Wednesday, February 29, 2012

CoLA Notes

 A just-published study of children’s literature co-authored by Chris Podeschi, assistant professor of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice at Bloomsburg University, is covered in today's USA Today. The examination of settings in children’s books finds that wilderness and nature are losing ground to man-made settings.  Podeschi and J. Allen Williams of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discovered the trend while surveying the 296 Caldecott Award-winning children’s books written between 1938 to 2008.  Williams and Podeschi’s research is published in February’s Sociological Inquiry.


The American Library Association has named Michael C. Hickey's 2011 book, Competing Voices from the Russian Revolution, Fighting Words, as a RUSA Outstanding Reference Source for 2012.   The ALA RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) award is given to 10 books a year, from among all "reference" books published in all fields. Last year, Competing Voices from the Russian Revolution was given the Outstanding Academic Title designation by Choice, the ALA book review journal; Choice's reviewer described the book as "an amazing collection." Michael Hickey is a professor of History at BU. 


Lynda Michaels, Director of Alumni Affairs, provided this link to the announcement of the memorial service for James Walter Percey Jr., who retired from the Political Science department in 2002. A full obituary is included in the link. He is remembered by students and colleagues as a popular instructor.

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