Recent CASL Faculty Kudos - May 2021

May 3, 2021

Recent faculty awards, presentations and publications.

Congratulations to Maya Barak, assistant professor of criminal justice studies,  on been awarded the Division of White-Collar and Corporate Crime’s 2021 Outstanding Article or Book Chapter Award for her article titled “Family Separation and State-Corporate Crime.” 

Physics and Astronomy Associate Professor Will Clarkson gives tips on where to best see the upcoming lunar eclipses in the May 18 Detroit Free Press article "Keep your eyes to the sky: Michigan welcomes 2 eclipses in 2 weeks." There will be a total lunar eclipse on May 26. Then, on June 10, there will be an annular solar eclipse.

Communications Associate Professor Tim Kiska and African and African American Studies Assistant Professor Terri Laws draw comparisons between the response to the polio vaccine in the 1950s and today's response to the COVID vaccine in a recent special edition episode of The Detroit History Podcast.  Laws and Kiska are also quoted in a story for Detroit Free Press subscribers on the topic. Kiska says many Detroiters in the 1950s didn’t get the polio vaccine that could have saved lives: “The parallels to today’s pandemic, and the lessons for all, are striking.” Laws adds, “...infectious diseases are diseases of overcrowding and poverty. And that’s one of the things we always talk about when we talk about life in the history of Detroit." 

African and African American Studies and Religious Studies Assistant Professor Terri Laws was featured in Duke Divinity’s Faith & Leadership article, “Making our health care system more equitable is a matter of faith.” In the Q&A-styled piece, Laws discussed Black Americans’ rational distrust of the COVID vaccine and how churches can help build the trust, ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inequities in our healthcare system, and why focusing on the lives that are most in need does not take away from anyone else. “I certainly advocate that -- as part of my faith -- that we continue to work to change the health care system. I’m aware that we can do much better, but we can only do better when we care that more people have access to the health care system that we have.”

Armenian Research Center Director Ara Sanjian was featured on NPR’s Here and Now to get his perspective on President Joe Biden formally calling the mass slaughter of Armenians a century ago genocide. In the April 26 segment, "The Historical Record Is Affirmed: Armenian Reaction To Biden Recognition Of Armenian Genocide," Sanjian says, "...the historical record is affirmed. So many survivors of the genocide ended up living in the United States. Now the third, and sometimes fourth, generation of these survivors are contributing to life in this country. For them, this means a lot."

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