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Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Stanley Abe (Associate Professor of Art History) gave a lecture, “Moving Buddha: Imagining Sculpture in China,” in the Research Forum at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London on November 8, 2013. He also gave a lecture on “Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China,” at the University of Minnesota on November 14, 2013.

Mark Antliff (Professor of Art History and Visual Studies) has published a new book, Vorticism: New Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2013), which was co-edited with Scott W. Klein, Wake Forest University.

Caroline A. Bruzelius (Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art History) was appointed the Richard Krautheimer Visiting Professor at the Hertziana Library in Rome for the academic year 2013-14. Professor Bruzelius also gave a lecture on “Preaching, Building, and Burying: Mendicant Friars and the Reshaping of the Medieval City,” at the colloquium Monastic Architecture and the City, October 10-11, 2013, at the Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

Raquel Salvatella de Prada (Assistant Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts) had a theater production of his work “The Paper Hat Game” from September 6-22, 2013, Chicago, IL.

Katherine Jentleson (Ph.D. candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) won the Archives of American Art/Dedalus Foundation Graduate Student Essay Prize for her essay and interactive map, “Not as rewarding as the North: Holger Cahill’s Southern Folk Art Expedition.” The announcement of her award can be found at http://www.aaa.si.edu/news/winner-of-2013-graduate-research-essay-prize and the essay at http://www.aaa.si.edu/essay/katherine-jentleson. Jentleson built the map featured in the essay at a workshop co-sponsored by The Graduate School in May of 2013.  

Pedro Lasch (Associate Research Professor of Visual Arts) had an exhibition, “Pedro Lasch, Susan Harbage Page, and Yinka Shinabare,” at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, July 20-December 1, 2013.

Patricia Leighten (Professor of Art History and Visual Studies) has published a new book, The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Mark Olson (Assistant Professor of Visual Studies) has been appointed the Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, effective July 1, 2013.

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Richard J. Powell, the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke, has been awarded the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History.Powell received the award on Oct. 22, 2013 from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. A member of the Duke faculty since 1989, Powell chaired the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies from 1998-2001. Since 2012 he has been an affiliated faculty member with the Ph.D. Lab in Digital. Knowledge.   

Kristine Stiles (France Family Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies) gave the keynote address at the WRO 15th Media Biennale, whose theme this year was “Pioneering Values,” May 8-11, 2013, in Wroclaw.

Hans J. van Miegroet (Professor of Art History and Visual Studies) was named co-director of the Information, Society & Culture theme of Bass Connections along with Robert Calderbank, the Phillip Griffiths Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor van Migroet also received a 2013-14 incubator grant from the new Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) under the Digging into Data Challenge.

Biochemistry

Ali Masoudi (Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry) has published “Chasing Acyl Carrier Protein Through a Catalytic Cycle of Lipid A Production” in Nature (doi: 10.1038/nature12679).

Biomedical Engineering

Tracy Cheung (Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering) was awarded a competitive Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Student Travel Award for the 2013 BMES Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Alexandra Jantzen (Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering was awarded a competitive Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Student Travel Award for the 2013 BMES Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Cell Biology

Marc Caron (James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology) received the 2013 Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research.

Chemistry

David N. Beratan (Professor of Chemistry) and Louis Quin (Professor Emeritus of Chemistry) have been selected as 2013 Fellows of the American Chemical Society, in recognition of their outstanding contributions both to science and to the American Chemical Society.

Steven L. Craig (Professor of Chemistry) was awarded the 2013 Akron Section Award of the American Chemical Society. This award recognizes younger scientists who show particularly great accomplishment and promise in their professional careers.

Jie Liu (Professor of Chemistry) and his group recently published their new finding of “winged nanotubes” in Scientific Reports, the newest member of the Nature family.

Yang Liu (Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry) in Professor Tuan Vo-Dinh’s Lab at Duke University has had his paper “Quintuple-modality (SERS-MRI-CT-TPL-PTT) plasmonic nanoprobe for theranostics” selected as a HOT article by the journal Nanoscale.

