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Faculty-Staff Achievements, May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015


Denise Smith, by Gary Gold
Denise Smith

Denise L. Smith, professor of Health and Exercise Sciences has received the Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Service Leadership and Management Research (the Dr. Granito Award).  Professor Smith will give the Keynote Address at the 2015 Fire Leadership and Management Symposium, scheduled July 8-10 in Tulsa, OK. Her talk will focus on “understanding and preventing sudden cardiac events in the fire service” based on the research conducted over the past 20 years.


Janet G. Casey, professor of English and director of the First-Year Experience, has been accepted to a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute titled “City of Print:  New York and the Periodical Press,” scheduled June 14-26 at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY).

Institute discussions will be led by cultural historians, archivists, and experts in the fields of American literature, art and urban history, and periodical studies; hands-on sessions will take place in the periodicals collection of the New-York Historical Society; site visits are planned to such locations as Newspaper Row, Gramercy Park, the Condé Nast archives, and the Algonquin Hotel; and Digital Humanities workshops are scheduled. Participants will consider new interdisciplinary approaches for researching and teaching periodicals that take into account the important site of their production, as well as relevant cultural, technological, aesthetic, and historical considerations.

Lawrence Ian Reed, visiting assistant professor in psychology, will be a speaker at TEDx Pittsburgh titled “Taking Pittsburgh to the Next Level,” scheduled May 23. Reed is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

Mary Stange, professor of women’s studies and religion and director of the religion program, attended, as an expert member of the U.S. Delegation, the 62nd General Assembly of the Council on Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) in Pravets, Bulgaria, April 23-25. The conference was titled “Healthy Wildlife, Healthy People: World Forum on Sustainable Hunting.”  She did a presentation in the Artemis Working Group on “Outdoor Ethics and Education for the 21st Century.” As vice president of Artemis, she also worked while there with the planning committee for the third international conference on women’s hunting and sustainability, to be held in the Netherlands in July 2016.


Denise L. Smith, professor of health and exercise sciences, and colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles published a paper titled “Validation of the firefighter WFI treadmill protocol for predicting VO2max” in Occupational Medicine, Vol. 65, No. 2, 2015. The study was funded by a contract with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (as part of the UCLA Physiological Health Assessment System for Emergency Responders program). Smith also published “Cardiovascular strain associated with high-rise firefighting” in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2015. She collaborated with colleagues from the International Association of Fire Fighters on the study, which was funded through the DHS/FEMA.

In the News

Dan Nathan,
associate professor and chair, Department of American Studies, spoke to CNN for a story about the healing properties of baseball, following the unrest in Baltimore.

Linda Simon, professor emerita, did an interview April 22 with Bloom about her book on Coco Chanel.

Simon was interviewed March 27 by BBC World Business on the enduring magic of the circus. (She’s at 48 mins.) She also was interviewed March 5 on the Tony Basilio Book Corner.

In addition, she wrote “A Photographic History of the Circus” published Jan. 16 at

Please send submissions for the last issue of the spring semester to Andrea Wise, Office of Commuications, by Monday, May 11.