• The Turkish Coalition of America notified Shawn Powers and Tamer Cavusgil (in RCB, and the main partner on the Maymester Istanbul study abroad program) that they have been awarded a $10,000 grant to support the Istanbul program. This is the second year in a row TCA has provided this grant.
  • Congratulations to Ethan Tussey, who was recently notified that he has won one of the university’s Research Initiation Grants.  The project he has successfully proposed is “Boredom Amplified: Investigating Mobile Media Use in Social Spaces.”  The award will help fund project work over the coming summer and next academic year.
  • Some of you have kept up with Erica Jamison, one of our film alums, who in 2006 founded Mint, which organizes art exhibitions and collaborations with the goal of showcasing emerging artists.  Mint’s new location (at 636 North Highland), Young Blood boutique, sells independently made crafts and offers classes.  A recent “Atlanta City Guide” published in the Guardian (London), 3/18/14, named Mint and the Young Blood boutique as one of the city’s “top ten galleries, art attractions, and events”: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/mar/18/top-10-art-galleries-attractions-atlanta
  • Tony Lemieux was recently interviewed by WXIA-TV (the NBC affiliate) about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that has been missing since March 8. Lemieux, who has been hesitant to call the incident terrorism, says the nonstop coverage of the vanishing plane would be exactly what a terrorist would want. “That’s one of the things terrorism is designed to do, is to get that attention and sustain it,” he said. Lemieux wants to see a motive before he puts that label on the missing plane. “The speculation is there, the questions are there,” he said. “This is an exceptionally rare and strange sort of occurrence.” Lemieux was also interviewed for a story about the plane on CBS46.  The WXIA interview link here: http://www.11alive.com/story/local/2014/01/01/6550153/?storyid=6550153