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Faculty Honors and Awards 2013

Faculty members of the School of Arts and Sciences are leaders in their fields. 

This section documents the awards, research discoveries, and grant and fellowship activities of SAS faculty.

(Faculty: Have any good news to share? Please email your news to Kara Donaldson for inclusion in our next report.)

Twenty-seven mathematicians at Rutgers were named fellows in the inaugural class of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in 2012. Current faculty members in the Department of Mathematics are: Haim Brezis, Gregory Cherlin, Henryk Iwaniec, Jeff Kahn, Michael K.H. Kiessling, Joel L. Lebowitz, James Lepowsky, Yanyan Li, Roger D. Nussbaum, Fred S. Roberts, Eduardo Daniel Sontag, Hector J. Sussmann, Simon Thomas, Jerrold B. Tunnell, Michael S. Vogelius, Robert Lee Wilson, and Doron Zeilberger.

Ousseina Alidou (African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures) and Abena Busia (English and Women’s and Gender Studies) conducted an international workshop on “Gender and Higher Education in Africa” as part of a joint project of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Rutgers University Center for African Studies, in Dakar, Senegal, October 29-31, 2012.

Emily Allen-Hornblower (Classics) was awarded a fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. for the 2013-14 academic year.

Eva Andrei (Physics and Astronomy) was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to research and for being an active contributor to the international scientific community.

Shawn M. Arent (Exercise Science and Sport Studies) is the principal investigator on a grant from Ultimate Wellness Systems, Inc. for a study entitled “Safety and efficacy outcomes related to use of a proprietary weight-loss supplement in conjunction with a diet and exercise program in overweight adults.”

Gail Ashley (Earth and Planetary Sciences) received the 2012 Geological Society of America, Laurence L. Sloss Award for Sedimentary Geology which is given annually to a sedimentary geologist whose lifetime achievements best exemplify those of Larry Sloss — achievements that contribute widely to the field of sedimentary geology and through service to the Geological Society of America.

Ulla Berg (Anthropology and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies) was selected for a short-term residency at UC Irvine from the University of California Humanities Research Institute’s Collaborative Compositions, January 2013, and the Richard Carley Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, April 2013.

Abhishek Bhattacharjee (Computer Science) received an NSF Career Award.

Edyta Bojanowska (Germanic, Russian, and Eastern European Languages and Literature) has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars with residency at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton to work on “Empire and the Russian Classics,” 2013-2014.

Yarimar Bonilla (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies) has a fellowship from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to work on “Guadeloupe is Ours: Labor, History, and Sovereignty in the French Antilles,” Fall 2013.

Andrew I. Brooks (Genetics) received a $1,000,000 award sponsored by Vascular Cures for “RUCDR/ Vascular Cures Service Agreement.”

Ethel Brooks (Sociology) was a US-UK Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of the Arts London and a 2012-13 Fellow with the Transnational Center for Art, Identity and Nation, and the Chelsea-Camberwell-Wimbledon Graduate School, University of the Arts London and was named a Mellon Fellow in the Digital Humanities, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (August 2012).

Linda Brzustowicz (Genetics) was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and received an award for over $2,000,000 sponsored by SNJ-Department of Health and Senior Services-NJ ACE Program titled “Elucidating Genetic Components of Autism and Related Disorders.”

Charlotte Bunch (Women’s and Gender Studies) was honored by the Global Fund for Women at its 25th Anniversary Gala with the creation of the Charlotte Bunch Human Rights Defender Award to be given to activists from around the world.  Professor Bunch was introduced at the event by the Honorable Hillary Clinton.

Oscar Kristen Buros (Psychology) received the 2012 Aaron T. Beck Award, presented by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy each year to an individual who has made significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy.

Sharon Bzostek (Sociology) was named a Research Associate at the Center for Research on Child Well-Being at Princeton University, August 2012.

Oriol Carbonell-Nicolau (Economics) was a Visiting Fellow at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at University of Chicago, April 2013.

