Emanuele Berti, a professor in Physics and Astronomy, was named a fellow and president-elect of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation.
Veena Das, a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Department of Anthropology, was elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy. She also received honorary doctorates from the University of Bern in Switzerland and Durham University in England.
Laura Di Bianco, an assistant professor in German and Romance Languages and Literatures, was awarded the Lauro De Bosis Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Italian Civilization at Harvard University for spring 2020. Her research project is titled "Crumbling Beauty: Italian Cinema in the Age of the Anthropocene."
Karen Fleming, a professor in Biophysics, was awarded the $50,000 Provost's Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity for her work supporting gender equity in science fields. Read more on The Hub.
Andrei Gritsan and Oleg Tchernyshyov, both professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Michael Falk, a professor in Physics and Astronomy with a joint appointment in the Whiting School, were elected fellows of the American Physical Society.
Taekjip Ha, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biophysics, was named a 2020 fellow of the Biophysical Society. The honor recognizes members who have demonstrated excellence in science and contributed to the expansion of the field of biophysics.
Marc Kamionkowski, the William R. Keenan Jr. Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Robert Moffitt, a Krieger Eisenhower Professor in the Department of Economics, were named to the National Academy of Sciences. Read more on The Hub.
Michael Levien, an assistant professor in Sociology, has won four awards for his book Dispossession Without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India. They are the Sociology of Development Section Book Award; the Political Economy of World System, or PEWS, Distinguished Book Award; honorable mention, Asia/Transnational Book Award; and the Global and Transnational Sociology Best Scholarly Book Award.
Brice Ménard, an associate professor in Physics and Astronomy, gave the Hans Jensen Lecture at the University of Heidelberg in October. His talk was titled "The Complexity Frontier." The lecture is named for the researcher who shared the 1963 Nobel Prize for the nuclear shell model and is intended to honor speakers who have made fundamental contributions to an area in modern physics.
Deborah McGee Mifflin, an associate teaching professor in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, was elected president of the Maryland/DC Metro chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German.
Samuel Spinner, an assistant professor who holds the Zelda and Myer Tandetnik Chair in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, was awarded a fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, where he will work on a book, Museums of Words: Holocaust Museums and Literature.
V. Sara Thoi, an assistant professor in Chemistry, received the Maryland Innovation Initiative Award from TEDCO and the state of Maryland to support development efforts of energy storage devices based on metal–organic frameworks.
David Yarkony, an associate professor in Chemistry, received the 2019 Herschbach Medal in Theory at the Dynamics of Molecular Collisions Meeting, which is held biannually. The award recognizes "bold and architectural work, inspiring and empowering."
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