Awards and Honors
• The American Society of International Law presented law professor Edith Brown Weiss with its Manley O. Hudson Medal at the group’s annual meeting on March 25. The society recognized Brown Weiss for her work shaping international environmental law, trade, development and human rights. The medal is awarded to those who demonstrate "preeminent scholarship and achievement in international law."
• Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies, has been selected to the inaugural class of research associates with the National Bureau of Asian Research. Cha will work with the National Asia Research Program, designed to reinvigorate and promote the policy-relevant study of Asia. Cha received a $5,000 stipend as part of the honor.
• The Medieval Academy of America awarded Jewish studies professor Jonathan Ray the John Nicholas Brown Prize for his book, The Sephardic Frontier: The Reconquista and the Jewish Community in Medieval Iberia
(Cornell University Press, 2006). Awarded to Ray on March 20, the Brown prize recognizes the best first book in medieval studies. Ray, the Samuel Eig Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, looks at early development of Jewish communities, challenging common beliefs about how such groups developed and advanced.
• Irfan Shahid, the Oman Professor of Arabic emeritus, and Provost James O’Donnell, professor of classics, recently were inducted as Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America at the academy’s annual meeting on March 20. Fellows are the most distinguished scholars of medieval studies and are elected for advancing the field.
• The Washington Business Journal
recognized Dr. Ryung Suh, assistant professor of health systems administration, as a 2010 Minority Business Leader. Suh is the founding president and CEO of Atlas Research LLC, a research and consulting firm that serves clients on issues of health care, public policy and military and veterans affairs. The awards honor the Washington, D.C., area’s top minority business leaders and owners who exhibited outstanding performance for their companies within the last 12 to 18 months.
named the School of Continuing Studies’ graduate public relations/corporate communications program as one of the top five such education programs nationwide. The courses, taught by working communications professionals from corporate, nonprofit and government sectors, emphasize practical application of class work. Students have worked with organizations such as Nike, Microsoft, Intel and Amnesty International.
• The Department of Spanish and Portuguese’s work with the local Brazilian American community to promote Portuguese as a heritage language helped win a Brazilian International Press Award. The American Association of Teachers of Portuguese recognized the department for its linguistics support to local teachers who teach Brazilian Americans and for offering training workshops for Brazilian teachers.
Books and Publications
• James Lamiell, professor and chair of psychology, acquaints readers with a renowned German philosopher and psychologist in his latest book, William Stern (1871-1938): A Brief Introduction to His Life and Works
(Pabst Science Publishers, 2010). Lamiell distances Stern from IQ studies to focus more on what he calls the late scientist’s greatest scholarly contribution – a comprehensive system of thought called critical personalism.