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Roberta Gentry, who will receive her master of fine arts degree in studio art in May 2014, has won a Professional Development Award from the College Art Association (CAA), the premier international professional organization for artists and art historians. She is one of only five graduate students in the nation to receive this prestigious honor. This award is intended to help student artists and art historians bridge the gap between their graduate studies and professional careers.
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Roberta Gentry is also this year's recipient of the Distinguished M.F.A. Thesis Award. Her project is on display in the University Art Museum as part of the M.F.A./M.A. Thesis Exhibition from May 2 to May 18, 2014.
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Assistant Professor Justin Minder received a prestigious $570,640 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his project titled “The Mesoscale Climate Dynamics of Rocky Mountain Snowpack Depletion.” He will study surface-albedo feedback (SAF) in the Headwaters region and other US mountain ranges. The project also includes annual high school classroom visits and weeklong summer camps on weather and climate for students from urban districts with high populations of minorities underrepresented in the STEM fields. Research Professor John Molinari received a three-year $375,000 award from the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research for his proposal “Outflow Layer Dynamics and Thermodynamics and Tropical Cyclone Intensity Change”. This funding will allow Dr. Molinari to undertake four projects with the aim of improving prediction of the intensification of tropical cyclones.
As part of the system-to-system relationship between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and SUNY, seed funds made available through a UWI-SUNY partnership were awarded to a joint proposal involving Assistant Professors Justin Minder and Brian Tang, Associate Professor Oliver Timm and Postdoctoral Associate Elinor Martin, and faculty from UWI. The investigators will collaborate to develop a research initiative investigating Caribbean rainfall variability and climate change and work on graduate student exchanges.
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Adjunct Professor Daniel Molloy was featured on the cover of the “Science Times” edition of the New York Times for his environmentally safe efforts to control the spread of invasive species of mussels in New York lakes and rivers. He and his team demonstrated that a toxin in the dead cells of a bacterium – Strain CL145A – destroys the digestive system of zebra mussels when they ingest the bacterium. Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort was appointed to a three-year term on the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils. The Council will advise the Director of the National Institutes of Health on research efforts that address major cross-cutting NIH priorities and make recommendations in the support of research that represents important areas of emerging scientific opportunities.
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In the January 28, 2014, issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the editors highlighted a manuscript co-authored by Professor Marina Petrukhina that appeared in the high-impact journal Advanced Materials. Dr. Petrukhina and her collaborators devised a method that can be applied to creating “inexpensive sheets of white organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) to serve as lighting tiles and wallpaper.”
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Assistant Professor Zhongwen Liang's paper entitled "Testing cointegration relationship in a semiparametric varying coefficient model" (joint with Jingping Gu from University of Arkansas) was published in the January 2014 issue of Journal of Econometrics. Assistant Professor Baris K. Yoruk presented his paper "Sunday alcohol laws and crime" at the annual meeting of Southern Economic Association.
Assistant Professor Baris K. Yoruk attended the annual meeting of American Economic Association. Assistant Professor Baris K. Yoruk published “Legalization of Sunday alcohol sales and alcohol consumption in the United States”, 2014, Addiction, 109, 55-61.
Professor Kajal Lahiri and PhD students Yongchen Zhao and Liu Yang presented three papers at the 22nd Symposium of the Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, Baruch College CUNY, New York City, April 17-18, 2014. Professor Kajal Lahiri and PhD students presented their paper “Forecasting US Disability applications at the 20th Federal Forecasters Conference at BLS, Washington DC on April 24, 2014.
Yongchen Zhao has been awarded the 2014 University Distinguished Dissertation Award for his PhD thesis titled, Essays on Forecasting with Survey Data and Many Predictors: Combination, Evaluation and Applications. A paper entitled “Testing the value of probability forecasts for calibrated combining” co-authored by Kajal Lahiri, Huaming Peng and Yongchen Zhao has been accepted for publication in the international Journal of Forecasting.
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Baris Yoruk published "Can technology help to reduce underage drinking? Evidence from the false ID laws with scanner provision," 2014, Journal of Health Economics, 36, 33-46. Baris Yoruk presented his paper “Can technology help to reduce underage drinking? Evidence from the false ID laws with scanner provision” at UT-Dallas and his paper “Charity ratings” at Charitable Giving: Theory and Evidence Workshop at Duke University.
