Tyron Cooper, assistant professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, has been selected to be the director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture starting January 1, 2018. Cooper hopes to expand on the strong legacy and interdisciplinary foundation laid by his predecessors, Melonee V. Burnim and Portia Maultsby.
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Awards + honors
Susan Lepselter, associate professor in Anthropology, has been awarded the ninth annual Gregory Bateson Prize from the Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. Her book The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny (University of Michigan Press, 2016), was singled out from a field of 100 books.
James Madison, Professor Emeritus of History, won a 2017 Emmy Award in the category of Best Historical Documentary from the Lower Great Lakes chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his documentary Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana, produced by WFYI Indianapolis.
The work on the Vinogradov Mean Value Theorem done by Ciprian Demeter, Professor in Mathematics, Larry Guth, and Jean Bourgain was presented at a Bourbaki seminar in June. Held in Paris since 1948, the Séminaire Nicolas Bourbaki is a series of talks in the most exciting new results in mathematics are presented.
Three College faculty have been named Herman B. Wells Endowed Professors: Dina Okamoto, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Research in Race and Ethnicity in Society; Jawshing Arthur Liou, professor of digital art and chair of studio art in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, and Radhika Parameswaran, professor and chair of journalism in The Media School.
Dina Okamoto, Professor of Sociology, will be a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York in fall 2017. Based on a survey of 2,000 residents of Atlanta and Philadelphia and in-depth interviews with 250 of the respondents, she will study the perceptions of and interactions among two U.S.-born groups (blacks and whites) and two immigrant groups (Mexicans and Indians) to better understand how each group experiences intergroup contact and how these experiences can further our understanding of patterns of trust and civic engagement.
On October 26, acclaimed author Viet Thanh Nguyen will visit Bloomington for a public reading at President’s Hall. Nguyen’s work addresses urgent issues and themes central to contemporary discussions in the humanities, including identity and otherness; race and race politics; history and memory; nationalism and globalization; migration and the status of the refugee. Leading up to his visit, a series of reading groups will discuss Nguyen’s most recent books.
Nothing Ever Dies
Friday, October 13, 1 pm
Global & International Studies Building, Room 1060
Discussion led by Nick Cullather, professor of International Studies, and Purnima Bose, chair and associate professor of International Studies.
Friday, October 20, 11am
College Arts & Humanities Institute
Discussion led by Vivian Halloran, professor of English and American Studies, and Ed Comentale, professor of English.
Faculty in the news
Amar Flood, James F. Jackson Professor of Chemistry, is featured in an R&D Magazine online article, “Improved Method to Chemically Engineer Molecules Could Reduce Nuclear Waste.”
Caty Pilachowski, Professor and Daniel Kirkwood Chair of Astronomy, was widely interviewed about the solar eclipse on August 21. You can see, listen, and read her commentary on:
- “Hoosiers Prepare for Upcoming Solar Eclipse” on WTIU’s Indiana Newsdesk.
- “The Total Eclipse of 2017” with WFIU’s Noon Edition.
- “Get Out Your Pin-Hole Boxes: It’s Time to Watch an Eclipse!” in Bloom magazine.
- “A Hoosier’s view of the heavens” in ScienceNode.
- “Big Talk! w/ Michael Glab: Caty Pilachowski” on WFHB.
- “Discussing the 2017 Solar Eclipse with Dr Caty Pilachowski” on Through the Gates: the IU Podcast; “Your Guide to the Eclipse” in the Dubois County Herald.
- “What to watch during the eclipse” in the Herald-Times.
Adam Fudickar, Research Scientist in Biology, was featured in “IU Researcher: Some Species Adapt Faster to Climate Change,” in the Limestone Post.
Alex Lichtenstein, Professor of History and the editor of the American Historical Review, wrote an essay, “The Marikana Massacre: Five Years Later,” that appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
James Strong, the new director of the IU Soul Revue, was interviewed by the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper in “Back to where it began: James Strong appointed director of the IU Soul Revue.”
From the National Science Foundation to Lane Baker, Alexander Gumennik, Stephen Jacobson in Chemistry, Sima Setayeshgar in Physics, and Adam Zlotnick in Biochemistry for MRI: Acquisition of a Nanoimprint Lithography Instrument for Research and Education.
From the National Institutes on Aging to Andrew Halpern-Manners in Sociology for The Effects of Education on Mortality: Evidence from a Large Representative Sample of American Twins.
From the National Science Foundation to Gregory Demas in Biology, and Jeffrey Alberts and Cara Wellman in Psychological and Brain Sciences for Microbiome Influences on the neuroendocrine regulation of social behavior.
From the Research Corporation for Science Advancement to Sara Skrabalak in Chemistry for Designer Metal Nanostructures for Anti-Counterfeit and Anti-Tamper Applications.
From the National Endowment for the Humanities to Rega Wood in Philosophy for Richard Rufus Project.
From the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to Linda Smith in Psychological and Brain Sciences for Early understanding of multi-digit numbers through statistical learning paves the way for formal training of place value concepts.
From the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to Clay Fuqua in Biology for Biosynthesis and regulation of a unipolar polysaccharide in Agrobacterium.
From the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to Julia van Kessel in Biology for Quorum sensing regulation of bacterial development.
From the Max Kade Foundation, Inc. to Johannes Turk in Germanic Studies for Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2017-18.
Recent faculty books
The Immigrant Kitchen: Food, Ethnicity, and Diaspora
Vivian Halloran, Professor of English and American StudiesView Immigrant Kitchen book information
Gendering Modernism: A Reappraisal of the Canon
Maria Bucur, John V. Hill Professor of East European History, and Professor of Gender StudiesView Gendering Modernism book information
Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World
Lisa Sideris, Associate professor in Religious StudiesView Consecrating Science ebook information
Recent faculty journal articles and papers
Sarah R. Osterhoudt. “The land of no taboo: Agrarian politics of neglect and care in Madagascar,” The Journal of Peasant Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2017.
Eric Robinson. “What Thucydides Teaches Us about War, Politics, and the Human Condition,” in War on the Rocks, a security policy website.
Rebecca Spang. “The Smart Money: Are We on the Cusp of a Cashless Society?” Financial Times (July 6, 2017).
Carl Weinberg. “'This Will Sound Nutty’: Conspiracy Theory in Democracy in Chains,” a contribution to a Society for U.S. Intellectual History roundtable on Nancy MacLean's new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America (2017).