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Faculty Accolades

As part of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, Professor of English Robert Pinsky spoke at the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, along with former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Professor Pinsky read three poems and then, as part of the ceremony, read the names of the forty passengers and crew who took the plane back from the terrorists.

On November 8, at a ceremony in Los Angeles, Professor Pinsky will receive a Lifetime Achievment Award from the PEN American Center.

University Professor Rosanna Warren of the departments of English and Romance Studies published a new book of poems in March, Ghost in a Red Hat, from W. W. Norton. In June, she won the Sara Teasdale Prize for Poetry. A poem of hers, “The Latch,” was included in this year's Best American Poets, edited by David Lehman and Kevin Young (Scribners 2011).

Assistant Professor of Astronomy Andrew West received a three-year NSF award in the amount of $429,710 for a project entitled, “Using White Dwarf-M Dwarf Pairs to Probe the Magnetic Activity and Angular Momentum Evolution of Low-Mass Stars.” His results could yield new insight into the evolution of the Milky Way, put important constraints on models of magnetic field generation in M dwarfs, and inform the timescales and conditions for habitability of planets orbiting M dwarfs.

Associate Professor of History Jonathan Zatlin is this year’s winner of the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies in the field of Economics. The prize is offered by the DAAD, which is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

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