People in the news 03 - Jan 2013

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Lewis Davis, associate professor of economics, and Matthew Knauss '11 published “The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth: An Empirical Investigation” in the February issue of the Journal of Socio-Economics. The paper, which began as Knauss’ senior thesis, uses international survey data to investigate whether economic growth increases the preference for egalitarian social policy.

Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology and director of Africana Studies, was interviewed on Impact Program, a local current events cable interest show. The conversation focused on how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy is reflected in our nation today.

Choice Reviews has named a translation by Hans-Friedrich Mueller, the William D. Williams Professor of Classics, as an outstanding academic title for 2012. "Mueller's translation of Mehl's Römische Geschichtsschreibung (2001) offers homage to the work of a distinguished German scholar and teacher: it is both thorough and concise, covering virtually every known Roman historian from Q. Fabius Pictor (third century BCE) to the Christian universal histories of Eusebius, and beyond to Procopius (sixth century CE)," the review states. "This is the distillation of a lifetime's scholarship, a rich and invaluable resource. There is nothing like it in English, and it is much needed in the study of ancient Greco-Roman history: Mueller's translation reflects the scholarly German style in idiomatic and accessible English. Sure to become a handbook for all historians of the ancient world and scholars of historiography: indeed, for all classicists."

An essay by Ryan Semerad ’13 was published in Ephemeris 2012, an undergraduate journal of philosophy published by the Department of Philosophy. Semerad’s work is titled “Addiction and Language: An Analysis of Naked Lunch.” The issue also includes work by students from Bethel University (Minn.), Bowdoin College, Brooklyn College, Florida State University, George Washington University, the University of Illinois (Springfield) and Trinity College (Dublin). Editorial Board members were Julia Hotz ’15, Claire Kokoska ’15, Caleb Novins ’15, Trevor Martin ’14, Claire Nelson ’15, Dan Pallies ’15, Georgina Teasdale ’15 and Sam Walsh ’15. Also assisting in preparation of the journal were Brian Karimi-Pashaki ’12, Emily Lnenicka ’12 and James Sedlak ’12. Faculty advisor is Felmon Davis.

Edward Summers, the president's chief of staff, recently penned an op-ed for Huff Post College, calling for strict gun control laws.

Tomas Dvorak, associate professor of economics, recently presented a paper, “Do 401k Advisors Take Their Own Advice” at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in San Diego. It was part of a session, “Saving for the Common Man: Target Date Funds, Defaults and the Design of 401k Plans.”