Faculty Awards and Accomplishments

2016-2017

Two NYU faculty received Tony Award nominations:

  • SUSAN HILFERTY, Arts Professor and Chair of the Department of Design for Stage & Film at Tisch School of the Arts, was nominated for Best Costume Design of a Play for Present Laughter.
  • LUCAS HNATH, Adjunct Instructor of Dramatic Writing at Tisch, was nominated for Best Play for A Doll's House, Part 2.

EERO SIMONCELLI, Silver Professor of Neural Science, was awarded the Minerva Foundation's 2016 Golden Brain Award, for his seminal contributions to the field of visual neuroscience. In December, he won the IEEE Sustained Impact Paper Award for "Image Quality Assessment: From Error Visibility to Structural Similarity," on which he was a co-author.

Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath

Eero Simoncelli

Eero Simoncelli

JULIA WOLFE, Associate Professor of Music Composition at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Subhash Khot

Subhash Khot

Julia Wolfe

Julia Wolfe

Paul Romer

Paul Romer

Two faculty members at NYU were awarded "Genius" Grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:

  • SUBHASH KHOT, Silver Professor of Computer Science in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
  • JULIA WOLFE, Music Associate Professor of Music Composition in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

PAUL ROMER, University Professor and Professor of Economics, was appointed Chief Economist of the World Bank.

KURT BECKER, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Vice Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Tandon School of Engineering, has been named to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Inventors.

PAMELA NEWKIRK, Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, was awarded the Hurston Wright Legacy Award in non-fiction for her book Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga.

JOSEPH Y.J. CHOW AND CONSTANTINE KONTOKOSTA, Assistant Professors of Civil and Urban Engineering at Tandon and the Center for Urban Science and Progress, have been awarded CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation. Professor Chow will use his award to study how big data can inform the design of urban transportation systems, and Professor Kontokosta will develop a data-driven understanding of cities and metropolitan energy dynamics and the impacts on human well-being.

SHERRY GLIED, Dean of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, has been named one of New York's 25 "Most Remarkable Women of 2017" by media company City & State New York.

MIGUEL MODESTINO, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Tandon School of Engineering, won a 2017 Global Change Award from the H & M Foundation.

TOM BISHOP, the Florence Lacaze Gould Professor of French Literature, has been promoted from officier to a commandeur of the French Legion of Honor.

ROBERT J.C. YOUNG, Silver Professor of English and Dean of Arts & Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi, received the South Asian Literacy Association's Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

ALEXANDRA ZIDOVSKA, Assistant Professor of Physics, received a 2016 Whitehead Fellowship and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

ZEB TORTORICI, Assistant Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

JOEL SPENCER, Silver Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, and Visiting Professor JEAN TAYLOR, both in the Courant Institute of Mathematics, were named 2017 Fellows for the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Robert J.C. Young

Robert J.C. Young

Alexandra Zidovska

Alexandra Zidovska

LINDA GORDON, Professor of History and University Professor of the Humanities, received the 2017 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American Historians.

MADELINE HEILMAN, Professor of Psychology in FAS, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Three faculty were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science:

  • ROBERT V. KOHN, Silver Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
  • EVGENY NUDLER, Julie Wilson Anderson Professor of Biochemistry at the School of Medicine
  • NADRIAN SEEMAN, Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Chemistry at FAS

NEVILLE SANJANA, Assistant Professor of Biology, received a Young Investigator Award from the Melanoma Research Alliance.

SUBHASH KHOT, Silver Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute, was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Melanie Sanchez

Melanie Sanchez

Vasant Dhar

Vasant Dhar

MIKE O'NEIL, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute and Tandon, has won the 2017 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in the U.S. Department of the Navy.

MELANIE SANCHEZ, Field Instructor at the Silver School of Social Work, has been given a Leadership Award by the Latino Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund.

JOEL SPENCER, Silver Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Courant Institute, has been named one of 28 new fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

VASANT DHAR, Professor of Information Systems at Stern and Director of Graduate Studies at the Center for Data Science, has been named to eFinancialCareers' list of the top 20 data scientists in banking and finance.

ELODIE GHEDIN, Professor of Biology and Public Health at FAS and the College of Global Public Health, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. She was also recently named to the Defense Science Study Group, a program that introduces outstanding science and engineering professors to the U.S.’s security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues.

Three Stern professors have been named to the Poets & Quants "40 Most Outstanding MBA Professors Under 40" list. It is the first list in the publication's history to include three professors from the same school.

