Faculty and Student News

Congratulations to Leila Porter 

Prof. Leila Porter received a $28,000 grant from the Foundation Conservation Food and Health to work with two parasitologists next summer to look at tamarin health.

She also was given a "Reconocimiento" for her help establishing and promoting the Estacion Biologica Tahuamanu. It is a research site she set up for her Ph.D. thesis and which has now become a 3,000 ha reserve.

Aaron Fogleman awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Prof. Fogleman is a presidential research professor in the Department of History, he has won the Guggenheim Fellowship. Fogleman is among 173 artists, scholars and scientists selected for the award from nearly 3,000 applicants. He was one of only three U.S. historians named as Fellows. 

Beatrix Hoffman received the John Hainds Undergraduate Humanities Award

The purpose of the Hainds Award from NIU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is "to enrich the content of programs and courses in the humanities and to foster interdisciplinary instruction, cooperation and scholarship in the liberal arts." 

Christina Abreu receives funding for Latinx Oral History Digital Project

Christina Abreu, Department of Center for Latino and Latin American Studies/History, was informed by the Division of Research and Innovative Partnerships (RIPS) that her Research and Artistry proposal has been funded to support the work of the Opportunity grant program, “NIU Latinx Oral History Digital Project.” The proposal was one of 27 selected for funding out of 67 submissions to the 2018 Research & Artistry competition. 

James Cohen wins Fulbright

James Cohen will spend the summer of 2019 in Uruguay as a Fulbright Scholar. The associate professor of ESL/Bilingual Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction will work alongside Aldo Rodriguez, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations.

Anne Hanley awarded a Fulbright to go to Brazil in spring 2019. 

Dr. Hanley will be hosted by the Economics Department of the Universidade de São Paulo in Ribeião Preto, where she will teach a graduate course on the economic history of Brazil and will conduct research with Professor Renato Leite Marcondes on the history of credit and banking in the early twentieth century.

We would like to recognize Franciso Solares-Larrave for the following 

  • A paper presented at the LASA Congress in Lima, April 28-May 2 2017, titled "Los textos comunicantes y la respuesta cultural hispanoamericana."

  • The publishing of his short story "Retrato" which will be published the month of November in the book "Conjuro y concilio: narrativa fantástica centroamericana"

  • He will also be directing the NIU Toledo Study Abroad Program in the summer of 2018.

Congratulations to Mayra Daniel for her recent publications and presentation 

Books: Daniel, M. (2017). (Ed.). Culture, language and curricular choices: What teachers need to know about planning instruction for English learners. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Daniel, M. (2017). (Ed.). English learners at the top of the class: Reading and writing for authentic purposes. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Journal: Burgin, X., & Daniel, M. C. (2017). Language teaching in an Ecuadorian urban secondary institution: Una exploración de la enseñanza del inglés en una institución urbana en Ecuador. GIST Education and Learning Research Journal, 14, 107-134.

Keynote Presentation: Daniel, M. (2017, February). Celebrating past and future educational achievements in Guatemala. Keynote Presentation at the XI International Literacy Conference, Antigua, Guatemala.

Kudos to Leila Porter on her recent publications, grants and research

Leila Porter recently helped to teach a course for Bolivian and Peruvian students called “Ecología y Conservación de los Primates en Bolivia” from May 21st -June 3rd, 2017. The course was held at the Universidad Mayor San Andres and the Zoológico Vesti Pakos Sofro in La Paz, Bolivia. The class was organized by the Colección Boliviana de Fauna, and was funded by a grant Leila received from the Primate Action Fund (part of the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Fund and Conservation International).

Leila and her colleagues also received two grants from the Endangered Species Fund of the Chicago Board of Trade - Chicago Zoological Society, and the Conservation Fund of the International Primatological Society. The grants helped fund a project which aims to investigate the genetic diversity of the smallest monkeys in the world, the pygmy marmosets (Cebuella pygmaea), in Ecuador, Peru and

Bolivia. Leila is working with Peruvian and Ecuadorian colleagues as well as geneticists at the University of Texas and the University of Michigan on this research.

In addition, Leila and her coauthor Dr. Wendy Erb published, “The littlest helpers: what we know (and don’t know) about cooperative infant care in callitrichine primates”, in Evolutionary Anthropology in 2017 [26(1):25-37].

Summer Research Symposium

CLLAS is proud of the work Vivi and Maria conducted with Dr. Abreu this summer as part of the NIU Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). They presented their work on the Latinx Oral History Project at the Summer Research Symposium on August 10, 2018.

SROP students

2018 Scholarship winners:

  • Erica Vivaldo, Marcelin Scholarship
  • Erin Hernandez, CLLAS Scholarship

Congratulations to our graduating seniors 
minoring in Latino and Latin American Studies.

  • Laura Vivaldo Cholula,
  • Erin Hernandez,
  • Lia Sanchez, and
  • Ricardo Segura, Jr.

Kudos to Marc Reynolds, on defending his dissertation and earning his Ph.D. in History. 

Thank you to our Huskie Service Scholars for all of their hard work this semester for CLLAS

  • Maria Aristeo
  • Valery Guaman
  • Nancy Hernandez
  • Monica Lopez
  • Pablo Valencia

CLLAS congratulates Laura Vivaldo-Cholula

She was named the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) Emerging Leader.She will receive her award at the 2018 ILACHE Conference being held on April 20th at ISU this year.

Congratulations to both our Huskie Service Scholars and Latino & Latin American Studies Minors

The following students were recently selected as the 2018 Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation Scholarship recipients:  

  • Maria Aristeo
  • Alejandra Macias
  • Pablo Valencia


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