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Faculty Honors and Awards 2015

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.)

Ousseina Alidou (African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures)and Abena Busia (English and Women’s and Gender Studies) and the Center for African Studies have been awarded a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship under the auspices of the Institute for International Education for collaborative research, training, and co-curricular development and other capacity building projects in partnership with African universities Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, the University of Ghana, Legon, Tubman University in Liberia and the University of the Gambia.

Tewodros Asefa (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was awarded the CNPq Science Without Borders Fellowship through the Brazilian Government, Fall 2014, and was a Visiting Professor at Universidade Estadual de Maringá (Maringá State University), Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil; 2014-2015.

Andrew Baker (Physics and Astronomy) has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Robert Bartynski (Physics and Astronomy) has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ricardo Bianchini (Computer Science) has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, January 2015.

Sarah Blake McHam’s (Art History) book, Plinyand the Artistic Culture of the Italian Renaissance, won the 2014 Roland H. Bainton Prize of the Sixteenth Century Studies Society for the best Art and Music History book of 2013.

Alyson Brooks (Physics and Astronomy) has been named a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. 

Linda Brzustowicz (Genetics) was elected Science Committee Chair of the NJ Chapter of Autism Speaks, October 2014, and named Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, January 2015.

Charlotte Bunch (Women’s and Gender Studies) received the CUNY (City University of New York) School of Law Dean’s Award, March 11, 2015.

Qian Cai (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received an NIH R01 grant and an Alzheimer’s Association grant to continue his research.

Jose Camacho, Jennifer Austin, Nuria Sagarra, Liliana Sánchez (Spanish and Portuguese) received a National Science Foundation Grant for a workshop on bilingual morphology, at the International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB 10), May 20-24, 2015.

Susan Carroll (Political Science) received the Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies Award from the Political Studies Association (United Kingdom) in London on November 25, 2014.

David Case (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) received the President's Award from the International Society of Quantum Biology and Pharmacology, June 2014, and the 2015 American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research.

Sang-Wook Cheong (Physics and Astronomy) was elected Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), January 2015. KAST is the South Korea's highest intergraded think-tank for science and technology. Sang Cheong is one of seven new fellows in the area of Natural Science, and one of two new fellows in the area of Physics.

Piers Coleman (Physics and Astronomy) received a Simons Foundation Fellowship.

Drucilla Cornell (Political Science) was given an award by the National Research Foundation of South Africa for lifetime achievement of outstanding research. She is one of two A1 ranked researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the country of South Africa.

Harry Crane (Statistics and Biostatistics) was awarded a two year NSA Young Investigator Grant due, 2011-2013.

Charles Dapogny (Mathematics) was awarded the Prix Thiess de Rosemont / Demassieux by the Chancellerie de Paris.

Lee Dicker (Statistics and Biostatistics) has been awarded a five year NSF CAREER Grant.

Zaire Dinzey-Flores (Sociology) was named co-winner of the 2014 American Sociological Association's Community and Urban Sociology Section Robert E. Park Prize for her book Locked In, Locked Out: Gated Communities in a Puerto Rican City (2013, University of Pennsylvania Press).

Paul Feehan (Mathematics) will be at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, 2015-2016.

Bonnie Firestein (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received an NSF grant, a New Jersey Commission Brain Injury Research grant, and a New Jersey Commission Spinal Cord Research grant.

Daniel Friedan (Physics and Astronomy) was named Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

Paola Gambarota (Italian) received a 2015-2016 Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Eva Halkiadakis (Physics and Astronomy) has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, in the Division of Particles and Fields.

Pernille Hemmer (Psychology) has been awarded a five year NSF CAREER Grant.

Allan Horwitz (Sociology) was named winner of the 2014 American Sociological Association’s  Best Faculty Book award from the Section on Evolution, Biology & Society for his book All We Have to Fear: Psychiatry's Transformation of Natural Anxieties into Mental Disorders (with J.C. Wakefield) (2012, Oxford University Press).

Ying Hung (Statistics and Biostatistics) has been awarded a five year NSF CAREER Grant and the 2014 Tweedie New Researcher Award from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

Saurabh Jha (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with colleagues on the High-Z Supernova Search Team and the Supernova Cosmology Project for their “most unexpected discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.”

Bahman Kalantari’s (Computer Science) article, “The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra for Artists,” originally published in Math Horizons has been selected for publication in “The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014,” a publication of Princeton University Press.

Mike Kiledjian (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received an NIH grant entitled, “Regulation of Mammalian mRNA Decapping,” July 2014 - June 2018.

Valery Kiryukhin (Physics and Astronomy) has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Joachim Kohn (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) received the 2014 Healthcare Institute of New Jersey’s Research Award for meritorious leadership and contributions to New Jersey’s life sciences community, October 8, 2014.

Alex Kontorovich (Mathematics) has been awarded a five year NSF CAREER Grant.

Lauren Krivo (Sociology) receivedNational Science Foundation grants: “EAGER: Developing an Application for Assessing Respondent Experiences of Their Surroundings in Real Time” with Sociology professors Hana Shepherd and Zaire Dinzey-Flores; and “Crime and Community in a Changing Society: The National Neighborhood Crime Study 2.”

Alex Kusnecov (Psychology) received an NIMH grant to investigate the effects of maternal immune activation with the bacterial T cell superantigen, Staphylococcal Enterotoxin A (SEA), on postnatal behavioral responses to psychological and immunological stressors/

Richard Lau, Parina Patel, Dalia Fahmy, and Robert Kaufman’s (Political Science) paper, “Correct Voting Across Thirty-Three Democracies: A Preliminary Analysis,published in the British Journal of Political Science, 44 (April) 2014: 239 – 259, received the 2014 GESIS KlingemannPrize for the Best Comparative Study of Electoral Systems scholarship completed in 2013 at the 2014 American Political Science Association annual meeting in August. Lau and Kaufman are professors in the department; Patel and Fahmy are former graduate students in the department.