  • LISA LESLIE, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations
  • ILAN LOBEL, Associate Professor of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences
  • NATHAN PETTIT, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

AMY WEBB, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Stern, has been awarded the Gold Medal in the Business Technology category of the 2017 Axiom Business Book Awards for her book The Signals Are Talking: Why Today's Fringe is Tomorrow's Mainstream.

CHRISTINE VOGEL, Assistant Professor of Biology at FAS, has been awarded the Robert J. Cotter New Investigator Award by the U.S. Human Proteome Organization.

STEPHEN GROSS, Assistant Professor of History and European & Mediterranean Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, was named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. He will use his award to explore the history of Germany’s transition toward renewable energies.

Four NYU faculty have been awarded fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation:

  • JAYEETA BASU, Assistant Professor in the Neuroscience Institute at the School of Medicine
  • JOHANNES STROEBEL, Associate Professor at the Stern School of Business
  • NICOLAS TRITSCH, Assistant Professor in the Neuroscience Institute at the School of Medicine
  • DANIEL TURNER, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

ANNA DEAVERE SMITH, Professor of Art and Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts and an affiliated professor at the School of Law, was named this year’s winner of the George Polk Career Award in Journalism. She is the first recipient of the award who has not engaged in traditional journalism.

Stephen Gross

Stephen Gross

Jayeeta Basu

Jayeeta Basu

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Benard Dreyer

Benard Dreyer

Heidi White

Heidi White

Meleko Mokgosi

Meleko Mokgosi

Six faculty were awarded NYU's 2016-2017 Distinguished Teaching Award:

  • ELENA P. CUNNINGHAM, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, College of Dentistry
  • BENARD P. DREYER, Professor, Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Tisch Hospital; Director of Pediatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU School of Medicine
  • GREGORY ERICKSON, Clinical Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • JOHN J. GERSHMAN, Clinical Professor of Public Service, Co-Director of Capstone Program, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • JOHN HALPIN, Professor of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • HEIDI E. WHITE, Clinical Professor of Humanities, Liberal Studies

MELEKO MOKGOSI, Assistant Professor of Practice at the Gallatin School, received the 2017 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts.

YANN LECUN, Silver Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

GUY ORTOLANO, Associate Professor of History at FAS, has been awarded the Walter D. Love Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies for his article "Typicalities of the English? Walt Rostow, The Stages of Economic Growth, and Modern British History."

BEI WU, Dean's Professor in Global Health at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing, was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award for Geriatric Oral Research by the International Association for Dental Research.

Two faculty members from the Department of Chemistry were recognized by the NSF as well. Assistant Professors TIANNING DIAO and STEFANO SACANNA received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

DANIELE PANOZZO, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, also won a Faculty Early Career Development Award. With the award, Panozzo will work to develop algorithms integrating 3D scanning and digital fabrication, or computer-driven manufacturing, enabling new applications in the life sciences and medicine.

Elza Erkip

Elza Erkip

Wafaa Bilal

Wafaa Bilal

Maha Hosain Aziz

Maha Hosain Aziz

ELZA ERKIP, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tandon, has received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Communications Engineering Award.

WAFAA BILAL, Associate Arts Professor at Tisch School of the Arts, has been named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2016 for his work as an advocate in international politics. 

XI CHEN, Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at the Stern School, has been named to Forbes’ 2017 “30 Under 30 in Science” list, which recognizes leading change-makers and innovators across the US. 

MASA HOSAIN AZIZ, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Program in International Relations, has received the 2017 Peace Award from the Institute of Peace and Development for her comic book The Global Kid.

FRANK LOMBARDI, Adjunct Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering at Tandon, has won the 2017 Moles Member Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction.

ARUN SUNDARARAJAN, Professor of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences at Stern, won the 2017 Axiom Business Book Award in the "Economics" category for his book, The Sharing Economy.

JOHANNES STROEBEL, Associate Professor of Finance at Stern, has been awarded first place in the American Finance Association’s Brattle Group Prize, which recognizes the top corporate finance paper published in the Journal of Finance, for his paper “Asymmetric Information about Collateral Values.” 

YONG LIU, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tandon, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  

A study by Wagner’s SEWIN CHAN, Associate Professor of Public Policy, INGRID GOULD ELLEN, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, and SAMUEL DASTROP, Postdoctorate Fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, has been named Best Paper of 2016 by the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.  

