March 2024

Lisa Smith, clinical professor in Psychological & Brain Sciences and founder and director of the Boston University Psychological Services Center, has been awarded the Association of Psychology Training Clinic’s APTC Clinic Director Mentor Award

Assistant professor of English and African American & Black Diaspora Studies Ianna Hawkins Owen’s essay “More: Cake, Feedism, and Asexuality” from Social Text has received honorable mention for the Crompton-Noll Prize for Best LGBTQ Studies Article from the American Studies Association and Gay and Lesbian/Queer Caucus of the Modern Language Association.

Emerson Conrad-Rooney, a doctoral student in BU’s Biology Department, has been selected to receive the Ecological Society of America’s 2024 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award.

Professor of Anthropology and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Merav Shohet, has been named one of two 2024 Academic Advising Awards winners.

February 2024

Professor of Anthropology Fallou Ngom received the 2024 Boston University Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award. 

Assistant Professor of Astronomy Chuanfei Dong and Assistant Professor of Biology Meg Younger have been named 2024 Sloan Research Fellows, a competitive award given annually to early-career researchers across a range of scientific disciplines.

Professor of Physics Martin Schmaltz received a Humboldt Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of the award winner’s entire academic record to date.

The Archaeological Institute of America selected Professor of Archaeology and Religion Andrea Berlin as the 2025 recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement. This award recognizes distinguished contributions to archaeology, primarily through research and/or fieldwork and is the highest honor the Institute bestows.

The American Academy of Religion has awarded Associate Professor of Religion and Religions of China, April Hughes, as a finalist for the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion Historical Studies.

January 2024

Professors of Economics Linh Tô and Randall Ellis have been awarded a two-year grant from the Social Science Research Council to study biases in self-assessment that affect the success of women in academia.

Sassan Tabatabai, master lecturer in world languages & literatures and the core curriculum, won the 2023 Persian Translation Prize for his translation of Sadeq Hedayat’s Blind Owl.

Professor of English and Director of the American and New England Studies Program Joe Rezek and Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature Yuri Corrigan have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship awards. Rezek’s award is in support of his project, The Racialization of Print, for which he is writing a book on the history of the transmission of racial knowledge and racial ideology through reading, 1598–1840. Corrigan’s award is in support of his project, Chekhov’s Ethics: From Anesthetics to Antidotes, for which he will be researching and writing leading to a book on Russian playwright Anton.

Director of Undergraduate Studies and Clinical Professor of American Studies Mary Battenfeld has received a Fulbright award to work at the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research in Nepal.

Liling Huang, senior lecturer of Chinese, received the 2023 ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative award for her experiential learning/community engagement project. She also accepted the 2023 ACTFL research priority grant award for her intercultural research study.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology Chris Schmitt was awarded a Leaky Foundation Grant for his project, Fission-Fusion Dynamics in a High-Altitude Atelin Primate (Lagothrix flavicauda).

December 2023

Professor of Physics Martin Schmaltz has been selected to receive a Humboldt Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of the award winner’s entire academic record to date, and award winners are invited to carry out research projects of their own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.

Linguistics PhD candidate Jackson Kellogg won first prize for Best Student Abstract at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting – the primary national conference for the field.

November 2023

Nineteen Arts & Sciences first-year undergraduates were accepted into Innovate@BU’s prestigious First-Year Innovation Fellowship program, which offers funding, coaching, leadership opportunities, and a diverse community of like-minded peers. They include:

  • Adiyaan Ahamad from London, England, who is studying Economics;
  • Abdulla Alajmi from Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, who is studying Computer Science;
  • Krish Asija from Grafton, Massachusetts, who is studying Physics and Computer Science;
  • Emma Auth from Wellesley, Massachusetts;
  • Benjamin Brosnahan from Anchorage, Alaska;
  • Chris Coltman from Tokyo, Japan, who is studying Philosophy;
  • Liam Donohue from Morristown, New Jersey, who is studying Film and Media Studies; and Entrepreneurship;
  • Katrina Jreidini from Beirut, Lebanon, who is studying Astronomy and Physics;
  • Mya Kelly from Owensboro, Kentucky, who is studying Psychology;
  • Brianna Matey from Brooklyn, New York, who is studying Computer Science;
  • Susan McGowan from Cleveland, Ohio, who is studying Political Science and American Studies;
  • Lauren Mcleod from St. Louis, Missouri, who is studying Neuroscience;
  • Alexia Nastasia from St. Louis Missouri and Brasov, Romania, who is studying International Relations & Anthropology;
  • Sarina Sodha from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who is studying Cellular/Molecular Biology & Genetics;
  • Jeremiah Somoine from Nairobi, Kenya, who is studying Computer Science and Mathematics;
  • Kavya Subramanian from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, who is studying Computer Science;
  • Sara Sugita from Tokyo, Japan, who is studying International Relations;
  • Jadon Tong from Hong Kong, who is studying Philosophy & Psychology; and
  • Baiwen Zheng from New York, New York, who is studying Computer Science.