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Journalism adjunct instructor Steve Barnes received the first place award in Entertainment Writing from the Associated Press for his Times Union article titled "'Red intense, stirring at Cap Rep." Journalism adjunct instructor Thomas Palmer received the second place award in the category "News presentation - spot" for his Times Union article titled "Terror at marathon," co-written by Daniel Roberts.
Alumnus and adjunct instructor David Guistina won the Associated Press award for Best Interview, Class 2, for his work on the WAMC feature "Alan Chartock in Conversation with Bishop Howard Hubbard."   Alumnus and adjunct instructor Ian Pickus won the Associated Press award for Best Sports Coverage, Class 2, for his work on the WAMC feature "Just Before New Season, Yankees Renew Series with Army."
Barbara Lombardo, journalism adjunct instructor, won the New York News Publishers Association excellence award for Distinguished Editorial Writing. Barbara is a stalwart instructor in our JRL 200Z (and sometimes JRL 201Z) courses.   Professor Thomas Bass' book, The Spy Who Loved Us, has been released, four years after publication,  in Vietnam.   It has made the cover of the newspaper of the Communist Youth Movement in Vietnam.
Associate Professor Carolyn Yalkut debuted her new play Everywoman in a sold-out performance in PAC's Arena Theatre in April. Under the aegis of WAM Theatre of the Berkshires, the Equity ensemble cast was directed by Sara Katzoff of the Berkshire Fringe.
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  Alumnus & adjunct instructor Richard Matturro's sixth novel, Medea, will be released in May 2014.  
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Associate Professor Laura Wilder received the Research Impact Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) for her book Rhetorical Strategies and Genre Conventions in Literary Studies: Teaching and Writing in the Disciplines. This award is presented annually for the empirical research publication that most advances the mission of the CCCC, which is to support and promote the teaching and study of college and composition and communication.  
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Adjunct lecturer Rocco Ferraro was selected for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Mr. Ferraro has taught Introductory Urban Planning for 35 semesters. He is a practicing urban planner, chairs the planning board for the Town of Clifton Park and is Executive Director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission. Associate Professor and Department Chair Catherine T. Lawson and her data science group, the Albany Visualization and Informatics Lab (AVAIL), have been selected to develop advanced web-based data analysis tools for the Federal Highway Administration. The AVAIL group will create software to enable government agencies, academic institutions, private industry and the general public to benefit from evidence-based decisions about vehicle travel data across the country by utilizing innovative visualizations and analysis techniques.
Assistant Professor Alexander Buyantuev published "Temperate and boreal forest mega-fires: characteristics and challenges," which appeared in the prestigious ecology journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.   Ray Bromley’s book, Envisioning Sociology: Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction, co-authored with John Scott and published by SUNY Press (June 2013), came out in paperback in January 2014.
Professor Ray Bromley’s book chapter, “Rethinking the Public Realm: On vending, popular protest, and street politics”, was published in Karen Tranberg Hansen, Walter E. Little and B. Lynne Milgram, eds. Street Economies in the Urban Global South (SAR Press, December 2013), pp. 17-28.  
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History Dept. alumnus John Evers (Ph.D. May 2013) has been named County Historian for Albany. He will work with the County archives (Hall of Records), the County Clerk, and the Association of Public Historians of NYS, on history, research, and related areas on behalf of the County of Albany. He will also continue to serve as Director of Operations of Albany County, thus coordinating all of the activities of the twenty-plus commissioners, directors, and division heads reporting to the County Executive’s Office. Associate Professor Nadieszda Kizenko received the 2013 Distinguished Article Prize from the Association for the Study of Eastern Christianity for “The Feminization of Patriarchy? Women in Contemporary Russian Orthodoxy,” Signs, Volume 38 (3), 2013, 595-621. Prof. Kizenko’s article investigates the tensions facing religious women in contemporary Russia.
Collins Fellow and Professor emerita Iris Berger, History Department, presented the African Studies Review Distinguished Lecture, “Women’s Movements in Twentieth-Century Africa: A Hidden History,” at the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Baltimore, on November 22, 2013. Ph.D. candidate Jackie Mirandola Mullen received an Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Research Fellowship from the John F. Kennedy Library for dissertation research. This fellowship provides a stipend of $5,000 and is intended to support scholars in the production of substantial works in either the foreign policy of the Kennedy Presidency, especially in the Western Hemisphere; or the Kennedy Administration's domestic policy, particularly with regard to racial justice or the conservation of natural resources. Ms. Mullen’s dissertation is titled, Piecemeal Federal Shores: How Postwar politics and urban growth shaped America’s coasts. At the John F. Kennedy Library, she will examine Kennedy's Senate papers and the papers of other individuals in the Department of the Interior related to Congress’s establishment of National Seashores and Lakeshores established within two decades of Kennedy's presidency.