Karen A. Cerulo (Sociology) was named the 2013-2014 Robin Williams Lecturer by the Eastern Sociological Society.  She will give a lecture at the 2014 ESS meetings and will travel to campuses on the east coast to deliver the lecture as well. She won the 2013 Eastern Sociological Merit Award, an honor given to distinguished scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline, the profession, and the ESS.

John W. Chambers (History) was awarded a Fulbright appointment as a Senior Specialist Scholar at the University of Rome, spring 2013.

Gretchen Chapman (Psychology) is Co-PI with Rutgers Psychology Ph.D. alumna Alison Galvani on an NSF grant, “Collaborative research: Cross-national differences in vaccination as unselfish behavior.”

Rong Chen (Statistics and Biostatistics) was awarded an NSF grant for three years of funding for “Collaborative research: Modeling and analysis of fracture network for shale gas development and its’ environmental impact.”  

Young-mee Yu Cho (Asian Languages and Culture) was awarded the thirty-first Sejong Presidential Award for Merit in Korean Language by the Republic of Korea for her contribution toward Korean language education.

Jolie Cizewski (Physics and Astronomy) was recognized by the American Physical Society as the Woman Physicist of the Month for November 2012. 

Drucilla Cornell (Political Science) has been awarded an A-1 Ranking by the National Research Foundation of South Africa for having gained extraordinary international recognition for work at the cutting edge of her fields.    

Amy Cohen (Mathematics) received the 2013 Louise Hay Award at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego in January 2013, for achievements in mathematics education. The citation specifically mentions Professor Cohen’s leadership of the New Jersey Partnership for Excellence in Middle School Mathematics, and her significant service to professional organizations.

Martha Cotter (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) is the principal investigator on a new 3-year grant from the US Department of Education under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program. This award will provide four graduate fellowships per year for Ph.D. students in the Graduate Program in Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Carlos Ulises Decena (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies) was awarded Honorable Mention for the Latino Section Book Prize from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for his first book, Tacit Subjects.

James Delborugo (History) was awarded a joint American Philosophical Society/British Academy Fellowship for Research in London to assist with his ongoing research on Hans Sloane, summer 2013.  He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, fall 2013, to work on his project “Empire of Curiosities.”

Leah DeVun (History) won the 2013 John Nicholas Brown Prize, for her book Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time, awarded annually by the Medieval Academy of America for the best first book in medieval studies.

Lee Dicker (Statistics and Biostatistics) was awarded an NSF grant for three-year funding for “Dense and sparse problems in high-dimensional data analysis.”

Mark Doty (English) won the Jerome Shestack Prize, given by American Poetry Review for the best poems published in this journal in 2011-12.

Richard Ebright (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received a $5.15 M grant from the National Institutes of Health Partnerships for Development of Therapeutics and Diagnostics for Biodefense program.

Ahmed Elgammal (PI) (Computer Science) has received an NSF award titled "Detecting Abnormality in Images."

Tina Eliassi-Rad (Computer Science) won the best interdisciplinary paper award at the Proceedings of the twenty-first ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM’12) on October 2012.  The paper (coauthored with Hanghang Tong, B. Aditya Prakash, Michalis Faloutsos, and Christos Faloutsos) is titled “Gelling, and Melting, Large Graphs by Edge Manipulation.”  

Lynn Festa (English) has been named a Fellow at the National Humanities Center, North Carolina, to work on her project “All Things Human in 18th C Britain,” 2013-2014.

Bonnie Firestein (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) was awarded a 2012 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award by The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.  Dr. Firestein has also been named the Marion G. Nicholson Investigator and was awarded a patent for her work on snapin.

Nicole Fleetwood (American Studies) is the recipient of the 2012 Lora Romero Prize for First Book Publication of the American Studies Association for her book Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (University of Chicago Press, 2012) .

Robin Fox (Anthropology) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research and for being an active contributor to the international scientific community.

