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Recent CASL Faculty Kudos - January 2020

January 21, 2020

Recent faculty awards and publications.

Many around campus know Biology Professor Emeritus Orin Gelderloos is dedicated to teaching others about local land and wildlife. But you might not know that he once debated former Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard on what the land should be used for and rallied against a proposed plan to run a main road right through it. To learn more, tune into the UM-Dearborn podcast episode “The Wild Things on Campus,” where podcast narrator and Communications Associate Professor Tim Kiska explores the origin of the Environmental Interpretive Center and its surrounding 300-plus acre natural areas.


College of Arts, Sciences, & Letters Dean Marty Hershock is featured in a three-part history series, Toledo War: Birth of a Rivalry. He says the Michigan and Ohio fight over state boundaries and the city of Toledo became a political one that went all the way up to the federal level to decide. Hershock says battles over boundaries are still being waged today between the two states — it just happens on a football field every November. “Just a couple of years ago, the controversial spot on the fourth-down call, which Michiganders believe, much like the line that Ohio drew relative to the Ohio strip, advantaged Ohio over Michigan,” said Hershock. Click to watch: Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.


Criminal Justice Studies Lecturer Aaron Kinzel spoke about how earning a college education in prison transformed his life in a Nov. 21 USA Today article about the push to make college education accessible to prisoners. When it comes to education behind bars, Kinzel said the debate boils down to a simple question: "If I have someone coming home on parole, who do you want living next to you? Do you want the guy that got education inside and is likely to get a job? Or do you want the guy that comes home with no job?"


Congratulations to longtime Philosophy Professor Maureen Linker for being named Mardigian Library director. Maureen stepped into her library director role officially last month. But she’s been working in the scholarly space for some time now and you probably have noticed her student-focused approach. Q & A with Maureen Linker.


Money plays a major role in society. And to examine what makes a successful monetary policy, Economics Professor Ilir Miteza researched 10 years of economic data from one country’s successful free market economy. The result? The recently published article, "Exchange rate changes and money demand in Albania: a nonlinear ARDL (Autoregressive-Distributed Lag) analysis," in the journal Economic Change and Restructuring. Using data for 1996–2016 from Albania, which has a small open economy without deep financial markets, the paper contributes a new approach to test the short- and long-run effects of currency fluctuations on money demand.


History Associate Professor Anna Muller’s book, If the Walls Could Speak: Inside a Women’s Prison in Communist Poland, shares the personal stories of nearly 50 people—both Communist and anti-Communist—who lived behind bars in Polish prisons post World War II. The book was named the recipient of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America’s 2019 Oskar Halecki Award. The Oskar Halecki Award recognizes a scholar in the field of Polish and East-Central European history who has written a book of particular value and significance about the Polish experience. Read more about the award and the experiences Muller’s had that have shaped her scholarship.


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