Accomplishments - March, 2018
Paul Echols, Criminology & Criminal Justice, will receive a 2018 Defender of the Innocent Award from the Illinois Innocence Project on April 28 in Springfield. Echols, a retired lieutenant with the Carbondale Police Department, will be honored for work helping to secure a posthumous exoneration for Grover Thompson, who was wrongly convicted for a crime committed by Timothy Krajcir. Echols is the founder of the Nine Angels Scholarship in honor of Krajcir’s nine victims.
Robert Hahn, Philosophy, will deliver a two-part keynote address, April 7 and 9, at the annual meeting of the Classics Association of Great Britain at the University of Leicester. Also, his fourth research book in the ancient philosophy series by the State of New York University Press, “The Metaphysics of the Pythagorean Theorem: Thales, Pythagoras, Engineering, Diagrams, and the Construction of the Cosmos out of Right Triangles” was recently published.
Mont Allen, Classics and Art History, was awarded a summer research fellowship by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst. The fellowship funds three months of research at a German academic institution of Allen’s choice, and he will spend the summer at the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin, conducting research for his book on ancient Roman sarcophagi.
Anne Fletcher, Theater, was recently awarded the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's Travis Bogard Artist-in-Residence Program at Taos House in Danville, Cal. Fletcher will attend a two-week residency in May to conduct research for an invited book chapter on Provincetown Theatre designers and a manuscript proposal for a full-length study on O’Neill’s influence on American scenography.
SIU Press continues to rack up awards. Recently, SIU Press snagged the 2018 Advancement of Knowledge award from the Conference on College Composition & Communication for “Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy,” by Eric Darnell Pritchard. They also won the 2018 Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Prize for “Lincoln’s Sense of Humor,” by Richard Carwardine.
“The Inability to Bridge the Gap in Oral Health and Health Care through the Affordable Care Act,” a peer-reviewed paper by Jennifer S. Sherry, Dental Hygiene, and Samantha N. Hennig, a 2017 dental hygiene graduate, was published in the December 2017 issue of the “Journal of Applied Sciences and Arts.”
“Do peers affect childhood obesity outcomes? Peer-effect analysis in public schools,” a study by Jeb Asirvatham, Agribusiness Economics, and faculty from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville, was published last month by the Canadian Journal of Economics. In this article, Asirvatham and the co-authors establish a causal relationship of obesity among peers within the same grade and school.
Jeffrey Punske, Linguistics, was recently awarded Kutztown University Visiting Faculty Summer Fellowship for this summer. He will be working with Amy Lynch-Biniek, associate professor, English, Kutztown University, on developing ways to incorporate linguistics into college composition classrooms.