Professor Wayne Potratz (art) has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Educator Award for 2013. Thirty-nine educators were nominated and the vote in favor of Wayne was unanimous, according to the ISC press release. A reception to celebrate this honor will be held at noon on Thursday, April 25 at the Regis Center's In-Flux Space.
Professor Regina Kunzel (gender, women and sexuality studies) has won an ACLS fellowship and the Stanford Humanities Center fellowship. The title of her project is In Treatment: Mental Illness, Health, and Modern Sexuality, which explores the encounter of sexual- and gender-variant people with psychiatry and psychoanalysis from the 1930s through the 1960s
Associate professor Brenda Child (history and American Indian studies) has joined the board of directors of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
Associate professor Mary Franklin-Brown (French & Italian) has won the 2103 Harry Levin Prize, awarded by the American Comparative Literature Association, for her book Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago). The 2013 Levin prize distinguishes the best first book in comparative literature published in 2010-2012. The prize committee praised the book for being impressively textured and detailed in its historical scholarship, and at the same time for posing urgent questions that have resonated across the centuries into our own internet era.
Associate professors Karen Ho (anthropology) and Kevin Murphy (history) have won the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education for 2012-13.
Professor David Baldwin (music) is a member of the Summit Hill Brass Quintet, which is one of four artists selected to be Classical MPR's Artists-in-Residence. The groups perform, teach, and speak about music during visits to schools throughout the state of Minnesota. Listen to the quintet perform Divertimento, K. 136, Allegro by W.A. Mozart.
MFA candidate Kate Petersen (creative writing) has received the prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship in fiction. The two-year Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University is one of the nation's most prestigious creative writing fellowships, with about 1,700 applicants last year. Ten fellowships are awarded each year, five in fiction and five in poetry.
MFA candidate Adriane Quinlan (creative writing) is the first University of Minnesota student to win a prestigious Overseas Press Club Foundation Award. The $3,000 grant she received will fund an internship in the Beijing bureau of The Associated Press this summer. In her winning essay, Adriane wrote about theme parks in China, specifically, her own Beijing rite of passage: a trip to World Park.
Graduate student Jennifer Fillo (psychology) has won the 2012-13 APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award from Psi Chi.
Graduate student Emily Springer (sociology) was awarded a Thomas F. Wallace Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year. This award is given to social sciences graduate students in their intermediate PhD years, to salute academic excellence.