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Partners in Democracy: Crafting the New Japanese State under MacArthur, by Donald L. Robinson, Charles N. Clark Professor of Government and American Studies and Ray A. Moore, professor of history and Asian studies at Amherst College, is one of the books selected by its publisher, Oxford University Press, to be part of a new service, Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO), which will launch in the fall. Called “a unique service for online research and teaching,” the project has been “specially researched and commissioned to meet the needs of scholars and students,” says a communication from the publisher. The complete text of 750 Oxford books (over 250,000 book pages and over 100 million words) falling into many subdivisions of four subject areas--philosophy, religion and theology, political science and economics and finance--will be fully cross-searchable at the launch, and at least 200 new titles will be added each year. Sophisticated research features, including keywords and book and chapter abstracts for each work, will be available alongside journal abstracts, with reference linking from bibliographies and footnotes. The Robinson/Moore book is listed in the democratization category under “political science.” Full title lists are available at

Nicholas J. Horton, assistant professor of mathematics, is the author, along with several of his colleagues, of an article, “Slowing the revolving door: stabilization programs reduce homeless persons’ substance use after detoxification,” which appeared in a June 2003 edition of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. The article explored, according to an abstract, “whether homelessness predicted earlier resumption of substance use after detoxification, and sought evidence concerning the impact of post-detoxification stabilization programs among homeless and nonhomeless individuals.” The study concludes that homeless people who participated in stabilization programs after detoxification displayed a lower rate of return to substance use. The article was also written by Stefan Kertesz, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Peter Friedmann, Brown Medical School, and Richard Saitz and Jeffrey Samet, both of Boston University School of Medicine.

Richard Sherr, the Caroline L. Wall ’27 Profess or Music, was awarded La Médaille de la Ville de Tours (The Medal of the City of Tours, France) last week in recognition of his scholarly contributions to the history of music in the renaissance. Sherr received the medal in conjunction with the annual Colloque International d’Études Humanistes: La Papauté à la Renaissance held at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours from June 30 through July 4. Sherr presented “The Counter Reformation and the Singers of the Papal Chapel” on the final day of the conference.

Tocarra Thomas ’06, of Venice, Florida, is one of 15 students nationally to be selected as an intern in the Research Training Program of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History. The program supports the education and training of undergraduates engaged and interested in researching natural history by providing opportunities to participate in projects alongside Smithsonian professionals. Thomas, who is majoring in anthropology with a minor in film studies, is spending the summer in Washington, D.C., documenting the involvement of Mali in this year’s Folklife Festival. She plans to produce a film documentary on the subject under the supervision of her program advisor Mary Jo Arnoldi, curator of African art and ethnology at the Smithsonian museum. Thomas produced a film documentary last year on the antiwar protests at the Capital in Washington, and has investigated the environmental impact of Smith’s usage of nearby water sources for campus irrigation. She plans to attend graduate school to study documentary filmmaking.

Karl P. Donfried, Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature, has received his second Fulbright Lecture/Research Award, with which he will travel to Berlin next year to teach a seminar on “Paul’s Epistle to the Romans” and conduct research at the Institut für Kirche und Judentum on the theme “Paul the Jew.” He will also deliver a series of lectures in honor of Peter von der Osten-Sacken, a leading Christian scholar of Judaism and the director of the Institut, who will retire next year. Donfried, who received a Fulbright Lecture/Research Award in 1997 with which he traveled to Jerusalem, plans to be in Berlin from next April through August.

Bethany Miller ’05, of Sarasota, Florida, recently traveled to Italy for a 10-day trip as a participant in The Gift of Discovery: Learning Exchange, Italy and America, an educational and cultural program sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). Miller joined some 80 other Italian American students in the program, which aims to increase participants’ understanding of their Italian heritage and the country of their ancestors. Miller’s trip included meetings with local officials, tours of museums and famous sites, including the 5th Century BC Ionic temple in Locri, and a session with representatives of Italy’s radio and television system. Accommodations, meals, tours and round-trip air fair were paid for by NIAF, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans.

Lesley-Ann Giddings ’05 is one of only 10 students nationwide to be selected as a participant in the National Institutes of Health’s prestigious Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. The program, which takes place during the summer, awards participants a $20,000 scholarship, and provides mentoring and research experience at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Participants also receive paid internships after graduation at the NIH laboratories. Giddings, a chemistry major from Brooklyn, New York, will conduct research under the mentorship of John W. Daly and H. Martin Garraffo, both of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, an NIH subsidiary. The NIH is the lead biomedical research component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Terrorism, Al Qaeda and national security were among the topics studied by Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Professor in Jewish Studies and professor of government, when she traveled recently to Israel. Divine was one of 19 academicians to have received a grant from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. She spent two weeks in Israel studying terrorism and resources available to democracies to counter it. “We spent a great deal of time observing police, army and naval units as they monitored Israel’s borders on land and sea,” she says. “We also watched how various units prepared for counter-terrorist maneuvers and homeland defense.” The grant covered all travel costs and some living expenses. While there, Divine gathered the latest information on Al Quaeda, its affiliates, and other Middle East terrorist groups from specialists in the field from Tel Aviv University’s Dayan Center and from the Herzlia Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Terrorism. She also met with Israel’s national security staff on the eve of the recent Aqaba summit. “The trip was phenomenal and we had access to very high-level policy makers in the military, police and government,” she says. “We watched how various units prepared for counter-terrorist maneuvers and homeland defense.”

