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Academic Honors

2018-2019 Academic Year


Winter Quarter

A translation of the Polish poet Adam Zagajewski's work “Assymmetry” by Clare Cavanagh, the Frances Hooper Professor in the Arts and Humanities and a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and and Comparative Literary Studies, has been named a finalist for the 2018 Poetry Awards by the National Book Critics Circle.

Associate Professor of Art History Huey Copeland, the 2018-2021 Arthur Andersen Teaching and Research Professor, has won the 2019 David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The honor is the first national award to celebrate an early- or mid-career scholar or artist whose work makes an original and important contribution to the field of African-American art or art history.

The American Physical Society's largest division, the Division of Condensed Matter Physics, has elected Professor of Physics and Astronomy James Sauls to a four-year term as secretary-treasurer. Sauls has also been appointed to the International Science Advisory Committee of the European MicroKelvin Platform, and has recently been named chief specialty editor for Frontiers in Physics, where he will oversee the journal Frontiers in Condensed Matter Physics.

The Academy of American Poets has named Board of Trustees Professor of English Natasha Tretheweychancellor, an honorary position that has been held by some of the most distinguished poets in the United States. In this role, Trethewey will consult with the organization on matters of artistic programming, serve as a judge for the organization’s largest prizes for poets and act as an ambassador of poetry in the world at large. 

Professor of Psychology Galen Bodenhausen will receive Northwestern University's 2019 Daniel Linzer Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity. Bodenhausen was selected for his broad and sustained leadership in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the College's Department of Psychology.

Sir Fraser Stoddart, the Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry, has received the China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. Established by China’s State Council in 1994, the honor is conferred on foreign individuals or organizations that have made important contributions to China’s science and technology development. Stoddart, the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, has served as a visiting scholar at Tianjin University, has received nine honorary professorships from Chinese universities, and has mentored more than 60 Chinese students, of which almost half currently hold professorships at American and Chinese universities.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Barry Wimpfheimer's book The Talmud: A Biography has won the  2018 National Jewish Book Award in Education and Jewish Identity from the Jewish Book Council. In reviewing the book, the Council described it as "unique in its investigation of the Talmud as a contemporary Jewish icon ... an engaging read and a wonderful presentation of Judaism’s most discussed book." Wimpfheimer's book also appeared in Princeton University Press’ “Lives of Great Religious Books” series.

Fall Quarter

Samuel Stupp, the Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering, has been named a 2018 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

In recognition of his “conspicuous achievements in chemistry,” Chad A. Mirkin, the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and the director of Northwestern's  International Institute for Nanotechnology, has been selected to receive the 2018 Theodore Williams Richards Award and Medal  from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society.

Professor Jorge Coronado, director of the Program in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, will serve as a Green Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia in 2019-2020. The short-term appointment will allow Coronado to share his expertise with members of the UBC community.

Joseph Hupp, the Morrison Professor of Chemistry, will receive the 2018 George S. Hammond Award from the Inter-American Photochemical Society. The award is bestowed biannually in recognition of lifelong achievement in, and contributions to, the photochemical sciences. Hupp’s contributions range from fundamental work on light-induced electron-transfer reactions to elucidation of mechanisms for molecule-powered solar cells to design and synthesis of new classes of light-harvesting and photocatalytic materials.

Fred Lewis, a professor emeritus of chemistry, has been elected a fellow of the Inter-American Photochemical Society. The honor recognizes outstanding lifetime scientific achievements in photochemistry or contributions to either the science of photochemistry as a discipline or the furtherance of the society through service.

Chad Mirkin, the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, will receive the 2019 Netherlands Award for Supramolecular Chemistry. The award, presented by the Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems, recognizes “outstanding scientists in the supramolecular chemistry field.” Previous recipients of the award include Nobel Laureates Jean-Marie Lehn, considered to be the “founding father of supramolecular chemistry,” and Sir Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern’s Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern and architect of the mechanical bond in chemistry.

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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