October 2023

Professor of Physics Lee Roberts and his project, Precision Muon Physics at Fermilab, and Professor of Physics Marcus Schmaltz and his project, Topics in Theoretical High Energy Physics, are among 80 projects selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive funding for research in high energy physics.

Professor of English Leslie Epstein‘s play King of the Jews (adapted from his 1979 novel) is set to run at HERE Arts Center (NYC) beginning later this month. Previews begin on Oct. 24 and opening night is Oct. 28; the show will run through Nov. 18, 2024

September 2023

Professor of Physics David Campbell has been named a co-recipient of the prestigious SigmaPhi Prize in Statistical Physics at the SigmaPhi Conference in Greece. 

Professor of Earth & Environment Sergio Fagherazzi was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Dan Li, associate professor of Earth & environment, was awarded the prestigious American Geophysical Union Global Environmental Change Early Career Award.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Minjung Son was named a recipient of the David R. Dalton Career Development Professorship. Son is an expert in energy production and transfer and utilizes ultrafast optical spectroscopy and microscopy to better understand the photophysical mechanisms governing energy and charge flow in molecular, materials, and biological systems.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sabrina Neuman was named a recipient of the Innovation Career Development Professorship. Neuman has helped pioneer the concept of “robomorphic computing,” designing special-purpose hardware and accelerators for robotic processing tasks to achieve far quicker performance than off-the-shelf solutions—technology with potential to improve human well-being, including in assisted living and elder care settings.

Charles B. Chang, associate professor of linguistics, was awarded the Anne Cutler International Visiting Fellowship by Western Sydney University, a grant for “eminent researchers” in Linguistics, Speech Science, Developmental Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Psycholinguistics, Computational Linguistics, and Speech/Communication Engineering. This grant will support Chang’s research on multilingual perceptual learning, as well as collaborations with The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. He also is a recipient of the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This grant will support Chang’s research on multilingual phonetics and phonology at the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Quanzhi Ye, visiting researcher at the Center for Space Physics, was awarded the 2023 Harold C. Urey Prize, which recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary science by an early-career scientist for his contribution to the understanding of small bodies in the inner solar system by exploring the boundary between active and inactive objects.

Visiting Professor of English Koritha Mitchel was named an honoree for the 2023 Women’s Media Awards, and a recipient of the WMC Progressive Women’s Voices IMPACT Award.

Robert Reinhart, associate professor of psychological & brain sciences, was awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health for his new project, “Personalized Synchronization of Cortical Rhythms to Improve Memory in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences Steve Ramirez was named in the inaugural class of ALX100—100 Local LatinX Leaders Changing Massachusetts in 2023, by Amplify LatinX.

August 2023

Professor of Computer Science Mark Crovella and his team, Paul Barford and Joel Sommers, have been awarded a NSF Network Technologies and Systems Medium award in support of their research project, “Large Scale Analysis of Configurations and Management Practices in the Domain Name System.” The project seeks to contribute a deeper understanding of what is usual, and what is unusual, with respect to the contents of the internet’s domain name system (DNS). New techniques and findings from this project will lead to a more robust, manageable, and better performing DNS, which has potential to positively impact society as a whole.

Associate Professor of English Christopher Walsh has been selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2023-2024 for Türkiye. He will be teaching American Literature at Başkent University for the Fall 2023 semester.

David Campbell, professor of physics and director of graduate studies, has been named a co-recipient of SigmaPhi Prize in Statistical Physics in Greece, for clarifying the mechanism by which microscopically reversible, non-integrable dynamical systems either approach statistical equilibrium or remain trapped in non-equilibrium metastable states.

Professor of Economics Daniele Paserman has been named President of the Society of the Economics of the Household.

BUMP Student Ilana Jacobs (CAS ’25) was awarded the Boston University Provost Scholar Award for her work in Professor Fulweiler’s lab as well as her work with the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute. Additionally, Jacobs attended the New England Microbiologists – Physiology, Ecology, and Taxonomy Conference to present her research for credit studies and was awarded the Edward Leadbetter Memorial Scholarship.

PhD Candidate Tom Sojka received a North American Conference on British Studies-Gale Digital Scholar Lab Fellowship. This award is designed to support research and projects that utilize Gale Primary Sources, such as Gale’s British Library Newspaper series.

July 2023

Gorden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy Juliet Floyd became director of the BU Center for the Humanities on July 1, replacing William Arrowsmith Professor of the Humanities Susan Mizruchi, who served as director of BUCH for seven years. Floyd has named two associate directors: Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies Margarita Guillory and History of Art and Architecture Professor Daniel Abramson. 

Professor of Philosophy Rachell Powell became director of the BU Center for Philosophy and History of Science on July 1, replacing Professor Alisa Bokulich, who had served as CPHS Director since 2010.

Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences Robert Reinhart has received a 2023 International OCD Foundation Innovator Award for his project titled, “Personalized neuromodulation for a novel OCD biomarker and treatment.”

