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In Focus: 5/2/2012

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BUSINESS PROFESSOR RECEIVES FULBRIGHT AWARD TO SPEND A YEAR IN GHANA

Mary Grace Neville, associate professor of business and holder of the John Shearn Chair in Business, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Neville will spend the year teaching at Ashesi University in Ghana and researching high-integrity businesses in the developing world.

Neville is the second Southwestern University faculty member to be awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Ghana. Suzanne Fox Buchele, associate professor of computer science, taught at Ashesi University from 2006-2008.  

Neville said she had been wanting to apply for a Fulbright Fellowship for several years. She visited Ashesi over spring break this year to see if the school was a good fit for her.

“I really liked the school’s vision,” she said. “They are trying to create a very high integrity business program through the liberal arts screen.”

Read more here.

PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL PROJECT IS HELPING THE SOUTHWESTERN LIBRARY LEARN MORE ABOUT ITS OLDEST BOOKS

A new project is helping Southwestern’s A. Frank Smith Library Center learn more about some of its oldest books.

This spring, the library began participating in The English Short Title Catalog Project, an international effort to locate and create a record for every book published between 1473 and 1800 in the United Kingdom and North America. The project was started in 1976 by the British Library and currently has a record of 470,000 books.

Southwestern was able to start adding some of its books to the catalog project thanks to the help of a graduate student from the University of North Texas who needed an internship to complete her master’s degree in library science.

The student, Molly Bellow, identified more than 200 books in Southwestern’s library that would qualify to be added to the catalog project and put them in a spreadsheet. Lisa Hopkins, a cataloging specialist in the library, is doing the necessary research on the books and is adding Southwestern’s holdings to those already listed on the project website. For each book, Hopkins has to carefully examine each book in order to document details such as bookplates, notes, dedications, and the paper they are printed on.

Kathryn Stallard, head of Special Collections, said the project has given the library the opportunity to correct and significantly enhance the information about some of its most important works.

Read more here.

Events

RELIGION PROFESSOR TO SPEAK AT MAY 9 SALON

Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, will be the featured speaker at the May 9 “Salon at Wildfire” sponsored by the Williamson Museum. Hobgood-Oster will speak about “What Do the Animals Mean to Us?”

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the back room of Wildfire Restaurant, 812 S. Austin Ave. in Georgetown. For more information, visit www.williamsonmuseum.org.

PROFESSIONAL BICYCLE RACE COMING TO GEORGETOWN MAY 19-20

The streets of downtown Georgetown will transformed into a race course for 800 cyclists May 19-20 as the city hosts the inaugural “Georgetown Grand.” Professional and Olympic cyclists and bike racers from across the country are expected to compete in the race, which will take place on a one mile, double-loop circuit through downtown.

The Georgetown Grand also will include a non-competitive ride with routes of varying distances for recreational riders. The recreational ride will be held the morning of Saturday, May 19, and will start and end on the criterium course. Proceeds from all events will benefit The Caring Place.

For more information on the Georgetown Grand, visit GeorgetownGrand.com.

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun and the Austin Business Journal ran stories about Pamela McQuesten’s appointment as CIO. Read the ABJ story here.

The Williamson County Sun ran a story about the death of Marvin Henderson.

Southwestern was featured in an Austin American-Statesman story about transfer students. Read the story here.

The Williamson County Sun did a story about junior Colin Berr and his work on the Georgetown Charter Review Committee.

The Williamson County Sun did a story about SEAK president Katie Gibson.

Notables

Three Southwestern students have been selected to participate in summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Senior physics major Ryan Staten was selected to participate in a program sponsored by the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Texas at Brownville. Junior international studies major Clayton Tucker was selected to participate in a program that will be conducted partially in China and will focus on how economic development and societal change is impacting China’s already precarious environmental position across the Yellow River Loess Plateau. Senior physics major Caroline Weston was selected to participate in a materials science research program at the University of Florida.

Five Southwestern students have been selected to participate in the Summer Student Program sponsored by The Methodist Hospital Research Institute. Students selected are sophomore Sarah Ally, junior Carlos Martinez, and seniors Michael Au, Debbie Saddington and Krishna Suri.

Two faculty members gave presentations at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association meeting in Boston April 11-12. Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton, associate professor of English, gave a paper titled “Moving Mountains: Karl Marlantes’s Matterhorn and the Canon of Vietnam War Literature” and David Gaines, associate professor of English, gave a presentation titled “A Dylan Fan’s Notes.”

Elaine Craddock, professor and chair of the Religion Department, presented a paper at the annual Tamil Studies Conference held at the University of California at Berkeley April 20-22. The paper was titled “Beauty and Power on the Pageant Stage” and explored the beauty pageant stage as one site in which members of the Tamil transgender community negotiate their identities.

Junior Haley Hughes hit three home runs in the SCAC softball tournament last weekend, setting a new tournament record for most home runs. Read more here.

Senior French and environmental studies major Molly O’Hara has been awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in France for the 2012-13 academic year. The Teaching Assistantship Program in France is one of various cultural exchange programs administered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Each year, nearly 1,500 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion. O’Hara will be teaching elementary school in the Academy of Versailles outside of Paris. O’Hara is following in the footsteps of 2006 graduate Kelley Mansfield, who taught in Aix-en-Provence; 2007 graduate Jacqueline Jeffcoat, who taught in Grenoble; and 2008 graduate Aurora Aguirre, who taught in Nancy. 

Sophomore Matthew Piehler received the first Shearn Writing Award in Fine Arts from Southwestern for his paper “Don’t Lose Your Head: An Examination of Tikal and Decapitation.” The award includes a cash prize.

Sophomore Daniel Tuttle gave the Southwestern men’s track and field team its first SCAC individual champion since 2008 with a win in the 110 meter hurdles at the conference championship last weekend. Tuttle also took second place in the 400 meter hurdles with a Southwestern record time of 55.83 and third place in the triple jump with a bound of 12.89 meters. Read more here.

Senior pitcher Chris Webber earned a spot on the 2012 All-SCAC Baseball Team and senior infielder Nate Shipp earned an Honorable Mention selection. Read more here.