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Faculty Awards

Collin Broholm, Gerhard H. Dieke Professor, Physics and Astronomy, will receive $10.25 million over four years from the U.S. Department of Energy to name JHU’s Institute of Quantum Matter an “Energy Frontier Research Center.” The centers will accelerate scientific understanding in diverse energy-relevant fields.

Chia-Ling Chien, Jacob L. Hain Professor, Physics and Astronomy, was elected Academician of Academia Sinica, one of only five new members in the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. He was honored for his outstanding achievements in condensed matter physics, nanostructures, and spintronics.

Erin Chung, Charles D. Miller Associate Professor, Political Science, and her research team have been awarded a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the Academy of Korean Studies for a lab project on “Local Agency and National Responses to Globalization: The South Korean Case in Comparative, Transnational, and Diasporic Perspective.”

Michela Gallagher, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was awarded the 2018 Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery. The prize, awarded by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, recognizes leading researchers developing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Timothy Heckman, Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor and Department Chair, Physics and Astronomy, was awarded the 2018 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The medal is awarded annually in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement and contributions to astrophysics research.

Rigoberto Hernandez, Gompf Family Professor, Chemistry, received the 2018 SERMACS Stan Israel Award, which recognizes those who have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and fostered activities that promote inclusiveness. He also received a $450,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity.

Lawrence Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, English and History, was awarded the Mystery Writers of America 2018 Edgar Award in the Best Critical/Biographical category for his book Chester B. Himes: A Biography. His book also won the 2018 Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Literary Award for Nonfiction.

Barbara Landau, Dick and Lydia Todd Professor, Cognitive Science, is among the 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing original research.

Christopher Lebron, Associate Professor, Philosophy, received the 2018 Hiett Prize in Humanities, given to a person “ascending in a career devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture.”

Dora Malech, Assistant Professor, Writing Seminars, had four “visual” poems featured in the May issue of Poetry Magazine, and was named the 2018 Baker Artist in the Literary category; the Baker Artist Portfolios support artists and promote Baltimore as a strong creative community.

Barbara Mikulski, Homewood Professor, Political Science, was named honorary co-chair, with Congressman Elijah Cummings, of Baltimore’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, which will lead the effort to maximize the city’s participation in the upcoming census.

Yi-Ping Ong, Assistant Professor, Comparative Thought and Literature, received an Honorable Mention for the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize, awarded to an author’s first book manuscript, approved for publication by the Board of Syndics of Harvard University Press and judged outstanding.

Matthew Porterfield, Lecturer, Film and Media Studies, won the top jury prize for an American independent feature at the 2018 Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris for his film, Sollers Point.

Ünver Rüstem, Assistant Professor, History of Art, received a postdoctoral associateship and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.

Joshua Smith, Assistant Professor, Classics, received two fellowships to support his sabbatical: the Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship and the Non-Residential Fellowship in Hellenic Studies from the Center for Hellenic Studies.

James Taylor, Ralph S. O’Connor Professor, Biology, was awarded a $12 million grant by the NIH to develop the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Genomic Data Science Analysis, Visualization, Informatics Lab-space, which aims to create a data resource for researchers.

Elizabeth Thornberry, Assistant Professor, History, was awarded a Davis Center Fellowship at Princeton University for 2018–19.

J.D. Tovar, Professor, Chemistry, was awarded an Invitational Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Rosemary Wyse, Alumni Centennial Professor, Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from her undergraduate alma mater, Queen Mary College, University of London.