Professors earn grants, recognition

Beth McHenry

A number of Lawrence professors have been honored with grants, scholarships, and acknowledgment this fall. Professors Gina Bloom, Gustavo Fares, and Terry Rew-Gottfried will be researching during the 2004-05 school year courtesy of grants and scholarships. The works of Rob Neilson, Bertrand Goldgar, and Peter Glick also gained recognition.Bloom, an assistant professor of English at Lawrence, received a pair of fellowships in support of her research on 16th- and 17th-century conceptions of the human voice and representations of boyhood. The first, a $4,000 grant from the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., financed Bloom’s first book, “Choreographing Voice: Agency and the Staging of Gender in Early Modern England,” which was completed this past summer.

Bloom is also one of three recipients of the $40,000 Solmsen Fellowship. She will be spending the 2004-05 academic year at UW-Madison conducting research for her book, “Playing Boys: Youth and Masculinity on the Early Modern Stage.”

Fares, an associate professor of Spanish, traveled to his native Argentina this summer. A $10,000 Fulbright Scholar Program grant allowed Fares to spend 10 weeks, beginning in mid-July, teaching a graduate-level course titled “Hispanic Identities in the United States” at the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.

Fares’ interest in Hispanic identities developed when he came to the United States in 1985 and was labeled as a “minority” and as a “Hispanic” – terms that did not apply to him in Argentina. In his course, Fares explored the identities of Hispanic communities in the United States and how these identities are perceived in other countries.

Professor of Psychology Rew-Gottfried has been awarded a 10,000 kroner (approx. $1,600) grant by the Norwegian Marshall Fund Committee. Rew-Gottfried will be taking a sabbatical in Trondheim, Norway in April and May of 2005 to conduct a two-part research project funded by the grant. Rew-Gottfried’s research will expand upon his earlier work comparing vowel perception in Danish and American listeners and will investigate how these differences affect the listener’s adaptation to Mandarin Chinese vowels.

A sculpture created by Neilson, an assistant professor of art, was displayed on Chicago’s Navy Pier during this past summer’s Tenth Annual Navy Pier Walk, the world’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition. “Two-Headed Trojan Ducky” will remain on display at Navy Pier through November 8.

Goldgar, a professor of English, has been selected by the Cambridge University Press as a contributing editor to a new edition of the works of Jonathan Swift. “The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift” will be published in 15 volumes between 2006 and 2011. Goldgar’s contribution, “Swift’s English Political Writing, 1711-1714,” will detail Swift’s literary role in the politics of 18th-century London.

Glick, a professor of psychology, has become the first Lawrence psychologist elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Society in recognition of his advancement of psychological science. Glick is one of only 19 psychologists selected nationally in the first of two rounds of elections this year. Fellow status recognizes APS members who have made “sustained, outstanding contributions” to the psychological sciences.