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May 2012 Archives

Support Without Barriers

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What would it mean to offer technology support without barriers? Providing assistance anytime, anywhere, on any device? I serve on a University-wide IT committee on technology support issues and these are the tough questions we are trying to tackle.

Milestone Anniversaries 2012

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Congratulations to the following civil service/bargaining unit employees who are celebrating milestone work anniversaries this year. Thank you for your service to the University and CLA!

Sean Burns (CLA-OIT): 20 years
Robert Wozniak (CLA-OIT): 20 years
Mary Wilcox (Economics): 25 years
Catherine Bach (Economics): 30 years
Mary Hildre (School of Statistics): 30 years
Daniel Pinkerton (Center for Austrian Studies): 30 years
Bonnie Williams (Geography): 30 years
John Easton (CLA-OIT): 35 years
Kerry Mc Indoo (French and Italian): 35 years
Margery Pickering (Psychology): 35 years
Lonna Riedinger (Student Services): 35 years
Beatrice Dehler (Communication Studies): 40 years
Charlene Hayes (Institute for Global Studies): 40 years
Linda Springer (Psychology): 40 years

Accolades May 10, 2012

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Immigration History Research Center's Digitizing Immigrant Letters project team is the recipient of the 2011 Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award, given by the Society of American Archivists. IHRC undertook "outstanding efforts in promoting the knowledge and use of documentation of the immigrant experience through the Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project." The award recognizes institutions, project teams or individual archivists for increasing public awareness of archival documents for educational, instructional or other purposes.

Associate Professor Bruno Chaouat (French & Italian) has published L'Ombre pour la proie: petites apocalypses de la vie quotidienne [Grasping at Substance: Little Everyday Apocalypses] (Presses Universitaires du Septentrion).

Assistant Professor Mary Franklin-Brown (French & Italian) has published Reading the World in the Century of Encyclopedias (University of Chicago Press).

Associate Professor Scott D. Lipscomb (Music) is serving on a research team as program evaluator for a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Computational Thinking Through Computing and Music." The team's goal is to reinforce musical and computational learning through a team-teaching model, designing collaborative workshops involving pairs of faculty - one from music, one from computer science. Read more

Grad student Hollie Nyseth Brehm (Sociology) has been awarded this year's Dunn Peace Research Scholarship to support her dissertation research on genocide in Bosnia. She was also awarded the Midwest Sociological Society Dissertation Grant.

Graduate student Julia Corwin (Geography) received a Judd Fellowship to conduct research in India this summer. She will investigate how policies and plans pertaining to solid waste management intersect with and affect community-based, informal, and marginalized waste labor, and the contradictory dynamics of urban waste policies and practices in Delhi, India. In particular, she wishes to explore how Delhi's formal waste management system and the informal waste sector affect and respond to each other, with an emphasis on unraveling the politics surrounding the marginalization of informal waste labor and their attendant effects on landfill diversion rates. Read more

Graduate student Emily Springer received a Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship which supports mid-stage graduate students in formulating effective doctoral dissertation research proposals that contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields of study in the humanities and social sciences. She will be working on her proposal about women and development in Tanzanian agriculture.

Graduate student Rachel Gibson (French & Italian) has been awarded an International Dissertation Research Fellowship for 2012 by the Social Science Research Council, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Rachel will be doing research at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris), and at the Biblioteca Marciana (Venice). Rachel's research project is entitled "Negotiating Space and Self in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Construction of Mercantile Identity in Franco-Italian Literature." She is one of 77 awardees, selected from a total of 1,148 submitted applications from graduate students at 128 universities. Rachel has also accepted a two-year term on the Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy.

Graduate student Tracy Rutler was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to study in France next year. Her project is called, "Family Remains: The Politics of Legacy in Eighteenth-Century French Literature." Her dissertation is on images of orphans, bastards, and abandoned children.

Graduate student Anna Rosensweig (French & Italian) was awarded a Hella Mears Summer Fellowship.