Salute to Faculty Scholarship 2016

Once a year the Clark community comes together to celebrate the scholarly publications and creative projects authored by Clark faculty over the previous year. On April 15, 2016, from noon – 2 p.m. at the Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center, we saluted the faculty achievements detailed below.

Books and Creative Works

(alphabetical by Clark author, editor or artist)

March 2015 — Present

Akçam, Taner and Umit Kurt. 2015. The Spirit of the Laws: The Plunder of Wealth in the Armenian Genocide. New York, N.Y.: Berghahn Books.

Boatright, Robert, ed. 2015. The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Crocker, Elli. 2015. Knotted Earth, a solo exhibition of art at the Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA, August-September.

DiIorio, Gino. 2016. Sam and Dede (or) My Dinner with Andre the Giant, DiIorio's new play, received its world premiere at the Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco, February 11 - March 5.

DiRado, Stephen and Matthew Malsky. 2016. Jump-Devolve-Whisper, a collaborative exhibition featuring large- and small-scale new films by DiRado with new sound compositions by Malsky, in the Schiltkamp Gallery, February 10 - March 26.

Emel, Jody and Harvey Neo, eds. 2015. Political Ecologies of Meat. London and New York: Routledge.

Enloe, Cynthia. 2015. Faire marcher les femmes au pas? Regards feminists sur le militarism mondial. Ledergues, France: Solanhets Éditeur. [Originally published in English in 2007 as Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield].

Sarat, Austin and Patricia Ewick, eds. 2015. The Handbook of Law and Society. West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Johnston, Robert, John Rolfe, Randall Rosenberger, and Roy Brouwer, eds. Benefit Transfer of Environmental and Resource Values: A Guide for Researchers and Practitioners. New York, N.Y.: Springer.

Jones, Esther. 2015. Blood, Salt and Tears: Medicine and Ethics in Black Women's Speculative Fiction. New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan.

Little, Douglas. 2016. Us versus Them: The United States, Radical Islam, and the Rise of the Green Threat. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press.

Merrill, Deborah. 2016. When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries: A Guide for Parents. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Perreault, T., G. Bridge, and James McCarthy, eds. 2015. The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology. London and New York: Routledge.

Moran, Seana. 2016. Ethical Ripples of Creativity and Innovation. New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan.

Peet, Richard and Elaine Hartwick. 2015. Theories of Development: Contentions, Arguments, Alternatives. Third Edition. New York, N.Y.: Guildford Press.

Richter, Amy. 2015. At Home in Nineteenth Century America: A Documentary History. New York: NYU Press.

Ross, Laurie, Shane Capra, Lindsay Carpenter, Julia Hubbell and Kathrin Walker. 2016. Dilemmas in Youth Work and Youth Development Practice. London and New York: Routledge.

Tobin, Robert. 2015. Peripheral Desires: The German Discovery of Sex. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Vaughan, Virginia. 2016. Antony and Cleopatra: Language and Writing. New York, N.Y.: Bloomsbury.

Burns, Nancy Kathryn and Kristina Wilson, eds. 2016.Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period. Exhibition catalogue. Worcester, Mass.: Worcester Art Museum.

Zhang, Jing, Luis Felipe Luna-Reyes, Theresa A. Pardo, Djoko Sigit Sayogo, eds. Information, Models, and Sustainability: Policy Informatics in the Age of Big Data and Open Government. New York, N.Y.: Springer.

To acknowledge and honor

honor important faculty accomplishments that are not books or major creative works, the following departments today present portfolios, notebooks or posters celebrating scholarship and creative activity:

Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Graduate School of Geography
International Development, Community, and Environment
Graduate School of Management
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
Hiatt School of Psychology
Visual and Performing Arts

New Grants and Contracts

Awarded April 4, 2015 — April 6, 2016

Agosta, Charles. Clark dc nanogrid project, National Grid.

Akçam, Taner. Kirkor Guergerian Archive research project, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Arnett, Jeffrey and Katie Lowe. Promoting positive parent involvement: developing a novel online education module for parents of NCAA student-athletes, NCAA.

Bauer, Dana. Of pools and people: small natural features with large ecosystem functions in urbanizing landscapes, NSF.

Bebbington, Anthony and Teresa Bornschlegl. Doctoral Dissertation Research: Environmental agencies and their effective monitoring of the hydrocarbon sector, NSF.

Bebbington, Anthony and Juan Luis Dammert. Doctoral Dissertation Research: Struggles for the rainforest: the politics of oil palm expansion in the Peruvian Amazon, NSF.

Bebbington, Denise Humphries. All Kinds of Girls Program, Women's Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts.

Bielaczyc, Katerine. DIP: Potential for everyday learning in a virtual community: A design-based investigation, NSF CyberLearning.

Boatright, Robert. The consequences of primary election timing, Hewlett Foundation.

Budwig, Nancy. Interdisciplinary summer science research: Building a unified program, The Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

Capogrosso Sansone, Barbara. Multi-worm algorithm for path integral quantum Monte Carlo in ultracold dipolar gases, NSF.

Cardemil, Esteban and Rosalie Torres Stone. Mental health assessment, Fairlawn Foundation.

