Looking at the frozen tundra outside my window, I wish I could offer you a magic formula to blow the chill away and bring spring closer. Unfortunately, I can’t.
What I can offer is what works for me right now — besides a heavy coat, gloves, boots, hat and a concentrated effort to stay inside — taking a look at our stunning success stories in just the past two months.
These are but a few examples showing it takes more than ice, snow and minus wind chills to slow down the arts and sciences:
The latest? We just learned that Marcos Sotomayor, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, has been named a 2015 Sloan Foundation Fellow.
Three ASC assistant professors garnered NSF CAREER Awards in January and February:
- Hannah Shaffat, chemistry and biochemistry
- Daniel Thompson, mathematics
- Anastasios (Tasos) Sidiropoulos, mathematics/computer science
Three projects led by ASC faculty members won Global Midwest grants from the Humanities without Walls consortium:
- Isaac Weiner, comparative studies; Kris Paulsen, history of art and film studies with Lisa Florman, history of art; Glenn Martinez, Spanish and Portuguese
Our researcher/scholars frequently receive Fulbright Scholarships, the most recent:
- Anthropologist Barbara Piperata, won a Fulbright Scholarship for work in Brazil, September – December 2015
ASC’s senior faculty create legacies that win accolades from their peers:
- Dance Professor Melanye White Dixon received the 2015 International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Educator/Scholar Award for her contributions to teaching and mentoring dance in higher education
- Molecular geneticist Anita Hopper, a leader in RNA research for four decades, will receive the International RNA Society’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for the impact she has had on her field
I don’t know about you, but these are the things that warm my heart. The coat, gloves, boots, hat, can warm the rest.
Onward to spring.