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Law School’s Crowley Program Establishes Tolan Fellowship

James Tolan (FCRH ’59, LAW ’62), senior counsel at the law firm of Dechert LLP.
Photo courtesy of Dechert LLP
The Crowley Program in International Human Rights has established the James E. Tolan Fellowship in International Human Rights that will fund a Fordham University Law School graduate to work for an international human rights organization for a year.

The fellowship is named in honor of James Tolan, LL.B. (FCRH ’59, LAW ’62), senior counsel at the law firm of Dechert LLP. A longtime supporter of the Crowley Program, Tolan is a member of the board of directors of the Fordham Law Alumni Association and served as its president from 1986 to 1990. He is the recipient of the association’s Medal of Achievement and the Dean’s Medal of Recognition.

The first recipient of the fellowship is Brian Honnermann, who will earn his law degree in May. Honnermann, who was a 2005-2006 Crowley Scholar, will work with the Treatment Action Campaign and the AIDS Law Project, two of South Africa’s leading organizations in the effort to treat and prevent HIV and AIDS.

— Victor M. Inzunza

Conference Explores the Possibilities of Qualitative Research

Fordham University held the inaugural Conference for Qualitative Research in the Human Sciences at the Lincoln Center campus on April 13 that featured a keynote address by Amedeo Giorgi, Ph.D. (GSAS ’55, GSAS ’58), a professor at the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco and a leading expert in psychological research practices.

The conference, sponsored by the Fordham Graduate Student Association and hosted by the graduate students at the Department of Psychology, drew social scientists from throughout the country, including Harvard University, the University of Tennessee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Among the goals of the conference was to promote qualitative research in the human sciences. Qualitative research is different from quantitative research in that the latter relies heavily on gathering measurable data, often in an effort to discern cause and effect. Qualitative research, on the other hand, focuses more heavily on methods such as in-depth interviews and direct observation.

Giorgi, whose doctorate from Fordham is in experimental psychology, was one of two featured speakers at the conference. Giorgi is the author of more than 100 articles on phenomenology and psychology and is the founder of the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, serving as its editor for 25 years. The topic of his address was on “The Necessity for Qualitative Research in Psychology.”

A number of Fordham faculty members and graduate students took part in the panel discussions that dealt with topics ranging from the analysis of qualitative data to its role in examining multicultural issues.

— Victor M. Inzunza

New WFUV Development Director Appointed

Fordham University’s student-run newspaper, The Observer, received an honorable mention at the 23rd annual Associated Collegiate Press National College Newspaper Convention held in Portland, Ore., on March 11.

The Observer earned the honor in the Best of Show contest for four-year non-daily newspapers. It was one of five newspapers nationwide to receive the honor.

“I’m delighted at The Observer’s achievement in the Best of Show competition,” said Elizabeth Stone, Ph.D., professor of English and communication and media studies and The Observer’s faculty advisor. “Its significance is even clearer considering that The Observer has only been attending the Associated Collegiate Press conference for the past three years and has, so far, been singled out for excellence twice.”

The paper has won numerous awards over the years, including being listed as Most Outstanding University Newspaper for 2005-2006 by the American Scholastic Press Association’s 2006 Newspaper Review. The Observer was founded in 1981 and is based at the Lincoln Center campus.

— Janet Sassi

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