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From left: Dr. Ruth Ben-Artzi, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Cayla D. McBee, assistant professor of mathematics; Dr. Jeffery L. Nicholas, associate professor of philosophy; and Dr. Eve Veliz, assistant professor of sociology.

Four faculty named Arts & Sciences Summer Scholars

Four Providence College faculty members were selected to receive the School of Arts & Sciences’ Summer Scholar Award.

Now in its third year, the program supports faculty research, promotes summer scholarship, and furthers engaged learning for professors. 

The 2014 grant recipients represent four departments within the school.

Dr. Ruth Ben-Artzi, assistant professor of political science, received the award to investigate how international organizations affect state policies. She is studying Israel specifically, examining its decision to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and observing this membership’s role in Israel’s economic policies.

Dr. Cayla D. McBee, assistant professor of mathematics, is continuing a project she began at a workshop organized by the American Institute of Mathematics. She is investigating ladder graphs and their conditions for prime labeling.

Dr. Jeffery L. Nicholas, associate professor of philosophy, is conducting research on his project, “Catholic Social Thought and the Common Good.” In Catholic social thought, the common good is defined as the social conditions that allow people to reach their fulfillment and their human flourishing, Nicholas said. His paper argues that this definition is too abstract.

Dr. Eve Veliz, assistant professor of sociology, is continuing research for a project entitled “Examining Parent-Adolescent Relationships in Non-Traditional Latino Families.” By studying relationships between parent-figures and adolescent children, Veliz will analyze new forms of the family in the Latino community.

— Nick Tavares ’16

 

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