Spring 2017 - Awards Won by CIAMS Members

By: Katie Jarriel, 
Wed, 05/10/2017

Sherene Baugher, CIAMS professor, received The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from SUNY. According to the SUNY website, "the Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement." Congratulations, Sherene!

Gabby Borenstein, Anthropology PhD student, won a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to support her dissertation research on "The Logics of Egalitarianism: Materiality and Meaning in the Kura-Araxes Horizon (3500-2400 BCE)." National Geographic Young Explorers Grants assist aspiring professionals working on global research, conservation, and exploration projects. Gabby excavates at the Bronze Age site of Gegharot in Armenia along with the CIAMS-run Project ArAGATS. Congratulations, Gabby!

Liana Brent, Classics PhD candidate, received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize for Ancient Studies from the American Academy in Rome to support her dissertation research. Liana's dissertation project is entitled "Corporeal Connections: Tomb Disturbance, Reuse, and Violation in Roman Italy."  The Rome Prize supports innovative, inter-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities.  Congratulations, Liana!

Perri Gerard-Little, who recently defended her dissertation, entitled "'A pleasure garden in the desert, to which I know no comparison in this country': Seneca Iroquois Landscape Stewardship in the 17th and 18th Centuries" in the Anthropology PhD program, was awarded a Deanne Gebell Gitner '66 and Family Annual Prize for Teaching Assistants from the College of Arts & Sciences.  Double congratulations to Perri for the award and a successful defense!

Kathy Gleason,  CIAMS Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Landscape Architecture, has begun her first of six years as a Senior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. The Senior Fellows advise the Director of Dumbarton Oaks in research and collection development concerning garden and landscape studies. Congratulations, Kathy!

Betty Hensellek, a PhD Candidate in the History of Art, received the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Art History Fellowship (website: http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/fellowships/art-history-fellowships). From September 2017 to August 2018 she will join the Met's Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art and continue work on her dissertation titled "Interweaving Steppe and State with Silk: the Age of the Polychrome Kaftan in Late Antique Central Eurasia."

Kurt Jordan, CIAMS Director and Associate Professor of Anthropology, was named a Fellow of the New York State Archaeological Association at the recent annual meeting in Lake George. Fellows are honored for their "outstanding contribution to our knowledge of New York State Archaeology." He is the 60th Fellow named in the 101 years of NYSAA's existence.  Congratulations, Kurt!

Kaja Tally-Schumacher, PhD candidate in History of Art,  was named a Junior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection for Fall 2017. This appointment is in support of her dissertation "Cultivating Empire: Transplanting and Translating Rome." Dumbarton Oaks supports research and learning in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies. Congratulations, Kaja!

Images of CIAMS award winners