Assistant Professors In CHASS Receive Hellman Fellowships

By Laila Rashid, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern
May 14, 2015

Marissa Brookes of political science, J.P. Park of art history, and Ian Dicke of music have recently been awarded the Hellman Fellowship for the 2015-2016 year. The Hellman Fellowship Program, which is active at fourteen institutions, but was established at UCR in 2011, provides support for the research and creative activities of promising junior faculty; preference in awarding fellowships are based on excellence of the proposal, funding need, and a candidate’s record of scholarship. According to the Office of Academic Personnel, “funds may be used for expenses such as laboratory equipment, travel to a professional meeting or a site where data is collected, and salaries for research assistants, students, or postdoctoral fellows.”

Brookes expressed gratitude for the support from the Hellman Fellows Fund, which will allow for the completion of her Transnational Labor Alliances dataset and result in the first-ever comprehensive dataset of TLA campaigns occurring since 2000. “I look forward to hiring several research assistants to assist with data collection for the project, and I look forward, as well, to conducting essential fieldwork in Geneva, where I will interview officials and staff from four major global union federations,” she said. “This research will ultimately tell us more about how good jobs—meaning jobs that are stable, secure, and well-paid—can be created through processes of conflict, contestation, and compromise among transnational actors in the global economy.”

With the support of the Hellman Fellowship, Park, whose research interests include ancient tombs in North Korea to contemporary art in China, will be provided with a means to finish his forthcoming book manuscript. “Art history books require significantly large amounts of production costs due to their full color image reproduction, copyright permissions, and complex design process,” he said.

Dicke, whose compositions are inspired by social-political culture and interactive technology, expressed excitement over receiving the award. “This award will have a tremendously beneficial impact on my research and allow me to take a bold new direction in my creative work,” he said. During his fellowship, he will compose a 30 to 45 minute song cycle for voice, piano, and live audio processing, which will remix pre-existing source material culled from a folk music archive from the Library of Congress. “Making progress involves taking risks, and the Hellman family’s brilliant generosity allows junior faculty to dream big and explore new avenues of research. I look forward to trying out new methods of interactivity between acoustic instruments and computer sound manipulation, while also writing in a large scale form.”

A total of six UCR professors have been awarded this year, with two others from the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and one other from the Bourns College of Engineering.

For more information about the Hellman Fellowship Program at UCR, please visit http://academicpersonnel.ucr.edu/programs_and_awards/hellman.html

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