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Faculty news roundup - May 4, 2020

Sharmin Tunguz, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, was recently invited to blog for Psychology Today. Her first blog post, “Emotional Labor: What It Is and What It Is Not,” was published April 26 and then promoted by the publication as an “Essential Read.”

Rebecca Upton, professor of sociology and anthropology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Faculty Scholar award to Botswana for the 2020-21 academic year for her project, “ART Adherence Versus Cultural Compliance: Drug Therapy and Decision-making in Botswana.” This is Upton’s third Fulbright award for ethnographic and global health research in this region of Southern Africa. Her initial research was supported by the J. William Asher and Dorothy A. Asher Fund in the Social Sciences and other monies at DePauw. Because of the global pandemic, the U.S. State Department has put a hold on travel for Fulbright awardees until January and Botswana has been on lockdown and declared a state of emergency for at least six months, so Upton is unsure what the future will hold.

Meanwhile, she has accepted a visiting distinguished faculty appointment in anthropology and Africana and Latin American studies at her alma mater, Colgate University, where – if the Fulbright opportunity does not come to fruition – she will teach medical anthropology and global health and help the university build a global health program. 

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