Randall Bartlett and Roger Kaufman, professors of economics, have weighed in with their thoughts on the importance of excellent teaching in an article for Trusteeship magazine, a bimonthly periodical published by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. The article, titled “Does Your Campus Truly Value Good Teaching?” poses several questions meant to evaluate the importance educational institutions place on excellent teaching in balance with other faculty activities, such as committee and administrative duties, advising and, most prominently, scholarly research. Bartlett and Kaufman, both of whom have children in college, argue that most institutions do not place proper emphasis on teaching quality among their faculties and that devotion to teaching is not rewarded and appreciated in the collegiate community as is demonstrated excellence in research. “The incentives facing faculty and administrators at most of our better colleges and universities do not reward excellent teaching to the extent we believe desirable,” they write. “As a result, faculty members too often fail to realize their full potential as teachers, to the detriment of their students.” Bartlett and Kaufman have each won the annual Senior Faculty Teaching Award in past years, voted on by students and presented at Rally Day. In May, Bartlett was the recipient of Smith’s Honored Professor Award, presented during Commencement exercises.

Jamie Williamson ’03, an Ada Comstock Scholar who just completed her degree in government with a minor in urban studies, began her new job on May 1 as the executive director of the Housing Discrimination Project (HDP) Inc., a nonprofit organization in Holyoke, Massachusetts, that advocates for fair housing in Hampden, Hampshire and surrounding counties. Shortly after she began, Williamson’s organization won the Fair Housing Best Practices Award from the Equal Rights Center, a national nonprofit civil rights organization in Washington, D.C. The prestigious award is presented by the Equal Rights Center on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program. The award was presented based on the HDP’s efforts last fall to examine the root causes of blight in Springfield’s Old Hill/Six Corners neighborhood, a project for which Smith students—led by Williamson—joined the organization. The research team found that property loans were given less frequently to African-American and Latino applicants in the neighborhood. As a result, local organizations will work with lenders to insure equitable lending throughout the city.

Paul Zimet, associate professor of theatre, was the winner of a 2003 Obie Award in the category of Special Citations for his direction of Painted Snake in a Painted Chair, a production of Zimet’s company Talking Band at New York City’s La MaMa theater. The Obies (officially titled the Off-Broadway Theater Awards) are presented annually by The Village Voice and are considered one of the top honors for off-Broadway productions. The Talking Band work for which Zimet won was written and composed by his wife Ellen Maddow, who served as a Kahn Visiting Fellow in during the “Star Messengers” project. Also, three Smith students served as interns on the show, which was performed last January. They were Ariel Aberg-Riger ’03, Maria “Flip” Filippi ’03, and Sarah Beane ’04. Also working on the production were Smith graduate Selena Kong ’01, Kiki Smith, costume designer, and Nic Ularu, who once taught set design at Smith. In a January 22 New York Times review, D.J.R. Bruckner wrote, “The structure of the play is profoundly musical. Characters often break into songs you want to join, and occasionally into sophisticated musical nonsense, as when their separate recollections of a country outing spiral into a cantata of moos, coos and hiccups that comes back to you in memory hours later as an exquisite reprise of songs preceding it…The characters are some of the funniest people you are likely to meet this year.”

Nathanael Fortune, associate professor of physics, was recently elected to a three-year position on the school committee for Whately Elementary School, at which his sons attend the second and fourth grade. In addition to his sons’ attendance, Fortune has another inside view of the school: he and his wife, Joyce Palmer-Fortune regularly volunteer as guest science teachers there.

Randall Bartlett, professor of economics, was named the recipient of the 2003 Honored Professor Award, presented by President Carol T. Christ during Commencement exercises on May 18. Bartlett, who last year won the senior Teaching Award, voted on and presented by students at Rally Day, was also awarded the all-college Distinguished Teacher Award in 1993. Before joining the Smith faculty in 1979, Bartlett taught at Williams College, the University of Washington and Stanford University, and served as an economist with the Federal Trade Commission. He is the director of Smith’s Urban Studies Program and regularly teaches in the Public Policy Program. Bartlett is the author of The Crisis in America’s Cities.

Sigrid Nunez, who served as the Elizabeth Drew Professor of English last year, has recently been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She joins a class of 187 fellows and 29 foreign honorary members that includes four college presidents, three Nobel Laureates and four Pulitzer Prize winners. Her fellow class members include Kofi Annan, Walter Cronkite, and William Gates Sr. Nunez is the author of three highly regarded novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, published in 1995. Her work has been anthologized in several Pushcart Prize volumes and in two well-known collections of work by Asian American writers. She recently won a fiction prize for distinguished achievement from the American Academy.

Peter Rose, the Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, will be signing his new book Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space on Saturday, May 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Broadside Bookshop at 247 Main Street in Northampton. The book was published this year by Swallow Press. “Peter Rose has spent a lifetime exploring patterns of culture, examining issues of race and ethnicity, working with refugees, teaching sociology, and roaming the world,” says the publisher. “In Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space, he reflects on his adventures and the formative experiences that led him to a fascination with lives that seem quite unlike our own.” Rose retired from Smith this year after 41 years on the faculty. His other books include They and We, Strangers in Their Midst and Tempest-Tost.

Chelsea Brown ’05 was named the winner of the Mascot Contest, an art competition recently held by the Smith Athletic Association to choose a new Pioneer mascot identity for Smith athletic events. Brown, an art major, created a rendering of a Pioneer woman with brown hair, wearing a blue shirt with white cuffs and a collar, brown pants and brown boots, and charging forward with a flag held high, on which is written “SC Pioneers.” The association, which awarded Brown $400 for the win, is in the process of finalizing the identity and putting together a costume for a live mascot to don at games and events. “It will get people more pumped up and excited about the athletic events,” says Brown.

Tandeka Nkiwane, an instructor in government, recently accepted a position on the editorial board of Africa, the quarterly journal of the International African Institute, a London organization that promotes the education of African cultures and languages. The journal’s editorial policy is interdisciplinary, incorporating the social sciences, history, the environment and life sciences, with increasing attention to historical trends, issues of development and links between local and national levels of society in Africa. Nkiwane was also recently a delegate at the thirteenth Non-Aligned Movement summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a triennial gathering of government leaders and representatives from developing countries.

