Faculty News

Blazing a trail for young women chemists

Professor Caroline Jarrold wasn’t the first female chemist at IU, but she is the department’s first female chair, its first female full professor, and, often, she is the first woman her students see who is able to balance having a family with a thriving career in academia.

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New channels in Hawaiian Studies

The direction of religious studies professor Michael Ing’s research is often guided by personal exploration. With a New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ing will step outside his usual discipline to analyze Hawaiian society’s response to colonization and explore the suppressed culture of his ancestors.

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Ethics + Engineering

In Fall 2020, Professor Ben Kravitz will teach a course on climate engineering and modeling. Students in this class will study geoengineering theory and methods but also the broader social implications of deliberately changing the climate, including climate ethics and justice.

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Six years ago, Amit Hagar found himself in a peculiar sort of scientist’s midlife crisis that ended up opening the door to an entirely new direction for his research.

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Biology + Photography

Justin Kumar is a professor of Biology who combines science and photography to study cell specification, fly eyes, and more. By integrating art and science in his work, Kumar is conducting better research and passing these skills on to his students.

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Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Biologist Ellen Ketterson admires resilience. And she believes we can learn a lot about it from a common songbird.

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Awards & Honors

Four faculty members have been awarded College of Arts and Sciences’ 2020 David and Cheryl Morley Teaching Awards. Michael McGerr, Paul V. McNutt Professor of History, received the James P. Holland Teaching Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students; Susan Kelly, senior lecturer in the Media School, received the Career Distinguished Teaching Award (Non-Tenure Track) in honor of Kathy O. Smith; Emily Fyfe, assistant professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, received the Early Career Teaching Excellence Award; and Kate Abramson, associate professor of Philosophy, received the ASURE Teacher of the Year Award.

Liese van Zee, professor of Astronomy, has been awarded the lifetime designation of “National Associate” by the National Academy of Sciences for her extraordinary service as chair of the Committee on Radio Frequencies.

Aurelian Craiutu, professor of Political Science, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his project, "Moderation and the Rise of Democracy in France, 1830-1900." Professor Craiutu's is one of only four NEH projects funded in Indiana, and the only one at IU.

Bill Johnston, professor of Comparative Literature, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, one of only 24 in the United States, for his translation of "Nights and Days" (Parts I and II) by Maria Dąbrowska from Polish into English.

Five College faculty members have been elected 2019 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their contributions to science and research: Brian R. Calvi, professor of Biology; Justin P. Kumar, professor of Biology; Krishnan Raghavachari, distinguished professor of Chemistry; Michael VanNieuwenhze, Standiford H. Cox Professor of Chemistry; and Kevin Zumbrun, distinguished professor of Mathematics.

Caroline Jarrold, Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor of Chemistry and department chair, was awarded the 2020 Frances P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal by the American Chemical Society. This award was established in 1936 and recognizes “distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists.”

Mary Murphy, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Megan Thielges, associate professor of Chemistry, were both awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). According to the official White House press release, “The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.”

Faculty in the news

John Nieto-Phillips, associate professor of History and vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion at IU Bloomington, was quoted in an NBC Los Angeles article sharing the history of Spain’s influence in the American Southwest as protestors threaten to topple Spanish colonial monuments.

Radhika Parameswaran, Herman B Wells Endowed Professor of Journalism in the Media School, was featured in a Time article where she discusses why the decision of companies like Unilever to remove terms like "fair/fairness," "white/whitening," and "light/lightening" from their products is “not enough.”

Rasul Mowatt, professor of American Studies, was quoted saying that, “Everything we think of in terms of race in the United States, recreation and leisure had a hand in influencing it,” in The Atlantic piece, “The Inequality of Summer Leisure.”

Caty Pilachowski, distinguished professor and Daniel Kirkwood Chair of Astronomy, was a guest on The Interplanetary Podcast where she discussed “old space events, another legend from the Harvard computers and the crazy incident of the Long March 5B.”

Gerald Wright, professor of Political Science, provided an expert breakdown of Iowa’s position as the first primary-election state in an article for WalletHub.

