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Accolades May 15, 2014

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Professor Michael Sommers (theatre arts & dance) is among the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Award (PDF), which is $80,000. The award, from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is part of a special, ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts.

Professor Ray Gonzalez (English) will make his fourth appearance in the annual Best American Poetry anthology series (Simon and Schuster), this time with the poem "One El Paso, Two El Paso," selected for the 2014 iteration to be published in September.

Professor Paula Rabinowitz (English) published the third in her Habits of Being series (University of Minnesota Press), co-edited with Cristina Giorcelli. Fashioning the Nineteenth Century shows how certain items of apparel acquired the status of fashion and how fashion shifted from the realm of the elites into the emerging middle and working classes--and back.

Associate Professor Catherine Squires (communication studies) has published Post-Racial Mystique: Media and Race in the Twenty-First Century (NYU Press). She explores how a variety of media--the news, network television, and online, independent media--debate, define and deploy the term "post-racial" in their representations of American politics and society.

Associate Professor Timothy Lovelace's (music) new album Modern American Viola Music, with Maggie Snyder, was recently released on Arabesque Records. It includes seven works by Stephen Paulus, plus others. Find it online or through iTunes.

Professor Joanie Shapiro's (theatre arts & dance) company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, received a 2014 Art Works grant to support a dance residency. The residency will involve preliminary explorations for a new work titled "Tableau Vivant," choreographed by Joanie. The residency will take place at Tofte Lake Center, a creative retreat center for artists, scholars, and thinkers of all disciplines located on the shores of a secluded lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. While at Tofte, the dancers will also conduct workshops for other artists in the area.

Graduate students Adelia Chrysler and Moritz Meutzner (both German, Scandinavian & Dutch) have each received the Berman/Gross Fellowship Award from the Center for Jewish Studies to support their research during summer 2014.

Graduate student Brian Wilson (philosophy) will study food accessibility in Bolivia this summer through the Global Spotlight Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (GPS Alliance). His project will investigate the underlying causes of food inaccessibility, particularly in the Cochabamba department, in order to better inform governmental practices and contribute to the development of practical solutions.

Graduate student Hollie Nyseth Brehm (sociology) was named among the "30 Top Thinkers Under 30" by Pacific Standard: The Science of Society. They cite Hollie for her outstanding work as an emerging voice in genocide studies. She says, "While many people believe that genocide is unpredictable, I study how it is actually patterned. I am creating models to better understand the factors that influence why, when, and how genocide occurs." See April 18 on their list.

The following graduate students have received Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships from the Graduate School.

Carolyn Fraker (sociology): "Worker and Mother: Hybrid Welfare Programs in the Neoliberal Era"
Adviser: Teresa Gowan
Research Center: Center on Women and Public Policy
Faculty Mentor: Joe Soss
Jack Lam (sociology): "Hedging Risk in the Face of Precarious Employment: Examining the Job Insecurity-Health Relationship"
Adviser: Phyllis Moen
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentor: Michael Oakes
Matthew Luttig (political science): "Political Polarization and the Development of Partisan Group-Centrism"
Advisers: Howard Lavine & Chris Federico
Research Center: Center for the Study of Political Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Paul Goren
Maria Rebolleda Gomez (ecology, evolution & behavior): "Biological Individuality and the Evolution of Multicellularity"
Adviser: Michael Travisano
Research Center: Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Faculty Mentor: Alan Love
Jim Saliba (sociology): "Power, Race, and Equity: Governance Structure Changes and K-12 Educational Opportunity in the United States"
Advisers: Ron Aminzade & Rob Warren
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentor: Joe Soss
Molly Tun (Hispanic and Lusophone literatures, cultures & linguistics): "Articulations of Colonial Counting: Literary and Numeric Discourse in Early Modern Andean Accounts"
Advisers: Luis Ramos-Garcia & Nicholas Spadaccini
Research Center: Center for Early Modern History
Faculty Mentors: JB Shank & Sarah Chambers
Elizabeth Williams (history): "White Man's Country: Discourses of Race, Sexuality, and Indigeneity in Colonial Kenya, 1900-1960"
Advisers: Anna Clark & Patricia Lorcin
Research Center: Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
Faculty Mentor: Jigna Desai

Graduate student Laura Pigozzi (writing studies) has received a Consortium on Law and Values--Professional and Graduate Student Award. Her project is titled, "Examining the Gap Between a Morally Valid Consent and a Legally Adequate Consent, Entiende?"

These CLA people have received mini-grants from the Institute on the Environment:

Jane Blocker (art history) Art and the Environment Exhibit: Students from the class "Art and the Environment" will produce enlarged, mounted photo prints of their creations for an exhibition in the IonE Commons: Meeting and Art Space.
Katherine Klink (geography, environment and society) Do Urban Farms Ameliorate the Urban Heat Island?: Katherine will lead a team monitoring changes in temperature and humidity in an area that will be developed into an urban farm, hoping to understand how land use and land cover may alter the urban microclimate.
Roslye Ultan (art history) Sustainable Acts: Mother Earth's Embrace: Through workshops, roundtables and panel conversations involving artists, scientists and environmental practitioners, an exhibition integrating visual and musical arts and sciences will be designed to inspire audiences to participate in social and cultural change.
Michael Goldman (sociology) Planning for Bangalore's Great Transformation: Michael and his team will organize workshops in Bangalore and Minneapolis aiming to deepen relations across institutions to expand the study of human and environmental effects of Bangalore's rapid urban expansion.

The following graduate students have received Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.
Amelie Allard anthropology
Andrew Bergmann music
Cameron Bradley history
Wesley Burdine English
Sian Butcher geography
Karisa Butler-Wall American studies
Philip Chen political science
Shinho Cho psychology
Kailin Clarke economics
Joseph Curiale music
Kathryn Droske French
Ashley English political science
Sinan Erensu sociology
Nicole Garrett anthropology
Rachel Gibson French
Nayla Hamdi psychology
Chase Hobbs-Morgan political science
Andrew Hoyt history
Zhen Huo economics
Asli Ikizoglu geography
Kasey Keeler American studies
Sarah Lageson sociology
Patrick Laine philosophy
Brittany Lewis feminist studies
Ellen Manovich history
Carra Martinez theatre arts
Andrew Marzoni English
Liza Meredith psychology
Nathan Meyer anthropology
Keaton Miller economics
Zein Murib political science
Basit Hammad Qureshi history
Ian Ramsay psychology
Jack Rossbacheconomics
Michael Rowe English
Nicole Scott cognitive science
Jason Steffen philosophy
Stephen Suh sociology
Benjamin Utter English
Magic Wade political science
Ningyuan Wang psychology
Nathan Weaver Olson history
Alexander Wisnoski III history
Dag Yngvesson comparative studies in discourse and society
Ann Zimo history
Marla Zubel comparative literature