Smith President Carol T. Christ joined eight other accomplished alumnae of Rutgers University on May 3 when she was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The Hall of Distinguished Alumni was created in 1987 to honor and recognize alumni “whose diverse achievements have added a special luster to the Rutgers name,” according to a Rutgers press release. Photographs and biographies of the new inductees have been put on permanent display, along with those of 135 previous inductees, in Winants Hall on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “Rutgers’ long and proud history includes many alumni whose contribution to their professions, communities and nations have made a positive and significant impact,” said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick, who read the citations at the induction ceremony. “This year’s inductees represent that legacy with distinction.” Christ graduated from Douglass College, the women’s college of Rutgers, in 1966 before earning graduate degrees at Yale University. Before coming to Smith, Christ spent 31 years as a faculty member and senior administrator at the University of California at Berkeley, where she established a reputation as a champion of women’s issues, promoting diversity and an increased presence of women in the sciences. Fellow inductees included historian Spencer Crew; actress Calista Flockhart; Inc. CEO Sharon A. Fordham; Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Col. Jack H. Jacobs; and New Jersey corporate leader Alfred C. Koeppe.

Phoebe Mathews ’02 and Cecily Dyer ’03 recently received recognition for their prints in the Third Arches Student Print Exhibition in Boston, a juried show of the best printmaking works of students at New England colleges. Vandercook, a large lithograph by Mathews, received one of the six top awards from the Arches Paper Company, a joint sponsor of the exhibition with the Boston Printmakers. Her award was a good supply of 100 percent rag fine art paper. Dyer received one of 15 Jury Commendation awards for her intaglio print, Untitled. There were a total of 253 prints accepted for the exhibition, representing 22 colleges and universities. Smith students were competing against those from art schools such as the Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Arts. The exhibition also featured a separate faculty section, which included prints by Smith art professors Dwight Pogue and Gary Niswonger, and by Mark Zunino, technical assistant in the art department.

A new book by Deborah Haas-Wilson, professor of economics, titled Managed Care and Monopoly Power: The Antitrust Challenge explains how antritrust laws, when correctly enforced, allow markets to operate efficiently and competitively, thereby spurning low prices and high quality. “Focusing on the economic concepts necessary to the enforcement of the antitrust laws in health care markets, Haas-Wilson provides a useful roadmap for guiding the future of these markets,” according to Harvard University Press, the book publisher. “There are two tools to limit the growth of monopoly power: government regulation and antritrust policy,” it continues. “In this timely book, Deborah Haas-Wilson argues that enforcement off the antitrust laws is the tool of choice in most cases.”

Lauren Wolfe ’05 was recently named a Goldman Sachs Global Leader, one of only 20 undergraduates from the United States and Canada to receive the recognition. She is also among 100 of the most accomplished second-year students from 17 countries who will be similarly honored. The global leaders were chosen based on their prominent academic abilities and leadership achievements. Wolfe, a double major in government and German, is the director of the National High School Model United Nations Conference and coordinates an annual United Nations Environmental Program in New York. She also writes a column for The Sophian and hosts a cooking show on Smith TV. Wolfe will receive $3,000 and will be honored at several award ceremonies attended by public and civic leaders. The Global Leaders Program is part of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, a global philanthropic organization. Several past Global Leaders have garnered prestigious academic awards, including the Truman, Marshall, Gates and Rhodes scholarships.

Six Smith faculty members have recently become full members of Sigma Xi, the international honor society of science and engineering. They are Judith Cardell, C. Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Engineering; Mary Prieve, visiting assistant professor of biological sciences; David W. Russ, biological sciences; Heather Thompson, lecturer in biological sciences; Janet Van Blerkom, lecturer in physics; and Carolyn Wetzel, assistant professor of biological sciences. Full membership in the organization is conferred upon scholars who have demonstrated noteworthy achievements in research. The faculty members join 69 Smith students who are associate members of the society, each invited to join for having shown potential as scientific researchers. Almost 200 Sigma Xi members have won the Nobel Prize since the honor society began in 1886.

Peter Bloom, Grace Jarcho Ross Professor in Humanities in the music department, was mentioned in an article about the bicentennial year celebration of the life and music of Hector Berlioz in the March 31 issue of The New Yorker magazine. The article, “To Hell and Back: The Savage Genius of Berlioz,” by Alex Ross, points out that, by the end of the bicentennial year, New Yorkers will have been able to hear virtually all of Berlioz’s major works performed in their city. Contrary to some earlier evaluations suggesting that, beyond his masterpiece, Symphonie Fantastique, Berlioz was a “genius without talent,” Berlioz scholars Bloom and Jacques Barzun, Hugh Macdonald and Berlioz biographer David Cairns “argue forcefully that the composer knew exactly what he was doing,” writes the article’s author. “...whenever he sounds awkward he is actually ahead of his time.” Bloom organized “Berlioz: Past, Present, Future,” an international colloquium held at Smith in the spring of 2000 to mark the beginning of a series of events around the world designed to honor Berlioz on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Helen Horowitz, the Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies, was recently named winner of the 2003 Merle Curti Prize, an award given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best book in social, intellectual, and/or cultural history. Horowitz was honored for her latest book, Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in 19th-Century America, which tells the story of 19th-century battles over sexual speech, sexual knowledge and suppression in America. “Rereading Sex is a finely crafted work of both social and intellectual history,” says a press release from the organization, “which will alter the way we understand 19th-century American culture.” The book was also a runner-up for this year's Pulitzer Prize in history. Upon its fall release, Rereading Sex was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a splendid work of scholarship: crisply written, meticulously documented, full of fresh material, shrewd analysis and sound judgment.” Horowitz received the Curti Prize ($2,000, a certificate and medal) at the organization’s annual conference on April 5. Past Merle Curti Prize winners include David W. Blight, or Amherst College; Rogers M. Smith; and Robert B. Westbrook.

