Faculty members Joseph Pitt, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Ashley Shew, an assistant professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, co-edited Spaces for the Future: A Companion to Philosophy and Technology (New York, New York: Routledge, 2017).

Shew’s individual contribution to the volume was “Animals in Philosophy of Technology” and Pitt’s was “Transcendence in Space,” pp. 108–16 and 340–45 respectively.

Barbara Allen, a professor in Department of Science and Technology in Society, published:  “A Successful Experiment in Participatory Science for Promoting Change in a French Industrial Region,” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 3 (2017): 375–81;  and “Through a Maze of Studies: Health Questions and ‘Undone Science’ in a French Industrial Region,” Environmental Sociology 3.2 (2017): 134–44, with doctoral students Alison Cohen (UC Berkeley) and Yolaine Ferrier (Centre Norbert Elias, Marseille, France), who were part of Allen’s French research project.

 

The Korean translation of Engineers for Korea by Gary Downey, an Alumni Distinguished Professor in Science and Technology in Society, and Kyonghee Han was named a 2017 Sejong Book by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. The certification honors books that “have high value as academic texts and improve the public’s reading culture” and carries an award of ten million won ($8,900) to pay for distributing copies across the country.

The essay titled “Finding My Amputee Brethren” by Ashley Shew, an assistant professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, was posted on Nursing Clio, the collaborative history of medicine blog on July 27.

 

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will welcome 26 new tenure-track and tenured professors in the fall of 2017.

Joining the college as assistant professors are Aaron Brantly, Political Science; Cara Daggett, Political Science; Matthew Fullen, School of Education; Edward Gitre, History; Katherine Haenschen, Communication; Benjamin Katz, Human Development; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Ashley Landers, Human Development; Evan Lavender-Smith, English; Christopher Lindgren, English; Gonzalo Montero, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Shaily Patel, Religion and Culture; Ashley Reichelmann, Sociology; Patrick Ridge, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Micah Roos, Sociology; Donna Sedgwick, Sociology; Eonyou Shin, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Lee Vinsel, Science and Technology in Society; and Chelsea Woods, Communication.

Hired as tenured faculty at the rank of associate professor are Shannon Bell, Sociology; Su Fang Ng, Cutchins Chair in the Department of English; and Bonnie Zare, Sociology.

Joining the college at the rank of professor are Kenneth Hodges, English; Sylvester Johnson, Religion and Culture (as well as director of the Center for the Humanities and assistant vice provost for humanities); Carmen Giménez Smith, English; and Paul Steger, director of the School of Performing Arts.

Barbara Allen, a professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, received a second grant from the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health) for the project titled “Etude participative en santé environnement ancrée localement (EPSEAL) comparant deux villes du golfe de Fos et une ville hors de ce front industriel” (Locality-based Participatory Environmental Health Survey Comparing Two Towns in the Gulf of Fos with a Non-industrial Town). The grant, which is in the amount of 200,000 Euros (approximately $225,000), begins in the spring of 2018.

Outcomes and impact of a health study conducted in France by Barbara Allen, a professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, were highlighted in VT News.

With funding from the French Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health, Allen conducted a community-based environmental health study in Fos-sur-Mer and Port-Louis-du-Rhône, both located in one of France’s largest industrial regions.

The results of the survey and study indicate a much higher level of illness and chronic health problems compared to the rest of the French population; the results have been used to advocate for environmental improvements and to justify additional health research.

The following college faculty members were recipients of an Incentive Grant during the 2016–2017 academic year:  Danna Agmon, an assistant professor in the Department of History; Toni Calasanti, a professor in the Department of Sociology; Eunju Hwang, an assistant professor in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Jeffrey Jackson, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science; Sarah Ovink, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology; Ashley Shew, in the Department of Science and Technology in Society; Carolyn Shivers, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science; and John Wells, an associate profeesor in the School of Education.

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students and faculty were recognized at the 17th Annual Graduate Education Week Awards Banquet on March 30.

Carmen Bolt, History, received the William Preston Society Outstanding Thesis Award for Social Sciences, Business, Education, and Humanities. Human Development faculty member April Few-Demo was recognized with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award. Francine Rossone de Paula, ASPECT, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for Social Sciences, Business, Education, and Humanities.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Awards went to Daniel Newcomb, a master’s student in history, and Shekila Melchior, a doctoral student in counselor education. Ricky Mullins, Curriculum and Instruction, received the Graduate Teaching Excellence – Assistant Award. Honored as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Samantha Fried, Science and Technology Studies, and Erin Lavender-Stott, Human Development. 

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