Johannes Stroebel

Johannes Stroebel

Yong Liu

Yong Liu

Three Stern faculty were recently honored by INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences:

  • FOSTER PROVOST, Professor of Data Science and of Information Systems, received the 2015 Best ISR Paper Award for his coauthored paper, “Finding Mobile Consumers with a Privacy-Friendly Geo-Similarity Network,” published in Information Systems Research.
  • JOSHUA REED, Associate Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, received the Erlang Prize, awarded to a young researcher who has made outstanding contributions to applied probability.
  • PRASANNA TAMBE, Associate Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, received the USS Sandra Slaughter Early Career Award, which recognizes the potential leaders of the next generation of information systems academics.
Minah Jung

Minah Jung

Michele Geraci

Michele Geraci

MINAH JUNG, Assistant Professor of Marketing, has received the Society for Judgment and Decision Making’s Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award for the best paper by a new researcher, for her co-authored study, “Anchoring in Payment: Evaluating a Judgmental Heuristic in Field Experimental Settings.” 

MICHELE GERACI, Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU Shanghai, has been awarded the title of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, one of Italy’s highest honors.

Tandon-based nonprofit Tech Kids Unlimited, founded by adjunct faculty member BETH ROSENBERG, won Google's RISE Award, which will fund an initiative to provide teens with autism spectrum disorder to undertake commissioned projects such as websites and apps for real clients. TKU includes faculty and students from Tisch, Steinhardt, and Tandon, and is part of NYU’s Ability Project.

Four NYU faculty members won or were nominated for 2017 Grammy Awards:

  • JOHN SCOFIELD, adjunct instructor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, won Best Instrumental Jazz Album for his album Country For Old Men and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry."
  • KEVIN KILLEN, adjunct professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts, won in the category of Best Engineered Album for his work on David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar.
  • ALAN FERBER, adjunct instructor at Steinhardt, was nominated for Best Instrumental Composition for “Flow” off of his latest album Roots & Transitions.
  • ALAN BROADBENT, adjunct instructor at Steinhardt, was nominated in the category of Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for “I'm a Fool to Want You,” recorded by Kristin Chenoweth.
John Scofield

John Scofield

Kevin Killen

Kevin Killen

Joseph LeDoux

Joseph LeDoux

JOSEPH LEDOUX, Professor of Neural Science, has won the William James Award, an annual book prize given by Division One of the American Psychological Association, for his work Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety. He shares the honor with Pitzer College Psychology Professor David Moore. LeDoux also was awarded the 2016 International Jean-Marie Delwart Foundation Prize.

JAMES MCBRIDE, Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has been named one of 12 recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. He was recognized for “humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America.”

GRÁINNE DE BÚRCA, the Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law and faculty director of the Hauser Global Law School Program, has been named a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences.  

BRYAN STEVENSON, Professor of Clinical Law at the School of Law, has won two recent awards: the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award and the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award, which recognizes dedication to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights in the US. He was also elected to the American Law Institute in January. He was also named one of Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders.

Two members of the Silver School of Social Work community were recently honored by the Council on Social Work Education:

  • TRUDY FESTINGER, Associate Dean for Research, received the Career Achievement in Child Welfare Award
  • VICTORIA STANHOPE, Associate Professor of Social Work, was honored for her outstanding mentorship through the Council’s Mentor Recognition Program.

PEPE KARMEL, Associate Professor of Art History at FAS, has been named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

James McBride

James McBride

Gráinne De Búrca

Gráinne De Búrca

Trudy Festinger

Trudy Festinger

Pepe Karmel

Pepe Karmel

Julia Kohn

Julia Kohn

Jon Freeman

Jon Freeman

JULIA KOHN, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at Wagner, has been named one of “120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders” by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

JON FREEMAN, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at FAS, has received the International Social Cognition Network’s Early Career Award and a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development CAREER Award.

CHARLES SEIFE, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has won the “Most Beautiful” award from the Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards, which celebrate excellence and beauty in data visualizations, infographics, and information art, with his co-author Peter Aldhous.  

STEPHEN HALL, adjunct faculty member at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has received an AAAS Science Journalism Award. His article for Scientific American on gene editing, called “Editing the Mushroom,” won the awards’ magazine category.  

MARJORIE RHODES, Associate Professor of Psychology at FAS, has been named recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Boyd McCandless Award.

ROBERT SALOMON, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Stern School, received strategy+business' Best Business Book of 2016 award for his book Global Vision: How Companies Can Overcome the Pitfalls of Globalization.

JEFFREY WEBER, Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director of NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, has received a 2016 Giants of Cancer Care award.

JAMES JACCARD, Interim Dean of the Silver School of Social Work and co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, has been elected to the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Simons Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have selected two NYU faculty members to join the inaugural cohort of Faculty Scholars, early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field.

