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SAS Faculty Win Awards (2008)

Congratulations to the following award-winning SAS faculty members!

In the School of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate and graduate students have the extraordinary opportunity to study and work with world-class professors recognized for their outstanding teaching and research.  Here are just a few examples of faculty from across the disciplines whose scholarship has brought them recent honors and national recognition:

Lee Cronk, Graduate Program Director and Professor of Anthropology, Bonnie Firestein, Associate Professor of Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Kristjan Haule, Assistant Professor of Physics, Sumit Guha, Professor of History and Director of the Program in South Asian Studies, Tim Maudlin, Professor of Philosophy, Bryce Nickels, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Kristen Springer, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Emil Yuzbashyan, Assistant Professor of Physics.

 Humanities:

 

Sumit Guha

Sumit Guha, Professor of History and Director of the Program in South Asian Studies, received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to work on his book, Governing Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, 1600-1900.


Tim Maudlin

Tim Maudlin, Professor of Philosophy, received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to pursue the creation of new mathematics for specifying the geometrical structure of space and time. This mathematics would replace standard topology as a means of describing geometry without regard to any metrical structure and then see time as generating the basic geometry of space-time.

Life Sciences:

 

Bonnie Firestein

Bonnie Firestein, Associate Professor of Cell Biology & Neuroscience, was given a 2007 NARSAD Independent Investigator Award which is officially known as the Toulmin Investigator Award.  With this funding, Firestein will explore the role of CAPON, a gene linked to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in neuronal development.  The hope is that by targeting a CAPON signaling pathway, therapies can be developed that are specific for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

Bryce Nickels

Bryce Nickels, Assistant Professor of Genetics, has been selected as a 2008 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.  Nickels will receive a $240,000 award over four years to support his research exploring the possibility that a novel form of small RNA- mediated gene regulation exists.


Physical and Mathematical Sciences:

 

Emil Yuzbashyan

Emil Yuzbashyan, Assistant Professor of Physics, received a Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering, which provides $625,000 in research funding for five years. This marks the first time the Packard Foundation has awarded this coveted fellowship to a Rutgers professor. Yuzbashyan's research is in condensed matter physics, a field examining the properties of matter at temperatures close to absolute zero.

Kristjan Haule

Kristjan Haule, Assistant Professor of Physics, has won a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a highly competitive award intended to enhance the careers of the best young faculty members working in seven fields of science, and has been awarded an NSF CAREER award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of early career- development activities with special emphasis on integrating research and education.

Social Sciences:

 

Lee Cronk

Lee Cronk, Professor of Anthropology, will be a Visiting Member at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, and Beth Leech, Associate Professor of Political Science, will be a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a Visitor at IAS, to work cooperatively on a book on the evolution of cooperation.

Kristen Springer

Kristen Springer, Assistant Professor of Sociology, was selected as a 2008-2010 Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University to pursue her research on the intersection of biological, genetic, and social determinants of gendered health disparities.  This prestigious fellowship provides two years of protected time to support burgeoning leaders in population health.

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