Jung Wins Young Educator Award
Heejung Jung, an assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering and a researcher at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology, was one of eight recipients of the Ralph R. Teetor Education Award, which was presented by the Society of Automotive Engineers during
its 2012 World Congress in August in Detroit.

This award recognizes young educators who successfully prepare engineers to overcome challenges that society faces.

Laursen Awarded Fulbright
John Christian Laursen, professor of political science, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to lecture at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Spain this fall.

Laursen’s teaching and research interests include political theory and the history of political thought, with special interests in skepticism, liberalism, cosmopolitanism, and freedom of the press. He is the author of “The Politics of Skepticism in the Ancients, Montaigne, Hume, and Kant” and co-translator of Carl Friedrich Bahrdt’s play, “The Edict of Religion.” Laursen also edited “Continental Millenarians: Protestants, Catholics, Heretics” and “Histories of Heresy in Early Modern Europe: For, Against, and Beyond Persecution and Toleration.”

The Fulbright Program is the leading international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries, according to the program’s website. The program, which awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually, operates in more than 150 countries.

Hopkinson Gets Starred Review
“Report from Planet Midnight” (PM Press 2012) by Nalo Hopkinson received a starred review from Publishers’ Weekly. The collection of four diverse works includes short stories “Shift” and “Message in a Bottle”; “Report from Planet Midnight,” a “performative” keynote speech for the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts; and “Correcting the Balance,” a long interview with Hopkinson.

Publishers’ Weekly said of the book, “Insightful and engaging, the scant pages of this volume will leave the reader wishing for a more comprehensive collection that further showcases Hopkinson’s broad talents, vital insights, and scathing frankness about sociocultural matters that too many genre writers refuse to tackle.”

Hopkinson, an associate professor of creative writing, is an internationally known writer of science fiction and fantasy.

Weems Receives Tyson Scholars Art Fellowship
Jason Weems, assistant professor of art history, is one of three scholars to receive the inaugural Tyson Scholars of American Art fellowship, a research and residency program at the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. The program promotes the study and understanding of American art.

Weems specializes in American art and visual culture from the colonial period to the present. As a Tyson Scholar at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, he will complete work on his book, “Barnstorming the Prairies: Aerial Vision and Modernity in Rural America, 1920-1940.” The book is the first to explore how new models of aviation-enabled aerial viewing dramatically altered the ways that Americans conceptualized and represented the national landscape, Weems explained.

“Because my book focuses on the Midwestern landscape — with its stunning and significant Jeffersonian grid — a residency at Crystal Bridges puts me literally in the heart of my work,” he said.

The Tyson Scholar fellowship offers the opportunity to focus on research and writing, and will provide direct access to the works of art that lie at the center of his research, Weems said. “Being able to study the works first hand is vital to an art historian. It is the difference between telling your mom you love her over the telephone versus giving her a hug in person.”

Ashmore Receives Prestigious Kidder Award
Wendy Ashmore, professor of archaeology, will receive the prestigious Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in San Francisco Nov. 14-18.

The award is the highest honor the AAA presents to archaeologists working in the Americas and is named for pioneering archaeologist Alfred V. Kidder, who worked in both the Maya region and the American Southwest. Established in 1950, the award is presented every two years. Recipients are selected by the Archaeology Division of AAA.

“Receiving the award is a real honor, which Wendy now shares with some of the most eminent archaeologists of the 20th century — Gordon Willey and Rene Millon, to name only two,” said Sang-Hee Lee, associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology.