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Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Awards 2010-11

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator awards. The New Investigator Awards are made to tenure-track SIUE faculty members in order to recognize and support individual programs of research or creative activities. These awards recognize junior faculty members whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study, their respective school/unit, and to SIUE in general. Recipients are expected to produce published scholarly works/products and externally sponsored grants/contracts.

Please join us in congratulating our 2010 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator awardees:

Dr. Edward Navarre, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2002, Dr. Navarre has developed his high-level work in the areas of analytical chemistry and atomic spectrometry, publishing in top journals of the field as well as presenting at conferences nationally and internationally. For his Vaughnie Lindsay project Dr. Navarre tackles the question of how to make high-end instrumentation like electrothermal atomic spectrometry economically and logistically accessible to diverse laboratories and researchers.

In disciplines like art conservation, forensics, and public health, investigators often find themselves in need of a practical way to conduct analysis in the field. Dr. Navarre proposes to develop a portable, automated instrument for elemental analysis. Working with collaborators in SIUE's Electrical Engineering Department, Dr. Navarre's lab will develop a power source and experiment with analytical methods for detecting trace elements in paints and physiological fluids. The end result will be an energy-efficient, inexpensive, and portable instrument that will allow researchers to extract and analyze samples in the field or in the laboratory. The project not only offers exciting training opportunities for Dr. Navarre's students to work on a patentable product, it promises a solution to multidisciplinary problems that can be applied across academic, business, and government research labs alike.

Dr. Jason Stacy, Assistant Professor, Department of Historical Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Jason Stacy has been with SIUE in the Department of Historical Studies since 2006. As a professor of U.S. History, Dr. Stacy has worked to establish expertise in antebellum American cultural and intellectual history. Along with numerous peer-reviewed articles and presentations, Stacy's book Walt Whitman's Multitudes: Labor Reform and Persona in Whitman's Journalism and the First Leaves of Grass 1840 - 1855 (2008) and edited volume Leaves of Grass 1860: The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition have garnered his reputation as an up-and-coming star of Whitman studies.

Dr. Stacy's Vaughnie Lindsay project focuses on his next book, "The Future's Past: Experimental Histories in the Early American Republic." The project will explore popular histories' role in shaping Americans' conceptions of their past. Dr. Stacy will trace the sometimes ambivalent and tense relationship between popular and professional history to the 1830s and 1840s, when Americans first began to wrestle with contested memories of their origins. At a time when mass-produced and easily-read histories began to compete with older, more aristocratic models, Dr. Stacy argues, key authors incorporated the tropes of mass-market histories while simultaneously critiquing and attempting to supplant them. The book explores how contemporary authors negotiated popular and traditional historical writing to create a particularly American history of the nation's origins.