Fellowship Funds Entomology Research
Maiara Severo, a Ph.D. student working with Joao Pedra, an assistant professor of entomology, has received a $20,000 international fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a nationwide network that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.

For the 2010-11, 41 fellowships were awarded from more than 1,200 eligible applicants representing 103 countries.

The title of Severo’s fellowship is “Conservation of Innate Immunity to Vector-borne Pathogens.”

She will characterize evolutionary conserved genes involved in vector-borne immunity.

Swanson Keynote Speaker at Population Conference
David Swanson, professor of sociology, delivered the keynote address at the 21st annual Warren E. Kalbach Population Conference at the University of Albert, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in March. Approximately 100 people attended the conference.

Swanson’s address, “Demography: A Four-Field View,” described the four functions of scholarship articulated in 1997 by Ernest Boyer in “Scholarship Reconsidered” — discovery, integration, application and teaching — and provided demographic examples of them.

Salzman to talk about “The Moving City”
Michele Salzman, professor of history, is one of two keynote speakers at a conference, “The Moving City: Processions, Passages and Promenades in Ancient Rome,” at the Norweigian Institute in Rome May 2-4. Salzman also will chair a workshop, “Commemorating the Dead.”

The conference is organized by the Norwegian and Swedish institutes in Rome, Gothenburg University and the FocusRome Project.

Eyewitness Testimony Subject of NSF Lecture
Psychology professor Steven Clark discussed improving eyewitness testimony in an address that was part of the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Lecture Series on April 18 in Arlington, Va.

Clark, who is internationally known as an expert on human learning and memory, argued that new procedures aimed at improving eyewitness identifications may be based on a false premise. To make sound public policy, the justice system needs to apply better theories about how people remember and make decisions, he said, and new policy frameworks must be developed that better connect eyewitness research to public policy.

Developing Global Leaders
Thomas Sy, assistant professor of psychology, will be a presenter at General Electric’s national leadership forum in Boston May 23-24. His topic is developing global leaders. The forum is a leadership conference that will be attended by more than 600 employees from GE and other major corporations.

He also will discuss leadership perceptions of Asian-Americans at the Global International Forum on Neuroscience in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, in July.