Professor of Philosophy Juliet Floyd has been appointed to the Gorden Parker Bowne Professorship in Philosophy and Professor of Earth & Environment Mark Friedl has been appointed to the William Goodwin Aurelio Professorship in Mathematics and Science. Read more.

Associate Professors of Political Science Katherine Levine Einstein, David Glick, and Maxwell Palmer received the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association Open Door Champion Award for their research on the local politics of housing. Read more.

Sabrina Abreu (CAS’23, GRS’23), who recently completed the joint BA in Political Science and MA in Political Science and Government, has become the first student from Boston University to receive the prestigious FAO Schwarz Fellowship in social impact. Read more.

BU chemist and biomedical engineer Mark Grinstaff has won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Centenary Prize in “recognition of brilliance in research and innovation.” A world-renowned researcher and inventor, Grinstaff is the University’s inaugural Distinguished Professor of Translational Research. Read more.

Kevin Lang, the Lawrence A. Bloom Professor of Economics, was named to the Massachusetts Advisory Council for the Advancement of Representation in Education. The council is a new state initiative formed in anticipation of the recent Supreme Court decision on race-conscious college admission programs. Read more. 

June 2023

Professor of Economics Juan Ortner has been awarded a Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship for the Best Antitrust Article in 2022 on Collusion in Auctions. His article, entitled “Robust Screens for Non-Competitive Bidding in Procurement Auctions” appeared in Econometrica and is joint with Sylvain Chassang, Kei Kawai and Jun Nakabayashi.

Judith J. Lok, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, has been selected into Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s 2023-2024 cohort of fellows. At Radcliffe, Lok will write Causal Inference: A Statistics Playground, a textbook designed for students and statisticians within and outside academia who work or intend to work in causal inference.

The Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) named Assistant Professor of Economics Benjamin Marx as one of the recipients of the ninth annual request for proposals for early stage urban research. These seed grants support early stage academic research endeavors focused on urban challenges and urban populations, both domestic and global. Marx’s project is titled “Understanding Long-Term Mobility in Nairobi’s Slums.”

May 2023

Associate Professor of Anthropology Joanna Davidson was awarded the Boston University Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. She will be honored at Boston University Commencement. 

Professor of Economics Marc Rysman has been named a Fellow of the Thurman Arnold Project. The project brings together Yale faculty, students, and scholars from other institutions to collaborate on research related to competition and competition policy as well as antitrust enforcement. The goal of the project is to generate discipline-based, rigorous scholarship and disseminate it through multiple channels to impact competition enforcement and policy around the world.

Associate Professor of Classical Studies Zsuzsanna Várhelyi will serve as the next National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences. As an NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor, Várhelyi will teach in the Core Curriculum and develop a set of new initiatives focusing on how humanistic engagement may guide us in addressing our individual and societal challenges today. 

Dean and Professor Emerita Virginia Sapiro has a new title: Supervisor of the Checklist in Gilmanton, NH. She was elected to this position earlier this month.

Nick Bates has been appointed the new Director of the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground.

April 2023

Assistant Professor of Biology Meg Younger has been awarded the Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research. The Richard and Susan Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research supports promising pre-tenure researchers as they establish their first independent lab. Its mission is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs.

Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy Michael Otto has been selected as one of two winners of the 2023 Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12 of the APA. The Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology honors psychologists who display excellence in mentoring clinical psychology graduate students, interns, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.

Center for Innovation in Social Science is pleased to announce the first cohort of CISS postdoctoral associates, who will join the Center for a two-year term starting September 2023. Tatiana Padilla and Molly Richard were selected from a pool of nearly 150 extraordinarily talented social scientists, spanning multiple disciplines.

Dilip Mookherjee, professor of economics and director of the institute of economic development, won a grant from Asia Development Bank to study groundwater policies in India. The Asian Development Bank is supporting Prof. Mookherjee and the BU IED to gather ground-level data from ecological and household surveys from villages in India. The goal is to develop innovative strategies for designing and implementing policies, such as watershed restoration projects, that protect vulnerable communities in the Asia-Pacific region from the depletion of local groundwater and forest reserves. The findings will be included in a policy brief outlining key lessons for policy makers in the pertinent regions.

Jessica Simes, professor of sociology, received an NSF CAREER Award for her research on racial inequality, mass incarceration, the conditions of prison confinement, and the social structure of cities. The five-year grant will support Simes’ research project, “Mass Incarceration, Racial Segregation, and Spillover Effects in U.S. Communities,” which seeks to investigate the causes and consequences of mass incarceration within U.S. communities and neighborhoods.

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Chen Yang, associate professor of chemistry, to its College of Fellows. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. 

Professor of Economics Robert Margo was honored for his longtime economic contributions at the 2023 National Bureau of Economic Research conference, “Historical Labor Markets and Inequality, Spring 2023.” The conference was filled with coauthors and students, with many remarking on his exceptional contributions, and work as a mentor and colleague. Margo is a long-standing faculty member of the economics department, joining the economics faculty in 2005. 

On March 20, Sassan Tabatabai, CAS Master Lecturer and Coordinator of the Persian Language Program attended the annual Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebration at the White House. Click here to read the remarks of the President and the First Lady to commemorate the event.

