Recent CASL Faculty Kudos - February 2021

February 17, 2021

Recent faculty awards, presentations and publications.

Not only did Biology Assistant Professor John Abramyan and his lab assistant Raana Ali get their work published in The Anatomical Record, they also had their lab image featured on the February 2021 cover. 


For their paper, “Novel insights into the development of the avian nasal cavity,” Ali captured a microscopic anatomy image that looks through the upper beak of a chicken embryo. “She spent countless hours in the lab optimizing the decalcification of the bone in the beak so she could section it properly, using fabric softener of all things. The end result was a pretty amazing image,” Abramyan said. Ali graduated from UM-Dearborn and is now in medical school at Michigan State University.

Helen Mataya Graves Collegiate Professor of Women's Studies and Social Sciences Professor Suzanne Bergeron co-authored the book, Liberating Economics: Feminist Perspectives on Families, Work and Globalizationpublished by University of Michigan Press. Released earlier this month, the book provides feminist understanding of the economic processes that shape households, labor markets, globalization, and human well-being to reveal the crucial role that gender plays in the economy today. Co-authors are noted feminist economics researchers Drucilla K. Barker and Susan F. Feiner.

Detour Detroit named Communication Associate Professor Tim Kiska’s “The Detroit History Podcaston its list of 13 Detroit podcasts to binge right now.” With three full seasons of episodes, “The Detroit History Podcast” has a variety of Detroit-centered topics that include championship sports teams, the music scene and famous Detroiters.

African and African American Studies and Sociology Assistant Professor Krim Lacey’s article "Social and Economic Influences on Disparities in the Health of Racial and Ethnic Group Canadian Immigrants" was published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. His research examines social, economic and migratory influences on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups in Canada, with a special focus on Caribbean immigrants. Results revealed that Caribbean non-Blacks and Black Caribbeans were at higher odds of having a doctor-reported cardiovascular health condition compared with white Canadians. The study says this highlights the need for additional investigations of other potential influences on physical health statuses, especially among migrants and those of African ancestry.

African and African American Studies Assistant Professor Terri Laws was a featured speaker during a PBS watch party celebrating the upcoming four-hour series "The Black Church" by historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr, which will premiere Feb. 16. Discussing the 400-year history of the Black Church in America, Laws said, “ some cases enslaved persons were required to worship with their slave holders. At night they would slip away out into the hush harbors and they went out, as we say in scholarship, to worship in their own way...when dawn comes, we are going to be back in the field. But tonight we are going to celebrate us.”

Congrats to Linguistics Professor Jamie Shinhee Lee, whose article “English in Korea” was recently published inThe Handbook of Asian Englishes,” a first-of-its-kind volume on the sociolinguistic and sociopolitical issues surrounding Asian Englishes (published by Wiley-Blackwell). Her chapter presents a diachronic overview of English in Korea and discusses how English is now used in contemporary Korean society, particularly in cultural domains. Lee also explores how these topics relate to issues of globalization, educational migration, and language ideologies and attitudes.

The Vanity Fair articleMadeleine L’Engle’s Private Correspondence With Ahmad Rahmanchronicles the mentoring, in both writing and life, between the late Wrinkle in Time author L’Engle and the late UM-Dearborn Associate Professor Ahmad Rahman. The communication started when they were connected through the PEN Prison Writing program in the 1970s. Rahman, who showed talent in writing, was serving a sentence because of his connection with the Black Panther Party. The correspondence of more than 200 letters between the two writers continued beyond Rahman’s release from prison in 1992. “I take your wisdom very seriously,” Rahman had written to L’Engle. “And, insha-Allah, I will one day be the ‘marvelous’ teacher you feel I can be.” Rahman later became tenured at UM-Dearborn and was named College Professor of the Year by the Michigan Council for Social Studies. Rahman was actively teaching and mentoring when he passed unexpectedly in 2015. African and Modern European History Professor Joe Lunn is quoted in the Vanity Fair article.

Political Science Professor Ron Stockton, who retired after 48 years of teaching, recently began the podcastStockton: After Class.” The goal of the podcast series is to provide analysis and commentary to explain political, historical and cultural developments in the United States and around the world. There’s even an instrumental theme song called “Taking Stock.”

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