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Contact Student-Scholar Partnership (SSP) Program Coordinator Kristen Mullin: mullin@brandeis.edu

Spring 2018 SSP Partnership List

1. Pnina Abir-Am (Resident Scholar) and Arielle Levisohn (Student) – "The Role of Women Scientists in the Discovery of RNA Splicing"  
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Description: The discovery of RNA splicing in 1977 is one of the most important landmarks in molecular biology; it was recognized with the Nobel Prize in 1993. The discovery features several women among its co-authors, yet the recognition went to two male lab directors only. By focusing on the intersectionality of gender, ethnic, and age biases, as well as the power structure in pertinent scientific institutions and disciplines, the project seeks to understand why the contributions of these women scientists, especially those who participated as first co-authors, are still neither well known, nor understood, four decades later. The project has conducted oral history with women and men scientists from the US, Scotland, Switzerland, Israel, Poland, and Canada.

2. Rosalind Barnett (Resident Scholar) and Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman (Student) – “‘Get Real: How Girls and Woman Can Overcome the Need to Please and Lead Authentic Lives” Research Assistant”  
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Description:  My writing partner and I are completing work on a draft proposal for a trade book. We will then develop a full book proposal, which I will work on with the SSP through the spring semester.  Our premise:  In the U.S., there are two deeply-rooted and pervasive major narratives for how to grow up female: the "Nice" girl who is self-sacrificial and always puts others first, and the "Seductive" girl who is predominantly concerned with how she looks and dresses and measures herself in terms of male attention. At the same time, there is a strong current push for women to be authentic. In this book we dive deeply into the bind females are in when being authentic violates both the Ms. Nice and the Ms. Seductive mandates.

3. Mary Berg (Resident Scholar) and Talia Franks (Student) –  "South American Literature Translation and Interpretation for Different Audiences"

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Description:   Translating into English works of fiction by Clara Ronderos, Goran Tocilovic, Francisco García González, Laidi Fernández – all famous and important South American Authors.  The goal is to get them published and distributed  so more people will become familiar with these distinguished authors and their works.

4. Susan Eisenberg (Resident Scholar) and Devi Acharya (Student) – "On Equal Terms: Gender and Solidarity"

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Description: On Equal Terms: Gender & Solidarity is a web-based, interactive art exhibition with a Landing Page and 12 unique rooms about women who work in the construction trades (still 2.5% of the workforce after almost four decades). Based on a touring 900-square-foot mixed-media art installation, On Equal Terms (combining audio, poetry, photographs, 3-D mixed media, witness, artifacts), that first exhibited in Brandeis’ Kniznick Gallery, the website is set to launch April 2018, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of federal affirmative action. Student Partner will assist me, the Curator/Researcher/Artist, working with a team that includes a Lead Developer in Brooklyn and Graphic Designer in Ann Arbor.

5. Janet Freedman (Resident Scholar) and Sivan Ben-Hayun (Student) – “Feminism and Zionism: Incompatible? Says Who?” Political Discourse"

Description: As part of project to foster open and constructive dialogue on feminism, Judaism, Zionism and antisemitism, I am seeking a student to work with me to plan and implement a three-session study group for students, faculty and, if space allows, some community participants. The planned Dialogues on Feminism, Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism will be co-sponsored by the Brandeis WSRC and the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.

6. Nance Goldstein (Resident Scholar) and Danielle Rock (Student) – “Leader Stories – Doctors Handling Sticky Leadership Situations: A Podcast for Emerging Physician Leaders to Tell Their Stories (and Learn to handle the problems of leading change)”

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Description: Today's seismic shifts in US healthcare now demand leadership capabilities of many clinicians who never previously saw themselves as leaders   This project relaunches my podcast, “Finding Me in Medicine Again”. The shows are for physicians who are emerging or aspiring leaders and they will focus on messy moments in leading people through change and innovation. The show will be less than 10 minutes and will each focus on one physician’s story of how they handled a messy leadership moment. The story will be followed by a few reflective questions about what they learned. I’d like to offer handouts / supportive materials for those interested in improving their ability to handle that situation.

