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Alumni Notes

Kafui Dzirasa (Ph.D. Neurobiology ’07) was awarded the Janssen/International Mental Health Research Organization Rising Star Translational Research Award; the award seeks to advance the translation of scientific knowledge of underlying disease mechanisms in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depression toward benefits to patients and the healthcare system.

Pat Grebe (M.A. Liberal Studies ‘06) is pursuing a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Lisa Yun Lee (Ph.D. German Studies ’99) is the 2013 recipient of the Illinois Humanities Council’s Public Humanities Award. The Public Humanities Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to public understanding of the role the humanities play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

Roger Lucey (M. A. Liberal Studies ‘10) has published his memoir Back in From the Anger: The Story of a South African Troubadour Who Lost His Voice and Then Set Out on an Unbelievable Journey to Find It (Auckland Park, SA: Jacana Media Ltd. 2012). The book began with Roger’s final project for his master’s degree, done under the supervision of Margaret Sartor at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.

Gordon K. Mantler (Ph.D. History ’08) published Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974 (University of North Carolina Press, 2013). Mantler is currently a lecturing fellow and associate director in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University.

Cary Wolfe (Ph.D. English ’90) published Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Wolfe is chair and the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor in the Department of English at Rice University.

Likun Yang (M. A. Liberal Studies ‘11) has been accepted into the master’s program under the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. He will be doing a comparative study of Confucian ethics and rights-based ethics in the Western tradition, focusing on the different conceptions of the self.