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Mershon affiliate Nisbete Erik Nisbet, assistant professor of communication, has won a 2013 Engagement Impact Grant from the Office of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University. The $45,000 grant will support his project "Health Science Frontiers: Advancing Public Engagement."

As the health sciences advance at a swift pace the question arises about whether the public has the requisite community resources to make informed decisions about their health. At the same time, to be effective communicators, health experts must engage directly with the public to fully understand local community needs.

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RovnerJoshua Rovner, associate professor of strategy and policy at U.S. Naval War College, is winner of the Furniss Book Award for Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011).

The Furniss Award commemorates the founding director of the Mershon Center, Edgar S. Furniss, and is given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security. Previous winners include John Mearsheimer, Barry Posen, and Stephen Walt.

In Fixing the Facts, Rovner explores the complex interaction between intelligence and policy, shining a spotlight on the problem of politicization. Major episodes in the history of American foreign policy have been closely tied to the manipulation of intelligence estimates.

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Two Mershon affiliates have won the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching this year -- Mathew Coleman, associate professor of geography, and David Hoffmann, professor of history.

Coleman’s interests focus on immigration law and politics. Specifically, he is interested in issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border, interior immigration enforcement, critical geopolitics, political geography, states and statecraft, geographies of power and resistance. Coleman teaches courses on political geography, geopolitics, law and empire.

Hoffmann specializes in Russian and Soviet history, with a focus on the political, social, and cultural history of Stalinism. His most recent book, Cultivating the Masses: Modern State Practices and Soviet Socialism, 1914-1939 (Cornell University Press, 2011), was supported by a Mershon Center grant.

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Mershon affiliate Nicholas Breyfogle is one of a team of transnational researchers about to embark on a challenging, far flung adventure.

Six top scholars in diverse fields - history, geography, environmental sciences, and economics — will push the boundaries of their disciplines, form a lasting collaborative network, and forge a new paradigm for understanding the work they undertake.

They represent six cooperating universities: Ohio State, Georgetown, University of York, University of Glasgow, National Research University-Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg), and European University at St. Petersburg, and three countries: the United States, Great Britain, and Russia.

Their work, funded by Great Britain’s Leverhulme Trust, tackles a multidisciplinary project, officially named, “Exploring Russia’s Environmental History and Natural Resources.” They will carry out collaborative field work at three unique, ecologically significant sites in Russia over a four-year period.

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