March 2023

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Renato Mancuso was awarded a five-year NSF CAREER award for “CAREER: Timeliness as a Controllable Dimension via Knowledge-driven System Management.”

Director of Undergraduate Studies and Clinical Professor of American Studies Mary Battenfeld has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award to Nepal to work  at the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research. Battenfeld will complete a project at the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research (IACER) in Nepal that aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities both in the U.S. and overseas through a variety of educational and training activities within the field of American (U.S.) Studies.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Anthropology Christopher Schmitt was named a 2023 Academic Advising Award Winner. Schmitt has been an academic advisor for the seven years he has been on the faculty at BU. He was honored at the 10th annual Academic Advising Symposium on March 3.

Nazli Kibria, professor of sociology, received the Eastern Sociological Society Conference’s 2023 Merit Award. The ESS Merit Award recognizes an ESS member’s exceptional achievement and a lifetime of scholarly contribution to the discipline and profession of sociology. 

Susan Eckstein, Professor in the Pardee School of Global Studies and in the Sociology Department, has been awarded the Latin American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award. The LASA2023 Kalman Silvert Award Committee concluded that Dr. Eckstein richly deserves this lifetime career recognition, on the grounds of prolific, high-quality, interdisciplinary scholarship, truly exceptional service to LASA, and broader service to the profession. 

Kenya St. Fleur (CAS’23), an Office Assistant for Faculty Actions at the College of Arts & Sciences, was awarded this year’s Undergraduate Outstanding Service Award.

“I’ve quickly realized that Kenya is widely known at the CAS Dean’s Office level—in my unit, in the Business Office, in the offices of the Associate Deans of the Faculty, and elsewhere,” Associate Director of Faculty Actions Arthur Peterson wrote in his nomination letter. “Her reputation for excellence precedes her, and we all hold her in high regard.”

Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor of Mathematics Jennifer Balakrishnan has been awarded the 2023-2024 AMS Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars.

The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars is a mid-career research fellowship made possible by a generous gift from Joan and Joseph Birman. The fellowship seeks to address the paucity of women at the highest levels of research in mathematics by giving exceptionally talented women extra research support during their mid-career years.

Professor of Philosophy Susanne Sreedhar was awarded a fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. She will be spending May and June 2023 in Amsterdam, working on a project entitled “Political Theories of Involuntary Servitude within Europe (1600-1850).”

Previous research has shown how republican conceptions of freedom have historically been developed in contrast to slavery. Sreedhar will break new ground by examining in what ways philosophical theorizations of slavery and other forms of involuntary servitude figured in the development of political theories in four key domains: (1) domestic colonialism; (2) relations of subordination within the family; (3) sovereignty and the state; and (4) natural rights and punishment.

February 2023

Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Chemistry Malika Jeffries-EL has received the 2023 Robert Holland Jr. Award for Research Excellence and Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As a 2023 Holland Awardee, she is part of the inaugural Holland cohort consisting of six exceptional teacher scholars from colleges and universities throughout the United States. The Holland Award was designed by Cottrell Scholars to celebrate the work of outstanding scientists with backgrounds and contributions currently underrepresented in the Cottrell Scholar community. 

Arts & Sciences Associate Professor of Astronomy Tereasa Brainerd has been named a member of the 2023 class of American Astronomical Society (AAS) Fellows. Brainerd joins the fourth class of AAS Fellows, who are recognized for original research and publications, innovative contributions to astronomical techniques or instrumentation, significant contributions to education and public outreach, and noteworthy service to astronomy and to the Society itself. The AAS, a major international organization of professional astronomers, astronomy educators, and amateur astronomers, has honored 22 members for extraordinary achievement and service by naming them AAS Fellows. Read more

Professor of Astronomy Catherine Espaillat and Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry Malika Jeffries-EL were elected by their academic peers as American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellows, recognizing their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. This is one of the most prestigious honors that a U.S. scientist can receive. 

Espaillat and her team study the formation of planets. Their work is based on the observation of protoplanetary disks—dense balls of gas and dust surrounding newly formed stars that contain the raw materials to form planets or planetary cores. Much of this work relies on examining theoretical models of disks, as well as observing the disks of young stars in the galaxy. Both are critical to our understanding of planets. 

Jeffries-EL’s research focuses on the development of organic semiconductors (OSCs), a unique class of materials that combine the processing properties of polymers with the electronic properties of semiconductors. OSCs are used in items such as smartphone displays and artificial organs like pacemakers. They’re often more convenient to work with than their inorganic counterparts, as they’re cheaper to produce and have more flexible mechanical properties. Jeffries-EL and her team explore their use in applications like light-emitting diodes and solar energy conversion. 

