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2014 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Awardees

Posted on May 29, 2014 by in The OFI Blog

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The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships is pleased to announce the 2014 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Awardees. SI Fellowships are offered in order to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution. They are key to the Smithsonian’s aspiration to discover, create, innovate and diversify.

The application cycle for the 2015 SI Fellowship program will open on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014.


 

Sabrina Amador, Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica)

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Democracy dilemma: Is it advantageous to have several individuals deciding about a solitary task?

 

Lauren Applebaum*, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Elusive matter, material bodies: American art in the age of electronic mediation, 1865-1918

 

Thomas Barnum, University of Georgia

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Examination of the relationship between trait diversity of the macroinvertebrate community and catchment urbanization, particularly with a focus on impervious surfaces

 

Matthew Becker, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

National Zoological Park (NZP)

Mechanisms of disease resistance in the Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki)

 

Vivian Beer, Cranbrook Academy of Art

National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

Smooth, sleek and fast: Aeronautics and the streamlining as furniture inspiration

 

Lisa Bosbach*, Academy of Media Arts – Cologne (Germany)

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

The composer Nam June Paik

 

Ashley Bowen-Murphy, Brown University

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Soldier’s heart, irritable heart, and PTSD: Psychological and physiological origins of civil war trauma

 

Taylor Callicrate, University of Maryland

National Zoological Park (NZP)

Population declines and genetic variation: Effects of serial bottlenecks in the Laysan Finch

 

Monica Carlsen, University of Missouri – St. Louis

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Understanding species diversity disparities across tropical forest regions

 

Kirill Chunikhin*, Jacobs University (Germany)

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Representation and reception of American visual art in the USSR during the Cold War

 

Jennifer Cohen*, University of Chicago

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Fantastic boxes: Shop windows and surrealist space in wartime New York

 

Annet Couwenberg, Maryland Institute College of Art

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

The skeleton and the skin

 

Simon Darroch, Yale University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Cause and consequence in biogeographic responses to mass extinction

 

Carolina Diller, University of Maryland

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Evaluating patterns of floral variation within generalized and specialized pollination systems

 

Benjamin Doleac, University of California – Los Angeles

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

The beat between the cracks: New Orleans drummers as a community of practice

 

Katie Edwards, University of Liverpool (UK)

National Zoological Park (NZP)

Using an epidemiological approach to identify factors related to health and reproduction of zoo elephants

 

Nathaniel Evans, University of Florida

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Morphological and developmental disparity dynamics associated with the emergence of commensalism and the loss of swimming in “swimming” crabs.

 

Chris Fleming, University of Maryland – College Park

National Zoological Park (NZP)

Accurate home-range estimation for animal movement data

 

Laura Fravel*, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Gazing westward: The quest for unity in American art displays at the World’s Fairs, 1876-1916

 

Sydney Garcia, San Diego State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Sex comparison of ankle fractures related to occupational stress and activity patterns in the George Huntington Collection

 

Cybele Gontar, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

National Portrait Gallery (NPG)

Jacques Guillaume Lucian Amans: Portraiture, identity, and plantation society in New Orleans, 1800-1888

 

Kenneth Robert Gonzales-Day, Scripps College

National Portrait Gallery (NPG)

Ethnography, manifest destiny, and the academy: Sculptural depictions and life-casts in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution

 

Jessica Goodheart, University of Maryland – College Park

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Histology of cnidosacs in multiple lineages in Cladobranchia (Mollusca: Gastropoda).

 

Diana Greenwald*, University of Oxford (UK)

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Charting a canonical trajectory: Understanding structural constraints and sample bias in the study of nineteenth-century American art

 

Stephanie Grocke, Oregon State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Petrological and experimental constraints on the magmatic systems feeding the largest explosive eruptions on Earth

 

Vivek Gupta, Columbia University

Freer-Sackler Galleries (FSGA)

The art of transcultural India and the patronage of ‘Abd al-Rahim Khan-i Khanan

 

Patrick Hagopian*, Lancanster University (UK)

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

The concept of the heroic in recent commemorative public statuary in Washington, D.C.

