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Faculty Awards and Accomplishments


AGNEL SFEIR, Assistant Professor in the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine and in the Department of Cell Biology at the School of Medicine, was named one of this year's 18 recipients of a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

Two Stern professors were named to Ethisphere magazine's "100 Most Influential in Business Ethics" list:

  • JONATHAN HAIDT, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership
  • DOLLY CHUGH, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

Three faculty members at the Silver School of Social Work were honored by the
New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Workers:

  • KATE BARROW, Adjunct Instructor (Emerging Leader Award)
  • ONAJE MUID, Adjunct Lecturer (Mid-Career Exemplary Leader Award)
  • GARY PARKER, Deputy Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research (Mid-Career Exemplary Leader Award)

NATALIE JEREMIJENKO, Associate Professor of Art and Education at the Steinhardt School, received the VIDA Pioneers Prize, an international award recognizing excellence in the field of new media.

The Social Science Research Network recognized two Stern professors' work among their "Top 10 Papers of 2014":

  • DOLLY CHUGH, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations
  • ASWATH DAMODARAN, Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education

JONATHAN FREEMAN, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was named to Forbes magazine's "30 under 30" game changers who are "transforming the world."

Two professors of electrical engineering at the Polytechnic School of Engineering were named fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): FRANCISCO DE LEON and UNNIKRISHNA PILLAI.

JULIANA FREIRE, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Engineering with affiliated appointments at Courant, CUSP, and the Center for Data Science, was named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.

H. JONATHAN CHAO, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Engineering, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

PERRY HALKITIS, Professor of Applied Psychology, Public Health, and Medicine at the Steinhardt School and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Global Institute of Public Health, received the 2015 Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association.

GEETA MENON, Dean of the Undergraduate College at Stern, Abraham Krasnoff Professor of Global Business, and Professor of Marketing, was named to the Economic Times of India's "Top 20 List of Global Indian Women," highlighting leaders in business and the arts.

EMILY FRAGOS, Adjunct Instructor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, was selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright to receive the 2015 Wittner Bynner Fellowship.

Two faculty members received the William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement from the American Dental Education Association:

  • STUART HIRSCH, Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at the College of Dentistry (Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Dental Educator)
  • EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ, Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Langone (Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation by a Dental Educator)

RICHARD TSIEN, Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience, Chair of the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, and Director of the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center, was named co-recipient of the 2014 Ralph W. Gerard Prize, the highest award presented by the Society for Neuroscience.

The following faculty were included on Education Week's 2015 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, an annual list that recognizes scholars who most influence the nation's education discourse:

  • JOSHUA ARONSON, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt
  • RICHARD ARUM, Professor of Sociology and Education, Steinhardt
  • DOMINIC J. BREWER, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean and Professor of Education, Economics, and Policy, Steinhardt
  • JENNIFER JENNINGS, Assistant Professor of Sociology, FAS
  • OKHEE LEE, Professor of Childhood Education, Steinhardt
  • PEDRO NOGUERA, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt
  • DIANE RAVITCH, Research Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences and International Education, Steinhardt
  • HIROKAZU YOSHIKAWA, Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, Steinhardt
  • JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN, Professor of History of Education, Steinhardt

artnet News named ROSELEE GOLDBERG, Clinical Associate Professor of Visual Arts Administration at the Steinhardt School, one of the 100 most powerful women in art.

JOE LOVANO, Clinical Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the Steinhardt School, received two nominations — Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Latin Jazz Album — for the 2015 Grammy Awards.

JOHN RINZEL, Professor of Neural Science, received the 2015 Arthur T. Winfree Prize from the Society for Mathematical Biology.

Books by four faculty members were named to the New York Times Book Review’s list of “100 Notable Books of 2014”:

  • Song of the Shank: A Novel by JEFFERY RENARD ALLEN, faculty member in FAS’s Creative Writing Program
  • The Parthenon Enigma by JOAN BRETON CONNELLY, Professor of Classics and Art History, FAS
  • Thirty Girls: A Novel by SUSAN MINOT, faculty member in FAS’s Creative Writing Program
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by BRYAN STEVENSON, Professor of Clinical Law at the School of Law

KATHRYN SMITH, Professor of Art History, was named one of the "15 Notable Art Professors in New York City" by the Art Career Project.

