National and global news about Rhodes students and alumns.

National and global news about Rhodes students and alumns.

Physics Students’ Participation on International Astronomical Research Team Opens Doors for Galactic Discovery

Rhodes sophomores Hadley Lim and Lily Whitesell are part of an international astronomical research team, thanks to the work their Rhodes physics professor Dr. David Rupke is doing in preparation for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to launch in 2021. The team of astronomers—made up of students, postdoctoral researchers, professors, and other scientists from around the world—have been writing software used to study quasars, which are bright, active supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies.

Science Students from Rhodes Win Awards at Biomedical Research Conference

Three Rhodes students won awards for their research presentations at the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) virtual conference recently hosted by the University of Arkansas. They are Will Newman ’21, Dasha Safarian ’21, and Kameron Klugh ’22. Students from more than 20 colleges and universities participated in the conference.

Charlaine Harris ’73 Named Mystery Writers of America Grand Master

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has named prominent Rhodes alumna, Charlaine Harris Schulz ’73­­, a 2021 Grand Master. The New York Times bestselling author, who writes under the name Charlaine Harris, has published 13 novels in her Southern Vampire series, which was adapted by HBO into the popular television series, True Blood.

Madison Zickgraf ’21 Honored to Be Among Finalists for Highly Coveted Rhodes Scholarship to Study in Oxford

Madison Zickgraf, a senior English major from Mount Juliet, TN, made the list of American finalists for the 2021 Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and perhaps the best-known international fellowship program, which enables exceptional young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Applicants for the Rhodes Scholarship must be endorsed by their college or university. Zickgraf was lauded for her intelligence, drive, insightfulness, and empathy by her recommenders at Rhodes College.

Prof. Dan Cullen Named to New National Task Force Focused on Campus Free Expression

Dr. Dan Cullen, professor of political science at Rhodes College, has been named to a new national task force addressing ways leaders in higher education can ensure their campuses flourish as places of open inquiry, free expression, and inclusion. The Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression was launched by the Bipartisan Policy Center located in Washington, D.C., and is made up of college presidents, professors, administrators, and civic leaders.

From the White House to Tumblr, Victoria McCullough ’07 Seeks Public Policy Impact

With an impressive resume that includes time in the White House and service in the Department of Homeland Security, Victoria McCullough ’07 credits Rhodes with influencing her career path in community service and activism. Now serving as the Director of Public Policy and Social Impact at Tumblr, McCullough says that her affinity for social activism is more important than ever.

Prof. Kijan Bloomfield Awarded Grant for Project Focusing on Impact of COVID-19 on Africana Religious Communities

Dr. Kijan Bloomfield, assistant professor of religious studies, has been awarded a $7,500 grant for her project titled “Lived Africana Religion in the Time of COVID-19.” The award is from Columbia University’s Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation. Bloomfield will document and archive the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Africana religious traditions, globally.

Twenty Rhodes Students Compete in Fulbright Award Competition for 2021-2022

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and provides grants for English teaching assistantships as well as for individually designed study/research projects. Twenty Rhodes students have been nominated for Fulbright U.S. Student awards to be used for the 2021-2022 academic year. Winners will be announced throughout Spring 2021.

Rhodes Announces 2020 Alumni Awards

Three annual alumni awards, presented annually at Alumni Convocation during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend are announced. Chloe Hakim-Moore ’16 is recipient of the 2020 Young Alumni Award, Melanie A. Hillard ’92 has been selected as the 2020 Black Student Association Distinguished Alumni Award, and Allen Reynolds ’60 is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award.