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Congratulations to our new Distinguished Teaching Assistants for 2016–17: Ben Engel (English), Shelby Grauberger (World Languages and Literatures), Landon Lutrick (English), and Peter Picetti (English). We look forward to working with you all in the coming academic year.
Beginning with the 2015 annual essay prize, the Core Humanities Program will begin awarding one prize for the best essay written in each CH course as well as an overall winner for the best essay written in all courses (chosen from the winners in each course). The 2015 essay prize winners were: Shawn Robb (CH 201), Ian Nesbitt (CH 202 and overall essay prize winner), and Alonzo Vasquez (CH 203).
Starting in Fall 2016, the Core Humanities program will offer a new course, CH 212: Science, Technology, and Society in the Modern Era, which will satisfy Core Objective 9 (Science, Technology, and Society) of the Silver Core Curriculum. Students will be able to take either CH 202 or CH 212, but not both. Many thanks to Dr. Barbara Walker (History) for developing this course and helping to prepare other faculty in the program to teach it.
The Core Humanities program welcomes two new faculty members this semester: Dr. Adriana Varga, who joins us as a lecturer, and Dr. Stephen Lazer, our new postdoctoral fellow. Congratulations also to Dr. Barbara Walker (History) and Dr. Katherine Fusco (English), who have been named as Distinguished Professors in the Core Humanities program for 2015-2017, and to Jeffrey Jowett (History), Jonathan Katalenic (English), and Frank Merksamer (English), who are this year's Distinguished Teaching Assistants.
Nevada Humanities honored the Core Humanities Program with an award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities at a ceremony held at the governor's mansion in Carson City on March 26. The program and the university were praised for recognizing the importance of the humanities disciplines in providing students with "an intellectual framework and context for thriving in a changing world," at a time when many other universities are cutting liberal arts programs. Core Humanities faculty member and former director Phil Boardman was also honored for his lifetime achievements as a scholar, teacher, and supporter of the humanities. Professor Boardman received the Judith Winzler Award for Excellence in the Humanities, the organization's top award.
Chemistry professor Loretta Jackson-Hayes argued in the Washington Post recently that studying humanities disciplines makes people better scientists. "If American STEM grads are going to lead the world in innovation, then their science education cannot be divorced from the liberal arts," she writes.
In this article from Good magazine, Mark Hay explains how mud homes are making a comeback in Mali. Mud bricks are less expensive, more environmentally sustainable, and better suited to the region's climate than many modern building materials, and they can endure for centuries with little maintenance. As Hay observes, "the basic approaches of our ancestors were actually more efficient than the flash prestige that has become the norm," proving that sometimes looking back to the past can help us to imagine a better future.