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AMU's Catherine Pakaluk is Acton Institute Award Recipient

cp-200The Acton Institute, a Michigan think tank devoted to the study of religion and liberty, has announced that AMU Economics Professor Catherine Pakaluk is the recipient of its 2015 Novak Award, presented to scholars who show great promise early in their careers.

In addition to teaching economics at AMU, Dr. Pakaluk is also the founder and director of the Stein Center for Social Research at Ave Maria University, an institute for advanced studies in social science and social thought. She currently works in the areas of demography, family studies, the economics of education and religion, and the interpretation of Catholic social thought.

The Novak Award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, is named for distinguished American theologian and social philosopher Michael Novak. A news release from the Acton Institute says the award "recognizes new outstanding research by scholars early in their academic careers who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology's connection to human dignity, the importance of limited government, religious liberty, and economic freedom. Recipients of the Novak Award make a formal presentation on such questions at an annual public forum known as the Calihan Lecture."

The Acton Institute is a nonprofit, ecumenical think tank located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Institute works internationally to "promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles."

The Acton Institute's Novak award is separate from awards established at Ave Maria University by Michael Novak himself and named for his late wife, the artist Karen Laub-Novak. Coincidentally, Dr. Pakaluk also is one of four recipients of that award.

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