LAS professors bring honor and recognition to the college.

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November 2016

  • Will Barley

    Will Barley, assistant professor of communication, won the National Communication Association Organizational Communication Division's 2016 Outstanding Article Award for his article, "Anticipatory Work: How the Need to Represent Knowledge Across Boundaries Shapes Work Practices Within Them," published recently in Organizational Science.

  • Hyunjoon Kong

    Hyunjoon Kong, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Robert Morrissey, associate professor in the Department of History; and Rebecca Stumpf, professor in the Department of Anthropology, all won 2016 University of Illinois Campus Distinguished Promotion Awards. The award, given by the Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure, identifies scholars whose contributions and achievements within their respective fields are particularly excellent.

September 2016

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    Paul Hergenrother, the Kenneth Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, won the 2017 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. He also won the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry's UCB-Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry.

August 2016

  • John Hummel

    John Hummel of psychology was named a fellow by the Society of Experimental Psychologists.

  • Jòzsef Balogh

    Jozsef Balogh of mathematics won the George Polya Prize in the category of a notable application of combinatorial theory, which is awarded by Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics.

  • Marcus Keller

    Marcus Keller, an associate professor of French and Italian, won the French Republic's Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. It's awarded by the prime minister of France to recognize scholarly contributions to the dissemination of French culture.

  • Vera Hur

    Vera Hur of mathematics won the Simons Fellowship in Mathematics form the Simons Foundation. The fellows program is intended to make leaves more productive by enabling their extension from one academic term to a full academic year.

  • May Berenbaum

    May Berenbaum of entomology received United States Department of Agriculture's Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship Award and the Peabody Museum at Yale University's Addison Emery Verrill Medal.

  • Mara Wade

    Mara Wade of Germanic Languages and Literatures received the Newberry Library Chicago's National Endowment for the Humanities and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship.

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    Communication Assistant Professor J. David Cisneros received the 2016 Early Career Award, given by the National Communication Association's Rhetorical & Communication Theory Division

  • Joaquín Rodríguez-López of chemistry won the Electrochemical Society Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship to advance his work in advancing green energy technology.

  • Cara Finnegan

    Communication Professor Cara Finnegan received the National Communication Association's 2016 James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address for her book, "Making Photography Matter: A Viewer's History from the Civil War to the Great Depression," (Illinois Press, 2015).

  • Marshall Scott Poole

    Communication Professor Marshall Scott Poole received the 2016 Lifetime Service Award given by the Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division of the Academy of Management. It recognizes him for cumulative research and service to the disciplines of Organizational Communication and Management Information Systems.

  • Statistics Professor Peiyong Annie Qu has been named a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). She received the award for her influential contributions to estimating equations, semiparametric inference on correlated data, and for her outstanding service to the profession.

  • John Caughlin

    Communication Professor John Caughlin has been recognized with the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) Mentoring Award. The IARR is an interdisciplinary organization that strives to promote advances in the scientific study of personal and social relationships.

June 2016

  • Martin F. Manalansan IV

    Martin F. Manalansan IV, associate professor of Asian American Studies and Anthropology, has been awarded the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award by the Minority Scholars' Committee of the American Studies Association. It recognizes a scholar who demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring underrepresented faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and/or college, university or high-school students.

May 2016

  • Gene Robinson

    Gene Robinson of entomology won the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society's Distinguished Investigator Award for the importance of his research discoveries and record of achievement in the area of behavioral and neural genetics.

  • Huimin Zhao

    Huimin Zhao, the Steven L. Miller Chair in Chemical Engineering, won the Charles Thom Award from the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. It's given to individuals who have made outstanding research contributions in industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology.

  • Jeffrey Moore

    Jeffrey Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the American Chemical Society Edward Leete Award. He also won the Institution of Chemical Engineers' Oil and Gas Award.

  • Fritz Drasgow

    Fritz Drasgow, a professor of psychology and the dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations, won the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the Academy of Management (AOM). The award is given to scholars with a clear record of excellence.

  • Jeffrey Moore

    Jeffrey Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the American Chemical Society Edward Leete Award. He also won the Institution of Chemical Engineers' Oil and Gas Award.

  • Kenneth Suslick

    Kenneth Suslick, the Marvin T. Schmidt Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, won the Chemistry Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Senior Scientist Mentor Award for emeritus faculty who maintain active research programs with undergraduates in the chemical sciences.

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    Teresa Barnes, an associate professor of history and gender and women's studies, has been recognized as a 2016-17 Fulbright Foundation Scholar. She's using the award to conduct research at the University of Zimbabwe.

  • Harry Liebersohn

    Harry Liebersohn, a professor of history, won the Humboldt Research Award, which recognizes him as someone whose "fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge academic achievements in the future."

April 2016

March 2016

  • Mei-Po Kwan

    Mei-Po Kwan, professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science, won the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Health and Medical Geography specialty group of the American Association of Geographers. She also won the American Association of Geographers' E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award.

  • WaÏl S. Hassan

    WaÏl S. Hassan was named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. He's researching, "Arab Brazil: Literature, Culture, and Orientalism in the Racial Democracy." Hassan is a professor of French and Italian, and affiliated with the Center for African Studies,Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for Global Studies, and English.

February 2016

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    Hans Henrich Hock a professor emeritus of linguistics, has been awarded the Sukumar Sen Memorial Gold Medal from the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, India. The society was founded by Sir William Jones (who called attention to the relation between Indo-European languages) and precedes the Royal Asiatic Society of England and Ireland.

