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Accolades July 2010



Regents Professor
William Iacono, psychology, has been named a Regents Professor.

2009-10 Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award Recipients
The College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009-10 Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award. The winners will be recognized at next year's commencement.

Teresa Gowan, Sociology
Kurt Kipfmueller, Geography
Keith Mayes, African American & African Studies
Philip Sellew, Classical and Near Eastern Studies

The First Annual COGS Outstanding Faculty Award
This award, organized by graduate students, recognizes faculty members for their exceptional contributions to graduate education. CLA recipients are
Robert (Robin) Brown, Associate Professor, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
Christopher Nappa, Associate Professor, Classical and Near Eastern Studies
David Pellow, Professor, Sociology
Margaret Werry, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts and Dance

OIP Global Spotlight Grant
The Office of International Programs awarded Sociology Assistant Professor Cawo (Awa) Abdi a Global Spotlight Grant for research related to Africa and Water in the World. This funding is for her project: "Divergent Migrations: Somali Experience in South Africa, America, and the United Arab Emirates." Her study pursues core theoretical questions that further our understanding of migration, globalization, and identity formations in different regions.

McKnight Artist Fellowship

Andréa Stanislav, associate professor of art, has won a 2010-2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship in visual arts. Her upcoming solo exhibitions through 2011 include: Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; Jonathan Shorr Gallery, New York; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, N.D.; and Yuanfen New Media Art Space, Beijing, China.

Luce Senior Fellowship in Religion
Bernard Levinson, Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible and professor of classical and Near Eastern studies, has received the Luce Senior Fellowship in Religion at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park (North Carolina) for 2010-11.

Books Published
Tracey Deutsch, assistant professor in history, has published "Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century" (University of North Carolina). In her examination of the history of food distribution in the United States, Deutsch demonstrates the important roles that gender, business, class, and the state played in the evolution of American grocery stores.

Josephine Lee's book The Japan of Pure Invention: Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado was published in May 2010 with the University of Minnesota Press. She is a professor in English.

Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley's (English) Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism between Women in Caribbean Literature is published in 2010 with Duke University Press. She is an associate professor in English.


Book Published
Ravi Prasad, lead teacher and lecturer of Hindi in Asian Languages and Literatures, has published "Language, Caste and Ethnicity: an Ethnolinguistic Perspective" (VDM Verlag Dr. Müller). Based on an extensive research conducted in the Indian town of Hazaribag, this book discusses the nature of variations in tribal identity and the sociolinguistic parameters causing such a shift, in the context of language conflict, language choice, language usage and the impact caused by the ever-changing political scene at the regional and national level.

Graduate Students

OIP Doctoral Fellowship
The University of Minnesota's Office of International Programs (OIP) recently awarded one of its very few 2010-11 Doctoral Fellowships for International Research to fourth-year sociology graduate student Shannon Golden for her dissertation, "After Atrocity: Community Reconciliation in Northern Uganda." Shannon will use the fellowship proceeds to travel to Uganda where she plans to live for at least a year while conducting her research.

Best Dissertation Awards
Winners of the Best Dissertation Award are selected in four categories. This year's recipients each received Ph.D.s and are working in their fields. CLA's recipients are:

Arts and humanities: Elizabeth Weixel, English. Adviser: John Watkins.
Social and behavioral sciences and education: Michael Vuolo, sociology. Adviser: Christopher Uggen.

Each year, directors of graduate studies select from a pool of more than 1,000 eligible students in a competition for the Best Dissertation Award, administered through the Graduate School. The selection committee also forwards nominations to represent the University of Minnesota in a national competition sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools.

NSF Graduate Fellowships

Psychology graduate students Stephanie Cantu, Antonia Kaczkurkin, Rachael Klein, and Alex Maki were awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships. These fellowships are highly competitive and provide financial support (including stipend, tuition, insurance, fees) for 3 years that can be used at the discretion of the recipient over a 5 year period.

Sociology graduate student Hollie Nyseth was awarded a 2010 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Undergraduate Students

Beinecke Scholarship
Undergraduate Paige M. Patchin, an honors junior majoring in history and geography, has been awarded a 2010 Beinecke Scholarship. She is one of 20 students nationwide to receive this prestigious award for outstanding undergraduates who intend to pursue graduate study in arts, humanities or social science fields. Beinecke Scholars receive $34,000 toward their graduate education. Paige is the fourth CLA student in five years to win this coveted award.

Linguistic Society of America

The Linguistic Society of America recognized undergraduate Ethan Poole (Scandinavian studies/linguistics) for his meritorious service to the Society; this is the first time in memory that this award has been given to an undergraduate. Since joining the LSA as a student member, Ethan has performed significant volunteer services and donated a website domain name for use by the Society: Since Feb. 2009, he has served as a volunteer webmaster for the LSA's website, patiently working to improve both the content and navigability of the site, donating many hours of his time.


CAPA Outstanding Unit Award
The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance has been awarded the 2010 CAPA Outstanding Unit Award.


Why is Sociology so highly represented in almost every awards column?

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