The strange alchemy wrought by each year’s cohort of Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellows is reflected in the variety of projects enabled by their grant awards. This year’s group has an exciting set of adventures ahead of them. Erick Bayala (Organismal Biology and Anatomy) will surround himself with Heliconius butterflies at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, Panama—one of the world’s foremost butterfly research stations. Hannah Burnett (Anthropology) will meet with city planners and landscape architects as part of her examination of environmental engineering projects in New York City; while in York, England, Allison Turner (English) will deliver a paper at the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) annual conference and then visit landscapes that were key to the Industrial Revolution.
Two of our fellows will be heading to Germany: Tyler Schroeder (Cinema and Media Studies) will do a deep dive into German archives in Berlin and Dresden researching hygiene and health films from the middle to late 20th century, and Shanna Zentner (Department of Visual Arts) will travel to Europe to the renowned international art fair, documenta 14, in Kassel (Germany) and Athens, and then on to Italy to the Venice Biennale. Composer Jack Hughes (Music) will journey with his viola to New Haven, Connecticut, for a period of intense collaboration and recording with a renowned violist. Nicole James (Chemistry) will go on a whirlwind tour of small liberal arts colleges to give talks and survey a cross-section of these American institutions around how their students conduct research; and Erzsebet Vincent (Institute for Molecular Engineering) will be attending a Spintronics conference in Australia.
--Bill Hutchison, Graduate Fellow Manager