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Michael MartinBlack Camera, a new academic and peer-reviewed journal of the Black Film Center/Archive, received an “Honorable Mention,” as the runner-up for the “2010 Best New Journal Award” by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals at the recent Modern Language Association annual conference. Michael Martin, professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and director of the Black Film Center/Archive, is the primary editor.

George PinneyGeorge Pinney, professor in the Department of Theatre and Drama and director of the Musical Theatre Program, is one of five recipients of an award from the Fran Snygg Grant for Artistic Collaboration and the Fran Snygg Endowment Fund, IU’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs has announced. Professor Fran Snygg chaired the Arts Coordinating Council and shepherded ArtsWeek from its beginning in 1985 through 1994. She supported talented artists at IU and in the Bloomington community until her death in 1996 at age 53.

Breon MitchellProfessor of Comparative Literature Breon Mitchell’s translation of The Tin Drum has won the 2010 Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German Translation from the British Society of Authors.  The prize of three thousand pounds was presented in London on January 31st, by Sir Peter Stothard (Head Editor of the Times Literary Supplement). The Schlegel-Tieck Prize has been awarded years for the past 45 years, and is given for the best translation from the German of a full-length work of literary merit and general interest.  The original must have been first published in the last 100 years. 

Christoph IrmscherProfessor of English Christoph Irmscher has won a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to run a Summer Institute for School Teachers on John James Audubon.  The Institute will take place from July 6 to July 31 at the Lilly Library.  Christoph will also be the local host for the upcoming conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment at IUB, June 21-June 26, 2011.  More than 700 participants are expected to come to Bloomington to give and listen to presentations related to the conference theme, "Space, Species, and the Imagination of the Global.” Christoph was recently a plenary speaker at the 36th International Byron Conference in Boston.

Khalil MuhammadKhalil Muhammad, History, was in Washington, D.C. this week to participate in the PNC Bank celebration of Black History Month. He was the guest speaker in a moderated discussion with Eugene Robinson, columnist for the Washington Post.  While there he was interviewed by Fox News; the interview can be seen here.

Central Eurasian Studies Associate Professor Elliot Sperling is the first IU participant in an IU-Peking University exchange agreement funded by the Tang Research Foundation and titled The Sinor Inner Asian Research Exchange Program. Three Peking University faculty members have come to IU in the last two years: Drs. Xin Lou, Yidan Wang, and Baohai Dang.
Barbara Klinger, Communication and Culture, has received the Katherine Singer Kovács Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.  She is being recognized for outstanding scholarship in cinema and media studies for her essay, “Contraband Cinema: Piracy, Titanic, and Central Asia” [Cinema Journal 49(2), (Winter 2010), 106-124].  The selection committee said: “Klinger’s essay, which is focused on the multiple and contradictory uses of pirated copies of Titanic in Afghanistan and the theoretical issues raised by pirated media worldwide, is… ‘timely and innovative,’ ‘a cracking good read,’ and an ‘original and exemplary work’ that moves the field of film and media studies forward in substantial ways while also illuminating a topic of pressing interest and concern in the film industry. …Klinger ‘maps out in ways both subtle and extraordinary the ideological agendas embedded in concepts of piracy, contraband, censorship, and resistance,” making a substantial contribution to the broad field of film and media studies. We find this original, enlightening, and meticulously researched essay well deserving of the prize.”  The award carries a $500.00 prize. The formal announcement of the award will be made at the New Orleans Conference Award Ceremony on Thursday evening, March 10, 2011. Osamu James NakagawaOsamu James Nakagawa, Associate Professor of Photography is having a solo exhibition Banta: Osamu James Nakagawa, March 12 – May 29, at the 1829 Contemporary Gallery in  Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.  Also his work from Guggenheim fellowship project Gama will be shown during the AIPAD Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory Center in New York City.  Nakagawa is having solo exhibition Banta: Osamu James Nakagawa at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, New York from April 5 through 25 September 2011.  He is having a solo exhibition, Kai following the cycle of Life in June 9- July 15 at the Tanto Tempo Gallery in Kobe, Japan.  Also, He is invited to mount a solo exhibition during Ballarat International Foto Biennale in Ballarat, Australia from Aug. 20 – Sep. 18.  Nakagawa’s work and the interview will be featured in the 2011 Japan Photography Annual published by Nippon Camera Magazine in May.
Jawshing Arthur LiouJawshing Arthur Liou, associate professor of Digital Art in the Hope School of Fine Arts, has been named the recipient of the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship. The $20,000 award will be applied to Liou’s career development and his upcoming project in Tibet. Professor Liou’s video installations will be featured in solo exhibitions at Chi-Wen Gallery and Hong-Gah Museum in Taipei, Taiwan from March to May, 2011.
Jonathan SimonsJon Simons, faculty member in Communication and Culture, has been accepted into the Schusterman Center's Summer Institute for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, and will be headed to Israel  at some point this summer as part of the Institute.   
Michelle MoydMichelle Moyd, History, has been offered a fellowship at the International Research Center "Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History" at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany for the academic year 2012/2013.  Kirsten SwordKirsten Sword, History, has been awarded an ACLS Digital Innovation Grant for 2011-12.
Paul LosenskyProfessor of Comparative Literature Paul Losensky has been appointed a fellow at the National Humanities Center for the 2011-12 academic year (one of 30 fellows out of 400 applications) Helga KellerThe staff and faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences were saddened by the unexpected death in January of Helga Keller.  Helga worked with Douglas Hofstadter as the administrator for Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition since 1988.  She served as a docent at the IU Art Museum from 1995 and as a docent at the Lilly Library for Rare Books.  Complete obituary »

Chuck Horowitz Physics Professor Chuck Horowitz was named an "Outstanding Referee" by the editors of the American Physical Society journals.

Nikodem PoplawskiDoes our Universe Live Inside a Wormhole? ScienceNOW highlights work of IU physicist Nikodem Poplawski. ScienceNOW's article on Poplawski's research paper was their top story of 2010 and its "most popular story of all time"

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First neutrinos for NOvA prototype detector: The NOvA prototype near detector spotted its first neutrinos from the Fermilab Neutrino Main Injector beam on Dec. 15, see the event reconstruction. The collaboration, with involvement of Physics Professors Mark Messier (Co-Spokesperson), James Musser, and Jon Urheim, and Astronomy Professor Stuart Mufson, began running the prototype detector in November. The experiment involves sending a beam of neutrinos to a 15,000-ton detector in Ash River, Minnesota. The particles will complete the 500-mile interstate trip in less than three milliseconds. Because neutrinos rarely interact with other matter, they travel straight through the Earth without a tunnel. Scientists will detect a small fraction of the neutrinos in a near-detector at Fermilab and in a larger far-detector in Minnesota looking for signals that the neutrinos are changing from one type to another on their trip.

Congratulations to long-time College of Arts and Sciences staff member Harriet Kenny, who retired from IU last year.  Harriet was administrative assistant to the chair of Psychology for many years before moving to the Department of Economics in 1999. 

Lindsay Bugher, administrative assistant in the Department of Geological Sciences, recently earned a masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the IU School of Education.

Kathy Teige, graduate secretary in Communication and Culture, has created the Grad Sec Group for all graduate secretaries in the College.  The group maintains an OnCourse site to answer common questions, brainstorm fixes for common issues, share ideas, share instructions, links, PowerPoints from workshops, forms, and other items.  Teige says, “It’s a great bunch and we save each other so much time and effort by putting our heads together.” If you wish to join this group, send her an email with your name, your department, and your network ID.

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