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Grants, Awards, and Publications

SCU faculty and staff receive recognition for their outstanding work

Rose Marie Beebe (Modern Languages) and Robert Senkewicz (History) have been named recipients of the 2014 Hubert Howe Bancroft Award, given once a year by The Bancroft Library. The award is for "for significant achievement in support of historical research and scholarship on California and the American West, in the preservation of primary and secondary source materials about the region, and in the interpretation and imaginative creation of its history.” Previous winners have included Isabel Allende, Joan Didion, and Kevin Starr.

Tim Myers' (English) children's book Basho and the River Stones is being reprinted in the Junior Great Books Series 3 Book Two Anthology, which includes Diane Wolkstein and Patricia Polacco, and also reprinted as part of K-12 Assessments in English from Pearson Education in association with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, with six million anticipated users.

John Hawley (English) will be at Humboldt University, Berlin's first university for their Spring semester in 2015.  This is one of Germany's eleven "excellence" universities.  I'll be in the Department of English and American Studies offering a course on the literature of immigration and doing a comparative study of the diasporic experience in ethnic literatures.

Silvia Figueira (Engineering) has received $15,567 from Dew Software, Inc.
The University and Dew will collaborate in the content creation and delivery of a training program for local Silicon Valley professionals associated with the Frugal Innovation Lab to learn about various mobile platforms that can be tasked for social benefit.  Participants will take part in twenty (20) workshops, lasting average two hours a piece occurring twice weekly, for the duration of the University’s Spring Quarter.

Prashanth Asuri (Engineering) has received a $19,200 award from ThermoFischer.  Prashanth will study the effect of nanoparticle fillers on various epoxy resin properties, including viscosity, dwell time, and stiffness.  The test methods for all the procedures will be developed in consultation with ThermoFischer.

Rick Scott (Mathematics and Computer Science) has received a $35,000 grant from the Simons Foundation to fund the "Rationality and L^2-topology of CAT(0) groups" project.  The project concerns properties of infinite geometric cell complexes.  A primary focus will be on computing analytical quantities called L2-Betti numbers, which are conjectured to be zero or rational under suitable hypotheses.

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