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.