She’s not here yet, but high school senior Carolyn Tewksbury, who will enter Smith this fall, is already making news. Tewksbury was recently named one of 10 winners of the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search (STS), the oldest science competition in the country, which awards scholarships to the brightest high school seniors in the land. As the seventh-place winner, Tewksbury, 17, of Deansboro, New York, will receive a $20,000 scholarship for her project “Collapse of the Pasom-mana Tessera Region, Venus: Implications for the Evolution of Crustal Plateaus.” “Based on her work with synthetic stereo imaging,” says the Intel STS Web site, “she believes she documents the first collapsed and partially buried crustal plateau to be identified on Venus and helps resolved the controversy between age, and upwelling and downwelling models of plateau formation on the planet. As a futurist,” it continues, “she believes planetary geology will become crucial when the human race begins habitation of Mars.” The STS is not her first award: Tewksbury has won numerous science awards, as well as many awards for bagpiping and Scottish Highland dancing competitions. She’s currently writing a fantasy/science fiction novel. At Smith, she plans to study geology and Arabic, and eventually plans to become an astronaut.

Elisa Lanzi, director of image collections, recently gave a presentation, “Imagining an Imaging Center: Part II,” at the annual conference of the Art Libraries Society (ARLIS) of North America, in Baltimore, Maryland, this year titled “Back to the Future: Space Design for Library Technology.” Lanzi’s talk focused on the challenges of planning Smith’s new 7,000-square-foot Imaging Center in the Brown Fine Arts Center, in which the college’s vast collection of slides, photographs and digital images will be housed. Specifically, she discussed how the facility has been designed to accommodate new trends in campus image use and the impact of technology on staff and users. Lanzi joined speakers Susan Koskinen, reference and instruction librarian at the University of California, Berkeley; Darlene Tong, head of information, research and instructional studies at San Francisco State University; and Ed Dean, a San Francisco architect.

Due out this month, a book by Deborah Haas-Wilson, professor of economics, titled “Managed Care and Monopoly Power: The Antitrust Challenge” explains how antritrust laws, when correctly enforced, allow markets to operate efficiently and competitively, thereby spurning low prices and high quality. “Focusing on the economic concepts necessary to the enforcement of the antitrust laws in health care markets, Haas-Wilson provides a useful roadmap for guiding the future of these markets,” according to Harvard University Press, the book publisher. “There are two tools to limit the growth of monopoly power: government regulation and antritrust policy,” it continues. “In this timely book, Deborah Haas-Wilson argues that enforcement off the antitrust laws is the tool of choice in most cases.”

When Kelley Anne Duran ’04 placed second overall in the women’s Giant Slalom at this year’s 15th Winter Deaflympics in Sundsvall, Sweden, she made history as part of the first American duo ever to place first and second in the event. Amanda Goyne, a high school student from Redding, California, won first place. Though Duran led after the first run, Goyne skied a blazing second run to take the lead, eclipsing Duran’s overall score by 0.37 seconds. After taking the silver, Duran, who is from Vermont, celebrated the milestone with Goyne. “I feel great about my second-place finish and what is even better is the idea of having two Americans on the podium.” The Winter Deaflympics is a quadrennial Olympic-equivalent event for the deaf that invites about 1,000 deaf athletes from some 25 countries to competein four sports. The 15th Winter Deaflympics took place February 26 through March 9.

Eunnie Park ’01, who served as an intern for Acamedia in her senior year, recently won first place in the Robert P. Kelly Award for Reporting and Writing (daily newspaper over 60,000 circulation) from the New Jersey Press Association. Park, who began working as an editorial assistant at the The Record in Hackensack after graduating from Smith, has since been promoted to reporter for the daily newspaper. She won the award based on three articles, “Bad is Back,” “Young Breastcancer Survivor Digs In” and “Please Pass the Stuffing and the Kimchi.”

Khalilah Karim-Rushdan, Smith’s chaplain to the Muslim community, last month became the first Muslim chaplain ever to attend the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC), a multifaith professional community founded in 1948 that addresses issues of religious life on college and university campuses. The conference, titled “Spiritual, but not Religious: Problem and Promise for Campus and Culture,” took place February 23-26 in Federal Way, Washington. “This is a historic event for NACUC,” says Karim-Rushdan of her attendance at the conference. “There are very few [Muslim chaplains], especially female, in the United States.” Also in attendance were the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows, chaplain to the college and Protestant adviser, and Elizabeth Carr, chaplain to the college and Catholic adviser. The Smith contingent, under the direction of Burrows, was invited to conduct a morning worship service at the conference, “in part due to our unique composition,” says Karim-Rushdan. “We are proud to represent Smith and to be trailblazers in Interfaith work.”

Jill Ker Conway, the seventh president of Smith College (1975-1985) and its first woman president, was recently elected a distinguished associate of Darwin College, a post-graduate college of Cambridge University. Distinguished associates of the college are people who have set themselves apart in industry, technology, science or the arts, and who provide “connections between the college and the outside world,” according to the college’s Web site. Conway is a visiting scholar and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program in Science, Technology and Society, as well as the author of several bestselling autobiographies, including 2001’s A Woman’s Education, which describes her years as Smith’s president.

Elspeth Dodge ’05 and Sharlissa Moore ’05 are spending the spring semester in the desert as participants in Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 laboratory. The Biosphere 2 is the world’s largest controlled facility dedicated to studying earth science, covering three acres. Each semester, groups of high-school and college students live near the facility, at Columbia’s Arizone campus, and conduct research based on the laboratory and its surrounding area in the Sonoran desert. Dodge and Moore join 35 other undergraduates in the program, including students from Columbia, Barnard, Notre Dame and Texas Christian universities and the University of Colorado. The students spend 16 weeks at the facility studying environmental phenomena such as global warming and land-use change, while taking classes in astronomy and astrophysics. Dodge and Moore belong to the 14th class to study at Biosphere 2 since 1996, when Columbia began operating the center. For more information consult

Although Major League Baseball had one of its most exciting post-seasons in a decade, it still has some deep-seated long-term problems, points out Andrew Zimbalist, the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, in his latest book May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy. The book, to be released in March by Brookings Institution Press, “explores the abuses and inefficiencies in the functioning of the baseball industry and how these problems are directly connected to Major League Baseball’s monopoly status, its presumed exemption from antitrust laws, and public policy,” according to a publisher’s press release. In the book’s foreword, Bob Costas, a sports commentator for NBC and HBO Sports, writes, “One of Zimbalist’s arguments in May the Best Team Win is that many of baseball’s problems would be effectively addressed by removing the industry’s presumed antitrust exemption. As ever, Zimbalist provides plenty of food for thought, while clarifying our understanding of often complex issues. Let me get out of your way now, as I turn it over to Professor Z.” Zimbalist has been widely quoted and published in the national press on such topics as public-funded sports stadiums, player contract negotiations and, recently, federal hearings on Title IX. He is also the author of Baseball and Billions, and in 2001, Unpaid Professionals.

