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Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Mini Grant Awardees, Spring 2017

posted Jun 1, 2017, 11:38 AM by Maddy Kluesner   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 12:02 PM ]

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop

Mini Grant Awardees, Spring 2017

CLA is pleased to announce the funding of three Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop (ICW) projects. The ICW program is funded by the Joan Aldous Innovation Fund, and supports the College's Roadmap goal to generate new levels of innovative research through focused investment strategies. The Roadmap process was introduced by Dean Coleman in his State of the College address in Fall 2016. The ICW program is intended to spur new collaborations among scholars in CLA and beyond. Mini grants offer up to $10,000 to one-year interdisciplinary projects that bring together faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students from a variety of fields to intensively study topics that span across disciplines.

Please note that we are accepting proposals for ICW Full Grants up to $100,000 over 2-3 years, due September 15, 2017.

ICW mini-grants in this inaugural round will investigate engaged musical research across disciplines, the future of wearable and embodied technologies, and the trend toward new  forms of urban governance across the world.


Sonance: Musical Performance in/of/as Cultural Research

  • Abstract: Music scholars increasingly add composition and performance to their methodological toolkit, going beyond the traditional scholar-critic model. Each participant in the Sonance project uses musical improvisation, composition, and/or performance to explore a musical subject. Participating faculty will share their work via the monthly "Sonance Symposium," involving leading guest scholar-musicians from around the world.

  • People:

    • Professor Mark Pedelty, Department of Communication Studies; Scott Currie School of Music; Tim Gustafson, Writing Studies; Sumanth Gopinath, School of Music; Matthew Sumera, Office for Student Affairs; Additional faculty members of the School of Music and Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature; Participating ensembles.

Exploring the Future of Embodied Technologies

  • Abstract: Recent development in computing has moved devices increasingly closer to our bodies; as a result, significant work with wearables and embodied technology is well underway across the University of Minnesota. Leveraging scholarship and artistic practice, we will explore the future of embodied technologies and the critical, cultural, and creative imaginaries they evoke.

  • People:

    • Ann Hill-Duin, Writing Studies; Diane Willow, Art; Maki Isaka, Asian Languages and Literature; Lucy Dunne and Brad Holschuh of Design, Housing, & Apparel, CDES; Aaron Doering, Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD; Julianna Abel, ME, CSE

City as Commons: Municipalism in America

  • Abstract: This collaborative workshop examines proposed new forms of urban governance based on popular assemblies of neighborhoods and the practice of direct democracy, now popular in many European cities and proposed by some as a means to revitalize urban politics in the United States.

  • People:

    • Bruce Braun, Geography, Environment and Society; Daniela Sandler, Architecture, College of Design; Jenny Schmid, Art; Michael Gallope, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature; George Henderson, Geography, Environment and Society; Approximately 15 students in GES, CSCL, Political Science, Sociology, Art, and Architecture; Additional non-UMN collaborators.

The ICW program originated in the college Roadmap process and was introduced by Dean Coleman in his State of the College address in Fall 2016. The Roadmap is an ongoing consultative process driven by students, staff, and faculty and our various publics.

American Studies Speaker Series

posted Sep 16, 2016, 1:56 PM by Wendy Friedmeyer   [ updated May 25, 2017, 7:22 AM by Maddy Kluesner ]

The American Studies Graduate Student Association (ASGSA) and the Community of Scholars Program (COSP) are pleased to announce the schedule for their co-sponsored events, the American Studies Speaker Series. Please join ASGSA and COSP in speaker series events, which focus upon mentoring, grant writing, and activism in the academy. Light refreshments will be provided at each event. For further information, please contact Speaker Series Officer, Rachelle Henderson, at  hende694@umn.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

The first event:

Professionalization and Mentoring
Dr. Noro Andriamanalina
September 30, 2016
Walter 402, 10:30-12:00
Succeeding in your graduate program requires planning for opportunities and experiences that will enhance your professional development. This session will focus on proactive strategies to build your network of support to ensure a smooth transition through the various stages of graduate education and the job search process.
Please download the flyer to share!

Welcome to Our New Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

posted Sep 2, 2016, 7:41 AM by Maddy Kluesner   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 7:41 AM by Sara Danzinger ]

Dean John Coleman sent out the following announcement On August 26, 2016 from cladean@umn.edu to CLA Faculty and Staff:

Please join me in welcoming Professor Steven Manson as CLA’s Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, effective Monday, August 29 and through the 2018-19 academic year.

