People in the news - Apr 2013

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Ashraf Ghaly, professor of engineering, has been awarded the Byron A. Nichols Endowed Fellowship for Faculty Development. The three-year fellowship will allow him to design a new course, “Environmental Forensics,” to engage students in discussion and consideration of the sources and effects of environmental mishaps and disasters involving damaging emissions, pollution, contamination or waste disposal. The course will integrate material from environmental science, engineering, law, policy and economics. Past Nichols Fellowships have been awarded to Stephen Schmidt, professor of economics, and Carol Weisse, professor of psychology and director of the Health Professions program.

Peter Bedford, the John and Jane Wold Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Religious Studies program, was an invited participant in a one-day workshop, “Jewish Identity Through Text,” at the Graduate School of Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. The workshop brought together about a dozen teachers of Jewish studies from liberal arts colleges across the country for roundtables and paper discussions.

Bradley Lewis, professor of economics, was featured in a story on WTEN News10 about the federal debt crisis and sequester.

Marcus Rogers, assistant director of the dance program, was featured in an article in the Rocky Mount Telegram. Rogers talked about the emotional and physical benefits of ballet classes at any age or level of expertise.

Rebecca Koopmann ’89, associate professor of physics and astronomy, was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Cornell University – NASA NY Space Grant Program. The funds will support undergraduate research projects and student participation at state and national meetings.

An article by Lori Marso, professor of political science, was published in the most recent issue of Theory and Event. "The Poverty of American Politics" discusses the lack of conversation about alleviating poverty during the 2012 election cycle and Obama's first term in office.