2017 College of Arts and Sciences Summer Faculty Fellowships

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
April 26, 2017

Five faculty members have been awarded College of Arts and Sciences 2017 Summer Faculty Fellowships in three different categories.

Dean’s Research Fellowship (Faculty-Student Research Project)

  • Molly Welsh, “Chronic Exercise and Academic Stress in Undergraduate Students”
  • Naomi Hume, “Mapping Migration: Emil Filla, Otakar Nejedly and the Expressive Geographical Map.”

Faculty Research Fellowship

  • Angelique Davis, “From Mamie Till to Maria Hamilton: Black Mothers’ Quest for Justice.”
  • Tanya Hayes, “The Sustainability of Payment for Environmental Service (PES).”  

Promotion Fellowship

  • Charles Tung, “Apocalypse and Alternate History.”

Dean’s Research Fellowship (Faculty-Student Research Project)

Molly Welsh, PhD

“Chronic Exercise and Academic Stress in Undergraduate Students”

Dr. Molly WelshFinal examinations are a major source of stress for undergraduate students. Is there anything, beyond academic preparation, that we can advise our students to do for optimizing performance when faced with the inevitable stress response associated with exams? It is possible that we should encourage regular exercise. There is a well-known relationship between physiological stress and performance. When acute changes in stress hormones are too high or too low, performance is reduced. An excessive stress response may also have deleterious effects on memory and cognition. While the health-related benefits of exercise have been widely publicized in recent years, the role of regular exercise in stress mitigation within a campus community is not yet well understood. The purpose of this project is to determine the role of chronic exercise in the physiological stress response to final exams in undergraduate students. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Stephen Luckey (Biology) and Dr. Molly Welsh (Sport and Exercise Science). Three undergraduate students are currently conducting the study, all of whom are planning to pursue health-related careers after graduating from SU.

Naomi Hume, PhD

“Mapping Migration: Emil Filla, Otakar Nejedly and the Expressive Geographical Map.”

Dr. Naomi Hume“Mapping Migration” extends my research into how artists tranformed avant-garde visual vocabularies and adapted them to new artistic and political contexts in the early twentieth century.  Czech artist Emil Filla conceived of nationality in a profoundly new way while in Dutch exile during the First World War. In “Mapping Migration: Emil Filla, Otakar Nejedly and the Expressive Geographical Map,” I analyze paintings and collages both artists made near the beginning of the First World War. Filla’s and Nejedlý’s concerns coincided in the years leading up to 1914. But during and after the First World War, Nejedlý cultivated an exclusively local audience for his work and continued to understand the role of the Czech artist as a cultural producer of national mythology. Filla, however, wrestled with his concept of nationality in exile and radically transformed his understanding of Cubism and of national artistic traditions in the process. The article I will complete for the Faculty Research Fellowship builds on a talk I gave at the symposium, Avant-Garde Migrations at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. (November 2015). This project also gives art history major Emma Komers the experience of assisting me with scholarly research while she is in Prague for three weeks this summer. I will submit the completed article to the journal Art History, the peer-reviewed member publication of the Association of Art Historians in Britain.

Faculty Research Fellowship

Angelique Davis, JD

“From Mamie Till to Maria Hamilton: Black Mothers’ Quest for Justice.”

Dr. Angelique DavisMamie Till’s quest for justice for the 1955 murder of her son, Emmett Till, is seared into our nation’s historical memory.  While the challenges of Black mothers are not a new phenomenon, recent events have made this issue politically salient. On Mother’s Day weekend of 2015, thousands of people joined together in Washington, D.C. to join the “Million Moms March,” a protest against police and vigilante violence, as well as the under-investigation and dehumanization of African Americans.  Maria Hamilton and her nonprofit organization “Mothers for Justice United” organized this march.  She founded this nonprofit after her son Dontre was murdered by a Milwaukee police officer on April 30, 2014.

"From Mamie Till to Maria Hamilton: Black Mothers’ Quest for Justice," edited by Angelique M. Davis with foreword By Maria Hamilton, Founder, Mothers for Justice United, is a collection of approximately 30 personal memoirs of Black mothers like Mamie Till, Maria Hamilton, and countless others, who worked hard to obtain some semblance of security for themselves and their families – but could not. A critical race theory framework gives voice to Black mothers through their personal memoirs about the systematic murders of their children. As Hilary Clinton said in a 2015 presidential campaign speech at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee campus, “Being here in Milwaukee, I just want to say as a mother and a grandmother, my heart breaks for the family of Dontre Hamilton … to raise your children in safety is not a women’s issue, it’s an American issue.”’

Tanya Hayes, PhD

“The Sustainability of Payment for Environmental Service (PES).”  

Dr. Tanya HayesIn recent years, the use of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) to promote conservation has quickly expanded, particularly in resource-dependent communities in low-income countries where donors and governments see the use of economic incentives as a means to merge poverty alleviation with conservation goals. Under PES, an individual (or community) voluntarily agrees to sign a resource management contract that stipulates a payment to be received on the condition that the individual or community provides a set of environmental services or conservation activities.

Despite the growing use of PES, we know relatively little about the ecological and socio-economic impacts of the use of conditional payments, and their ability to support long-term sustainable resource management. Of particular concern is what happens when payments stop.

This research project, The Sustainability of Payment for Environmental Service (PES) For Communal Resource Management, conducted in conjunction with Dr. Felipe Murtinho, examines the impacts of the creation and subsequent loss of a payment for conservation program in Ecuador. In 2009, the Ecuadorian government implemented a PES program to pay communities and households to conserve their native ecosystems. In 2016, the program unexpectedly lost funding and payments stopped. The objectives of this study are to examine how the loss of payments has impacted household land-use decisions and community resource management of their collective lands.

Ecuador’s internationally recognized payment for conservation program is ideally positioned to provide evidenced-based policy lessons for governments and donors wishing to use PES and similar initiatives as a mechanisms for sustainable resource management. Buidling on previous research on the program, this summer Professor Hayes and Professor Murtinho will assess how the loss of payments has impacted household land-use behavior and community governance arrangements in Ecuadorian communities. 

Promotion Fellowship

Charles M. Tung, PhD

 “Apocalypse and Alternate History”

Dr. Charles TungThis essay, “Apocalypse and Alternate History,” is part of a project that explores enormous timescales in twentieth- and twenty-first-century cultural objects—expressions of anxiety about and fantasies of control over the future effects of modern life, its accelerations, and its short-term orientations.  With the support from the Dean’s Office, I hope to submit this article in the fall to a special issue devoted to the theme of apocalypse in contemporary literature and art.  I’ll be thinking about the recent appeal of the Amazon Studios’ adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Man in the High Castle (premised on the Nazis winning WWII), and Nathanial Rich’s Odds Against Tomorrow (about the relationship between insurance-industry risk analysis and a catastrophic hurricane).  While the genre of alternate history is often a matter of messianic-utopian desperation, I think it can also function as a diagnostic device for gauging different apocalyptic arrival times (of different kinds of catastrophes) and for imagining the outsides of various social, political, and environmental rhythms—so as to slow them, to think their endpoints, and, where possible, to move in other directions.