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2006-2007 Awards

E.L. Doctorow, prize-winning novelist and Glucksman Professor in American Letters, has been elected to the American Philosophical Associaton, the oldest learned society in the U.S.

Fabio Piano, biologist and associate professor at NYU’s Center for Comparative Functional Genomics, was selected by the National Human Genome Research Institute to lead one of the teams charged with decoding the genome. The award will create a consortium of scientists who will collaborate in a four-year, $57 million scientific endeavor to understand every part of the genome needed for organisms to develop and thrive.

Martin Guggenheim '71, the Fiorella LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law, has won the Livingston Hall Award of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, which honors lawyers who have demonstrated a high degree of skill, commitment and professionalism practicing in the juvenile delinquency field.

Madeline Naegle, Nursing, has been appointed to serve as a Peer Reviewer for the J. W. Fulbright Senior Specialists Program (2007-2008). Working with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Dr. Naegle will serve on the Public/Global Health Peer Review Committee to identify candidates from around the United States for short-term international exchange opportunities in institutions of higher education and government agencies around the world.

Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, was recently presented with a James Beard Foundation Award for best food reference book of 2006 for What to Eat (North Point Press/Farra, Straus, Giroux). This is her third James Beard Foundation Award.

Randy Hertz, professor of clinical law and director of clinical and advocacy programs, was elected vice-chairperson of the American Bar Association's Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Hertz's one-year term begins in September 2007.

Richard Stewart, School of Law, is a finalist for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Acievement, the premier award for environmental science, energy and medicine, which is akin to the Nobel Prize for the environment.

The UN Human Rights Council appointed Philip Alston, School of Law, to an expert group on the Darfur crisis. The group has been asked to work with the Sudanese Government, African Union human rights mechanisms and others to promote respect for UN resolutions aimed at restoring respect for human rights. The group is requested to report in June.

The American Society for Legal History named Daniel Hulsebosch, School of Law, the winner of its first John Philip Reid Book Award for his recent work, Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830. This annual award, named for the prolific legal historian John Philip Reid, is for the best book published in English in any of the fields broadly defined as Anglo-American legal history.

Alexandra Leigh Joyner, School of Medicine, Spike Lee, Kanbar Institute, Tisch School of the Arts, Richard Revesz, School of Law, Stephen Schiffer, Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Richard Sieburth, French and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts and Science, were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Finbarr Barry Flood, Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Ali Mirsepassi, Gallatin School of Indvidualized Study, have been named Carnegie Scholars by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie Scholars are appointed to pursue research advancing the strategic work of the corporation, studying themes focusing on Islam and the modern world.

Nicola Persico, Economics, Faculty of Arts and Science, was awarded the inaugural 2007 Carlo Alberto Medal, which recognizes an Italian economist under the age of 40 for his or her outstanding research contributions to the field. The award was given by the Collegio Carlo Alberto, a foundation created in 2004 by the Compagnia di San Paolo and the University of Torino. Its mission is to foster research and teaching in economics, finance, and political science.

Dorothy Durkin, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, was awarded the University Continuing Education Association's (UCEA) Walton S. Bittner citation for outstanding service to both NYU SCPS and UCEA, the principal organization for continuing education in the United States.

Joshua Tucker, Politics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, received the 2006 Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association. The award is given to the top scholar in the field within 10 years of the doctorate.

Elizabeth Capezuti, College of Nursing, has been awarded a $5.35 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies. The 5-year grant will help build the Nurses Improving Care to Healthsystem Elders Expansion Project.

Stefanie Russell, College of Dentistry, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from NIDCR/NIH to study Women's Oral Health.

Mathy Mezey, Nursing, has been awarded a $2.6 million grant for her project "How To Try This: Resources on Geriatric Assessment for Community College Nursing Programs.". In collaboration with the American Journal of Nursing, the project will create 30 instructional online videos based on the "Try This" older adult assessment series.

Lawrence Wright, a Fellow at the Center for Law and Security, School of Law, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for his book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Alfred A. Knopf).

Mark Gertler, Economics, and Paul Horwich, Philosophy, both of the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Annie-B Parson, Choreography, Tisch School of the Arts, received Guggenheim Fellowships, which are awarded to artists, scholars, and scientists for distinguished past achievements and exceptional promise of future accomplishments.

Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan, Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, was awarded the Abel Prize in Mathematics by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for "his fundamental contributions to probability theory and in particular for creating a unified theory of large deviations."

