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Alex Taitt, Anthropology Major, Wins NSF Grant and URCA Fellowship for her Study of Anishinaabe Language and Arts

June 25, 2014

Alexandra Taitt combined her Anthropology and Computer Science majors to design a senior project in which she is collaborating with Native American (Anishinaabe, AKA Chippewa) language instructors and artists to develop audio/visual language instruction materials that will be deployed through GRASAC, an international research network that produces a database of Great Lakes indigenous peoples’ cultural materials called the “GKS.” Following an URCA Assistantship in the IRIS Center with Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt, and a Museum Internship in the Ethnology Museum Laboratory and the Missouri History Museum with Drs. Cory Willmott and Adriana Greci Green, Ms. Taitt won support for her novel research plan from an NSF-REU grant (attached to Dr. Hildebrandt’s NSF grant) and SIUE’s URCA Associate program. In June 2014, Ms. Taitt’s NSF grant funded two weeks working with Mary Ann Corbiere (Anishinaabe Language Professor, University of Sudbury), Alan Corbiere (Language Coordinator, Lakeview School, M’Cheeging First Nation), Mary Pheasant (Laurentian University) and Wanda Ozawanimke (Anishinaabe beadwork artist) to record interviews in the Anishinaabe language about beadwork. Culminating Ms. Taitt’s research in Ontario, Canada, she presented a paper at the GRASAC conference based on her Museum Internship, titled, “Uses and Abuses of Audio Recorded Collaborative Research for the GKS.” During Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, Ms. Taitt will conduct her senior project in anthropology supported by her URCA Fellowship. During this phase of the project, she will analyze the Anishinaabe language interviews and design a method to produce them as language instructional materials on the GKS database.

Click here for information on, and program for, the GRASAC conference: http://carleton.ca/culturalmediations/grasac-wcc-conference/.

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Dr. Julie Holt, Anthropology, Receives Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award

December 11, 2013

The Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar award is presented to an SIUE faculty member who has been recognized as an outstanding teacher and research scholar. The award demonstrates the belief that to be a good teacher, one must also be a good scholar. Winners of the Outstanding Teacher-Scholar award have shown significant contributions to original research or creative activities and have successfully integrated those contributions into their teaching practices.
Since joining the SIUE faculty in the year 2000, Dr. Holt has distinguished herself as a scholar of the developmental period of North American history, contributing invaluably to archaeological scholarship of prehistoric Native American societies. In 2009, her article, “Rethinking the Ramey State: Was Cahokia the center of a theater state?” was published in American Antiquity, one of the preeminent journals in the field of archaeology. In 2010 she headed a team of SIUE faculty to gain a National Science Foundation-funded Major Research Instrumentation Grant, which included members of SIUE’s Anthropology, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry departments. Dr. Holt has shown a commitment to the ideals of the Simon Award not only through accomplishments in her field, but also in her approach to teaching and research. For Dr. Holt, these two aspects of the teacher-scholar are inextricably linked, as she has consistently shown through shared publications with students, her oversight of the SIUE archaeological field school, and overall collaboration with students, especially undergraduates. “My students are my most valued colleagues,” she says.

Here is the link to the Edwardsville Intelligencer news story: http://www.theintelligencer.com/local_news/article_0c6e0e92-77bf-11e3-a578-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=image&photo=0

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