Demetria Shabazz, Martha Fuentes-Bautista, Bernadine Mellis (Five College Faculty Member), and Mari Castañeda received a $10,000 digital humanities grant from the Five College Women Studies Research Center to develop a Feminist Media Justice Colloquium

Prof. Claudio Moreira has won the 2013 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award for his article, "Mother is not Brown: The 'Unmarked' Performance of Keeping the Hair Straight or the Unpolitical Racial Performance of Mother's Hair."  The article was published in Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 19, No. 8 (Oct. 2013).  Prof. Moreira will receive his award this November at the National Communication Association convention in Washington, DC.

As a boy, Tovar Cerulli spent his summers fishing for trout and hunting bullfrogs. While still in high school, he began to experiment with vegetarianism. By the age of twenty he was a vegan. A decade later, in the face of declining health, he returned to omnivory and within a few years found himself heading into the woods, rifle in hand.

Doctoral candidate Changwook (Ricky) Kim has been awarded a $45,000 visiting research fellowship from the Japan-Korea Cultural Foundation to conduct dissertation research at the University of Tokyo in 2012-13. Changwook’s comparative, multi-sited project will map how creative city policy emerged as a new form of urban politics in Korea and Japan. At UMass, his work is supervised by Professor Paula Chakravartty; in Tokyo, he will be hosted by Professor Tanaka Hideyuki.

Departmental faculty members Martha Fuentes-Bautista and Allison Butler have been selected as members of this year's Community Service Learning Faculty Fellows.

Martha Fuentes-Bautista and Mari Castañeda received a $10,000 grant through the Five College Public Policy Initiative to develop a Media Justice Network (MJnet) in Western Mass and bring Pete Tridish to the Five Colleges as a Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence.

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Prof. Emily West has been named an Institute for Social Science Research Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year. She was competitively selected to participate in a series of seminars and workshops on grant writing and submission. Her year as ISSR Scholar will facilitate the submission of her ongoing work on US health care policy and consumer subjectivity for consideration for external funding.

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