Indiana University Bloomington
IUB College of Arts and Sciences

May 2, 2008

Bennett I. BertenthalDear colleagues and friends of the College,

I would like to invite you to a talk on the State of the College on Wednesday, May 7th at 3:30 in Whittenberger Auditorium of the IMU. A reception will follow in the University Club.

In this talk I will share with you my thoughts on the challenges and opportunities confronting the College as we move into a post-CTE budget environment.  New initiatives, building programs, and goals for the future will be discussed along with the strategies necessary for achieving these goals.  I also look forward to the opportunity to respond to questions, and to getting to know more of you personally. After all, it is your work and energy on which the College's excellence depends.

Bennett I. Bertenthal
James H. Rudy Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Dean, IU College of Arts and Sciences

Thomas Kaufman was elected this week to the National Academy of Sciences and Michael Wade was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The elections are among the highest honors American scientists can receive.  Full story.
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Annual Luncheon celebrates Award Winners

The College’s annual scholarship awards luncheon was held April 17 to honor winners of the Senior Scholarship competition, winners of the Beckman Scholarship and the Goldwater Scholarship, and others.

Dean Bennett I. Bertenthal told attendees, “This awards luncheon is a celebration of the highest order.  Just as we celebrate the athletic accomplishments of our star student athletes, it is equally important to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our star students.  Each one of you is being singled out from among thousands of other College students because of the excellence you have shown in your scholarly pursuits.  We applaud you for what you have already accomplished as well as what you are likely to accomplish in the future.”

Here is a complete list of scholarship and award winners.

IU’s first Adam W. Herbert graduate fellow is a self-described “science kid” who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in IU’s Program in Neuroscience.
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Jeff Isaac & Marsha Franklin
Jeff Isaac, chair of Political Science, congratulates Advisor of the Year winner Marsha Franklin
Anthony Bowen & Dr. Clay Fuqua
Beckman Scholar Anthony Bowen, right, enjoys the luncheon with his faculty mentor, Dr. Clay Fuqua

Awards by discipline

Arts and Humanities

Osamu James Nakagawa, Fine Arts – Studio, premiered his Banta series of photograph as part of the COURSE exhibit the Sepia International in New York City. The work was displayed March 21 – May 3.

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Madan Puri, emeritus professor of Mathematics and College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Scholar, will receive the 2008 Noether Senior Scholar Award of the American Statistical Association for his outstanding contributions to the theory and applications of nonparametric statistics. It will be presented in a ceremony on August 5.

Chen Zhu, professor of Geological Sciences, is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship grant for the 2008-2009 academic year for study at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Bill Wheeler, professor of Mathematics, was chosen to receive the IUB Distinguished Service Award for 2007-2008, for his contributions to teaching, general education and faculty governance.

David Fisher, assistant professor of Mathematics, has won a Radcliffe Fellowship and will be spending the 2008-2009 academic year on leave at Harvard

Social and Historical Studies

Aurelian Craiutu, associate professor of Political Science, was appointed member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (AY 2008-2009) where he will complete a book manuscript entitled "The Extremism of the Center: Faces of Moderation in Modern Political Thought." A revised and enlarged French edition of his book on nineteenth-century French liberalism was published under the title "Le Centre introuvable" by Editions Plon in Paris.

Catherine Tucker, assistant professor of Anthropology, is the recipient of a Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant, “Cultural, Institutional and Environmental Dimensions of Conservation in Honduran Lenca Communities: The Montaña Camapara Reserve.”  ($22,980).  She was also elected as a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Sumit Ganguly, professor of India Studies, received a $6,500 grant from the Asia Foundation to support a conference on Indian foreign policy.  The conference will be held Oct. 5-7 on the IUB campus.

The Book Nook

Christopher I. Beckwith, professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, published Phoronyms: Classifiers, Class Nouns, and the Pseudopartitive Construction. New York: Peter Lang, 2007.

Pravina Shukla, associate professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, recently published The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India. The book was published by IU Press.

Kathleen Myers, professor of Spanish & Portuguese, published Fernandez de Oviedo's Chronicler of America: A New History for a New World (University of Texas Press, 2007).

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