Kudos are monthly compilations of noteworthy awards, achievements and grants received by Columbian College faculty, students and alumni. Articles published in academic journals are also included among these recognitions.

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Recent Recognition

April 14, 2021

The University Writing Program announced this year’s recipients of the Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Teaching Awards: Distinguished Teaching Award: Shelley Brundage (Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences); Best Assignment Design Award: Melissa Keeley (Geography); Distinguished Graduate Student Award: Kelsie Pos (Biological Sciences).

Senior Arielle Bader and junior Sydney Walsh (Photojournalism) were featured by the Tampa Bay Times in the article “Pocketful of Sunshine State: Photos show Florida in a different light.

William Andrew Barr (Anthropology) received a $90,099 grant from the National Science Foundation to examine the relationship between increasingly carnivorous Homo erectus Pleistocene mammal extinctions.

Lisa Bowleg (Psychology) received a $78,222 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study adolescent health at the intersections of sexual, gender, racial/ethnic, immigrant identities and native language.

Christopher Brick (History) was named the co-host of Intervals, a history podcast produced by the Organization of American Historians. He also received a $160,000 grant from the National Archives and Records Administration for the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project.

Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff (Public Administration and International Affair) received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Studies section of the International Studies Association.

David Costanza (Psychology, Organizational Sciences) received the 2021 Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Senior Sophia DeNezza (Interior Architecture) is a finalist in Steelcase’s NEXT Student Design Competition.

John Edmonds, BFA ’12, (Photography) was featured in The New York Times for photographing Grammy award nominees.

Jackson Gode, BA ’18, (Political Science) co-authored the Brookings Institution report “‘We all want what’s best for our kids’: Discussions of D.C. public school options in an online forum (PDF).

Claritza Jimenez, BA ’05, (Political Communication) soft-launched InColorStock.com, a content platform that highlights stock photos and stock footage depicting people of color.

First-year graduate student Ariana Kaye (Art History) published an essay on Andy Warhol's film Blow Job.

Oleg Kargaltsev (Physics) received a $31,995 grant from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to study the Guitar Nebula.

Elira Kuka (Economics) was awarded a $20,155 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the impact of high-quality research feedback on the academic success of women and underrepresented minorities.

PhD candidate Vyta Pivo (American Studies) was named to the University of Michigan Society of Fellows.

Michael S. Regan, MPA ’04, (Public Administration) was confirmed as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sydney Sheehan, BA ’17, (Art History) co-founded the Coalition of Masters Scholars on Material Culture, an online platform helping emerging master’s scholars publish their work.

Jeremy Weissman, MA ’10, (Public Policy) authored the book The Crowdsourced Panopticon: Conformity and Control on Social Media (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).

Nicholas White (Physics) received a $211,946 grant from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to study Gamma-Ray bursts and afterglow emissions.

Caroline Willauer, MA ’20, (Art History) was featured on France 24 News’ coverage of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Amy E. Zanne (Biology) was elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America for her research in trait-based ecology.