Carnegie Mellon University

Recent Achievements

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

Research Grants

Tianyu (Sophie) Qin received the 2017 Jiede Empirical Research Grant for Chinese Pedagogy/Chinese Applied Linguistics from the Chinese Language Teachers Association to support her project “Dynamic Assessment of L2 Chinese Implicature Comprehension.”

Professor Khaled Al Masaeed received a 2017-2018 Falk Grant to support his project "Code-Switching in Arabic as a Foreign/Second Language." He also received a 2017-2018 Berkman Faculty Development Grant to support his project "Code-Switching in Second Language Acquisition: Insights from Arabic."

Professor Gang Liu received a 2017 Falk Grant to support his project “Cultural Differences and Their Impact on CFL (Chinese as a Foreign Language) Communication and Learning.”

Professor Seth Wiener received a 2017 Falk Grant to support his project “Acoustic Cues in Speech Communication.”

Professors Sébastien Dubreil and Christopher Jones received a 2017 A.W. Mellon Technology-Enhanced Learning Seed Grant to support their work on “Enhancing Interaction in Intermediate Level French Online Courses.”

Professor Tatyana Gershkovich received a 2017 A.W. Mellon Digital Humanities Seed Grant to support her project “Beyond the Ant Brotherhood: A Synoptic View of Tolstoy’s Intellectual Life.”

Professor Felipe Gómez received a 2016 A.W. Mellon Digital Humanities Seed Grant to support the creation of an online platform to house digitized Spanish-language comic books and the integration of digital tools to enhance research and teaching through student-scholar collaboration.

Professor Naoko Taguchi received a 2016 ProSEED Grant to support her project “Learning Chinese Pragmatics of Formulaic Expressions in Virtual Space.”

Professor Sue-mei Wu received a 2016 A.W. Mellon Digital Humanities Seed Grant to support her project “Intermediate Chinese Online: Bridging Chinese Pedagogy, Research and Technology.” She also received a 2016 grant from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation to support her project “Weathering the Storm: Hand Puppet Theater and Taiwanese Opera Amid Social Change in Taiwan.”

Professor Seth Wiener received a 2016 Berkman Faculty Development Grant to support his project “Improving Non-native Mandarin Acquisition via Online Resources: Learning to Love Both Mothers and Horses.”

Professor Gabriele Eichmanns Maier received a 2016 Falk Grant to support her book project on the German notion of Heimat (home). She also received a 2016 Berkman Faculty Development Grant and a 2016 ProSEED Grant to transform a cultural studies course on the city of Vienna into a digital course where students have a chance to create 3-D models and enhance a historical map of Vienna.

Professor Rémi Adam van Compernolle received a 2016 Berkman Faculty Development Grant to support his book project on concept-based language instruction.

Professor Gang Liu received a 2016 Berkman Faculty Development Grant to support his project “From Folklore to Filmlore: A Cinematic Rediscovery of Folk Tales and Folk Traditions in a Digital Age.”

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."

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 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.