This year USU students won five of the top eight awards in the Yengich Latin Competition, an annual state-wide contest in Latin translation involving students from the three college-level Latin programs in Utah (Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Brigham Young University). Cash prizes are awarded. It is sponsored every year by Nick Yengich, a Salt Lake City lawyer, in honor of his father, who was a Classics Professor. Students compete in two levels of Latin sight translation, and first through fourth place winners are selected for each level. USU students dominated this year's awards. In the first level, Eric Follett took first place, Marie Pack second and Genevieve Draper fourth. In the second level, Rebecca Richards took first and Ian Graham third. Congratulations to these outstanding USU Latin students for their excellent translation skills.
At the invitation of USU alumnus Willy Lensch, History graduate student Chuck Oughton presented his research at Harvard Medical School on Thursday, January 15, 2009. Speaking before a colloquium of biomedical research scientists at Children's Hospital Boston, Chuck reviewed the text of a seventeenth-century medical treatise which he has transcribed and translated as part of his Master's Thesis work with USU Prof. Mark Damen. The presentation included an overview of the disposition and content of the book which was written by Johann Schultz, a German Renaissance physician. Only a few copies of it still exist worldwide, one of which is at Harvard's Countway Medical Library. The text entitled Trichiasis Admiranda ("A Wondrous Case of the Hairy Disorder") may represent one of the earliest documented cases of a rare type of tumor called a teratoma. Chuck's latest visit to Boston has permitted him to refine his analysis of the primary text and also presented a unique chance to discuss his work with an interested audience outside of his own field. According to Lensch, "I saw Chuck's visit as an incredible opportunity for my colleagues to hear firsthand about his work with the Schultz text. Science is about so many things beyond the experiment in front of us in the lab that day. It has an incredibly rich history and I was so pleased that Chuck was able to visit and provide us with a glimpse of that past." As part of the team working on Schultz' book, Chuck hopes soon to publish his transcription and translation along with a commentary on the text.
Farmer, former USU History major and now Assistant Professor of History
at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, has won the 2009
Francis Parkman Prize from the Society for American Historians for his
book On Zion's Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape
(Harvard University Press, 2008). The Parkman
Prize is awarded annually for the best nonfiction book on an American
theme published the previous year. Prof. Farmer is also author of Glen
Canyon Dammed: Inventing Lake Powell and the Canyon Country (Univ.
of Arizona Press, 1999). Click here
to read more about Jared's achievement.
Kelly Jones won the award for Best Graduate Paper at the Phi Alpha Theta Conference in March, 2008. The title of her paper was “The Divorce of a Nation.”
Joshua Pineault has been selected as a 2008 Governor Scholar. He is one of fifty students nominated across the state, each scholar chosen by the president of his or her university. He will be attending a luncheon alongside the other recipients with Governor Huntsman at the Governor's Mansion on April 15, 2008. Joshua is also a 2008 recipient of the Helen B. and Lawrence O. Cannon Award. The merit-based Cannon Awards go to two Honors students, who have acquired distinguished track records and who show exceptional promise for future excellence. Congratulations, Joshua!
On October 9, 2007, seven History majors and minors were awarded "A" pins for two consecutive terms of 4.0 grade-point average. Click here to read more about these students.
Congratulations to Jami Van Huss for placing 3rd in the 2007 Leonard J. Arrington Writing Awards.
USU fielded 18 presenters at this year's regional Phi Alpha Theta conference held on the campus of Weber State University, March 26, 2005. All the other schools combined had 15. Nancy Thatcher won for best paper on Women's History. Scott Davis won for best overall undergraduate paper. Jennifer Holland won for best overall graduate paper. That's half of the total number of awards given! Congratulations to the winners and all who participated!
Scott Davis had a paper accepted for presentation at the 2005 meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in April. As this is a professional organization of Classics teachers and professors, it is a high honor for an undergraduate student to be asked to deliver a paper! Many congratulations, Scott!
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