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Albert Auster, Ph.D., A&S
clinical associate professor of communication and media studies and associate chair of undergraduate studies, lectured in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, on April 16 and 24, on director Frank Capra and his film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Mark L. Botton, Ph.D., A&S
professor of biology, contributed three chapters to the recently published book The American Horseshoe Crab (Harvard Press, 2004). The chapters were titled “Synchronies in Migration: Shorebirds, Horseshoe Crabs, and Delaware Bay,” “Horseshoe Crabs in a Food Web: Who Eats Whom?” and “Horseshoe Crab Conservation: A Coast-Wide Management Plan.”

Jeffrey E. Cohen, Ph.D., A&S
professor of political science and associate chair of undergraduate studies, presented a paper titled “If the News Is So Bad, Why Are Presidential Polls So High?” at the Joan Shorenstein Center of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, April 28.

Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.
Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, delivered the following lectures: “The Radicalism of the Gospel,” at the Institute on Religious Life Conference in Mundelein, Ill.; “Freedom” at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.; and “The Perfect Law of Liberty,” at the first National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. His spring McGinley Lecture, “The Rebirth of Apologetics,” was published in First Things (No. 143). Other recent publications include “A Roman Catholic View of Justification in Light of the Dialogues” in By Faith Alone: Essays on Justification in Honor of Gerhard D. Forde (WM B Eerdmans, 2003); “Newman in Retrospect,” Newman Studies Journal 1; a review of Knowing the Love of Christ: An Introduction to the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Notre Dame Press, 2002) by Michael Dauphinais and Matthew Levering, in Nova et Vetera 2. His book, The Priestly Office (Paulist Press, 1997), has been translated into German under the title Priester Christi. Cardinal Dulles became an honorary member of the Fordham Chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu at its induction ceremony on April 2.

Thomas S. De Luca Jr., Ph.D., A&S
associate professor of political science and director of the social science program, was awarded an American Political Science Association Small Research Grant of $2,000 to research “Three Cases in Chinese Constitutional Development” as part of a project he has been working on regarding constitutional development in China. He is organizing a conference, also part of the project, on democratic development in China to be held in Beijing Oct. 7-10. The project is supported by a Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award grant, the US-China Business Council, Fordham University, and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.

Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., A&S
Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham University, delivered the following invited lectures: “Privacy and Ethics in Children’s Environment Health Research,” at the Conference of the Children’s Environment Health Network in Washington, D.C., on March 5; “Multiple Relationships and Conflicts of Interest in Research,” at the American Psychological Association and Office of Research Integrity Workshop on the Responsible Conduct of Research in Washington, D.C., on April 13; and “The New APA Ethics Code and Clinical Psychology” at Regents University, Virginia Beach, Va., on April 16. Fisher, who chairs the Children’s Research Subcommittee of the HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee for Human Subjects Protections, presented the subcommittee’s recommendations at the group’s public meeting in Arlington, Va., on March 29.

Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Ph.D., A&S
Distinguished Professor of Theology, received the Jerome Award from the Catholic Library Association. She delivered the Marcellin Champagnat Lecture at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on April 14; and the keynote address, “The Church Women Want,” at a conference on the church in the 21st century held at Boston College last April.

German M. Martinez, S.T.D., GRE
associate professor of theology and liturgy, published a scholarly and pastorally sensitive book on the sacraments, Sins of Freedom: Theology of the Christian Sacraments (Paulist Press, 1993).

John P. McCarthy, Ph.D., A&S
professor emeritus of history, wrote a review of a new edition of G.K. Chesterton's Irish Impressions in the Saint Austin Review, Vol. 3 (Nov./Dec. 2003). He read a paper, “Varying Perspectives on Daniel O’Connell,” to a local history group on April 21 in Waterville, Colo.

Philip M. Napoli, Ph.D., BUS
associate professor of communications and media management and director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, recently was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support the development of the McGannon Center. Professor Napoli also served as the co-chair for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's Academic Seminar, held in conjunction with the annual NCTA convention in New Orleans, April 30–May 3.

Barry Rosenfeld, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., A&S
associate professor of psychology, recently published Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die: The Interface of Social Science, Public Policy, and Medical Ethics (American Psychological Association, 2004).

Kari Solomon, MC
assistant director of Career Planning and Placement at Marymount, presented “Ichi, Dos, Trois Go! Preparing International Students to Compete for U.S. Internships,” at the National Cooperative Education and Internship Association conference in Arlington, Va., on April 20. Her presentation highlighted the frequently benchmarked internship preparation program she started at Marymount College that includes sessions on writing an American résumé, phone skills, interview skills and American business culture.

Janet Sternberg, Ph.D., A&S
assistant professor of communication and media studies, delivered an invited address on “Legal Dilemmas in Transnational Cyberspace” at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., in April. She presented a paper titled “The Cell Phone as a Tool for Thought,” discussed general semantics on a panel about the work of Neil Postman, and responded to panels on religion and media and on the scholarship of Walter J. Ong, S.J., at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association in Boston, April 22-25. She also published “Cell Phone as Probe” in Explorations in Media Ecology.

Nina Tassi, Ph.D., A&S
associate vice president for academic affairs, presented a paper, “The Prophet Isaiah as Poet,” at the national conference of the College English Association in Richmond, Va., on April 1, where she was also elected to a three-year term on the association’s board of directors.

Francesca Thompson, O.S.F., Ph.D., A&S
assistant dean at Fordham College at Rose Hill and director of multicultural programs, delivered the keynote address to graduates of the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Ind., during commencement exercises on May15. She also was presented an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

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