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News about the publications, creative activities, and recognition given to our faculty, staff, and graduate students
November 8, 2019

Fall comes to Johnston Hall

Fall comes to Johnston Hall
Fall comes to Johnston Hall

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November 2019


Graduate Student Ummul Kathawalla (Psychology) has been named the 2019 Graduate & Professional SEED Awardee. This award recognizes a graduate student's commitment to issues of equity and diversity through outstanding academic achievement and activism.

Doctoral candidate Chloe Huelsnitz (Psychology) is a 2019 recipient of the William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship, selected by the American Psychological Foundation / Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology to receive $5,000 to support her dissertation work. 

Professor Richard Lee (Psychology) was presented with the 2019 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award at the 12th Annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast on November 4. 

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Erika Lee (History, American Studies) will celebrate the publishing of her latest book, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, on November 26. Professor Lee is one of CLA's most distinguished faculty members, having been named the 2017 Dean's Medalist. She is also a Regents Professor, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, and the Director of the Immigration History Research Center. 


October 2019


Associate Professor Tanisha Fazal's (Political Science) 2018 book, Wars of Law, has won two prizes: the 2019 Best Book Award from the International Collaboration Section of the American Political Science Organization; and the 2019 Best Book Award from the International Law Section of the International Studies Associations. 

PhD student Chelsea L. Cervantes De Blois (Geography, Environment & Society) won two student poster awards at the West Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers 2019 Annual Meeting.

SeongKyeong Kim (DMA, piano, student of Paul Shaw) has won the 2019-20 University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Community Outreach Coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay (Asian American Studies) has won a Sally Award from the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts which recognizes individuals and organizations who strengthen and enrich Minnesota through their commitment to the arts and arts education. 

Doctoral Student Aaron Eddens (American Studies) was the winner of the 2019 American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for his doctoral dissertation. This national award is given annually to the best doctoral dissertation in American studies, ethnic studies, or women's studies.

Congratulations to Caitlin Sisk (Psychology) for winning 1st place and People's Choice in CLA’s first-ever 3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT).  Sisk is a psychology graduate student in the Cognitive and Brain Science (CAB) area and advised by Professor Yuhong Jiang. Her presentation titled "Managing misdirection: Learning to look in all the right places" earned her $250 for winning 1st place and $100 for winning People's Choice. She will move on to the University-wide competition on November 9th, 2019.

Grants & Fellowships

PhD student Chelsea L. Cervantes De Blois (Geography, Environment & Society) has been awarded a U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Azerbaijani in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

Professor Tetsuya Yamada (Art) has received a 2019 McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists from the McKnight Foundation. The fellowship is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country and provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten areas.

Publications & Creative Activities

Assistant Professor Mathew Zefeldt (Art) will hold an international exhibition, Vistas, from October 10 at the Celaya Brothers Gallery in Mexico City.

September 2019


Professor Teri Caraway (Political Science) has won the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award which recognizes women faculty at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities who have achieved significant national and international accomplishments and honors and who contribute as leaders on campus. 

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) has received two awards from the Society for the Study of Social Problems: The 2019 Lee Founders Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes "devotion to the ideas of the founders of this Society, and especially to the humanistic tradition of sociology," as well as the 2019 Bi-annual Lifetime Achievement Award, Division of Crime & Juvenile Delinquency.

Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla (Psychology), doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program, is one of the University's 2019 Graduate SEED Award winners. The Graduate SEED Award honors outstanding graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota who focus their research on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice, and who demonstrate creativity and the potential for future excellence in their field. Kathawalla recently co-authored a study on how Somali people have adapted to migration as expressed in digital stories. She is an advisee of Moin Syed (Psychology).

torrin a. greathouse (English) graduate student in the MFA Creative Writing Program, won Poetry magazine's J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize of $5,000 for her poem "On Confinement," first published in Poetry's November 2018 issue. 
Professor Raymond Duvall (Political Science) has received a President's Award for Outstanding Service which recognizes faculty and staff (current or retired) who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments and service units. 
Associate Professor Akosua Obuo Addo (School of Music) has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Ghana in Performing Arts. Addo will conduct and teach research in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Cape Coast, as well as engage in a collaborative project using new technologies to create resources to facilitate the development of Ghana's teachers' professional knowledge in the arts.

Assistant Professor Jane VanHeuvelen (Sociology) has won the Sociology of Health & Illness Journal's New Writer's Prize 2019. Reviewer comments include "beautifully articulated argument" and "a model sociology paper." 
Elisia L. Cohen, Director of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is the recipient of the 2019 Dale E. Brashers Distinguished Mentor Award from the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association which recognizes significant contributions to the field of health communication through mentorship of and advocacy for the discipline and its members.

Grants & Fellowships

PhD student Bobbi Rohwer (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences) received a grant from the Organization for Autism Research for her project "Evaluation of a Explicit Visual Syntax Intervention for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Professor Benjamin Munson (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences) has received a grant from the NIH entitled "Race, Ethnicity, and Speech Intelligibility in Normal Hearing and Hearing Impairment." UMN co-investigators include Peggy Nelson, Andrew Oxenham, Jeff Simpson, Evelyn Davies-Venn, and Matt Winn.

PhD candidate Lei Zhang (American Studies) has received the Hildegard & Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies. Zhang will examine the Estonian American National Council and the Joint Baltic American National Council records in the Immigration History Research Center Archive.