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Moscow Prize 2014

Posted: 2/13/2014 8:39:49 PM

It is a pleasure for us to announce the three recipients of this year’s David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition:

Justine Neiderhiser

James Pinto

Rebecca Scherm

Justine, James, and Rebecca bring a remarkable level of insight, enthusiasm, skill, and creativity to the teaching of writing.  Please join us in congratulating them for their wonderful work.

We would also like to congratulate all of the excellent instructors who were nominated for the prize.  Our selection committee had to make difficult decisions in choosing from such an impressive pool of applicants.  We found it inspiring and humbling to read all of the nominees' materials, including the many glowing letters of support they received from their students and colleagues.  

David and Linda Moscow make this prize possible, and we are grateful for their ongoing generosity to the Writing Program. 

Eileen Pollack Essay in NYT

Posted: 10/3/2013 12:03:29 PM

Essay on women in science by Eileen Pollack feature in New York Times.

From the article:

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.

Read the full article...


Anne Curzan's "Mini-Lecture" Part XX

Posted: 9/27/2013 1:07:38 PM

Anne Curzan was recently featured in the "Mini-Lectures Series" section on LSA's website. In this segment of the feature, Curzan continues her look at the finer points of the English language.

Previous editions can be view on the LSA YouTube channel.


More Kudos

Posted: 8/28/2013 8:19:22 AM
  • Scott Lyons is the recipient of a 2014 Henry Russel Award.
  • David Gold recently received an APSF award and published an edited collection, Rhetoric, History, and Women's Oratorical Education.
  • Gina Brandolino co-edited a special issue of the journal Pedagogy, “Teaching Medieval Literature off the Grid.” The issue makes the case for incorporating noncanonical medieval texts in a range of literature courses and offers practical ways to look beyond conventional literary, ideological, and canonical boundaries.  Here's a link to the issue's Table of Contents:  http://pedagogy.dukejournals.org/content/current
  • Petra Kuppers has been made a Faculty Fellow of the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and she has received an Internationalizing the Curriculum Award from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Also, the Women's Caucus for the Arts's incoming President has elected Petra to be the recipient of the President's Medal for Art and Activism, to be bestowed at the 2015 College Art Association Meeting in New York City.
  • The multi-disciplinary research team (based at McGill) with which Steven Mullaney has been working for several years was just awarded a major grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Steven and Valerie Traub will be our campus representatives and co-investigators for a new 5-year research project entitled "Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecology” (earlymodernconversions.com). A significant portion of the funds will be used for graduate student support, so stay posted for further announcements. 
  • Danny Hack's article Wild Charges: The Afro-Haitian "Charge of the Light Brigade" just won the Donald Gray Prize, awarded by the North American Victorian Studies Association for the best essay published in the field of Victorian studies in 2012. 
  • John Knott's Imagining the Forest is getting the annual U of M Press award for the faculty book published by the University of Michigan Press that has added the greatest distinction to the Press List.

Congratulations to all.

Faculty News

Posted: 8/13/2013 10:30:04 AM

Eric RabkinWe have some news that is at best bittersweet: after more than 40 years in this Department, Eric Rabkin will be leaving us to become the Associate Provost for Online Education at Stony Brook University. Eric has long been a pioneer in the use of technology in education, and this new position offers him the chance to pursue in a much wider way his long-standing passion for pedagogic innovation.

We want to complement Stony Brook on their wisdom in choosing Eric to head this initiative, and we want to congratulate Eric on this remarkable opportunity and new intellectual adventure.

Eric will always be one of us, and we are pleased to note that there will be a reception in 3222 Angell on Friday, October 4, from 4-6 pm, in which we will have the opportunity formally to wish Eric well, and tell him how much we will miss him.

Gregg CraneWe are pleased to report, however, that Gregg Crane has agreed to serve as the Program in the Environment Director for a three-year term through 30 June 2016. Professor Crane has been teaching ENVIRON 377, History and Literature of the Rockies at Camp Davis since 2007.  He is a specialist in American literary and intellectual history, and his current research focuses on the importance of intuition to a collection of literary, philosophical, legal, and environmental writers. In a previous life, Professor Crane practiced law in San Francisco and Seattle.  His litigation experience included work on several major environmental cases in California and the State of Washington.

We congratulate Gregg, and wish him the best in this new administrative venture.

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