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New Teaching Award Winners Introduced October 28

JIL HANIFAN of the Department of English and the HON. ELEANOR STEIN of the Department of Women’s Studies have been named the winners of the 2003 University at Albany Award for Excellence in Teaching by Part-time Faculty. These are new awards given in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate instruction. SUSAN M. HUGHES of the Department of Psychology and RAYMIE WAYNE of the School of Social Welfare, two teaching assistants, are the recipients of the President’s new award for Excellence in Teaching by Teaching Assistants. The four were introduced at the General Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. More >>

Dean of Undergraduate Studies SUE R. FAERMAN, a professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy since 1989, has been awarded the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award for 2003. The award, which is to be presented at the NASPAA annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., later this month, honors faculty members at NASPAA institutions who make “outstanding contributions to education for the public service through excellence in teaching.” Honorees must demonstrate excellence in public service over a sustained period of time. Faerman was named a Collins Fellow in 1998.

RICHARD LACHMANN of the Department of Sociology recently received the 2003 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association. The award was given to recognize outstanding scholarship in his book Capitalists in Spite of Themselves: Elite Conflict and Economic Transitions in Early Modern Europe (Oxford 2000). The award was presented at the recent ASA meeting in Atlanta, Ga. Lachmann has taught at the University at Albany since 1990. He is a specialist in comparative historical sociology and the sociology of culture. He is researching state fiscal crises and the private appropriation of public resources, and is writing a comparative study of the decline of dominant economic powers in early modern Europe and the contemporary United States.

STEVEN SEIDMAN of the Depart ment of Sociology has been awarded the Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the study of sexualities from the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Society. Seidman joined the UAlbany faculty in 1983. He has written and taught in the areas of social theory, sexualities, culture, and, more recently, democratic studies. He is the author of seven books and editor of eight, printed by Cambridge University, University of California Press, Routledge, Blackwell, and Norton, among others. His books have been translated into nine languages. He has also published more than 40 articles, many of which are in journals such as Sociological Theory, American Quarterly, and the Journal of Social History. He is co-editor of a series on cultural sociology published by Cambridge University Press, as well as of Twenty-first Century Sociology. He was a co-founder and the first chair of the sexualities section of the ASA. Seidman’s recent book, Beyond the Closet (2002), was widely reviewed in the lesbian and gay press.

In August, Stanford University Press published the final volume of Professor of History LAWRENCE S. WITTNER’S award-winning trilogy recounting the history of the international nuclear disarmament movement. Toward Nuclear Abolition, an examination of events from 1971 to the present, describes how citizen activism helped to curb the nuclear arms race and avert nuclear war. The first volume in the series, One World or None, received the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations’ Warren F. Kuehl Award as the best book published in 1993 or 1994 on the history of internationalism and/or peace movements. The second volume, Resisting the Bomb, focused on the history of the world nuclear disarmament movement from 1954 to 1970.

Distinguished Professor of Sociology RICHARD D. ALBA is one of 56 honorees named Radcliffe fellows for 2003-04. Fellowship recipients, announced by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in July, will spend a year at Harvard working both individually and collectively on areas of study related to immigration and computer science. Alba will work with several other Radcliffe fellows, and with Harvard sociologist Mary Waters and City University of New York political scientist John Mollenkof, in exploring the social and political incorporation of immigrants in the 21st century. Alba, an expert on race and ethnicity, is the founder of UAlbany’s Center for Social and Demographic Analysis. He joined the University faculty in 1980.

JON MANDLE, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, was among 22 speakers at a recent international conference honoring noted philosopher and Concordia University (Montreal) adjunct professor Kai Nielsen. Co-hosted by Concordia and the Université de Montréal, the conference featured talks about four themes prominent in Nielsen’s work. Mandle, the author of What’s Left of Liberalism? An Interpretation and Defense of Justice as Fairness (Lexington Books, 2000), which deals with John Rawls’ theory of social justice and communitarian and postmodern critics, spoke about politics in a discussion titled “Rawls, Habermas, and global justice.” Other speakers represented Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford,
and other universities.

Professor of Public Administration and Policy JOHN ROHRBAUGH has been appointed to serve as the director of the Office of International Education for a renewable three-year term. He brings to the position an abiding interest in comparative research and international education, as well as considerable expertise in strategic planning, managerial analysis, and team building. He has served as interim director of the office since last January.

Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar ZVI GELLIS was selected for the 12th annual National Institute on Aging 2003 Summer Research Institute in Warrenton, Va. The institute offers new researchers intensive exposure to issues and challenges in research on aging. The program included lectures, seminars,
and small group discussions in research design relative to aging. Topics covered included the biology of aging; genetics and Alzheimer’s disease; and health, behavior and aging, methodological approaches and interventions. He was one of 40 participants representing 20 states.

DAVID JANOWER, professor of music and director of the classical choral group Albany Pro Musica, has been selected outstanding conductor of the year by the New York chapter of the American Choral Dir ectors Association. The award was presented August 11 at the New York State School Music Association’s summer conference.

In addition, Albany Pro Musica’s performance of George Bristow’s “The Oratorio of Daniel” will be broadcast at 8 a.m. February 8, 2004, on WCPE, a classical station in Raleigh, N.C. The show will be hosted by Ken Hoover of Great Sacred Music. This broadcast will be from a CD made in 1997 by Albany Pro Musica of a work that had never been recorded and never performed in 100 years, according to Janower.

Princeton University Press has published a book co-edited by JULIAN ZELIZER, associate professor and director of the undergraduate program in public policy at Rockefeller College. The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History is based on two conferences at MIT, and involves 14 of the leading new voices in American political history. There was a roundtable about the book at the American Political Science Association, and another is planned at the Organization of American Historians.

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