Academic News (News2Note) — March 2017

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Academic News

Three ASPECT doctoral students gave presentations at the 58th Annual International Studies Association Convention: Robert Flahive, “Asymmetric Lines: World Heritage and the White City Imaginary” and “The Modernist Cartel: DOCOMOMO and the Evolution of the World Heritage List”; Johannes Grow, “The EU and the Specter of Empire”; and Anthony Szczurek, “India and the Politics of Memory at Climate Change Negotiations.” The convention was held February 22–25, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland.

James Hawdon, professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, published “Exposure to Online Hate in Four Nations: A Cross-National Consideration” in Deviant Behavior (2017;38.3:254–66), with Atte Oksanen and Pekka Räsänen.

Dawn Knight-Withers, a doctoral student in the Curriculum and Instruction program and coordinator of pre-education advising in the School of Education, was elected chair of the Commission on Advising Education Majors, a leadership position in the National Academic Advising Association. Knight-Withers will serve a two-year term.

Richard Burian, professor emeritus of philosophy and sciences studies, published “The Contributions—and Collapse—of Lamarckian Heredity in Pasteurian Molecular Biology: 1. Lysogeny, 1900–1960,” Journal of the History of Biology 50 (2017): 5–52, with Laurent Loison and Jean Gayon; and “Eugène et Elisabeth Wollman: la question de la lysogénie,” L’Invention de la régulation génétique: Les Nobel 1965 (Jacob, Lwoff, Monod) et le modèle de l’opéron dans l’histoire de la biologie, ed. Laurent Loison and Michel Morange (Paris: Rue d’Ulm, 2017), pp. 31–65, with Jean Gayon.

Clair Apodaca, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, published “Expanding Responsibilities: The Consequences of World Bank and IMF Policies on Child Welfare,” in Expanding Human Rights: 21st Century Norms and Governance, ed. Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl (Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar, 2017), pp. 215–35.

Kaitlin Boyle, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, published “The Neutralization and Denial of Sexual Violence in College Party Subcultures” in Deviant Behavior 37.12 (2016): 1392–1410, with Lisa Slattery Walker.

Judson Abraham, a doctoral student in ASPECT, presented “Miners and the New Left: The Experience and Legacy of the Miners’ Right to Strike Committee, 1972–1979” at the Graduate Appalachian Research Conference, which was held February 18–19, 2017 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Bettina Koch, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, published “Das monarchische arcana imperii Prinzip versus das demokratische Transparenzprinzip: Zum Verhältnis von Staat und bürgerlicher Freiheit nach Snowden,” [The Monarchical arcana imperii Principle versus the Democratic Principle of Transparency: On the Relationship between the State and Civil Freedom after Snowden], in Staatsgeheimnisse: Arkanpolitik im Wandel der Zeiten, ed. Rüdiger Voigt (Springer: Wiesbaden, 2017), pp. 111–30.