ILLINOIS PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH IN THE HUMANITIES
Janice Harrington, a professor of creative writing and of English, will hold the 2016 IPRH-Ragdale Residential Creative Fellowship, presented by Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
A poet and children’s author, Harrington grew up in Alabama and Nebraska. Both those settings, especially rural Alabama, figure prominently in her writing. Harrington will spend four weeks this summer in residence at Ragdale – an artists’ and writers’ retreat located in Lake Forest, Illinois – pursuing work on an in-progress book of poems currently titled “Domestic Arts,” which draws on African-American history, memory and culture to challenge the narrow conceptions of “women’s work.”
LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation selected Kenneth Suslick, a professor of chemistry, as a 2015 Senior Scientist Mentor. The $20,000 award will support Suslick's research with undergraduates.
The foundation announced the selection of eight awardees to the 2015 Senior Scientist Mentor Program. The grant to emeritus faculty in the chemical sciences supports undergraduate research to be conducted under their guidance. Awardees are selected from applications submitted by U.S. colleges and universities.
“Many emeritus faculty no longer teach courses nor take on graduate students. Their wealth of experience and knowledge, however, makes them a unique and valuable educational resource for undergraduates,” said Mark Cardillo, executive director of the foundation. “This program provides for the development of a relationship where these senior scientists guide the students in perhaps their first research experience to generate new knowledge. Firsthand experience with the scientific research process is of value to all students, some of whom may be motivated to join the next generation of chemists.”
The foundation is a leading nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of the chemical sciences. It was established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus. He directed the foundation’s purpose be "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world."
Information about the program and the foundation can be found online.