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Current SSP Partnership List Spring 2017


Prepared by Kristen Mullin, SSPP Coordinator

Student - Scholar Partnership (SSP):  

Partnership List Spring 2017

Prepared by Kristen Mullin, SSP Coordinator

1. Pnina Abir-Am (Resident Scholar) and Jaime Korner (Student) -  Historical Perspectives on Women Scientists in the Discovery of RNA Splicing

Project Description: RNA splicing is a major discovery which will mark its 40th anniversary in 2017.  This project seeks to provide a historical perspective on women scientists who served as key co-authors of the discovery, yet were not included in major awards, including the Nobel Prize, given to their lab directors.  The project focuses on oral history with women co-discoverers, as well as with witnesses from the 1970’s.

2. Rosalind Barnett (Resident Scholar) and Danielle Rock (Student, 25 hours) (Student) – “Move Over, Ms. Nice” Book Project

Project Description: In our society, girls from an early age are reared be “nice;” i.e., selfless, self-sacrificing, and non-assertive. They are also taught to value “openness,” honesty, forthrightness, and self-affirmation.  These two values are mutually exclusive, creating a bind that men do not confront. In our new book, my colleague, Caryl Rivers and I, explore the origins and ramifications, as well as resolution, of this crippling bind.

3.  Mary Berg (Resident Scholar) and Benjamin Rozonoyer  (Student) – Translation of Columbian and Cuban Short Stories into English

 Project Description: Increasing interest in Cuban and other Latin American writers is opening publisher’s doors to possibility of translation of good writers.  This project is focusing on the short story collection of Cuban writer Laidi Fernandez de Juan and Francisco Garca Gonzalez.

4. Helen Berger (Resident Scholar) and Christa Caggiano (Student)  - Practicing Alone: Women and Men Who Worship the Goddess Outside of Groups

 Project  Description: Using a large international survey this project compares and contrasts, beliefs , practices, and political activity between solitary and group practitioners of a feminist form of spirituality—contemporary Paganism.  The data is being used to write a book, which is almost complete and is currently under contract with the University of South Carolina Press.

5. Susan Eisenberg (Resident Scholar) and Natalia Wialter (Student) – Women in the Construction Trades: “On Equal Terms-Virtual” Art Exhibition

 Project  Description: “On Equal Terms—Virtual” is a web-based, interactive art exhibition about women in the construction trades (still 2.5% of the workforce after almost four decades) which is planned to launch late spring 2017. It’s 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 in 2008. 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, Michigan.

6. Janet Freedman (Resident Scholar) and Ruth Fertig (Student) – How Mass Media shapes struggles against racism, ageism, class bias and gender oppression in the TV series "Transparent"

 Project Description: I have been working on a project on language and activism, with a recent focus on how mass media shapes struggles against racism, ageism, class bias and gender oppression. This semester I will be focusing on how these issues are represented in the television series, Transparent.

7. Nance Goldstein (Resident Scholar) and Olivia Givens (Student) – Leading Healthcare Innovation - A Guide to Mastering Leadership in Turbulent Time

 Project Description: Leading innovation requires very different capabilities than leading the status quo. Moreover, the current turbulence demands more and better leaders to re-invent healthcare. This project will create a guide that unpacks the vague, confused concept of “leadership” to clarify the challenges healthcare leaders actually face and want to succeed in and enable them to find ways to gain these capabilities. It uniquely will identify the skills healthcare leaders truly need to lead innovation and clarifies where and how they can gain them.

8. Margaret Gullette (Resident Scholar) and Danielle Rock (Student, 25 hours) – Ageism Books Project

 Project Description: This project is working to finish an index of a crossoverbook called Ending Ageism, or How Not To Shoot Old People.  Student’s role will be to help choose the rubrics for the Index, by re-reading the chapters, and then filling in page numbers.  Skills in editing, revision, and publishing will be sharpened and honed.

9. Amy Leclair (Resident Scholar) and Dominique Norgaisse (Student) – Creation of a Musical Performance Edition of Dame Ethel Smyth's Mass in

Project Description: This project will focus on the creation of a performance edition using Sibelius software.  Scholar and Student will focus on Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D, one of the great larger works by a woman for chorus, soloists and orchestra.

10. Ruth Nemzoff (Resident Scholar) and Polina Barker (Student) – “Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family” Advice Column

 Project Description: I am the advice columnist for several Jewish newspapers, so the student and I will be writing these columns together. Also, we will be blogging about contemporary family issues as well as politics. Additionally, we will write speeches and create PowerPoints on these topics.  The student will add his/her ideas to mine and will be the leader in teaching me where to explore on line. S/he will provide technical skills for doing so and will write and edit with me.

11. Shulamit Reinharz (Founding Director, WSRC) and Tova Perlman and Alona Weimer (Students, 25 hours) – My Father’s Holocaust Survivor Memoir Book

 Project Description:: When my father retired from his job about 40 years ago, one of the first things he did was write his memoirs, covering from the time of his birth to the age of 24 (1921-1945). He gave me a copy of the completed memoir along with hundreds of documents he saved. I need research assistance to: 1) translate documents from German or from Dutch, OR 2) go through all the accumulated archival documents and suggest how they can be incorporated into the book I am writing;  OR 3) go through the library holdings to se what supplementary material belongs in the book.; OR student to read about gender and the Holocaust to see if I have overlooked anything.

12. Rosie Rosenzweig (Resident Scholar) and Ben Notis (Students) – The Role of Mindfulness in the Creative Process

 Project Description:  The Role of Mindfulness in Creativity is a book in progress about mindfulness in the creative process. This will  hopefully demonstrate how artists, regardless of their areas of expertise, their experience or inexperience with mindfulness, all experience similarities during the process of creating - sometimes called “flow.”  Flow is equated to a meditative state in this book. Culling from interviews with over 40 artists, the book will show how each artist is in a state of some kind of mindfulness: some do this while engaged in a vigorous activity like exercise, other. We may need to question meditators about their experience to equate it to “’Flow.”

13. Phoebe Schnitzer (Founding Director, WSRC) and Rebecca Joseph (Student) – Gender and Achievement Concerns: The Evolving Meaning of “Fear of Success”

 Project Description: Since its introduction by Matina Horner (1969), “Fear of Success” (FOS) has evolved from a groundbreaking construct highlighting gender differences, to a hotly contested characterization of women, and eventually to an idea viewed with widespread skepticism. Asking, “To what extent was FOS a phenomenon of its times?” our research examines responses of female and male undergraduates from different eras and different populations as they completed stories to the   cue, “After first term finals, Anne/John finds her/himself at the top of her/his medical school class.” With a central focus on gender differences, the research highlights the evolution of earlier to current success themes, and their relationship to the social climate of each era.

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

 Project Description: 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.