January 2023

Carol Neidle, professor of linguistics and romance studies, has been awarded a NSF grant of $750,000 in support of her research project seeking to enable deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) individuals to participate as first-class citizens in our information society, thereby enhancing equity, inclusion, and accessibility. It addresses situations in which DHH individuals who use American Sign Language (ASL) lack parity with hearing users in the digital arena. The tools Neidle’s team proposes to develop will enhance access to digital information, empowering Deaf individuals personally and professionally. Read more

Professors of Anthropology Ayse Parla and Caterina Scaramelli, PhD student Kendra Gimblet, and Society of Fellows Postdocoral Scholar Alize Arican, received funding from the Center on Forced Displacement for a collaborative research project on “Capillary Livelihoods” in Istanbul. The proposal was designed to ensure that both Alize and Kendra are also principal investigators with their own pieces of the project and the whole team with come together for collective discussion and framing/reframing. The full project is titled, “Capillary Livelihoods: Histories of Displacement and the Cultivation of Digital, Ecological, and Communal Lifeworlds on and off Istiklal Street, Istanbul.”

December 2022

Manos Athanassoulis, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of computer science, and Masha Kamenetska, a CAS assistant professor of chemistry and physics, received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards, a respected five-year grant that supports junior faculty. Both scientists are at the cutting edge of making the technology powering our modern world smaller, faster, and more reliable.

Kamenetska is studying how to make transistors—the tiny semiconductors in electrical circuits that run in almost all technology—from a single molecule. And Athanassoulis is working to redesign large data systems used in nearly every industry, from social media to online shopping to scientific research. Both researchers are also laying the foundation for the next generation of scientists by using the funding to support students and mentorships. Read more on their research from BU Today.

Frank J. Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology, has been invited to give the Distinguished Lecture in Social Anthropology at Presidency University in Kolkata, West Bengal, India on the topic of “The Dynamics of Contemporary Sufi Hagiographies in South Asia” in January 2023. While in West Bengal, he will also deliver a special lecture on transnational Sufism at the Centre for Islamicate Studies in Asia at Jadavpur University, then run a workshop at Vidyasagar University on museum anthropology, in which he will give three lectures on the origins of museums, colonization, and cabinets of curiosity, and finally decolonizing museums through repatriation and collaborations with indigenous communities, respectively.

Master Lecturer in Spanish María Datel, was honored with the Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture, one of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ highest national awards. The award “recognizes a language educator who has made significant impact through the teaching of culture in the world language classroom and beyond.”
 

Merav Shohet, assistant professor of anthropology, was awarded the Carole H. Browner Society for Medical Anthropology Undergraduate Mentorship Award at the American Anthropological Association meeting on November 11. The Carole H. Browner Undergraduate Student Mentor Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate student mentorship in medical anthropology and is aimed at scholars who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to teaching and mentorship throughout their careers, particularly those who have taken the time to successfully guide their undergraduate students through research, writing, and professionalization, thereby positioning them for their post-graduate careers.

Professor of Anthropology Fallou Ngom was awarded $129,837 (£107,920) by the British Library for his project titled “Digital Preservation of Fuuta Jalon Scholars’ Arabic and Ajami Materials in Senegal and Guinea.” The project will digitally preserve 50,000 pages of endangered Arabic and Ajami manuscripts (texts written with the modified Arabic script) produced by scholars from West Africa who lived between the 18th and early 20th century. The archives to be preserved in this project between May 2022 and May 2025 will be the largest digital records of such materials in the world. The archives will enhance scholars’ understanding of how some enslaved Africans were educated and acquired Arabic and Ajami literacy skills before their captivity in the Americas.

Ran Canetti, professor of computer science, has been awarded the Wang Professorship. The Wang Professorship is a university-level endowed professorship award given to a faculty member who is a distinguished scholar and teacher in the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, or engineering. This award recognizes Canetti’s profound impact on cryptography and deep connections to the computer industry.

Margarita Guillory has been chosen by the Provost’s Office to be Boston University’s delegate to the Higher Education Leadership Development for Women Institute, a nine-day intensive program that trains women to take on positions in university administration. Professor Guillory was chosen from a competitive pool of internal BU nominees.

November 2022

Charles B. Chang, professor of linguistics, was recently named a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society, the preeminent society for the experimental study of cognition. Fellows are society members who “demonstrate clear evidence of independent scholarship, active engagement in methodologically rigorous and theoretically interesting high level research, and indications of an imminent national/international reputation for excellence in the psychological sciences.”

The Society for Neuroscience has recognized Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor Alice Cronin-Golomb with the Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring. Named after the first female president of the Society for Neuroscience, the award recognizes leaders who have aided the early careers of women neuroscientists and facilitated their retention in the field.

Brandon A. Güell (GRS’20,’23), a PhD student studying biology, and recent alum Russell Laman (CAS’22), who earned a dual degree in marine science and in conservation ecology and conservation biology, both had photos chosen in this year’s 58th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.

Malika Jefferies-EL, associate dean for the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and professor of Chemistry, was elected director-at-large to the 2023 American Chemical Society Board of Directors. The appointment is for a two-year term. Prior to her election as director-at-large, she was elected as a fellow of the American Chemical Society and holds multiple additional honors for her research—which focuses on the development of organic semiconductors and their use in optical and electronic devices—her service to the field of chemistry, and her support of advancing diversity in the field.