Karl P. Donfried, the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature, has recently published a new book, Paul, Thessalonica, and Early Christianity, published in December. In the book of 15 essays spanning 25 years, Donfried illuminates the earliest piece of New Testament writing, 1 Thessalonians, in its social and religious setting. He also explores Paul’s Jewishness, the parallels to Qumran, the deep connections between early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism, and the significance of “justification by faith” within the total context of Pauline theology. The first essay in the book is a revised version of the inaugural lecture given by Donfried for the Woodson chair.

Julia Child ’34 may be renowned for her French cooking and delectable dishes, but during World War II, she concocted more than haute cuisine. A fact unknown to most is that Child assisted the United States government by clandestinely collaborating on an effective shark repellent for Navy missions at the headquarters of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Sri Lanka. After the war, Child, who had become a respected patriot, was considered for secret intelligence duties. For her patriotic services with the OSS, Child is featured in the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Her spy work was detailed in the January 27 edition of U.S. News and World Report, a double issue of “Spy Stories” from the world’s history of espionage. Among her fellow spies profiled in the issue: Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond; Graham Greene; Mata Hari; and Ernest Hemingway.

Gail Frenier, a housekeeper with Residence and Dining Services in Morris house, and Monica Ginanneschi, a coordinator for the JYA program in Florence, Italy, are co-winners of the 2003 Elizabeth B. Wyandt Gavel Award, given annually by appreciative students to Smith staff members who have "given extraordinarily of themselves to the Smith College community as a whole." Frenier and Ginanneschi each received a flood of nominations for the award from students who have benefitted from their assistance and generosity, said Chianglan Wang ’03, vice president of the Student Government Association, who coordinated the award. The Gavel Award was established in 1984. The awards were presented at this year's All-College Meeting on January 27. Adrian Beaulieu, associate dean of international study, accepted the award on behalf of Ginanneschi, who is in Florence.

Lois Dubin, associate professor of religion, recently delivered the keynote address at an international conference, “Port Jews and Jewish Communities in Cosmopolitan Maritime Trading Centres,” held at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The conference, which was held in association with the University of Southampton (United Kingdom), was inspired by Dubin’s work on “Port Jews,” a term coined by Dubin and David Sorkin of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2000, Dubin's book The Port Jews of Habsburg Trieste: Absolutist Politics and Enlightenment Culture earned the Barbara Jelavich Prize, awarded annually by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies for books in Habsburg, Russian and Ottoman history, and was a finalist in the History category of the National Jewish Book Awards.

In the wake of the publication of his book Partners of Democracy: Crafting the New Japanese State under MacArthur, Donald L. Robinson, Charles N. Clark Professor of Government and American Studies at Smith, has frequently been called on to offer his perspective on post-WWII Japan. In early October, he was a panelist at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., titled “Japanese Democracy, Past and Present.” Later that month, he traveled in Japan, stopping to give lectures at Doshisha University in Kyoto, leading a seminar at the University of Tokyo and speaking at the United States embassy in the capital . Then in December, Robinson gave a seminar on a comparison between what the United States attempted in Japan following WWII and the similar prospects now in Iraq at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. Partners of Democracy was co-written by Ray A. Moore, professor of history and Asian Studies at Amherst College.

Amy Holich, assistant director for reunions and classes, was recently featured for her avocation in the prestigious Letter Arts Review along with a handful of other internationally recognized letter artists. Holich, a calligrapher who in 1989 began studying letterforms with Elliot Offner, Andrew M. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Art, is also an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith majoring in American studies with a minor in art history.Two of Holich's calligraphy pieces, The Wound of Our Separateness and Two Souls Intertwined, are printed in the 2002 edition of the publication, which periodically recognizes the world's most accomplished letter artists. "We were delighted to see some new ways of 'making beautiful letters and arranging them well,'" writes Rose Folsom, a calligrapher and editor of the magazine, of the edition's selections. "These pieces draw out meaning with surprising new alchemies of letters-as-text, letters-as-shapes and letters-as-moving lines." Holich says she is particularly proud of her piece Two Souls Intertwined. "These two words complement, balance and support each other in harmony and mutuality, while having the strength to stand on their own independently," she writes in the magazine. "The beauty and balance of their entwinement symbolizes for me the abiding strength, passion and support that two souls intertwined truly share."

James W. Drisko, an associate professor at the School for Social Work, recently received a $10,000 Faculty Scholar Award from the Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund of The New York Community Trust for his proposal, "Identifying Factors Leading to the Successful Treatment of Reactive Attachment Disoder." His project, which is being implemented in conjunction with the Children's Clinic of Northampton, seeks to identify what parents, mental health clinicians and child welfare workers view as the components of effective intervention with children afflicted with RAD, a mental disorder on the rise. The Silberman Fund annually grants the highly competitve awards to social work educators to support excellence in faculty research leading to professional publication.

