A roundup of honors recently received by KSAS faculty

Grants, prizes, fellowships go to professors in a wide range of departments

Collin Broholm, the Gerhard H. Dieke Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will receive $10.25 million over four years from the U.S. Department of Energy to name JHU's Institute of Quantum Matter an Energy Frontier Research Center. According to an announcement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, 42 EFRCs were funded to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership and energy security.

Chia-Ling Chien, the Jacob L. Hain Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was elected an academician of Academia Sinica, the national academy of Taiwan. One of only five new members in the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, he was honored for his outstanding achievements in condensed matter physics, nanostructures, and spintronics.

Erin Chung, the Charles D. Miller Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, and her research team have been awarded a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the Academy of Korean Studies for a lab project titled "Local Agency and National Responses to Globalization: The South Korean Case in Comparative, Transnational, and Diasporic Perspective." The grant also provides research support for Chung's third book project, "Citizenship, Social Capital, and Racial Politics in the Korean Diaspora."

Michela Gallagher, a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, was awarded the 2018 Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer's Drug Discovery. The prize, given by the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, recognizes leading researchers developing treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Timothy Heckman, the Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded the 2018 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The medal is presented annually in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement and contributions to astrophysics research.

Rigoberto Hernandez, the Gompf Family Professor in the Department of Chemistry, received the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes those who have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and fostered activities that promote inclusiveness. In addition, Hernandez received a $450,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity, which he heads.

Lawrence Jackson, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the departments of English and History, was awarded the Mystery Writers of America 2018 Edgar Award in the Best Critical/Biographical category for his book Chester B. Himes: A Biography. The book also won the 2018 Black Caucus of the American Library Association's Literary Award for Nonfiction.

Kishore Kuchibhotla, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has received a 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty. The American Federation for Aging Research and the Glenn Foundation awarded the grants to 12 junior faculty, each of whom received $100,000. Kuchibhotla will study how to improve cognitive flexibility in aging by modulating context-dependent neural circuits.

Christopher Lebron, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, received the 2018 Hiett Prize in the Humanities, given to a person "ascending in a career devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture." The prize was endowed by Kim Hiett Jordan and awarded by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, on whose board Jordan is a lifetime member.

Dora Malech, an assistant professor in the Writing Seminars, had four "visual" poems featured in the May issue of Poetry magazine. She also received a Baker Artist Award in the Literary category. Winners of these awards are drawn from artists working in all disciplines who live in Baltimore or its five surrounding counties and have submitted their work to the Baker Artist Portfolios, an online project that supports artists and promotes Baltimore as a strong creative community. The portfolios and associated awards were established by the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Barbara Mikulski, Homewood Professor in the Department of Political Science and a former U.S. senator, was named honorary co-chair, with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Baltimore's 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, which will lead the effort to maximize the city's participation in the upcoming census. In addition, Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress and Maryland's longest-tenured U.S. senator, was named a recipient of a 2018 Icon Honors award by The Daily Record. Established in 2017, these awards recognize Maryland business leaders, over the age of 60, for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership within and outside their fields. The honorees have moved their businesses and the state of Maryland forward by growing jobs and making a difference in their communities. Icon Honors awards were presented Dec. 17 at the Center Club in Baltimore.

Yi-Ping Ong, an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature, received an Honorable Mention for the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize, awarded to an author's first book manuscript approved for publication by the Board of Syndics of Harvard University Press and judged outstanding.

Matthew Porterfield, a lecturer in the Film and Media Studies Program, won the top jury prize for an American independent feature at the 2018 Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris for his film Sollers Point.

Ünver Rüstem, an assistant professor in the Department of History of Art, has received a postdoctoral associateship and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.

Joshua Smith, an assistant professor in the Department of Classics, received two fellowships to support his sabbatical: the Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship and the Non-Residential Fellowship in Hellenic Studies from the Center for Hellenic Studies.

James Taylor, the Ralph S. O'Connor Professor in the Department of Biology, was awarded a $12 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop the National Human Genome Research Institute's Genomic Data Science Analysis, Visualization, Informatics Lab-space, which aims to create a data resource for researchers.

Elizabeth Thornberry, an assistant professor in the Department of History, has been awarded a Davis Center Fellowship at Princeton University for 2018-19.

J.D. Tovar, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded an invitational fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Rosemary Wyse, an Alumni Centennial Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from her undergraduate alma mater, Queen Mary College, University of London.

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