People in the news - Week of Jan. 7, 2021

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Jennifer Malatras, visiting assistant professor of psychology, presented at the annual convention for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. The presentation was a clinical roundtable, “Is it Working? Routine Outcome Monitoring in Practice, Supervision and Training.” She also had a piece published in Psychology Today. “Don’t Let Them Miss their Shot” discusses working with children with vaccine anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 vaccination. Read the article here.

Saladdin Ahmed, visiting assistant professor of political science, delivered a talk, “Negative Education and Inclusivity: Diversity Through Unlearning Culturalism,” as part of the Wesleyan University Philosophy Colloquium Series.

Andrew Burkett, associate professor of English and director of the Science, Medicine, and Technology in Culture Program, was interviewed about his recent book, Romantic Mediations: Media Theory and British Romanticism, by the media studies journal Luthor, based at the University of Buenos Aires. The interview was conducted in English and was also translated into Spanish.

An article by Carrie Guan ‘20 was published in Eating and Weight Disorders. The piece, “I’m Angry that I'm Not Perfect: Aggression Mediates the Relationship Between Perfectionism and Eating Pathology in Men and Women,” was developed from her senior thesis.

A poster presentation by Daniel DeBonis ‘22 with co-authors Conor O’Dea, visiting assistant professor of psychology, and Catherine Walker, assistant professor of psychology, was presented at the virtual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. The presentation was titled “‘I’m Too Sexy for My Shirt’: Positive Body Exposure Manipulation Improves Men’s Body and Muscularity Satisfaction.”

An article by Francis Wilkin, senior lecturer and observatory manager, was published in the Minor Planet Bulletin, a journal specializing in asteroid studies. His research is looking to determine the properties of the Koronis asteroid family, a group of objects that were all once part of the same parent body.

​​A new book by Teresa Meade, “We Don’t Become Refugees by Choice: Mia Truskier, Survival and Activism from Occupied Poland to California, 1920-2014,” has been issued by Palgrave Macmillan. Mia Truskier fled the Nazis in 1940 as a 19-year-old Polish Jew. She lived out World War II with her husband, Jan Truskier, in Italy, where they passed as Christians. Traveling to the U.S. on Red Cross visas in 1949, the family settled in California, where Mia earned renown for her work with the East Bay Sanctuary assisting refugees from Central America and Haiti. She helped others who were fleeing war and violence because “I'll never forget what it was like to be a refugee.” Meade is the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture, emerita. Research for her book was supported by Union College Faculty Development grants and a grant from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Emily Strzalkowska ’11 assisted Meade with the translation of documents and letters from Polish to English. She also traveled to California on a student research grant to meet with Truskier and decode letters sent from work camps in the U.S.S.R. and from Truskier’s mother, who was hiding on the Aryan side of Warsaw. Truskier and her mother, Paulina Szurek, communicated throughout the war.

A personal essay by Tina Lincer, associate director, Communications and Marketing, is included in the sixth edition of Trolley: Life During COVID, Year Two, an online journal published by the New York State Writers Institute. The piece focuses on the challenges of making art during the pandemic.

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