$500,000 foundation gift to support renewed doctoral program in art history
Two grants totaling $500,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support the launch of a redesigned Joint Doctoral Program in Art History. Administered by the Department of Art History and Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art, the revitalized program will offer students an immersive, object-oriented experience based on the study of individual works of art. Read more.
Study shows empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa
Why do intelligent people fall for the sob stories of scam artists? A new study by College of Arts and Sciences faculty and undergraduate students reveals that when the brain fires up the neurons that generate empathy, it suppresses the neurons used for analytic activity—and vice versa. Anthony Jack, assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Science, was the lead author of the study; his collaborators included Angela H. Ciccia, assistant professor of psychological sciences. Read more.
Scholars take home American Musicological Society honors
Papers by Department of Music scholars have earned prestigious honors from the American Musicological Society. Assistant professor Francesca Brittan received the Alfred Einstein Award for the best article by a scholar in his or her early career. And doctoral student Barbara Swanson received the Paul A. Pisk Prize for her paper presented at the organization’s annual meeting. Read more.
English faculty member writes Washington Post Magazine cover story
Jim Sheeler, Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and Media Writing, authored a Washington Post Magazine cover story about Army Lt. Col. David Cabrera, believed to be the first military social work officer killed in action by enemy fire. Read the story and listen to Sheeler on NPR’s Tell Me More.