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May 18, 2009

Ashley Olstad and Carmen Price win Fulbright grants to Germany

Two students from the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch have been awarded full grants from the Fulbright Program to spend the 2009-2010 academic year in Germany. German Ph.D. student Ashley Olstad will conduct research for her dissertation. Carmen Price, a GSD graduate who received a B.A. in German studies and English in 2008, will study intercultural education policy at Freie Universität Berlin.

May 7, 2009

John Bengtson (M.A., Scandinavian, 1978)

John Bengtson has been re-elected vice-president of the Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory (ASLIP). He is editor of the ASLIP annual journal Mother Tongue. His book In Hot Pursuit of Language in Prehistory: Essays in the Four Fields of Anthropology in honor of Harold Crane Fleming was published in 2008. He is also involved in the Evolution of Human Language Project, sponsored by Murray Gell-Mann and the Santa Fe Institute.

Shawn Jarvis (Ph.D., German, 1991)

She received a two-month "re-invitation" grant from the DAAD to continue her work on a collection of Biedermeier Frauentaschenbücher in Bochum that began when she had her first DAAD grant to study at the Ruhr-Universität.

Johanna Doty (B.A., Scandinavian & Finnish, 2005)

In Fall of 2009, she will be starting in the Arts Management M.A. program at the University of Oregon, Eugene.

Philip Husom (BA, German Studies, 2008)

He has been accepted into the graduate program in Political Science at Purdue University.

Kellie Holler (BA, German Studies,2006)

Kellie completed her MA in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Foreign Language program at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands, taught English and studies Spanish in Honduras, and has returned to the U.S. to work for Lexia International, a study abroad organization based in New Hampshire.

GSD students awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

James Pasternak and Anne Wallen have been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships by the University of Minnesota Graduate School, for the academic year 2009-2010. These fellowships, awarded in a University-wide competition, offer one year of support to advanced graduate students researching and writing their dissertations.

May 6, 2009

Adam Oberlin nominated for prizes at SASS

Germanic medieval studies graduate student Adam Oberlin has been nominated for the best graduate student paper and best graduate student history paper prizes at the 2009 Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study conference in Madison, Wisconsin. His paper is entitled "Hákon Hákonarson's Norway and Crusading as Institution."

Jack Zipes awarded Graduate School grant

Professor Emeritus Jack Zipes has been awarded a Professional Development Grant for Retirees from the Graduate School for the project "De-Disneyfying the Fairy-Tale: A Social and Cultural History of the Fairy-Tale Film in America and Europe."

German undergraduate receives Birkelo Scholarship

German and global studies major Jonathan Rabb received a Selmer Birkelo Scholarship, CLA's most prestigious merit award for undergraduates.

May 5, 2009

Anja Shepela receives travel grant

Anja Shepela has been awarded a Zantop Travel Award from the Coalition of Women in German, to support archival research in Berlin during summer 2009.