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Accolades May 1, 2014

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Congratulations to both Professor Michael Hancher (English) and Professor Ann Waltner (history and Institute for Advanced Study) on receiving President's Awards for Outstanding Service.

Since joining the Department of English in 1972, Professor Hancher has served as Director of English Graduate Studies, CLA Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Chair of English, and most recently Vice Chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee of the Faculty Senate, which serves as the consulting body to President Eric Kaler and as the executive committee of the Faculty Senate.

Professor Waltner will be honored for her service as the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study with Performing the Past and Provoking the Future: Symposium on Interdisciplinary Collaboration, which will include presentations on collaborations between artist and scholars featuring Zhang Hong, Susan Mann, and Leigh Fondakowski, and a workshop exploring how collaboration can address urgent problems. The festivities will continue in the evening, with a dinner in her honor. Reservations and payment required for dinner; the symposium is free and open to the public without registration. More information.

The Office of Public Engagement, a unit of the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced that graduate student Rahsaan Mahadeo (sociology) received the 2014 UMN Outstanding Community Service Student Award. Congratulations, Rahsaan!

Distinguished McKnight University Professor of English John Watkins was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2014-15. He will be a senior research visitor at the Keble College Research Committee at Oxford University during fall 2014 and spring 2015. Watkins is completing a book project on interdynastic marriage in European peacemaking from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century.

Professor of English Geoff Sirc was honored March 22 at the 65th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis with a six-speaker tribute panel entitled "Never Mind Geoffrey Sirc." The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is the world's largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition.

Emeritus Professor of English Peter Reed contributed an essay to the book Kurt Vonnegut Drawings, a collection of artwork by Vonnegut which will be launched on May 14, 2014, at the Margo Feiden Gallery in New York. The book is edited by Vonnegut's daughter, Nanette Vonnegut, who also provides an introduction, and is published by Monacelli Press.

Professor and former senior administrator at the University of Minnesota Ann Hill Duin (writing studies) has been named one of four NITLE Fellows (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education). NITLE fellows are community leaders with proven backgrounds in higher education consulting and deep roots in the liberal education community. The importance of the liberal arts to technology has never been more urgent; Professor Duin's appointment will keep CLA engaged in these critical discussions. See the press release.

Two proposals from CLA groups have been awarded funds from the Graduate School's RFP for Innovative Ideas in Interdisciplinary Graduate Education: Tracey Deutsch (history), Rachel Schurman (sociology), and Emily Hoover (horticultural science) submitted a proposal for a Food Studies "field guide" and the CLA Committee on the Humanistic Commons submitted a proposal to create graduate research groups.

Rie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) has won the 2014 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award given by Larry and Deirdre Mechelke following a competition held in their home on April 25.

Eric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) received a grant from the Rislov Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI for excellence in classical music, based on his recording of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto performed in a faculty/student recital at MacPhail Center for Music in February. This summer he will attend the AlpenKammerMusik music festival in Austria as a scholarship recipient and the only clarinetist.

All four English PhD candidates nominated for a Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship received the award. The DDF supports students in writing dissertations across an academic year. Congrats to Andrew Marzoni, Wes Burdine, Mike Rowe, and Ben Utter.

Accolades April 17, 2014

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Professor John Watkins (English) has has been named a 2014 fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. During his fellowship, Watkins will complete a book he is writing about marriage diplomacy in the late middle ages to the end of the 17th century. Read more

Graduate student Anthony Jimenez (sociology) has been awarded the Ford Foundation 2014 Predoctoral Fellowship.

Institute for Advanced Study Research and Creative Collaboratives for 2014-15 are announced. The following lists only the CLA people involved with each collaborative. Read more

Valentine Cadieux (sociology)
Tracey Deutsch (history)
Rachel Schurman (sociology)

Brecht's America: Rehearsing Failure
Lisa Channer (theatre arts & dance)
Matthias Rothe (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)

Code Work: Exploring Digital Studies Through Code
Chris Lindgren (writing studies)

Engaged Art in the Social Sphere
Christine Baeumler (art)
Howard Oransky (Nash Gallery and art)
Christina Schmid (art)

Kat Hayes (anthropology)
Kevin Murphy (American studies and history)

Improvising Ecosystems
Scott Currie (music)
Maja Radovanlija (music)
Diane Willow (art)

