Roanoke History Professor Receives Research Fellowship to Cambridge

SALEM, Va. - Jacob Lauinger, assistant professor of history, has been named the first recipient of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Research Fellowship, a newly endowed three-year award given in partnership by the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge. The fellowship is designed to encourage young post-doctorate scholars in their research efforts.

Through the fellowship, Lauinger will focus on the Bronze Age city of Alalakh and the empire of Yamhad. Lauinger will spend much of next year in Cambridge studying materials that were unearthed from the Alalakh ruins decades ago. The second part of Lauinger's research involves translating 126 clay tablets from the ancient city of Adab. Though discovered over 100 years ago, Lauinger will be the first to read them.

Dr. Michael Hakkenberg, interim vice president and dean of the College, expects that Lauinger's experience will reap many rewards for Roanoke. "He'll be able to bring some of this material back to the classroom. He'll be able to involve a student in this research project once he gets back. It has direct benefit to the College," Hakkenberg said.

"It's going to be wonderful to have the time to sit and think" about his work, says Lauinger, who will return to campus in 2010. His work will be incorporated into an Undergraduate Research Assistants Program. Through a project called "Archeological Illustration and Ancient Mesopotamia", Lauinger will involve a student in his research.

The fellowship program was established through a grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

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Released: July 27, 2009
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