Syracuse University Magazine

Newsmakers

College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Steve Sheinkin ’90 was named a 2014 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature for his nonfiction book The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Publishers). Sheinkin was also a finalist in 2012 for Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.

Dean James SteinbergMaxwell School Dean James Steinberg was honored with the prestigious Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award for Public Service from the American Political Science Association.  The award is given to a scholar with a distinguished career in national security affairs, both as an academic and a public servant. 

Wendy Chen, a University Fellow in the M.F.A. creative writing program in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the Academy of American Poets’ inaugural Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Chen won the award for her poem “They Sail Across the Mirrored Sea.”

Three College of Visual and Performing Arts programs were cited among the top 25 in their fields by The Hollywood Reporter (THR). The film program in the Department of Transmedia was ranked No. 11 by THR, the Department of Drama was ranked No. 13, and the Setnor School of Music was ranked 20th.

Professor Stuart Bretschneider, a professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School, was recognized with the William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for his outstanding contribution to doctoral student success. The award is named in honor of the late William Duncombe, a longtime Maxwell School professor.

The School of Social Work in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics was ranked eighth out of 332 programs, according to results published in USA Today. The rankings were based on data from College Factual’s outcome-based higher education rankings.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, presented Falk College nutrition professor Sudha Raj with two honors: the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) Leadership in Service Award and the Excellence in Practice Award from the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG.

English professor Bruce Smith, a critically acclaimed poet who teaches in the creative writing program, was named a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.