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November 2010 Archives

Constant Vigilance: Protect Yourself from Phishing Schemes

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You are being attacked. Right now, criminals are trying to steal your identity--maybe they already have.

Call for Proposals, Student Technology Fees Committee

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The Student Technology Fee Committee is now accepting proposals from CLA faculty, staff, and departments seeking funds for technology equipment and technology-rich projects that enhance the learning experience for our undergraduate and graduate students.

Accolades November 18, 2010

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Assistant Professor Matthew Canepa's (Art History) The Two Eyes of the Earth: Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran (University of California Press, 2009) was awarded the James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association for being the best book in English in any field in history prior to 1000 CE.

Associate Professor Dara Strolovitch (Political Science) has been elected to the American Political Science Associations Council.

Professor James Dillon (Music) was featured in Ivan Hewitt's article "James Dillon: Many rivers to cross..." in The Telegraph. Dillon's orchestral epic Nine Rivers received its world premiere by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow City Halls and Fruit Market on Sunday, November 14 and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 next year. Dillon's premiere was also featured in The Guardian (scroll down), where he was called "Scotland's greatest living composer."

Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (History) was a finalist for the Cundill Prize. As reported earlier, he was among three authors shortlisted for the 2010 prize, and as a finalist he receives the "Recognition of Excellence" US$10,000 prize for his book The Ottoman Age of Exploration. Diarmid MacCulloch is the winner of the Cundill Prize for A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. The Cundill Prize is administered by McGill University in Montreal.

Affililiate Faculty Member Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb (Dance) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Tallinn, Estonia in the Spring 2011. Nordstrom-Loeb will teach courses in dance/movement psychotherapy and consult with the university to help them develop their creative arts therapies department. She will also teach workshops for local psychotherapists and be a presenter at several professional conferences.

by Ana Paula Ferreira, committee chair

As part of the planning process initiated last academic year by CLA Dean James Parente, in view of the challenges faced by the largest college of the University of Minnesota, a work group was charged to help chart the future of foreign languages, literatures, and cultures. Members of the work group represented both commonly taught and less commonly taught languages (including classical, American Indian, and African languages), as well as the director of the Institute for Global Studies, the director of the Language Center, and administrators connected to the foreign language curriculum.

Sometimes what's old becomes new again.

Gopher Messaging isn't new but with the prevalence of smart phones and other mobile computing devices, it might be time to take a second look at the University's unified messaging system. In addition to regular telephone-based voicemail, there are some clever features that let you customize the way you handle calls, messages, and faxes.

CLA 2015 Report Released Monday, Nov. 8

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The final report of the CLA 2015 committee will be released to the college community on Monday, November 8. If you receive this E-News then you will receive an email with a link to the report on Monday morning.

Accolades November 4, 2010

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Associate Professor Hiromi Mizuno (History) received the 2009 Outstanding Academic Title Award from the American Library Association and its journal CHOICE for her book Science for the Empire: Scientific Nationalism in Modern Japan (Stanford University Press). This study examines the discourse of science in Japan from the 1920s to the 1940s in relation to nationalism and imperialism. How did Japan, with Shinto creation mythology at the absolute core of its national identity, come to promote the advancement of science and technology? Using what logic did wartime Japanese embrace both the rationality that denied and the nationalism that promoted this mythology?

Associate Professor Eric Grodsky (Sociology) with Michal Kurlaender are the editors of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: The Past and Future of California's Proposition 209 (Harvard). This timely book examines issues pertaining to equal opportunity--affirmative action, challenges to it, and alternatives for improving opportunities for underrepresented groups--in higher education today. Its starting point is California's Proposition 209, which ended race-based affirmative action in public education and the workplace in 1996.

Professor Andrew Oxenham (Psychology) is part of one of only two groups in the U.S. to be part of a Erasmus Mundus-funded project in auditory cognitive neuroscience. Erasmus Mundus is a European Union funded initiative that fosters collaboration and exchange between research institutions in the EU and North America. Professor Oxenham's project is the only U.S. application approved and funded this year and will enable an exchange of students between Minnesota and partner institutions in Europe. Read more

Graduate Students
Ph.D. student Lauren Wilcox (Political Science) is the winner of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section's 2010 Graduate Student Paper Award. The award was given for the paper Lauren presented at the 2010 International Studies Association meetings, "Explosive Bodies: Suicide Bombing as an Embodied Practice and the Politics of Abjection." The award comes with a check for $100 and a peer review of the paper by the International Feminist Journal of Politics.