Current Awards


Research Grant:

  • Raluca Lancu, Assistant Professor, Art and Visual Culture
    The “Mokuhanga and Washi in Japan” project will allow Raluca Iancu to pursue further study of Japanese non-toxic printmaking techniques in addition to Japanese papermaking, which she will incorporate into her creative scholarship as well as her pedagogy. The project includes mokuhanga research in Tokyo and Osaka; participation in the highly selective juried invitational artist residency at the Mokuhanga Innovation Lab (Mi-Lab) in Echizen; participation in a papermaking workshop in the historical Echizen papermaking village; the creation of a new portfolio of eight mokuhanga prints; an exhibition at the Center for the Science of Human Endeavor (CfSHE) Gallery in Tokyo; and subsequent exhibitions in the United States upon her return.
  • Gregory Oakes, Professor of Music, Clarinet, Performance, and Pedagogy, Music and Theatre
    The new clarinet that I have developed, called the Quarter Tone-Extended Clarinet, has extra keys added to allow playing of quarter tones throughout the instrument’s entire range. Quarter tones, notes that fall between the typical notes that most people already know, are becoming increasingly more common among composers writing music today. This instrument allows composers to write quarter tone music freely for the clarinet, uninhibited by the limitations that a standard clarinet presents. To take advantage of the Quarter Tone-Extended Clarinet’s capabilities, I have been commissioning composers to write pieces for the instrument. For this project, I will have two composers write music for this instrument and perform the pieces in a concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a highprofile institution with an excellent reputation in the field of music, particularly for the contemporary music of our time. This performance will also be video recorded to reach a larger audience within the contemporary music field, giving wider exposure to the Quarter Tone-Extended Clarinet and the music being written for it. Reactions within the both the clarinet and composition communities have been strongly positive with the initial performances I have given. Further performances in more locations throughout the country will continue to promote the instrument and its ongoing inspiration for composers hroughout the world.
  • Jeremy Withers, Associate Professor, English
    Birding English: Exploring the History of a Language through 50 Birds is a project examining the contribution of birds and birding (the practice of watching and identifying birds) to the English language. Further, this project examines the connection between the language of birds and birding to some of the significant changes and central debates in the history of English. Consisting of fifty mini-essay chapters that each focus on a connection between a particular bird and a particular aspect of the history of English, Birding English makes the overall argument that one can learn a lot about English's history and how it arrived at where it is today by paying dose attention to the language surrounding birds and the perennially popular observation of them by humans. This project covers topics ranging from the influence of writers like Chaucer and Shakespeare on English and the creation of our first dictionaries, on up to more contemporary topics such as the influence of the Internet and social justice issues on our language, in order to demonstrate that what is as captivating as the studying and watching of the nonhuman world - especially its avian members - is the language that we use to refer to, describe, and analyze that world. Put another way, Birding English argues that the histories of ornithology and birdwatching, when looked at anew from a more humanistic, more linguistic angle, are as much about language and its evolution as they are about birds and their lives. 

Digital Scholarship Grant:

  • Xavier Dapena, Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures 
    This project, entitled Streaming Wars: The New Hispanic TV Series, is a book-length critical examination of how digital platforms are becoming important agents in transmitting values and sociocultural changes and why TV series are one of their key vehicles. This volume is co-edited by Xavier Dapena (ISU) and Fiona Noble (University of Stirling, Scotland, UK) and will center on the increasing importance and prominence of Spanish-language streaming content, whose global audience continues to grow. Building on our successful virtual workshop on June 30th and July 1st, 2023, this project will feature twelve prominent national and international contributors in the academic field. Besides co-editing the volume, Dapena analyzes the complex local natural culture and its global tensions and how it is reflected in the story and mise-en-scène of several key Spanish TV series, in his chapter “Peripheral Landscapes in the Age of Streaming Reproduction”. 

Symposium Grant:

  • Julie Stevens, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
    Trauma-Informed Design (TID) is more than a buzz word, it is a paradigm shift in the design of the physical environment that goes beyond making spaces beautiful or calming and asserts that designers and planners must design with an understanding of how the physical environment impacts human health and well-being especially for individuals or communities who have experienced trauma and toxic stress. While Trauma-Informed Care practices are the gold standard in social work and psychology fields, design disciplines have been slow to acknowledge the need for trauma-sensitive spaces and design processes. Trauma-Informed Design is an emerging area of practice and scholarship in need of a solid, transdisciplinary framework. This symposium brings trauma experts from social work, criminal justice, and human development disciplines together with environmental designers to create a community of designers and scholars dedicated to the development of Trauma-Informed Design. Through this symposium, we gather around a shared vision—to bring peace, justice, and healing to those who have experienced trauma, with three primary goals:
    - share knowledge, perspectives, projects, visions, concerns, and joys as we build community, support one another, and uphold our shared values and principles.
    - begin creating a holistic, research-based framework to guide the development of trauma-informed design as an area of research and practice;
    - outline a structure and prepare abstracts for a special issue journal (such as the Journal of Environmental Psychology or Environment and Behavior).
  • Johnny DiBlasi, Assistant Professor, Art and Visual Culture & Ingrid Lilligren, Professor, Art and Visual Culture (Ceramics) 
    Planned for February 15 – 17, 2024, this symposium explores aspects of the cultural construction of beauty including perspectives found in AI, art, and socially engaged pedagogies. Artwork addressing beauty from multiple perspectives will be exhibited in the College of Design’s Gallery 181 (January 15 –February 23, 2024). Questions under consideration include how beauty is constructed and defined, who determines meanings of beauty, the social history of standards of beauty and the consequences of their application, and the relevance and impact of how we think about this all too often overused concept. The symposium’s focus on the interdisciplinary aspects of aesthetics will specifically spotlight the questions and problems that arise from constructed principles of beauty. How are these principles taught to us via society as behavior learned by the group? When we experience beauty, where does the intrinsic reaction to beauty come from? How do we innately experience and derive enjoyment and positive feelings as a behavior/reaction to something or an experience that is termed beautiful? How do we come to agreement on what is considered beautiful? The symposium will be open to students in the arts, humanities, and other related disciplines and they will be invited to participate in the events.
  • Daejin Kim, Assistant Professor, Interior Design; Raluca Lancu, Assistant Professor, Art and Visual Culture; Jiwnath Ghimire, Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning &  Patrick Finley, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design 
    The Spectrum of Innovation Symposium explores and celebrates the dynamic landscape of innovation across a range of fields and areas. With a focus on four key themes - (1) fostering creativity and innovation in higher education, (2) promoting innovation in accessibility, (3) exploring ethical considerations in innovation, and (4) driving innovation for sustainability - this Symposium will have a significant impact on the innovation ecosystem. Bringing together leading experts, educators, and students, the event will offer valuable insights, experiences, and strategies for cultivating innovation in today's ever-changing world. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, networking sessions, and innovation showcases, this event promises a multifaceted experience that transcends conventional boundaries. Ultimately, this Symposium represents a crucial step towards realizing a more collaborative, innovative, and sustainable future, powered by the diversity and strength of innovative thinking.