Assistant Professor Dmitry Korobeynikov participated in the 47th Byzantine Spring Symposium "The Emperor in the Byzantine World" at the University of Cardiff, Cardiff, UK, 25-27 April 2014 where he delivered the paper, "Dual sovereignty? Byzantine-Seljuk relations in the thirteenth century." Associate Professor Richard Fogarty presented his paper : “Greater France and the Great War,” as part of a roundtable, “Empires at War, 1912–23: Rethinking the Great War a Century On,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC, on 4 January 2014.
Associate Professor Richard Fogarty presented his paper: “Islam in the French Army during the Great War,” at Aliens in Uniform: Symposium on Colonial Soldiers in Europe (1900-1950), Institute for History, Leiden University, the Netherlands, on 10 January 2014. Associate Professor Nadieszda Kizenko delivered the lecture "Mr. Putin Goes to Church: Religion and Freedom of Speech in Modern Russia" on January 28, 2014, as part of Butler University's Center for Faith and Vocation 2014 lecture series on religion and freedom of expression in Indianopolis, Indiana. Other topics in the series included “Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Faith: Understanding the First Amendment and Its Global Implications;” “Islam and Free Expression;” and “Faith and Academic Freedom in Higher Education.”
Assistant Professor Michitake Aso presented his paper "Y50: A transitional generation of medical doctors in Vietnam.", on the 5th International Conference on the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia, 11 January 2014 Assistant Professor Dmitry Korobeynikov published article “Before Mantzikert: An Armenian Colophon of 1067”, in Miscellanea Orientalia Christiana, eds. N. Seleznev, Iu. Arzhanov (Moscow, 2014), pp. 207-222 (in Russian).
Distinguished Professor John Monfasani signed a contract with Variorum, Ashgate, for two volumes of his collected articles. This brings the total of his collected articles to five--an unsurpassed scholarly achievement. Until now, no one has ever published five Variorum volumes, and only a very small number of humanities scholars in the last hundred years have published five volumes of collected articles anywhere. Moreover, these five volumes would still not contain all of Prof. Monfasani's articles.   Vincent O'Leary Professor Iris Berger presented on women in contemporary African political activism for International Perspectives: The Role of Women during Periods of Political Change, April 28th, Rockefeller College, University at Albany, sponsored by The Fellowship on Women and Public Policy of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society.
Professor John (Fitz) Schwaller published (in collaboration with Helen Nader), The First Letter from New Spain: The Lost Petition of Cortes and His Company, June 20, 1519 (University of Texas Press, 2014). It has just been released.   Professor of History and Africana Studies Allen Ballard presented his paper "The Young Putin's World and the Ukrainian Question" at the Ukrainian Crisis Forum held at the University on April 17, 2014.
Associate Professor Richard Fogarty published the co-edited volume Empires in World War I: Shifting Frontiers and Imperial Dynamics in a Global Conflict (with Andrew Tait Jarboe, London: I.B. Tauris, 2014).   Associate Professor Richard Fogarty presented his paper “Greater France and the Great War,” at a round table, “War and Peace in the French Colonial History of the Great War,” at the Society for French Historical Studies 60th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 25 April 2014
Associate Professor Nadia Kizenko published a book chapter titled, "Paradoxes of Patriarchy: Orthodoxy and Gender in Post-Soviet Russia," in Katya Tolstaya, ed., Orthodox Paradoxes: Heterogeneities and Complexities in Contemporary Russian Orthodoxy (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014) (Brill's series in church history, 66), 302-31   Associate Professor Nadia Kizenko gave a presentation on women in contemporary Ukrainian political activism for International Perspectives: The Role of Women during Periods of Political Change, April 28th, Rockefeller College, University at Albany. This panel discussion sponsored by The Fellowship on Women and Public Policy of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society covered the role of women in influencing international and domestic societal change during periods of political transformation.
