People in the news - Week of April 2, 2021

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Fernando Orellana, associate professor of visual arts, has been selected as a finalist in a public art project in Troy, N.Y. The Uniting Line Underpass Mural project will transform the underpass area of the Hoosick Street Bridge (Rt.7, also known as the Collar Street Bridge) with grant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative. The project is designed to help improve street and pedestrian safety, revitalize underutilized public space and engage local communities around public art. It is planned in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region, TAP Inc. and Collar Works.

Teresa Meade, the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture, co-edited the revised second edition of A Companion to Global Gender History (Wiley/Blackwell, 2021) with Merry Wiesner-Hanks of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The book’s cover photo of a woman pumping water in Ghana is by photojournalist Nancy Borowick '07 from her photo project, "Ghana on Tap." Among the 36 chapters covering the history of gender all over the world, from pre-history to the present, is an essay by Patricia Acerbi ’98, who teaches at George Washington University.

Anastasia Pease, senior lecturer in English, published a book chapter, “Divine Beings in Short Stories by Nabokov, Garcia Marquez, and Le Guin: A Secular Reading,” in the new book Connections and Influence in Russian and American Short Story. Edited by Jeff Birkenstein and Robert Hauhart, the book was published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Angela Commito, lecturer in classics, was recently awarded the Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for her project, “Notion Archaeological Survey: Final Publication of the Results of Surface Collection.” Learn more about her project here.

Dong Cheng, assistant professor of economics, recently had two research papers accepted for publication. “Housing Boom and Non-Housing Consumption: Evidence from Urban Households in China,” investigated the consumption response of Chinese urban households to housing price movements is now forthcoming in Empirical Economics. Read more about it here. “Heterogeneous Impacts of Finance on Firm Exports: Evidence from Export Deregulation in A Large Developing Country,” a chapter of his dissertation, co-authored with scholars from University of International Business and Economics and Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, is now forthcoming in The World Economy. Read more here.

Brianne Brinker, assistant director of athletics for facilities, was a panelist on “You Are Not Alone: A Conversation About Gender Identity and Transgender Issues.” The event was a Women’s History Month program sponsored by Women Building Women, an organization that strengthens underserved communities through mentorship and career counseling.