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Kudos, January 2021

Alan Flurry

Excellence in research and scholarship already abounds in the New Year. Congratulations on the many recently announced, fellowships, grants and honors for Franklin College faculty. A sample:

Cassia Roth, assistant professor of History & Latin American and Caribbean studies, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for research on her second book, “Birthing Abolition: Enslaved Women, Reproduction, and the Gradual End of Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Brazil.”

Melanie Reber, assistant professor of chemistry, is one of two UGA faculty members named Innovation Fellows for spring 2021, semester-long fellowships designed to help faculty align their research activities with industry needs and bring their discoveries to the marketplace.

Steven R.H. Beach, Distinguished Research Professor in the department of psychology, is one of two UGA faculty members named Regents’ Professors, an honor  bestowed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for faculty whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pace-setting.

Diana Graizbord, associate professor of sociology, is a 2020-2021 Member of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton.

Liza Stepanova, associate professor of piano in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music,  brings her experiences as a European immigrating to the United States to her recent solo performance and recording projectE Pluribus Unum.

Barbara McCaskill, professor of English and associate academic director of the Willson Center, and Nicholas Allen, who holds an endowed chair in humanities and directs the Willson Center, will lead the project, “Culture and Community at the Penn Center National Historic Landmark District,” which has received a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to partner with Penn Center, one of the nation’s most important institutions of African American culture.

For his contributions as a poet whose work explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding,  assistant professor of English Eric Morales-Franceschini's work, Autopsy of a Fall, was selected by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo for the 2020 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize.

Assistant professor Cassandra Halhas received the Winton Capital Award for astronomy for 2020 from the Royal Astronomical Society for significant achievement.

Pablo Lapegna, associate professor of sociology and current Study in a Second Discipline Fellow, has had his book, Soybeans and Power, translated into Spanish.

Image: Barbara McCaskill and Nicholas Allen (Photo by Jason Thrasher)

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