Tana Villafana (Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry), a graduate student in the Warren Group, tells UNC-TV: Science how her interests in physical chemistry and the humanities are combined in her Ph.D. research in “What’s My Story: Ph.D. Research Assistant in Chemistry.”

Warren S. Warren (Professor of Chemistry) and his group were recently the subject of a “North Carolina Science Now” segment that recently aired on UNC-TV featuring their work to develop laser imaging technology for art conservation.

Benjamin J. Wiley (Assistant Professor of Chemistry) and his lab’s collaboration with Karen Winey’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania resulted in a new computer model that will help design flexible touch screens.

Cell Biology

Fan Wang (Associate Professor of Cell Biology) received the 2013 National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award.

Chemistry

Zachary Kean (Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry), a Craig lab student, has been selected by The American Chemical Society to receive one of only two Graduate Travel Awards given nationally to attend the ACS National Meeting in Dallas in March, 2014. Zach will receive the award at the POLY section reception.

Classical Studies

Carla Antonaccio (Professor of Classical Studies) was elected Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs, Archaeological Institute of America, founded in 1879 and chartered by Congress in 1906. The AIA is the professional organization for Classical and Mediterranean archaeology in N. America and publishes the American Journal of Archaeology.  

Ecology

Alexandra E. Sutton (Ph.D. candidate in Ecology) received both a James B. Duke International Research Travel Award and an Exploration Grant from The Explorers Club to support her spring and summer conservation work on resolving human-lion conflict in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Her work was recently featured in Ebony Magazine Online at http://www.ebony.com/life/stalking-the-lion-notes-from-a-field-biologist-in-kenya#.Up5Gw18o6Uk.

Economics

Javaid Rashid Khwaja (Ph.D. in Economics) published Toward a General Theory of Exchange: Strategic Decisions and Complexity (iUniverse:2013).

History

Martin Miller (Professor of History) published The Foundations of Modern Terrorism: State, Society and the Dynamics of Political Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He spoke about the writing of the book in September 2013 as part of the Graduate Liberal Studies program’s Ideas & Conversations events series.

Claire Payton (Ph.D. student in History) published “Vodou and Protestantism, Faith and Survival: The Contest over the Spiritual Meaning of the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti” in The Oral History Review, September 3, 2013.

Stephanie Rytilahti (Ph.D. candidate in History) received a Women’s Studies 2013-14 Dissertation Fellowship.

Liberal Studies

Sarah Stacke (M.A. student in Liberal Studies) published “A Penny Photographer in the American South” in the New York Times.

Literature

China Medel (Ph.D. candidate in Literature) received a Women’s Studies 2013-14 Dissertation Fellowship.

Marine Science and Conservation

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Abigail Bennett (Ph.D. candidate in Marine Science and Conservation) co-authored “Cooperative and non-cooperative strategies for small-scale fisheries’ self-governance in the globalization era: Implications for conservation.” Ecology and Society 18(4): 38. Bennett also presented a talk at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association entitled, “Certifying small-scale fisheries: Knowledge production in market-based authority and local-level governance.” She is currently conducting one year of ethnographic field research on the relationships between global seafood markets and small-scale fishing cooperatives in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.   

Julia Burrows (Ph.D. candidate in Marine Science and Conservation), Jerry Moxley (Ph.D. candidate in Marine Science and Conservation), and Reny Tyson (Ph.D. candidate in Marine Science and Conservation) will be giving talks at the biennial Society of Marine Mammology conference in Dunedin, New Zealand. Julia’s Talk is entitled “Fine-scale foraging behavior of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Southeast Alaska,” Jerry’s talk is entitled “Google Haulout: The first synoptic all-digital aerial survey of gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) in Cape Cod region of the US Northeast,” and Reny’s talk is entitled “Do optimal foraging theory and prey density predict the fine-scale foraging behaviors of humpback whales in the Western Antarctic Peninsula?”

