Accomplishments - March, 2017

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H.D. Motyl, Radio, Television, and Digital Media, recently completed a two-week residency at Joya: arte + ecología, an arts-led field research center, in the mountains of Amería, Spain. Motyl was awarded the residency to work on two short film scripts, both dealing with love, relationships and commitment —from different points of view and tinged with melancholy.  The films will be shot this summer, supported with a William A. Minor Grant from the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.  

A book by Roberto E. Barrios, Anthropology, “Governing Affect: Neoliberalism and Disaster Reconstruction,” presents an ethnographic study of the aftermaths of four natural disasters, including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and Southern Illinois after the 2011 Mississippi River flood. Barrios examines the ways in which people who live through disasters use emotions as a means of assessing the relevance of governmentally sanctioned recovery plans.

“ABSTRACT SANKOFA,” a mixed-media painting by Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, School of Art and Design, is included in the “Under One Sky” exhibition in China that began in November 2016 and runs through December 2018. The exhibition will visit 13 of the country’s major cities, including Beijing, Lincang, Hohhot, Urumqi, and Xian.

Sylvia Gray, Student Rights and Responsibilities; Laurie Dunn-Ryznyk, Physician Assistant Program, and Gena Stack, New Student Programs, are 2017 University Women’s Professional Advancement (UWPA) Mentorship Award recipients. They will be recognized at the 21st annual Celebrate Women Reception and Award Ceremony, March 30, in Morris Library.

Jeb Asirvatham, Agribusiness Economics, is lead author of an article “Incentives and Impacts of Vertical Coordination in a Food Production-Marketing Chain: A Non-cooperative Multi-Stage, Multi-Player Analysis.” The online article is in the “Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade.” 

Jane Nichols, Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration, is recipient of the 2017
Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Award presented by the university’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program and University Women’s Professional Advancement. She will be recognized at the 21st annual Celebrate Women Reception and Award Ceremony, March 30, in Morris Library.

Gretchen R. Dabbs, Anthropology, has been elected the first president of the Directors' Consortium of Researchers in Taphonomy, an international organization formed to implement procedure and protocols for the growing number of human decomposition research facilities.

An essay by Ryan Netzley, English, “Learning from Anniversaries: Progress, Particularity, and Radical Empiricism in John Donne’s The Second Anniversarie” recently earned the Distinguished Publication Award by the John Donne Society.

A proposal by Susan Patrick Benson, Theater Department, “The Inspired Voice: Healing Grief Through Storytelling and Song" has been accepted by the international Voice and Speech Trainers Association. The conference takes place in August 4-8 in Singapore.

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