UCLA Egyptology Recognized
By Hans Barnard
Elaine Sullivan receives the Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research
Nominated out of more than the 1,000 postdoctoral scholars at UCLA, Elaine Sullivan received one of only six available Chancellor's Awards for her work on developing Digital Karnak during a ceremony on May 11. After receiving her PhD in Egyptology from Johns Hopkins University, Elaine came to UCLA in 2007 to assist in the development of a digital
model of the Ancient Egyptian temple at Karnak, near Luxor, and the associated tools for teaching at different levels as well as academic research. To view the result, visit http://dlib.etc.ucla.edu/projects/Karnak/.
She is now working with the Keck Digital Cultural Mapping Program to coordinate and facilitate the three-quarter class in digital cultural mapping that is currently being offered to undergraduate and graduate students, see http://www.keckdcmp.ucla.edu/. Together with UCLA faculty and staff, most notably Diane Favro, Lisa Snyder and Willeke Wendrich, Elaine did and does a stellar job on both projects.
Eric Wells receives the ARCE Award for the Best Student Paper
During the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, in Oakland from April 23-25, Eric Wells, graduate student in Egyptology at UCLA, received the award for the best student paper for his lecture on the iconography and material culture of personal piety based on his research of clay and stone stelae found in Abydos in Middle Egypt.
Willeke Wendrich publishes new book on Egyptian archaeology
Near Eastern Languages & Cultures and Cotsen Institute of Archaeology faculty member Willeke Wendrich recently published the well received next installment in the Wiley-Blackwell series Studies in Global Archaeology with the title Egyptian Archaeology. This edited volume concentrates on the recent developments in Egyptian archaeology based on the original research of the authors.