Judy Strom ’66 (CLAS)
A son, Emory Joseph Strom, was born to Tammy Strom of Redding on Aug. 1 at Danbury Hospital. Grandparents are Rob and Judy Strom ’66 (CLAS). The baby also has an aunt, Jessica Strom, in Ridgefield, and an uncle, David Strom, and a cousin, Juliet Strom, both in Centerville, VA.
John F. Cawley ’56 MA, ’62 Ph.D
John F. Cawley ’56 MA, ’62 Ph.D passed away on February 9, 2018 leaving his wife, Louise, children and grandchildren. He received his MA and Ph.D from UConn and was on faculty as a Professor in Special Education and Grantsman and later a Professor Emeritus. It has been been said “his professional interests in curriculum and teaching caused special educators’ to focus, as it should be, on students learning ” and that his “ideas about learning and curriculum were highly innovative and accurate”. He authored numerous books on special education.
John Surowiecki ’66 (CLAS), ’76 MA
After twelve authoring twelve books of poetry, John Surowiecki ’66 (CLAS), ’76 MA has published his first novel, Pie Man. The novel, which takes place in a working-class neighborhood in a small city in central Connecticut, was awarded the Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel. The publisher is the Southeast Missouri State University Press.
Dr. Steven Stack ’69 (CLAS), ’70 MA, ’73 MA, ’76 Ph.D
Dr. Steven Stack ’69 (CLAS), ’70 MA, ’73 MA, ’76 Ph.D received the Stengel Award for outstanding research on suicide. The award is given by the International Association for Suicide Prevention since 1977. Stack is the first sociologist to receive this award, the world’s most prestigious research award in the field of suicide studies.
Bill DeWalt ’69 (CLAS), ’76 Ph.D
Bill DeWalt ’69 (CLAS), ’76 Ph.D of Fox Chapel, Pa. was named Chair of Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and began his position in June. He was elected to the position at the April 7 meeting of the Board of Trustees. He has been a trustee since 2013. He previously served as a trustee from 2006 to 2009.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have helped protect 130 million acres worldwide.
David Salsburg ’67 Ph.D
David Salsburg ’67 Ph.D has released a new book “Errors, Blunders, and Lies: How to Tell the Difference” and is the first in a planned series on statistical reasoning in science and society sponsored by the American Statistical Association. Consisting of short chapters describing specific uses of statistical models in fields as diverse as law, economics, history, Biblical studies, and wartime espionage, “Errors, Blunders, and Lies” assumes the reader has, at most, one year of high school algebra.
Previously a statistician at Pfizer, Inc., Salsburg has taught at a number of institutions including UConn, University of Pennsylvania, Connecticut College, Harvard, and Yale.
Dr. Perry Zirkel ’68 MA, ’72 Ph.D, ’76 JD
Dr. Perry Zirkel ’68 MA, ’72 Ph.D, ’76 JD was honored with the 2016 Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, given by the Education Law Association. The award is presented annually in recognition of an outstanding article, book, book chapter, or other form of scholarly legal writing in the field of education law.