Rachel Cassoff (Ph.D. student in Marine Science & Conservation) was awarded a 2013 grant from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Conservation Endowment Fund to develop and field test a small unmanned aerial vehicle imaging system for large whale health assessment. The grant award was made possible through a contribution to the AZA from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Co-investigators on the project are Doug Nowacek (Repass-Rodgers University Associate Professor of Conservation Technology and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Jerry Moxley (Ph.D. candidate in Marine Science & Conservation).

Heather Heenehan (Ph.D. student in Marine Conservation), Joy Stanistreet (Ph.D. student in Ecology), and Sean Stanton (master’s student in Environment) received a $1500 outreach grant from the Duke Center for Science Education to develop outreach materials about marine mammals and sound. Heather also recently wrote a blog for the Huffington Post’s “Girls In Stem” initiative, available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-heenehan/5-ways-scientists-can-eng_b_4023658.html. In addition, Heather and Alyse Larkin (Ph.D. student in Marine Science & Conservation) have also been communicating with students around the world about their research through Skype in the Classroom: https://education.skype.com/partners/112-ocean-gems.

Joy Stanistreet (Ph.D. student in Marine Science and Conservation) has deployed five acoustic recording units off Cape Hatteras, NC, beginning a new project to monitor the migrations of North Atlantic right whales through the region. See http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/read/2013/10/09/passive-acoustic-monitoring-for-right-whales-off-cape-hatteras/ for more information.

Music

David Kirkland Garner (Ph.D. candidate in Music) was a regional winner in the Society of Composers, Inc./ American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers Student Commissioning Competition for his piece, Forward/Still, for chamber ensemble and soprano.

Harrison Russin's (Ph.D. student in Music) op-ed, "A Duke grad student in classical music: Classical music is more than a historical relic," was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a number of other papers in November 2013. Harrison participated in the Graduate School's Communicating with the Media Series workshop "Writing Op-Ed Articles."   

John Supko (Assistant Professor of Music) had his new work, ALL SOULS, premiered by New Music Raleigh and Canadian vocalist Ashleigh Semkiw on November 17 at the National Gallery in Washington, DC as part of the 65th American Music Festival.

Neurobiology

Srishti Bhagat (Ph.D. candidate in Neurobiology) received a Holland-Trice Scholars Award to study how the brain correctly wires itself during development.

Religion

Amey Adkins (Ph.D. student in Religion) presented her paper “From Hottentot to HeLa: Considering the Unsolicited Immortality of Black Women’s Bodies” presented at the American Academy of Religion conference in Baltimore MD, Nov. 23-26. She also published Black/Feminist Futures: Reading Beauvoir in Black Skin, White Masks in The South Atlantic Quarterly 112:4, Fall 2013.

Hans Arneson (Ph.D. candidate in Religion) presented “A Defense of Divine Sincerity and Grace: Re-Reading 2 Cor 1:15-2:11” at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore, MD Nov. 23-26, 2013.

Torang Asadi (Ph.D. student in Religion) presented “The Mai Mai Rape: Female Bodies and Collective Identities at War in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo” at the joint American Society of Biblical Literature and Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore, MD November 23-26, 2013.

Luke Bretherton (Professor of Religion) was a panelist for the Evangelical studies Group at the American Academy of Religion conference, Baltimore MD, November 23-26. He was also a panelist for the Wildcard Session with the theme “Yours the Power: Faith-based Organizing in the USA (Brill, 2013): Authors’ Panel” at the conference.

Sean Burrus (Ph.D. candidate in Religion) will present “Jewish Others: Visual Culture and Ethnic Identification at Beit Shearim” during the Association of Jewish Studies’ Annual Conference, December 15-17 in Boston MA.

