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2005-2006 Awards

Nathaniel Beck, Politics, Faculty of Arts and Science, Jeff Cheeger, Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Kit Fine, Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Science, Joseph LeDoux, Neural Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Charles Newman, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shulumuth Lala Straussner, Social Work, received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to the University of Warsaw for Fall 2006. She will be lecturing and developing curriculum focusing on mass trauma and substance abuse.

Jo Ivey Boufford, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and School of Medicine, began serving a four-year term as Foreign Secretary of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academy of Sciences. In this position, Dr. Boufford serves as senior adviser on international matters to the president and council of the IOM, and as a liaison to foreign academies of medicine and science.

Thomas Nagel, Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Science, and School of Law, was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States. APS "...promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach."

Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, History, Faculty of Arts and Science, Aziz Huq, Brennan Center for Justice, School of Law, and Marion Holmes Katz, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science, were named Carnegie Scholars by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie Scholars are appointed for a period of up to two years to pursue research advancing the strategic work of the Corporation. This year's scholars will all study themes focusing on Islam and the modern world.

Paramjit Arora, Chemistry, Lila Davachi, Psychology, andPatrick Eichenberger, Biology, all of the Faculty of Arts & Science, were awarded 2005 Whitehead Fellowships for Junior Faculty in Biomedical and Biological Sciences.

Edward Berenson, Institute of French Studies, Faculty of Arts & Science, was awarded the Order of Knight in the National Order of Merit for eminent services rendered to France.

Leslie Greengard, Mathematics and Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Richard Novick, Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine, School of Medicine, were elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). There are now 27 NYU faculty who are members of NAS.

Susan Hilferty, Design for Stage and Film, Marsha Norman, Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, and Martin Pakledinaz, Design for Stage and Film, all in the Tisch School of the Arts, were each nominated for Tony Awards. Hilferty was nominated for Best Costume Design of a Musical for Lestat, Norman for Best Book of a Musical for The Color Purple, and Pakledinaz for Best Costume Design of a Musical for The Pajama Game.

Ulrich Baer, German and Comparative Literature, Catherine Barnett, Creative Writing Program, David Garland, Law and Sociology, Rinne Groff, Dramatic Writing, Michael Purugganan, Biology, and Darin Strauss, Creative Writing, received Guggenheim Fellowships, which are awarded to artists, scholars, and scientists for distinguished past achievements and exceptional promise of future accomplishments.

James Macinko, Public Health, Steinhardt School of Education, was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania beginning in the fall of 2006.

John Canemaker, Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts, won an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category for his autobiographical film The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation. The 78th Annual Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2005 were presented on March 5, 2006 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Vivian S. Lee, School of Medicine, was featured in this year's "40 under 40," a special edition of Crain's New York Business. She and the other honorees were chosen from a pool of 500 candidates, who had been nominated for their contributions to the fields of business, entertainment, sports, and the arts.

Madeline Naegle, College of Nursing, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. Dr. Naegle will work on a mental health/substance abuse curriculum, participate in seminars and workshops, and conduct faculty development and research skills training at the Sao Paolo University School of Nursing in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

Sinan Gunturk and Anna-Karin Tornberg, both of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, have been named 2006 Sloan Foundation Fellows. These awards are intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members in specified fields of science.

Judith Haber, the Ursula Springer Professor of Nursing Leadership, College of Nursing, has received two top honors from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). Haber was recently named Psychiatric Nurse of the Year and has received the 2005-2006 Excellence in Research Award for her book Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice, 6th edition, which she co-authored with Geri LoBiondo-Wood.

E.L. Doctorow, the Lewis and Loretta Brennan Glucksman Chair of English and American Letters, Faculty of Arts and Science, was named winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for fictions for his novel, The March (Random House), about Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's march through the Confederate South during the Civil War.

Deborah Padgett, School of Social Work, received an unprecedented honor from the Society of Social Work and Research. Padgett, as outgoing President of the organization, was honored with the announcement of the establishment of a "Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Fellowship," in recognition of her support of doctoral education and younger researchers in social work.