  • Carla Cáceres

    Carla Cáceres of animal biology has been elected a fellow of the Ecological Society of America for research of fundamental importance that spans the fields of evolutionary ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and disease ecology, as well as extensive outreach work.

  • Kami Hull

    Chemistry faculty members Kami Hull and Josh Vura-Weis, along with Lijun Liu of geology, have been selected to receive Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards and grants from the National Science Foundation to support their research program. The prestigious award provides up to five years of funding to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research.

  • Joaquín Rodríguez-López

    Four LAS faculty members received the 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship for early-career scientists from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. They include Elena Fuchs of mathematics, Kami Hull of chemistry, Joaquín Rodríguez-López of chemistry, and Yue Shen of astronomy.

  • David W. Flaherty, assistant professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, received a 2016 National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research proposal, "Molecular Understanding and Catalyst Design for the Direct Synthesis of H2O2." The National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program's CAREER Awards are prestigious and competitive awards given to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar.

December 2015

  • Cara Finnegan

    Four LAS faculty members received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. They include Eugene Avrutin of history; Eric Calderwood of comparative and world literature; Cara Finnegan of communication; and Derrick Spiresof English.

November 2015

  • Hong Yang

    Five faculty members affiliated with LAS were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They include University President Tim Killeen, an affiliate in atmospheric sciences; William Metcalf, microbiology; Ralph Nuzzo, chemistry and materials science and engineering; Stephen Portnoy, emeritus in statistics; and Hong Yang, chemical and biomolecular engineering.

September 2015

  • Donald Ort

    Donald Ort, the Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology, was inducted into the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame.

  • Mary Kraft

    Mary Kraft received the 2015 Early Career Research Award from the Prairie Chapter of the American Vacuum Society. She presented an award talk at the AVS Prarie Chapter 2015 Symposium at the University of Notre Dame. Kraft is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

  • Carla Cáceres

    Carla Eva Cáceres, professor of animal biology, has been named a 2015 University Scholar. Caceres is a leading ecologist who works on aquatic ecosystems. Her main study organism has been the water flea.

  • Clare Haru Crowston

    Clare Haru Crowston, professor of history, has been named a 2015 University Scholar. Crowston is a leading historian who has published two books about women in early modern France.

  • Julie Dowling

    Julie Dowling, professor of Latina/Latino studies, was awarded an honorable mention for the Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award at the American Sociological Association (ASA) meetings for her recent book, Mexican Americans and the Question of Race. The award is given by ASA’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities for the most outstanding book on sociology of race and ethnicity.

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    Joy Harjo, professor of English and American Indian Studies, has been awarded the Wallace Stevens Award, the highest honor granted by the Academy of American Poets. The award, which carries a $100,000 stipend, is given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Harjo has written numerous books and won several awards for her poetry.

  • Leanne Knobloch

    Leanne K. Knobloch, professor of communication, has been named a 2015 University Scholar. Knobloch researches how people communicate in close relationships, focusing on periods of transition for couples. Her expertise is being relied upon at very high levels of the military.

  • Emad Tajkhorshid

    Emad Tajkhorshid, professor of biochemistry, biophysics, computational biology, and pharmacology, has been named a 2015 University Scholar. He has a spectacular record in biomedical sciences with remarkable productivity in the areas of computational biology, biophysics, and membrane proteins. His extensive research program is housed in the prestigious Beckman Institute and in the cross-campus interdisciplinary Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology located in Urbana.

July 2015

  • James Best was elected a 2015 fellow of the American Geophysical Union. As a fellow, Best is recognized as someone whose has made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences. Best is the Jack and Richard Threet Professor of Geology and a professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science.

April 2015

  • Cathy Murphy

    Six professors in or affiliated with the College of LAS have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. Renée Baillargeon, professor of psychology; Gary Dell, professor of psychology; Catherine Murphy, professor of chemistry; Steve Granick, professor emeritus of materials science and engineering (and affiliated with the departments of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering); Taekjip Ha, professor of physics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator; and John Rogers, professor of materials science and engineering (and affiliated with the Department of Chemistry) were among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates announced by the Academy.

March 2015

  • Sara McLafferty

    Sara McLafferty, professor and department head of geography and geographic information sciences, recently won the prestigious 2015 Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography from the American Association of Geographers. This award recognizes her contributions in research, teaching, and decades of service in the field.

February 2015

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    Ryan Foley, professor of astronomy and physics, received a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The two-year program awards the fellows $50,000 to pursue their choice of research topics and gives the researchers flexibility in applying funds toward their research. Foley studies exploding stars and other celestial transient objects. He discovered and characterized a peculiar class of exploding stars, Type Iax supernovae. He also uses Type Ia supernovae to measure the expansion and investigate the content of the universe.

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    Alison Fout, professor of chemistry, received a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The two-year program awards the fellows $50,000 to pursue their choice of research topics and gives the researchers flexibility in applying funds toward their research. Fout focuses on addressing environmental, biological, and energy problems by designing transition metal complexes and catalysts to understand the activation and transformation of greenhouse gases into novel compounds.

December 2014

  • Elizabeth Lowe

    Elizabeth Lowe, professor and director of the Center for Translation Studies, was nominated for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in the Portuguese category. She translated The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story is an Accident, by J.P. Cuenca, a Brazilian author. The award is presented annually for a novel written or translated into English and is the world's most valuable ($124,500) annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.

  • Javier Irigoyen-Garcia, associate professor of Spanish, received an honorable mention in the competition for the Modern Language Association’s 2014 Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for his book The Spanish Arcadia: Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain.