The Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship Committee is proud to announce that Maureen MacLeod is the winner of this semester's competition for her research proposal "A Society in Flux: Female Education and Societal Transition in Early Nineteenth-Century France, 1799-1830." Maureen will receive funding to conduct her dissertation research. She will also receive funding to cover travel expenses.

Thanks to a generous gift from Dan and Sylvia Walbolt, the department is able to provide this level of funding for one graduate student's dissertation research every semester.

Congratulations to Maureen on this excellent achievement.

Congratulations to Suzanne Sinke, who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as the Fulbright-University of Salzburg Visiting Professor.

Dr. Sinke will have a flexible combination of teaching and research activities that entails at least two class sessions per week, and may include advising or supervising advanced students.

Congratulations to Alex Aviña for being awarded a Stephen Risley Family Fellowship in the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue research and writing.

The Risleys set up this endowment to provide teaching release to allow additional time to pursue research and/or writing projects.

History Department have 8 nominees for this year's Faculty Awards.

And the nominees are....

University Distinguished Teacher Award - Congratulations to Maxine Jones, Neil Jumonville and Pam Robbins for being nominated for the University Distinguished Teacher Award. They have been recognized for their excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

University Teaching Award - Congratulations to Alex Avina, Peter Garretson and Kristine Harper for being nominated for the University Teaching Award. They have been outstanding in many aspects of teaching which contribute to successful teaching and learning.

Graduate Faculty Mentor Award - Congratulations to Darrin McMahon for being nominated for the Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. Dr.Darrin McMahon has been outstanding in his service to graduate students.

We are delighted to welcome Kurt Piehler, the new director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, to the FSU history department.  Dr. Piehler is a specialist in twentieth century American history, and has published widely.  He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers, where he was founding director (1994-1998) of the Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II.  He comes to us from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Richard Mizelle was one of the editors of Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita, published by Brookings Institution Press. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. Commentary and analysis typically focused on what went wrong in the post-disaster emergency response. This forward-looking book, however, presents a more cautiously optimistic view about the region’s ability to bounce back after multiple disasters.

Elna Green was given the Thompson Award for her article "Hidden in Plain View: Eugene Poulnot and the History of Southern Radicalism," which was judged the best article published in the Florida Historical Quarterly during the calendar year 2006.  In presenting the award, the editors noted, "The committee cited the depth of the research, the presentation of new material and the clarity of writing as reasons for choosing this article for the award."

Charles Upchurch published Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform with University of California Press. "This book fills an aching gap in the history of male homosexuality in Britain, the mid-years of the nineteenth century. Charles Upchurch shows the importance of this period in foreshadowing what was to come in the greater dramas of the late century, signaled by Wilde's disastrous fall. But more than this, the book refuses to see homosexuality as a thing apart. Its history is firmly located in a dense history of families, communities, rapid change, new forms of policing, and social reform. The result is a compelling account that illuminates dark corners, and throws new light on the familiar. It is a major contribution to our understanding of sex between men in a period of dramatic change."—Jeffrey Weeks, author of The World We Have Won: The Remaking of Erotic and Intimate Life

Frederick R. Davis published The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology with Oxford University Press.  "Davis gives us a picture of what it meant to be a naturalist in the twentieth century, and he ties Carr to the long tradition of naturalists going back to Linnaeus. But he does a lot more. He ties natural history to ecology, environmental science, and conservation biology. Carr is a perfect subject for doing this, and the book gives a wonderful picture of how closely these subjects are interrelated."-- Paul Farber, Professor of History of Science, Oregon State University