Jim Hardy, purchasing manager, is a member of the newly formed “small schools” committee established by the Worker Rights Coalition (WRC). The committee will focus on the needs and priorities of its smaller affiliates, including those without licensing programs. The WRC is a nonprofit organization created by college and university administrations, students and labor rights experts to assist in the enforcement of manufacturing codes of conducts adopted by colleges and universities. Such codes attempt to ensure that factories producing clothing and other goods bearing college and university names respect the basic rights of workers. There are more than 100 institutional members of the WRC. The Smith College code of conduct is posted at

Vera Shevzov, assistant professor of religion, has been awarded the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize by the American Society of Church History for best first book of the year, for her book Russion Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution, which will soon be published by Oxford University Press.

Pamela C. Yelick ’79, an Assistant Member of the Staff at the Forsyth Institute, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, has made headlines recently in The Boston Globe and the New York Daily News as well as on National Public Radio and the BBC for her groundbreaking work on biological tooth regeneration. In the October 1 edition of The Journal of Dental Research, Yelick describes her work as principal investigator on the tooth regeneration project. After studying biochemistry at Smith, Yelick received her doctorate in molecular biology from Tufts University and conducted post-doctoral experiments at Harvard.

Laura Katz, assistant professor of biology, will become an associate editor of Evolution, the leading journal in the United States in evolutionary biology. She will serve a three-year term. Katz recently received a biological oceanography grant for $217,600 from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on “Diversity and Biogeography of Marine Oligotrich and Choreotrich Ciliates Assessed by Morphological and Molecular Markers.” The grant was received in collaboration with Oona Snoeyenbos-West, a research assistant in biology, and George McManus, Marine Sciences Program, University of Connecticut.

Julia Caitlin Finley ’04 recently expressed her reaction to the October sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., area in a December 1 letter published in The Washington Post under the headline "Did the Sniper Attacks Affect Your Spiritual Life or Beliefs?" Finley, whose family lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where Finley is from, writes that her mother had been at a gas station only five minutes before a woman was shot there. "I thanked God for sparing my mother and then felt terribly guilty," she writes. "My mother felt guilty that she, a woman who had had a full and wonderful life, lived and a young woman had died." Read Finley's letter by clicking here and scrolling to the second item...

Yvonne Daniel, associate professor of dance and Afro-American studies, dug into Cuban dance and culture during the past two months, first by traveling to Cuba in early October to attend the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Los Munequitos de Matanzas, a renowned music and dance group with which Daniel worked during her doctoral field work. Invited by the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, Daniel was the only North American citizen asked to attend. “You have made a great contribution to promote the traditions that our group represents,” wrote the director of the ministry in the invitation. “The work you have done with us over so many years has contributed to the awareness of the rich folklore of Matanzas province and Cuban culture among international audiences.” Then on Saturday, November 9, Daniel ventured to Philadelphia to join other dancers in presenting “Crossroads of African Diaspora Dance,” a symposium at the el Festival Cubano, a month-long celebration of Cuban dance, music, art and culture.

The Discovery Channel recently purchased a documentary film by Sharmeen Obaid ’01, a student fellow with the Kahn Institute’s project “The Anatomy of Exile.” Terror’s Children is a one-hour film made last summer in Pakistan that explores the lives of recently displaced children from war-ravaged Afghanistan. The network is expected to broadcast the film in January or February. Meanwhile, Ted Koppel of ABC’s Nightline will air a 17-minute excerpt from the film in November.

Smith College was well-represented last month at the 114th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Colorado, when several scientists from Smith’s Department of Geology presented their research. Among the presenters were Laurel Mutti ’02, Sarah Clifthorne ’02, Lisa Berrios AC, Lorraine Robidoux ’01, and Susan DeYoung ’01. Smith faculty members included Allen Curran, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Geology, who presented “Modern Shallow-Water Coral Reefs in Transition: Examples from the Bahamas and Belize”; Bosiljka Glumac, assistant professor of geology; Paulette Peckol, professor of biological sciences; and Robert Burger, Achilles Professor of Geology, who presented “Shear Zone Evidence for Episodic Uplift Along a Mesozoic Western Border Fault, Hartford Basin, Massachusetts.”

In an article titled "Science as Theater" in the Nov.-Dec. issue of American Scientist, writers Kirsten Shepherd-Barr and Harry Lustig list 46 plays about science, which were written during the past four centuries. Impressively, three Smith playwrights are represented on the list. It includes Wit, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson ’86; Star Messengers, the musical theater piece created in 2000 by Paul Zimet, associate professor of theater, and his wife Ellen Maddow, a former Kahn Fellow, for the Kahn Institute's project "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium"; and E=mc2, written in 1948 by Hallie Flanagan Davis."'Science plays' have a long history," say Shepherd-Barr and Lustig in the article, "but today they are flourishing, both in quantity and quality, as never before." Read the list...

As a visiting artist last month at the Rhode Island School of Design, Dwight Pogue, professor of art, teamed with Mark Zunino, technical assistant in the art department, for a studio demonstration of their new Posi-Grain printing plate. The plate was developed to allow artists and master printers to print high-qulaity digital images and mylar drawings using traditional direct lithography printing presses. The demonstration highlighted Zunino’s recent discovery that Posi-Grain could also be printed in a reductive manner, permitting artists to use only one plate for multiple colors. While at the School of Design, Pogue and Zunino reviewed the latest work of Louise Korhman, a graduate printmaking student who graduated from Smith last year. Pogue also gave a talk on his work and displayed color lithographs and giclee’ prints.

Eric Reeves, professor of English language and literature and one of the nation’s leading spokesmen on the ongoing unrest in war-torn Sudan, recently received a call from the White House inviting him to attend a ceremony in the Rose Garden. The ceremony, during which President George W. Bush signed the Sudan Peace Act, took place on October 21. The new law takes measures to apply pressure on Sudan to settle its 20-year conflict, which has claimed some two million lives. Reeves has published numerous opinion pieces in national periodicals, such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today and the New Republic, on Sudan’s struggle.

