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September 2022


Curtis L. Carlson Professor of Economics Fatih Guvenen was elected as a Fellow of the Econometric Society which seeks the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics. 

Professor Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch (Writing Studies) was recently announced as the winner of the 2022 Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Distinguished Service award. The award recognizes long standing CPTSC members who have made significant long-term contributions to programming in technical communication and who have established significant careers in programming, working both on the local and the national levels.

Associate Professor Sid Bedingfield (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication) received the 2022 Book of the Year Award at the 41st annual American Journalism Historians Association conference.

Publications & Creative Activities

Associate Professor Tony C. Brown (Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature), has published his second book with the University of Minnesota Press. Statelessness: On Almost Not Existing asserts that Europe first encountered mass statelessness neither inside its borders nor during the twentieth century, but in the New World, several hundred years earlier. 

Katherine E. Nash Gallery Director Howard Oransky and co-curator Herman J. Milligan, Jr.'s exhibition catalogue for A Picture Gallery of the Soul currently ranks #1 in Art History New Releases on Amazon.

Fellowships & Grants

Professor John Robert Warren (Sociology) is one of the principal investigators of an Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD) study that was awarded a $50.3 million grant that will work to re-contact more than 14,000 Americans from the high school class of 1972 to study how education affects ADRD risk and racial/ethnic differences in that risk.

Associate Professor Claire Halpert (Linguistics), Associate Professor Brendan Kishketon (American Indian Studies), and Nora Livesay (American Indian Studies) were recently awarded a three-year, $450,000 National Science Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities Dynamic Language Infrastructure grant for their project, “Developing Indigenous scholars, curriculum and language documentation.”

Associate Professor Emily Vraga (Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication) is part of the research team that recently received a $5 million Phase II Convergence Accelerator cooperative agreement award from the National Science Foundation to continue their work on Course Correct, a precision tool providing journalists with guidance against misinformation.

Associate Professor Gilliane Monnier (Anthropology) has just completed a Fulbright in Montenegro for a project entitled, "Did Neanderthals have the ability to make fire? The evidence from the Paleolithic Site of Crvena Stijena, Montenegro."

Assistant Professor Melissa Polonenko (Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences) has received a grant from the Hearing Health Foundation entitled, "Identifying hearing loss through neural responses to engaging stories," as well as a subaward for an NIH NIDCD R21 grant entitled, "Subcortical and cortical responses in infants evoked by running speech."

Professor John Robert Warren (Sociology) is one of eight experts who will play a key role in an upcoming study of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD). Warren and his fellow researchers were awarded a $50.3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to re-contact more than 14,000 Americans from the high school class of 1972 to study how education affects ADRD risk and racial/ethnic differences in that risk. 

Oforiwaa Pee Agyei-Boakye, a recipient of the International Doctoral Degree Fellowship, is currently pursuing a PhD in Geography.

Carrie Deans, a recipient of the American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship, is currently pursuing research in Biology.

August 2022


Professor Joachim J. Savelsberg’s book Knowing about Genocide: Armenian Suffering and Epistemic Struggles, which was published in 2021 got the 2022 Barrington Moore Book Award, given by the American Sociological Association's Section for Comparative and Historical Sociology, and the Gordon Hirabayashi Book Award—Honorable Mention by the ASA Section for Human Rights.

Eggertsen Dissertation Prize (History of Education Society) awarded to Professor Yalile Suriel (History) for her dissertation “Campus Eyes: University Surveillance and the Policing of Black and Latinx Student Activism in the Age of Mass Incarceration, 1960-1990.”

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Maggie Hennefeld's (Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature) new DVD collection "Cinema's First Nasty Women" was just reviewed in the New York Times. The review calls it "a triumph of scholarship." 

Fellowships & Grants

Professor Rose Brewer (African American & African Studies) has received a grant from the Humanities Without Walls Consortium for a project entitled, “Environmental Justice Worldmaking: Redistribution and Reciprocity for a Just Transition.” 

Assistant Professor Natalie Covington (Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences) has received a grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for a project entitled, “Personalized Cognitive Rehabilitation: Validating a Brief Clinical Assessment of Multiple Memory Systems.” 

Professor Karen Mary Davalos (Chicano & Latino Studies) has received a grant from the Mellon Foundation for a project entitled, “Building Capacity: Discovery and Access to Mexican American Art since 1848.”  

Assistant Professor Christopher Terry (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication) has received a fellowship from the Center for Quantum Networks for a project entitled, “Constitutive Choice for Quantum Networks: Learning the (Tough) Lessons of the National Broadband Plan.”

The University of Minnesota has been awarded a National Resource Center (NRC) grant for International Studies and a second NRC grant for African Studies. Additional awards for Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships (FLAS) in international and African studies will directly support students. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program and totals more than $3.5 million over the next four years.

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