David Hanneke Wins Cottrell College Science Award

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has named David Hanneke, assistant professor of physics, winner of one of the organization’s Cottrell College Science Awards (CCSA). The prize, which began on July 1, provides $35,000 in support of the research of a junior faculty member in the physical sciences. 

Arkes Inspires New Natural Law Institute

Hadley Arkes, the Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions (Political Science), has been named the director of a new Washington, D.C.-based institute inspired by his writings and lectures. In addition, content from his lectures at Amherst is now commercially available as audio recordings.

Jason Robinson’s Janus Ensemble Releases Jazz Album Tiresian Symmetry

On Sept. 25, Cuneiform Records will release Tiresian Symmetry, the latest album by Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson, featuring an expanded version of his Janus Ensemble. Robinson, who composed the eight interrelated songs and plays tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and alto flute, describes the album as “my most ambitious project to date.”

Karen Sánchez-Eppler Elected Vice President of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

Karen Sánchez-Eppler, professor of American Studies and English, has been elected vice president of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Her vice presidential term began on July 1 and will continue for two years, after which she will serve for an additional two years as president of the society.

Randall R. Griffey Wins Award for Excellence from Association of Art Museum Curators

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) recently announced its 2011 Awards for Excellence in museum catalogues, articles and exhibitions—“the only awards where curators honor their fellow curators.” AAMC members chose an essay by Randall R. Griffey, the Mead Art Museum’s curator of American art, to receive the award for Outstanding Catalogue Essay.

Lester Hu ’13 Presents Research at American Musicological Society Meeting

By Katherine Duke ’05

While still a junior here at Amherst, Zhuqing “Lester” Hu ’13 recently earned an honor that’s usually reserved for advanced graduate students and professors: He was invited to present an original research paper at the spring meeting of the New England chapter of the 3,600-member American Musicological Society (AMS-NE). The meeting took place on April 14 at Mount Holyoke College. Hu’s paper, titled “Towards Modal Coherence: ‘Modal Chromaticism’ in Gesualdo’s Two ‘O vos omnes’ Settings,” analyzes a pair of works by a mysterious and eccentric figure in Late Renaissance music.

Economics Professor’s Paper Wins National Academy of Sciences Prize

A paper by Assistant Professor of Economics Katharine R. E. Sims and two coauthors has been selected as one of six publications from 2011 to receive the Cozzarelli Prize, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) chose the paper from more than 3,500 research articles that appeared in the journal last year.

Professors’ Writings Earn Accolades

Javier Corrales, Associate Professor of Political ScienceLawrence Douglas, Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social ThoughtProfessor of Physics Jonathan Friedman
Javier Corrales, Jonathan Friedman, and Lawrence Douglas

It’s been a banner couple of weeks for Amherst faculty authors. Political science’s Javier Corrales; law, jurisprudence and social thought’s Lawrence Douglas; and physics’ Jonathan Friedman have all been recognized for various pieces of writing.

Reviewers for Foreign Affairs magazine named Corrales’ book Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chávez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela one of the three Best Books of 2011 on the Western Hemisphere. “Easily the best scholarly treatment of Hugo Chávez’s hybrid electoral autocracy, Corrales and [co-author Michael] Penfold’s book courageously refutes orthodox explanations—from the right and the left—for this unique caudillo’s rise and resilience,” the Foreign Affairs write-up on Dragon reads. “This masterful monograph’s dissection of Chávez’s astoundingly shrewd political tactics will be carefully studied by both his well-wishers and his detractors.”