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Faculty Honors and Awards 2014

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.)

Laura Ahearn (Anthropology) was awarded a Research Associateship at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to conduct research in the National Anthropological Archives and an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship for 2014-2015, to be used in USAID's Global Development Lab, Center for Transformational Partnerships, and Research and Innovation Fellows Program as the Overseas Research and Innovation Fellowships Advisor.

Akin Akinlabi (Linguistics) was awarded the "Officier de l'Ordre de Mérite Ivoirien" (Officer of the Ivorian Order of Merit) for his contributions to and leadership role in African Linguistics at a formal ceremony in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd (Women's and Gender Studies) received the 2014 Presidential Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists "in appreciation for [her] outstanding dedication and service to the National Conference of Black Political Scientists."

Shawn M. Arent (Exercise Science) was elected Vice President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, which is recognized as the only not-for-profit academic-based society dedicated to sports.

Eddy Arnold (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) received the 2013 Hyacinth Award "Honoring Advances in the Struggle Against AIDS" from the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation for his significant accomplishments in treatment research and development, and ongoing work on medical problems presented by resistant strains of HIV.

Tuna Artun (History) received a Social Science Research Council Fellowship for 2013-2014.

Corey Brennan (Classics) was awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant, 2014-15.

Andrew I. Brooks (Genetics) is the Principal Investigator in three grants sponsored by Angiocrine BioScience, The Foundation for Fighting Blindness (FFB), and Vascular Cures.

Kim Butler (Africana Studies) was awarded a Fulbright to work on her project "Black Power in Brazil: Blocos Afros & Global Black Politics in Salvador" in Brazil, Fall 2014.

John Chambers' (History) book Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2012) was awarded a Leadership in History Award of Merit for outstanding local history from the American Association for State and Local History, June 2013, and was given an award by the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, September 2013.

Premi Chandra (Physics and Astronomy) has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Roberto Chang (Economics) was a visiting scholar at the Bank of France, July 2013.

John Paul Chou (Physics and Astronomy) was selected to receive an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

Barbara Cooper (History) will be at the Institut d'Etudes Avancees de Paris to work on her project "Debating Fertility in the Muslim Sahel," Spring 2015.

G. Charles Dismukes (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was awarded a $495,000 grant through the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy. Entitled "Revealing and Applying the Principles of Water Oxidation by Oxygenic Photosynthesis," the new grant will be funded from August 2013 to 2016.

Richard H. Ebright (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was selected to receive a National Institutes of Health MERIT Award totaling $1.5 million to $3.0 million for a project titled "Bacterial Transcription Complexes."

Maurice Elias (Psychology) received the Character Education Partnership's highest award, the 2013 Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education and received the John P. McGovern Medal for distinguished work in school health and demonstrated dedication to the field, American School Health Association, October 2013.

Tina Eliassi-Rad (Computer Science) received a new NSF CISE Medium Award, titled "Know Thy Enemy: Data Mining Meets Networks for Understanding Web-Based Malware Dissemination."

Ann Fabian (History) was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians and served as chair of the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in American History, 2014.

Melissa Feinberg (History) is at Imre Kertesz Kolleg Jena, Germany, to work on her project "Satellite Mentality: The Use & Experience of Fear in East-Central Europe," 2014-2015.

Steve Ferry (Mathematics) was selected to join the 2014 class of the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Tatiana Flores (Art History, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies) was awarded the 2013-2014 Best Humanities Book Prize given by the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association, for Mexico's Revolutionary Avant-Garde (Yale University Press, 2013) and was runner-up for the 2013 Southern California Book Festival in the Photography/Art category.

William Fortenbaugh (Classics) was awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant, 2014-15.

Daniel Friedan (Physics and Astronomy) has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the nation's pre-eminent learned society and research institution.

Douglas Fugman (Genetics) is the Principal Investigator in a grant sponsored by the Genetics Alliance Biobank to study Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.

