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Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology and director of Africana Studies, presented a paper, “African American Stepmothers in Motion: Social Media as a Space for Collective Support,” at the 97th annual Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference in Pittsburgh. She also attended the annual business meeting for the Association of Black Women Historians, of which she is a life member. 

 

A study by Carin Perilloux, visiting assistant professor of psychology, and a former colleague from the University of Texas at Austin will be published in Archives of Sexual Behavior. The researchers found that victims of sexual assault suffer psychological and social costs more far ranging that previously noted, including issues with self-esteem, social reputation, sexual desire and self-perceived mate value. 

 

Brad Hays, assistant professor of political science, was featured in a presidential debate wrap-up story for Fox23 News. Hays declared President Obama the winner of the second presidential debate “by a nose,” and said the debate’s defining moments came when the candidates discussed the September attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya.

 

An article by Teresa Meade, the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture, was published in Ars Aeterna: Self and Eternity, Vol. 3, No. 2. “’We Don’t Become Refugees by Choice’: Memories of Exile” is a revised version of a talk she gave last November a conference at Constantine the Philosopher University in Slovakia. Meade also co-authored a chapter, “African Americans in Search of the Brazilian El Dorado,” in the book, Exile and the Politics of Exclusion in the Americas

 

Chad Orzel, associate professor and chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department, was a featured speaker at the opening of the new Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Center at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Orzel gave a public lecture, “What Every Dog Should Know About Quantum Mechanics,” and participated in a panel discussion. The conversation centered on the connections between strange worlds of the quantum and nano systems studied at the QNC. 

 

Christopher Chabris, associate professor of psychology, co-hosted a panel discussion at the NeuroLeadership Summit held in New York City this week. The professor and his fellow researchers shared their work on how to create the climate for work teams to accomplish more thinking together rather than working in isolation. 

 

A book by Tarik Wareh, assistant professor of classics, was published as part of the Hellenic Studies Series published in cooperation with Harvard University Press. The Theory and Practice of Life: Isocrates and the Philosophers examines a new history of the literary culture in which such Greek authors as Plato and Aristotle fashioned their careers and ideas. The book also discusses the educational philosophy of Isocrates’ rhetorical school and the ongoing struggle over the best form of political education.