Joel Lebowitz (Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy) received the 2014 Grande Médaille of the French Académie des sciences. The French Academy annually honors a scholar who has contributed decisively to the development of science, both for the originality of their research and by the stimulating international influence it has had in creating a true research discipline.

KiBum Lee (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) received a National Science Foundation grant entitled “MRI: Development of multifunctional scanning probe microscope for nanofabrication and nanomaterials research,” September 2014 - August 2017, and a Burroughs Welcome Fund 2014 Collaborative Research Travel Grant, June 2014 to Dec 2015.

Sukhee Lee (History) was awarded a Junior Scholar Grant by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, June 2014.

Ping Li (Statistics and Biostatistics) received an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program three year award, 2013-2015. The YIP supports scientists who received their Ph.D. in last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

Liping Liu (Mathematics) has been selected to receive the 2015 Young Investigator Medal of the Society of Engineering Science.

Kathleen Lopez’s (History, Latino Hispanic and Caribbean Studies) book Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History (UNC, 2013) was awarded the Caribbean Studies Association's 2014 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies) was appointed Research Fellow in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa.

Preetha Mani (African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures) received an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship for 2015–2016.

Konstantin Mischaikow (Mathematics) has been selected to be a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2015.

Jawid Mojaddedi (Religion) received a Literature Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for the first translation into English verse from Persian of Book Four of Rumi’s Masnavi.

Joachim Messing was named Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

Santosh Nagarakatte (Computer Science) has been awarded a five year NSF CAREER Grant.

 Manish Parashar (Computer Science) joins the 2014 class of ACM Distinguished Members as a Distinguished Scientist, December 2014.

 Julie Phillips (Sociology) received a grant funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, June 2014.

 András Prékopa (Statistics and Biostatistics) was awarded the 2014 INFORMS President’s Award, most prestigious award given by an Operations Research professional society in the U.S.

Joanna Regulska (Geography, Women’s and Gender Studies) received one of Poland's highest merit awards, the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, for contributions to building local democracy and civic society after 1989 in Poland, advancing the place of women in politics, and strengthening international cooperation, through both research and service, September 18, 2014.

Thomas Rudel (Sociology) received the 2014 Gerald L. Young Book Award for his book Defensive Environmentalists and the Dynamics of Global Reform (Cambridge UP, 2013) from The Society for Human Ecology, October 15, 2014, and was named a Distinguished Scholar – Lecturer for the 2015-2016 academic year at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland.

Laurie Rudman (Psychology) received the 2014 Carolyn Wood Sherif Award from APA Division 35 for contributions to the field of the psychology of women as a scholar, teacher, mentor, and leader.

Jonathan Schaffer (Philosophy) received the American Philosophical Association Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution, 2014.

Marcy Schwartz (Spanish and Portuguese) received an Academic Council of Learned Societies Grant for 2015-2016.

Rob Scott (Anthropology) received a National Science Foundation grant for “Collaborative Research: Integrative analysis of ingestive biomechanics and dental microwear in evolutionary and ecological context,” 2014.

Nancy Sinkoff (Jewish Studies, History) was awarded the Lowenstein-Wiener Fellowship for 2014-2015 at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

Eduardo Sontag (Mathematics) was elected Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).

Endre Szemerédi (Computer Science) has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Honoris Causa from the University of Buenos Aires.

Zhiqiang Tan (Statistics and Biostatistics) has been elected a member of the International Statistical Institute.

Scott Thomas (Physics and Astronomy) has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2014.

Erik Thunø (Art History) received a grant from the Millard Meiss Foundation towards the publication of his monograph The Apse Mosaic in Early Medieval Rome: Time, Network, and Repetition (Cambridge University Press, New York, forthcoming 2015).

Jay Tischfield (Genetics) received grants sponsored by The Research Foundation of SUNY/NIAAA; the Benaroya Research Institute/ Immune Tolerance Network - UCSF/ NIAID; the Henry M. Jackson Foundation – NIMH; and the University of South Florida/ NIDDK.

Elizabeth Torres (Psychology) received a Career Development Award from the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation.

Kathryn Uhrich (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was named Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2014.

David Vanderbilt (Physics and Astronomy) received a Simons Foundation Fellowship.

Michael Verzi (Genetics) received a grant sponsored by University of Michigan/ NIDDK.

Erin Vogel (Anthropology) received a grant from Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to support her environmental education program in Indonesia.

Michael Vogelius (Mathematics) was named Fellow of the American Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Alec Walen (Philosophy) has been elected a member of the European Law Institute.

Charles Weibel (Mathematics) has been selected to join the 2015 class of the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Eugene White (Computer Science) was a visiting scholar at the Banque de France for October 2014,was a directeur d’etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and was affiliated with the Paris School of Economics in November 2014.

 Helene White (Sociology) was named Fellow of the Society for Prevention Research.

Christopher Woodward (Mathematics) has been selected to join the 2015 class of the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society and received a Simons Foundation Fellowship.

Long-Jun Wu (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received an NIH R01 Grant for “The role of microglia in epilepsy” May 2014 - February 2019.

Darrin York (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was named the 2014 New Jersey Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Wise Young (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received grants from Stemcyte, Inc. and Dennis Chan to study lumbosacral spinal cord injury.

Alexander Zamolodchikov (Physics and Astronomy) has been awarded the 2014 Pomeranchuk Prize by the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow.

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