Ira Gang (Economics) received a Humboldt Fellowship for work in Germany, Summer 2013, and was appointed a Research Fellow of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) located in Regensburg, Germany.

Nicolas Gaskill (English) has been awarded a Mellon Fellowship at the Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania, to work on his project "The Color-Sense, 1875-1930," 2014-15

Ronald Gilman (Physics and Astronomy) was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in February, 2014.

Daniel Goldstein (Anthropology) received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation for his project "Migration, Workplace Disputes, and the Legal System in the United States" and his book, Outlawed: Between Security and Rights in a Bolivian City (Duke 2012) was awarded the 2013 Leeds Prize for Outstanding Book in Urban, National and Transnational Anthropology from the Society for Urban, National and Transnational Anthropology.

Gene Hall (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) received the 2014 American Microchemical Society Benedetti-Pichler Award from the Eastern Analytical Symposium Program.

Paul Hanebrink (History) will be at Imre Kertesz Kolleg, Jena, Germany, to work on his project "A Specter is Haunting Europe: The Idea of Judeo-Bolshevism in Twentieth Century Europe," 2014-2015.

Gregory C. Henderson (Exercise Science) is the primary investigator (with co-investigators Sara C. Campbell, Uzumcu M, Goldberg I) on a grant from the American Diabetes Association totaling $70,000.00 for a study entitled "Preclinical testing of exercise approaches in ovarian hormone deficiency," 2013-2014.

Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology) was awarded Honorable Mention, Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award, from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Xiaojun Huang (Mathematics) has been selected by the American Mathematical Society to be one of two recipients of the 2013 Stefan Bergman Prize and to join the 2014 class of the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Jennifer Hunt (Economics) won the Felix Büchel Award for excellence in scholarship from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIw-Berlin).

Chie Ikeya (History) will be at Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, to work on her project "Transcultural Intimacies in Colonial Burma, Southeast Asia, and Beyond," Spring 2015.

James W. Jones (Religion) was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies and St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University, 2012-2013, and received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support his research.

Lee Jussim (Psychology) was elected Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2013, and named a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 2013-2014.

Bahman Kalantari (Computer Science) was invited to be a member of the Technical Evaluation Panel to assess STEM bachelor degree programs in the country of Georgia, a project funded by the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation through a second compact to Georgia. December 10-13, 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Todd Keister (Economics) was recognized with an Outstanding Referee Award from the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control for the year 2013.

R. Daniel Kelemen's (Political Science) book, Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard 2011) won the 2013 European Studies Association Best Book Award for the best book on the European Union published in 2011 or 2012.

Joachim Kohn (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was named as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Richard Koszarski (English) has won a DVD Award from Il Cinema Ritrovato for the category "Best Blu-Ray 2012/2013, for Lonesome (1928) by Paulf Fejos (Criterion).

Eileen Kowler (Psychology) was named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS cited Kowler "for distinguished contributions to the field of visual science, particularly for revealing fundamental mechanisms that control how the eyes move to efficiently sample information."

Mona Lena Krook's (Political Science) article, "Beyond Quotas: Strategies to Promote Gender Equality in Elected Office," co-authored with Pippa Norris, was designated the inaugural Editors' Choice article in Political Studies (2014).

David Kurnick (English) was awarded the Sonya Rudikoff Prize for Best First Book of the Year by the Northeast Victorian Studies Association for Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel (Princeton, 2012).

Dietrich Christian Lammerts (Religion) was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, to do research in South East Asia in 2014-2015, to work on his project "Buddhism & Written Law: A History of Dhammasattha Literature."

KiBum Lee (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) received a $200,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research for his stem research works (collaboration with Prof. Martin Grumet).

Jing Li (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) received The Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Martin Lin (Philosophy) has a Fulbright to work on his project "Teaching Early Modern European Philosophy and Learning Classical Indian Philosophy," 2014-2015.

Liping Liu (Mathematics) has been awarded a five year NSF CAREER Grant: "These are foundation-wide awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research."

