Faculty Accomplishments-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Accomplishments

The following excerpts come from the 2014 Annual Reports submitted by our faculty. It has been a pleasure for me to read about the wonderful work in research, teaching, curricular development, service to the profession, and so much more. It is really impressive!

I asked every faculty member to select one item: “please feel free to choose what YOU would like to share: maybe the mention of a new course you taught, a special initiative involving students, a grant or prize you were awarded, the citation for a publication, a conference presentation, etc., etc.” I am delighted and proud to share these accomplishments. - Susan G. Polansky, Spring 2015

Mariana Achugar was invited topresent her research on intergenerational transmission memory at a special interdisciplinary program, “Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe,” at University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Studies Research Collaborative Reframing Mass Violence.

Stephen Brockmann spent the fall semester on a Fulbright grant in Leipzig, Germany, where, together with hundreds of thousands of other people, he celebrated the twenty-fifty anniversary of the peaceful revolution in East Germany in 1989, which put an end to Germany's Cold War division.

Charlene Castellano submitted a chapter-length article on the Russia Symbolist writer Andrey Bely, “Remembering Bely Remembering,” to the international journal Russian Literature.

Kenya Dworkin was awarded partial funding for a Metro 21 proposal, “Comprehensive Survey and Needs Assessment of the Low-Income, Latino immigrant Population in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County,” a collaboration between CMU, Casa San José, the City of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County.

Gabriele Eichmanns readied her textbook Germany in the Age of Globalization for publication. The book is to be released in August 2015.

Felipe Gómez's article, “Narcotráfico, colonialidad y resistencia cultural en la obra de Edgar Clément,” was published in Revista L.I.S. Letra. Imagen. Sonido. Ciudad Mediatizada.

Christian Hallstein presented a paper, “Herder: From Cognition to Cultural Science,” at the conference of the International Herder Society at Purdue University.

Yasufumi Iwasaki collaborated with Yoshihiro Yasuhara to develop a new course on Japanese popular culture.

Christopher Jones traveled to Clermont-Ferrand, France for the thesis defense of Aurélie Bayle of the Université Blaise-Pascale. The committee also included faculty from UBP, the Sorbonne, and the University of Grenoble, and the thesis analyzed data from a telecollaborative experience between French MA students and CMU students in a French culture course taught by Dr. Bonnie Youngs.

Elisabeth Kaske published “Diglossia and its Discontent: The Linguistics of National Crisis in Early Twentieth Century China” in Divided Languages? Diglossia, Translation and the Rise of Modernity in Japan, China, and the Slavic World, edited by Judith Arokay and Jadranka Gvozdanovic (Springer, 39-54).

Keiko Koda co-authored with SLA doctoral graduates Chan Lu, Donngbo Zhang, and Yanhui Zhang the article, “Effects of Semantic Radical Properties on Character Meaning Extraction and Inference,” in Writing System Research.

Gang Liu's article, “The ‘Loss’ of Purity: Changes and Persistence in the Cultural Memory of the Cold Spring Pavilion,” was published in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 8.2 (June 2014): 205-224.

Mame-Fatou Niang was invited by the International Organization of La Francophonie, the United Nations Development Program and the Council of Francophone Schools of Journalism (Réseau Théophraste) to share her research on the representation of immigrants and minorities in French media at the XVe Francophone Summit in Dakar.

Susan G. Polansky participated on the panel, “Mapping the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences,” a Presidential Symposium during Dr. Suresh's inaugural year, an event that was part of national discussion of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' 2013 “Heart of the Matter” report on the state of the humanities and social sciences in America.

María Rosa Rodríguez published the critical edition and Spanish translation, Hacia una teología judía de la liberación: Edición especial del 25 aniversario, by Marc H. Ellis (San Juan, PR, Isla Negra Editores) and was invited by the International Book Fair in La Habana, Cuba to present the book.

Candace Skibba traveled to Spain with the support of a Berkman Faculty Development Grant and a Falk Fellowship to conduct research on representations of the body in contemporary Spanish visual culture.

Naoko Taguchi gave a plenary talk at the 6th Center for Language Studies International Conference at National University of Singapore, titled “Pragmatic Competence in Foreign Language Education: Cultivating Learner Autonomy and Strategic Learning of Pragmatics.”

Therese Tardio published translations of the works of Félix Concha and Miguel Repiso in Layers of Memory and the Discourse of Human Rights, a special issue of Hispanic Issues, edited by Ana Forcinito.

Dick Tucker wrote the "Summary and Concluding Observations" for the special volume The Teaching and Learning of English in the Arabic-speaking World (Routledge).

Remi A. Van Compernolle published the research monograph, Sociocultural Theory and L2 Instructional Pragmatics (Multilingual Matters).

Michael West accompanied members of the student organization CMU in Haiti on their first spring break trip to the Port-au-Prince area, where they met with local educators, students, and community leaders, and have begun to build working relationships between CMU and Haitian educational partners.

Sue-mei Wu was nationally recognized at the 2014 CLTA/ACTFL conference with an award for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language for her project titled, “The Chinese Folk Performance Curriculum: Leveraging Technology, Balancing Learners’ Content Knowledge and Language Proficiency.”

Yoshihiro Yasuhara presented the paper, “The Kafkaesque as a Currency in Postwar Japanese Novels,” at the 2014 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting.

Bonnie Youngs taught the first freshman seminar of her career at Carnegie Mellon and was proud to see her freshmen do an excellent job of presenting their original research at the Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium in fall 2014.

Yueming Yu, in collaboration with her colleagues in the Chinese Studies Program, launched the online open access journal on Chinese education, Studies in Chinese Learning and Teaching (SCLT), and serves as its Editor-in-Chief.