Achievements-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University


Congratulations to our recent recipients of research grants, professional recognition, teaching awards and more.

Research Grants

Stanley Haomin Zhang received the 2015 Jiede Empirical Research Grant from the Chinese Language Teachers Association. The grant supports empirical research in Chinese pedagogy and applied linguistics that contributes to the building of a sound understanding of the teaching and learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language.

Professor Yoshihiro Yasuhara has received a 2015 Falk grant to support his research project "Rethinking Jun Ishikawa and the Experimental Novels from the 1920's to the 1950's."

Feng Xiao is recipient of the 2014-15 Barbara F. Freed Award for Research on Language Learning in a Study Abroad Context to support his work on his dissertation project, “Proficiency, Learning Context and Pragmatic Development in L2 Chinese Study Abroad.”

Professor Kenya Dworkin has received a Metro21 grant to support work on the creation, implementation, analysis, and reporting of a survey instrument that would facilitate more accurate counting of the rapidly growing low-income Latino immigrant community in the area, and help assess existing and needed services for this community.

Professor Felipe Gómez has received a 2014-15 Berkman Faculty Development Grant to support his project "Towards a Comprehensive Analytic Panorama of Colombian Comics: 1960s to the Present."

Professor Sue-mei Wu has received a 2014-2015 Berkman Faculty Development Grant to support her research project "Weathering the Storm: Hand Puppet Theater and Taiwanese Opera amid Social Change in Taiwan."

Professor Stephen Brockmann has been given a Fulbright award to work on his project "The Struggle for Cultural Supremacy in the German Democratic Republic 1945-1965" in Leipzig, Germany during the fall semester of 2014.  He will be in Leipzig for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the revolution in East Germany, which began in Leipzig, and which ultimately led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany."

Professor Candace Skibba has received a 2013-14 Berkman Faculty Development Committee to support her research project, "The Spanish Body: Enigma, Abnormality and Change" and also a 2013-14 Falk grant to support her work on "Spain: Everything Under the Sun —Texbook Project for the 300 level Spanish Course."

Professor Gang Liu has received a 2013-14 Falk grant to support field work in China on his research on literati miscellanies or biji composed by Chinese loyalists after the fall of Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279).

Professor Yoshihiro Yasuhara has received a 2013-14 Falk grant to support his research project "The Changing Dynamics of the Zainichi in Traditional Japan."

Professional Recognition

María del Mar Rosa Rodríguez is the recipient of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the NEH Summer 2015 Institute "The Alhambra and Spain's Islamic Past" in Granada, Spain.

Professor Sue-mei Wu is the founder, president, and a board member of The Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Pennsylvania (CLTA-WPA), which aims to provide a forum for exchanging information, expertise, and ideas related to teaching and learning Chinese. At the CLTA/ACTFL 2014 conference, Professor Wu was nationally recognized by winning an award for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language.

MLRC Manager Marc Siskin has been elected president of NEALLT, the regional chapter of the International Association of Language Learning Technology for the 2014-16 term.

Professor Elisabeth Kaske has received a Taiwan Fellowship to conduct research at the Institute of Modern History of Academia Sinica during 2014 on her book project Deploying Symbolic Capital: The Economy of Office Selling in Late Qing China.

Professor Gabi Eichmanns has been elected president of the local chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German for the 2013-14 term.

Teaching Awards

Sihui (Echo) Ke is co-winner of the 2016 Graduate Student Teaching Award in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Yasufumi Iwasaki is the winner of the 2015 Elliot Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dan Walter is the 2015 recipient of the Graduate Student Teaching Award in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Undergraduate Highlights

Estelle Tian, a Chinese Studies major who minored in linguistics and German Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the G. Richard Tucker Award for Scholarship and Leadership. The award was established in honor of Dr. G. Richard Tucker, Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics Emeritus, who retired in 2015. It is presented annually to a student in recognition of scholarly excellence in modern languages, and for leadership and dedication to the university.

Chloe Thompson, who majored in Global Studies and Hispanic Studies, received The María Purificación Aguilar Memorial Award. The award is presented each year to the student with the highest grade point average completing a major in Hispanic Studies.

Siriana Abboud received the Gretchen Goldsmith Lankford Award. Abboud, who majored in psychology and French & Francophone Studies, was selected this spring in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, and in support of her pursuit of graduate education and a career in teaching.

Mary Catherine (Casey) Devine and Kayla Lee were among the eleven students named a 2016–2017 Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Fellow. Devine, a double major in Global Studies and French & Francophone Studies, is working on a project titled “French Nationalism and Unity Associated with La Loi Toubon.” Her adviser is Mame-Fatou Niang, assistant professor of French & Francophone Studies. Lee, a double major in Global Studies and Hispanic Studies, is working on a project titled “Understanding the Economic Self-Sufficiency of Adult Bhutanese-Nepali Refugees in Pittsburgh Through English Language Proficiency: Towards a Theory of Refugee Self-Sufficiency. Her adviser is Kenya Dworkin, associate professor of Hispanic Studies.

Laura Berry received a Fulbright grant. The creative writing and Japanese Studies major plans to travel to Japan to do research and continue her language studies. Modern Languages alumnus Juan Acosta (DC’15) began work in Brazil in February after being awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant in 2015. In addition to teaching English language courses and U.S. culture workshops, he is studying Portuguese, interning and more.