January 22, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — A number of Bucknell University professors have been recognized over the past year for a broad range of achievements in scholarship and research that highlight the academic excellence of the University and its faculty, Provost Mick Smyer said.

"I am delighted for each honoree for these recognitions of their accomplishments," Smyer said. "Collectively, these awards reflect the quality of the Bucknell faculty's scholarship."

Andrea R. Halpern, professor of psychology and a participating faculty member in the neuroscience program, was one of two faculty members honored for research and scholarship with the inaugural Scadden Faculty Scholar Award. Halpern received the award for her research project, "Neuroimaging of False Memories for Imagined Tunes," in which she examines whether auditory-related parts of the brain are activated when people mistakenly say they had heard a familiar tune earlier in the session, when in fact they had only imagined it.

William Holzberger, professor emeritus of English, was honored by the Modern Language Association with the 10th Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters, receiving the award for The Letters of George Santayana, Book Seven, 1941-1947 and Book Eight, 1948-1052, published by MIT Press. Holzberger, who taught at Bucknell from 1969 to 1997, is the editor of The Complete Poems of George Santayana: A Critical Edition and was textual editor of The Works of George Santayana until 2005.

Carl Milofsky, professor of sociology, co-authored the book, Handbook of Community Movement and Local Organizations. The book received the 2009 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize as the best book in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector by ARNOVA, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Handbook builds a theory of local organizations by presenting contributions from experts in the field of community life to examine how citizens and residents come together informally to act and solve problems.

Robert Rosenberg, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a 2010 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, an award of $25,000 based on writing submitted from his new novel. Set in contemporary Istanbul, the novel explores the overlapping heritage of Jews and Armenians in the city, and their attempts to negotiate, as minorities, an identity in an overwhelmingly Muslim society. Rosenberg's award-winning first novel, This is Not Civilization, was inspired by his experiences teaching as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Eric Tillman, associate professor of chemistry, has received a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 2009 from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The award includes an unrestricted grant of $60,000 to support his research project, "Direct synthesis of cyclic polymers using nitrones."

Virginia Zimmerman, associate professor of English, was one of two faculty members honored for research and scholarship with the inaugural David T. Scadden Faculty Scholar Award. Zimmerman received the award for her research project, "The Fairy Tales of Science: Children's Science in the 19th Century," in which she examines Victorian toys, games and texts designed to introduce children to natural history and empower them in the face of scientific advances by putting the child in the position of being the scientist.

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