Julie Livingston (History) has been awarded the Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Julie Livingston (History) has won a five-year fellowship from the James D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Richards Lyons (Mathematics) was selected to join the 2014 class of the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Preetha Mani (African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures) was awarded a 2013 British Centre for Literary Translation Mentorship Award to work with the renowned Tamil translator, Lakshmi Holmstrom.

Tod Marder (Art History) was appointed as Rudolf Wittkower Professor at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute), Rome, Spring 2014.

David Margolis (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received a 3-year research grant from the Whitehall Foundation for a project on "Neocortical microcircuits for map plasticity and learning."

John McGann (Psychology) is Principal Investigator on two new grants: "Fear learning alters primary sensory representations of threat-predictive stimuli." National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Mental Health; and "Cognitive modulation of olfactory sensory processing at the synaptic output of the olfactory receptor neurons" National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Sarah Blake McHam (Art History) was awarded the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, in addition to a Gladys Krieble Delmas Fellowship, to work on her project "Rejoice Lucky Padua in the Treasure You Possess," 2014-15.

Paul D. McLean (Sociology) will be working on his project "The Changing Social and Rhetorical Foundations of Florentine Republicanism," with funding from the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.

Bruce Mizrach (Economics) received an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Grant, "Strategy and Network Econometrics," (co-PI with G. Cybenko, G. Elliott, E. Santos and A. Timmermann), 2013-14.

Gregory W. Moore (Physics and Astronomy) has won the American Mathematical Society's 2014 Eisenbud Prize and the American Physical Society's 2014 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics.

Shan Muthukrishnan (Computer Science) received the Imre Simon Test of Time award from LATIN 2014 for his paper on Count MinSketch and its applications.

Santosh Nagarakatte (Computer Science) was awarded a Google Research Award 2013 for his research on Verified Compilers.

Fred S. Roberts (Mathematics) has been awarded the title of Docteur Honoris Causa by the University of Paris-Dauphine.

Michael Aaron Rockland (American Studies) is the 2013 winner of the Governor Richard J. Hughes Award for lifetime achievement and contributions to New Jersey history from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

Thomas K. Rudel (Sociology) won the 2013 Award for Excellence in Research, Rural Sociological Society and received a grant: 2013-2018. Tropical Reforestation Network: Building a Socio-Ecological Understanding of Tropical Reforestation. National Science Foundation. Coupled Natural and Human Systems.

Ken Safir (Linguistics) has been awarded $480,000 by NSF for a grant entitled "An Online Center for African Linguistics Research: Expansion of the Afranaph Project."

Shubhangi Saraf (Computer Science) recently received the NSF Career Award.

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

Richard Schroeder (Geography) was awarded the Doctoral Teaching Award of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Kyla Schuller (Women's and Gender Studies) held the Erasmus Mundus Visiting Professor Scholarship at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands May-June 2013.

Martin Schwander (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received a 5-year NIH R01 grant entitled, "The Roles of Gasdermins in Progressive Hearing Loss," in the amount of $1.25 M.

Marcy Schwartz (Spanish and Portuguese) has received an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship to work on her project "Public Pages: Reading and Community along the Latin American Streetscape," 2014-2015.

Daniel Seidel (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers to do research in Germany and was selected as a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct research in Japan.

Susan Sidlauskas (Art History) has been named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2014. Her main project will be to complete her book Skins: John Singer Sargent's Metamorphoses.

Michael Siegel (Geography) created maps for two books that were given the distinction of being named to the "101 Great New Jersey Books List": Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape and Encyclopedia of New Jersey.

Tomas Sjostrom (Economics) was elected a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and a Full Member of the Nobel Prize committee for Economics.

Rachel Somerville (Physics and Astronomy) has been selected as a Simons Foundation Investigator.

Virtuous Thoughts: the Philosophy of Ernest Sosa, (Philosophy) edited by John Turri, was published by Springer, with twelve chapters on respective topics in Sosa's philosophical output.