Andrew Kent, Physics, and Nadrian Seeman, Chemistry, both of the Faculty of Arts and Science, are part of a team of nine scholars from six universities that received a grant of $6 million over five years to exploit precise biological assembly techniques for the study of quantum electronic systems, which could have an impact on the development and understanding of future electronics.

Norman Dorsen, School of Law, received the Association of American Law Schools Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Law and Legal Education. He is the first recipient of this award that recognizes his contributions to the development of law and legal education.

Barbara Kirchenblatt-Gimblett, Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, was awarded a 2006 Jewish Book Award for Writing a Modern Jewish History: Essays in Honor of Salo W. Baron (Yale University Press/The Jewish Museum), a collection of essays that she edited.

Henry McKean, Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, received the 2007 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the American Mathematical Society.

Larissa Bonfante, Classics, Faculty of Arts and Science, received the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement from the Archaeological Institute of America. The award is given every year to a scholar who has made distinguished contributions to archaeology through his or her fieldwork, publications, and/or teaching.

Joan Breton Connelly, Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts and Science, received the Archaeological Institute of America's Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is awarded every year to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the teaching of archaeology and who has developed innovative teaching methods or interdisciplinary curricula.

Terry Harrison, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Science, has been awarded the distinction of fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the understanding of primate and human evolution.

Zhen Zhang, Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, was awarded an honorable mention prize by the Modern Language Association of America, for her first book, An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema, 1896-1937 (University of Chicago Press).

Richard Arum, Humanities and Social Sciences, Steinhardt School of Education, won a Fulbright New Century Scholars Award, to conduct a comparative study of the American and Israeli higher education systems during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Richard Sennett, University Professor, was named winner of the 2006 Hegel Prize, which is awarded by the German City of Stuttgart, for his lifetime of achivement in the humanities and social sciences.

John Brademas, President Emeritus, received the John Gardner Spirit award for "unparalleled dedication to public service" at Common Cause/NY's ninth annual "I Love an Ethical NY" awards ceremony recognizing outstanding citizens who are making a difference.

Ingrid Gould Ellen, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, won the 2006 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Raymond Vernon Memorial Prize for her study, co-authored with Ioan Voicu, comparing the neighborhood spillover effects of city-supported rehabilitation of rental housing undertaken by nonprofit and for-profit developers. APPAM presents the award each year to recognize the best research article published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the association's flagship scholarly journal.

Frances Stage, Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology, Steinhardt School of Education, received the Association for the Study of Higher Education's Research Achievement Award. The award is presented for outstanding contribution to research for an individual whose published research advances understanding of higher education in a significant way.

Michael Beckerman, Music, Faculty of Arts and Science, won an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for his contributions to The Secrets of Dvor?k's Cello Concerto.

Edo L. Kussell, Biology, Faculty of Arts & Science, was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Grant for his work on the evolution of microbial physiologies.

Sibylle Fischer, Spanish and Portuguese, Faculty of Arts & Science, was awarded the 2006 Bryce Wood Award forModernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution. Fischer also received the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award for the outstanding book in Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures 2005 (Modern Language Association), and the Frantz Fanon Prize 2005 (Caribbean Philosophical Association).

Amir Pnueli, Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, was inducted as a member of the Academia Europaea, whose membership includes leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and congnitive sciences, economics and the law.

Evgeny Nudler, School of Medicine, received the National Institute of Health's Director's Pioneer Award which supports researchers who propose bold approaches to major questions in biomedicine.

David Dent, Journalism, Faculty of Arts & Science, received a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism to explore the mental health challenges that many Hurricane Katrina survivors encountered while beginning new lives outside of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Finbarr Barry Flood, Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts & Science, received two one-semester fellowships from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Getty Research Institute to research and write a book on the theory and practice of iconoclasm in the Islamic world and in Euro-American representations of Islamic cultures.

Martin Pope, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts & Science, was awarded a Davy Medal by the Royal Society of London for the seminal discoveries made in the field of molecular electronics.

Michael Shelley, Mathematics and Neural Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, received the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Julian Cole Lectureship, which recognizes outstanding contributions in mathematics that characterize or offer solutions to problems in the biological or physical sciences, or in engineering.

Lawrence Weschler, Journalism, Faculty of Arts & Science, received the "Notable Essay" distinction from Best American Essays, 2005.

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, University Professor, Steinhardt School of Education, received the Order of the Mexican Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration awarded by the Mexican government. The award is given for extraordinary contributions to the understanding of and service to Mexico.

Karen Adolph, Psychology and Neural Science, Faculty of Arts & Science, received the MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health. The award recognizes excellence in research over an extended period of time.