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Faculty Honors and Awards 2009

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.)

John Abela (Psychology) received the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Independent Researcher Award 2008.

Eric Allender
(Computer Science) has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to South Africa in 2009-2010.

Ross K. Baker (Political Science) was appointed Scholar-in-Residence, Office of the Majority Leader, United States Senate, 2008.

Arati Baliga (Computer Science), a graduate student, won the Best Student Paper award at the prestigious 2008 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) for joint work with her advisor Liviu Iftode and  professor Vinod Ganapathy.

Ulla Berg (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies) received an award from the 2008-09 Academic Excellence Fund (AEF) for a project on immigrant organizations in New Jersey (she is a co-PI with Janice Fine from the School of Management & Labor Relations and James DeFelippis from the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy).

Martha Bolton (Philosophy) was re-elected to a five-year term on the Board of Directors for the Journal of the History of Philosophy in March 2009.

T. Corey Brennan (Classics) was appointed Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge at the American Academy in Rome, 2009-2012.

Joanna Burger (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) was one of three Rutgers faculty members recently named as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  This is the largest national organization devoted to promoting research and education in sciences.  Fellows are selected by their peers for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

Sang-Wook Cheong (Donald H. Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics, Physics and Astronomy) received the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Overseas Compatriots Award, given to ethnic Koreans living overseas who have made a distinguished contribution in promoting the image of the people and culture of Korea. The award is for ten million Korean won, about seven thousand U.S. dollars, and KBS will produce a documentary on his life and achievements.

Jolie Cizewski (Physics and Astronomy) has been named Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.

Serena Connolly
(Classics) was awarded a Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors at the Institute for Advanced Study, 2009-2010.

Eric Davis (Political Science) is the recipient of a United States Institute of Peace grant for his project, "The Formation of Political Identities in Ethnically Divided Societies: Implications for a Democratic Transition in Iraq."

Carlos Decena (Women's and Gender Studies) received a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Scholars, 2008-2009.

Mark Doty (English) was awarded the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry for his book of poems, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems.

Sourabh Dube (Physics and Astronomy), who received his Ph D from Rutgers, has been awarded the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's 2009 Chamberlain Fellowship. This Fellowship honors Owen Chamberlain who (along with others) discovered the antiproton in 1955 at the Berkeley Bevatron.

Len Feldman (Physics and Astronomy, Ph.D., 1967, under Walter Gibson) has been awarded the Graduate School Alumni Prize for Distinguished Accomplishments and Services in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering. Len has now rejoined Rutgers as head of the IAMDN.

Thomas Figueira (Classics) was appointed Chair of the Admissions and Fellowships Committee for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece.

Tatiana Flores (Art History) co-curated the exhibition, “Space, Unlimited” a mixed media installation by Venezuelan, Puerto Rican, and Cuban-American artists at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C., from February 21 to April 12, 2009.

Nikol Alexander-Floyd (Women’s and Gender Studies) received the 2009 Anna Julia Cooper Award for Teaching Excellence from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

Marisa Fuentes (Women’s and Gender Studies, Ph.D.) won a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, 2009-2010.

Rochel Gelman (Psychology), Sage Mind Institute, Fellow.

Yuri Gershtein (Physics and Astronomy) has been elected the United States Physics Coordinator of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Neha Gondal (Sociology) won this year’s Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Mathematical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association for her paper “Knowledge Space as a Partially Self-Organizing System.”

Alan Gould (Women’s and Gender Studies), an undergraduate major, won the Statewide Award for Best Paper in Women’s and Gender Studies for his paper “Can the Medusa Laugh: A Postcolonial Critique of Cixous’ Creiture Féminine” by the New Jersey Consortium of Women’s Studies Programs.

Kristjan Haule (Physics and Astronomy) has been awarded a Rutgers University Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, recognizing him as one of the university's most distinguished young faculty members.

Gary Heiman (Genetics) was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychopathological Association.

