Illuminations - January 2016

Issue 1

JAN 2016
Dr. Omar Valerio-Jiménez (History) won an NEH Award for his book project Remembering Conquest: Mexican Americans, Memory, and Citizenship. The book will offer a reinterpretation of the Mexican-American War that highlights complex ways in which Mexican-Americans' memories of the conflict shaped ideas about citizenship and identify for decades to come.
Dr. Sandra Morissette (Psychology) presented at several workshops and conferences during Fall 2015. She presented at a training workshop for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Training Coordinators Conference, a symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Psychological Association, and at the 49th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

(Sociology) A group of six 2015 UTSA sociology graduate students participated in a two day international graduate student colloquium, the 2nd International Interdisciplinary Colloquium for Young Researchers in Sociology and Anthropology. Christina Lopez-Mobilia, Jorge Gonzalez, Zainab Mohammed, Kameron Kavazos, Rafael Gonzalez, and Ariadne Almira all presented at the colloquium.

Dr. Steven Kellman (English) was recently published by the Oxford University Press. His annotated bibliography of works by and about Leslie Fiedler was included in its American Literature section of Oxford Bibliographies.

Dr. Joycelyn Moody (English) was recently a featured guest commentator on The Marc Steiner Show, as part of a live discussion of the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment. Moody also wrote the foreword for the recently released A Mysterious Life and Calling, by Reverend Mrs. Charlotte S. Riley.
Ghada Ghannam (Political Science & English) was one of two UTSA students to win District 5840 Global Education Grants to study abroad in 2016-2017. The Global Education Grant provides the recipient with $30,000 to study for a year in one of six Rotary focus areas. Ghada will pursue a specialized graduate diploma in forced migration and refugee studies at the American University in Cairo. She will graduate from UTSA in May 2016 with B.A. degrees in political science and english.
Saifa Pirani (Psychology) president of the Psychology Club, recently presented a research presentation at 2015 SACNAS National Conference in Washington, D.C. The SACNAS Student Presentation Committee awarded Pirani with one of the 2015 SACNAS Presentation Awards for her work, titled "Reasons Young Adults Give for Not Killing Themselves: Development and Properties of the Reasons for Living Inventory in Young Adults-II (RFL-YA-II)."
The UTSA Department of Music is hosting a week long residency featuring Baroque violinist, Rachel PodgerThere are a number of recitals, lectures, and workshops scheduled for the week of Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - Saturday, January 30, 2016.
The UTSA Research Service Center conducts a monthly forum to help faculty and staff navigate the grant and contract process. COLFA faculty and staff are invited to a discussion on how to find research funding opportunities and prepare applications for proposals. The forum will take place January 28, 2016 from 2 PM - 4 PM in MH 4.02.40.
The UTSA Department of Art and Art History has an ongoing lecture series on Latin American art and culture. On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM, Anadelia RomoAssociate Professor, History, Texas State University, San Marcos, will discuss "Reimagining the Streets: Modernism, Race, and the Creation of Tourism in Salvador, Brazil." The lecture will take place in the Faculty Center Assembly Room, John Peace Library, 4th Floor.
Catherine Hauer (English), an M.A. student, recently published a book review in Transnational Literature, on Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age
Dr. Wendy Barker (English) has a new collection of poetry, One Blackbird at a Time, and chapbook, From the Moon, available from BkMk Press. She will be reading on Sunday, January 31, at 5pm, at the Twig Book Shop.
Dr. Sandra Morissette (Psychology) was published in the journal "Marriage and Family Review." The article, "Military Deployment of an Adult Child: Ambiguous Loss and Boundary Ambiguity Reflected in the Experiences of Parents of Service Members," explores "the experiences of parents of service members, military family members who are often overlooked even though they are likely a vital source of support for their military adult-children." Morissette also published two additional articles, "Considerations for return to work following traumatic brain injury" in the "Handbook of Clinical Neurologyand " Neuropsychological functioning, coping, and quality of life among Iraq/Afghanistan veterans" in "Rehabilitation Psychology."


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