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Faculty Awards and Honors, 2007

Dean's message

Bennett I. Bertenthal Dear colleagues and friends of the College,

This was a very good year for the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am very proud of all their accomplishments. Many of their honors and awards are listed below. January 2nd marks the end of my first year as the Dean of the College, and I want to celebrate by telling you how much I appreciate all that you do in your research and teaching and in your service to the College. The IU College of Arts and Sciences is second to none. I look forward to 2008 with optimism for another great year for all of us. I wish you and your families a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

Bennett I. Bertenthal
Rudy Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Dean, IU College of Arts and Sciences

Distinguished faculty member of the year:

Jeffrey A. WolinPhotographer and ethnographer Jeffrey A. Wolin, Ruth N. Halls Professor of Photography in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, is both photographer and ethnographer, chronicling the stories of Holocaust survivors, Vietnam War veterans and recent immigrants in Indiana, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of over 30 institutions including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, and Chicago’s Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art. Exhibitions of his photographs have crossed the globe, reaching as far as Italy, Poland, Australia and Japan.  Wolin joined the Indiana University faculty in 1980. He has since received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in addition to a Guggenheim fellowship. His published books include Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust, Ancient Provence: Layers of History in Southern France, and Inconvenient Stories: Vietnam War Veterans.

Linda  Smith Linda Smith elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Mark Estelle Mark Estelle elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Grading Congress

The nationally syndicated public radio program "Here & Now," which originates from WBUR (Boston), did a lengthy segment on its Dec. 28 show featuring Political Science professor Ted Carmines. To listen to Ted's wide-ranging conversation with H&N host Robin Young about Congress' performance, go to:  and click on “Congress' Legislative Performance.” Congress gets a grade of C- for its legislative performance last year from the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

Novotny Earns Honorary Degree

On March 8, 2007, Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) recognized Professor Milos V. Novotny as Doctor honoris causa in the field of natural sciences. Professor Novotny was honored for his scientific achievements in bioanalytical chemistry as well as a profound pedagogical influence on the graduate students and visiting scientists from Czech Republic.As one of the world’s oldest universities, Charles University was established in 1348 by the King of Bohemia and the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV. Milos V. Novotny holds the titles of Distinguished Professor and the Lilly Chemistry Alumni Chair at Indiana University. He is the Director of the National Center for Glycomics and Glycoproteomics, and the Institute for Pheromone Research. During a recent international conference in High Tatras (Slovakia), Chemistry Professor Dr. Novotny was awarded the Jan Weber Prize and Medal by the Slovak Pharmaceutical Society for his "significant research, pedagogical and organizational contributions in the field of bioanalysis."

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Grants and Fellowships

Kari Gade, professor of Germanic Studies, was awarded an NEH Collaborative Research Grant (awarded May 2007 for the AY 2007-8).

Yoshihisa Kitagawa (associate professor of Linguistics) received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation for the (collaborative) research "Wh-interrogatives at the Prosody-Syntax-Pragmatics Crossroad."

Frances Trix (Associate Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology) received a Fulbright Research Fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year in Turkey where she is studying "Muslim Refugees from the Balkans and their Assimilation in Turkey," with an appointment as a Visiting Researcher at Sabanci University, near Istanbul.

Albert Valdman (Rudy Professor Emeritus of French & Italian and Linguistics) is the recipient of a $300 000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct what stands as the first major sociolinguistic research project on Haitian Creole. He is exploring the effect of the standard norm of the language on its most deviant regional variety, that of the Cape Haitian area in the north of the country. The Creole Institute, that Valdman continues to direct, has published, the Haitian Creole- English Bilingual Dictionary.  Funded by the U.S. Office of Education Title VI, this work stands as the most thorough and extensive dictionary for the language.

Department of History faculty member Amrita Chakrabarti Myers was awarded a Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowship through the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina.

Mark Roseman, Department of History and Borns Jewish Studies Program, was awarded the Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for 4 months research at the US Holocaust Museum Fall 2007.   

Sima Setayeshgar, Department of Physics, received an NSF CAREER award (June 2007 - June 2012). 

Keith Clay of the Department of Biology received a research grant of $25,065 from the US Forest Service (along with Burnell Fischer, Clinical Professor in SPEA, his postdoc, Angie Shelton, and graduate students Luke Flory and Dan Johnson).

