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June 12, 2014

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Daniel Nagin, associate dean of faculty and the Teresa & H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at the Heinz College, received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology at City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, this past Tuesday. Nagin was named a winner of the most prestigious prize in criminology last October. The Stockholm Prize in Criminology is awarded for outstanding achievements in criminological research or for the application of research results by practitioners for the reduction of crime and the advancement of human rights.  Nagin, who shares the award with Stanford University's Joan Petersilia, was cited for his work that provided a clear rationale to invest more in policing than in imprisonment. His efforts led to the first decline in four decades of the world's highest incarceration rate. "The crime drop of the past two decades has brought us incalculable benefits in terms of lives saved, freedom to enjoy public spaces and the revitalization of cities," Nagin said. "In some countries, however, the costs to society from incarceration and aggressive policing have also been enormously high both in terms of economic cost and human suffering." Learn more.

Sciannameo Book CoverFranco Sciannameo
, the associate dean of interdisciplinary initiatives at the College of Fine Arts, is a co-editor of "Music as Dream: Essays on Giacinto Scelsi," a work showcasing scholarly criticism of the music and philosophy of Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi. The book was published by Scarecrow Press. Sciannameo, an associate teaching professor of musicology in the School of Music and a CMU faculty member since 1991, and fellow co-editor Alessandra Carlotta Pellegrini selected and translated essays into English for the first time that reflect the evolution of scholarship on Scelsi’s original compositions. The book begins with "The Scelsi Case," which erupted shortly after Scelsi died in 1988, when composer Vieri Tosatti claimed ownership of his works. The book also features essays on a variety of topics including an in-depth study of Scelsi’s piano output and details of his theoretical and literary writings. Learn more.

Chemical Engineering Professor Myung Jhon has co-edited the recently published "Nanotechnology for Sustainable Development."  The book is a collection of the latest research developments in nanotechnology aimed at improving environmental and energetic sustainability. Learn more about the book.

the latest novel from Robotics Institute Ph.D. alumnus Daniel H. Wilson, has received rave reviews, with The New York Times describing it as "ingenious" and the Wall Street Journal pronouncing it "scarier than 'Jaws.'" The book, a sequel to Wilson’s bestselling "Robopocalypse," was published June 10 by Doubleday. Robogenesis continues the story of a war between humans and robots. The robots were seemingly vanquished and the artificial intelligence directing the attack, Archos, apparently destroyed at the end of the previous novel. But the new book reveals the fragmented remnants of Archos regrouping and mounting a new war against humans. Stephen King promises that Robogenesis is "terrific, page-turning fun" and DreamWorks reportedly is continuing plans for a movie of Robopocalypse, directed by Steven Spielberg. Wilson has authored numerous books, beginning with "How to Survive a Robot Uprising" while still a Ph.D. candidate, and has hosted a History Channel series, "The Works."

To mark the 10th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s death, Kiron Skinner wrote an opinion piece for Forbes Magazine on how Reagan transformed the "peace through strength" mantra into a grand strategy. Skinner, associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of the Center for International Relations and Politics, is the co-author of The New York Times bestseller "REAGAN: A Life in Letters," which provides an unprecedented look at more than 70 years of Reagan's life through his personal correspondences to friends and family, statesmen, celebrities, children and ordinary citizens. Read her latest op-ed, "The Most Misunderstood And Least Appreciated Aspect Of Ronald Reagan's Legacy."

The United States Golf Association (USGA) profiled Steve Schlossman and his recent trip to St. Louis Country Club. Schlossman, professor of history, was there to interview players for an upcoming book on the history of the Curtis Cup. Read "Professor Writing the Book on Curtis Cup."