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Prof Gillian White receives teaching award
Associate Professor Gillian White is awarded the 2014 LSA Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award
The Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award recipients are selected each year by the College Executive Committee from among those recommended for promotion from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure. Award recipients have demonstrated outstanding teaching during their first years on the faculty. While this award recognizes teaching, it is only given to individuals whose achievements and promise auger well for a productive career as a scholar.
Khaled Mattawa wins MacArthur Fellowship
Inaugural Poem by Lorna G. Goodison
Watch the poem being read at the ceremony.
It is with great sorrow that we write to tell you that our brilliant, sweet colleague and friend, Patsy Yaeger, died on Friday, July 25, at home with her family, after struggling with ovarian cancer for a year and a half. As you all know, Patsy lit up every room she ever entered, and the world is a darker place now without her.
There will be no formal funeral, though the department does plan to honor her impressive career during the Fall. Her husband, Dr. Richard Miller, asks that colleagues and friends who wish to make a contribution to a charity in her memory consider one of the four below that Patsy named in her will:
- Juvenile Law Center, 1315 Walnut St #400, Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Planned Parenthood Federation, 434 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
- Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
- Solar Electric Light Fund, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 300. Washington, DC 20006
The family has also asked that, in lieu of flowers or gifts, those who feel so inclined should send notes to the family, sharing your memories and good wishes: Rich, Kiri, and Noah Miller, 3383 River Pines Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
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o Amy Carroll was presented with the 2013 Louis I. Bredvold Prize for Scholarly or Creative Publication.
o Natalie Bakopoulos was presented with the 2014 Louis I. Bredvold Prize for Scholarly or Creative Publication.
o Lorna Goodison was awarded the Commander of the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government for her service to literature. Lorna was also featured on the PBS Newshour this year where she gave a reading of her poetry. Lorna is one of three nominees for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.
o Laura Kasischke is the winner of the 2013 Michigan Author Award, and her novel Bird in a Blizzard has been adapted to a film which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
o Eileen Pollack’s essay “Pigeons” was selected for inclusion in the The Best American Essays 2013.
o Khaled Mattawa was appointed one of two new chancellors to the Academy of American Poets.
o Michael Byers received Rackham’s Master’s Mentoring Award.
o Enoch Brater was on BBC-Radio to talk about his two-volume work, The Private Notebooks and Diaries of Arthur Miller.
o Jessica Young’s collection of narrative poetry, Alice’s Sister, was published this year.
o Gina Brandolino’s ENG290 Horror Course was featured in Concentrate, an online magazine. http://www.concentratemedia.
o Bill Ingram’s essay “John Cholmley on the Bankside” won Honorable Mention for the Best Essay on Theatre History from the Journal Early Theatre.
o Van Jordan’s The Cineaste has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
o Michael Awkward was interviewed on PCNtv about his new book Philadelphia Freedoms.
o David Porter has won a prize for best app in the Teaching and Learning category of the 2014 Mobile Apps Challenge, an annual UM app development competition sponsored by Computer Science and Engineering, Information and Technology Services, the Office of Technology Transfer, and Apple. David's app helps students of Chinese learn to read, write, translate, and recite a selection of poems from the Tang Dynasty. It is available for free download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
o Linda Gregerson has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
o Megan Levad, along with composer Tucker Fuller, have created a song cycle, LABOR: Songs for Unmaking a Living, which the New Resonance Orchestra will be premiering this Spring at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans.
o Melanie Yergeau’s co-authored article “Multimodality in Motion: Disability and Kairotic Spaces” in Kairos has received the Accessibility and Digital Composition Award from Computers and Composition Digital Press.
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