2012 Awards

Research and Course Development: “Embodied Cosmology: or Cognitive Archeology of Early Chinese Tombs” 

Eugene Wang (Faculty of Arts and Sciences -History of Art and Architecture)


Together with colleagues at Sichuan University, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and the Institute of Han Pictorial Art at Beida, Eugene Wang (FAS-History of Art and Architecture) will spend 2.5 years studying Han cliff tombs to align materiality-driven disciplines (archeology and art history) with concept-driven disciplines (religion, intellectual history) in the study of the technology of the body and cosmic consciousness in ancient China. Ultimately, Professor Wang will develop a new course and produce a manuscript based on his findings.


Training: “Harvard Medical School Medical Mandarin” 

Qin Shan (Harvard Medical School-Children’s Hospital)


Over the next 1.5 years, Qin Shan (HMS-Children’s Hospital) will assist HMS/HSDM/HSPH students in developing basic language skills to communicate effectively with Mandarin-speaking patients. Students will be taught common medical Mandarin terms and expressions and gain a thorough understanding of traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese culture through language study.


Workshop and Forum: “Humanities Education for Non-Humanities Undergraduates”

Jay Harris (Faculty of Arts and Sciences -Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations) Billy So (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology)


Jay Harris (FAS-Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations) and Billy So (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology) have been awarded 2 years of funding to organize workshops and a forum to examine and reflect on humanities general education at the two universities and other sample cases, with the goal of engaging in the broader discourse on humanities education for non-humanities majors in a global age.


Research and Seminar: “Low-cost Water Purification Systems for Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water in Rural China”

Byron Good (Harvard Medical School) and Arthur Kleinman (Harvard Medical School/Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Anthropology)


In collaboration with colleagues from the Shanghai Mental Center and the Peking University Institute for Mental Health, Byron Good (HMS) and Arthur Kleinman (HMS/FAS-Anthropology) will spend two years: 1) piloting an innovative model of family support group intervention; 2) developing a strategic plan for addressing social stigma associated with mental illness in China; and 3) organizing a set of seminars and workshops to advance student research on the topic.


Course Development: “Landscape and Ecological Urbanism: Future Alternatives for Beijing Part 3” 

Kongjian Yu (Graduate School of Design)


Visiting Professor Kongjian Yu will offer part 3 of his advanced studio course in spring 2012, assisted by visiting Critic Adrian Blackwell and GSD Lecturer Stephen Ervin, and again in conjunction with Peking University. The same over-arching issues will be addressed as in the past two studios: the social, ecological, urbanistic, and other impacts of the expansion of Beijing into its periphery, particularly emphasizing the new ‘foothills strategy’ to prevent further urbanization from spreading into the agricultural plains, and rather encourage development up into the foothills of the surrounding mountains to the west and north. This year’s study area is the Qinglonghu township, Fangshan district, 60 km southwest of Beijing.