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Faculty Honors and Awards 2007

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.)

Akinbiyi Akinlabi (Linguistics) received the Silver Jubilee Award from the Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN), in recognition of his contributions to the development of Nigerian languages.

Akinbiyi Akinlabi (Linguistics) had his NSF project showcased in a state department article on endangered languages that was published on a state department website.

Mark Baker (Linguistics; Center for Cognitive Science) was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Susan Carroll (Political Science and Center for American Women and Politics) is recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award given by the Midwest Women's Caucus for Political Science. A roundtable was held in Professor Carroll’s honor at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) meetings in Chicago.

Ed Castner (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was co-host of the international symposium, “Physical Chemistry of Ionic Liquids,” at the 232nd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, September 2006.

Sang-Wook Cheong (Physics and Astronomy) won the Ho-Am Foundation Prize for Science, sometimes referred to as the “Korean Nobel Prize.”

Paul Clemens (History) has been honored by the Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) of the Library Company of Philadelphia, for his article in the William & Mary Quarterly, chosen by PEAES as the best article in the field in 2005.

Barbara Cooper (History; Center for African Studies, Director) received the African Studies Association Melville J. Herskovits Award for the best book published on Africa during 2006, for her book, Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel (Indiana University Press).

Eric Davis (Political Science) is the recipient of a 2005-06 AAUP Outstanding Faculty Research Award.

Paul Falkowski (Earth and Planetary Sciences; Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Kate Flint (English) has been named a Fellow of the National Humanities Center for the academic year 2007-08.

Philip Furmanski (Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Cell Biology and Neuroscience) was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Ziva Galili (History; SAS Acting Dean) co-authored Exiled to Palestine: The Emigration of Zionist Convicts from the Soviet Union, 1924-1934. The book was the subject of a symposium at the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies, Tel Aviv University, March 2006.

Charles Gallistel (Psychology; Rutgers Center for Cognitive Sciences, Co-Director) was awarded the 2006 Howard Crosby Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists for Outstanding Research in Psychology.

Lloyd Gardner (History, emeritus) received the American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction, for lifetime achievement.

Rochel Gelman (Psychology) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Lila Gleitman (Psychology; RuCCS) is president-elect of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP) for 2006-2007.

Allan Horwitz (Sociology; SAS Dean of Social Sciences) received the Leonard W. Pearlin Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to the sociology of mental health from the Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association.

Henryk Iwaniek (Mathematics) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Dennis Kent (Earth and Planetary Sciences) is the 2006 European Geosciences Union Peregrinus Medallist for his contributions and his leadership in palaeomagnetism.

Rutgers’ Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) was featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Kamal Khan, (Division of Life Sciences; Associate Director of ODASIS) was among those interviewed for the article in the November 15, 2007 issue.

Gabriel Kotliar (Physics and Astronomy) won the Agilent Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Condensed Matter Physics, a prize that “recognizes scientific excellence and focuses on work that advances the fields of electronic, electrical, and materials engineering.”

Leah Kronenberg (Classics) is the recipient of a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Joel Lebowitz (George William Hill Professor of Mathematics and Physics) was awarded the 2007 Max Planck Medal of the German Physical Society for extraordinary achievements in theoretical physics.

Joan Marder (Art History) has been named editor-in-chief of the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, to be published in five volumes with over 600 illustrations.  The encyclopedia project receives funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Jeff McMahan (Philosophy) presented the Hourani Lectures, a series of six lectures, at the University of Buffalo, in November 2006.

Dimitri Metaxas (Computer Science; CBIM, Director) received a $920,000 Department of Defense grant.  The project was part of a collaborative proposal between the University of Arizona and Rutgers. 

Ken Miller (Geological Sciences, chair) was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Lorraine Piroux (French) received the 2006 William Riley Parker Prize for her article, “The Encyclopedist and the Peruvian Princess: The Poetics of Illegibility in French Enlightenment Book Culture,” from the Modern Language Association.

Dave Robinson (Geography) is chair of the National Research Council Committee.

Peter Rona (Earth and Planetary Sciences; Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences) was featured in an AP release, September 4, as leader of a multi-institutional team that made the first comprehensive map of the Hudson Canyon region on the continental margin offshore New Jersey and New York.

Yair Rosenthal (Earth and Planetary Sciences; Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences) has been appointed as a U.S. representative on the Science Steering and Evaluation Panel of the international Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.

Barbara G. Ryder (Computer Science) was one of ten academic principal investigators selected to participate in IBM's Open Collaboration Research program. The program teams researchers in academia with IBM colleagues to work on a number of strategically defined software projects.

Jane Ashton Sharp won the 2007 Robert Motherwell Book Award, given yearly by the Dedalus Foundation for her book Russian Modernism between East and West: Natal'ia Goncharova and the Moscow Avant-Garde. The award recognizes outstanding publications in the history and criticism of modernism in the arts, and comes with a cash prize.

Evie Shockley (English) has been awarded a Fellowship by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the academic year 2007-08, and another Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), to pursue a project entitled “Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry.”

Jay Tischfield (Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Professor; Genetics, Chair) is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Robert Trivers (Anthropology) won the 2007 Crafoord Prize in Biosciences, given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in April. This annual prize promotes international research in astronomy and mathematics, geosciences, and biosciences. He was recognized for his pioneering contributions to evolutionary theory.

Kathryn Uhrich (chemistry and chemical biology) was one of fourteen finalists honored in the first New York Academy of Science Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists competition.

Keith Wailoo (Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History; Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research) was elected to the Institute of Medicine.  In 2005 and 2006, Professor Wailoo served on IOM committees on increasing rates of organ donation.

Cheryl Wall's (English) book Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and the Literary Tradition, (University of North Carolina Press), was named a 2006 Honor Book by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Andres Zervigon (Art History) curated “Agitated Images: John Heartfield and German Photomontage, 1920-1938,” an exhibition at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, through June 2006.




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