Carr, Edward. Climate Smart Agriculture, USAID.

Cordova, James. Evaluation of a brief marriage intervention for integrated behavioral health consultants in primary care, Defense Health Program, Department of Defense, USA.

Del Prete, Thomas and Andrea Allen. Main South College Success Program, Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Drewell, Robert and Jacqueline Dresch. Decoding cis-regulatory grammar at Hox genes, NIH.

Dwork, Debórah and Sarah Cushman. "Dear Tante Elisabeth": A Holocaust Letters Project, Anonymous.

Dwork, Debórah and Mary Jane Rein. Doctoral Student Support, Conference on Material Claims Against Germany.

Emel, Jody and Alida Cantor. Water transfers in California, Edna Bailey Sussman Fund.

Emel, Jody, Dianne Rocheleau and Padini Nirmal. Doctoral Dissertation Research: Indigenous ontologies of land and land politics: a critical analysis of forest rights legislation, NSF.

Fabos, Anita and Achu Johnson Alexander. Shared Worlds 2015, The Society for the Psychology Study of Social Issues.

Foster, Susan and John Baker. Behavioral plasticity and hybridization of young species, NSF.

Gray, Wayne. The impact of technological change on pollution abatement costs, EPA.

Hibbett, David. Collaborative Research: Functional and evolutionary bases of substrate-specificity in wood-decaying basidiomycetes, NSF.

Hibbett, David. Evolution of fruiting body forms in the mushroom-forming Fungi (Agaricomycetes): A comparative phylogenetic, phylogenomic, and developmental approach, NSF.

Hines, Denise. The Family Impact Seminars: Building evidence-based, family-focused foster care policy, Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Johnston, Robert and Dana Bauer. Exploring the trends, the science, and the options of buffer management watershed, NERRS Science Collaborative.

Kudrolli, Arshad. Instabilities, asymptotic isometry and energy condensation in elastic sheets under twist, NSF.

Kulakowski, Dominik and Nathan Gill. The effects of invasive species management on plant-pollinator mutualisms and plant communities in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, NSF.

Kulakowski, Dominik and Nathan Gill. Forest disturbance and regeneration in Colorado, Edna Bailey Sussman Fund.

Malsky, Matthew and Savannah Cooley. The aquaponics greenhouse co-operative, Davis Projects for Peace.

Martin, Deborah, Karen Frey and Kristen Shake. Doctoral Dissertation Research: The uncertainties of sea ice: socio-legal dynamics in a changing Arctic ocean-scape, NSF.

Michaels, Sarah. ASSENT: Advancing and Scaling Education's New Terrain, State of Connecticut.

Michaels, Sarah. Design to support the Connecticut NGSX initiative, State of Connecticut.

Michaels, Sarah. Design to support the Michigan NGSX initiative, State of Michigan.

Michaels, Sarah. Vermont Science Initiative: Partnership to build NGSS capacity in Vermont, State of Vermont.

Overstreet, Nicole. Service priorities and unmet service needs among people experiencing intimate partner violence, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Peet, Richard and Kevin Surprise. Doctoral Dissertation Research: To govern the earth: the making of geoengineering policy in the U.S., and the changing meaning of the 'geo' in geopolitics, NSF.

Rainey, John. Central Mass Regional Small Business Development Center, U.S. Small Business Administration.

Robertson, Deborah. Application of electroporation for the transfection and transformation of the cosmopolitan diatom genus Pseudonitzschia to enable molecular dissection of domoic acid biosynthesis, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Marine Microbiology Initiative.

Rogan, John. Assessing survivorship of a tree replanting program following Asian long-horned beetle eradication, Edna Bailey Sussman Fund.

Rogan, John. Greening the Gateway Cities Project, Commonwealth of Massachusetts EOEEA.

Rogan, John and Nicholas Cuba. Geographic analysis of the territorial overlap between extractive industries and livelihoods in Honduras, Oxfam America.

Ross, Laurie. Worcester Local Area Research Partner, Shannon CSI, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ross, Laurie and Ellen Foley. Shannon CSI statewide youth violence research partner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, Shannon fund.

Roy Chowdhury, Rinku. Ecological homogenization of urban America, NSF.

Roy Chowdhury, Rinku. LTER: FCE III - Coastal oligotrophic ecosystems research, NSF.

Roy Chowdhury, Rinku. Urban resilience to extreme climate events, NSF.

Roy Chowdhury, Rinku. Vulnerability assessment of mangrove forests in the Americas, NASA.

Torres Stone, Rosalie. Learning by giving: Community-engaged health research, Learning by Giving Foundation.

Honors and Awards

March 2015 — Present

Taner Akçam (History/Holocaust and Genocide Studies) received the Heroes of Justice and Truth award during the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration, organized by the Diocese and Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Churches of America, in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 2015.

Taner Akçam will receive the 2016 Friend of the Armenians award from the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), at a banquet to be held on April 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. This award is given annually to an individual in the public arena who has been a solid advocate of the Armenian-American community.

