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

by | Jan. 26, 2016, 2:19 PM

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Bonnie Dow, professor of communication studies and chair of the department and professor of women’s and gender studies, has been named to the 2015 list of Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice for her book Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970: Feminism’s Pivotal Year on the Network News (University of Illinois Press, 2014). This prestigious honor is given by the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, and reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts extraordinary attention from the academic library community.

Joe Franklin, assistant professor of psychology; Sonya Sterba, assistant professor of psychology; Jennifer Trueblood, assistant professor of psychology; and former Vanderbilt graduate student Josh Bucholtz have been honored as Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science. The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research careers post-Ph.D. whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

Julián Hillyer, associate professor of biological sciences, has received the American Society of Parasitologists’ 2015 Henry Baldwin Ward Medal, the highest award bestowed by the society and given to a scientist at mid-career. In receiving this year’s medal, Hillyer joins his father, George, who was honored in 1982, and his Ph.D. adviser, Bruce Christensen, who was honored in 1987 and who introduced Hillyer at this year’s award ceremony.

Gregory Melchor-Barz, professor of ethnomusicology, presented the keynote address on queer identity in ethnomusicological field research at the 2015 International Post-IP conference held in Aveiro, Portugal. In addition, while in Portugal he lectured at the Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Deborah Rowe, associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, has been named to the Advisory Council of the Preschool Development Grant-Expansion for Metro Nashville. The focus of the council will be to provide guidance, to collaborate and to make recommendations for establishing a plan for effective learning systems for children from birth to age 8.

Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of African American Studies and French, has been named to the 2015 list of Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice for her book Bricktop’s Paris: African American Women in Paris between the Two World Wars (SUNY Press, 2015). This prestigious honor is given by the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, and reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts extraordinary attention from the academic library community.

Margaret Walker, art curator assistant at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, has been named one of Nashville’s “Top 30 Under 30” for 2016 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The award recognizes the city’s most active young professionals and philanthropists under the age of 30 for benefiting the foundation’s work to control and cure cystic fibrosis.


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