Kudos: Read about faculty, staff and student awards, appointments and achievements

Flores (Vanderbilt)

Stella Flores, assistant professor of public policy and higher education, was recognized by The Review of Higher Education for having its most downloaded article for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years with “State Dream Acts: The Effect of In-State Resident Tuition Policies and Undocumented Latino Students.”

Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Chair in Mechanical Engineering, was named one of “10 visionaries to watch” by EE Times magazine for his groundbreaking advancements in mechatronic devices, including smart prosthetics and smart-powered exoskeletons.

Hess (Vanderbilt)

David Hess, professor of sociology, and Steve Krahn, professor of the practice of nuclear environmental engineering, will represent Vanderbilt at the inaugural SEC Symposium, to be held Feb. 10-12 in Atlanta. The symposium is designed to address a significant scholarly issue across the range of disciplines represented by the Southeastern Conference’s 14 member universities, showcasing their academic excellence and underscoring their educational and economic contributions to the vitality of the region, nation and world. The inaugural symposium will address “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future.”

Horn (Vanderbilt)

Ilana Horn, associate professor of mathematics education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, has received a Spencer Foundation grant to support her study “Data in Conversation: Professional Learning Opportunities in Teachers’ Data-Centered Collaborative Talk.” The grant falls under the Spencer Foundation’s Evidence for the Classroom project.

David Hudson, adjunct professor of law and a First Amendment scholar at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt, has authored Let the Students Speak: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools, selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2012.

Lachs (Vanderbilt)

John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy and author of Stoic Pragmatism, and Robert Talisse, professor of philosophy and author of Democracy and Moral Conflict, were two of five philosophers selected to participate in a book-signing event at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association held in Atlanta.

Smith Lilley, a third-year master of divinity student, was awarded the 2012 Richard and Louise Goodwin Prize for Excellence in Theological Writing. The essay was a distillation of Lilley’s research in the God, Economy and Poverty course.

Dave Perkins, associate director of the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program at Vanderbilt Divinity School, has been inducted into the Georgia College and State University Foundation’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni and Friends.