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Academic Honors

2018-2019 Academic Year


Fall Quarter

Nanoscientist George Schatz has been awarded the Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences by the journal Chemical Physics Letters. Schatz, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the theory and understanding of gas-phase reaction dynamics, plasmonics, and nanostructured materials.

Jeffrey Masten, a professor of English and gender and sexuality studies, has won the 2018 Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award for his book, Queer Philologies: Sex, Language, and Affect in Shakespeare’s Time (University of Pennsylvania Press). The award, from the journal SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, is given in alternate years to the best recent study in either English Renaissance literary studies or the best recent study in Tudor and Stuart Drama.

 Todd Gingrich, an assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded the 2019 Irwin Oppenheim Award from the American Physical Society for his article "Proof of the Finite-time Thermodynamic Uncertainty Relation for Steady-state Currents." The award recognizes outstanding contributions by early-career scientists who publish in the journal Physical Review E (PRE).

Teri Odom, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, has been elected a Fellow Member of The Optical Society, the leading professional association in optics and photonics. Odom is being honored specifically for pioneering contributions to multi-scale plasmonic nanostructures and nanophotonics.

Professor of Psychology Steven Franconeri has won a Cattell Fellowship from the James McKeen Cattell Fund. The fellowship will support Franconeri's work on a book that synthesizes three research literatures: visual perception, graph comprehension, and data visualization. These research communities often study similar questions and bring highly complementary expertise and styles of inquiry, yet too rarely interact. Franconeri, director of the College's Cognitive Science Program, will serve as an ambassador among these fields by abstracting over jargon, motivating methodologies, and explaining models, from one field to the others.

John A. Rogers, the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurological Surgery and a professor of chemistry at Weinberg College, will receive the 2018 MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society. The honor  recognizes Rogers’s “pioneering contributions to materials for diverse classes of bio-integrated electronic systems.”

Chad A. Mirkin, the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, has received the Friendship Award from the nation of China. The honor is China's highest recognition for “foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the nation.”

Teri Odom, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry, and research professor Takashi Nishikawa have been named 2018 Fellows of the American Physical Society. The APS's fellowship program recognizes members who have made advances in physics through original research and publication or significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.

Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics Larry Hedges has been awarded the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Research, the world’s largest prize in education research. The award comes with $3.9 million in support. The Yidan Prize Foundation recognized Hedges for his ground-breaking statistical methods for meta-analysis, which serve as a foundation for much of the rigorous, evidenced-based education policy across the country and the globe. 

Danna Freedman, an associate professor of chemistry, has won the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry for her joint contributions to developing a molecular approach to quantum information science and harnessing diamond anvil cells as tiny, transparent synthetic vessels to create new chemical bonds. This prestigious award is given to a chemist within 10 years of her terminal degree and whose work demonstrates independence of thought and originality in research. The award dates back to 1931, with the inaugural recipient being Linus Pauling.

Sadie Wignall, an assistant professor of molecular biosciences, and graduate student Timothy Mullen have won the 2018 PLOS Genetics Research Prize for their work, "Interplay between microtubule bundling and sorting factors ensures acentriolar spindle stability during C. elegans oocyte meiosis." The prize, which recognizes outstanding primary research, is awarded on the basis of scientific excellence and community impact.

Bryna Kra, the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Mathematics, has been selected by the Association for Women in Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society to deliver the Noether Lecture at the 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings. Kra was chosen for her “profound impact on mathematics, both through her work in the fields of dynamical systems and ergodic theory and though her service to the profession,” the Association for Women in Mathematics said.

Will Dichtel, the Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry, has won the Akron Section Award from the Akron Section of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes young scientists who demonstrate exceptional promise for making significant contributions to chemical science.

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