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Faculty and staff news roundup - April 20, 2021

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President Lori S. White will receive a special award April 23 from the central region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the first collegiate sorority founded by African-American women. It was founded in 1908 to cultivate high scholastic and ethical standards, to study and alleviate problems concerning women and girls and to be of service to all mankind.

Sujung Kim, associate professor of religious studies, has won a $70,000 research grant from the American Council of Learned Societies that is funded by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies. The fellowship provides a release from teaching and other responsibilities to devote full time to research. Update: Her award-winning paper, “Skanda, The Multifaceted God: Skanda in Korean Buddhism and Beyond,” is now available online.

Carol Smith, chief information officer, was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education for its Roundtable Report, “The CIO Perspective: First-Generation Students.”

Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president for campus wellness and the Theodore Katula director of athletics and recreational sports, was interviewed by Indiana Public Media for “Healthcare Workers Scramble Amid J&J Pause, Fight Vaccine Skepticism,” which was posted April 16.

Deborah Douglas, Eugene S. Pulliam distinguished visiting professor of journalism, was quoted in the CoveyClub blog entry, “How Did I Get Here? When Your Third Act Has an Unexpected Twist.”

Jeff McCall, communications professor, was quoted April 6 by Fox News in “Pressure mounts on ‘60 Minutes’ to correct, retract DeSantis report: Critic says ‘CBS clearly made mistakes’;” April 13 in “Anne Milgram becomes latest CNN pundit to be tapped for job in Biden administration;” and April 15 in “CBS News’ mysterious ‘retired newsman’ support adds to chaos surrounding ‘60 Minutes’ report on DeSantis.” McCall wrote an opinion piece, “We need a Herbert Hoover to reel in Big Tech,” that appeared in The Hill April 17.

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