Associate Professor of History and Director of the Judaic Studies Program Barry Trachtenberg published commentary on Yom ha-Shoah titled "Holocaust still offers key lessons" in the Albany Times Union   Assistant Professor Michitake Aso delivered the lecture “Forests without Birds: Rubber Production and Environmental Crises in Vietnam, 1890-1975.”, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, April 16, 2014.
Lecturer Laura Wittern-Keller presented her paper “Indefinite Detention: Security Risks in the Early Cold War Years”, at the Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration Politics and Policy conference sponsored by the Center for Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at Albany, April 21, 2014   Adjunct instructor David W. Palmquist, the former City Historian of Bridgeport, Connecticut, delivered his paper "Doing 20th Century History in a State with a Colonial Mindset, The Bridgeport Case," to the spring conference of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History at Fairfield University, April 5, 2014.
Recent PhD graduate Mariah Adin has her dissertation The Supreme Adventure: Brooklyn's Thrill-Kill Gang and Mid-Century Juvenile Justice accepted for publication by the Praeger imprint of ABC-CLIO under the title: The Brooklyn Thrill-Kill Gang and the Great Comic Book Scare of the 1950s. She also received a 2014 Distinguished Dissertation Award for this work.   Recent PhD graduate Michael Panzer has been accepted into "Visualizing Global Studies: A Mapping Workshop for Educators" at Harvard University, which will take place in August 2014
There were three winners of the distinguished dissertation awards this year: Mariah Adin, “The Supreme Adventure: Brooklyn's Thrill-Kill Gang and Mid-Century Juvenile Justice” (Richard Hamm), David Crawford Jones, “Facing the Epokolo: Corporal Punishment and Scandal in Twentieth Century Ovamboland” (Iris Berger), and Matthew Fairchild Vivyan, "Crawling between Earth and Heaven: Shakespeare and Elizabethan Aristotelianism" (John Monfasani).    
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Gabriel Guadalupe (PhD Spanish, May 2014) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Spanish at Westfield State University, Massachusetts. Kathryn Ringer-Hilfinger (PhD Spanish, May 201) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Spanish at Williams College, Massachusetts.
Two French students, Isaiah Jenkins and Jasmine Robinson, were recently awarded $4000 fellowships to study at the University of Laval in Québec City summer 2014 by la Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique. Applicants must prepare essays in French and provide recommendation letters from faculty. French student Matthew Kelly was accepted to participate in the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The program's goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in French schools by establishing a native speaker presence, while also providing American Francophiles with excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture. He will spend the 2014-2015 school year in the Lille district of northern France.
Benjamin Mielenz (BA Spanish) received a full year Fulbright Fellowship to study in Colombia (2013-2014) is completing his work there now, planning to return to UAlbany in fall in the SPN PhD Program as a SPN Teaching Assistant. Lotfi Sayahi’s book Diglossia and Language Contact: Language Variation and Change in North Africa was just published by Cambridge University Press
Ilka Kressner’s book, Sites of Disquiet, was just published by Purdue University Press David Lisenby’s interview with Cuba’s renowned (now late) playwright Abelardo Estorino was published in spring 2014 Latin American Theatre Review
Ilka Kressner’s Visiting Scholarship, Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, Research Project: Portable Poetry in Spanish America - Paradigms of an Aesthetic of Interaction" June-Dec 2013. Cynthia Fox elected vice-chair of UAlbany Faculty Senate
Professor Timothy Sergay coordinated the Ukraine Crisis Forum on April 17, 2014. Russia’s absorption of Crimea and Sevastopol which has dominated headlines since November and by most accounts constitutes the most serious challenge to the post-Cold War international order the world has yet seen, attracted 70+ participants from across the campus and from the community. Various views of the roots and implications of the crisis were discussed. The forum included presentations from five faculty members from LLC, History and Political Science and a visiting physician from Ukraine who gave a first-hand account. The Spanish Club donated 45 pounds of collected food to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
The Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, honored its new inductees 5/2/14 and the French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, honored its new inductees 5/1/14. LLC hosted its 18th annual Olympiada of Spoken Russian on 3/26/14 where Russian students from throughout the region came to the campus to compete in language skills and cultural knowledge. Finalists go on to a national competition for the chance to win scholarships to go to Russia.
LLC celebrated national foreign language week in March with a week-long film festival featuring films in French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and German. On 3/5/14 LLC hosted La fête de la francophonie, an annual worldwide celebration of French cultures and speakers on 5 continents. There were a variety of activities around the University for about 100 UHS students who came to the campus from across NY State, including a language immersion treasure hunt, a workshop with Homespun Occasions (a live musical group that teaches traditional dances of Quebec & France), a francophone themed dessert contest, and conversation practice with native French speakers from around the world.