 

Wouter Halfwerk, Leiden University (The Netherlands)

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Multisensory ecology: Multimodal communication in noisy environments

 

Lamont Hamilton, independent artist from Chicago, Illinois

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH)

Five on the black hand side: A study of the Dap as a form of tactile communication

 

Sean Harrington, San Diego State University/University of California – Riverside

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Rates of clade diversification and morphological evolution in pit vipers

 

AJ Harris, Oklahoma State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Resolving taxonomic uncertainties in Billia Peyr. (Sapindaceae), Tropical trees in a temperate subfamily

 

Nicholas Hartigan, University of Michigan

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

The changing function of public sculpture

 

Muriel Hasbun, Corcoran College of Art and Design

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Encarnado: Embodied, or an exploration of “becoming animal”

 

Eric Hazelton, Utah State University

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Interactions between disturbance, nutrients, clonal diversity, and herbivory in a wetland invader; continued support

 

Maria Heikkila, University of Helsinki (Finland)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Improved time frame for the diversification of Lepidoptera (moths & butterflies): a synthesis of paleontology, next-generation sequencing and morphology

 

Alexandro Hernandez, University of California – Los Angeles

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH)

The Son Jarocho as music of struggle and protect in the United States

 

Ai Hisano, University of Delaware

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

A history of food color in the United States, 1880s – 1970s

 

Damien Huffer, Australian National University (Australia)

Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)

Prehistoric and historic diet, resource exploitation and social organization within marginal environments of the Near East and Central Asia

 

Karin Jander, Cornell University

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Understanding the mechanism of host sanctions in the fig tree – fig wasp mutualism

 

Katherine Jentleson*, Duke University

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Gatecrashers: The first generation of outsider artists in America

 

Ana Jesovnik, University of Maryland

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Phylogeny, taxonomy, coevolution, and species limits in the fungus-farming ant genus Sericomyrmex

 

Rebecca Kaczkowski, University of Delaware

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Adaptation and integration of modern conservation techniques for natural science conservation

 

Eshun Kayal, Iowa State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Molecular systematics of demosponges in the genomic era: developing new morphology-like molecular tools for taxonomic studies

 

Ashley Kendell, Michigan State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Skeletal trauma: Using Smithsonian databases to evaluate skeletal trauma on the plains

 

Hayan Kim, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Play: Early video art and the American television ecosystem

 

Yuri Kimura, Southern Methodist University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Roles of niche competition on evolutionary change of morphological traits in vulnerable animals

 

Katie Knowles, Rice University

National Museum of African American History and Culture/National Museum of American History (NMAAHC/NMAH)

Fashioning slavery: Slaves and clothing in the U.S. South, 1830-1865

 

Abigail Lapin Dardashti*, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Exploring race in Dominican American art

 

Florence Ling, Pennsylvania State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Lead (Pb) sorption to manganese oxides

 

Maria Luna, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia” (Argentina)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Structural diversity of anuran nuptial pads: An ancient synapomorphy of frogs

 

Shana Lutker, University of California – Los Angeles

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG)

Artists collide: Continuing research on the fistfights of the surrealists

 

Ellen Macfarlane*, Princeton University

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Seeing plus: The photography of group f.64

 

Katherine Markoski*, Oberlin College

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

The imagination of community: Artistic practice at Black Mountain College

 

Amy Marquardt, University of Maryland – College Park

Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)

Novel protective coatings for patinated bronze cultural heritage objects using atomic layer deposited metal oxide barrier films

 

Esperanza Mayobre, Instituto Artesana de la Colonia Tovar (Venezuela)

National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

Columbus, Lope de Aguirre, illegal immigrant and the Skylab Mission 4

 

Bryan McLean, University of New Mexico

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Finding commong ground: Towards an absolute timescale for analyzing the radiation of ground-dwelling squirrels

 

Justin Meschter, University of Maryland

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Understanding deep soil nitrogen and its role in Phragmites australis invasion in tidal marshes along the Chesapeake Bay

 

Rachel Middleman, University of Southern California

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Radical eroticism: Women, art and the transformation of sexual aesthetics in the 1960s

 

Jenna Moore, University of Florida

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Revisionary systematics and molecular phylogenomics of Chaetopteridae, with a focus on the problematic “cosmopolitan” Chaetopterus variopedatus

 

Edward Morris, Harvard University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Sensing time in the Anthropocene

 

Jennifer Nagashima, Cornell University

National Zoological Park (NZP)

Activin in action: Understanding domestic dog folliculogenesis

 

Axel Nielsen, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (Argentina)

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Precolumbian long distance trade in the southern Andes: A view from the collections at NMAI

 

David Ocampo, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Evolution of eggshell structure in tropical birds

 

Kenjiro Okazaki, independent artist from Tokyo, Japan

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG)

The act of drawing as a relative movement between the painter and the support medium

 

Amy O’Neill, Cranbrook Academy of Art

National Postal Museum (NPM)

Postal digital

 

Damian Ortega, independent artist from Tlalpan, Mexico

Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum/Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (CHNDM/HMSG)

Textiles as cultural symbols

 

Giulia Paoletti, Columbia University

National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

La connaisance du reel: Fifty years of photography in Senegal (1910-60)

 

Silvia Pavan, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi (Brazil)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Systematics of the short-tailed opossum (Didelphidae: Monodelphis)

 

Jaime Permuth, School of Visual Arts

Anacostia Community Museum/National Museum of American History (ACM/NMAH)

The street becomes

 

Michele Pierotti, University of Padova (Italy)

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Through a liquid glass to the eye of the beholder: Underwater light and visual ecology of marine fishes

isolated by the Isthmus of Panama

 

Silvia Pineda-Munoz, Macquarie University (Australia)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Decoding the relationship between dental morphology and diet in mammals

 

Miguel Pinto, City University of New York

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Evolutionary history of mammal-trypanosome associations using museum collections

 

Henry Pollock, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Exploring thermal sensitivity across latitude: Are tropical birds more vulnerable to climate change than their temperate-zone counterparts?

