Faculty and Staff Notes

Chie Sakakibara Conducts Fieldwork

November 30, 2015

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Chie Sakakibara visited the Inupiaq community of Barrow, Alaska, November 22-28 for two current projects: 1) climate change and indigenous cultural resilience; and 2) the community-partnered Inupiaq music repatriation project for which she collaborates with the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University, New York.

Eboni A. Johnson Contributes Book Chapter

November 25, 2015

Reference and Instruction Librarian Eboni A. Johnson '97 has contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership. Johnson's chapter, "Navigating Choppy Waters: Catalysts for Smooth Leadership Sailing,” joins contributions from 15 other library leaders who tell the stories of their leadership journeys.

Crucible Moments is set to publish in early January 2016. Read more about the book on the Mission Bell Media website.

Zeinab Abul-Magd Receives Book Award

November 24, 2015

Associate Professor of History Zeinab Abul-Magd was awarded the Roger Owen Book Award for her book Imagined Empires: A History of Revolt in Egypt at the 2015 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting November 21-24 in Denver.

The Roger Owen book award is a biennial award and the highest recognition for books produced in Middle East studies with a special focus on economic history, economics, and political economy of the Middle East and North Africa. It is one of only two book awards presented by MESA.

Crystal Biruk Presents Paper

November 24, 2015

Crystal Biruk, assistant professor of anthropology, presented her paper "Fixed categories, liminal selves: Becoming "MSM" and "WSW" in Malawi" at the American Anthropological Association Meetings in Denver, Colorado (November 18-22).

Martin Saavedra Presents Paper

November 24, 2015

Assistant Professor of Economics Martin Saavedra presented his paper "Early-Life Disease Exposure and Occupational Status: The Impact of Yellow Fever during the 19th Century" November 23 at the Southern Economic Association 85th Annual Meetings in New Orleans. Saavedra also served as a discussant on the paper "Long-Term Effects of Access to Health Care: Medical Missions in Colonial India" by Rossella Calvi of Boston College.

See the program for the meetings on this webpage.

Evangeline Heiliger Presents Paper, Writes Chapter

November 24, 2015

Evangeline Heiliger, visiting assistant professor of LGBT/queer studies in the comparative American studies program, presented her paper "Salvaging the Material: Feminist Science in the DIY Tiny House Movement" on November 14 at the 2015 National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference in Milwaukee.

Heiliger also recently published a chapter— "Queer Economies: Possibilities of Queer Desires and Economic Bodies (because "the economy" is not enough)”—in Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (Routledge Press 2015).

Ron Cheung Presents Paper

November 24, 2015

Associate Professor of Economics Ron Cheung presented his paper “Household Debt and Local Public Finances” November 19 at the National Tax Association’s 108th Annual Conference on Taxation in Boston.

See a PDF of the program from the event.

Drew Wilburn Presents Paper

November 19, 2015

On October 3, Drew Wilburn, associate professor and chair of classics, chair of archaeological studies, and Irvin E. Houck associate professor in the humanities, presented an invited paper entitled "Ritual Personnel and the Curse Tablets from Cyprus" at the conference From Roman to Early Christian Cyprus, co-sponsored by the Harvard Divinity School, the A. G. Leventis Foundation and Princeton University.

Bob Bosch Delivers Address & More

November 19, 2015

Professor of Mathematics Bob Bosch delivered the banquet address on November 6 at the MD DC VA Fall Sectional Meeting of the Mathematics Association of America. The address, "Opt Art," was a survey of Bosch’s efforts to use mathematical and computer science-based optimization techniques to design visual artwork.

On November 9, Bosch participated in the opening of the exhibition In the Realm of Forms at the Pearl Conard Gallery at the Ohio State University, Mansfield. The exhibition is open through December 8.

Finally, Bosch’s 2006 continuous line drawing Knot?, an early example of his TSP Art, makes an appearance in art historian Lynn Gamwell's new book "mathematics + art: a cultural history".

Denise Birkhofer Publishes

November 19, 2015

Denise Birkhofer, Ellen Johnson ’33 curator of modern and contemporary art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, contributed a text on Chilean artist Roberto Matta to the catalogue for the exhibition Superposiciones: Arte latinoamericano en colleciones mexicanas. The exhibition, curated by James Oles for the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, was held from May 23 to October 4, 2015.