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Faculty Honors and Awards 2018

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.) 


James Abello, Adam L. Buchsbaum, and Jeffery R. Westbrook (Computer Science) were presented the Test of Time Award 2017, ESA 2018, for “A Functional Approach to External Memory Algorithms.”

Amanda Agan (Economics) was awarded the Outstanding Experimental Field Trial Award from the Division of Experimental Criminology for her paper “Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Racial Discrimination: A Field Experiment,” with Sonja Starr, University of Michigan.

Emily Allen-Hornblower (Classics) was awarded a 2019-2020 Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant from the Whiting Foundation for her series of public collaborations, “The Public Face of Emotions: Greek Classics and the Role of Emotions in our Lives,” with formerly incarcerated men and women concerning ancient Greek philosophy and literature, building on her work through the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP), an association of colleges and universities that provide college courses for inmates and to assist in their transition to college life upon release from prison.

Rosanne Altshuler (Economics) was President of the National Tax Association, 2017-2018.

Girsh Blumberg (Physics and Astronomy) was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

József Böröcz (Sociology) award winning book The European Union and Global Social Change: A Critical Geopolitical Economic Analysis (Routledge, UK, 2009) was published in Magyar (Hungarian) entitled Az EU és a világ. Kritikai elemzés, in May, 2018, by the Budapest-based publishing house Pesti Kalligram.

József Böröcz (Sociology) has been awarded a Fulbright research fellowship to Poland, at the Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Research of the University of Warsaw, 2019-2020.

Alyson Brooks (Physics and Astronomy) received the 2019 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award of the American Physical Society, recognizing outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career.

Jennifer Buckman (Kinesiology and Health) has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States.

Blakesley Burkhart (Physics and Astronomy) has won the Annie Jump Cannon Award of the American Astronomical Society for outstanding research and promise for future research by a postdoctoral woman researcher.

Jak Chakhalian (Physics and Astronomy) and his group’s Nature Communications article “Artificial Two-Dimensional Polar Metal at Room Temperature” was selected as Editor’s Highlight.

Yi Chen was awarded an NSF Post Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2018- 2022. The title of the project is “Analysis and Application of High-Dimensional Tensor Time Series,” at Princeton University under Dr. Jianqing Fan.

Sang-Wook Cheong and Saurabh Jha (Physics and Astronomy) are included among the 2018 Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) list of highly-cited researchers, placing them in the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication.

Jessey Choo (Asian Languages and Literatures) professor of Chinese literature, was awarded a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange research grant for her project “Blood Debts: Childbirth, Filial Piety, and women’s Salvation in Chinese Religions,” May 2018.

Lori Covey (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received a grant from the State of New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research for her research project “Modulating CD4T Cell Helper Function as a Therapeutic Response to Spinal Cord Injury.”

Lori Covey and Ping Xie (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received a grant from Acerta Pharma for their project entitled “Effects of the Btk Inhibitor Acalabruntinib on Macrophages and MDSCs.”

Jeff Decker (American Studies) was a Fellow at the Hoover Library at Stanford University.

James Delbourgo’s (History) book, Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum, has been selected as the winner of the 2017-2019 Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 2019.

Mark Doty (English) was the first recipient of the Seamus Heaney International Visiting Poetry Fellowship, awarded jointly by the Art Council of Northern Ireland and Queens College Belfast. The Fellowship was awarded by a panel of Irish poets, and he’ll spend a month in residence in Belfast, giving readings and talks, and working on poems.

Mark Doty (English) won the Robert Creeley Award, an annual prize given to an American poet by the Robert Creeley Foundation in memory of the late poet.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar (History) is the co-recipient of The 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (37Ink/Atria Books). The Douglass Prize was created by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University’s MacMillan Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City. It is awarded annually by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the best book written in English on slavery or abolition.

Robin Fox (Anthropology) received the Marquis Who's  Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thomas Fulton (English) received the Best Special Issue Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals at the MLA Conference in January 2019.

Eric Gawiser (Physics and Astronomy) was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi (Anthropology) was awarded a Fellowship at Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF - Center for Interdisciplinary Research), Universität Bielefeld, Germany, 2018-2019

Alan Goldman (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) has received the American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry given to “recognize a recent advancement that is having a major impact on research in organometallic chemistry."

Alan Goldman (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was awarded a JSPS Fellowship in Japan where he gave seminars at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Osaka University, Kyoto University, RIKEN National Laboratory in Saitama, Keio University, Yokohama, and gave a keynote lecture at the 4th Annual International Symposium for C-H bond Activation in Yokohama, 2018.

Robin Gong (Statistics and Biostatistics) a new assistant professor, won the 2018 Dempster Prize from Harvard University. The Arthur P. Dempster Fund “will support and recognize promising graduate students within the Department of Statistics, in particular those who have made significant contributions to theoretical or foundational research in statistics.”