Douglas Campbell (Professor of Religion) presided over the Pauline Soteriology Seminar at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore MD, November 23-26.

Eric Chalfant (Ph.D. student in Religion) presented his paper “Taylor Made: The Unbeliever in A Secular Age” at the joint American Society of Biblical Literature and Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore, MD, November 23-26, 2013.

Elizabeth Clark (Professor Emerita of Religion) presided over the History of Interpretation Section of the Society of Biblical Literature conference held Nov. 23-26 in Baltimore, MD.

Andrew Coates (Ph.D. candidate in Religion) presented his paper “Seeing the Literal” at the American Academy of Religion, November 23-26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.

Maria E. Doerfler (Assistant Professor of Religion) presented “The Judge, the Bishop, and the Woman Caught in Adultery: John 8:1-8 before the Roman Courts” and “Christ and the Courts of Rome: The Periscope Adulterae in Late Ancient Judicial Theology” at the Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore MD, November 23-26.

Susan Eastman (Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion) presented her paper “One Church Apostolic and Apocalyptic?” at the American Academy of Religion conference, Baltimore MD, November 23-26.

Emanuel Fiano (Ph.D. student in Religion) will present his paper “Adam, The Logos, and the Name of God in Aphrahat’s Demonstration 17” at the 4th Colloquium on Jewish and Christian Apocryphal Literatures, January 7-10, 2014.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson (Professor of Religion) was a panelist for the Wildcard Session with the theme “Yours the Power: Faith-based Organizing in the USA (Brill, 2013): Authors’ Panel” at the American Academy of Religion conference, Baltimore MD, November 23-26. She also published Theological Perspectives for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Public Intellectuals for the 21st Century with Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and Rosemary P. Carbine. (Palgrave MacMillan:2013) and “Transforming Memory: Re-membering the Eucharist” in Theology Today vol.70, no.2 (July, 2013): 144-159, co-written with Marcia Mount-Shoop.

Mark Goodacre (Professor of Religion) presided over the Blogger and Online Publication Section of the Society of Biblical Literature conference held Nov. 23-26 in Baltimore, MD.

Ben Gordon (Postdoctoral student in Religion) presented his paper “Field Consecrations in Leviticus 27: On Gifts of Land to the Priests of Yahweh” at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature conference November 23-26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. Gordon also presented “Exploitable Anathemata: Ancient Disputes on Herem Dedications to the Judean Priesthood” at the AJS (Association for Jewish Studies), December 15-17 in Boston MA.

Jennie Grillo (Assistant Professor of Religion) received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise 2014, which was one of ten $10,000 prizes awarded for a first book.

Richard B. Hays (Professor of Religion) is delivering the Hulsean Lectures at the University of Cambridge, UK over the 2013-14 academic year. Hays also recently published “Lost in Translation: A Reflection on Romans in the Common English Bible,” in David J. Downs and Matthew L. Skinner, (eds.), The Unrelenting God: God’s Action in Scripture; Essays in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. Pp. 83-101.   

Sonia Hazard (Ph.D. candidate in Religion) presented her paper “Divine Machines: Religion and Visual Technology in the Antebellum United States” at the American Academy of Religion, November 23-26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.

Willie Jennings (Associate Professor of Religion) was a panelist for the Wildcard Session with the theme “Critical Whiteness Studies and Theology,” at the American Academy of Religion conference, Baltimore MD, November 23-26.

Mari Jorstad (Ph.D. student in Religion) presented her paper “The Ground that Opened its Mouth: The Moral Integrity of the Ground in The Story of Cain and Abel” at the joint American Society of Biblical Literature and Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore, MD November 23-26, 2013.

Wesley Kort (Professor of Religion) presented “Reassessing C. S. Lewis” at the American Academy of Religion conference in Baltimore, MD, November 23-26.

Adrienne Krone (Ph.D. student in Religion) presented a paper entitled “Bean Piety: Religious Foodways of the Nation of Islam” at the American Academy of Religion conference November 23-26 in Baltimore, MD.