Assistant Professor of Economics Krishna Dasaratha was awarded a NSF research grant to study information and learning on social media platforms. The award will support research on how decisions of users and developers of social media platforms affect what people learn. This relates to recent debates about whether certain user and developer choices contribute to the spread of misleading or incorrect information on social media. 

Research Professor Rachel Abercrombie was elected President of the American Geophysical Union’s Seismology division. Abercrombie’s term is set to begin on January 1, 2023, where she will serve a two-year term. Abercrombie’s work focuses on investigating all facets of the earthquake rupture process from how they start and grow, what factors govern their size and location, to how one earthquake may affect another, and more. 

October 2022

Professor of Physics Bradley Lee Roberts has been awarded the American Physical Society’s 2023 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics for leadership of the muon g-2 experiment in collaboration with Dr. William M. Morse of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. The prize recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in experimental particle physics. Read the story here

Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences Steve Ramirez was awarded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s inaugural Science Diversity Leadership Award, which will provide $1.15M for his research and mentorship activities. His project, “Neuroscience for All: Transforming Memories and Experiences in Biomedical Research,” aims to transform the biomedical sciences by artificially manipulating memories in a therapeutic manner while training the next generation of students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Assistant Professor of Physics Chris Grant was awarded a $165k grant from the U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Science in support of his Neutrino lab‘s research project, “Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with CUPID.” This grant will support the design of low voltage power supplies, pulser boards for detector stabilization and monitoring, the building of infrastructure for low-background materials screening, a measurement of cosmogenic activation in CUPID crystals, and novel event classification techniques.

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics & Statistics and Psychological & Brain Sciences Steve Grossberg was awarded the Lofti A. Zadeh Pioneer Award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society for “seminal contributions to understanding brain cognition and behavior and their emulation by technology.”

Three CAS faculty were awarded career development professorships by the Provost on September 26. Christine Slaughter (left), assistant professor of political science, was awarded the Moorman-Simon Interdisciplinary Career Development Professorship. Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences Heidi Meyer (center) was awarded the Cecile Kaplan Dalton Career Development Professorship. Rui Hua (right), assistant professor of history, was awarded East Asia Studies Career Development Professorship. Read more on the CAS website

Associate Professor of Earth & Environment Dan Li is the recipient of the International Association for Urban Climate’s 2022 Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Climatology. The award is given annually to one or several individuals at an early to mid-career stage, when they achieve individual visibility and impact, develop and broaden the scope of their research topics and demonstrate leadership.

Classical Studies Department Chair and Associate Professor James Uden was named one of three Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit winners for his work, Spectres of Antiquity: Classical Literature and the Gothic, 1740-1830. The Goodwin Awards honor outstanding contributions to classical scholarship by members of the Society.

Professor of Chemistry Mark W. Grinstaff was awarded the 2023 ACS award in applied polymer science. Grinstaff is a trailblazer in polymer chemistry, connecting innovative basic research to applied and translational activities, both in practice and in education.

Professor of Earth & Environment Benjamin Sovacool was elected to The National Academies’ Board on Environmental Change and Policy.

Kevin Lang, Laurence A. Bloom Professor of Economics, was elected by his peers to the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association.

September 2022

A team led by Boston University Marine Program (BUMP) Professors Les Kaufman (Biology) and Suchi Gopal (Earth & Environment) recently received two grants to apply their research modeling methods and visioning tools that examine how the human and natural world interact to help address pressing problems in conservation and economic sustainability. To learn more about their research with the CHANS group, click here.

Assistant Professor of Economics Linh Tô has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation titled “Labor Market and Public Policy Preferences.” The proposed research develops a portable, scalable, and computationally feasible dynamic preference elicitation method called the Bayesian Adaptive Choice Experiment. The method substantially improves upon widely-used existing preference elicitation approaches used in policy analysis, regulation, and litigation and can be immediately applied to address fundamental and policy-relevant questions. To learn more and see the abstract for the award, click here.

Brandon André Güell, a Biology Pre-doctoral Research Fellow in the Warkentin Lab and wildlife photographer, is one of the 2022 winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His photograph “Treefrog Pool Party” — selected for early release to the public — shows male gliding treefrogs, Agalychnis spurrelli, during an explosive breeding aggregation on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Brandon studies the reproductive and behavioral ecology of these treefrogs. He captured the image while conducting research in the Osa Penninsula, Costa Rica. His photograph was Highly Commended in the “Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles” category and will be one of 100 winners on exhibit at Natural History Museum in London, UK, starting October 14, 2022.

Professor of Biology Karen Warkentin was nominated and elected as a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, in recognition of their contributions to the field of Animal Behavior.