Alexander Guerrero (Philosophy) was awarded the American Philosophical Association Small Grant for “Beyond Borders: Bringing Latinx Undergraduates into Philosophy” (with co-PI Caroline Arruda), 2018.

A.D. (Andy) Guruwardena (Computer Science) was recently awarded with US Patent 10,061,756 titled “Media Annotation Visualization Tools and Techniques, and an Aggregate-Behavior Visualization System Utilizing Such Tools and Techniques.” The patent describes new techniques for analyzing online annotation data using Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques for discovering tone and semantic similarity among user annotations leading to the discovery of user groups with similar and differing characteristics, May 2018.

Joanna Kempner (Sociology) received the 2018 Award for Excellence for Education for Cluster Headaches from the organization, Clusterbusters.

Efe Khayyat (African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures)
served as the Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis Fellow at the Woolf Institute, University of Cambridge, 2018, which is dedicated to the study of relations among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Mike Kiledjian (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) was named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They cited Kiledjian for “distinguished contributions to advancements in the life sciences, particularly in understanding the molecular mechanisms of post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression.”

Benjamin Koerber (African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures) was awarded a fellowship at the American Institute for Maghrib Studies / Centre d'études maghrébines à Tunis for his research project “Styling Judeo-Arabic in Twentieth Century Tunisian Theater,” May – August 2018. Established in 1984, AIMS is a private, non-profit educational organization that facilitates research in North Africa and encourages the free exchange of information between American and North African scholars.

Laurie Krivo (Sociology) was named Fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in recognition of outstanding contributions to research on race, crime and justice, mentoring of students, and service to ASC and the field of criminology.

Casimir A. Kulikowski (Computer Science) became a Fellow, International Academy of Health Science Informatics – Gothenburg, Sweden, April 2018

Yuan Liao (Economics) was presented the ICCM Best Paper award for “Large Covariance Estimation by Thresholding Principal Orthogonal Complements,” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 2013, by the Association of International Consortium of Chinese Mathematicians.

Greg Moore (Physics and Astronomy) was named a Hanna Scholar at Stanford University.

Santosh Nagarkatte’s (Computer Science) PhD student David Menendez was awarded the 2018 John C. Reynolds ACM SIGPLAN Doctoral Dissertation Award given for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of programming languages.

Jacqueline Noronha-Hostler (Physics and Astronomy) received a DOE Early Career Award, one of only three awarded nationally in theoretical nuclear physics. Jaki is one of 84 young scientists from US Universities and DOE national labs receiving an award in 2018. Seven awards were in nuclear physics and only three awards in nuclear theory.

Wilma Olson (Physics and Astronomy) has been named a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society by the Division of Biological Physics.

Jamie Pietruska’s (History) article, “Hurricanes, Crops, and Capital: The Meteorological Infrastructure of American Empire in the West Indies” was awarded the biennial Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Best Article Prize (2018).

Hugh Rockoff (Economics) has been elected president of the Economic History Association, the leading association of economic historians in the United States.

Melitta Schachner (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) received a grant from the State of New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research for her research project entitled” Role of MARCKS-derived Peptide in Functional Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury.” .

Karen Schindler (Genetics) was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Thomas Jefferson University School of Graduate Studies, 2019.

Karen Schindler (Genetics) was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Frontiers in Reproduction course at Marine Biological Laboratory, now in its 22nd year, 2019.

Laura C. Schneider (Geography) held a Fulbright distinguished chair appointment on biodiversity and sustainable development at the National University of Colombia, 2017-2018.

Samah Selim (African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures) received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to translate the Jordanian writer Ghalib Halasa’s novel Sultana.

Jeffrey Shandler (Jewish Studies) received a fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, fall 2018.

Jane Sharp (Art History) College Art Association, Alfred H. Barr Jr. Finalist (honorable mention) award for a museum catalogue/exhibition in a smaller institution.

Evie Shockley (English) received the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry for semiautomatic, November 2018.

Zhiqiang Tan (Statistics and Biostatistics) was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, for fundamental and innovative contributions to statistical theory and methods in a broad range of areas, including Monte Carlo methods; propensity score and instrumental variable methods; survey calibration estimation; and applications to science, engineering, and medicine.

Scott Thomas (Physics and Astronomy) was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Camilla Townsend's (History) book Annals of Native America: How the Nahuas of Colonial Mexico Kept Their History Alive (Oxford 2016) received the 2018 Albert J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association for the best book in English on the history of the Americas, north or south.

Xiaojue Wang (Asian Languages and Literatures) professor of Chinese literature, was awarded a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange research for her project “The Edges of Literature: Eileen Chang and the Aesthetics of Deviation,” May 2018.

Eugene N. White (Economics) was a visiting professor at the Paris School of Economics and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Spring 2018.

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