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Liberal Arts Insider: December 2007

Awards and Honors

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Brian Bremen

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Jorge Canizares Esguerra

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Robert Crosnoe

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Patience Epps

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Laura Furman

Brian Bremen (English) earned the 2007 Burnt Orange Apple Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in teaching and commitment to student learning.

Jorge Canizares-Esguerra's (History) book, "Puritan Conquistadors," received the Honorable Mention of the Murdo MacLeod Book Prize of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association.

Robert Crosnoe (Sociology) won the 2007 Early Career Award from the Society for the Study of Human Development.

Patience Epps (Linguistics) earned the Panini Prize from the Association for Linguistic Typology for her work documenting the Hup language.

Laura Furman (English) earned a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship based on her short story, "Here It Was, November."

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement appointed Edmund T. Gordon (Anthropology) and Leonard Moore (History) to its senior leadership team.

Kenneth Greene (Government) earned a Big XII Faculty Research Grant to spend a week at the University of Colorado at Boulder to research globalization, voting behavior and the rise of the left in Latin America.

Susan Sage Heinzelman (English) helped develop the Humanities Research Network, an online research network for classics, philosophy and literature.

Choice Magazine named John Higley's (Government) "Elite Foundations of Liberal Democracies" one ofthe Outstanding Academic Titles for 2007.

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (English) was one of two Texas authors to be honored with the Bookend Award for lifetime achievement and contributions to Texas literature at the 2007 Texas Book Festival.

Cindy Meston (Psychology) was chosen as one of six international experts to lead the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition task force on sexual and gender identity disorders.

Thomas Pangle (Government) was elected to the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association. The Teaching Company recently released his DVD and audiotape lecture "The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution."

Evelyn Porter (Sociology) earned one of six $500 Graduate Recruiting Travel Grants from the Graduate School.

Gretchen Ritter (Government) joined former health secretary Donna Shalala to examine the challenges women faculty in science and engineering face as part of a U.S. congressional hearing Oct. 17.

The Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory earned a $50,000 grant from the Educational Foundation of America.

The Department of Geography and the Environment welcomes Rebecca M. Torres (East Carolina University) as a Harrington Fellow.

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John Higley

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Rolando Hinojosa-Smith

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Leonard Moore

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Thomas Pangle

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Edmund Gordon

In the News


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,, Fox News and other outlets quoted Deborah Bolnick (Anthropology) on the capabilities of DNA testing.

The Houston Chronicle ran a feature article on Kim Fromme's (Psychology) research revealing college students drink larger amounts of alcohol on football game days, comparable to well-known drinking days such as New Year's Eve and Halloween.

John Hoberman (Germanic Studies) spoke about Marion Jones' steroid use on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

Peter L. Trubowitz published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about U.S. foreign policy.

The Chronicle of Higher Education spoke with Lesley Dean-Jones (Classics) and Susan Sage Heinzelman (English) about an online humanities research network begun by Heinzelman.

USA Today and the Seattle Times interviewed Christine Williams (Sociology) about gender stereotypes in the workplace.


New Publications

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Paul Adams

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Matthew Bailey

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Svetlana Boyarchenko and Sergey Levendorskii 

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Diana Davis

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Alan Friedman

"Atlantic Reverberations: French Representations of an American Presidential Election" by Paul Adams (Geography and the Environment). London: Ashgate, 2007.

"Las Mocedades de Rodrigo (The Youthful Deeds of Rodrigo, the Cid)" by Matthew Bailey (Spanish and Portuguese). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.

"Irreversible Decisions under Uncertainty, Optimal Stopping Made Easy" by Svetlana Boyarchenko and Sergey Levendorskii (Economics). New York: Springer, 2007.

"Resurrecting the Granary of Rome: Environmental History and French Colonial Expansion in North Africa" by Diana Davis (Geography and the Environment). Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, Series in Ecology and History, 2007.

"Modernity and the Nation in Mexican Representations of Masculinity: From Sensuality to Bloodshed" by Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba (Spanish and Portuguese). New York: Palgrave, 2007.

"Party PiecesOral Storytelling and Social Performance in Joyce and Beckett" by Alan Friedman (English). Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2007.

"En contexto: Manual de lecturas y peliculas" by Lucia Osa-Melero (Spanish and Portuguese). New York: McGraw Hill, 2007.

"Tell Borges If You See Him: Tales of Contemporary Sonambulism" by Pete LaSalle (English). Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 2007.

"Volunteers: A Social Profile" by Mark Musick (Sociology) and John Wilson. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2007.

"The Art of English Poesy: A Critical Edition" edited by Wayne Rebhorn and Frank Whigham (English). Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2007.

"Becoming African in America: Race and nation in the Early Black Atlantic" by James Sidbury (History). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2007.

"A History of the Book in America: The Industrial Book, 1840-1880 (Vol. 3)" by Michael Winship (English). Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

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Pete LaSalle

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Mark Musick

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Frank Whigham and Wayne Rebhorn

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Michael Winship

In Memoriam


James W. McKie, professor emeritus of economics, died Oct. 30, following a long illness. McKie was dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He later served as chairman of the Department of Economics, and held the Edward Everett Hale Centennial Professor of Economics Chair. He received the College of Liberal Arts Pro Bene Meritis award in 2002.

John Warfield, former director of the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) and associate professor of educational psychology, died Oct. 25 in Kalamazoo, Mich., after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Warfield taught at the university for 26 years and directed CAAAS from 1973 to 1986, before retiring in 1999. Warfield was the founder of the black community radio station, KAZI-FM, and a founder of the Black Citizens Task Force.