Paola Gambarota (Italian Studies) has been awarded the American Association for Italian Studies Book Prize for Category 18th and 19th century for her book Irresistible Signs (University of Toronto Press, 2011, winner of the MLA Scaglione Publication Award, 2010).

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi (Anthropology) was awarded a two-year grant from the New Directions in the Study of Prayer Program of the Social Science Research Council (2012-14) to support “An Ethnography of Religious Labor in an Indian Muslim Community” and was awarded a Fellowship at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies, France, 2012-2013.

Daniel Goldstein’s (Anthropology) recent book, Outlawed: Between Security and Rights in a Bolivian City (Duke UP 2012), was selected as a John Hope Franklin Center book.

Douglas Greenberg (History) will be a Senior Fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in Spring 2014 to work on his project “The Holocaust Nobody Knows: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Jews of Wolyn, 1900-2000.”

Jonathan Gribetz (History) was awarded Harvard University's Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica, 2013-2014, for a new research project entitled: "Nationalisms in the Holy Land: A Comparative Study of Religion, Reform, and Secularization in Jewish and Arab Nationalism."

Richard Gundy (Statistics and Biostatistics) received an invitation to join the inaugural class of Fellows of American Mathematical Society (AMS) in September 2012 in view of distinguished contributions to mathematics.

Charles G. Haberl (African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures) (in association with Butler University Professor James McGrath and Rice University Professor April DeConick) has been awarded another National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholarly Editions grant for a project to translate the Mandaean Book of John from Mandaic into English.

Kristjan Haule (Physics and Astronomy) was has been awarded a 2013 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists from The New York Academy of Sciences: "The Blavatnik Awards celebrate innovative and impactful researchers age 42 or younger working in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering."

Gary Heiman (Genetics) received the President’s Special Award from the American Psychopathological Association for his innovative studies on comorbidity between Neurologic and Psychiatric disorders.

Jody Hey (Genetics) received an award sponsored by NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences titled “Maintenance and Development of the IMa Progam.”

Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology) was awarded a one-month residential fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy, June 2013, and a Faculty Fellowship (2013-2014) from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on her new book project, "Gender, Law and the Problem of Culture: Maasai Struggles for Gender Justice." She was awarded Honorable Mention for the Senior Book Prize of the American Ethnological Society for her recent book, Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous: Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberal World (Indiana 2011).

Allan Horwitz (Sociology) received the 2012-2013 Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award from Rutgers University. The Award is given for outstanding scholarly achievement to a Rutgers faculty member who has also performed exceptional service to the University community. He is the author of two books (Creating Mental Illness and The Loss of Sadness) named as among the seven “most notable books” in the Sociology of Mental Health and Illness over the past decade, in Contemporary Sociology, 42 (March 2013).

Jennifer Hunt (Economics) was appointed Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor where she reports directly to the Secretary of Labor, February 2013.

Gregory Jackson (English) was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, 2013-14.

Toby Craig Jones (History) joined the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a non-resident scholar in July 2012.

Lee Jussim (Psychology) won an American Publishers 2012 PROSE Award in Psychology for professional and scholarly excellence for Social Perception and Social Reality.

Jeffry Kahn (Mathematics) (with co-authors A. Johansson and V. Vu) was selected to receive a 2012 Fulkerson Prize. These prizes are jointly sponsored by the Mathematical Optimization Society and the American Mathematical Society, and they are awarded every three years in recognition of an outstanding paper in discrete mathematics.

R. Daniel Kelemen (Political Science) was awarded the Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2011 on Western Europe prize and the European Union Studies Association Best Book Prize for a book on the EU published in 2011 or 2012 for Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2011).

R. Daniel Kelemen (Political Science) is a Visiting Research Scholar in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University to work on his project “Constructing the European Judicial System,” 2013-2014.

Joanna Kempner (Sociology) was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Star-Nelkin Paper Award from the Science, Knowledge and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association for her paper “Forbidden Knowledge: Public Controversy and the Production of Nonknowledge” (August 2012).

