Accomplishments - May, 2018
Mary Kate Varnau, English, has received a Fulbright Award to conduct independent research for her new novel, which revolves around the issues of adoption and the Mexican-American border. She will work at a free legal clinic in Tijuana, interviewing deportees, and creating video stories of their deportation experiences for online publication in the open access archive "Humanizing Deportation," hosted by University of California, Davis.
José Ruiz, Aviation Management and Flight, has been invited by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C., to serve as an aviation-safety related expert panel member for “Managing Risk of Airport Infrastructure and Safety Systems: Data Acquisition and Risk Management Protocols” in June.
Jeffrey Punske, Linguistics, and co-author Bridget Samuels of the University of Southern California will present their paper “Where does Universal Grammar fit in the Universe: Human cognition and the Strong Minimalist Thesis” at a symposium which is part of the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles on May 25.
Michael Barta, School of Music, has been named Concertmaster of Sinfonia da Camera, a chamber orchestra led by Ian Hobson, based at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Ill.
Jacob Juntunen, Theater, recently received a scholarship from the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to attend the center's 2018 National Puppetry Conference in June. The launchpad of American Theater, the O’Neill Center is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the stage.