Lois Ferrari, professor of music, is a finalist for the 2014 American Prize in Community Orchestra Conductingand the Austin Civic Orchestra, which she conducts, is a finalist in the Community Orchestra Performance category. Dana Zenobi, assistant professor of applied music, is a finalist in the Professional Art Song division, and senior Melissa Krueger is a finalist in the College/University Opera division.
In May, Thomas Howe, professor of art history and coordinator general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in Italy, delivered a book-length manuscript of the publication of one of the most important ancient Roman gardens ever found - the Villa Arianna of Stabiae.
Howe assumed personal direction of the excavation from 2007 to 2010 and study afterward, and worked with more than a dozen authors and specialists to produce a model interdisciplinary study of the first garden to provide archaeological proof of the kind of “fictive thicket” garden, long known through the famous garden fresco of the Villa of the Empress Livia at Prima Porta outside Rome (pictured). The volume will be published as a monograph in the Quaderni of the Rivista di Studi Pompeiani, both in Italian and English.
Professor of Religion Elaine Craddock received a Fulbright grant to fund her research on transgender communities and Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu, India, during her spring 2016 sabbatical.
Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky was selected to be on the editorial board for the Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art and Architecture, which will be part of the Oxford Art Online project and will appear as finished print 3-volume printed set with approximately 1350 entries.