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Accolades January 23, 2014

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Professor Jean O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been selected by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to serve as the Secretary's appointee to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education scholarship fund. The five-member board oversees the scholarship fund that was authorized by the Cobell Settlement, to provide financial assistance to Native American students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.

In announcing the appointment, Secretary Jewell said of Jeani and co-appointee Pamela Agoyo of the University of New Mexico, "... their accomplishments have opened the doors of higher education to all American Indians and Alaska Natives. Their experience and expertise will be exceptionally valuable to the Board of Trustees, as the scholarship fund helps students across Indian Country access the higher education they need to succeed in today's world."

The following staff members were honored with Outstanding Service Awards at a reception on Tuesday, January 22.

Lynn Argetsinger (external relations)
Clare Beer (undergraduate programs)
Mary Drew (sociology)
Esther Maruani (psychology)
Orbe Stricherz (psychology)
Teresa Sutton (English)
Kara Tacheny (CLA administration)
Stephanie Treat (Language Center)

Classical and Near Eastern Studies/Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature department staff:
Claire Anderson
Kate Gallagher
Barbara Lehnhoff
Derk Renwick
Jesse Stroess

CLA OIT Media Services Work Group:
Celina Byers
Laura Cervin
Sarah Knoblauch
Rebecca Moss
David Ullman

These CLA faculty members will be Institute for Advanced Study Fellows:
Fall 2014
Elaine Auyoung (English): Missing Fiction: The Feeling of Realism
Katharine Gerbner (history): Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World, 1660-1760
Njeri Githire (African American & African studies): (In)edible ideologies: Food, Identity and the (Post)Colonial Subject in African Literary and Cultural Expression
Dominic Taylor (theatre arts & dance): Ice, Man - Black in White: Black Bodies on Stage in Classic White Roles

Spring 2015
Katherine Hayes (anthropology): Bohemian Flats Public Memory Project: Archaeology, Public History and Heritage
Leslie Morris (German, Scandinavian & Dutch): Lacunae: The Loss of Loss
David Valentine (anthropology): Off the Rock: Human Futures in Outer Space

Professor Emeritus Michael Dennis Browne (English) has been awarded the 2014 Graven Award by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) held its 88th annual meeting in Minneapolis on January 2 - 5. Seven faculty members and students from our Institute of Linguistics participated. Linguistics undergraduates Carolyn Spadine, Andrew Hedding and Maria Stolen had their papers accepted for presentation at the meeting. It is unusual for undergraduates to present papers at the LSA. Most papers accepted for presentation are from faculty and graduate students, and the overall acceptance rate is 35%.

This is the first time in over 20 years that the conference has been held in Minnesota. For more details, see the Linguistic Society of America.

In his list of 100 Best Albums of 2013, critic Ted Gioia listed Alex Lubet's (music) Spectral Blues: New Music for Acoustic Guitar #52. Lubet composed and performed all the music on the album.

Professor and chair Joan Tronto (political science) will receive an honorary doctoral degree from the University for Humanistic Studies in the Netherlands next week. More info

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