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Liberal Arts Insider: Fall 2009

The College of Liberal Arts publishes The Liberal Arts Insider four times per year for its faculty and staff. The newsletter highlights faculty awards, honors, media coverage and new publications.

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Awards and Honors

Six College of Liberal Arts professors were among the inaugural recipients of the University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for excellent undergraduate faculty performance and innovation. Liberal Arts’ recipients are:

james cox

James Cox (English)

thomas garza

Thomas Garza (Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and Texas Language Center)

g. howard miller

G. Howard Miller (History)

karl miller

Karl Miller (History)

penne restad

Penne Restad (History)

elizabeth richmond-garza

Elizabeth Richmond-Garza (English)

samer m. ali

Samer M. Ali (Middle Eastern Studies) was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant of $46,120 to do research in Egypt and Kuwait during the 2009-10 academic year for a book project titled “The Medieval Arabic Islamic Public Sphere.”

katrin erk

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year NSF CAREER grant of $433,449 to Katrin Erk (Linguistics) for her project “Word meaning: Beyond dictionary senses.”

david quinto-pozos

David Quinto-Pozos (Linguistics) has received a $50,786 grant from the National Science Foundation, via the Visual Language and Visual Learning Center for his project “Examining linguistic and non-linguistic uses of space in children with signed language disorder.”

jorge cañizares-esguerra

This fall, Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (History) has been invited as Lansdowne Short Term Visitor to the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The Lansdowne Visitor is chosen from among leading international scholars in the humanities to deliver two public lectures. He has also been invited to the Klopsteg Lecture Series in Science in Human Culture at Northwestern University.

daniela bini

Daniela Bini (French and Italian) has received the 2009 Liberal Arts Council Teaching Award, a recognition awarded by students.

sheldon ekland-olson

Sheldon Ekland-Olson (Sociology) was unanimously selected as the recipient of the Sixth Annual Award for Distinction in Teaching presented by Phi Beta Kappa for the Alpha of Texas Chapter.

andreana haley

Andreana Haley (Psychology) was awarded a $140,000, two-year grant from the American Heart Association to study the neurocognitive effects of treated hypertension in a multi-ethnic sample.

caryn carlson

Caryn Carlson (Psychology) has received the 2009 Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship for teaching excellence in the College of Liberal Arts.

art markman

Art Markman (Psychology) has received the 2009 Raymond Dickson SWC Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship, which recognizes College of Liberal Arts faculty for excellence in teaching substantial writing component courses.

christen smith

Christen Smith (Anthropology) was awarded the Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2009.

cynthia buckley

Cynthia Buckley (Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Sociology) was awarded a $960,345 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project titled "People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System." She has also received the 2009 John Richards Fellowship by the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies to support her research project, “Health and Social Inequity in Contemporary Afghanistan.”

ann repp

Ann Repp (Psychology) has received the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, which is given annually to one faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts.

In the News

  • Research by Rebecca Bigler (Psychology) and Brigitte Vittrup (Psychology alumna ’07) was featured as the Sept. 14 Newsweek cover story, “Is Your Baby Racist,” revealing the importance of having explicit conversations about race in terms children can understand.
  • H.W. Brands (History) discussed the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy in an Aug. 26 story in the Boston Globe.
  • Numerous media outlets including USA Today and CBS News tapped Bruce Buchanan’s (Government) expertise for stories about President Obama’s proposed health care plan.
  • Oscar Casares’ (English) new book, “Amigoland” was featured in numerous media outlets including People Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Norval Glenn (Psychology) examined empty-nest syndrome in an Aug. 24 story in Time magazine.
  • quoted Faegheh Shirazi (Middle Eastern Studies) in an Aug. 12 story about Muslim women uncovering myths about the hijab, a veil worn to express a woman’s political, cultural or religious beliefs.
  • James Henson (Government) discussed the Texas governor’s race in an Aug. 15 New York Times story as well as stories in the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express News and Houston Chronicle. He also was quoted in an Aug. 5 Wall Street Journal story about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings.
  • Tony Woodbury (Linguistics) discussed how many of the world's languages are threatened with extinction in an Aug. 7 interview with WNYC, public radio in New York City.
  • Peter MacNeilage’s (Psychology) article “Origins of the Left & Right Brain” was published in the July issue of Scientific American.

New Publications

book: Why Women Have Sex

“Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)” by Cindy M. Meston (Psychology) and David M. Buss (Psychology). Times Books, Sept. 2009.

book: Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit

“Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit Guatemala Under General Efrain Rios Montt, 1982-1983” by Virginia Garrard-Burnett (Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies). Oxford University Press, Jan. 2010.

book: The Post-Historical Middle Ages

“The Post-Historical Middle Ages” by Elizabeth Scala (English) and Sylvia Federico. Palgrave Macmillan, May 2009.

book: Early Achebe

“Early Achebe” by Bernth Lindfors (English). Africa World Press, June 2009.

book cover: Republic of Barbecue

“Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket” by Elizabeth Engelhardt (American Studies). University of Texas Press, Oct. 2009.

book cover: A Dangerous Liberty

“A Dangerous Liberty: Translating Gray’s Elegy” by James D. Garrison (English). University of Delaware Press, July 2009.

book cover: Amigoland

“Amigoland” by Oscar Casares (English). Little, Brown & Co.: August 2009.

book cover: Tools for Innovation

"Tools for Innovation" by Art Markman (Psychology) and Kristin L. Wood (Mechanical Engineering). Oxford University Press. August 2009. Suggested by Business Week magazine in its list of summer reading about innovation.

book cover: Hispanic Families at Risk

“Hispanic Families at Risk: The New Economy, Work, and the Welfare State” by Ronald J. Angel (Sociology) and Jacqueline L. Angel (LBJ School and Sociology). Springer, hardcover - August 2009.

book cover: Kinematics

“Kinematics: The Lost Origins of Einstein’s Relativity” by Alberto A. Martínez (History). Johns Hopkins University Press, July 2009.