Newsmakers

David A. Bunis '83David A. Bunis ’83 has been appointed by President Frederick M. Lawrence as the university’s first chief of staff. A 1987 graduate of the Boston University School of Law, Bunis has been a partner at Dwyer & Collora, LLP, in Boston, for two decades. For many years, he represented Tufts University, becoming familiar with the complex issues affecting colleges and universities. Formerly a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s civil rights committee, Bunis serves on a pro bono basis as a judge for administrative appeals in the Massachusetts Office of Minority and Women’s Business Assistance.

Joseph Lumbard“Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition,” edited by Joseph E.B. Lumbard, assistant professor of classical Islam, has been cited by the National Best Books 2010 Awards as the top book of the year in the category Current Events: Political/Social. Lumbard’s book, a revised edition, contains essays examining religious, political and historical factors that have led to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Updates include a new essay on the role of women in Islam, a timely look at the concept of jihad, and three revised chapters on the current global situation.

Ellen SchattschneiderEllen Schattschneider, associate professor of anthropology, was awarded the 2010 CORST Essay Prize in Psychoanalysis and Culture by the American Psychoanalytic Association. The prize recognizes the best essay on psychoanalytically informed research in the biobehavioral sciences, social sciences, arts or humanities. Titled “The Fetish Goes to War: Disavowal and the Family Romance in Modern Japan,” her winning essay explores the use of doll figurines in Japan as symbolic doubles for military combatants and victims of war.

Carmen SirianniCarmen Sirianni, professor of sociology, was elected 
in fall 2010 to the National Academy of Public Administration. Trained as a comparative historical sociologist, Sirianni has developed a growing interest in civic innovation in American democracy. His 2009 book “Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative Governance” addressed the role of public administrators and planners in enabling robust partnerships and problem solving at the local, state 
and federal levels.

Yu-Hui ChangIrving EpsteinThe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard counts two Brandeis faculty among its 2010–11 Radcliffe Fellows, chosen for “their superior scholarship and the potential of their projects to yield long-term impact.” Associate Professor of Composition, Yu-Hui Chang, Ph.D’01, is a Bunting Fellow in music composition, and Irving R. Epstein, the Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry, 
is a Grass Fellow in chemistry and chemical engineering. 
The two are among 48 fellows this academic year who 
were selected from an international pool of nearly 
900 applicants, according to the institute.
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