February 2011 Accolades

Robinson Professors

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, published “The Saga of Peter Still” in New Jersey History, vol. 125, no. 2, 2011. He also served as one of the historical consultants on “President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation,” an exhibit in that opened in Philadelphia on Dec. 15, 2010.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, organized an all-union session on Deep Carbon Science at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. He was also the keynote lecturer at origins of life conferences in Austria and Holland.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, met with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria to discuss the upcoming national elections in April. He also met with officials of the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei to discuss closer collaboration with Mason’s Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. He met with officials of Tsinghua University in Beijing to discuss partnering on a proposed Mason undergraduate minor in Global Problems and Perspectives.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote book reviews that appeared in the Washington Post under the title “An Up-Close Look at Two Heavenly Bodies.” The reviewed books were “Moon” by Bernd Brunner and “Choosing the Moon” by Richard Cohen. Trefil also wrote a dust jacket blurb for the newly published book, “Quantum Physics for Poets,” by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill.