Biology Professor Named Associate Editor of International Journal Behaviour

Ethan Clotfelter, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, has been named associate editor of the international journal Behaviour. The journal publishes papers on all aspects of animal (including human) behavior, with a particular emphasis on behavioral evolution. It was founded by Nobel Laureate Niko Tinbergen in 1948.

Douglas Awarded Fellowships For Work on Demjanjuk, accused Cole Bomber

Thanks to fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, will spend the 2013–2014 academic year researching and writing a book on the war crimes trial of Nazi John Demjanjuk, as well as studying firsthand the trial of the alleged architect of the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole.

Physics Professor to Receive Prize at American Physical Society Meeting Feb. 27, 2012

Professor of Physics David S. Hall ’91 will receive the American Physical Society’s Prize for a Faculty Member for Research at an Undergraduate Institution at its annual meeting in Boston on Feb. 27, the APS has announced. Awarded annually, the prize honors a physicist whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to physics. It also recognizes an individual who has played an important and supporting role in the professional development of undergraduate physics students.

Academic Association Names Award for Austin Sarat

In recognition of his commitment to graduate students and the organization in general and “especially to honor the iconic place of his own scholarship and intellectual influence in our field,” The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities (ASLCH) voted this past May to institute a new award named for Austin Sarat, Amherst’s William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and chair of the political science department.

Buddhist Religious Advisor Mark D. Hart Publishes Poetry Book

Buddhist Religious Advisor Mark D. Hart has published his first book of poetry, Boy Singing to Cattle (Pearl, 2013). He will give a public reading, sponsored by Religious Life and the Department of English, on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115).

Edward Melillo Wins Two Environmental History Awards

Edward Melillo, assistant professor of history and environmental studies, has been awarded honors from the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) and the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) for academic literature he has published concerning, respectively, the historic Pacific fertilizer trade and the portrayals that Nantucket whaling crews left of their own journeys.

Ray A. Moore Inducted into Japanese Order of the Rising Sun

The government of Japan has selected Ray A. Moore, professor emeritus of history and Asian languages and civilizations, to be granted the Order of the Rising Sun, a prestigious medal the Japanese government has presented since 1875 to honor a variety of achievements and contributions.