Brandon André Güell, a Biology Pre-doctoral Research Fellow in the Warkentin Lab and wildlife photographer, is the winner of the second BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition in the Life Close Up category! His winning image depicts gliding treefrog embryos developing within their eggs. Brandon studies the reproductive and behavioral ecology of these treefrogs. He captured the image while conducting research in the Osa Penninsula, Costa Rica. “The eggs in this image are among those laid by thousands of gliding treefrogs during an explosive breeding event triggered by a torrential rainstorm,” he said. “If undisturbed, these eggs will hatch after six days of development, however the embryos can hatch early in order to escape threats such as predators and flooding.” Brandon was also named runner-up in the competition’s Research in Action category for a photo of him amongst thousands of reproducing gliding treefrogs.

Associate Professor of Economics Natalia Ramondo won an NSF grant to study multinational corporations and carbon emissions. She serves as Co-Principle Investigator of the project, titled “The Carbon Footprint of Multinational Production.” She and her team received a three-year grant of over $509k to examine the environmental implications of multinational firms. Read the award abstract here.

Professor of Anthropology Fallou Ngom has been awarded $129,837 (£107,920) by the British Library for his project titled “Digital Preservation of Fuuta Jalon Scholars’ Arabic and Ajami Materials in Senegal and Guinea.” The project will digitally preserve 50,000 pages of endangered Arabic and Ajami manuscripts (texts written with the modified Arabic script) produced by African scholars who lived between the 18th and early 20th century in the Republic of Guinea. The project will enhance the work of those interested in Africa and enable scholars and the public to understand how and where some enslaved Africans were educated and acquired literacy skills before their captivity in the Americas. “I am grateful to my team members, the Provost Office, CAS, Geddes Language Center, and the Department of Anthropology for their support that made this BU project successful in this year’s international competition,” Professor Ngom said.

August 2022

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awarded Assistant Professor Chandramouli Chandrasekaran, who has a joint appointment at CAS (Psychological & Brain Sciences) and MED, an honorable mention for its 2022 Freedman Prize, which recognizes exceptional research in mental illness. Professor Chandrasekaran seeks to understand the decision-making areas of the monkey brain by recording the brains of macaque monkeys while they perform perform sophisticated cognitive tasks in hopes of guiding the development of new therapies and drugs for mental illness.

Robert Reinhart, Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, won the top honor in the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation this year. As grand prize winner, Professor Reinhart received $25,000 and publication of his winning essay on noninvasive neuromodulation efforts, “Synchronizing neural rhythms,” in Science. 

Maritere Urióstegui-Arcos, a postdoc in the Fiszbein Lab, was named a 2022 Pew Latin American Fellow. Dr. Urióstegui-Arcos receives the honor five years after the PI of her lab, Ana Fiszbein. Urióstegui-Arcos is a postdoc in Biology specializing in gene regulation. The Pew Fellowship is designed to support young scientists from Latin America who are receiving postdoctoral training in the United States. Read more about Urióstegui-Arcos’ work and this honor on our website.

Research Associate Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology Catherine West and Professor of Earth & Environment Bruce Anderson received a grant from the Navigating the New Arctic division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their project “Historical Ecology of the Pacific Cod Fishery.” This project forms an interdisciplinary research group that will address the role of archaeology, paleoclimatology, and local ecological knowledge in contemporary fisheries management.

Professor of Archaeology and Religion Andrea Berlin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to conduct her research for four months at Tel Aviv University during Spring 2023.

July 2022

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Luke Glowacki has received a grant for $447,000 from the Human Networks and Data Science Program of the NSF. The project will study the formation and function of social relationships between members of culturally distinct groups in Ethiopia.

Professor Emerita Kathryn Bard received the MLE of Egyptology Award from El Museo Liceo Egipcio de León in Spain for her work on cultivation, research and dissemination of information about Ancient Egypt. The award announcement reads: “She has contributed to the understanding of the predynastic and dynastic periods in Egypt and the rise of the early African civilization of Aksum in northern Ethiopia/Eritrea,” and mentions her numerous excavations, reference works, and previous awards.

Professor Debby Carr (Sociology) has been awarded the 2022 Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar award from the ASA Section on Aging & the Life Course.

June 2022

Meg Younger, the newest Assistant Professor of Biology, has been named a 2022 Searle Scholar. Younger is one of 15 exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on tenure-track appointments. The cohort was selected from a group of 191 applicants from 137 universities and research institutions. Each Scholar receives an award of $300,000 in flexible funding to support their research over the next three years; Dr. Younger’s lab focuses on olfaction in mosquitos, examining how they detect and encode human odor. Congratulations, Dr. Younger!

Three CAS faculty members received Ignition Awards from BU Technology Development for the development of promising new medical technologies. They will receive prizes of up to $75,000 for their projects.

Chen Yang, associate professor of chemistry, is developing a method to treat chronic pain through microwave radiation rather than potentially addictive drugs. Arturo Vegas, assistant professor of chemistry, is working with Valerie Gouon-Evans of BU MED to repair liver damage through the use of a new type of nanoparticle that delivers messenger RNA to liver cells. And Mark Grinstaff, professor of chemistry, is developing antibodies that will latch onto cancerous squamous cells in the lungs and release chemotherapy drugs. Read more in BU Today, and join us in congratulating our faculty on this achievement!

