Accolades Africana Studies
Akin Ogundiran received a Dumbarton Oaks research grant for his project titled Archaeology and Cultural History of Osun Grove (Nigeria). The study will investigate the religious, aesthetics, social, political, and gendered history of Africa’s largest indigenous sacred landscape, a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and the most revered spiritual home of the transatlantic African deity – Osun (otherwise called Ochun in the Spanish Americas and Oxum in Brazil).
Diane K. Brockman was appointed to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Primatology.
Janet Levy began her two-year term as Secretary and member of the Executive Committee of the Society for American Archaeology, an organization of 7,000 members.
Debbie Baker was appointed as the Faculty Advisor of the Communications Studies Student Association (CSSA).
Sandy Hanson was appointed to the position of Senior Lecturer in fall 2010.
Shawn D. Long was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Southern States Communication Association Outreach Award for his significant contribution to the profession by facilitating the success of new scholars into the communication discipline and/or communication professional organizations.
Dean Kruckeberg was awarded the Brigham Young University Top Ethics Paper Award at the International Public Relations Conference in Miami, Fl.
Maria Oliveira won the International ABERJE award at the International Public
Relations Research Conference that was held in Miami in March 2011.
Ashli Quesinberry Stokes was granted a $1,200 Research Travel Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and won the Top Paper Award in the Southern States Communication Association, Rhetoric and Public Address Division in 2010. In 2011 she received another Top Paper Award from the Southern States Communication Association and Public Relations Division.
Joshua Yates will showcase his work at the inaugural Visions Film Festival & Conference to honor his undergraduate achievements.
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Bruce Arrigo was named Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (2nd ed.), for “behavior forensic sciences specialty,” published by Elsevier. The Encyclopedia is hailed as the definitive international resource for all domains of forensic sciences.
Joe Kuhns’ book Police Use of Force: A Global Perspective was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2010 by CHOICE.
JuliAnna Avila was awarded the 2011 AERA Writing and Literacy’s Excellence in Early Scholarship Award, a peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award that looks at a papers excellence on all fronts.
Lara Vetter received the Graduate Professor of the Year award from the English Graduate Student Association.
Geography and Earth Sciences
Amy Stephens Davis won a travel scholarship which allowed a presentation of her dissertation research at the US International Landscape Ecology symposium in Portland, Or., in April 2011. Davis won
Tomas Vaclavik won the NIFA-USDA Student Travel Award of $500 to present his dissertation research at the U.S. International Landscape Ecology symposium. He also tied for first place in the John Fraser Hart PhD honors paper competition at the 2010 SEDAAG meeting in Birmingham, Al., for his talk titled “Accounting for multi-scale spatial autocorrelation improves performance of invasive species distribution modeling (iSDM).”
Cheryl Hicks’ book Talk with You Like A Woman won an honorable mention for the OAH Darlene Clark Hine Prize.
Nicole Moore just won the New Professionals Award from the National Council of Public History and will receive the award at the NCPH national conference this spring. Moore is a recent Public History graduate who interned at Latta Plantation and now is working as an African American History interpreter at Historic Brattonsville.
the NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award of $600.
Kunwar Singh tied for first place in the John Fraser Hart PhD honors paper competition at the 2010 SEDAAG meeting for her talk titled “Fusion of LiDAR and Landsat TM imagery for mapping land use along urban- rural gradients.”
Kelly Smith won the Best Graduate Student Presentation in the Environmental and Geo-Sciences at the 2010 Sigma XI Annual Meeting and International Research Conference for his presentation on the relationship between intense rotating thunderstorms in a hurricane eyewall and the hurricane’s rapid intensification.
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