Faculty News

Expanding Horizons

From childhood on, the College’s new executive dean knew he was a scientist. Now schooled in many disciplines, he brings a deep commitment to faculty and students to his new role.

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A Recipe for Action

As director of the IU Food Institute, Carl Ipsen challenges us all to get real.

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Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Biologist Ellen Ketterson admires resilience. And she believes we can learn a lot about it from a common songbird.

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Both Sides Now

English professor Ivan Kreilkamp walks both sides of the animal/human, high culture/popular culture divide.

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Seeing Human

Art historian Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz studies the rich visual culture of the ancient Kongo kingdom, uncovering beauty, resiliency, and identity.

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Awards + Honors

Caroline Jarrold, Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor of Chemistry and department chair, was awarded the 2020 Frances P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal by the American Chemical Society. This award was established in 1936 and recognizes “distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists.”

Mary Murphy, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Megan Thielges, associate professor of Chemistry, were both awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). According to the official White House press release, “The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.”

Five faculty members have been awarded College of Arts and Sciences’ 2019 David and Cheryl Morley Teaching Awards.  Kimberly Geeslin, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, received the James P. Holland Teaching Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students; Amy Berndtson, senior lecturer in Biology, received the Career Distinguished Teaching Award (Non-Tenure Track) in honor of Kathy O. Smith, Kelly Berkson, assistant professor of Linguistics, received the Early Career Teaching Excellence Award; and Michael Manzella and Megan Murphy, lecturers in Biology, received the ASURE Teacher of the Year Award.

Elizabeth Dunn, professor of Geography and International Studies, was awarded a 2019 IU President's International Research Award. Her research examines how countries and localities develop and manage refugee arrival infrastructure.

Sumit Ganguly, a Distinguished Professor and the Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Political Science, was awarded a 2019 IU President's International Research Award. His research will support the creation of new scholarly work and an author’s conference for the Oxford Handbook of Indian Politics.

Faculty in the news

Ellen Wu, associate professor of History, was quoted in the New York Times discussing the model minority stereotype and its role in the campaigns of Asian-American party candidates.

An interdisciplinary team of College faculty along with colleagues from across IU campuses and schools published a statewide survey commissioned as part of the Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge. The survey offers state-specific insights on public attitudes related to climate change.

Jessica McCrory Calarco, assistant professor of Sociology, was quoted in The Atlantic article “The Underlying Messages That Screen-Time Recommendations Send Parents.”

A paper coauthored by Youngjoo Cha, associate professor of Sociology, was referenced in The New York Times article “Women did everything right. Then work got 'greedy.'

New grants

From the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to Ankur Dalia in Biology for Characterizing the basic biology and mechanisms of biofilms in Vibrio cholera.

From the National Science Foundation to Douglas Edmonds in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for Collaborative Research: Understanding deltas from the lens of their channel networks.

From the National Science Foundation to Nam Quang Le in Mathematics for Regularity Estimates for the Linearized Monge-Ampere and Degenerate Monge-Ampere Equations and Applications in Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations.

From the National Institute of Health’s Office of the Director to Kevin R. Cook and Nicholas Samuel Sokol in Biology for Characterization of GAL4 and split-GAL4 driver expression in the Drosophila intestine at the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center.

From the National science foundation to Jared C. Lewis in Chemistry for Career: Catalyzing Polymerization in the Laboratory and Discussion in the Classroom with Artificial Metalloenzymes.

From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Lab at the California Institute of Technology to Paul William Staten in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for A Multidecadal Satellite Record of Water Vapor, Temperature and Clouds.