2003-2004 Awards

Susan Hilferty, Design for Stage and Film, Tisch School of the Arts, won a 2004 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Wicked.

Ned Block, Philosophy and Psychology, Fang-Hua Lin, Silver Professor Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences,Sharon Olds, English, and Lai-Sang Young, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, all of the Faculty of Arts and Science, were selected as Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), the oldest and one of the most prestigious learned societies in academia. Fellows are selected annually based on intellectual achievement, leadership, and creativity in their respective fields of scholarship.

Sylvia Serfaty, Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded an EMS Prize by the European Mathematical Society in recognition of distinguished contributions in mathematics by researchers not older than 35 years. The prizes are presented every four years at the European Congress of Mathematics.

Gus Solomons, Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, has been awarded the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, which is held each summer at Duke University. This is the premier teaching award at the nation's leading dance festival. Solomons previously received a Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement, dance's highest award.

Racquel LeGeros and the College of Dentistry have been awarded a four-year grant in the amount of $1.99 million by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As principal investigator, LeGeros will use the grant to develop biomaterials that promote bone formation and inhibit bone loss in osteoporosis.

Dr. John Brademas, NYU President Emeritus, former Congressman, and Rhodes Scholar, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Laws by the University of Oxford in July 2003 during ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Rhodes Scholarships. The degree citation praised Dr. Brademas for sponsoring laws in Congress "which gave important support to colleges, libraries, and cultural activities" and for promoting "legislation to help the weak by Federal subventions for those in need." The presentation by Oxford University's new Chancellor, Chris Patten, also hailed Dr. Brademas on becoming "President of one of the greatest of universities" and for " collecting enormous sums of money" for NYU.

Linda Nochlin, Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, has been invited to be the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University for 2003-2004. In Harvard's own words, "the Norton chair is the most distinguished visiting professorship in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences." "Poetry" is here interpreted to include literature, fine arts, and music. The six new lectures she will give will be published by Harvard University Press. True to form, Linda has accepted this year long award only for the Spring 2004 semester, wanting to be in New York this fall, when she will be co-teaching with Harvey Molloch in sociology, among other things.