April 2014 Accolades

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, gave a lecture at the Minnesota History Museum for its History Forum on African American Migration to the Twin Cities. He also gave a lecture on the Smithsonian’s African American Museum of History and Culture at the African American History Month Gala Dinner in San Francisco. In addition, Crew appeared on the Smithsonian Channel series on the Civil War and chaired a session of the Virginia Forum hosted by Mason titled “New Contexts and New Traffic at Historic Sites.”

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, conducted field work in the Anti-Atlas region of Morocco, accompanied by a film crew from “NOVA” (WGBH-TV, Boston). His book “The Story of Earth” will be the basis of a “NOVA” episode in 2015. He also presented lectures on the co-evolution of Earth and life at the Earth Life Sciences Institute in Tokyo, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. Hazen was named the keynote speaker for the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote a chapter, “George Bush and American Conservatism,” for the new book “41: Inside the Presidency of George H. W. Bush.”

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, presented “Art, Politics and Money in Recent Chinese Cinema” at the Center for Chinese Studies, University of California at Berkeley.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, briefed the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom on Christian-Muslim relations in Nigeria and participated in a roundtable discussion with the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on U.S. foreign policy in Nigeria. He also hosted the Nigerian delegation from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to discuss Nigerian university faculty training at Mason. In addition, he participated in the United States Institute for Peace symposium with governors from northern Nigeria on issues of security and economic development. Paden hosted the governor of Kano and his delegation to discuss Mason links with the new state university in Kano and hosted the governor of Kebbi state and his delegation to discuss Mason links with the new federal university in Kebbi.

Laurie O. Robinson, Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, recently met with two National Academy of Sciences committees. In March, she spoke on a panel about perspectives on the federal role in reforming the nation’s juvenile justice system before the Committee on a Plan for a Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice. In January, she participated in an expert planning meeting with the Committee on Law and Justice to discuss diffusion of innovation.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, presented two lectures at the Economic Institute for Judges in Arlington, Va.: “Scientific Methodology” and “Expert Testimony.”