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University research can have a huge impact in the life of a student and the IU School of Liberal Arts Museum Studies Program is excelling in providing research opportunities that are greatly enriching its undergraduate and graduate students. Several Museum Studies students are taking part in a new academic challenge and discovering their passion for community-engaged research.

Dr. Edward Curtis is one of eight Indiana University faculty members who have been awarded the inaugural IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Fellowship in 2022. The program aims to accelerate and amplify the work of outstanding IU faculty poised to become national and international leaders in their fields. Each recipient will receive $50,000 in funding to support their research or creative project, participate in professional development and collaborate with other faculty. Curtis’ fellowship will support his work in Arab American and Muslim American history.

Significant thermal disparities exist among predominantly white, Black, Hispanic and Asian communities in America’s 200 most populous cities, according to new research from Daniel Johnson, associate professor of geography, at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

In the study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Johnson examined surface urban heat islands, areas within a city that experience much warmer temperatures than their surrounding landscapes. The research will expand understanding of the dynamic nature of inequitable urban heat exposure and provide new insight into actions cities can take to improve the lives of residents. 

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Dr. David Craig, Professor of Religious Studies, at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. These programs connect changemakers across the country—from every profession and field—to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities.

Professor and sociologist Andrew Whitehead, Department of Sociology, recently published a fascinating analysis in Time magazine of why the recent midterm election losses of prominent politicians who embrace Christian nationalism aren’t likely to change the minds of Americans who embrace Christian nationalism. Whitehead and colleague Sam Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma, cite data that show even though the numbers of Americans who embrace Christian nationalism.

Dr. Obioma Nnaemeka, Chancellor’s Professor of French, Women’s/Gender Studies and Africana Studies, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Social Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa in May 2023. She will be recognized for her outstanding contribution to research in the areas of development, women/gender studies, human rights, and African Diaspora studies. This will be her second honorary doctorate recognition in two years.

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