Herbert A. Fertig, Department of Physics, received a Lady Davis Fellowship from the Lady Davis Foundation in Israel this past calendar year, during his sabbatical (2006).

Clem Brooks of the Department of Sociology was awarded a 3-year grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for a study of “Inequality and American Social Policy Attitudes.”

Professor of Sociology Elizabeth Armstrong won a Radcliffe Fellowship, and is spending the 2007-08 academic year in Cambridge, Mass.  Her paper on “Movements and Memory” (co-authored with IU grad student Suzanna Crage and published in the American Sociological Review) won the best paper prize from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

David Fisher (Mathematics) was awarded a five-year NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Grant, with the title "New Analytic Techniques in Group Theory." 

Book Awards

Phaedra Pezzullo’s book Toxic Tourism:  Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice (University of Alabama Press, 2007) has won the prestigious Winans/Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address for 2007.  She has also won the Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication from the Environmental Cpmmunication Network.  Pezzullo is a professor in the Department of Communication and Culture.

Susan Seizer, Associate Professor of Communication and Culture and adjunct in India Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize for 2007. She received the award for her book, Stigmas of the Tamil Stage: An Ethnography of Special Drama Artists in South India, published by Duke University Press in 2005. The Coomaraswamy Prize is awarded by the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies.

Papers honored

Professor of Sociology Brian Steensland’s paper on “cultural Categories and the American Welfare State” (published in the American Journal of Sociology) was awarded the Best Article Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sociology of Culture.

Professor of Sociology Brian Powell’s paper on “Advancing Age, Advantaged Youth” (published in Social Forces) won the Oustanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Aging and the Lifecourse.  Brian has also been appointed Rudy Professor of Sociology.

Eliza Pavalko (the Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Professor of Sociology) was recently named editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and was also elected Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Aging and the Lifecourse.

Professor of Sociology Rob Robinson’s paper on “The Egalitarian Face of Islamic Orthodoxy” (published in the American Sociological Review) won the Distinguished Research Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Professor of Sociology Laurel Cornell won the Cornelis Lely Prize for the best historical paper with relevance to contemporary policy questions from the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility.

Awards by discipline

Natural and Mathematical Sciences:

Jeff Alberts of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is the President-Elect of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology.

Larry Humes, Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, received the Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) at the November meeting. This is the highest award that the organization bestows.

Laura Karcher, clinical associate professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and the department’s speech-language clinic coordinator, was elected to represent Indiana on the ASHA Legislative Council and Speech-Language Advisory Council. Her term starts in January.

Dr. Meredith West of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences was named a 2007 IU Distinguished Faculty Lecturer

Dr. Phil Summers of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences  received the 2007 Gordon Faculty Award from the Dean of Students

Dr. James Townsend of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences received the 2007 Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists

Mark Estelle of the Department of Biology received a Silver Medal Award for Distinguished Research from the International Plant Growth Substance Association

Roger Hangarter of the Department of Biology received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists, was named the Class of 1968 Chancellor’s Professor, and was also elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists

Richard Hardy of the Department of Biology received the Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award

Thom Kaufman of the Department of Biology received a “Docteur Honoris Causa de l’Université Paul Sabatier” in Toulouse, France.  He was also recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

David Kehoe of the Department of Biology received the Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award

Curt Lively of the Department of Biology was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Keith Clay of the Department of Biology received a research grant from US Forest Service (along with Burnell Fischer, Clinical Professor in SPEA, his postdoc, Angie Shelton, and graduate students Luke Flory and Dan Johnson); Award amount was $25,065

Michael Lynch of the Department of Biology was elected President of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, and also served as President of the American Genetic Association this year

Photo of Doctor McCrea Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Clinical Professor Elizabeth McCrea has been elected as the 2007- 2009 American Speech and Hearing Association Vice-President of Academic Affairs. Dr. McCrea views her role as important in developing the professions. “We are being challenged by shortages at both the doctoral level in teaching and research and at the master’s level in service provision. This position needs to extend the momentum that has already built around ways to address the doctoral shortage. At the master’s level in Speech-Language Pathology, we need to develop recruitment strategies in non-traditional communities, investigate alternative models for training while maintaining their rigor, and in collaboration with other ASHA constituencies, help employers retain clinicians.”

