Faculty News

Biology + Photography

Justin Kumar is a professor of Biology who combines science and photography to study cell specification, fly eyes, and more. By integrating art and science in his work, Kumar is conducting better research and passing these skills on to his students.

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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

Aurelian Craiutu, professor of Political Science, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his project, "Moderation and the Rise of Democracy in France, 1830-1900." Professor Craiutu's is one of only four NEH projects funded in Indiana, and the only one at IU.

Bill Johnston, professor of Comparative Literature, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, one of only 24 in the United States, for his translation of "Nights and Days" (Parts I and II) by Maria Dąbrowska from Polish into English.

Five College faculty members have been elected 2019 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their contributions to science and research: Brian R. Calvi, professor of Biology; Justin P. Kumar, professor of Biology; Krishnan Raghavachari, distinguished professor of Chemistry; Michael VanNieuwenhze, Standiford H. Cox Professor of Chemistry; and Kevin Zumbrun, distinguished professor of Mathematics.

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

Danielle K. Kilgo, assistant professor of Journalism, described the importance and consequences of media coverage of protest movements in a piece for The Conversation.

Sumit Ganguly, distinguished professor of Political Science, provided the “historical context of the [Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)] program and its implications for the future of Indian democracy” in an interview for Freedom House.

Jamsheed Choksy, distinguished professor of Central Eurasian Studies, weighed in on the tension with Iran and the mounting concern over a potential cyber threat in a Fox 59 news article.

In an article for The Times of Israel, Alvin H. Rosenfeld, professor of Jewish Studies and English, reflected on rising anti-Semitism in America and increasing “Israel denial.”

In a TIME article on the fate of the battleship U.S.S. Arizona following its destruction at Pearl Harbor, Edward Linenthal, professor of History, discussed the site’s significance as both a “wormhole to the past” and an “open grave.”

Galen Clavio, associate professor of Sports Media, was quoted in the Washington Post weighing in on Sports Illustrated’s faux pa in reporting (and refuting) that the University of Southern California’s football coach was being fired.

In a commentary for War on the Rocks, Andrew W. Bell, assistant professor of International Studies, and Thomas Gift, a lecturer in the department of political science at University College London, discussed the firing of U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer.

Bernard L. Fraga, associate professor of Political Science, shared his expert analysis in a Politifact article on Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg’s claim that “black voters supported him more [the] second time he ran for mayor.”


New grants

From the American Cancer Society, Inc. to Matthew L. Bochman in Biochemistry for Using click chemistry to directly study DNA inter-strand crosslink repair.

From the National science Foundation and Arizona State University to Andrew C. Zelhof in Biology for EDGE CT: Development of a Molecular Toolkit for Integrative Organismal Research in the Microcrustacean Daphnia pulex.

From the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to Michael J. Wade, Andrew C. Zelhof, and Gabriel Zentner in Biology for Modeling Gene-Editing For Population Suppression Under Biologically Realistic Parameters.

From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to Richard P. Phillips and Katie Beidler in Biology for Towards a predictive understanding of linkages among fine root traits, nutrient cycling and soil organic matter dynamics.

From the National Institute of general Medical Sciences and Wayne State University to Nicola L. B. Pohl in Chemistry for Strategies for N to C solid-phase peptide synthesis.

From the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the Research Foundation City University of New York to Miriam J. Northcutt Bohmert in Criminal Justice and Eric Grommon and Evan Lowder in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs for Reducing Revocations Challenge: Monroe County, Indiana.

From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Jutta Schickore and William Royall Newman in History and Philosophy of Science for Rigor: control and analysis in historical and systematic perspectives.

From the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention to Anna Strassmann Mueller in Sociology for Improving Prevention of Youth Suicide Clusters: A Systems Approach.

From the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the University of Delaware to Rita R. Patel in Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences for Cognitive and Biological Mechanisms in Pediatric Voice Therapy.

From the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to Brielle Caserta Stark in Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences for Reliability of Spoken Discourse in Speakers With Aphasia.