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Robert Cremins read his short story, “The Other Kind,” for the first time at last year’s Common Ground seminar. The story will appear in the summer issue of The Dublin Review

Cynthia Freeland has been volunteering for more than a year now at the no-kill animal shelter Friends for Life. She helps care for and socialize cats and kittens and greets visitors who might be interested in pet adoptions.

Stuart Long, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, was named a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, effective January 1, 2011. He became an IEEE fellow in 1991, a designation given to those with “an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.” Many of Long’s scientific achievements center around electromagnetics and the development of antennas now used in military and wireless communication applications. His specific citation was for “contributions to the development of microstrip and dielectric resonator antennas.”

Gabriela Maya had an original short play, Selkie, produced at the Mildred’s Umbrella short play festival, Museum of Dysfunction III, in December 2010. 

MikicsDavid Mikics’s Who Was Jacques Derrida? An Intellectual Biography was just issued in paperback (Yale 2009). The Art of the Sonnet, by Mikics and Stephen Burt (Harvard 2010), was chosen as a First Things notable book of the year. Professor Mikics is on leave this term taking care of his new baby boy, Ariel, in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, Victoria Malkin. Ariel was born on November 5, 2010, at NYU Medical Center and has been cooing, gurgling, laughing, and otherwise getting used to the human situation. The whole family has been enjoying the snow, though Ariel is still too young for snowball fights.

Staff News

In January, Brenda Rhoden served as a judge for the Houston READ Commission’s Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee. Established in 1988 by the Mayor and City Council, Houston READ Commission oversees the Mayor’s Coalition for Literacy, an association of more than 150 literacy sites in Houston.

Andrew and SaraSara Gabler (’10, English) and Andrew Thomas (’10, English), both service year interns at the Honors College, were married on October 16, 2010. They are looking forward to traveling with Honors to Ireland this June. 

This year Karen Weber, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, served on the Gilman Scholarship selection committee, which is a nationally competitive fellowship that funds study abroad opportunities for college students. She was also the University representative for the Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds Scholarship selection committee. This program awards funding to graduating high school seniors who have overcome significant challenges.