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Accolades February 6, 2014

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Teaching specialist Toni Pierce-Sands (dance), Uri Sands, and their company, TU Dance, received a $500,000 award from the Knight Foundation as part of a major initiative for arts organizations in St. Paul. This award is intended to support TU Dance's efforts to diversify the local dance community. Read more

Associate Professor Philip Sellew (Classical and Near Eastern studies) is the principal investigator for "Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age," which has just been awarded $175,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Researchers here and at Oxford University will study Christian identity in Greco-Roman Egypt by building a digital transcription tool for the Coptic language and a web-based interface that will permit scholars to analyze crowd-sourced transcriptions of ancient papyri found in a trash heap in Egypt documenting the everyday lives and activities of early Christians in the Mediterranean. Read more

Professor and chair Joseph R. Allen (Asian languages and literatures) has won the Joseph Levenson Prize for nonfiction scholarly books on post-1900 China, for his book Taipei: City of Displacements. The Levenson prizes (another is given for books on pre-1900 China) are the most important in the field of Chinese studies and are awarded to the English-language books that make the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China.

Professors Rachel Schurman and Ron Aminzade (sociology) received a Global Spotlight Seed Grant for their project, "The New Green Revolution and the Politics of Agricultural Policy-Making in Tanzania." Their co-investigators are Deborah Levison (Humphrey School) and Dr. Paul Manda (University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania).

Research associate Kirsten Valentine Cadieux (sociology and geography) is part of a team of co-investigators who received a Global Spotlight Seed Grant for their project, "Building Popular Food Security Institutions: Developing Policy-Oriented Curriculum for Translating between Political Agro-Ecology Practice and Policy Reform in Nepal, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the E.U." Her co-investigators are Bhaskar Upadhyay (curriculum and instruction), Renata Blumberg (geography), and Jahi Chappell (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy).

Associate Professor Kale Fajardo (American studies) has a new essay, "Queering and Transing the Great Lakes: Filipino/a Tomboy Masculinities and Manhoods across Waters" in a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies called "Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Midwest." Read the essay

Professor David Knoke's (sociology) book, Economic Networks (published in 2012 by Polity Press, Cambridge, UK) was selected by Choice magazine as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013. The January issue lists 22 sociology titles, and 663 titles in 54 disciplines and subsections, from more than 7,000 books that Choice reviewed last year.

Education specialist Beth Kautz and senior lecturer Jenneke Oosterhoff (both German, Scandinavian & Dutch) have each been awarded a P&A Professional Development Leave by CLA this semester. Beth will travel to Germany and write a book chapter about teaching environmental and sustainability issues in the foreign language classroom. Jenneke will be working on a textbook for learning Dutch.

Professor Christopher Uggen (sociology), and Associate Professors Roy Cook (philosophy) and Dan Philippon (English) are recipients of international travel grants from Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Associate Professor and chair Carl Flink's (theatre arts and dance) TED Talk, "Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal," created with John Bohannon, went "platinum" on TED.com last week, with more than 1 million views since it posted. Watch it now, if you weren't one of the first million to do so.

Professor Bill Beeman (anthropology) has a paper in the forthcoming Social Change in Post-Khomeni Iran, edited by Mahmood Monshipouri, to be published by Georgetown later this year. Bill's paper is titled "Post-Revolutionary Iran: Democracy or Theocracy?" Read more about the research initiative.

Two CLA students were winners of USpatial Mapping Prize awards. Taylor Long (Master of Geographic Information Science) won in the Best Cartography category. Rebecca Barney (geography undergraduate) won for Best Interactive Map. All entries can be viewed online, and they are worth a look for anyone with an interest in maps and their possibilities.

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