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Student and Faculty Highlights

February 22, 2011

First Global Health Doctoral Scholars Selected

Christopher Paul, a doctoral student in Environmental Policy, and Sarah Wilson, a doctoral student in the Psychology and Neuroscience Clinical Psychology Program, have been selected to participate in the Global Health Doctoral Scholars (GHDS) Program for the 2011-2012 academic year. Chris and Sarah will be the first Duke doctoral scholars to do research in global health in addition to their primary disciplines, and will spend a minimum of nine months working on global health projects with faculty members. For more information on Chris and Sarah, visit


Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Marie-Pier Boucher (2nd-year Ph.D. student) has received a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), May, 2011.

Kency Cornejo (doctoral candidate) received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) award, 2010-2011.

Sarah Dickens (2nd-year Ph.D. student) received a U.S Foreign Language and Area Studies Program (FLAS) award in June, 2010 and a U.S. Department of State Foreign Fulbright Conference Travel Award, in March, 2010.

Erin Hanas (doctoral candidate) received a Hochschulpartnerschaft Fellowship, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2010-2011.

Neil McWilliam (Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art History) has been given a 2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

Kristine Stiles (France Family Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies) has received the 2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

Jasmina Tumbas (doctoral candidate) was awarded a Travel Grant, from the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, in November 2010; a Conference Travel Fellowship, Duke University Graduate School, October, 2010; and a Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Travel Award, Duke Graduate School, 2010-2011.

Cultural Anthropology

Orin Starn (Professor of Cultural Anthropology) has written a book, The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist’s Report on Golf, Sex, and Race in America, which will be published by Duke University Press in 2012.

Aaron Thornburgh (doctoral candidate) has been given the 2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Devendra Garg (Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science) will be a Plenary Speaker at the 13th IASTED International Conference on Control and Applications (CA 2011) which will be held during June 1 – 3, 2011 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The title of his talk is “Multi-robot Cooperative Control: Challenges and Opportunities.” The conference Web site has a brief bio-data and abstract of the talk.

Qiming Wang (1st-year Ph.D. student) has had his first-author paper, titled “Creasing to cratering instability in polymers under ultrahigh electric fields,” accepted by Physical Review Letters. Dr. Xuanhe Zhao is Qiming’s Ph.D. supervisor.


Karen Cook (doctoral candidate) performed in the Rare Music: Voice/Flute using instruments both from Duke University Musical Instrument Collections and from private collections. Voice/Flute explores the history between the recorder and the voice.

George Lam (doctoral candidate) was commissioned by Contemporary Musiking (Hong Kong, China) to write a new score for Charlie Chaplin’s early silent comedy Easy Street. The work was performed live by Contemporary Musiking on January 8 and 9, 2011 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Scott Lindroth (Professor of Music) had his wind ensemble composition “Passage” premiered by the United States Marine Band in Chicago on December 15, 2010. The ensemble will perform the work again in Norfolk, VA in March 2011.

Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

The Fitzgerald awards were presented at the 2010 Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology retreat which was held at Wrightsville Beach, September 24-26, 2010. The Fitzgerald Scholars are awarded to trainees at the Ph.D. or Post-Doc level who have had an outstanding publication in the previous year. The 2010-11 Fitzgerald Scholars are: Josep Colomer, Ph.D. (Research Scientist-Means Lab); Daniel Neef, Ph.D. (Research Associate, Sr.-Thiele Lab); Hilary Wade, Ph.D.(McDonnell Lab); Jennifer McCulley, Ph.D. (Petes Lab); Joo-Yong Lee, Ph.D. (Research Scientist-Yao Lab); Matthew Eaton (doctoral candidate-MacAlpine Lab); and Chih-sheng (Reichen) Yang (doctoral candidate- Kornbluth Lab).

Psychology & Neuroscience

Laura Barnard (3rd-year Ph.D. student) has had a paper accepted for the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Adar Ben-Eliyahu (doctoral candidate) has accepted a postdoctoral position at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mark Leary (Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience) has received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for sustained contribution to our understanding of self and identity throughout his or her academic career from the International Society for Self and Identity.

Nestor Schmajuk (Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience) is a corresponding member of the Argentine Society of Biology.

Slavic Languages & Literatures

Edna Andrews (Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures) received a $5.5 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education for the Slavic and East European Language Research Center (SEELRC) of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. Her two-volume work, Russian Translation: Theory and Practice, co-authored with E.A. Maksimova, was published by Routledge Press in 2010.

Carol Apollonio (Professor of the Practice of Slavic Languages & Literatures) had her book, The New Russian Dostoevsky: Readings for the Twenty-First Century, published by Slavica in 2010. An article, “The Idiot’s ‘Vertical Sanctuary’: The Holbein Christ and Ippolit’s Confession,” was published in F.M Dostoevsky in the Context of Cultural Dialogues, ed. Katalin Kroo and Tunde Szabo (Budapest: ELTE: Russian Literature and Literary Studies, 2010). Professor Apollonio has also been named to the editorial board of Dostoevsky Studies.

Will Evans (1st-year master’s student) was awarded a FLAS fellowship for summer 2011 and for academic year 2011-12.

Jehanne Gheith (Associate Professor of Slavic Lanuages & Literatures) will have her book Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Detention published by Palgrave MacMillan, 2011. Co-edited with Katherine Jolluck, this is the first book of oral histories of Gulag survivors to appear in English. Professor Gheith also had an article, “‘It’s Difficult to Convey’: Oral History and Memories of Gulag Survivors” published in Gulag Studies in November, 2010. She was awarded the National Research Competition on the Indigenous Peoples of Russia (NCEER) for 2009-2011.

Angela Linhardt (2nd-year master’s student) is presenting her paper, “Krestianka, Rabotnitsa, and Kolkhoznitsa: Identities of Russian Women in Soviet Propaganda Posters in the 1920s” at the Southern Conference for Slavic Studies. She is also presenting “Emancipation, the Press, and the Women’s Liberation Movement in Russia” at the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

Hillary Richards (1st-year master’s student) was awarded a FLAS fellowship for summer 2011 and for academic year 2011-12.

Women’s Studies

Tina Campt (Professor of Women’s Studies and History) was promoted to professor.

Frances Hasso (Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Sociology) was promoted to associate professor. Her book, Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East, was published by Stanford University Press, 2010.