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WILLIAM ROBIN RECEIVES 2017 RESEARCH COMMUNICATOR IMPACT AWARD

Image: Left to right: Interim Vice President for Research Amitabh Varshney, Ben Shneiderman, Arie Kruglanski, Evan Starr, William Robin, and President Wallace Loh (via UMD Division of Research).

William Robin, assistant professor of musicology and ethnomusicology, received a 2017 Research Communicator Impact Award in the op-ed category for his piece in The New Yorker, “Colin Kaepernick and the Radical Uses of the 'Star‑Spangled Banner.'” The article discusses the history of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and argues that it has been used as an anthem of dissent since its creation.

Since 2015, the Division of Research has recognized faculty who take a, bestowing upon them the annual Research Communicator Impact Award. Faculty are nominated in three categories: op-ed, new media, and faculty cited in media.  More than 25 faculty submissions were received for the 2017 Research Communicator Impact Award, representing disciplines in eight of the university’s 12 colleges and schools.

The winners of the 2017 Research Communicator Impact Award were recognized on Friday, April 28, at the Division of Research’s 10th Annual Celebration of Scholarship & Research Reception in the Parren Mitchell Art-Sociology Building atrium. Co-hosted by the Office of the Provost, the celebration honored the excellent research and scholarly contributions of the university’s faculty over the last year. UMD broke its own record of external research funding for the second year in a row in fiscal year 2016, obtaining $560 million. The number of scholarly articles published by university faculty has also increased, with over 4,800 articles published since January 2016.

Robin joined the School of Music at the College of Arts and Humanities in 2016 after completing a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a specialist in new music in the United States since 1980 and a regular contributor to The New York Times , where he most recently published an article on classical music and Black Lives Matter.


Image: Left to right: Interim Vice President for Research Amitabh Varshney, Ben Shneiderman, Arie Kruglanski, Evan Starr, William Robin, and President Wallace Loh (via UMD Division of Research).