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November 2011 Archives

CLA to Host First-Ever Senior Celebration

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The College of Liberal Arts will host its first-ever Senior Celebration on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the McNamara Alumni Center. The Senior Celebration recognizes the achievements of CLA's summer 2011 and fall 2011 graduates in the presence of their family, friends, and faculty members.

CLA faculty members are invited to attend the Senior Celebration and can RSVP online by Monday, December 5, 2011.

Accolades December 1, 2011

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Professor Tom Holmes (Economics) was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society, one of the highest honors in economics. Of the 16 new fellows, three have strong U of M ties. Besides Tom, former faculty member Sam Kortum and Ph.D. Albert Marcet have also received this honor this year.

Associate Professor Carl Flink (Theatre Arts & Dance), with members of his Black Label Movement company, presented at TEDxBrussels on November 22. The first presentation contended that dancers should follow astronauts into space--and did so entirely without words. The second presentation was made with John Bohannon, science journalist and founder of the Dance Your PhD online contest. Titled "Modest Proposal," it included choreography by Carl and asked the question, What if we replaced PowerPoint with dancers? Watch the video.

Associate Professor Dan Philippon (English) is serving as a Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, from September 2011 to February 2012, after which he will be a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Turin and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy from March through June 2012.

Associate Professor Dona Schwartz (Journalism and Mass Communication) placed third in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize competition. More than 2,500 photographers entered the competition. The photograph will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London along with 60 other works selected for the exhibit, which will be on display through February 12, 2012.

Schwartz was also recently nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography, a biennial, nomination-only award. The prize winner will be announced in December.

Assistant Professor Peter Campion (English) was awarded the 2011 Poetry Magazine Editors Prize for Reviewing. Campion will be the judge of the Milkweed Editions first annual Lindquist & Vennum Prize, a major new poetry prize which will carry a $10,000 award along with publication.

Professor Charles Baxter's (English) collection Gryphon: New & Selected Stories was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011 by The New York Times. Also, his review of Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 appeared in the December 8, 2011 New York Review of Books

Professor James Dillon's (Music) Oslo/Triptych had its world premiere, performed by Cikada Ensemble, in the November Musik International Festival for Contemporary Music (Hertongenbosch, Holland) on November 12.

Screencasts: When Videos are Worth a Million Words

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Written instructions not quite getting your point across to your students? Looking for a way to show and tell rather then just tell? Consider creating a screencast, a powerful way to demonstrate step-by-step procedures. Don't let the name scare you, although it sounds complex, it is simple.

Accolades November 17, 2011

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Elaine Tarone (Professor of Second Language Studies, Director of CARLA) is the recipient of the American Association for Applied Linguistics' Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award for 2012. She will receive the award on the opening day of the 2012 AAAL conference in Boston in March and have the opportunity to deliver the DSSA special lecture. Elaine will also be a visiting professor teaching graduate courses at the University of Vienna in May-June 2012.

Professor Tom Rose (Art) has an exhibition of fabrications, The Chinese Pictures, at Runner Runner Gallery in Minneapolis's Warehouse District. The pieces feature photographs taken of the Pace Gallery under construction in Beijing. Tom has been instrumental in building a formal relationship between our Department of Art and the Beijing Film Academy, and he just closed an exhibition of his work at Timeless Gallery in Beijing.

Associate Professor Diane Willow (Art) is part of a design team who won the Plaza Design Competition sponsored by the Weisman Art Museum Target Studio for Creative Collaboration. The team, which also includes the firm VJAA, will eventually redesign the space between the Weisman and the STSS building, transforming it "into a more artful and meaningful experience for its users." The competition was juried and creative products from each team are on display in the Target Studio at the Weisman. More info

Government of Finland/David & Nancy Speer Visiting Professor Minna Rainio (Art) coordinated the exhibition Regarding Place at the Photographic Centre Peri in Turku, Finland. The exhibition featured associate professors Jan Estep and Jim Henkel, lecturer Justin Newhall, and graduate students Erin Hernsberger, Areca Roe, Stefanie Motta, Andy Mattern, and Sam Hoolihan, all from the Department of Art.

Graduate student Basit Qureshi (History) has won the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society's 2011 George P. Hammond Prize for best paper by a graduate student for "A Hierophany Emergent: Conceptualizations of the Urban Landscape of Jerusalem in Pilgrimage Accounts from the Twelfth Century."

Graduate student Andy Mattern (Art) has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Infinite Editions, a printing and fine art publishing studio. Designed to support emerging artists who "push the boundaries of photography and traditional image making," the Infinite Ideas Scholarship provides access to Infinite Edition's fine art digital printmaking services for the recipient's thesis exhibition. As the first annual recipient of the scholarship, Mattern will work in close collaboration with the Infinite Editions team in the production stages of his exhibition.

CLA's Reach magazine received the gold Award of Excellence from the Minnesota Magazine and Publishers Association for Mary Pattock's (Media and Public Relations) editorial in the "Can We Imagine Peace" feature package. Find it online.

Google+ You = What?

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I am not what some would call a "social person." I have more Twitter accounts than tweets and I haven't been on Facebook for over 6 months. So why am I writing to you about Google+?

Technology Grants: Enhancing the Student Experience with Technology

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Have a great idea to improve your course but need funds to purchase equipment or hire a student? Look to the CLA Technology Grant Program, administered by the CLA Technology Grant Committee.