 

Aleta Quinn, University of Pittsburgh

National Museum of Natural History/Smithsonian Institution Archives (NMNH/SIA)

Theory and methodology of biological classification before Darwin

 

Aleksandar Radosavljevic, Northwestern University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Systematics, biogeography and evolution of the genus Cynometra

 

Yeni Rahayu, Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

A taxonomic and phylogenetic study of Tetrastigma (Vitaceae) in Sumatra, Indonesia

 

Eduardo Ribeiro, University of Chicago

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Language and prehistory in South America: A reconstruction of Proto-Je and an in-depth investigation of the Macro-Je hypothesis

 

Megan Riley, University of South Carolina

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Climate-induced range expansion

 

Carmen Sarjeant, Australia National University (Australia)

Freer-Sackler Galleries (FSGA)

Tracing prehistoric ceramic technologies in Southeast Asia with ethnoarchaeological methods

 

Tara Saunders, Indiana University

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Secondhand histories: The social contexts of pre-owned personal and domestic objects in America, 1890-1980

 

Susannah Sayler, Syracuse University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Sensing time in the Anthropocene

 

Nina Schleif*, Frankfurt University (Germany)

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Warhol’s drawings of the fifties: Sources, techniques, meanings

 

Christina Seely, California College of the Arts

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Sensing time in the Anthropocene

 

Sean Seyer, Auburn University

National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

U.S.-Canadian air relations before the 1926 Air Commerce Act

 

Erin Sigel, Duke University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Phenotypic, genetic, and genomic consequences of Allopolyploidy in ferns: Establishing Polypodium hesperium as a model system

 

Danielle Simkus, University of Alberta (Canada)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Investigating the link between prebiotic organic chemistry and mineralogy within the Murchison meteorite via TOF-SIMS analysis

 

Vaibhav Singh, University of Reading (United Kingdom)

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Mergenthaler Linotype and Company and their typefaces for the Indian market: Pioneering attempts and subsequent developments in Devanagari type design

 

Praneet Soi, University of California – San Diego

Freer-Sackler Galleries (FSGA)

Project towards generating drawings photographic materials and collages while examining the Smithsonian South Asian and Islamic Collection

 

Lauren Spearman, Rutgers University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

South African grasshopper communities through the lens of community phylogenetics and mathematical biodiversity assessment

 

Juliet Sperling*, University of Pennsylvania

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Animating flatness: Seeing moving images in American painting and mass visual culture, 1820-1895

 

Jennifer Stettler Parsons*, University of Virginia

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

John Sloan: Between Philadelphia and New York, 1892-1907

 

Nawa Sugiyama, Harvard University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Felid sacrifice: Re-assessing human-feline interactions in Ancient Mesoamerica

 

Elaine Sullivan, University of California – Los Angeles

National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

Luba, Kanyok and Kalundwe: Cultural setting and artistic diffusion

 

Carolyn Tepolt, Stanford University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Adaptation to parasitism across a co-evolutionary mosaic

 

Mauren Turcatel, North Carolina State University

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Exploring the evolutionary history of robber-flies (Asilidae) through novel molecular techniques

 

Ana Valenzuela Toro, Universidad de Chile (Chile)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Measuring the very dead from the living: Understanding fossil diversity by analyzing the osteology of modern true seals.

 

Adrian Van Allen, University of California – Berkeley

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Crafting nature: Conservation, biotechnology, and the future of collecting

 

Sonja Walch, University of Vienna (Austria)

National Museum of Natural History/Smithsonian Institution Archives (NMNH/SIA)

Tropical biology in the United States and the Philippines in the early Cold War period: International networks, science and the military

 

Taylor Walsh*, Harvard University

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Medium at the margins: Bruce Nauman, 1965-1972

 

Han-Chih Wang*, Temple University

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

The profane and profound: American road photography from 1930 to present

 

ShiPu Wang*, University of California – Merced

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

The other American moderns

 

Laura Waters, University of Michigan

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Ascent rates of obsidians: Experiments and new model speedometer

 

* Funded by SAAM

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