Around Webster: Geneva profs’ EIEF grant; Stang’s STL 250 photos; Kingston’s human rights selections

| May 6, 2014

Recent professional news and honors for Webster University community members include:

Geneva Business Professors Receive EIEF Grant
Webster University Geneva

Saral and Puca

Krista J. Saral and Marcello Puca, business research professors at Webster University Geneva, have been awarded a one-year grant through the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF). The grant helps support their joint work with Simone M. Sepe of the University of Arizona on collective decision-making, voting rules and costly communication.

Specifically, their project focuses on the role of voting institutions in collective decision-making, and their research aims to fill the gap in the literature by using a combination of theoretical analysis and behavioral experiments to better understand the implications of costly communication under a variety of voting rules.

According to Kevin D. Stringer, George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology department chair at Webster University Geneva, “Professors Saral and Puca epitomize the increasing emphasis on high-quality research at Webster University Geneva, and this grant shows the positive results from excellent peer collaboration.”

The EIEF is a new research institute, funded by the Bank of Italy, which offers grants for research projects in Economics and Finance. The Institute builds on the tradition of its predecessor, the Ente Luigi Einaudi, which has fostered economic research in Italy for the past 50 years.

Hacker Stang Photography Selected in ‘City at 250’

Susan Hacker Stang, professor of Photography in the School of Communications, received awards for photographs in two categories in the Sheldon’s “The City at 250” photo contest, celebrating images of St. Louis during the city’s 250th anniversary celebration.

The 100 winning photographs will be featured in the Sheldon’s “The City at 250” exhibition, which runs through Aug. 23. Displayed images will also be included in a book. The top 150 photographs will be part of a slide show in this summer’s exhibit. Read about some of the winners at St. Louis Public Radio.

Kingston Selected for World Social Science Fellows Programme


Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies director Lindsey Kingston, of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Department of History, Politics, and International Relations, recently delivered an opening keynote lecture at the University of Malta, “Human Rights in Crisis: Ethical Responses to Disaster Displacement.” The meeting drew experts on disaster displacement from across Europe, and this COST action was funded by the European Union.

Kingston will travel to London, England, in July to participate in the World Social Science Fellows Programme. She is one of 20 young researchers selected from around the world to address issues related to global governance. The week-long seminar will be hosted by the London School of Economics and is sponsored by the International Social Science Council, a non-governmental organization established by UNESCO.

Kingston was also recently appointed an editor for Human Rights Review, a leading academic journal focused on human rights scholarship. She will be editing the book review section and has served on the journal’s editorial board since December 2013.

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