Armin Moczek of the Department of Biology received the Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award

Biology professor Al Ruesink’s L112 Biological Mechanisms class was selected as one of the top 20 “best practices” introductory Biology courses in the U.S. This is based on a national study of Biology courses conducted by the Center for Educational Policy Research

Catherine Olmer, Department of Physics and Wonderlab, was named “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” Fuse Business Innovation Award Awarded by South Central Small Business Development Center and inVenture, 2007; Outstanding Community Supporter Awarded by: Girl Scouts of Tulip Trace Council, Inc., 2007; and Outstanding Partner for Education, 2007 Awarded by: Indiana University/Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.

Hans-Otto Meyer, Department of Physics, was awarded a Humboldt Research Award, which is given annually by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for lifetime achievement

Chen-Yu Liu, Department of Physics, was selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. In her research Professor Liu exploits the special properties of condensed matter systems to address fundamental questions of physics in new ways. This prestigious award recognizes her position as among the very best scientists of her generation.

Steven A. Gottlieb, Department of Physics, was appointed Associate Editor-in-Chief of Computing in Science & Engineering, a joint publication of The American Institute of Physics and IEEE Computer Society and recently signed a contract to be co-editor of a new series of texts on Computational Physics.

Shyh-Yuan Lee, Department of Physics, was appointed as Divisional Associate Editor (2007-2010) for Phys. Rev. Letters. 

World languages and cultures:

William Rasch, professor and chair of the Department of Germanic Studies, was Senior Fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (International Research Center for Cultural Studies) in Vienna, Austria, from 1 March to 30 June, 2007.

Steven Franks, professor of Slavic Languages and Linguistics, was a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society, in Berlin, in August 2007.

Sara Scalenghe, assistant professor of History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, received a 2007 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award for best dissertation in the Humanities (honorable mention) from the Middle East Studies Association.  The dissertation is titled "Being Different: Intersexuality, Blindness, Deafness, and Madness in Ottoman Syria" (Georgetown University, 2006).

Arts and Humanities:

Betsy Stirrat, Director of the School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery and an Academic Specialist, has work currently included in a show at the American Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei accompanied by the publication of an exhibition catalog.  Betsy received an Indiana Arts Commission Masters Fellowship; a major piece of her work was purchased for the Wabash College permanent collection.  Her work was included in two art fairs: Bridge Art Fair, Chicago, IL, and Red Dot Art Fair, New York.  And her work was included in group shows at: Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis; Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago; Littlejohn Contemporary, New York; Soho Myriad, Atlanta

Murray L.J. McGibbon (Theatre & Drama) received the NALEDI Award (South African award) for “Best Production of a Revue” for a political satire “Black Mamba” in Johannesburg, SA, in April.  He also received a New Frontiers Grant in Pietermaritzburg, SA to stage “The Tempest” featuring 6 students from IU and 14 students from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Ruth M. Stone, professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Associate Vice Provost for Research, published a new book, Theory For Ethnomusicology, Prentice Hall, 2007.

Inta Carpenter, research associate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, was the keynote speaker at the 10th Anniversary Symposium of the Baltic Sea Rim Studies Center at the University of Turku in Turku, Finland.

David Delgado Shorter, assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, won the 2007 Digital Arts and Humanities award for his project iFolk and the Indiana University Digital Archives of Folk Art.

Social and Historical Studies:

Distinguished Professor of Sociology Bernice Pescosolido won the Hans O. Mauksch Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Teaching and Learning.  She also won the P. A. Mack Award for Distinguished Service to Teaching from IU’s Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (FACET).

Sociology Professor Jane McLeod has been selected to give the keynote address to the 11th International Conference on Social Stress Research.

Professor Emeritus Sheldon Stryker of the Department of Sociology won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Self and Identity.

Sociology Professor J. Scott Long has been selected as the Distinguished Lecturer for 2007-08 by the Georgia Tech Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology.

Professor Jutta Schickore, History and Philosophy of Science, has been selected for membership in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton for the academic year 2007-08.

Lauren Morris MacLean, Political Science, received a grant from the Philanthropic Studies Center to complete book manuscript on Africa.

John Lucaites of the Department of Communication and Culture has won the 2007 Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Award from the National Communication Association for his blog called “No Caption Needed.”

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