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Rochester Review
March–April 2012
Vol. 74, No. 4

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Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild (PhD) writes that her book Equality and Revolution: Women’s Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905–1917 (University of Pittsburgh Press) received two honorable mentions from the American Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian History. One was for the Reginald Zelnik Prize for an outstanding monograph on Russian, Eastern European, or Eurasian history, and a second was for the best book in Slavic, Eastern European, or Eurasian women’s studies. Rochelle is a professor emerita of graduate studies at the Union Institute and University and a research associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.


Elizabeth Rueckert Kincaid-Ehlers (PhD), a poet and psychotherapist in Connecticut, has published her third volume of poetry, How Do I Hate Thee?: A Sampler of Poetic Rage Against Cancer (Antrim House).


Stephen Fantone (PhD) (see ’77 undergraduate).


Jim Kafka (PhD) (see ’77 undergraduate).


Ian Walmsley (PhD) (see ’77 undergraduate).


Gregory Guayante S (MBA) has been selected as a 2011 Math for America San Diego Noyce Master Teaching Fellow. Math for America San Diego is a nonprofit dedicated to improving secondary math education in San Diego County public schools, and awards the Noyce master teaching fellowship to experienced math teachers in high-needs schools. Gregory has been teaching math at El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., since 1999 and received the 2010 Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award. . . . Laura Weller-Brophy (PhD) (see ’77 undergraduate).


Reid Barbour (PhD) is a coeditor of The Works of Lucy Hutchinson, Vol. 1: The Lucretius Translation (Oxford University Press). Reid is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Donna Strickland (PhD) (see ’77 undergraduate).


David Wisner (PhD) sends an update. He writes: “I’ve been named executive director of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service at the American College of Thessaloniki. I coordinated the European and North American launches of the center in both Thessaloniki and Boston last November.” David also organized the college’s annual Diplomatic Academy and the third annual Dukakis International Symposium, the latter on the theme “Political Reform in Greece in Comparative Perspective.” He published “French Neo-classical Artists as Collectors” in the Journal of the History of Collections and was invited last November to take part in the inaugural Germia Hill Forum in Pristina, Kosovo, on the theme “Southeast Europe in a Multipolar Era” and in December to a conference in Thessaloniki sponsored by NATO’s public diplomacy division on the theme “Is the International Strategy for the Western Balkans in Trouble?” David adds that he appears occasionally in Greek media to discuss American and European politics.


Mark Ferrandino (MS) (see ’00 undergraduate).


Cyril Reade (PhD) has been named director of the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts. Cyril is an associate professor of art history at Rutgers–Camden.


Wayne Dunham (PhD), an economist at the Department of Justice, won a 2011 Antitrust Division Assistant Attorney General Award. Wayne was recognized for his contributions to the division over 16 years, including his role in the division’s case against Microsoft and investigations of the NBC–Comcast and AT&T–T-Mobile mergers. . . . Emily LaDuque Kraus W (MS) (see ’05 undergraduate). . . . Susan Schultz W (EdD), associate professor of education at St. John Fisher College, was awarded the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. The award is sponsored by the college’s library and honors a faculty member who actively promotes information literacy.


Tobin Fricke (MA) sends an update. He writes: “I am happy to report that in December I completed my PhD in experimental physics at Louisiana State University and have begun a postdoc research appointment at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover, Germany. I also attained my private pilot license this year and look forward to flying gliders in Germany.”


Tom Kraus (MS) (see ’05 undergraduate). . . . Shabeer Sharaf S (MBA) writes that he and his wife, Shahanas, welcomed a son, Eshan, in December 2010. Eshan weighed 9.1 lbs. and was 21 in. long. Shabeer works at the Chubb Group of insurance companies in New Jersey and Shahanas works at the Bank of New York Mellon. They live in Syracuse.