Four faculty members were elected to the American Law Institute (ALI):

  • JOHN GLEESON, Adjunct Professor at the School of Law
  • FLORENCIA MAROTTA-WURGLER, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of NYU Law in Buenos Aires
  • JILL MANNY, Adjunct Professor of Law and Executive Director of the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at the School of Law and Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration at Wagner
  • TROY MCKENZIE, Professor and Co-Faculty Director of the Center on Civil Justice at the School of Law

MARILEA ALFONZO, Research Assistant Professor of Technology, Culture, and Society at the Polytechnic School of Engineering, was named to the Urban Land Institute's 2014 "40 Under 40" list of the best land use professionals from around the globe.

BETH SIMONE NOVECK, Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic School of Engineering and Director of The Governance Lab, won an Internet and Society Award from the Oxford Internet Institute.

MARION NESTLE, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at the Steinhardt School, won the 2014 Media Award from the Public Health Association of New York City. She was also named to Science magazine’s list of Twitter science stars.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently honored two faculty members:

  • CLAUDIO SILVA, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Engineering and Head of Disciplines at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), won the Visualization Technical Achievement Award for his contributions to data science.
  • TED RAPPAPORT, David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Engineering, Professor of Computer Science at Courant, Professor of Radiology at the School of Medicine, and Director of NYU Wireless, received the IEEE Donald G. Fink Award for his paper "Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G Cellular: It Will Work."

MARTHA KANTER, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at the Steinhardt School, received the Morris T. Keeton Award from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

The American Heart Association awarded its 2014 Clinical Research Prize to JUDITH HOCHMAN, Harold Snyder Family Professor of Cardiology at the School of Medicine, for her leadership in the landmark clinical trials created to test the formulation of national guidelines for the management of ischemic heart disease.

HELEN NISSENBAUM, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication and Computer Science at the Steinhardt School and Director of the Information Law Institute at the School of Law, was awarded the 2014 Barwise Prize from the American Philosophical Association for her significant contribution in research areas relevant to philosophy and computing.

The collection The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters, 1757: Correspondence of an Irish Community Abroad, edited by JOHN SHOVLIN, Associate Professor of History, and THOMAS TRUXES, Clinical Associate Professor of History and Irish Studies, received the Prix Brives Cazes from the Académie Nationale des Sciences Belles-Lettres et Arts de Bordeaux.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded two NYU professors the distinction of AAAS Fellow:

  • DANNY REINBERG, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, School of Medicine
  • YURI TSCHINKEL, Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

PEDRO NOGUERA, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at Steinhardt, has received two recent awards: the 2014 SAGE-CASBS Award, presented by SAGE Publications and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, recognizing outstanding accomplishments in advancing the understanding of behavioral sciences; and the Distinguished Service Award for Service to Education from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizing his work on culture, equity, and access.

ROGER BAGNALL, the Leon Levy Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, has been elected president of the Society for Classical Studies.

NORMAN DORSEN, the Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law, has been named winner of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the foundation’s group of First Amendment Awards.  

The book If A, then B: How the World Discovered Logic by Liberal Studies Master Teachers MICHAEL SHENEFELT and HEIDI WHITE was the gold winner in the "Philosophy Non-Fiction" category of Foreword's IndieFab Book of the Year Awards.

CATHERINE SHARKEY, Crystal Eastman Professor of Law, was appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States.

JUDITH SCHWARTZ, Professor of Art at the Steinhardt School, was elected Vice President of the International Academy of Ceramics.

JAMES PACE, Associate Dean and Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, was selected as a fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

MARILYN NONKEN, Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at the Steinhardt School, is the recipient of the Nouveau Classical Project's Visionary Award.

SUSAN NEUMAN, Professor of Early Childhood and Literacy Education at the Steinhardt School, is the recipient of the A.B. Herr Award from the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Neuman also received the 2014 Oscar Causey Award for outstanding contributions to reading research, the highest honor given by the Literacy Research Association.

