Howell D. “Chick” Chickering, the G. Armour Craig Professor of Language and Literature, received the Medieval Academy of America’s 2011 CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies. Past students submitted beaming reviews in support of his nomination.
The Department of Classics dedicated its Reading Room in Grosvenor House to R. Ross Holloway ’56. A professor emeritus and former director of what is now the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, Holloway donated a major portion of his archaeological library to the Reading Room in 2009.
President Anthony W. Marx has joined an American Academy of Arts and Sciences commission aimed at bolstering teaching and research in the liberal arts.
After reading the book Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, by Professor Emeritus of Physics Robert Romer ’52, Gorham Cross ’52 acquired copies for his grandchildren’s high school library.
Robert Sweeney, the William R. Mead Professor of Art, who has taught painting and drawing at Amherst for more than 30 years, exhibited his work from the past decade in the Eli Marsh Gallery on campus in January and February. (See his gallery talk at www.amherst.edu/magazine.)
The physics department is a new beneficiary of federal stimulus money, thanks to a $350,000 National Science Foundation grant received by professors Jonathan Friedman, David Hall ’91 and Larry Hunter and UMass physicist Mark Tuominen.
The college has green-lighted the renovation of the Lord Jeffery Inn, which has been closed for more than a year. While reduced in scope from the plan initially proposed in 2008, the project will involve renovating the 49 guest rooms and adding event space and an expanded restaurant. The plan is to begin construction this spring and reopen in spring 2011.
David S. Hall, associate professor of physics, won a $469,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his studies of gases cooled to a billionth of a degree above absolute zero—the lowest possible temperature in the universe—and his research on Bose-Einstein condensates.
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, was awarded the Law and Society Association’s inaugural Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award for distinguished work as a teacher and mentor.
Japanese, Arabic, Chinese and Korean are among the most difficult languages for native English speakers to master.