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Accolades September 22, 2011

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It's part two of our beginning-of-fall-semester Jumbo Edition of Accolades!

Appointments & Elections
Professor Michael Cherlin (Music) has been named editor of Music Theory Spectrum, the official print journal of the Society for Music Theory, published by University of California Press. His term is 2013-2015.

Professor Penny Edgell (Sociology) is chair-elect of the American Sociological Association Religion section.

Associate Professor Kathleen Hull (Sociology) was elected secretary-treasurer of the American Sociological Association Sociology of Law section.

Associate Professor Erin Kelly (Sociology) is chair-elect of the American Sociological Association Organizations, Occupations and Work section.

Associate Professor Scott D. Lipscomb (Music Education) assumed editorship of the Journal of Technology in Music Learning. In other publication news, he completed revisions of the 7th edition of his coauthored rock history textbook, and has completed initial reviews of chapters for a contracted Oxford University Press volume entitled The psychology of music in multimedia, for which he co-edited and authored two chapters.

Assistant Professor Ben Ansell's (Political Science) book, From the Ballot to the Blackboard: The Redistributive Political Economy of Education (Cambridge, 2010), received the William Riker Award for the best book in political economy. His co-authored paper (with David Art), "Membership Matters: Radical Right Party Composition in Comparative Perspective," won the award for best paper by the European Politics and Society Section of American Political Science Association.

Ben Ansell and Professor David Samuels' (both Political Science) coauthored article, "Inequality and Democratization: A Contractarian Approach," has won the award for the best article published in 2010 from the Comparative Democratization Section of American Political Science Association. The article was published in Comparative Political Studies in December.

Assistant Professor Dara Cohen (HHH and affiliated with Political Science) won the American Political Science Association's Women and Politics Section award for best dissertation in 2010.

Associate Professor Tracey Deutsch (History) won the prize for the best book of 2010 awarded by the Association for the Study of Food and Society, for her Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

Associate Professor Teresa Gowan (Sociology) has won two American Sociological Association awards for her book Hobos, Hustlers and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco (University of Minnesota Press). They are the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book from the ASA Culture Section, and the Robert E. Park Book Award, given to the best book-length research monograph in community and urban sociology published in the past two years.

Professor Erika Lee's (History) Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America has been honored with another book award: the Caughey Western History Prize for the best book of the year in Western History (awarded by the Western History Association.)

Regents Professor Matt McGue (Psychology) is the recipient of the Behavior Genetic Association's (BGA's) senior award for outstanding research accomplishment in the field of behavioral genetics, the Dobzhansky Award. This is the BGA's highest honor.

Associate Professor Dona Schwartz (Journalism & Mass Communication) is on the shortlist for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. She is recognized for her portrait "Christina and Mark, 14 months" from the series On the Nest, which examines the lives of parents as their children leave home. An exhibition of 60 portraits, including the five on the shortlist, will open in November at London's National Portrait Gallery. The winners of the competition will be announced on November 8; top prize is £12,000, with runners up awarded £500 to £2,500. Dona's portrait can be seen on the NPG web.

Professor Mark Snyder (Psychology) has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. Previous winners of this prestigious award include many of the most accomplished scholars in social psychology.

Assistant Professor Scott St. George (Geography) has been named a resident fellow of the Institute on the Environment. Resident fellows join a select group of colleagues in pursuing innovative interdisciplinary work with funding from IonE. During his three-year appointment, Scott will conduct research to provide better tools for environmental decisions by broadening understanding of past trends through explorations of historic climate change and development of a comprehensive tree ring record.

Associate Professor Shaden M. Tageldin (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) has been named a 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, where she will hold a three-month research fellowship in Fall 2011. Her work will develop a transcontinental theory of the rise of modern comparative literature, focusing on literary-political relations between imperial Europe, Egypt, and greater Syria between 1834 and 1936.

Kinh (TK) Vu (Ph.D. candidate, music education, student of Scott Lipscomb) has received an Imagining America Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellowship. PAGE is a network of, and fellowship program for, early career publicly engaged scholars in the arts, humanities, and design. PAGE broadens notions of scholarship and professionalization within the academy through activities which enhance the theory and the tools for students and scholars to articulate their own public scholarship; foster a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars; and create opportunities for collaborative knowledge production.

Reviews and Publications
Professor James Dillon's (Music) award-winning composition "Nine Rivers" received its American premiere in New York last week and was reviewed in the New York Times. The ambitious work was performed over three days, and critic Anthony Tommasini concluded his review by writing, "... it was fun to see the same faces in the audience coming back for three nights, not wanting to miss a real event."

CLA Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts Nuruddin Farah has published Crossbones (Riverhead/Penguin, 2011). This novel was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review on September 11.

Professor Alex Lubet's (Music) book Music, Disability, and Society was reviewed in the June 2011 issue of Choice. The review by D. J. Winchester (Yeshiva University) reads, "This is an excellent resource on the nexus of music, disability, and society, an area scholars of disability studies rarely cover."

Professor Paula Rabinowitz (English) has published Accessorizing the Body: Habits of Being I, edited with Cristina Giorcelli (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Assistant Professor Adriana Zabala (Music) recently performed in Opera Saratoga's production of Cosi fan Tutte. Reviewer Judith White of The Saratogian said, "Mezzo Adriana Zabala as Dorabella is a knock-out singer; her creamy tones lending intimacy to the music, and her acting shining with star quality."

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