Faculty Honors, Awards, Publications, and Other Activities

November 2010 posting

Mimi Abramovitz (Prof., Hunter, Social Welfare) was honored as a cofounder of the Welfare Rights Initiative at Hunter College at its 15th anniversary celebration, on May 27. She also delivered the keynote address at the 11th Biennial Social Work Symposium for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers on April 15. Her address was entitled, “A New, New Deal? Making Sense of Three Major U-Turns in Social Welfare Policy.” Another keynote address was given at the Annual Visiting Scholar Symposium at Michigan State University’s School of Social Work on March 26, with a talk entitled, “What Is a ‘Good’ Woman to Do: The Decline of Marriage, the Market and the State.” (posted 11-2010)

Meena Alexander (Dist. Prof., Hunter, English) participated in the concluding plenary roundtable at the British Library in London, part of the Bharat Britain conference, called “South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870–1950,” on September 14. She also read from her new poetry and prose, and had a public conversation on the topic of migration and memory, at an event at the Nehru Centre in London on September 24. (posted 11-2010)

Sarah Berger (Asst. Prof., Staten Island, Psychology) received a Fulbright fellowship for the 2010–2011 year to examine how locomotor development in infancy affects other types of development taking place at the same time. Berger will work for ten months at Haifa University in Israel. (posted 11-2010)

Jose Del Valle (Prof., GC, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, Linguistics) is the recipient of a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award after having been nominated by the German scientist Gabriele Knauer of Humboldt-Universität Berlin. The award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. In addition, the recipient is invited to carry out research projects of his own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany. He is currently working on the analysis of policies and discourses that legitimize transnational languages and editing a volume on the political history of Spanish for Cambridge University Press. (posted 11-2010)

Nancy Foner (Dist. Prof., Hunter, Sociology) received the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association. She also was honored at the fifth annual conference on Race, Ethnicity, and Place at Binghamton University in October, in a plenary event entitled, “Honoring the Contributions of Nancy Foner.” (posted 11-2010)

Marilyn Hacker (Prof., City, French) received the 2010 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry for her latest collection, Names (Norton, 2009). The citation for the award noted that “Beyond accuracy and nuanced understanding, [Hacker] evokes qualities of feeling and tone, full of life.” (posted 11-2010)

Hope Hartman (Prof., City, Psychology) contributed a chapter to M. Khine & I. Saleh, eds., New Science of Learning: Cognition, Computers & Collaboration in Education (Springer, 2010). The chapter is “Windows into Teaching and Learning Through Social Annotation Practices.” (posted 11-2010)

Edwin P. Hollander (Dist. Prof. Emeritus, Baruch, Psychology) was the recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association (ILA). The award was presented to Hollander on October 29 at the 12th Annual ILA meeting in Boston. (posted 11-2010)

Saul Kripke (Dist. Prof., GC, Philosophy) and Nathan Salmon (Adjunct Prof., GC, Philosophy) were among authors cited by Scott Soames on FiveBooks.com. Soames’s list of the five best books on philosophy of language included Kripke’s Naming and Necessity (Harvard University Press, 1980) and Salmon’s Frege’s Puzzle (Ridgeview Publishers, 1991) along with works by Noam Chomsky, Gottlob Frege, and David Kaplan. (posted 11-2010)

Tania León (Dist. Prof., Brooklyn, Music) returned to Cuba as a composer/conductor for the prestigious “II Festival Leo Brouwer de Música de Cámara,” a contemporary music festival at the Basílica Menor Convento de San Francisco de Asís in Havana in October. This invitation marked the first time León's music was officially programmed in Cuba. Her work "To and Fro (4 Moods)" received a 2010 Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. (posted 11-2010)

Judith Lorber (Emer. Prof., GC, Brooklyn, Sociology) was a participant in a radio broadcast for China Today on International Women's Day on March 8. In June, she gave a weekend seminar on “Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives” at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany. (posted 11-2010)

Karen Lyness (Prof., Baruch, Business, Psychology) was elected as a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA) in August. This award is given in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of psychology. Lyness was honored for her research involving women in executive and managerial roles, cross-cultural influences, and other issues related to workforce diversity. (posted 11-2010)

Ruth O’Brien’s (Prof., GC, Political Science) edited book Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act (Oxford University Press, 2010) was featured in the New York Public Library’s “ADA Day,” commemorating the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As series editor of the Princeton University Press Public Square series, O’Brien recently oversaw the publication of Martha C. Nussbaum’s Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities and Jill Lepore’s The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History. (posted 11-2010)

James Oakes (Prof., GC, History) was awarded an ACLS Fellowship, given to support individual scholars in the humanities and social sciences, for his book project, to be called Out of the Darkness: The End of Slavery in the United States, 1860–1865. (posted 11-2010)

David Reynolds (Dist. Prof., GC, English) reviewed Eric Foner’s new biography of Abraham Lincoln for the New York Times on September 30. (posted 11-2010)

Alfred Rosenberger (Prof., Brooklyn, Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences), along with Luis Cardoso (Asst. Prof., City, Engineering) and student Siobhan Cooke, published an article in July in Proceedings of the Royal Society B on the discovery of the first skeletal fossil of an extinct monkey (Antillothrix bernensis) in the Dominican Republic. (posted 11-2010)

Victoria Sanford (Asst. Prof., Lehman, Anthropology) held an event in Panzós, Guatemala, to discuss her book La Masacre de Panzós (F & G Editores, 2001). The event on May 28, the 32nd anniversary of the women’s massacre there, was sponsored by the Soros Foundation Guatemala and F&G Editores and was broadcast on the Internet. On May 20, Sanford presented research on feminicide in Guatemala at a meeting of the Latin American Faculty on Social Sciences (FLACSO). (posted 11-2010)

David Savran (Dist. Prof, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair, GC, Theatre, English) was awarded the 2010 Joe A. Callaway Prize for his book Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class (University of Michigan Press, 2010). The prize is given every other year by New York University’s English Department for the best book on theatre or drama published during the previous two years by a U.S. author. (posted 11-2010)

David Willinger (Prof., City, Theatre) premiered his film Lunatics, Lovers, and Actors at the New Hope Film Festival, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in June. (posted 11-2010)

Submitted on: NOV 1, 2010

Category: Faculty Activities, Faculty Awards