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School violence prevention program names director

GW faculty member Paul Kingery has been named director of the Hamilton Fish National Institute on School and Community Violence.

The program, which tests the effectiveness of school violence prevention methods and develops strategies for reducing school violence, works within a consortium of seven universities.

Kingery is on the research faculty of GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development. He holds a Ph.D. in community health from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas. He previously served as a research scientist with the Institute and has written about adolescent violence in academic journals.

The Hamilton Fish Institute’s goal is to determine effective methods to reduce violence in schools and communities across the country, according to a press release. It was established with the assistance of Congress in 1996.

-Matt Berger

Turley named Shapiro professor

Nationally-known GW Law School Professor Jonathan Turley has been named the Shapiro chair of public interest law, the University announced.

The chair is endowed with funds from the law school’s $4 million J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Charitable Trust, which earmarked the money for the enhancement of public service and environmental law programs.

As the Shapiro chair, Turley will teach courses in public service and public interest law, mentor students in public interest law and conduct research in the field.

“It is a special honor to hold a Chair with such a notable purpose,” Turley said in a University press release “It is both an honor and an obligation that I accept with the greatest enthusiasm and deepest appreciation.”

Turley is known nationwide for his public interest work. He recently represented former attorneys general who filed a brief in the case between Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and the Secret Service. He has provided legal commentary on several television programs in recent months, speaking about the investigation of President Clinton.

-Becky Neilson

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