Stacy Klein (English) spent the year as a Solmsen Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012-13.

Spencer Knapp (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) is the principal investigator of an award of over $1,600,000. The project “Validation of New Antimalarial Leads” is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Joachim Kohn (Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience) was recently named an Honorary Professor at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.
Joachim Kohn (Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received two new grants to collaborate on studies of nerve grafts and graft survival from the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine of the US Department of Defense at the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials.

Robert Kopp (Earth and Planetary Sciences) received the 2012 William Gilbert Award of the American Geophysical Union. The Gilbert Award recognizes excellence in scientific rigor, originality, and impact; leadership and service to the Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism research community; and development of cross-disciplinary research areas and methods.

Swastik Kopparty (Computer Science and Mathematics) is one of this year’s 20 recipients of a Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics. He was awarded a five-year NSF CAREER grant in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research.

Eileen Kowler (Psychology) is the Inaugural Recipient of the 2013 Davida Teller Award from the Vision Science Society. The award is given to an outstanding woman vision scientist with a strong history of mentoring.

Lauren Krivo (Criminal Justice, Sociology) was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division on People of Color and Crime, American Society of Criminology, November 2012.

Casimir Kulikowski (Computer Science) was named an Honorary Fellow of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) at the General Assembly held in Beijing, October 2012.

David Kurnick (English) is the Bundy Scott Professor at Williams College, fall 2013.

Jing Li (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) is one of the first six recipients of the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Award in clean energy to recognize mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy. Li is recognized for her contributions in the Innovation and Technology Development category.

Jing Li (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was elected as a Fellow of AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a prestigious peer honor recognizing contributions to science and technology.

Barry Loewer (Philosophy) is the Principle Investigator of a recently awarded Templeton grant of $1,500,000 for Philosophy of Cosmology.

Amélie Marian (Computer Science) and Thu D. Nguyen received a Google Research Award for their proposal "Remembrance of Data Past: Using Context in Personal Information Search," July 2012.

Richard Martin and Marco Gruteser (Computer Science) and Yingying Chen of Stevens Institute of Technology received the “Innovators Award” from the Inventors Hall of Fame for designing and testing a smart phone application that pinpoints whether a cell phone user is sitting on the driver’s or passenger’s side.  Their research has been funded by NSF and its goal is to curb accidents blamed on drivers talking or texting behind the wheel.  The hope is that this new technology spurs cell phone makers to pursue commercial development of the concept.

Tania del Mar López-Marrero (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Geography) received a one year grant of more than $46,000 from the National Ocenaic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study coastal vulnerability to natural hazard in Puerto Rico.

Susan Martin-Marquez (Spanish and Portuguese) was awarded an NEH fellowship for 2013-14.

Louis Masur (American Studies, History) won the annual Abraham Lincoln Institute book prize for Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War of the Union (Harvard University Press, 2012).  

Terry Matilsky (Physics and Astronomy) received the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's 2012 Richard H. Emmons Prize for lifetime achievement in teaching astronomy.

Tara C. Matise (Genetics) received an award sponsored by NIH/NHGRI titled: “NHGRI EpiGen Var Coordinating Center – Administrative Supplements.”

Danielle McCarthy (Psychology) has won the New Jersey Psychological Association 2012 Emerging Researchers Award.

Jeff McMahan (Philosophy) was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies, Goethe-Universitat of Frankfurt am Main.

Dimitris Metaxas (Computer Science) received an NSF Grant titled “MRI: Development of a Near-Real-Time High-Accuracy Musculoskeletal System Measurement and Analysis Instrument (SKELETALMI).”

Bruce Mizrach (Economics) received an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Grant “ Strategy and Network Econometrics," 2013-14.

Gregory Moore (Physics and Astronomy) was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012.

Robert Moss (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation for "Structure and Reactivity of Transient Carbenes" marking more than half a century of continuous NSF support for research in the Moss laboratory at Rutgers (since 1965).