Neuroscientist and psychologist JOSEPH LEDOUX, Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science in the Center for Neural Science, is among 50 of the American Psychological Association's Extremely Eminent Psychologists worldwide.

VITTORIA FLAMINI, Industry Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Engineering, was awarded the Biomedical Engineering Innovation and Career Development Award by the Biomedical Engineering Society.

The following faculty were included among the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers for 2014:

  • HENRY R. BLACK, Adjunct Professor, Medicine
  • MICHAEL R. BLANTON, Associate Professor of Physics, FAS
  • GYOERGY BUZSAKI, Biggs Professor of Neuroscience, Medicine
  • WILLIAM EASTERLY, Professor of Economics, FAS
  • ELZA ERKIP, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic School of Engineering
  • XAVIER GABAIX, Martin J. Gruber Professor of Finance, Stern
  • DAN R. LITTMAN, Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Professor of Molecular Immunology and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Molecular Pathogenosis, Medicine
  • DANNY REINBERG, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Medicine

VIRAL ACHARYA, C.V. Starr Professor of Economics at Stern, won the 2014 Best Paper on Global Financial Markets award from the Chinese Finance Association for "The Greatest Carry Trade Ever? Understanding Eurozone Bank Risks."

PETE HAMILL, Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, received the Eugene O'Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from Irish American Writers & Artists for his 50-year career as a newspaper editor, reporter, and columnist; novelist; and author of non-fiction books.

ARUN SUNDARARAJAN, Professor of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences at Stern, received a 2014 IBM Faculty Award, which will support his work heading the Social Cities Initiative at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).

KIT FINE, University Professor of Philosophy, received a 2014 Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The five-year award supports the internationalization of the humanities and social sciences in Germany.

WILLIAM BAUMOL, Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship at Stern, and ISRAEL KIRZNER, Professor Emeritus of Economics, were selected as 2014 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates for their contributions to the field of economic sciences.

Baumol was also recently awarded the 2014 Foundational Paper Award by the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management for his paper "Entrepreneurship, Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive," which was published in 1990.

ANDREW MAJDA, Samuel F. B. Morse Professor of Arts and Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, is the recipient of the 2015 LaGrange Prize from the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM). The award recognizes his ground-breaking, original, fundamental and pioneering contributions to applied mathematics and, in particular, to wave front propagation and combustion, scattering theory, fluid dynamics and atmosphere climate science.

President Obama has nominated DEBORAH WILLIS--University Professor and Chair of Photography and Imaging at Tisch, and affiliated faculty in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at FAS--to serve on the National Council on the Humanities.

FINN BRUNTON, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School, won a PROSE award from the Professional & Scholarly Publishing Association of American Publishers for his book Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (MIT, 2013).

RODNEY BENSON, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School received the 2014 Tankard Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for his book Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison (Cambridge, 2013).

MARA MILLS, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School, won a Humboldt Fellowship from Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to support research she will undertake in 2015.

SUSAN MURRAY, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School, won a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

RADHA HEGDE, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School, won a Fulbright Scholarship.

The University named a new class of Silver Professors from the Faculty of Arts and Science and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences:

  • PATRICK COUSOT, Professor of Computer Science, Courant
  • DON GARRETT, Professor of Philosophy, FAS
  • TERRY HARRISON, Professor of Anthropology, FAS
  • DAVID J. HEEGER, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, FAS
  • DAVID W. MCLAUGHLIN, Professor of Mathematics and Neural Science and Provost of NYU
  • JOANNA WALEY-COHEN, Professor of History, FAS and Provost of NYU Shanghai

The Professorships, named in honor of Julius Silver, Roslyn S. Silver, and Enid Silver Winslow, strengthen the Faculty of Arts and Science, emphasize the importance of undergraduate education, and ensure the advancement of the sciences at NYU.

JONATHAN VIVENTI, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Engineering, was named to two lists of leading young scientists: Popular Science magazine's annual "Brilliant 10" list of scientists under the age of 38 who are poised to revolutionize their fields, and the MIT Technology Review's "Innovators under 35" list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work holds great potential to transform the world.

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