Charles Bennett, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Alumni Centennial Professor, Physics and Astronomy, was named recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for his work that established the standard model of cosmology—a precise, physics-based description of the contents, dynamics, and shape of the universe. He was the leader of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe space mission and will share the $3 million prize with the mission science team.
Janice Chen, Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2018. Sloan Research Fellows, who are nominated for the award by their fellow scientists, are selected for their potential to become leaders in their respective fields.
Aaron Hyman, Assistant Professor, History of Art, has been awarded the 2018 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize from the College Art Association for his article, “Inventing Painting: Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Correa, and New Spain’s Transatlantic Canon.”
Lawrence Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, English and History, was included in The Washington Post’s “50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017” list for his book, Chester B. Himes: A Biography. The book was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award and named as one of the Best Books of 2017 by Chicago Public Library.
Yumi Kim, Assistant Professor, History, is recipient of the David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality at the Kluge Center in the Library of Congress for 2018. The fellowship encourages the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the scientific study of the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health.
Julian Krolik, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded a Simons Fellowship, which provides support to extend an academic leave from one term to a full year, enabling him to focus on research for a longer period of time. He is an expert on the processes that occur under the extreme conditions near supermassive black holes.
Christopher Lakey, Assistant Professor, History of Art, received the College Art Association’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund grant for his book, Sculptural Seeing: Relief, Optics, and the Rise of Perspective in Medieval Italy. The CAA awards grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects.
Yi Li, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2018. Sloan Research Fellows, who are nominated for the award by their fellow scientists, are selected for their potential to become leaders in their respective fields.
Dora Malech, Assistant Professor, Writing Seminars, received an Amy Clampitt Residency Award from the Amy Clampitt Fund, which aims to “benefit poetry and the literary arts” by converting the poet’s former house into a place for a poet-in-residence.
Alice McDermott, Richard A. Macksey Professor, Writing Seminars, was included in The New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2017” list for her book, The Ninth Hour.
Erin Rowe, Assistant Professor, History, was selected as the Edwin C. and Elizabeth A. Whitehead Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton for 2017-18. While at IAS, she will complete a book that examines the circulation of devotion to black saints from the 16th to the 18th century.
Glenn Schwartz, Whiting Professor of Archaeology and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, was named recipient of the 2017 ASOR G. Ernest Wright Award for Rural Archaeology in Early Urban Northern Mesopotamia: Excavations at Tell al-Raqa’I, a volume dealing with archaeological material, excavation reports, and material culture from the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean.
Joseph Silk, Homewood Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was named recipient of the 2018 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship by the American Astronomical Society. The award recognizes a “lifetime of eminence in astronomical research” and honors Silk for his “lifetime contributions to our understanding of the early universe and galaxy formation.”
Yannick Sire, Professor, Mathematics, has been awarded a Simons Fellowship, which provides support to extend an academic leave from one term to a full year, enabling him to focus on research for a longer period of time. He is an expert in partial differential equations, harmonic and geometric analysis, and dynamical systems.
Christopher Sogge, J.J. Sylvester Professor, Mathematics, has been awarded a Simons Fellowship, which provides support to extend an academic leave from one term to a full year, enabling him to focus on research for a longer period of time. He researches Fourier analysis and partial differential equations.
Sara Thoi, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, was selected as a Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. The fellows meet yearly to discuss new strategies to enhance energy storage technology and build collaborations between young investigators in the field.