Faculty honors and accolades: Spring/summer

Several CMC faculty members earned distinctions in recent months. Here are some of their notable accomplishments:

  • Heather Ferguson, associate professor of history, received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is traveling in Europe to begin research for a book about last sovereign acts during the 16th-century Habsburg and Ottoman Empires. 
  • Shana Levin, associate dean of the faculty, Crown Professor of Psychology, and George R. Roberts Fellow, was named the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Levin received the award in June at the group’s San Diego conference. SPSSI is a group of more than 3,000 scientists who study the psychological aspects of social and policy issues.
  • Daniel Livesay, associate professor of history, was named the recipient of the Anthony E. Kaye Fellowship from the National Humanities Center. Livesay is one of 39 fellows for the 2019-20 academic year who will work on an individual research project to be shared at NHC seminars, lectures, and conferences. His project is titled Endless Bondage: Old Age in New World Slavery.
  • Wendy Lower (pictured above), director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, John K. Roth Professor of History, and George R. Roberts Fellow, was appointed chair of the academic committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The committee is composed of the leading experts in Holocaust studies and serves as an important resource for shaping the museum’s educational and research programs.
  • Alex Rajczi, professor of philosophy, Deborah and Kenneth Novack Professor of Ethics and Leadership, and George R. Roberts Fellow, released The Ethics of Universal Health Insurance on Oxford University Press. Rajczi’s book examines “how defenders of universal health insurance can make the moral case for an American universal health insurance system that improves on the gains made in the Affordable Care Act.”
  • Sharda Umanath, assistant professor of psychology, recently had two co-authored papers published: Collective Memories Across 11 Nations for World War II: Similarities and Differences Regarding the Most Important Events in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, and I Don’t Remember vs. I Don’t Know: Phenomenological States Associated with Retrieval Failures in the Journal of Memory and Language.
  • Angela Vossmeyer, assistant professor of economics, won the award for Best Paper on Financial Institutions at the Western Finance Association’s annual meeting in June. The dataset for the paper, Systemic Risk and the Great Depression, was constructed by Lowe and Financial Economics Institute research assistants from 2016-18.

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