LASER news for Spring 2020

LASER news for Spring 2020

Francis Morales, last year's LASER/Cardinal Health Intern, will be joining Cardinal Health as a full time employee starting May 5, 2020.

Irma Zamora was awarded the John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year for the study of English and Latinx Studies.

Susi Martinez (LASER 2017) is now a first-year MPH student at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. This semester, she is an intern at the National Center for Children in Poverty.

LASER Coordinator Peyton del Toro just accepted to join the PhD program in English at Ohio State.

Dr. Theresa Rojas, founding member of LASER, just received tenure at Modesto State College.

Yesenia Alvarez Padilla and Jessica Rivera gave a presentation entitled “The Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research program: Increasing Latinx representation in higher education” and Jessica Rivera, Rebecca Cepeda and Victoria Olivo presented “Don't be Self-Conchas” Testimonios from Latina Doctoral Students at a Predominantly White Institution” at the AAHEE conference. Yesenia Padilla was awarded the Critical Difference for Women: Women of Color Professional Development Grant to attend the conference.

Angela Acosta was awarded the Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship to present research at the Feminist inter/Modernist Association Conference (postponed to April 2021).

Anthony Palmiscno received the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, Ohio State's highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided to graduate students. Ten winners are selected each year.

Katlin Sweeney presented “Latinxs With Convictions: Narratives of Ethnoracialized Criminality in Riverdale” at the International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, New Orleans. Katlin is also the winner of The Sheldon Sacks Award for her paper “Plea Deal Compounds: Black Women's Anger in 'the System' of Bitch Planet.” The Sacks Award has been awarded since 1997 when James Phelan established it to honor the teacher who introduced him to narrative theory. She is also the co-Winner (with Macey Phillips) of the 2019-2020 Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Instructor.

Laura Fernandez is a Visiting Assistant Professor, Bates College Maine.

Carlos Kelly presented “Digital Mestizaje: Subverting Learned Culture through Video Games” at the 2020 Hayes Forum and presented “Dawning the Mask: Digital Mestizaje and the Relationality of Narrative Focalizer, Latinx Erasure, and the Other in Transmedial Spider-Person Stories” at the International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, New Orleans.

Rolando Rubalcava presented “A Reduction in Suffering: Applying the Principles of Medical Humanities to Address the Needs of ELL Students in Freshman Composition.” 2020 Hayes Forum Presenter.

Dennin Ellis presented “The Construction of Common Narrative and Identity in the ‘National Epic.'” 2020 Hayes Forum.

Karen Castro: Participated in the “Higher Education Brazil: Access, Equity, and Opportunity” in 2020

Irma Zamora was named the winner of Amherst's John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year for the study of English and Latinx Studies.

Cristina Rivera passed her Candidacy Exams in English and presented “Is Miles Spiderman? The Negotiation of Brown Power in Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse” at the International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, New Orleans.

Danielle Orozco passed her Candidacy Exams in English and presented “#Untying Undocu-Narratives in 21st Century TV” at the International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, New Orleans.