Isabel Helps Jordan Journalists
Associate professor Lonnie Isabel spent 10 days in Amman, Jordan, this summer helping editors and reporters of a local English-language weekly sharpen their journalistic skills and procedures. It was his second visit this year under the Jordan Media Strengthening Program, run by the Washington D.C.-based International Research and Exchanges Board. Isabel is director of the international reporting program at the University's Graduate School of Journalism.
"The experience was most gratifying because I worked with journalists eager to expand their skills and get out from under government controls," he said. "Jordan, like most countries in the region, has restrictive criminal laws governing the practice of journalism, and journalists work under the threat of arrest if they go too far in criticizing the government, the king, or other government officials."
During Isabel's earlier trip, he trained senior Jordanian journalists and advised a group who wrote the first widely accepted journalistic code of ethics and conduct in the country's history.
Workspace Residency for Artist
Zoe Sheehan Saldana, assistant professor in Baruch College's department of fine arts, is one of six emerging artists awarded a 2008-2009 workspace residency by Dieu Donne. The nonprofit arts organization is devoted to the creation, production and preservation of contemporary art in the process of fabricating handmade paper. Sheehan Saldana typically utilizes a variety of media including photography, drawings, digital media, fiber sculpture and craft techniques.
Quiroz Wins Guggenheim
Professor Alfonso Quiroz, a professor at Baruch College's Weissman School of Arts and Sciences' department of history, is adding a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship to his list of prestigious awards. "Constitutional Debates in the Hispanic World," his Guggenheim project, will compare key principles from constitutions of Spanish-speaking countries. Quiroz plans to write a book on the topic after spending the 2009-2010 academic year traveling to Latin American countries, Spain and Cuba.
Teaching Award to Jiji
Latif M. Jiji, who is the Herbert M. Kayser Professor of Mechanical Engineering in The Grove School of Engineering at City College, received the 2008 Ralph Coats Roe Award from the American Society for Engineering Education's Mechanical Engineering Division. This national award, which carries a $10,000 stipend, is given annually to an "outstanding teacher who has made a notable contribution to the profession."