Chair Al Tims (journalism & mass communication) has been named the 2014 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism & Mass Communication Administrator of the Year. "Al Tims has a passion for excellence. You can sense it in any conversation you might have with him. His thoughts and words and eventual actions are driven by this simple concept: How can we become better?" noted SJMC faculty members Chris Ison and Keith Moyer in their recommendation letter. This annual award recognizes excellence in administration of a journalism and mass communication program, including vision, leadership and creativity. The cash prize that accompanies it is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation. Read more
Professors Christophe Wall-Romana (French & Italian) and Gail Dubrow (history) have received American Council of Learned Societies fellowships for 2014-15. Gail's project is titled "Japonisme Revisited: Reckoning with the Embrace, Appropriation, and Survival of Japanese Culture in America, 1868-1945" and Christophe's is "Kinopsis: Astronomy, Photography, and Pre-Cinema in the Nineteenth Century."
Associate professor Shaden M. Tageldin (cultural studies and comparative literature) has been awarded a 2015 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars from the American Council of Learned Societies. One of only 11 recipients nationwide, Shaden will hold her fellowship in 2016-2017 at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, where she will work on her second book, Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature The book traces the rise of modern comparative literature across the Arabic-speaking world, Europe, and elsewhere to empire, the imperium of modern scientific method, and their entwined impact on ideologies of language.
Professor Brenda Child (history) received the National American Indian Book Award presented by the Labriola Center at Arizona State University for her book My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation (2014).
Affiliate faculty member Jeffrey Van (music) is featured on two Minnesota Public Radio "Archive on The Radio" specials, titled Four Decades-Six Strings: Jeffrey Van, Guitar, originally broadcast March 31 and April 7. The first program looked at the development of music for the guitar from an historical perspective. The second program concentrated on music of the 20th and 21st centuries for guitar and featured a number of Minnesota composers.
Professor Traci Mann (psychology) has published Secrets from the Eating Lab (HarperWave). In short, she addresses the science of weight loss, the myth of willpower, and why you should never diet again. The release party (with ice cream!) is April 16 at Vinaigrette and Traci will read at the U Bookstore on April 23 at 4:00.
Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether (English) has two new books published: Great River Road: Memoir and Memory (a memoir) and Near Solstice: Prose Poems. From Rosellen Brown, author of Civil Wars: "Great River Road is a candid personal story and a far larger one: an intriguing take on the challenge of revisiting our lives, taking pleasure in old joys, and overcoming our natural resistance to the painful parts. Sprengnether's conclusion that memory is a 'process rather than a product, a verb rather than a noun' is the perfect way to open tight-shut doors to the forgiveness of others and of the self."
Associate professor Kieran McNulty (anthropology) is part of a team that has received a $3.2 million NIH grant. The funded study proposes to develop precise diagnostic and prognostic tools for the evaluation of current facial size and shape and prediction of the timing and magnitude of facial growth. The goal is to develop more effective treatment and intervention for jaw and teeth deformities.
Professors Paul Shambroom and James Henkel (art) and MFA candidate Xavier Tavera are included in 100+: A Photograph For Every Year of the MIA, now on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Professor David Myers (music) is chairing a national task force for the College Music Society that is recommending transformational change in the undergraduate music curriculum. Emphasizing creativity, integration, and diversity, the task force report will be released in conjunction with CMS's annual conference in St. Louis in late October. The task force has met in person and via teleconferences for 15 months and comprises music faculty from the Universities of Michigan, Washington, and Miami; Fredonia State University; Colorado College; Boston University; and UCLA.
Professor Ana Paula Ferreira (Spanish & Portuguese) is the 2015-16 president of the American Portuguese Studies Association.
Assistant professor Adriana Zabala (music) recently received positive reviews for her performance in the Minnesota Opera's production of The Manchurian Candidate. Wall Street Journal wrote, "The Minnesota Opera fielded a strong cast... Adriana Zabala was a witty, charming Rosie." Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote, "The mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala is effective as Rosie Chayney, a sophisticated young woman who meets Marco on a train." Adriana was also the alto soloist with the Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra in Boston for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis on March 21
Institute for Advanced Study announced their Research and Creative Collaboratives for 2015-16. Please see their website for detailed descriptions of these projects.
Valentine Cadieux (sociology)
Tracey Deutsch (history)
Rachel Schurman (sociology)
Stephen Carpenter, Farmers Legal Action Group
Beyond the Modernist Understanding of Consciousness
JB Shank (history)
Apostolos Georgopoulos (neuroscience, Medical School)
Brecht's America: Rehearsing Failure
Lisa Channer (theatre arts & dance)
Matthias Rothe (German Scandinavian & Dutch)
Daniel Philippon (English)
Charlotte Melin (German Scandinavian & Dutch)
Katherine Hayes (anthropology)
Kevin Murphy (history)
Gregory Donofrio (architecture, CDES)
Diane Willow (art)
Scott Currie (music)
Maja Radovanlija (music)
Matthew Tucker (landscape architecture, CDES)
Performance and Social Justice
Ananya Chatterjea (theatre arts & dance)
Jigna Desai (gender, women, & sexuality studies)
Rose Brewer (African & African American studies)
Roli Dwivedi (family medicine/community health, Medical School)
Hui Wilcox (sociology, St. Catherine's University)
Product Design, Social Science and the Humanities
William Beeman (anthropology)
William Durfee (mechanical engineering, CSE)
Lana Yarosh (computer science and engineering, CSE)
Joseph Konstan (computer science and engineering, CSE)
Well-being in the Midwest African Diaspora
Catherine Squires (communication studies)
Keith Mayes (African & African American studies)