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Sean Trainor, Bill Cossen and Paul Matzko each won the Liberal Arts External Incentive Award

Congratulations to Sean Trainor, Bill Cossen and Paul Matzko, all of whom have won the Liberal Arts External Incentive Award.

Graduate Student Bill Cossen: Jeopardy Champ!

Graduate Student Bill Cossen: Jeopardy Champ!

Bill Cossen is known around the Penn State History department as a hard-working, likeable guy who focusses on American Catholic history. But this past summer, he took time off to do something a little different: compete on America’s Favorite Quiz Show, Jeopardy!

Bill had a great run, winning three nights in a row for a total of four appearances. His television demeanor, relaxed and focused under pressure, is something that seems to come naturally. “Bill Cossen is close to unflappable,” said Amy Greenberg, Edwin Erle Sparks professor of History and Women’s Studies and Bill’s advisor. “I'm not surprised by his performance: he knows an awful lot about a great number of topics, and gives the impression of being exactly where he wants to be,” she added.

In five years at Penn State, Bill has set a high standard for himself, having already published two articles in peer-reviewed journals and serving as editorial assistant for the Journal of the Civil War Era. He has also undertaken significant archival research in preparation for his dissertation, and has a family as well. Bill and his wife Kristina, a third-year pediatric resident at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, are expecting their first child any day now.

“Bill is an exemplary student in every way,” said Michael Kulikowski, Professor and Head of Penn State’s History department, adding, ”while we don’t expect all our students to be Jeopardy! champions, I’m not at all surprised that Bill did so well; we are very proud of him.”

Reflecting on his experience, Bill sees a connection between his graduate work and his appearance on a game show:  “On one level, my three years of course work and four summers of research gave me an advantage when facing categories dealing with history and religion.  But on a deeper level, the department and its professors have consistently encouraged students to pursue reading and study in fields outside of the more narrow boundaries of our research.  This spirit of deep inquiry in a broad range of subjects has served me well in both my academic work and on Jeopardy!”

We couldn’t have said it any better – warm congratulations, Bill!

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Bill Cossen has been awarded the Bernard Bellush Prize

Congratulations to Bill Cossen! Bill recently presented his paper, “The Protestant Image in the Catholic Mind: Maria Monk’s Awful Disclosures and the Catholic Press Response,” at the Symposium on the Civil War, and Free Expression at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Bill was the recipient of the student paper award for this year’s conference. In addition, Bill’s paper, “The Rise and Decline of a Catholic Labor School: Hartford’s Diocesan Labor Institute and the Education of the American Worker,” has been awarded the Bernard Bellush Prize from the New York Labor History Association.

 

Rob Shafer has been awarded a fellowship opportunity

Congratulations to Rob Shafer! Rob has been awarded a fellowship opportunity with the Department of Defense and their office of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).

David G. Smith's book has been published

Congratulations to David G. Smith! David is a 2006 PhD graduate, and his book, On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820-1870 (Fordham University Press, 2013), has been published.

Rachel Moran was featured on BackStory with the American History Guys

Congratulations to Rachel Moran! Rachel was featured in a radio segment, “Beach Bodies: A History of the American Physique,” for BackStory with the American History Guys.

Bill Cossen has been awarded a research travel grant

Congratulations to Bill Cossen! Bill has been awarded a Research Travel Grant by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism to fund three weeks of dissertation research this summer at the University of Notre Dame Archives.

John Hoenig's article will be published in the Winter of 2013

Congratulations to John Hoenig! John’s article, “A Tomato for All Seasons: A Study in the Geography of American Tomato Production, 1900-1945,” will be published in the Winter 2013 issue of Business History Review.

Sean Trainor will be presenting his paper in Washington, DC

Congratulations to Sean Trainor! Sean was awarded a short-term Filson Fellowship at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, Sean will be presenting his paper entitled, “The Rail Splitter’s Split Ends: American Manhood and the Politics of Abraham Lincoln’s Beard” at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in Washington, DC on March 27-30, 2013.

Jan Logemann's book has been published

Congratulations to Jan Logemann! Jan’s (PhD, 2007) book, Trams or Tailfins?: Public and Private Prosperity in Postwar West Germany and the United States, has just been published (University of Chicago Press).

Scott Cave has won numerous fellowships and awards

Congratulations to Scott Cave!  Over the past year, Scott has won an unprecedented number of fellowships and awards - nine in all. Many of these have already appeared here in Good News, but three are worth repeating:  the Barbara S. Mosbacher Fellowship underwriting a full semester of work at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University; a Princeton University Library Grant for a month of research; and the Lydia Cabrera Award from the Conference on Latin American History that supported three months research in Spain.

Courtney Rong Fu and Kwok-leong Tang have received research travel grants from the China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) of the Association for Asian Studies.

Congratulations to Courtney Rong Fu and Kwok-leong Tang! Both Courtney and Kwok-leong have received research travel grants from the China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) of the Association for Asian Studies.

Evan Rothera was awarded a Research Fellowship for the Study of the Global South from the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and the Richard A. Baker Graduate Student Research Travel Grant from the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress.

Congratulations to Evan Rothera! Evan was awarded a Research Fellowship for the Study of the Global South from the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and the Richard A. Baker Graduate Student Research Travel Grant from the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress.

Emily Seitz has won the M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner, M.D. Summer Research Fellowship from the Drexel College of Medicine Archives and a Wood Institute Travel Grant from the College of Physicians in Philadelphia

Congratulations to Emily Seitz, PhD candidate!  Emily has won the M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner, M.D. Summer Research Fellowship from the Drexel College of Medicine Archives (http://archives.drexelmed.edu/fellowship.php) and a Wood Institute Travel Grant from the College of Physicians in Philadelphia (http://www.collegeofphysicians.org/library/wood-institute/travel-grants/) to research her dissertation, What About the Mother?: A Medical History of the Fetus in America, 1850-1930.

Kwok-leong Tang has been awarded a semester residency for the Spring 2016 at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Congratulations to Kwok-leong Tang! Kwok-leong has been awarded a semester residency for the Spring 2016 at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Evan Rothera won the Outstanding Graduate Paper Award

Congratulations to Evan Rothera! Evan won the Outstanding Graduate Paper Award at the Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Conference for his paper, “Our South American Cousin’: Domingo F. Sarmiento and the Case for Comparative Reconstruction.”

Alfred Wallace was awarded the Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller Graduate Research Grant

Congratulations to Alfred Wallace! Alfred was awarded the Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller Graduate Research Grant from the Naval History and Heritage Command, Department of the Navy. This grant will allow Alfred to complete his final dissertation on the Civil War Navy.

Hongyan Xiang was granted a research travel award by the Asian Institute

Congratulations to Hongyan Xiang! Hongyan was granted a research travel award by the Asian Institute and the Richard Charles Lee Canada‐Hong Kong Library of the University of Toronto.

Hsin-fang Wu awarded a dissertation fellowship

Congratulations to Hsin-fang Wu! Hsin-fang was recently awarded a dissertation fellowship from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Bill Cossen has been awarded the Dorothy Mohler Research Grant

Congratulations to Bill Cossen! Bill has been awarded the Dorothy Mohler Research Grant from the Catholic University Archives. His work at the CUA Archives this summer will be for his dissertation, preliminarily entitled "The Protestant Image in the Catholic Mind," which examines the construction of Protestant identity by American Catholics, with a particular focus on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

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