Wilma Olson (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was awarded a Visiting Fellowship by the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge (UK) for the 2012 Programme on Topological Dynamics in the Physical and Biological Sciences.

Benjamin Paul (Art History) received a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Gerda Henkel Foundation fellowship to work on “Art and Reform in Late Sixteenth-Century Venice,” 2013-2015.

Paul Poast (Political Science) received the Walter Isard Award from the Peace Science Society (International) for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Field of Peace Science, 2012, which is awarded every two years.

Joseph Potenza (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), recognizing over 44 years of service to the advancement of chemistry and the education of students.

Jasbuir Puar (Women’s and Gender Studies) is a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and will work on “Posthumanist Politics of Occupation,” 2013-2014.

Karin Rabe (Physics and Astronomy) was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as in the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to research and for being an active contributor to the international scientific community.  

Joanna Regulska (Geography) participated in the 2013 Fulbright International Education Administrators program in Korea, Fulbright Korean-American Educational Commission.

Carolyn Rovee-Collier (Psychology) was chosen as an honoree of the Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences (FABBS), honoring those who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

Thomas Rudel (Sociology) received a major grant to study REDD based forest expansion, food consumption, and reduced emissions agricultural policies (REAP) in the Ecuadorian Amazon from the National Science Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development PEER (Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research).

Amrik Sahota (Genetics) has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the College of American Pathologists for demonstrating knowledge of CAP process, inspection techniques, and commitment to helping laboratories improve patient care.

Diana Sanchez (Psychology) is PI on an NSF grant “Exposure to Biracial Americans and Changes in Essentialist Beliefs.”

Liliana Sánchez (Spanish and Portuguese) visited the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú as the Franklin Pease Garcia Irigoyen Professor, Fall 2012.

Melitta Schachner (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) was an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong and was elected to the German Academy of Sciences in July 2012.

Nathan E. Schroeder (Genetics) received an award sponsored by SNJ - CCR – Commission on Spinal Cord Research titled: “Stress induced neuroplasticity in C. Elegans: A new paradigm to study neuronal outgrowth.”

Richard Schroeder (Geography) was awarded this year's AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography for his book Africa after Apartheid: South Africa, Race and Nation.

Daniel Seidel (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) recently obtained NIH funding in the amount of $1.4M for the next five years for his proposal, “Development of Strategies for the Functionalization of Amines.”  The goal of the proposal is to develop mild and widely applicable methods for amine functionalization via C-H activation.

Edward Selby (Psychology) received the 2013 International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) Young Investigator Award.

Samah Selim (African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures) was awarded the University of Arkansas Arabic Literature Translation Award for 2011 for her translation of Jurji Zaidan’s Tree of Pearl (Shajarat al-Durr).

Jeffrey Shandler (Jewish Studies) was awarded a USC Shoah Foundation Institute Senior Fellowship for spring 2013.

Jane Sharp (Art History) was awarded an NEH Fellowship at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Tanya Sheehan (Art History) was appointed a Non-Residential Fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, 2013.

Saharon Shela (Mathematics) was awarded the 2013 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research by the American Mathematical Society, which is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics.

Evie Shockley’s (English) most recent volume of poetry, the new black, was named an honor book in poetry at the 2012 BCALA Literary Awards and was awarded the 2012 Hurston Wright Legacy Award.

Gleb Shumyatsky (Genetics) is the Principal Investigator in a grant sponsored by the March of Dimes titled “Microtubule-mediated synaptic trafficking may be critically involved in normal maternal care and may be a risk factor in developing postpartum depression.”

Holly Smith (Philosophy) was awarded three residential fellowships to complete a book manuscript during 2013-14.  The fellowships are the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowship at the Princeton Center for Human Values, a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a fellowship at the National Humanities Center at the Research Triangle in North Carolina.  She accepted the latter.