Joan Berzoff, codirector of the doctoral program at the School for Social Work and director of End-of-Life Care Initiatives, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Project on Death in America (PDIA). Berzoff is one of three PDIA social work leaders selected to join the board. The PDIA was created in 1994 by philanthropist George Soros, to develop initiatives to improve care for dying people. Berzoff was one of the first six PDIA social work leaders and faculty scholars to have received an award to bring professional social work education into the field. Berzoff, working in conjunction with the School for Social Work’s Center for Innovative Practice and Social Work Education, has launched the first postmasters advanced practice certificate for clinical social workers in end-of-life care (ELC), now preparing for its fourth year. With funds from PDIA, Berzoff is also co-editing the first textbook in end-of-life care for clinical social workers, which includes contributions from experts in end-of-life care from several disciplines. The PDIA advisory board will chart the future of the PDIA and assist in continuing its pioneering work.

Ginetta Candelario, assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies, and Elliot Fratkin, professor of anthropology, will both head abroad in January as Fulbright scholars. Candelario will live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for six months, where she will lecture and conduct research on “Engendering the State, Race-ing the Nation: Women’s Movements and Feminism in the Dominican Republic.” Her work will be affiliated with the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences), an intergovernmental organization among Latin American and Caribbean countries. Fratkin, who has worked extensively in east Africa, will join the Department of Anthropology and Archeology at the University of Asmara in Eritrea for the spring semester, lecturing on cultural anthropology and development policy, and conducting research on development in pastoral (livestock-keeping) regions of the country. Candelario and Fratkin are among 800 people in the United States to receive a Fulbright grant this year. A similar number receive awards to come to the U.S., primarily as researchers. The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Ruth van Erp, director of advancement services and a four-time winner of the skillet toss competition at Conway’s annual Festival of the Hills, was usurped in the contest standings this year by fellow Smith cohort Patricia Pate, corporate relations director in advancement. The skillet toss, a quirky competition in which contestants fling a skillet through the air as far as they can, is held each year at the festival. At the festival earlier this month, Pate recorded a toss of 37 feet, 9 inches to win third place. Van Erp came in tenth. Both were quoted in a front-page story about the event in the October 7 edition of The Greenfield Recorder. “I’m thrilled because I finished in front of Ruth,” Pate says in the article. Van Erp sarcastically quips, “Tomorrow’s going to be a fun day at work.” Rebecca Fay, a former Conway resident who lives in Holden, Massachusetts, won the contest with a toss of 41 feet, 10 inches.

Mary Ellen Chase, legendary Smith English professor and author of children’s books, biblical studies, novels and literary criticism, is quoted in a recently published book, Connecticut Valley Vernacular: The Vanishing Landscape and Architecture of the New England Tobacco Fields by James F. O’Gorman, professor of history of American art at Wellesley College. Among those listed as assisting with the preparation of the book, which is illustrated with many vintage and recent photographs as well as paintings of Connecticut Valley scenes, is Linda Muehlig, associate curator in the Smith College Museum of Art. No reference is made in the book to Chase’s connection to Smith--where she taught from 1926 to 1955--when she is quoted as seeing beauty in the tobacco sheds scattered about the local landscape: “One never looks upon them without wondering with gratitude at the wisdom shown in their length and contour, at the way in which they suit the wide fields where they stand with the hot sun penetrating the long, perpendicular openings in their sides and glowing upon their wood clapboards.”

Donald L. Robinson, Charles N. Clark Professor of Government and American Studies at Smith, and Ray A. Moore, professor of history and Asian Studies at Amherst College, are the authors of Partners for Democracy: Crafting the New Japanese State under MacArthur, which was published recently by the Oxford University Press. According to the jacket notes, the book details “Japan’s transformation from an utterly defeated military power into a thriving constitutional democracy…Here is the story of how a devastated land came to construct–at times aggressively and rapidly, at times deliberately and only after much debate–a democracy that stands today as the envy of many other nations.” The book is described by Shoichi Koseki, professor of constitutional law at Japan’s Dokkyo University, as “the most detailed and reliable book that has been written in English on the process of formulating Japan’s present constitution.” Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics at Harvard University, calls it “a riveting book [that] is the inside story of one of the world’s greatest experiments with planned social change."

Janice Moulton, a research associate in philosophy, won a place at the Boston Breakers’ Soccer Fantasy Camp for Women in September. At the camp, Moulton, one of the founders of the Smith Recreational Soccer Club, received coaching from Breakers pros Heather Aldama and Alison Kemp, as well as warm-up and injury-prevention training from professional team trainers with the Women’s United Soccer Association. Moulton, who first played soccer at age 40, says she couldn’t believe she had won a place at the training camp. After the camp, she returned to the Smith Rec Soccer Club with new skills and sore muscles. While most of her books and articles are on non-soccer topics, Moulton has published a couple of papers on the philosophy of sports.

Lesley-Ann Giddings ’05 was recently awarded the Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Institutes of Health, annually given to members of underrepresented groups who have outstanding academic records and are committed to biomedical research. Giddings is majoring in chemistry at Smith. Last year, Giddings participated in the Peer and Early Mentoring programs, working in the Aqueous Geochemistry Lab with Amy Larson–Rhodes, assistant professor of geology, and Ann Pufall in the geology department. Those programs, which are funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, were established in 1995 in the Clark Science Center to support underrepresented students in their pursuit of the sciences.

Ronald Perera, Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emeritus of Music, and Donald Wheelock, Irwin and Pauline Alper Glass Professor of Music, recently received an ASCAP Award, granted each year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The awards are based on “the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances,” according to an ASCAP press release.

Josie Nakhla ’03 received a Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, which included a stipend of $3,500 plus $1,500 for supplies, to support her scholarly work in chemistry. She will present her research, titled “Synthesis of Farnesyl Derivatives as Potential Farnesyl Transferase Inhibitors,” on Friday, October 4, at Pfizer Central Research, a poster session featuring 100 award recipients and their advisers, in Groton, Connecticut.

