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People In and Around Fordham


Vincent Alfonso, Ph.D., GSE,
associate professor of psychology, was a presenter at a Fordham-sponsored workshop on cognitive and academic ability tests for culturally and linguistically diverse students titled “Best Practices in LD and Nondiscriminatory Assessment.” He examined KABC-II, an intelligence test designed to reduce the performance gap that typically occurs between mainstream and minority students on standardized tests, comparing its effectiveness to that of other major intelligence tests. He also discussed ethnic differences as they relate to students’ performance on the KABC-II and other tests.

Jane Bolgatz, Ph.D., GSE,
assistant professor of social studies education in the division of curriculum and teaching, published a book, Talking Race in the Classroom (Teachers College Press, 2005), which serves as a guide to teachers on how to discuss important race issues with their students.

Jeffery E. Cohen, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of political science, published “If the News is So Bad, Why Are Presidential Polls So High? Presidents, the News Media, and the Mass Public in an Era of New Media,” in the September issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly, for which he received the Neustadt Award honoring the best paper published in the journal last year.

Gene Fein, ADM,
senior associate director of technology and training for the Fordham University Enrollment Group, published “For Christ and Country: The Anti-Semitic Anticommunism of Christian Front Street Meetings in New York City,” in the fall 2004 issue of U.S. Catholic Historian (volume 22, number 4).

Al Greco, Ed.D., BUS,
professor of communications and media management, delivered a presentation, “The State of Publishing: Trends, Forecasts and Industry Changes,” to the Association of Author’s Representatives, an organization of approximately 70 literary agents in New York City, on March 22.

Margot Hardenbergh, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of communication and media studies, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). The BEA is an international academic organization that focuses on the electronic media, providing a forum for issues and topics of mutual concern to educators and practitioners, and facilitating interaction between academics and leaders in the industry. She was elected to serve as the representative of District I, which includes New England, New York, New Jersey and Western Europe, including Great Britain. She chaired the district’s meeting at its annual convention in Las Vegas on April 22.

Joseph Koterski, S.J., A&S,
professor and chair of the philosophy department, co-edited (with Ronald Begley) a collection of essays titled Medieval Education (Fordham University Press, 2005). The book is dedicated to Louis Pascoe, S.J., professor emeritus of medieval history at Fordham.

Damian Lyons, Ph.D., A&S,
associate professor of computer science and associate chair for graduate studies, won the “highly commended paper” award for “A Dynamic Pruning and Feature Selection Strategy for Real-Time Tracking,” which he co-authored with D. F. Hsu, Ph.D., at the 19th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications in Tapei, Taiwan, last March.

Philip Napoli, Ph.D., BUS,
associate professor of communications and media management and director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, presented a paper, “Changing Market Information Regimes: A Case Study of the Introduction of the BookScan Audience Measurement System and its Implications for the Book Publishing Industry,” at the annual meeting of the National Business and Economics Society in Key West, Fla., on March 11. The paper was co-authored with Kurt Andrews, a Fordham MBA student, and is based on an independent study that Andrews conducted with Napoli in 2004.

Joan E. Roberts, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of chemistry and president of the International Society for Contemporary Life Sciences, attended the 5th China International Optometry and Ophthalmology Congress, held on April 8 in Shanghai, where she presented Ren-Yuan Chu, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital in Shanghai, with the society’s 2005 award for his work on the genetic aspects of high myopia.

Lance Strate, Ph.D., A&S,
associate professor and chair of the communication and media studies department, was a panelist at “Language, Culture, and Identity: The Legacy of Walter J. Ong, S.J.,” a conference honoring the life and scholarship of the late communications theorist, who died in 2003 at the age of 90. The conference, held at Saint Louis University (SLU) on April 7, also celebrated the Jesuit gift of the Ong Archive to SLU.

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