Gerardo Ortiz and David Baxter, professors of Physics, were appointed co-directors of IU's Quantum Science and Engineering Center. The center is devoted to the investigation of quantum theory, particularly quantum entanglement, and “reflects the important contributions IU is making to this second quantum revolution.”

Professor Alvin Rosenfeld, Irving M. Glazer Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, spoke with Holocaust survivor Anna Ornstein for NPR's On Point, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, known as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Danielle K. Kilgo, assistant professor of Journalism in the The Media School, described the importance and consequences of media coverage of protest movements in a piece for The Conversation.

Sumit Ganguly, distinguished professor of Political Science, provided the “historical context of the [Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)] program and its implications for the future of Indian democracy” in an interview for Freedom House.

Jamsheed Choksy, distinguished professor of Central Eurasian Studies in the Hamilton Lugar School, weighed in on the tension with Iran and the mounting concern over a potential cyber threat in a Fox 59 news article.

In an article for The Times of Israel, Alvin H. Rosenfeld, professor of Jewish Studies and English, reflected on rising anti-Semitism in America and increasing “Israel denial.”

New grants

From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to Samir Salim in Astronomy for Sharpening GALEX images to derive accurate physical properties of low-z galaxies and inform high-z studies.

From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to Jay Lennon in Biology for Energy limitation and the evolution of microbial dormanc.

From the National Eye Institute to Justin P. Kumar in Biology for Induction of retinal development by the peripodial epithelium in Drosophila.

From the University of Delaware to Roger Innes in Biology for Live-cell, quantum-dot-based tracking of plant & microbial extracellular vesicles.

From the National Science Foundation to Scott Michaels in Biology for Negative transcription elongation factors prevent transcriptional interference in plants.

From the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to Soni Lacefield in Biology for Timing and regulation of meiotic commitment.

From the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to Michael Van Nieuwenhze in Chemistry for Chemical Biology Studies of the Dynamics and Inhibition of Peptidoglycan Biosynthesis.

From the National Science Foundation to Justin Maxwell in Geography for Collaborative Research: NSF P2C2-Summer temperature reconstructions for Eastern North America.

From the National Science Foundation to Michael J. Larsen in Mathematics for Groups and Arithmetic Geometry.

From the National Science Foundation to Russell Lyons in Mathematics for Probabilistic Models Tied to Group Theory, Analysis, and Ergodic Theory.

From the National Science Foundation to Robert M. Nosofsky in Psychological and Brain Sciences for Collaborative Research: 3D Virtual-Rock Models for Testing Category Learning Theory to Improve Student Learning in Physical Geology.

From the University of Michigan to Mary Murphy in Psychological and Brain Sciences for Enhancing Cultural Toolkits and Student Mindsets Teacher Training Institute.

From the Kern Family Foundation, Inc. to Mary Murphy in Psychological and Brain Sciences for Meta-Assessment and Program Evaluation for the Faculty Development Program with Engineering Unleashed.

From Ohio State University to Chen Yu in Psychological and Brain Sciences for Real-time mechanisms of word learning during social interaction in young deaf children with cochlear implants.

From the National Science Foundation to Jonathon Crystal in Psychological and Brain Sciences for Replay of episodic memories in rats.

From the Biostime Institute of Nutrition and Care to Jeffrey R. Alberts inPsychological and Brain Sciences for The mother-offspring microbiome (M-OM) and neurobehavioral development.

From Abalone Bio to Andrea Hohmann in Psychological and Brain Sciences for Therapeutic Antibodies for Reducing Morphine Tolerance in Neuropathic Pain.

From The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Michael Kaulana Ing in Religious Studies for `A`ohe Pau ka `Ike i ka H?lau Ho`okahi: New Directions in Hawaiian Studies (A traditional Hawaiian saying: All knowledge cannot be learned in just one school.)

From the Educational Testing service to Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig in Second Language Studies for Investigating L2 English learners? interpretations and responses to conversational implicatures in requests and refusals.