A large group of French speakers from across the campus (professors, staff, students & international students) celebrated Mardi Gras in the Patroon Room together speaking French 3/5/14 and enjoying New Orleans style Mardi Gras themed food, the brainchild of French Professor Cynthia Fox, who initiated and helped coordinate with the Campus Center the Mardi Gras themed day.
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Associate Professor Nancy Newman, conjunction with the American Musicological Society, gave a lecture at the Library of Congress. The title of her talk was "A program not greatly to their credit": Finding New Perspectives on the Germania Musical Society through the American Memory Sheet Music Collection.
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Graduating music major Margaret Levine was one of the winners of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
The UAlbany Pep Band, under the direction of Professor Kevin Champagne, played at the recent NCAA basketball tournament games.
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  Dept. of Music – Professor Bob Gluck’s , will be released March 15 on Ictus Records. The work was recorded in Fall 2012 by Professor Gluck as composer and pianist and saxophonist Andrew Sterman (Philip Glass Ensemble). Together the instruments interweave layers of melody, highlighting the sonic beauty of a historical monophonic cantorial tradition and the openness, dialog and parallel play found within modern jazz improvisation.
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Professor Christine Wagner was selected to receive the 2014 Student Association Outstanding Faculty Award. Jeanette Altarriba has been named the Associate Editor for Language and Speech.
Ewan McNay was appointed consulting editor for Perspectives on Psychological Science.   Jeanette Altarriba was selected to be a 2014 Midwestern Psychological Associate Fellow.  Fellow status is reserved for psychologists who show “evidence of significant contributions to the discipline or psychology and/or service to MPA in terms of scholarship, productivity, leadership, and visibility.”
Professor Christine Wagner, Department of Psychology, received a two-year $413,197 award from the National Institutes of Health for her study “Synthetic Progestin Exposure and Mesocortical Dopamine System Development”. Dr. Wagner states that despite the increased administration of progestins to pregnant women to prevent premature delivery, little is known about their effect on brain development in utero. Preliminary data from rodents suggest that progestins affect the development of a neurochemical pathway associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Dr. Wagner’s study will have potential implications for outcomes in children exposed to progestins in utero.  
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Richard Lachmann's book What is Historical Sociology? was published by Polity Press in spring 2014. In April, Richard lectured at the Lisbon University Institute.


Christine Bose has been honored by Sociologists for Women in Society with its Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award for 2014. She will give a lecture on global gender inequalities at the 2014 annual summer meeting, and also present this lecture on two different campuses during 2014-2015.
Zai Liang and Steven Messner hosted an international collaboration between the Urban China Research Network (based in Albany) and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. The conference took place10, 2014. Elizabeth Popp Berman's book, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine (Princeton University Press 2012) was awarded two section awards from the American Sociological Association in 2013, the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work, and the Pierre Bourdieu Award from the Sociology of Education Section.
Elizabeth Popp Berman’s article, “Explaining the Move toward the Market in U.S. Academic Science: How Institutional Logics Can Change without Institutional Entrepreneurs,” was Co-winner of the 2013 Star-Nelkin Paper Award, Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology, American Sociological Association. Joanna Dreby’s article, “The Burden of Deportation on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families.” was the winner of the Best Article Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2013.
Aaron Major’s book, Architects of Austerity: International Finance and the Politics of Growth, came out in April 2014 with Stanford University Press.   Scott South recently received two grants, one from NIH to study the determinants of leaving and returning to the parental home among a recent cohort of young adults, and one from NSF to study how the location of family members and individuals’ own residential history influences the likelihood of moving between different types of neighborhoods. The latter study is a collaborative project with Kyle Crowder, a UAlbany Ph.D. now at the University of Washington.
Kristen Hourigan (PhD candidate) won the 2014 University Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Instructor.   Matthias Revers (PhD candidate) received the 2014 University at Albany Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Agents of Democratic Accountability? Professional Culture of Political Journalism in the US and Germany.”
Gowoon Jung (PhD candidate) is the 2014 recipient of the Appenzeller Memorial Scholarship by the Ewha Foundation, which will fund her to do research this summer.   Joshua McCabe (PhD candidate) is currently an Adam Smith Fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a Humane Studies Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies.
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