Weinberg Professor Named Linguistic Society of America Fellow
Janet Pierrehumbert/Photo courtesy Crosscurrents magazine
Janet Pierrehumbert, a current professor of Linguistics and a member of Weinberg College's faculty since 1989, has been elected a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). This prestigious honor is awarded to members of the LSA who have made outstanding contributions to the field, with only a select few elected as Fellows each year.
Pierrehumbert's recent research focuses on the many aspects of language systems, from pronunciation to the words people are able to learn and remember as part of their native languages. Her work has gained attention and funding from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and James S. McDonnell Foundation.
The LSA will hold its annual meeting in January 2012, where Janet Pierrehumbert will be inducted as a Fellow.
Honors and Achievements
Doctoral student Chris Shirley has won a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his study, Reading by Hand: Manuscript Poetry and Readerly Identities in Renaissance England.
Doctoral student Jade Werner has been named a 2013 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for her dissertation, The Gospel and the Globe: Missionary Enterprises and the Cosmopolitan Imagination, 1795-1910.
The Global Health Studies program has won the 2013 Senator Paul Simon International Spotlight Award.
Jacob Lassner, a professor emeritus of history, has been awarded the Franz Rosenthal Prize in Islamics & Semitics by the American Oriental Society.
Earth & Planetary Sciences Professor Emile Okal has been named the 2013 recipient of the Sergey Soloviev Medal by the European Geosciences Union. Okal was cited for his “seminal contributions to the understanding of the physics of tsunamis and for establishing new methods of tsunami mitigation."
Xinwen Zhu has been awarded the Centennial Fellowship of the American Mathematical Society.
Douglas Medin, a professor of cognitive psychology, has received the William James Lifetime Achievement Award for Basic Research from the Association for Psychological Science.
Seth Stein, the William Deering Professor of Geological Sciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.
Anthropology Professor Helen B. Schwartzman has been elected to a Visiting Fellowship at Oxford's Magdalen College. She will research Bodleian Library collections on 19th and 20th century children's toys and games.
The Modern Language Association of America will present its 22nd Howard R. Marraro Prize to Associate Professor Marco Ruffini for his book Art without an Author: Vasari's Lives and Michelangelo's Death.
Alumna Michelle Grabner, who received her MFA from the department of Art Theory and Practice in 1990, was named one of three curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, an influential survey of the state of contemporary art in the United States.