Francine Goldenhar, director of La Maison Francais, has been named a chevalier, or knight, in the Order of Academic Palms by the French Ministry of Education for services rendered to French culture. In 1808, Napolean Bonaparte established the awards for devotion and accomplishment in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and research.

Anthony Amsterdam, University Professor, School of Law, was honored with the 2006 Outstanding Scholar Award by the Fellows of the American Bar Association.

Cathleen Morawetz, Professor Emerita, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, received the 2006 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics. Presented every three years jointly by the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Birkhoff Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to applied mathematics.

Thomas Nagel, University Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science and School of Law, received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The award is "intended to recognize a small number of scholars in the humanities whose work has been of the highest caliber," according to the foundation.

Joseph LeDoux, the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, received the Fyssen Foundation's 2005 International Prize for his work on the neural basis of emotions.

Israel M. Kirzner, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Faculty of Arts and Science, was named the 2006 recipient of Sweden's FSF-Nutek Award. The international award for entrepreneurial and small business research is administered by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

Leslie Greengard, Mathematics and Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his pioneering development of algorithms and software for fast multipole methods.

Marsha Berger, Computer Science and Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Zlatko Bacic, Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Science and Dinu Ghezzo, Music and Performing Arts Professions, Philip Hosay, Humanities and Social Sciences, Bridget O'Connor, Administration, Leadership, and Technology, and Eugene Secunda, Adjunct Professor, all of the Steinhardt School of Education, have received Fulbright awards for work during the 2005-2006 academic year. Bacic will have a four-month stay at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb, Croatia where he will lead a joint research project in the area of theoretical chemical dynamics. Ghezzo will have a two-week stay at the Jerusalem Music and Dance Academy. Hosay will develop an American Studies Center at Turkey's Ataturk University. O'Connor already performed her work in Australia where she addressed faculty and postgraduate students on workplace learning at Victoria University and engaged in roundtable discussions on doctoral education and university governance at the University of Tasmania. Secunda will lecture on the current trends in global media and the marketing communications field at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Nadrian Seeman, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Science, has been named winner of the 2005 World Technology Award for Biotechnology by the World Technology Network, a global peer-elected association of the world's leading science and technology innovators. Seeman also received a MERIT award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Rinne Groff, Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, is one of ten recent winners of the 21st Annual Whiting Writers Awards, presented annually to emerging authors who demonstrate exceptional talent and promise.

Francisco Nunez, Adjunct Faculty Member, Steinhardt School of Education, was named one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business magazine.

Lawrence Mead, Politics, Faculty of Arts and Science, was co-winner of the 2005 Louis Brownlow Book Award, given by the National Academy of Public Administration for Government Matters: Welfare Reform in Wisconsin (Princeton).

Herrick Chapman, History and French Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science, has been named a chevalier or knight, in the Order of Academic Palms by the French Ministry of Education for services rendered to French culture.

Mark E. Tuckerman, Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Science, was elected to receive the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award after having been nominated for the distinction by the German scientist Dominik Marx. The award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research.

Ann MorningCaroline Hodges Persell, and Vivek Chibber, all of the Sociology Department, Faculty of Arts and Science, received awards from the American Sociological Association (ASA). Morning was a co-winner of ASA's 2005 Dissertation Award for her doctoral dissertation, The Nature of Race: Teaching and Learning about Human Difference, which was completed at Princeton University. Persell won ASA's Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, which honors outstanding contributions to the undergraduate and/or graduate teaching and learning of sociology that improve the quality of teaching. Chibber received the Barrington Moore Prize for the Best Book in Comparative and Historical Sociology for Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (Princeton University Press, 2003).

Joseph LeDoux, the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science in Neural Science and Psychology, and Carol Reiss, Biology, both in the Faculty of Arts and Science, were named 2005 fellows of the New York Academy of Sciences. LeDoux was recognized for his work in neural science and the role of the amygdala and emotions. Reiss was chosen for her work in virology and neuroimmunology.

Laurence Maslon, Graduate Acting Program, Tisch School of the Arts, won an Emmy for best non-fiction series for his work as co-creator and co-author of the landmark six-part PBS series Broadway: The American Musical, and its companion volume. Maslon was also presented with the 2005 Theatre Museum Award of Excellence for Theatre History Preservation.

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