia Snelling and Jessica Young (health studies) and Johanna Elsemore (alum, nutrition studies) published a new article in Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal titled, "The Role of Institutions of Higher Education in the Food Justice Movement."

Núria Vilanova (world languages and culture) published the article "Otras performances: la frontera de Costhwaite en contraste", in Después del boom de los estudios fronterizos

Núria Vilanova (world languages and culture) published an article titled "Indigenidad e indigenismo en el cine peruano."

Mark Nelson (computer science) was invited to give the keynote at the Symposium on Live Game Design in Amsterdam, concluding a research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, for which he also served as external scientific advisor.

Sherburne Laughlin (performing arts) contributed a chapter to "Cultural Governance in a Global Context: An International Perspective on Art Organizations" which explores cultural governance across the United States. 

Arthur Shapiro (psychology and computer science) won first prize at the 10th Visual Illusion and Auditory Illusion Contest in Japan, for his work titled “Helix Rotation: A New Twist on Pulfrich and Hess.”

Karen Knee (enviornmental science) published a paper linking oil and gas development in the Marcellus Shale to regional patterns in stream water quality, including elevated arsenic levels in areas with more oil and gas development.

Melissa Scholes Young (literature) was invited to present “Writing from Roots in ‘America’s Hometown’: Flood, a Novel” at The Trouble Begins Lecture Series at the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. 

Allan Litchman (history) published a new book about voting rights, "The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present."

Don Krimes (art) presents new art and pieces reworked from the 1980s at a new exhibit at the MK Gallery.

David Gerard (mathematics and statistics) authored the article of the month in the November 2018 Genetics journal. 

A philosophy paper by Asia Ferrin (philosophy & religion) has been accepted for inclusion in the Fall 2018 Young Philosophers Workshop and Lecture Series at The Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University.

Douglas Fox (chemistry) co-authored The Chemical Society Review cover article, "Current characterization methods for cellulose nanomaterials."

Rachel Sullivan Robinson (SIS and sociology) published "Making Interdisciplinary Population Health Science Happen" on AU's Center on Health, Risk & Society.


In the Media

John Bracht (biology) has been quoted in United Press International, Popular Mechanics, Mother Nature Network, Interesting Engineering, and Eurekalert featuring his work on sequencing the genome of the 'devil worm'. Nov. 2019

Stefano Costanzi (chemistry) has been quoted as a nonproliferation expert in the story "Poison used on Russian spy may soon be banned," published in the prestigious journal Science. A recent article that published in the journal The Nonproliferation Review (Costanzi and Koblentz, "Controlling Novichoks after Salisbury: revising the Chemical Weapons Convention schedules", Sep 30, 2019) was cited in the story as well. Oct 2019

Rachel Louise Snyder (literature) appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to discuss her new book about domestic violence, No Visible Bruises.

Ibram X. Kendi (Antiracist Research and Policy Center) wrote an article for The Atlantic about Robert Smith's gift to graduates of Morehouse College.

Allan Lichtman (history) appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to make predictions about the 2020 election.

Lonnie Bunch (BA history '74 and MA history '76) was featured in the Washington Post in a piece titled "Lonnie Bunch isn’t afraid to address white supremacy. What else will that change for the Smithsonian?"

Peter Starr (Dean of College of Arts & Sciences) joined Kojo Nnamdi to talk about what makes a graduation speech great.

Caleen Sinnette Jennings (performing arts) was featured in the Baltimore Sun for her two new autobiographical plays “Queens Girl in the World” and “Queens Girl in Africa.”

NO VISIBLE BRUISES: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us written by Rachel Louise Snyder (Literature) was featured in the New York Times article "10 New Books We Recommend This Week" and the Washington Post article "How to protect women from domestic violence — before it’s too late."

Alan Kraut (history) was quoted in a recent article from the New York Times.

Kara Reynolds and Ralph Sonenshine (economics) spoke to Time about the trade war and tariffs. Sonenshine also spoke with WUSA on the history of tariffs.

Braxton Boren (performing artswrote an article for the Los Angeles Times titled "How Audio Researchers Preserved Notre Dame's Treasured Acoustics Before the Fire."

Pamela Nadell (historywas reviewed by the New York Times for her new book, "America's Jewish Women."

Michael Brenner (Center for Israel studieswrote an article for The Times of Israel about the beliefs of Zionist leader Theodor Herzl and the upcoming election in Israel.

Dan Perkins (alum, MFA studio artwas the featured interview in the 10th Anniversary edition of ARTMAZEMAG.

Ernesto Castaneda (sociologywas interviewed by WMUR9 to provide perspective on issues at the US-Mexico border.

Laura Beers (historywrote an article for The Washington Post's Made by History blog about Britain's constitutional crisis.

