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Accolades December 12, 2013

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Assistant Professor Chris Larson (art) has been accepted into the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition runs March 7 through May 25, 2014 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, curated by Anthony Elms, Michelle Grabner and Stuart Comer. Read more and see the list of artists.

Professor and chair Abdi Samatar (geography) was elected a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). The AAS is an Africa-wide scientific organization that honors internationally renowned African scientists and encourages the development of the research and technology base throughout Africa. The membership has been extended to scientists from other continents. The membership now stands at 233 fellows.

Professor Gene Borgida (psychology) was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Gene was the only University of Minnesota-Twin Cities faculty member to achieve this honor and the only social psychologist in the United States within this year's round. In all, the AAAS Council elected 388 members as fellows across scientific disciplines. Read the MN Daily article

The Department of History swept the Council of Graduate Schools/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation awards in the humanities. New assistant professor Austin Mason received the award for his Boston College dissertation, "Listening to the Early Medieval Dead: Religious Practices in Britain, 400-1000 C.E." The runner-up was Caley Horan, a recent Ph.D., for her dissertation "Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Postwar United States," advised by Elaine Tyler May and Lary May. Caley is currently a lecturer in the history department at Princeton. The CGS/Proquest awards are biennial, meaning these are the two best humanities dissertations of all major graduate schools of the past two years.

Associate Professor Alan Love (philosophy) has been awarded a $425,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation for his project "Integrating Generic and Genetic Explanations of Biological Phenomena," with co-principal investigator William Wimsatt (current Winton chair-holder). his project brings together a diverse team of scholars in philosophy and biology to address the problem of integrating different types of explanations from scientific approaches to better understand life's complexity. The project will result in substantial advances in our understanding of three different domains of biological phenomena, establish a new collaborative networks of scientists, and illuminate the means and motivation of progress in biological knowledge over time.

Professor Emeritus Lary May (American studies) is the recipient of the Mid-America American Studies Association 2013 Elizabeth Kolmer Award, which is given annually to honor teaching and mentoring in the field of American Studies and service to MAASA.

Professor Bill Beeman (anthropology) authored a chapter, "U.S.-Iran Relations: Mutually Assured Estrangement," in the new book Iran Foreign Policy since 2001: Alone in the World (Routledge). Bill is making the chapter available to interested colleagues in CLA.

The fall 2013 issue of Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German is focused on environmental topics, as proposed by Professor Charlotte Melin (German, Scandinavian & Dutch), who also wrote one of the essays. The editors' letter and the volume's first essay mention GSD's Green German Project and the influential workshop "GrĂ¼nes Deutschland," led by Beth Kautz and and Charlotte at the Goethe-Institut, Chicago in 2012.

Graduate student Jasmine Tang (American studies) had her essay "'A Tennessean in an Unlikely Package': The Stand-Up Comedy of Henry Cho," published in Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South (University of Illinois Press), edited by Khyati Joshi and Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies).

Graduate student Jim Hall (scientific and technical communication) had his article, "It's about the User: Applying Usability in Open-Source Software," published in the December issue of Linux Journal, a journal about Linux and open source software. The article is about usability in open source software, and is based on a usability study from one of his STC classes.

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