news & notes 2015-2016 Center Fellow Ashley Currier will present at this year's American Sociology Association conference in Chicago, discussing her recent project, "Local Mobilization Against LGBT Rights Organizing in Liberia." To find out more about her exciting research, click here. Sociology Professor Dr. Bessett's research on TV's impact on the perceptions of pregnant women, in relation to pregnancy and birth, will be featured at the American Sociological Associations conference in Chicago. For more information her project "As Seen on TV: Women’s Views on Television Representations of Pregnancy and Birth," or on Dr. Bessett, click here. Dr. Bessett will also be presenting at the ASA conference in Chicago. Kristi Nelson, recently retired professor and senior vice provost, received the President's Award for Excellence award for her 36 years of service with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Nelson has filled many positions while at UC, including recent service as the interim A&S Dean. For more information on this award or Dr. Nelson, please follow the UC new profile, here. Congratulations to Charles Phelps Taft Professor C. David Minda, of Mathematical Sciences, for earning the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Professor Award! In winning this award, Professor Minda continues his long, distinguished track record of excellence in teaching. To view the announcement, please click here. Congratulations to Nicasio Urbina, Romance Languages & Literatures, who was awarded the George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works! To view the announcement, please click here. Taft is proud to be a sponsor of "Modern Aspects of Complex Geometry: a conference in honor of Charles Phelps Taft Professor David Minda," which will take place in Swift Hall 800, Mary 14 – 17. For more information, you can visit the conference website here.