Timothy J. Lang (Ph.D. candidate in Religion) presented his paper “Time in Paul” at the Society of Biblical Literature, November 23-26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.

Julia Kelto Lillis (Ph.D. candidate in Religion) presented “Thecla as Male Biblivcal Saint: Fluidities and Their Control in Severus of Antioch’s 97th Cathedral Homily” at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore, MD Nov. 23-26, 2013.

Alexander McKinley (Ph.D. student in Religion) presented “Fluid Minds: Being a Buddhist the Shambhalian Way” at the American Academy of Religion conference in Baltimore MD, Nov. 23-26.

Carol Meyers (Professors of Religion), president of the Society of Biblical Literature, gave the presidential address “Was Ancient Israel a Patriarchal Society” at the November 23-26 conference in Baltimore, MD.

Ali Mian (Ph.D. candidate in Religion) presented his paper “Knowledge in Late Sunni Traditionalism: Genealogy of a Concept” at the American Academy of Religion, November 23-26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.

Matthew Mitchell (Ph.D. candidate in Religion) presented his paper “Displaying the Treasury of Loyal Retainers (Chushiugura): Relics, Popular Culture, and Buddhist Images of Sengakuji” at the American Academy of Religion, November 23-26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.

Laurie L. Patton (Professor of Religion) presented the paper “Hindu-Jewish Encounters and the Problem of Idolatry: Implications for Hindu Studies” at the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 23-26 in Baltimore, MD.

Mani Rao (Ph.D. student in Religion) had his essay “A Brief History of the Bhagavad Gita’s Modern Canonization” published in Religion Compass 7/11 (2013): 467-475.

Kara Slade (Ph.D. student in Religion) presented her paper, “’It’s Too Early – Or Too Late’: Time and Subjectivity in The Concept of Anxiety and Philosophical Fragments with Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks” at the conference Kierkegaard and the Present Age commemorating Kierkegaard’s 200th birthday on Nov. 14-16, Provo, Utah.

Daniel Stulac (Ph.D. student in Religion) presented “Hierarchy and Violence in Gen 1:26-28: An Agrarian Solution” at the joint American Society of Biblical Literature and Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore, MD November 23-26, 2013.

Kenneth Surin (Professor of Religion) was a panelist for the “Review of Roland Boer’s ‘The Sacred Economy’ (Westminster John Knox, 2013)” at SBL conference, Baltimore MD, November 23-26.

Alan Todd (Ph.D. candidate in Religion) will present his paper “Dining with the Dearly Departed: Early Jewish Funerary Meals in Their Greco-Roman Contexts” at the AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) December 15-17 in Boston MA.

Ross Wagner (Associate Professor of New Testament) published Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics (Forschungen zum Alten Testament 88; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013; Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014).

J. Ross Wagner (Professor of Religion) presided over the Pauline Soteriology Seminar at the Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore MD, November 23-26.

Erin Walsh (Ph.D. student in Religion) presented her paper “The Protevangelium of James and the Construction of Identity within the Greco-Roman Literary Tradition” at the joint American Society of Biblical Literature and Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore, MD, November 23-26, 2013.

Brittany Wilson (Assistant Professor of Religion) presented “Jesus’ ‘Passions’ in the Lukan Passion Narrative” at the Society of Biblical Literature conference held Nov. 23-26 in Baltimore, MD.

Romance Studies

Raul Ferrera-Balanquet (Ph.D. student in Romance Studies) had a solo exhibition, Merida T’Ho_MX, at Galeria Casa Colon, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, in October 2013. He also published “Writing the Decolonial Mariposa Ancestral Memory” in Caribbean InTransit, Issue 4, September, 2013.

Women’s Studies

Ara Wilson (Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Cultural Anthropology) was awarded the Mellon Foundation Partnership for a Global Age Grant.