A BU Today op-ed by Malika Jeffries-EL, Associate Dean of the Graduate School in Arts and Sciences, “Where are the Tenured Black Female Professors,” won gold in the category of “Writing: Column or Opinion Piece” in the annual CASE Awards, run by the Council for  Advancement and Support of Higher Education.

Director of the Center for Innovation in Social Science and Sociology Professor Deborah Carr received the 2022 Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association.

Psychological & Brain Sciences Assistant Professor Steve Ramirez was selected by the Pew Charitable Trusts as a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences.

World Languages & Literatures Associate Professor Yoon Sun Sang was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for research leading to a book on literature by Koreans who migrated from Japan to the US in the early 20th century.

May 2022

Professor Bruce Schulman, William E. Huntington Professor of History and Director of the Institute for American Political History, will serve as the Harold V. Harmsworth Distinguished Visiting Professor at Oxford University for the 2022-2023 academic year. His teaching and research concentrate on the history of the modern United States, particularly on the relationships between politics and broader cultural change.

Associate Professor of Economics Pankaj Tandon was elected Secretary-General of the Oriental Numismatic Society, a London-based international organization dedicated to the study of coins, banknotes and medals from Asia and the Islamic world. The Society organizes seminars in multiple countries and publishes the Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society. Tandon was previously the Society’s Regional Secretary for North America from 2014 to 2021.
Christopher Maurer, professor of Spanish, was inducted into the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE) as an “Académico de Número” in a ceremony last month. A corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy, ANLE seeks to support and promote the correct usage of Spanish in the United States.

April 2022

A BU astronomy research team has won a highly competitive five-year grant from NASA and advanced to Phase II of the national DRIVE (Diversify, Realize, Integrate, Venture, Educate) Science Centers program. Led by principal investigator and Professor of Astronomy Merav Opher, the SHIELD DRIVE Science Center at BU will use the funding “to continue advancing its breakthrough work in heliophysics, the study of how the sun influences and shapes the solar system,” writes The Brink. SHIELD (Solar wind with Hydrogen Ion charge Exchange and Large-scale Dynamics) was founded in 2020 and is now one of just three research groups in next phase of the program. You can read more about their work and funding, plus an insightful Q&A with Professor Opher, on The Brink.

Yoon Sun Yang, Associate Professor of Korean & Comparative Literature in World Languages & Literatures, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. Among the $33.17M in grants awarded to 245 humanities projects, Professor Yang was granted a summer stipend of $6,000, which is designed to support full-time work by the scholar on a humanities project for a period of two months. She will use the funding for “research and writing leading to a book on literature by Koreans who migrated from Japan to the U.S. in the early twentieth century, and their blending of literary and cultural traditions from both sides of the Pacific.” A full list grant recipients is available here.

Three BU faculty members were recently appointed as William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professors, one of them being CAS and ENG professor Mark W. Grinstaff. He is a Professor of Translational Research, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Medicine, as well as the Director of the NIH T32 Program in Biomaterials and the Director of the Nanotechnology Innovation Center at Boston University. His research activities encompass the synthesis of new macromolecules and biomaterials, self-assembly chemistry, imaging contrast agents, drug delivery, and wound repair. His eponymous research group conducts interdisciplinary research in the areas of biological and macromolecular chemistry. He earned his BA at Occidental College and his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Grinstaff joins two other new appointees, Gary S. Lawson and Dana L. Robert, bringing the number of active Warren Professors to 14, with six in CAS.

Every year, the Boston University Faculty Council honors members of the University community who have served BU with great distinction. The recipients of the 2022 John S. Perkins Award for Distinguished Service were recently announced and include two CAS staff members, Francis Antonelli, Media Resources Specialist, Geddes Language Center and Cynthia Bradford, Proposal Development Specialist, Department of Biology.

Christopher Schmitt, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology and Affiliated Faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has been elected Vice President of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics. He will serve one year as Vice President, during which time he will organize a joint symposium for AAAG with the American Association of Biological Anthropologists for their annual meeting in Reno in 2023, after which he will transition to serving as President.

Charley Binkow, a 6th year PhD candidate in the History Department, was awarded the BU Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship for the academic year 2022-23. His dissertation, advised by Dr. Nina Silber, examines the criminalization of abortion in mid-nineteenth century America.

Graduate student Zara Amdur was also awarded a BUCH Dissertation Fellowship for AY 22/23. The Graduate Dissertation Fellowship will fund a semester of research on her dissertation, titled “Women and Metaphors of Sexual Reproduction in Plato,” and the opportunity to meet with other Fellows in the BUCH’s Fellows Seminar. Zara is a 7th year graduate student in the dual-degree program, where she will receive an MA in Classical Studies and a Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Sean Tallman, Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Anthropology and Archaeology, and alumna Samantha Kelley (CAS’19, MED’22) co-authored an article titled “Population-Inclusive Assigned-Sex-at-Birth Estimation from Skull Computed Tomography Scans,” in the journal Forensic Sciences. The article is open access and is available here.