"Noteworthy" is a monthly compilation of important 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

Eric Arnesen (History) won a Public Scholars Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will support his work on a political biography of A. Philip Randolph (1889–1979), an African American labor leader and civil rights activist.

Domonic Bearfield (Public Policy & Public Administration) co-authored the book The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality An Examination of Merit and Representation (Routledge, 2022).

Tyler Cavanaugh, BA ’16, (Economics) was selected to the USA Basketball’s World Cup Qualifying Team.

Stephanie Riegg Cellini (Economics, Public Policy & Public Administration) was named a senior consultant to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Manuel Cuellar (RGSLL) authored the book Choreographing Mexico: Festive Performances and Dancing Histories of a Nation (University of Texas Press, 2022).

Adam Dean (Political Science) received a $65,000 grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to extend ongoing work on nursing home unionization and COVID-19 preparedness.

Janis Goodman (Art & Design) exhibited artwork at the McLean Project for the Arts show Open Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists.

Leon Grayfer (Biology) received a $415,550 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine how subsets of frog cells contribute to susceptibility to the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. 

Valentina S. Harizanov (Mathematics) received a $220,150 grant from NSF to study polynomial equations. 

Chryssa Kouveliotou (Physics) received a $37,500 grant from NASA to examine deep galactic plane observations by the international space station NICER TOO.

Elira Kuka (Economics) joined the CESifo global independent research network.

Arnaud Martin (Biology) received a $655,390 grant from NSF to examine the molecular, developmental and functional basis of silk across a diversity of uses.

Nate Morris, BA ’03, (Political Science) listed his company Rubicon on the NYSE. It is only the ninth Kentucky-based company to go public on the exchange.

Richard Robin (RGSLL) and Galina Shatalina (RGSLL) published GOLOSA, a new student workbook for beginner Russian learners (Routledge, 2022).

Ronald Spector (History) wrote A Continent Erupts: Decolonization, Civil War, and Massacre in Postwar Asia, 1945–1955. (W. W. Norton & Company, 2022).

David Stoff (Psychology) received a $107,726 grant from the National Institutes of Health to address the shortage of Latino investigators in HIV/AIDS.

Abdourahman Waberi (RGSLL) authored his latest novel Dis-moi pour qui j’existe? (JC Lattès, 2022). 

Gayle Wald (American Studies, English) won a Public Scholars Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will support her work on a biography of Ella Jenkins, America’s most popular and accomplished producer of children’s music.

Gregory Wallace (Speech & Hearing) received a $41,820 grant from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to evaluate an avoidance model of repetitive behaviors in autistic adolescents.