Private for the Public Good? Media Treatments of Education, Citizenship and Opportunity in the United States
Mary Vavrus (communication studies)

Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in post-Stalinist Europe

Alejandro Baer (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies)
Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program)
Joachim Savelsberg (sociology)

Rethinking Visual Media Studies after the Digital Revolution

Jason McGrath (Asian languages & literatures)
Laurie Ouellette (communication studies)
Graeme Stout (cultural studies and comparative literature)

Well-Being in the Midwest African Diaspora
Keith A. Mayes (African American & African studies)
Catherine Squires (communication studies)

Where is Nature Now?
Christine Baeumler (art)
Sean Connaughty (art)

Accolades April 3, 2014

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Professor Thomas Rose (art) has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the project Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of the Arts. The project brings together faculty from CLA who have expertise in Chinese art with experts at Carleton, St. Olaf, St. Thomas, Macalester, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. With partners in China, these institutions will solidify and expand connections and collaborations in the field of Chinese arts. Look for more exchanges of artists and students between China and Minnesota over the next three years.

Professor Jan Estep (art) has been named Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts for 2014-17. Over the next few years she will focus on her ongoing Thinking Portraits project, for which she shadowed a team of cognitive neuroscientists using fMRI imagery to study how the brain processes language. And a related interest is the relationship of spirituality and mindfulness to contemporary art, following up her Are you there, Guanyin? installation at the MIA and other recent works.

Professor Ana Paula Ferreira (Spanish & Portuguese studies) has been named Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities.

Professor Joanie Smith (theatre arts and dance) has been awarded the John Black Johnston Distinguished Professorship. Her dance company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, will open her new work, "NARCISSUS," at the Cowles Center for Dance April 17-19.

Japanese Director of Language Instruction Michiko Buchanan's (Asian languages and literatures) students were all prize winners at the 28th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest held at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago on March 22. Yiqing Ma won fourth prize, Jue Sun won the Bonjinsha Award, and Phillip Yocca Bachman won the grand prize.

Professors Wayne Potratz and Jan Estep (both art) are featured in segments on the next Minnesota Original, set to start airing this Sunday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m. on TPT.

Professor James Dillon (music) was guest composer at Stanford University in February, giving a masterclass and teaching composition. In addition, his work was performed that month in New York (Talea Ensemble), Seattle (Séverine Ballone), Chicago (Fonema Consort) and San Francisco (San Francisco New Music Players). In addition to his residency at the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, he will be the composer-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory in December 2014.

Assistant Professor Adriana Zabala (music) is currently performing the role of Sesto Pompeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee. The Journal Sentinel said of her performance, "Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala gave a strikingly believable performance in the 'pants' role of Sextus. She blended vocal clarity, a youthful emotional directness and a light-footed stage presence to create a highly sympathetic character." In February she performed the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Jacksonville Symphony.

Professor Becky Shockley (music) has been nominated to receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her DMA. She will receive the award during the May 7 commencement ceremonies at CU-Boulder. She also gave a presentation on Mapping Music at the Texas Music Educators Association State Convention in San Antonio in February.

Graduate student Tammy Owens (American studies) has been awarded a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship from the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.

Several graduate students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication took home awards at the 2014 American Academy of Advertising (AAA) Conference.

Taemin Kim and Okhyun Kim won Best Student Paper award with their paper "Effects of Ironic Advertising on Consumers' Attention, Involvement and Attitude." This award is given to the single best paper written only by students. Minnesota graduate students have swept this award three years in a row since this award was created in 2012.
Heewon Im won the AAA Doctoral Dissertation Award with her dissertation proposal "Effects of Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising on Patients' Medication Regimen Adherence."
Soojung Kim won a Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant and presented three solo-authored and co-authored papers.
Jennifer Lueck, Xiaoyan Liu, and Yun Peng presented a research paper which was produced from their class team project (other co-authors include Ben Miller and Sarah Cavanah).
And finally, Associate Professor Jisu Huh won AAA Research Fellowship Award with her co-authored research proposal "Influence of Endorser Testimonials in Print Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising."

Graduate student Meagan Tripp (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) has been awarded a DAAD grant for the 2014-15 academic year to conduct research on her dissertation, "Dance on the Page, Poetry on Stage: Intersections between Modernist German Poetry and Dance."