Jeffrey Cohen, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of political science, was invited to speak on “Prospects for Presidential Leadership in the Early 21st Century: The Obama Case,” on Feb. 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Leonard Cassuto, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of English, has been nominated for a 2009 Edgar Award in the Best Critical/Biographical book entry, for Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories (Columbia University Press, 2008.). The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual Edgar Awards Banquet on April 30 in New York City.

Elaine Congress, D.S.W., GSS,
associate dean of the GSS and professor of social work, gave a presentation at the New York Academy of Medicine on Jan. 21 with Fernando Chang-Muy, J.D. on their book, Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees: Legal Issues, Clinical Skills, and Advocacy (Springer, 2008).

Jonathan Gray, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of communication and media studies, has had his most recent book, Television Entertainment (Routledge, 2008), selected as one of their Outstanding Academic Titles of 2008 by Choice Magazine (of the American Library Association.)

Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., A&S,
Distinguished Professor of Theology, spoke about her latest book, Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God (Continuum, 2007) at Drew University in Madison, N.J., on Jan.14.

Philip M. Napoli, Ph.D., BUS,
associate professor of communications and media management and director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, published an article titled “Paradoxes of Media Policy Analysis,” in the latest issue of the Administrative Law Review. He also published “Rethinking the Media Ownership Policy Agenda,” in the new edited volume, …And Communications for All: A Policy Agenda for a New Administration (Lexington Books, 2009).

Robert J. Penella, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of classical languages and department chair, was the invited respondent in a session on the Third Sophistic at the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, held on Jan. 8 through 11 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Travis L. Russ, Ph.D., BUS,
assistant professor of communication and media management, has co-authored Assessing the Impact of the Spellings Commission: The Message, the Messenger, and the Dynamics of Change in Higher Education (National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2008) and Kirkpatrick Express Evaluation Toolkit: A Complete System for Measuring Training Outcomes (HRDQ, 2009).

Hrishikesh D. Vinod, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of economics and director of the Institute of Ethics and Economic Policy, has published “Divestiture Remedy for Preventing Madoff-style Ponzi,” in Management Online for January 2009.