Faculty Honors, Awards, Publications, and Other Activities

July 2010 posting

Mimi Abramovitz (Prof., Hunter, Social Welfare) had a letter to the editor printed in the January 11 edition of the New York Times, in response to the January 2 article “Living on Nothing but Food Stamps.” (posted 7-2010)

Meena Alexander (Dist. Prof., Hunter, English) was the inaugural Poet in Residence at the University of Hyderabad, India, in January 2010. As part of her residency, she conducted a workshop and gave readings as well as a public lecture, “Migrant Memory: The Poetics of Place.” In February she gave readings at Calcutta University and at the Kolkata Book Fair. In June 2010 she will be a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla, delivering a series of three lectures under the title “Poetry, History, Memory.” (posted 7-2010)

Ronnie Ancona (Prof., Hunter, Classics) received a 2009 Award for Excellence in Teaching at the College Level from the American Philological Association (APA). A certificate and a cash prize were presented in January at a Plenary Session ofthe APA Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. (posted 7-2010)

Alberto Blasi (Prof., Brooklyn, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages) has been named “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques” by the French government for “services rendered for French Culture.” (posted 7-2010)

Patricia Broderick (Medical Prof., City, Biology) has developed a medical device for studying brain diseases and disorders. The NYU-CUNY Medical School team has been working with this technology successfully in the laboratory and on patients during surgery. The devices, called biosensors, are miniature sensors which can detect chemicals called neurotransmitters in real time in humans and in animals for medical diagnosis and therapies. This technology provides a clear picture of brain activities while the cells are actually working in the living patient. Patents are being developed to mass-produce the technology. (posted 7-2010)

Joshua Brown (Adj. Prof., GC, History) was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work with Civil War–era images and illustrations. (posted 7-2010)

Jerry Carlson (Prof., GC, Film, French) won an Emmy this year for the series Nueva York on CUNY TV, a show he introduces. He is also the coproducer of the feature film Looking for Palladin (2009), starring Ben Gazzara and Talia Shire. (posted 7-2010)

Marvin Carlson (Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies, Dist. Prof., GC, Comparative Literature and Theatre) was invited to be a part of the international jury that will select the winners of the Prague Quadrennial Performance Design and Space Awards in 2011, including the prestigious Golden Triga for the Best Exposition. (posted 7-2010)

Mitchell Cohen (Prof., GC, Baruch, Political Science) was an official guest of France in January, having been elected a Visiting Director of Studies by the faculty of the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) in Paris. Cohen gave three talks to graduate seminars on subjects, including "Irving Howe and the New York Intellectuals" and "Politics in the Operas of Richard Wagner." His article "What Is to Be Learned? Thinking about 1989"appeared in Dissent (Fall 2009), and his article"Should We Trust Intellectuals?" appeared in Common Knowledge (Winter 2010). (posted 7-2010)

Morris Dickstein (Dist. Prof., GC, English, Theatre) won the 2010 Ambassador Book Award in the category of American Studies for his book Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression. The award from the English-Speaking Union of the United States is the focal point of an ESU Books-Across-the-Sea program that promotes understanding through the written word, and is given annually for books published in the preceding calendar year that have made significant contributions to the interpretation of American life. (posted 7-2010)

Marc Edelman (Prof., Hunter, GC, Anthropology) presented a paper, coauthored by CUNY doctoral student Carwil James, on April 17 at a Yale Law School conference entitled “Developing Food Policy: U.S. and International Perspectives.” “Peasants’ Rights and the UN System: Quixotic Struggle or Emancipatory Idea Whose Time Has Come?” analyzes recent efforts by transnational agrarian movements to have the United Nations adopt an International Convention on the Rights of Peasants modeled on existing international instruments that protect the rights of indigenous peoples. (posted 7-2010)

Cheryl J. Fish (Prof., English, BMCC, GC, English) received the 2009 Florence Howe Award from the Women’s Caucus of the Modern Language Association for best feminist essay in English for “The Toxic Body Politic: Ethnicity, Gender, and Corrective Eco-Justice in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats and Judith Helfand and Daniel Gold’s Blue Vinyl.”The essay appeared in MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) (Summer 2009). (posted 7-2010)

Carol Gould (Prof., GC, Philosophy) presented a plenary lecture at the Ankara Bar Association Conference in Turkey, January 11–15, on the topic “Human Rights, Culture, and Gender Equality” in a session called “Human Rights and Ethics in Adjudication.” Her trip was sponsored by the U.S. State Department as part of its U.S. Speakers and Specialists Program. (posted 7-2010)

Sylvia Kahan (Prof., Staten Island, Music) had a review of her book In Search of New Scales (University of Rochester Press, 2009) reviewed in Musical Times (Winter 2009). The reviewer noted that Kahan’s book is a “fascinating and valuable contribution to modern French musicology.” (posted 7-2010)

Daniel Kaufman (Adj. Prof., GC, Linguistics) was quoted in an April 28 New York Times article entitled “Listening to (and saving) the world’s languages.” (posted 7-2010)

Samuel L. Leiter (Dist. Prof. Emeritus, Brooklyn, Theatre) was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Emeritus Fellowship for 2009 to continue his study of postwar Japanese theatre. This is the first Mellon Emeritus Fellowship given to someone in the field of theatre. The project,titled “Kabuki in the Age of Danjuro XI: 1952–1965,” follows the story of kabuki theatre from the timethe Occupation ended through the death of thegenre’s most popular actor.  (posted 7-2010)

Thomas McGovern (Prof., Hunter, Anthropology), Orri Vésteinsson (Adj. Asst. Prof., Institute for Archaeology, Iceland, Anthropology), Mike Church (Adj. Asst. Prof., Durham University, Anthropology),Ian A. Simpson (Adj. Prof., University of Stirling, Anthropology), Andy Dugmore (Adj. Prof., University of Edinburgh, Anthropology), and Sophia Perdikaris (Prof., Brooklyn, Anthropology), received the 2010 Gordon R. Willey prize from the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association for helping to author the article “Landscapes of Settlement in Northern Iceland: Historical Ecology of Human Impact and Climate Fluctuation on the Millennial Scale,” voted as an outstanding archaeology article appearing in American Anthropologist during the past three years. (posted 7-2010)

June Nash (Dist. Prof. Emeritus, Anthropology) published several articles: “Modernity, Postmodernity, and the Transformation of Revolution” in the Latin American Research Review, 2009; “The Military Industrial Complex and the Crisis of American Capitalism” in Bjorg Bertelsen and Bruce Kapferer, eds., The Crisis of Power and the Reformation of the State in Globalizing Realities (Berghahn Books, 2009); and a translation of “Development to Unite Us: Autonomy and Multicultural Coexistence in Chiapas and Guatemala,” originally published in Cultural Anthropology, in Revista Theomai, Estudios sobre Desarrollo y Sociedad, 2009. (posted 7-2010)

Gerardo Piña-Rosales (Prof., Lehman, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages) has been elected Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. (posted 7-2010)

David Reynolds (Dist. Prof., Baruch, English) had a book review of Leo Damrosch’s Tocqueville’s Discovery of America published in the New York Times on April 16. (posted 7-2010)

Joel Spring (Prof., Queens, Urban Education) was presented with the Mary Anne Raywid Award for 2009 in April by the Society of Professors of Education. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the study of education, particularly in educational foundations. (posted 7-2010)

Submitted on: JUL 1, 2010

Category: Faculty Activities, Faculty Awards