Rachel Somerville (Physics and Astronomy) is the 2013 recipient of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, which is given annually to recognize outstanding work in the field. The award is given jointly by the American Astronomical Society and the American Institute of Physics and is awarded without regard to country of origin or residency.

Kristen Springer (Sociology) was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant titled “Spouses’ Health at Midlife and Wife Breadwinning Dynamics Across the Life Course.”

Arlene Stein (Sociology) was named a Fellow at the Mellon Sawyer Seminar entitled “Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences,” CUNY Graduate Center (2012-13.

Stephen Stich (Philosophy) was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Templeton Foundation and the Fuller Theological Seminary to conduct the largest and most systematic cross-cultural study of philosophical intuitions ever undertaken.

Zhiqiang Tan (Statistics and Biostatistics) was awarded an NSF grant for three-year funding totaling $100,000 for his proposal, “Advances for Complex Surveys with Auxiliary Information and Missing Data.”

Larry S. Temkin (Philosophy) served as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University for the academic year 2011-2012.

Jay A. Tischfield (Genetics) received numerous grants including an award of almost $2.5M sponsored by NIH-NIDA and an award sponsored by The Henry M. Jackson Foundation – NIMH for almost $6M.

Jay A. Tischfield and Gary A. Heiman (Genetics) received an award sponsored by New Jersey for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders, Inc.

Robert Triver’s (Anthropology) book, The Folly of Fools, was selected by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012.

Kathryn Uhrich (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was the Turner Alfrey Visiting Professorship at Michigan Macromolecular Institute (sponsored by Dow), 2012. She is the first woman selected for the distinguished Turner Alfrey Visiting Professorship since its inception in 1973 at the Michigan Molecular Institute. As a leading scientist in polymer research, she taught a course, “Designing Polymers for Biomaterials Applications,” June 2012.

David Vanderbilt (Physics and Astronomy) was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research and for being and active contributor to the international scientific community.

Michael P. Verzi and Lourdes Serrano de la Pena (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the Busch Biomedical Grant.

Laura S. White (Italian) received a Visitorship in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton for Spring 2013.

Eugene N. White (Economics) was named a directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales-Paris.

G. Terence Wilson (Psychology) received the 2012 Aaron T. Beck Award, presented by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy each year to an individual who has made significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy and the Academy of Eating Disorders 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the transformative impact of his work on clinical and scientific advances.

Long-Jun Wu (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) was invited as a Guest Professor (3 year tenure) in Anhui Medical University, Hefei, China, Feb 2013.

Han Xiao (Statistics and Biostatistics) was awarded an NSF grant for three-year funding for his proposal “Statistical Inference for Nonstationary Time Series.” 

Ping Xie (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) (PI) was awarded NIH, NCI grant for the project entitled: Molecular mechanisms of B cell malignant transformation.   
Minge Xie and Rong Chen (Statistics and Biostatistics) were awarded an NSF grant for one year funding for their proposal “Conference on Advanced Statistical Methods for Underground Explosion Monitoring and Verification.”

Jinchuan Xing (Genetics) received an award sponsored by Busch Biomedical Grant. The award is titled: “Correlating piRNA and mobile element expression in human individuals,” Total Costs: $25,000 for projected period: 7/1/12 – 5/1/14.

Carla Yanni (Art History) received the Mark C. Stevens Researcher Travel Fellowship from the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan to fund her research on the architecture of dormitories.

Eviatar Zerubavel (Sociology) was awarded Honorable Mention in the PROSE Award (in the “Sociology and Social Work” category) by the Association of American Publishers for his book Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community, Oxford University Press.

Andres Zervigon (Art History) was the recipient of a Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. for 2013-2014. He also declined a one-year Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellowship.

CunHui Zhang (Statistics and Biostatistics) was awarded an NSF grant for three-year funding for “Statistical inference with hi-dimensional data analysis.” 

Cesar Zucco (Mathematics) will be a Member at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, 2013-2014, to work on his project “Making Redistribution Acceptable to the Wealthy.”




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