Professor Edward Schiappa (Communication Studies) will spend the 2012-2013 academic year as a Visiting Professor at M.I.T. in the Comparative Media Studies and Writing/Humanistic Studies programs.
Professor Julie Schumacher (English) publishes her fifth novel for younger readers, The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls, (Delacorte) in May.
Teaching specialist Barbara Kierig (Music/voice) was chosen as the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Thursday Musical Competition in honor of her dedication and service to their organization. She was celebrated at the winners' recital/award ceremony on Thursday, March 29 at the Bloomington Arts Center.
Graduate student Wenjie Liao (Sociology) received a Doctoral Dissertation grant from the National Science Foundation. Wenjie will use this funding to complete a survey on law and collective memory in Chengdu, China. She will be conducting the survey and follow-up interviews this summer.
Graduate student Chunying Xie (Economics) has received the 2012 CURA Dissertation Fellowship. Her project "Dynamic Pricing and Congestion Pricing: The case of the MNPass Program" is cited for having the potential to make a significant contribution to the understanding of traffic management and the estimation of consumer demand of High Occupancy Toll lanes.
Graduate student Jesse Izzo (History), has received a Fulbright grant to work in Israel for the academic year 2012-2013. He'll be at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem working with Professor Reuven Amitai-Preiss on Mamluk/Mongol/Crusader relations in late 13th C. Syria.
The Dance program was recognized at the American College Dance Festival Association North Central Regional Conference this month. The student company, which performed Carl Flink's "Lost Lullabies," was selected to go to the National College Dance Festival May 24 - 27, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, student choreographer Orlando Hunter's work "Mutiny," which he also performed, was selected for the Regional Conference Gala concert presented on April 1 in Madison, Wis.