Noteworthy: College of Arts & Sciences 2019

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Faculty, Staff and Student Accomplishments


Stephanie Schechner

Stephanie Schechner, professor of French, has been elected to join the Board of Directors for the French American Chamber of Commerce - Philadelphia, an organization that fosters a thriving economic relationship between the U.S and France and welcomes and supports French businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals in the region. Directors are elected to serve a two-year term and represent all sectors of the business community.


Loyd D. Bastin

Widener Professor and Associate Dean of Sciences Loyd Bastin co-edited a book “Integrating Green and Sustainable Chemistry Principles into Education.” The book, published in July 2019, draws on the knowledge and experience of scientists and educators already working on how to encourage green chemistry integration into their teaching, both within and outside of academia. One of the book chapters on promoting political and civic engagement in a non-major sustainable chemistry course was written by Bastin and Chemistry Department Chair Andrea Martin.


Jordan B. Smith

Jordan Smith, assistant professor of history, has been awarded the Dissertation Prize by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic for his dissertation on the invention and production of rum in the 17th- and 18th-century Atlantic world. His dissertation was chosen from over 40 submissions. As part of the prize, he will receive a book contract for the Early American Studies series with University of Pennsylvania Press.

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