Jochen Hellbeck
(History) has been awarded a research grant from the Thyssen Foundation (Germany) for a two-year long collaborative project with scholars from the Russian Academy of Sciences in connection with his project on the Soviet and German experience of the battle of Stalingrad. They will jointly publish the transcripts of hundreds of interviews with Red Army soldiers conducted by Moscow historians at the Stalingrad front during the time of the battle. Working with a sophisticated understanding of oral history, the Moscow commission produced these interviews for a future history of the Soviet “people’s war.” By the end of the war, Stalin ordered the project to be shelved; the interviews have not been explored by historians to date.

Nancy Hewitt
(History and Women’s and Gender Studies) has been invited to deliver the 2009 Becker Lectures at Cornell University and to serve as the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University in 2009-2010.

Jody Hey (Genetics) was elected President for the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE).  SMBE publishes the journals Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution and sponsors the annual SMBE meetings.

Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology) received an Excellence in Graduate Teaching award from the Rutgers Graduate School.

Angela Howard (Art History) is an American Council of Learned Societies, American Research in the Humanities in China 2008 Fellow, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

John P. Hughes
(Physics and Astronomy) is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Allan Punzalan Isaac (American Studies) was elected to the Executive Board of the Center of Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center for a 3 year term.

Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui (American Studies) was elected to the Modern Language Association’s Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada in September 2008 for a 3-year term.

James T. Johnson (Religion) will be honored at a Distinguished Scholars Panel devoted to his work at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association.  Johnson is widely recognized as the foremost historian of the just war tradition and as an interpreter of the contemporary implications of both the just war and jihad traditions.  His influence has crossed disciplinary lines and, as demonstrated by the affiliations of the contributors to the panel, has been especially significant in areas of political science and international relations.  The papers prepared for this Distinguished Scholars Panel are to be published as a thematic focus by the Journal of Military Ethics.

Valery Kiryukhin (Physics and Astronomy) received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. Award winners are honored "for their outstanding research record and invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany."  Kiryukhin is planning to be working with colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart.

Joachim Kohn (Director, NJ Center for Biomaterials Director and chemistry and chemical biology) testified at the Congressional Hearing on Impact of NIH Funding as element of the Economic Stimulus Bill, Washington, DC November 13, 2008.

David Kurnick (English) was a faculty fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA) working group, “New Media Literacies, Gutenberg to Google.”

T. J ackson Lears (History) was appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin, fall 2009, and has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the nation’s pre-eminent learned society and research institution.

Alan Leslie (Psychology) has been elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the NJ Psychological Association's 2008 Distinguished Researcher Award.

Regina Y. Liu (Statistics) received a Fulbright Award, 2008-2009.

James Livingston (History) has received a year-long (2009-2010) fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library to work on a biography of Horace Kallen, the inventor of cultural pluralism.

Thomas Loughman (Art History, Ph.D.) has been appointed deputy director of the Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA.

Hajimu Masuda (History, B.A.) a graduate student at Cornell, has published a revised version of his 2005 honors thesis in Diplomatic History as "Rumors of War: Immigration Disputes and the Social Construction of American-Japanese Relations, 1905–1913." Hamiju worked with Michael Adas and David Foglesong at Rutgers.

Jefferson McMahan (Philosophy) was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in April 2009.

Richard E. Miller
(English) was recognized by the Apple Corporation as an Apple Distinguished Educator, for possessing an expertise in educational technology leadership.

Alex Morozov (Physics and Astronomy), who has a joint appointment in BioMaps, has won a Sloan Foundation fellowship. These two-year prestigious fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. He also received funding for his first grant proposal to NIH. His proposal was rated in the 99.5th percentile in the NIH study section (the highest in this section), where most of the proposals came from more senior scientists.

Andrew Nealen
(Computer Science), with his colleagues from Hemisphere Games, has received the D2D Vision Award at the March 2009 Independent Games Festival for their work on the ambient video game Osmos.  Osmos was nominated for three other IGF awards, which resulted in digital distribution deals with Steam and Direct2Drive: "The D2D Vision Award resembles a major boost for our endeavors to bring innovative, physics-based game play to a wider audience, and furthermore, helps us integrate these ideas more tightly into our curriculum and research."