Taner Akçam received recognition at a Congressional reception in September, 2015 organized by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF), for a project he supervised on their behalf that involved identifying 180 "unsung heroes" — Turkish and Kurdish rescuers of Armenians during the Genocide of 1915. The reception was attended by the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, leaders of the Armenian community, and two dozen members of Congress.

Taner Akçam presented the keynote address at the 2015 International Hrant Dink Award ceremony in Istanbul, in September. The late Hrant Dink was a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist renowned for his efforts of reconciliation between Turks and Armenians and his advocacy of human and minority rights in Turkey.

Daniel Balel (V&PA) has been accepted and will join the cast of ImprovBoston Mainstage, 2016.

Michael Boyer (Physics) was awarded the Edward Hodgkins Junior Faculty Fellowship for 2015-16, for personifying the Clark ideal of excellence in research and in teaching.

Michael Boyer was awarded the Larry Fechter '67 and Thomas Macke Stansbury Innovation Fund in 2016 by Clark's Research Board.

Elli Crocker's (V&PA) art was selected by an art consultant for a six-month display at the corporate offices of Cell Signaling Technology, Beverly and Danvers, MA, September 2015 — March 2016. They also purchased a piece for their permanent collection.

Eric DeMeulenaere (Education) was awarded the 2015 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, given to a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.

Gino DiIorio's (V&PA) short play, Blue Tent, was selected in 2015 to be produced at Studio 33 as part of the Montage Arts Festival in Beaumont, Texas.

Susan Foster (Biology) was appointed as the next Jan and Larry Landry University Professor for a three-year term, 2016-19. The Landry Chair is designated for an academic leader who, by his or her presence on campus, symbolizes the aspirations of the University in higher education.

Emily Isaacson (Director of Choral Activities, V&PA) was awarded third place in The American Prizein Conducting: School & Community Chorus Division 2015, citing her versatility, sensitivity and energy. The American Prize is a series of new non-profit national competitions in the performing arts.

Esther Jones (English) has accepted a four-month in- residence American Antiquarian Society Fellowship, funded by the AAS through the National Endowment for the Humanities, for work during 2017 on her book project, "Black Speculation and the African American Literary Tradition."

Ben Korstvedt's (V&PA) edition of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, led by the British conductor Mark Wigglesworth, was performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow on April 16 and 17, 2015. The concert from Glasgow was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Nina Kushner (History) was elected President of the Western Society for French History, in November, 2015 for a one-year term.

James McCarthy (Geography) was selected as Editor of the Nature and Society section of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, for a term 2016-19.

Robin McLean (English) won the national BOA Short Fiction Prize for 2015's Reptile House, Rochester, N.Y.: BOA Editions.

Meredith Neuman (English) was awarded two fellowships in support of her current book project, "What's the Matter with Early American Poetry?". She spent July 2015 at the Library Company of Philadelphia (supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (as a Robert L. McNeil Jr. Fellow). In June 2016 she will be in residence in Washington, DC at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Meredith Neuman was named to the editorial board of the journal Early American Literature for a five-year term beginning in July, 2015.

Deborah Robertson (Biology) was voted Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher by the graduating class of 2015.

Robert J.S. Ross (Sociology, Emeritus) was elected to the Board of the International Labor Rights Forum in 2016 for a one year, renewable term.

Toby Sisson (V&PA) received one of two Oliver and Dorothy Hayden Junior Faculty Fellowship Awards for 2015-16, presented to outstanding junior faculty members who personify the Clark ideal of excellence in teaching and excellence in research, scholarship, or creative work.

Valerie Sperling's (Political Science) 2014 book, Sex, Politics and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia (Oxford University Press) in November, 2015 won the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Davis Center Book Prize for "outstanding monograph on Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe in anthropology, political science, sociology or geography."

Valerie Sperling's 2014 book, Sex, Politics and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia (Oxford University Press) in November, 2015 won the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Heldt Prize for the "Best Book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women's Studies."

Andrew Stewart (Psychology), along with a group of international scholars, won the 2015 Otto
Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, for the best paper or article of the year on intercultural or international relations, for "International Support for Arab Uprisings: Understanding sympathetic collective action
using theories of social identity and social dominance."

Christopher Williams (Geography) received one of two Oliver and Dorothy Hayden Junior Faculty Fellowship Awards for 2015-16, presented to outstanding junior faculty members who personify the Clark ideal of excellence in teaching and excellence in research, scholarship, or creative work.

Kristen Williams (Political Science) was chosen as Outstanding Undergraduate Adviser for the 2014-15 academic year.

Jing Zhang (GSOM) was awarded the University Senior Faculty Fellowship for 2015-16, presented to an outstanding senior faculty member who personifies the Clark ideal of excellence in teaching and excellence in research, scholarship, or creative work.

The following faculty were tenured and/or promoted effective September 1, 2015


Katerine Bielaczyc (Education)

Tenured and Promoted to Associate Professor

Mark Davidson (Geography)
Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger (IDCE)
Toby Sisson (V&PA)
Johanna Vollhardt (Psychology)

Promoted to Professor

Keith Coulter (GSOM)
Shuanghong (Sharon) Huo (Chemistry)
Deborah Martin (Geography)
Deborah Robertson (Biology)