For the Record: March 26, 2009

Bonnie Wheeler, English/Medieval Studies, Dedman College, spoke in the Conference of Historical Journals at the American Historical Association’s 2009 meeting in January. Her lecture on emerging challenges to the identities of traditional humanities journals was covered by The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article published in the March 27, 2009 issue. She is editor of the journal Arthuriana and president of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Cody Meador, a rising senior political science major in Dedman College, has been selected as SMU’s 2009-10 Presidential Fellow to the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C. The University names one Fellow each year who attends two conferences in Washington and writes a policy paper for the Center. Read Cody’s summer 2008 service blog at SMU’s Student Adventures site.

Ben Manthey, a graduating senior history major and Chinese minor in Dedman College, has received a 2009-10 Fellowship to the Princeton in Asia Program. He will spend the academic year in Beijing. Founded in 1898, Princeton in Asia’s mission is to foster cross-cultural understanding between Asians and Americans by giving young people opportunities to live and work in Asia. Read Ben’s spring 2008 China blog at SMU’s Student Adventures site.

Maguire Center names 2009-10 Teaching Fellows

SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility has announced the recipients of its 2009-10 Maguire Teaching Fellow awards:

Patricia Davis, director of pastoral leadership and adjunct professor of pastoral care and leadership in Perkins School of Theology, will design a course entitled “Ethical Dilemmas in Pastoral Leadership.”

Renee McDonald, co-director of the SMU Family Research Center and associate professor of psychology in Dedman College, will design an “Ethics in Psychology” course.

Each year, the Maguire Center offers $3,000 grants to professors who develop a new course relating to ethics, or who add an ethical dimension to an existing course. The Center begins taking applications during the fall term. For more information, contact Terri Gwinn, 214-768-2162.

Research Spotlight: Learning from the past

Chimu ceramic lizard, PeruAmanda Aland, a graduate student in archaeology in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student fellowship to conduct archaeological fieldwork and research in Peru.

In March 2009, Aland returns to a site on Peru’s northern coast, called Santa Rita B, where she spent several months last year excavating with the support of a National Science Foundation grant.

There, she and students under her direction unearthed evidence that the Incas had left their mark after conquering the region’s Chimú empire in the 15th century.

“We found Chimú pottery and architecture that show Inca influences,” she says, in addition to centuries-old animal matter and human remains.

During her 10-month Fulbright fellowship, Aland hopes to learn the extent of the Incas’ influence on the Chimú people through further excavation and laboratory analysis of her findings. “We want to piece together how the two empires interacted,” she says. “Did they go to war, or make peace living under new rules? We always can learn from the past.”

Aland, a Dallas native, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Southern California in 2004. At SMU, she has studied archaeological theory, methods and grant writing while directing summer field research in Peru. She earned her Master’s degree in anthropology from the University in 2006. (Above, a Chimú ceramic lizard from the Santa Rita B site.)

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