Wendy Swartz (Asian Languages and Cultures) will be at the Institute for Advanced Study to work on her project, "The Intertextual Brush: Reading Philosophy & Writing Poetry in Early Medieval China," 2014-2015.

Endre Szemeredi (Computer Science) was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and received the highest existing Hungarian award, The Order Of Merit, for his mathematical results and strengthening the cooperation between Hungarian and American mathematics, 2013.

Endre Szemeredi (Computer Science) was honored with the Washington Award, 2013.

Shatema Threadcraft (Political Science) has an American Association of University Women Fellowship to work on her project "Intimate Justice: The Black Female Body and The Body Politic," 2014-2015.

Erik Thuno (Art History) will be at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome (Max-Planck-Institute for Art History) to work on his project "Modes of Abstraction in Medieval Art," 2014-2015.

Jay A. Tischfield (Genetics) is the Principal Investigator in several grants sponsored by: The Henry M. Jackson Foundation – NIMH. Title: Biorepository in Support of Modifiable Risk Factors for Suicidal Behaviors in the USArmy (ArmySTARRS) (mod; NIH-NIDA; NIH-NIMH. Project Title: Center for Genomic Studies on Mental Disorders (supplement; The Research Foundation of SUNY/ NIAAA. Title: Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism – COGA (mod; and The University of South Florida/ NIDDK. Title: PBMC Isolation Core Laboratory (mod).

Jay A. Tischfield and Linda Brzustowicz (Genetics) are Co-Principal Investigators in a grant sponsored by NIH – NIMH. Title: Center for Genomic Studies on Mental Disorders.

Kathryn Uhrich (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was a Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, April 2014.

Michael Verzi (Genetics) is the Principal Investigator in a grant sponsored by NIH-NIDDK R03.

David Vicario (Psychology) is Principal Investigator on "Auditory-Vocal Processing in a Behavioral Context," Total award: $426,250 National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Michael Vogelius (Mathematics) has been has been named as a SIAM Fellow of the Class of 2014.

Alec Walen (Criminal Justice) received the University of Freiburg European Fellowship in Security, Society and the Law Fellowship, for the summers of 2014 and 2015, where he will work on his book Detention in a Liberal State and a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship at the Princeton University Center for Human Values in 2014-2015.

Geoffrey Wallace (Political Science) received a grant from Time-sharing for the Social Sciences (TESS), a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative to field a survey experiment using a nationally representative sample with the research firm GfK for his project "Leaders, the Public, and the Domestic Effects of International Law."

Geoffrey Wallace (Political Science) was awarded the Bruce Russett Award for the best article published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution during 2012 for his article "Welcome Guests, or Inescapable Victims? The Causes of Prisoner Abuse in War."

Geoffrey Wallace (Political Science) will be at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University to work on his project "The Law of Nations & the People Domestic Actors & International Commitments," 2014-2015.

Michael Welch (Criminal Justice) was a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, Department of Social Policy, Mannheim Centre for Criminology, Spring 2014. His project is titled: "Denial of Trial -- The Abuse of Detention in the United States and United Kingdom."

Deborah White (History) is the 2013 recipient of the Carter G. Woodson Scholars Medallion for excellence in the study of African American History presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American History.

Deborah White (History) received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Binghamton University of the State University of New York on May 16, 2014.

Helene R. White (Sociology) received the Translation Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research (May 30, 2013).

Eugene N. White (Economics) was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, June and July 2013.

Terry Wilson (Psychology) is the 2014 recipient of the Craig Johnson Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice and Training from the National Eating Disorders Association.

Terry Wilson (Psychology) is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Association. This award honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.

Chris Woodward (Mathematics) has been awarded a 2014 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics.

Andres Zervigon (Art History) is a Paul Mellon Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, DC, where he is conducting research for his book project, "Die Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung (The Worker's Illustrated Magazine), 1921 – 1938: A History of Germany's Other Avant-Garde."

Abigail Zitin (English) was awarded a Fellowship to conduct research at the Pembroke Center at Brown University to work on her project "Hogarth & the History of Form," 2014-15.

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