Seongshik Oh
(Physics and Astronomy) has been selected to receive an NSF CAREER award. Professor Oh won the award for his proposal “CAREER: Atomically-Engineered Complex Oxides and their Heterostructures for Novel Electronic Functionalities.” This is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of early career-development activities with special emphasis on integrating research and education.

Yana Rodgers
(Women's and Gender Studies) was chosen to represent the International Association for Feminist Economics at the United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar, where she delivered a paper on gender-equitable public policy.

Thomas Rudel (Sociology) received the 2008 Outstanding Publication Award for the Environmental and Technology Section in the American Sociological Association for Tropical Forests: Regional Paths of Destruction and Regeneration in the Late Twentieth Century.

Tanya Sheehan
(Art History) received an American Antiquarian Society/National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2009-2010, and a Donald C. Gallup Fellowship in American Literature, at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2009-2010.

Nancy Sinkoff (Jewish Studies) received a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute research award for Seeing Red: the Political Life of Lucy S. Dawidowicz.  The HBI awards annual research grants to support interdisciplinary research on gender and Jewish women. Sinkoff was also was the recipient of a Donald C. Gallup Fellowship in American literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. She will be working on John Hersey's papers. Her project “The Fiction of History: Jewish Politics and Resistance in John Hersey’s ‘The Wall.’” Dawidowicz was Hersey’s Yiddish researcher for the Novel “The Wall,” which was the first English language novel to represent the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Jian Song (Mathematics) was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship to continue his work in complex geometry. He also was awarded a 5-year CAREER grant by the National Science Foundation.

Eduardo Sontag and HéctorSussmann (Mathematics) were named Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the leading professional organization of applied mathematicians.

William Strawderman
(Statistics) received the 2008 W. J. Youden Award from the American Statistical Association.

Stephen Stich
(Philosophy) is the first recipient of The Gittler Award from the American Philosophical Association for contributions to the philosophy of social sciences (December 2008). In November 2008 he was awarded the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Sheffield from March 1, 2009 until May 31, 2009.

Jiawei Sun
(Computer Science), a graduate student, won Third Prize in the Poster Contest in Wireless & Optical Communications Conference (WOCC) in Newark, NJ (May 2009) for: “Efficient and Fault-Tolerant Detection of Attacks in RFID Asset Tracking Systems.”

Sarolta Takacs
(History, Dean of the Honors Program) was elected a finance committee vice-president of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and is serving on the Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece selection committee for the Institute of International Education, Fulbright-Hays Program from 2008-2011.

Paola Tartakoff (Jewish Studies and History) is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, to commence May 1, 2009, for her research project on Jewish conversion to Christianity and the inquisitorial prosecution of Jews and converts in the Crown of Aragon during the century prior to the massacres and forced conversions of 1391. 

Cheryl A. Wall (English) was honored by the Executive Women of New Jersey in 2008 as a policy maker who promotes the advancement of women.

Deborah Gray White
(History and Women's and Gender Studies) has received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for 2009-2010.  The fellowship is to pursue her project, “Can't We All Just Get Along? American Identity at the Turn of the Millennium.” Her study uses the mass marches/gatherings of the 1990s as a prism through which to examine American cultural identity at the turn of the twenty-first century. 

Phillip Matchett Wood
(Mathematics), who received his Ph.D. this spring, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at U.C.L.A. with Fields Medalist Terence Tao. Wood’s Ph.D. supervisor at Rutgers has been Professor Van Vu.

Weida Wu (Physics and Astronomy) has been awarded an NSF CAREER award for his proposal "CAREER: Nanoscale magnetic phenomena and coercivity mechanism in layered magnets with extremely large anisotropy."

Yael Zerubavel (History and Jewish Studies) has been awarded a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania 2009-10. The fellowship is for her research project: “Retrospective Encounters: Remembering the ‘Bygone’ in Israeli Culture.”  The project grows out of Stroum Lectures she delivered at the University of Washington in May and the book that will follow (and that she will work on during her fellowship year) will be published by their university press. 




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