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Hampshire Faculty Recognized with Awards, Fellowships, Other Honors

Honors range from a National Science Foundation grant to publication awards and fellowships for research worldwide

Hampshire faculty put their ideas into action around the country, across the globe, and on paper. Here’s a sampling of recent projects, fellowships, awards, and other honors.

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Margaret Cerullo (sociology) was part of a team of almost 300 international election observers in Mexico organized by the University and Citizen Network for Democracy and accredited by the National Electoral Institute, that oversaw the country's July 1 vote. Cerullo and JoAnn Wypijewski co-published a report on their experience in The Nation.

Jennifer Bajorek (comparative literature) has been awarded a residential research fellowship at the Clark Art Institute for spring 2019.  She will be researching representations of migrants and migration by artists and writers in contemporary France. Her explorations at Clark will build on preliminary field research carried out in France in summer 2017 with the support of a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from UMass and Hampshire, among them Assistant Professor of Statistics Ethan Meyers, was recently awarded a four-year, $953,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a nationwide initiative to study deep-brain function for new insights into neural and cognitive systems. The research aims to develop new methods with potential application to diseases that affect neuromotor control, such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. The five-member team, which includes four researchers at UMass, where the project is based, merges expertise in data science, cognitive neuroscience, and hardware engineering.

Karen Koehler (art history) has received a publication grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts for Walter Gropius:From Exile to Occupation, forthcoming from Reaktion Books. This book incorporates the research Professor Koehler began in the Archives of American Art, the National Archives, and the Library of Congress during her fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery, in Washington, D.C., in 2017.

Susan Loza (critical race, gender, and media studies) was chosen to be a research associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center for the 2018–19 academic year. While there, she will be working on her next book project, Settler Colonial Gothic, about settler colonial and gothic traces in contemporary horror television and film. 

Robert Meagher (humanities) is a contributor to and coeditor of War and Moral Injury: A Reader (Cascade Books, 2018), a collection of poems, reportage, scholarly articles, and other writings informing the growing conversation about moral injury, regarded by many scholars as war’s deepest and most enduring invisible wound.

Rebecca Miller (music) was awarded a 2018–19 Visiting Fellowship in lrish studies at the lrish-American Cultural Institute and the National University of lreland, in Galway, where she is living this fall.

Abraham Ravett (filmmaking and photography) traveled to Germany and Poland to screen subtitled versions of Holding Hands with Ilse. In this film, he documents the search for the German teenage girl who took care of him from 1948 to 1950 in Walbrzych, Poland, where he was born. Knowing only her first name and possessing only a small photograph of the two of them taken in 1950, Professor Ravett explores the urban landscapes of western Poland and the journey toward their unexpected reunion, in Ibbenbüren, Germany.

Seeta Sistla (ecosystem ecology) received an American Fellowship, a postdoctoral research grant from the American Association of University Women, for the 2018–19 academic year.

Lee Spector (computer science) won a Best Paper Award for “program synthesis using uniform mutation by addition and deletion” at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), in Kyoto, Japan, in July. The conference presents research results in genetic and evolutionary computation.

Pamela Stone (Culture, Brain, and Development) served as co–principal investigator on a team of archaeologists excavating the site of Nuestra Señora de Belen, an adobe colonial church in Belen, New Mexico, last summer.

Daniel Warner (music) has written a new book, Live Wires: A History of Electronic Music (Reaktion Books). The revised second edition of Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music, which he cowrote with Hampshire Professor of Philosophy Christoph Cox, was published by Bloomsbury Press in 2017.

Six Hampshire faculty members this year earned Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation fellowships, funding their travel for research that will directly enhance their courses and student mentoring. The fellows this year are:

  • Christina Cianfrani, associate professor of hydrology, and Sarah Hews, assistant professor of mathematics, are expanding their knowledge of green-building practices, inspired by Hampshire’s net-zero living building, the R.W. Kern Center;
  • Claudio Nolasco, assistant professor of photography, will travel to France for Paris Photo 2018, the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to photography;
  • Tammy Owens, assistant professor of diasporic youth cultures, is examining the histories of black girls in the domestic labor market, centering her work on the intersections of race, gender, and child labor during the 20th century;
  • Monique Roelofs, professor of philosophy, is researching architectural designs that are focal points in books by acclaimed Latin American writers Alejo Carpentier and Julio Cortázar;
  • Annie Rogers, professor of psychoanalysis and clinical psychology, is traveling to Canada and England to research the effects of psychosis.

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