7.  Melchor Hall (Resident Scholar) and Daniela Julivic Marquez (Student )  - "Dark Bodies, White Spaces: Navigating Black Feminist Art & Epistemology in Predominately White Institutions"

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Description: This collaborative project will engage the WSRC specifically, and Brandeis University broadly, in a discussion about the placement of Black bodies (in art) and Black bodies of knowledge within (and beyond) these institutions. Contemporary discourses about “diversity” rarely engage in active desegregation of white spaces that intends to both reckon with separatist pasts and current marginalization. This project boldly centers Black feminist art and knowledge in an engaged dialogue about the placement of our artistic, physical and epistemic bodies within (or on the margins of) white spaces.

8. Karen Hansen (WSRC Director) and  Ruhi Roy (Student) –Mentoring for Interracial Leadership: Educators & Students at a Working-Class High School” Research Assistant"

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Description:  In the spring of 1970, a conflict erupted over whether to burn a U.S. flag on the campus of Sunnyvale High School. The working-class campus in the heart of Silicon Valley often faced racial tensions, particularly between Mexican-American and African-American students. Educators and students worked to establish a respectful campus dialogue and a more inclusive curriculum. Interracial Leadership and Learning analyzes the mix of resources, vision, commitment, and creativity that led to SHS’s turn around.

9. Amelia LeClair (Resident Scholar) and Jake Sibley (Student) – "Creation of a Musical Performance Edition of Dame Ethel Smyth's ‘Mass in D’"

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Description: Creating a performance edition in Sibelius of Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D, one of the great larger works by a great woman for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. This piece is currently only available in manuscript, and under copyright in Europe, however I have received permission to create an edition in the US.  Once a performing edition is created, parts can be extracted and the work can finally be performed as frequently as it should be. SSP will help decipher and transcribe into Sibelius the handwriting and notation of the score

10. Ruth Nemzoff  (Resident Scholar) and Eliana Padwa and Juliana An  (Students, 25 hours each) –  "Jewish Family and Life Advice Columnist and Writer"

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Description: We will write advice columns on Jewish life from multi-generational perspectives. We will also work on a project on how to talk about feminism and Zionism. In addition, we collaborate in using email and social media for professional purposes.

11. Karen Rosenthal (Resident Scholar) and Amelie de Germay de Cirfontaine (Student) – "Updating Marketing of Fine Art Photography and Workshops in the Digital Age"

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Description:  Seeking Home: Stories from a Troubled World is a social media project that tells the plight and concerns of displaced people via photos, videos, and their own personal narratives. Participants will share their unique stories- why they left their original homes and what they have encountered since. By having their accounts posted online, they might discover a more caring world than they previously thought existed.   This semester, we are taking our use of social media further as we explore possible social platforms to work on an online art/activist/awareness project regarding refugees in the world who are forced to flee and seek new homes.  We are particularly interested in Syrian refugees who are now in the Boston area.

12. Phoebe Schnitzer (Resident Scholar) and Lily Elderkin (Student) -  "Survey of Pre-College Sexual Education Curricula: Undergraduates rate their Experiences"
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Description: The Survey addresses the nature and quality of pre-college sex education as experienced by undergrads at Brandeis and UMass Lowell.Students share their recommendations as to desirable sex/growth ed programs for high school students. Their views add crucial information to the ongoing national debates about sex ed curricula.
13. Sukeshi Sondhi (Scholar) and  Katherine Mound (Student) – “’WSRC Arts Walk’ Assistant”

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Description:  The Mentor, under the guidance of the Exhibitions Committee, would like to install a campus wide exhibition of artworks created by WSRC scholars, Brandeis students, alumni and faculty and invited artists. The aim is to promote dialogue about important issues and the ever-changing challenges related to women, gender, and social justice. The project aims to enhance spaces on campus through a series of small exhibitions featuring photography, painting, sculpture, outdoor art, performance and video

14. Susan Wilson (Resident Scholar) and Arianna Unger  (Student) – "Women and Children First: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Susan Dimock"

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Ddescription: Though her name lives on in Roxbury's Dimock Street and in the Dimock Center that still straddles that road, Susan Dimock's (1847-75) important story has been essentially unknown in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To her contemporaries in Boston of the 1870s, however, she was known as a strong, selfless pioneer in American medicine — among the first group of physicians to provide professional health care by, and for, women, and one of the finest, most respected surgeons (male or female) in Massachusetts. I am working on the first full-length biography of her life.