Sybil Williams (performing artswas featured in Washingtonian discussing the performing arts faculty's expertise. 

Ibram X. Kendi (historywas mentioned in the Washingtonian in their "Guest List" feature as one of the people they would enjoy inviting over for drinks, food, and conversation. 

Cynthia Miller-Idriss (education and sociologyspoke to Al-Jazeera about the New Zealand mosque attacks.

Amelia Tseng (world languages and culturespoke to NPR's All Things Considered about “phonological adaptation,” which describes how two city names can be pronounced differently.

Jessica Owens-Young (health studieswrote an article for The Conversation about the health implications of high rent.

Erica Munkwitz (historyco-published an article in Smithsonian Magazine titled "A Journey to St. Helena, Home of Napoleon’s Last Days."

Dan Arbell (historyspoke with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in an article titled, "Is Donald Trump campaigning for Netanyahu?" about the government’s positioning in relation to the elections in Israel next month.

Ximena Varela (arts managementwas quoted in a story from the Washington Post discussing arts management programs at universities.

Jack Rasmussen (AU museumspoke to the Georgetowner about the American University Museum's Corcoran Collection.

Pamela Nadell (Jewish studieswrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post titled "Why we were overdue for a fierce debate about anti-Semitism in America."

Ximena Varela (arts managementappeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the lack of diversity at many major art museums, including the National Gallery of Art.

Stefano Costanzi (chemistry) spoke to The Telegraph Magazine about chemical weapons and their effects on humans in "The rise of biological and chemical weapons."

Laura Beers (history) wrote "What Alexander Hamilton could teach Trump and May" for CNN Online.

Stefano Costanzi (chemistry) delivered a presentation on export control of chemical weapons precursors at the Stimson Center. 

Ibram X. Kendi (historypublished "What the Believers are Denying" in The Atlantic.

Kyle Dargan (creative writingappeared in Poetry Daily as a featured poet.

Rachel Louise Snyder (literaturewas placed in Esquire 25 Most Anticipated books of 2019 with her forthcoming book "No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us."

Kyle Dargan (literaturewas mentioned in the New York Times "New and Noteworthy" section for his new poetry collection, "ANAGNORISIS."

Laura Beers (historyappeared on a podcast interview with Matt Peterson of The Atlantic to discuss the Labour Party and Brexit.

Laura Beers (historypublished "Why Brexit might not happen: ignoring the will of the people is a British tradition," in the Washington Post.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss (education and sociologyco-authored "When Hate Speech and Free Speech Collide" in Diverse Issues of Higher Education.

Ibram X. Kendi (history) launched a new series, Antiracism and America, in collaboration with The Guardian. The series will review the current systems that create racial inequity and how to dismantle it to create an antiracist America.

Allan Lichtman (history) published "Why Nancy Pelosi Should Be the Next Speaker" in Fortune.

Douglas Fox (chemistry) presented his crab shell based flame retardant work at the NIST Disaster Resilience Symposium in August, which is now available for public viewing.

Laura Beers (history) published an opinion article on

Mieke Meurs and Kelly Jones (economics) co-authored blog posts for Ms. Magazine about gender economics.

Maria Rose Belding (BA public health '19) was named one of CNN's Top 10 Heroes for her work with the non-profit she co-founded, MEANS, which connects unwanted food to charities and shelters who provide it to the hungry.

David Cowan (MA arts management '15) was recently named by Crain’s as one of the “Twenty in their 20s” making an impact in the Detroit area. He’s applying what he learned here at AU to make a difference in Detroit’s civic and social life.

Justin Jacobs  (history) published "Chinese leaders tried before to assimilate the Uighurs. This time it might face less resistance," in the Washington Post.

Melissa Scholes Young (literature) was chosen as the community Capital Read title for Missouri with her novel FLOOD

Bruce Schneier (MA computer science '88) published an article in The Atlantic titled "Nobody’s Cellphone Is Really That Secure. But most of us aren’t the president of the United States." 

Allan Lichtman (history) published "Voter fraud isn’t a problem in America. Low turnout is" in the Washington Post, and explained how voting fraud suspicions have historically been used as an excuse to restrict voting access.

Allan Lichtman (history) published "Framers fail: Voting is a basic right but they didn't guarantee it in the Constitution" in USA Today.

Daisy Gebbia-Richards (BA psychology '20) published "How Loves Drives Extremism" in the Fair Observer with Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of sociology and director of the International Training and Education Program.

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy (education) published an Op-Ed in The Washington Post titled "A dual-enrollment program for DC high school students could help fill classrooms in the future."

Justin Jacobs (history) was asked to appear before the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and provide testimony regarding China's policies toward the Uyghur ethnic group.

The New York Times published an article on The Embattled Vote in America by Allan Lichtman (history).

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