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Among Recent Grants and Honors

Professor of Dance Constance Valis Hill has been awarded a 2006 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for a cultural history of tap dancing in America since 1900. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future achievement; 187 artists, scholars, and scientists were selected this year from almost 3,000 applicants.

Three 2006 Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowships, which support research-related travel, have been awarded to Hampshire professors who will incorporate their research into their teaching:

Ethnomusicologist Becky Miller will study the performance and social history of traditional and popular music in Ireland post-World II until 1975. The fieldwork will complement research Miller has already completed among Irish immigrant musicians in the United States during the same era. Her work indicates that immigrant identity and cultural production cannot be treated in isolation from homeland culture.

Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies Sue Darlington will travel to Thailand and Laos, continuing to research Buddhist monks engaged in environmental conservation and rural development. Darlington plans to use her study to bring fresh perspectives to courses she teaches and to complete a book on Buddhism and environmentalism.

Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology Christina Cianfrani will travel to Idaho this summer to learn new ecological field data collection techniques (samplings of fish, birds, and insects) as part of a two-year study investigating stream food webs from a landscape perspective.

Photography professor Jacqueline Hayden is among winners of The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation’s awards competition. Thirty recipients were chosen from more than 430 nominees proposed by the foundation’s trustees, previous award winners, and artists, critics, and museum professionals. Presented every two years as grants for photography, video, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and crafts, the awards honor emerging artists whose work shows serious promise.

Professor of Chemistry Dula Amarasiriwarden was selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project in Chile at University of Concepcion. Amarasiriwardena is teaching a short course on Analytical Chemistry. The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world.

Falguni Sheth, assistant professor of philosophy and political theory, has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson 2006 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. The fellowship will subsidize a year’s sabbatical for Sheth to finish a book, provisionally titled The Political Theory of Race: Technologies and Logics of Exclusion.

Luce Assistant Professor of Global Migrations Lili Kim received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for a book-length study titled “In Transit: Migration, Globalization, and Korean Immigrants in Argentina and the United States.” The project examines the history of Korean immigrants who migrated to Argentina beginning in 1965 and re-migrated to the U.S. beginning in the early 1990s. The study will internationalize U.S. immigration history, forcing a rethinking of the traditional framework of acculturation and diasporas into old/new cultures. By uncovering the little known history of Korean Argentine Americans and analyzing the complexities of multiple migrant identities, this study hopes to further complicate the ever more global, multicultural, and multiracial profile of who is an American. Professor Kim has also received the 2006 Korea Foundation Field Research Fellowship for this project.

Jason M. Tor, assistant professor of environmental microbiology, has been selected for the American Society of Microbiology’s Scholars-in-Residence Program and will attend the ASM Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute. The program advances scholarly research into teaching microbiology.

Bill Brand, professor of film and photography, was honored March 27 by the Anthology Film Archives in New York for his work preserving film. Brand’s film preservation and optical printing company, BB Optics, also celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with a month long retrospective series of film programs at Anthology Film Archives.

 

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