  • KEN CADWELL, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the School of Medicine
  • ROBERT FROEMKE, Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology at the School of Medicine with an affiliated appointment at the Center for Neural Science
Sheril Antonio

Sheril Antonio

Claude Desplan

Claude Desplan

JANET VAN CLEAVE, Assistant Professor at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing, received the 2017 NRS/Nursing Research Authorship Award.

SHERIL ANTONIO, Associate Arts Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at Tisch, has been honored with the Award for Special Achievement in Educating New Filmmakers, given by the Caucus for Producers, Writers, & Directors.  

CLAUDE DESPLAN, Silver Professor of Biology, has been awarded the 2016 Prix Charles Léopold Mayer by the French Academy of Sciences and the Institut de France. The prize recognizes researchers who have performed outstanding work in the biological sciences, especially in the areas of cell or molecular biology.  

DEBORAH PADGETT, Professor of Social Work at the Silver School of Social Work with affiliated appointments in the College of Global Public Health and the School of Medicine, has received honorable mention for the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Social Work Book Award for Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems and Changing Lives, which she co-authored. 

STIJN VAN NIEUWERBURGH, the David S. Loeb Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business, has been awarded the 15th edition of the Bernácer Prize, given annually to a European economist under the age of 40 who has made outstanding contributions in the fields of macroeconomics and finance.

Popular Science magazine has named SIDDHARTH GARG, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tandon, to its 15th annual Brilliant 10 list of young scientists and engineers.

DAFNA BAR-SAGI, Vice Dean for Science, Chief Scientific Officer, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at NYU Langone Medical Center, has been recognized with the Outstanding Investigator Award by the National Cancer Institute. Professor Bar-Sagi is widely known for elucidating cellular pathways involved in controlling cell growth. 

Suse Broyde

Suse Broyde

Lara Mahal

Lara Mahal

Three FAS professors were recently honored by the American Chemical Society (ACS):

  • SUSE BROYDE, Professor of Biology, and NICHOLAS GEACINTOV, Professor of Chemistry, have received the ACS Division of Toxicology’s Founders’ Award.
  • LARA MAHAL, Associate Professor of Chemistry, has been named winner of the ACS Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry’s Horace S. Isbell Award.

J. MARTIN DAUGHTRY, Associate Professor of Music with affiliated appointments in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies and at NYU Abu Dhabi, has received the Association of American Publishers’ PROSE Award for best volume in music and the performing arts. He also received the Alan Merriam Prize, regarded as the most prestigious award in the field of ethnomusicology, for his 2015 book, Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq.

PETER HENRY, Dean of the Stern School of Business and a native of Jamaica, has been named to the Carnegie Corporation’s 2016 list of “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America,” which recognizes naturalized citizens who have made notable contributions to the progress of American society.  

ROOZBEH KIANI, Assistant Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at the Center for Neural Science, is one of six recipients of the 2016 McKnight Scholar Awards, granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience.  

KENJI YOSHINO, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the School of Law, has been honored by the American Bar Association with the 2016 Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts for his book Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial.

MARION NESTLE, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies at Steinhardt, has won the James Beard Foundation’s Book Award for Writing and Literature for her book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning). 

Peter Henry

Peter Henry

Roozbeh Kiani

Roozbeh Kiani

Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle

Anthony Bertelli

Anthony Bertelli

ANTHONY BERTELLI, Professor of the Politics of Public Policy at Wagner, and J. ANDREW SINCLAIR, Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service at Wagner, have received the Haldane Prize for the best article published in Public Administration in 2015, for “Media Attention and the Demise of Agency Independence: Evidence from a Mass Administrative Reorganization in Britain.”  

JOYA POWELL, Adjunct Professor in the Dance Education Program at Steinhardt, has been awarded the 2016 NY Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer.

Three Stern faculty members have won recent awards for research articles:

  • MICHAEL WAUGH, Associate Professor of Economics, received the Bhagwati Award, a prize given for the best article published in the Journal of International Economics during the previous two years, for his article, “The Elasticity of Trade: Estimates and Evidence.”
  • SRIKANTH DRAGABATHULA, Assistant Professor of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences, received the Best OM Paper in Management Science Award from the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society for his paper, “A Nonparametric Approach to Modeling Choice with Limited Data.”
  • NATALIA LEVINA, the Toyota Motor Corporation Term Professor of Information Systems, received the Best Paper Award from the journal Information & Organization and the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Research Methods Division for her co-authored papers “Speaking as One but Not Speaking Up: Dealing with New Moral Taint in an Occupational Online Community” and “What Grounded Theory Is…A Critically Reflective Conversation Among Scholars."

In December, Levina also won the “Best Publication of 2015” Award at the 2016 International Conference on Information Systems for “Speaking as One, but Not Speaking Up."