Samantha Martin ’98 recently won the prestigious Historical Research Trust award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a worldwide architectural organization based in London, with 30,000 members. Martin will receive 5,000 British pounds to support two years of doctoral research. The award is given annually to “help the education of young people to understand the role of research,” according to RIBA.

Thanks to the work of Louis Wilson, associate professor of Afro-American studies, who researched and compiled a list of African American and Native American men from Rhode Island who fought for America in the Revolutionary War, the state will erect a monument in honor of those men. Wilson, who wrote the narrative for the monument, began the research in 2000 and will complete the project this year. Wilson is also the coauthor of The Americans, the best-selling high school textbook in the United States.

As a 2002 Metcalf Fellow at an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Stephanie Soscia ’04 contributed to research during the summer to identify genetic and environmental factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease. Soscia, who won the Metcalf Fellowship in June, received $3,000 to pay for her living expenses in Boston. The fellowship is part of a memorial fund established for Michael P. Metcalf, the former publisher of the Providence Journal who died in 1987. The fellowship is intended to support self-designed, academic experiences for college students outside their coursework. Soscia, a neuroscience major at Smith, says her internship gave her “the opportunity to work closely with respected researchers who are on the verge of discovering effective treatments” for Alzheimer’s Disease. Applications for Metcalf Fellowships will be available in November for summer 2003. For more information, consult

In July, Lois Joy, a statistical consultant in Information Technology Services, and Sirma Tunali ’04 presented their research on “Occupational Differences Among Recent College Graduates” at the 2002 Conference on Feminist Economics in Los Angeles. The 11th annual conference, which was sponsored by the International Association of Feminist Economics, examined such topics such as globalization, development, welfare, education and the labor market, emphasizing feminist economic theory and philosophies.

This past summer, more than 450 students took advantage of Smith’s Praxis internship program to gain professional and educational experience through a diverse range of jobs at companies and organizations across the country and around the world. Lisa Beard ’03, a participant in Smith’s program on biocultural diversity, ventured to Peru for her Praxis internship, where she worked in the rainforest and attended workshops given by community members. Meredith Conry ’04 worked in the public relations department of American Movie Classics. Helaine Taxier ’04 worked with the Orange County Witness/Victim Assistance Program, where she read police reports, accompanied victims to court and assisted victims in applying to the State Victims’ Compensation Program. As an intern at the San Francisco Film Society, the oldest film festival in the United States, Deirdre Crimmins ’03 helped with research, fact-checking, cataloging and archiving film stills. And at Breast Cancer Action in California, Angela Chen ’03 assisted in outreach efforts. For more news about Praxis interns, check out

Kiki Gounaridou, assistant professor of theatre, recently published an essay titled “Are We All Greeks? A Comment on Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides” in The Public, the newsletter of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, as well as a book review of Larry Norman’s The Public Mirror in Seventeenth-Century News. Gounaridou also served as associate editor of Text and Presentation, the journal of the Comparative Drama Conference, at which she moderated a panel this year on “Translations and Textual Mirrors,” in Columbus, Ohio. And at the recent International Dramaturgy Symposium at Mount Holyoke College, Gounaridou participated on a panel on “Translation and Dramaturgy.” Her translations of Rachilde’s plays, The Prowler and The Transparent Doll, have been produced at Smith and Mount Holyoke, respectively.

Last spring, Yakhara Sembene '02 was named a Goldman Sachs Global Leader. As one of 16 global leaders from the United States (and one of 100 from around the world), Sembene was chosen on the basis of her academic performance, leadership potential, communications skills and references. The program, according to a statement on the Goldman Sachs Web site, “invests in the preparation of talented students for distinctive service to society and their future professions."

Last spring, members of the Smith volleyball team, coached by Bonnie May, bused to West Hartford, Connecticut, and donated their time and athletic skills to a charity volleyball tournament at Conrad High School. The seventh annual Cathy D’Apice Memorial Volleyball Tournament, which raises money for breast cancer research, drew seven teams from New England. Smith volleyball players joined members of the Amherst College volleyball team in raising more than $700, more than any other team in the history of the event. “Playing in the tournament is an inspiring experience because it brings together women of all ages to play the game they love,” said Lisa Lindberg ’03, a member of the Smith team, after the tournament. “From the moment you enter the gym, you can feel the energy and unity among all the athletes.”

Last spring, Tanya Skypeck ’02 was named national Catholic student of the year by the National Catholic Student Coalition (NCSC). Skypeck was actively involved in Smith’s Newman Association and the NCSC during her undergraduate years, having served as an NCSC state ambassador and regional representative, and as public relations committee chair of the coalition’s National Executive Board. Skypeck, who was also involved in the Catholic Chapel choir and the Smith College Glee Club, was given the honor based on her demonstrated ability to share her faith, live her values and serve as an active and outstanding leader in campus ministry, the community and the church.

Barry Moser, a lecturer in the art department and renowned bookmaker, printmaker and illustrator, received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in May from the Massachusetts College of Art. In conjunction with the receipt of his degree, Moser presented an exhibition of his work in the Massart President’s Gallery. The exhibition was sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts and Massart. Moser also gave a lecture at Massart titled “A Feeling for the Vulgar,” about the influences of Flannery O’Connor on his Pennyroyal Caxton Bible.

Last spring, crew coach Karen Klinger capped a record-breaking season with her receipt of the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) Coach of the Year Award. Klinger, a 1987 Smith graduate, has coached crew for 14 years, five as Smith’s head coach. In 2001–02 year, Klinger coached her team to first-place victories at the Seven Sisters Regatta and the NEWMAC Championship. The team also qualified for the NCAA National Championships, in which they competed in June to a sixth-place finish.

Jerome Sachs, associate professor of social work, died on July 2, of cancer. Funeral services were held on July 3 at Congregation B ’Nai Israel Synagogue in Northampton.

Janet Lyman Hill Smithers, associate professor of music, died on June 27, in California.

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