Professor Manson is a member of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society and is graduate faculty in Geography, Geographic Information Science, Conservation Biology, and Population Studies. Steve is widely regarded among his colleagues for the caliber of his research, his commitment to mentoring and engagement, and his support of a wide range of methodological approaches.

Steve combines environmental research, social science approaches, and geographic information science to understand complex human-environment systems. His wide range of projects are supported by over $25m in funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Justice. This work has been published in top disciplinary journals and broader venues including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a CLA Scholar of the College, a Fellow in the Institute on the Environment, as well as a past NASA New Investigator in Earth-Sun System Science and NASA Earth System Science Fellow. His recognitions include a Young Scholar award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the Supporting Women in Geography Advising Award for his graduate advising, a University of Minnesota McKnight Land Grant Professorship, and the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America.

Professor Manson brings administrative experience to both his research and graduate program portfolios, having co-founded and directed U-Spatial, the university’s spatial science and systems infrastructure, which has worked with over 2000 individuals across 150 units on campus and brought in over $50 million in grants and research resources. Other interdisciplinary research initiatives include the OVPR Serendipity Team and a range of university and national advisory boards, review panels, and program committees. He recently served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Geography, Environment, and Society, and is past Director of the Masters of Geographic Information Science program.

The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs is a member of the CLA administrative leadership team and works collaboratively with the dean, the other Associate Deans, and the directors of CLA’s fiscal, human resources, technologies and innovation services, and advancement offices. The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs also works closely with CLA’s grants and research support services staff, the Associate Deans and leadership in other colleges, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Vice President for Research as well as the Directors of Graduate Studies throughout CLA to address issues unique to particular programs as well as the formulation and implementation of university and collegiate policy and practice.
I am delighted that the College will benefit from Professor Manson’s experience and expertise in this critical role. Steve will build on the strong foundation and outstanding work in research and graduate programs established by Associate Dean Alex Rothman, and I thank Alex for extending his term when I arrived at CLA and for his tireless service to the College.

Professor Manson’s creative and inventive thinking and experience will play a central role in advancing the CLA Roadmap goal of relentlessly pursuing research and creative excellence, and he has likewise demonstrated accomplishment in the Roadmap goals of promoting student readiness, diversity and inclusion, and engagement. I invite you to join me in thanking Steve for taking on this service on behalf of the College.

New Process for Research/Creative Activity and Travel Funds Reporting

posted Sep 1, 2016, 11:52 AM by Maddy Kluesner   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 11:58 AM by Sara Danzinger ]

Based on feedback we have received from departments, the process for reporting usage of RCT funds has changed from the previous two years. 

Some of the differences are as follows:
  • We ask you to report how your department spent the amount indicated in the "August Letters" sent August 31, 2016. The full name of this letter is "Resources for Graduate Programs: Graduate student research/creative activity/travel funds, Graduate Student recruitment funds, and Graduate Research Partnership Program Nominations".
  • We have done away with the Google Form, which posed some technical problems, and have instead created a newly formatted spreadsheet for you to use. It is accessible here via our new intranet page.
  • RCT Funds Reports are due to clagrad@umn.edu by July 30, 2018*.
*Even though this timeline does not align perfectly with the fiscal years, please report everything that was spent or is to be spent from these funds, regardless of the fiscal year in which they were spent.

Experiential Graduate Student Workshop in Rome: "An Archaeology of Our Secular Mind"

posted Sep 1, 2016, 8:22 AM by Maddy Kluesner   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 9:28 AM by Sara Danzinger ]

  • There is a three-day experiential workshop in Rome this October called “An Archaeology of Our Secular Mind” The PrairieCare Institute would like to sponsor one interested CLA graduate student (registration, air, hotel) to attend this conference. 
  • Any interested students should submit a copy of their CV and a brief note that contextualizes their interest by Friday, September 23rd to Stephen Setterberg, MD at ssetterberg@prairie-care.com. Selection will follow within a few days. 
  • Participants would need to arrive in Rome by Thursday, October 27th in order to attend the morning of the 28th and return on Monday the 31st. Costs for staying additional days would be at the student's own expense.

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