GSU’s College of Arts and Sciences Announces DECA Winners for 2011-12

Awards funded through charitable giving to the college

Georgia State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has announced the winners of this year’s Dean’s Early Career Awards: Assistant Professors Vladimir E. Bondarenko of Mathematics and Statistics, Eric Friginal of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language, and Daniel Robin of Communication.

The Dean’s Early Career Awards provide research funding to rising faculty stars each year. The award is designed to help the College of Arts and Sciences attract and retain the best and brightest scholars, researchers, and creative artists. The awards are funded through charitable gifts made to the college.

Each recipient will be celebrated at a reception in the early spring and will receive a salary supplement in recognition of their outstanding success.

“In three very different fields, these assistant professors are helping to push the boundaries of the research and creative work done in the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Dean William Long. “I couldn’t be more pleased to celebrate and support their success.”

Vladimir E. Bondarenko is a specialist in bioinformatics, the use of mathematics and computer analysis to understand biological systems. His research interests include modeling and analysis of neural networks, cardiac cells, and cardiac arrhythmias. Bondarenko has published 47 articles and nine book chapters, and his research is supported by the American Heart Association.

Eric Friginal, a corpus linguist, researches cross-cultural interactions in outsourced call centers, and has also done extensive comparative research into how English is spoken in a variety of Asian nations. He was one of the primary investigators for a $1-million grant from the U.S. State Department to build links between Georgia State University and the University of Baghdad.

Daniel Robin won the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking for his film “My Olympic Summer.” The same year, Filmmaker Magazine named Robin one of its “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” He has created five episodic web video series, all of which can be seen at his website, neighborhoodfilms.com. His work has also been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Robin recently completed work on a short film titled “The Rabbi and Cesar Chavez,” which has screened at multiple film festivals in 2011.

—Reported by College of Arts and Sciences Writer Ann Claycombe, (404) 413-5047