Randall Griffin, Art History, has received the Dallas Museum of Art’s Vasari Award for the second time in three years. He was chosen for the 2007 award for his book Winslow Homer: An American Vision (Phaidon). The Vasari Award is given annually to an author working in Texas “whose book provides insight into works of art or aspects of art history and theory that enriches the understanding of visual arts.” Griffin’s 2007 co-winner is Anthony Alofsin, the Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professor of Architecture and Professor of Art and Art History at UT-Austin. (Left, Winslow Homer’s Eight Bells, which will appear in the Meadows Museum’s “Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s,” opening Nov. 30.)
Shlomo Weber, Economics, is the new academic director of the International School of Economics in Tbilisi, Georgia. He will visit during the coming year to work with students, faculty, staff and other community members.
Tatiana Zimakova, Russian Area Studies, has been nominated for a Lone Star Emmy Award in the category of Magazine Program-Feature/Segment for her Dallas Schools Television program, “A Taste of Russia.” The show aired on WFAA Channel 8 and KERA Channel 13 in spring 2007 and features urban elementary and middle school students who are studying the Russian language and learning about Russian culture, history and food. “A Taste of Russia” focuses on the interdisciplinary aspect of the students’ studies and the students’ performance at SMU’s 2007 Russian Festival 2007 last March. Lone Star Emmy winners will be announced at a ceremony Oct. 27 in Dallas.
Jasper Smits, Psychology, has received the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies‘ 2007 President’s New Researcher Award for his paper entitled “Cognitive Mechanisms of Social Anxiety Reduction: An Examination of Specificity and Temporality.” Two co-authors on the award-winning paper also are from SMU Psychology: Renee McDonald and David Rosenfield.
Anthony Cortese, Sociology, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Advisory Panel for the newly established Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religion in the Perkins School of Theology.