Roanoke College Professors Honored Nationally

by Blair Garland on September 21, 2009

L to R:  Jack Steehler, Sebastian Berger, Paul Hanstedt, Adrienne Bloss, Jacob Lauinger, Benjamin Huddle, Leonard Pysh, Martha Kuchar, Edward Nik-Khah

L to R: Jack Steehler, Sebastian Berger, Paul Hanstedt, Adrienne Bloss, Jacob Lauinger, Benjamin Huddle, Leonard Pysh, Martha Kuchar, Edward Nik-Khah

National or International Recognition
This year, Roanoke College had a number of faculty members whose work received notable national or international recognition.

Donnelley Research Fellowship
Jacob Lauinger, assistant professor of history, has been named the first recipient of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Research Fellowship, a newly endowed three-year award given in partnership by the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge. The fellowship is designed to encourage young post-doctorate scholars in their research efforts.

Fellow, American Council of Education
Dr. Adrienne Bloss, associate dean for academic affairs and general education, recently was named a fellow by the American Council of Education for the academic year of 2010-11.

Fulbright Scholar (Hong Kong)
Dr. Paul Hanstedt, associate professor of English, recently was selected as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Hong Kong. Beginning September 2010, he will work with a university there on developing general education curriculum for the country’s new four-year undergraduate model while studying the region’s culture and literature, which is of personal interest to Hanstedt.

Fulbright Scholar (Ukraine)
Dr. Martha Kuchar, associate professor of English, also was selected as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Ukraine. She will work there in 2010.

Helen Potter Award of Special Recognition
Dr. Sebastian Berger, assistant professor of economics, was recently honored with an international economics award. The 2008 Helen Potter Award of Special Recognition was presented to Berger by the Association for Social Economics for the most original article by a promising scholar.

K. William Kapp Prize
Dr. Edward Nik-Khah, assistant professor of economics, received the K. William Kapp Prize for best article from the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy. His article, titled “A Tale of Two Auctions,” appeared in the Journal of Institutional Economics.

National Science Foundation Grant
Dr. Jack Steehler and Dr. Benjamin Huddle, professors of chemistry, were awarded a three-year grant of nearly $100,000 from the National Science Foundation. Their project, titled “Real-Life Inquiry-Based GC/MS Experiments for General Education Chemistry Courses,” aims at developing new curricular materials that will bring important real-life applications into the laboratory experiences of both first-year science majors and non-majors.

USDA Grant
Dr. Leonard Pysh, associate professor of biology at Roanoke College, was awarded a two-year research grant of $100,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture. Pysh’s project aims at enhancing the nation’s nutrition and health and improving its natural resource base.

Additional Awards

  • Dr. Robert Benne was honored with a Festschrift, a celebratory book dedicated in honor of his scholarly work.
  • Dr. Garry Fleming was named the Virginia Association of Economists’ Distinguished Fellow.
  • Dr. Leslie Murrill received the 2009 Instructional Leadership Award from the Virginia Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

Additional Grants Received

  • Dr. Melanie Almeder—Virginia Commission for the Arts
  • Dr. Rama Balasubramanian—VFIC-Mednick
  • Dr. Rachel Collins—Whitehurst Foundation
  • Dr. J. Brooks Crozier—Whitehurst Foundation
  • Ms. Elizabeth Heil—Virginia Commission for the Arts
  • Dr. Darwin Jorgensen—Whitehurst Foundation
  • Dr. Chris Lassiter—Virginia Commonwealth Health Research Board
  • Dr. Chris Lee—Wolfram Research
  • Dr. DorothyBelle Poli—Jeffress Memorial Trust
  • Dr. Matthew Rearick—Summit Endowment and the Department of Education
  • Dr. Catherine Sarisky—Jeffress Memorial Trust
  • Dr. Robert Schultz—Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
  • Dr. Maria Stallions—Virginia Department of Education
  • Dr. Lynn Talbot—Fulbright FLTA Program
  • Dr. Gary Whitt and Mr. Mark Poore—Verizon Foundation

Books Published
Dr. Richard Grant will publish the Student Companion and Problem Solving Guide, which will accompany a physics textbook. Grant also has been contracted to co-author a calculus-based introductory physics textbook.

Dr. Mary Henold’s recently released book, Catholic and Feminist: The Surprising History of the American
Catholic Feminist Movement
was nominated for this year’s Library of Virginia Literary Award.

Dr. C. William Hill, Jr. is co-author with Garrett Ward Sheldon of The Liberal Republicanism of John Taylor of Caroline, which also was recently nominated for the 12th annual Library of Virginia Literary Award.

Mary Hill’s award-winning second book of poems, A Theory of Everything, was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the 2008 Autumn House Poetry Award.

Dr. Gerald McDermott released The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions: What Every Christian Needs to Know, published by Baker Books.

Dr. Todd Peppers is co-author with Laura Trevvett Anderson on Anatomy of an Execution, The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas.

Dr. Robert Schultz and former student James Shell published We Were Pirates: A Torpedoman’s Pacific War.

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1 Lisa L. Osen June 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I just thought I’d let you know I featured Sebastian Berger’s book: The Foundations of Non-Equilibrium Economics: The Principle of Circular and Cumulative Causation. I summarized it in one sentence (appreciate I enjoyed it in greater depth but my community development website: – on wealth creation and retention, is designed for the person who only has an eighth grade education – although I hope that a few more people than that have been reading it!).

Tell him I hope he does not mind and I hope that a bunch more people read his book (I don’t agree with ALL the points made in it but who ever met an economist who agreed with everything other economists thought? – and it is an accumulation of a LOT of thoughts – so it was probably a bit unfair to do it in one sentence).

Anyway, the best . . . Lisa L. Osen, AeviVision(TM) … working to change probabilities …

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