faculty awards 2019

Celebrating A&S Faculty Accomplishments

The new A&S Cooper Fellows with Dean Leonidas Bachas. They are (L to R): Massimiliano Galeazzi in Physics, Robert Stephen Cantrell in Mathematics, Berit Brogaard in Philosophy, and Steven Safren in Psychology. 

By Deserae E. del Campo

The new A&S Cooper Fellows with Dean Leonidas Bachas. They are (L to R): Massimiliano Galeazzi in Physics, Robert Stephen Cantrell in Mathematics, Berit Brogaard in Philosophy, and Steven Safren in Psychology. 

Celebrating A&S Faculty Accomplishments

By Deserae E. del Campo
A&S faculty were congratulated for an outstanding year of creative and scholarly work at an annual reception.

Recognized as an institutional tradition in the College of Arts and Sciences, the annual Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activities Recognition Reception, held on April 29, once again honored and celebrated A&S faculty for their academic achievements throughout the year. A myriad of books and artwork from the faculty were on display at the event. The collection of books and articles represents the diversity of work and activities of the College faculty.

“Each Spring semester we come together to celebrate and support our talented, hardworking, and dedicated faculty who have excelled in research and innovative achievements in their fields,” said Leonidas Bachas, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

This year’s new A&S Cooper Fellows were recognized for their forward-thinking achievements in the fields of philosophy, mathematics, physics, and psychology. The new Cooper Fellows are Berit Brogaard in the Department of Philosophy; Robert Stephen Cantrell in the Department of Mathematics; Massimiliano Galeazzi in the Department of Physics; and Steven Safren in the Department of Psychology. The Cooper Fellowship is the College’s most prestigious award and supports faculty research and teaching activities.

The Scholarly & Creative Activities Recognition Award acknowledges Assistant Professors who have demonstrated exemplary progress in their field. The honorees are Kathryn Nowotny in the Department of Sociology; Jean-Hubert Olivier in the Department of Chemistry; and Jessica Rosenberg in the Department of English. Each recipient receives $1,000 toward their research activities.

In addition, the College celebrated faculty who were promoted and/or earned tenure. Promoted to the rank of Professor are Chantel Acevedo in the Department of English; Kenneth Baker in the Department of Mathematics; Merike Blofield in the Department of Political Science; Jill Ehrenreich-May in the Department of Psychology; Marc Knecht in the Department of Chemistry; Pengzi Miao in the Department of Mathematics; and Amy Weisman de Mamani in the Department of Psychology. Faculty who were awarded tenure are: Frank Penedo in the Department of Psychology and Stefan Wuchty in the Department of Computer Science.

Dean Bachas also recognized the faculty promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and they are Jaswinder Bolina in the Department of English; Karen Mathews in the Department of Art & Art History; Justin Ritzinger in the Department of Religious Studies; and Chaoming Song in the Department of Physics.  David Forrest in the Department of Anthropology was promoted to Research Associate Professor.

An impressive group of lecturers who have been promoted to Senior Lecturer was also acknowledged at the ceremony: Jenna Efrein in the Department of Art & Art History; Paul Andrew Groff in the Department of Biology; Leslie Knecht in the Department of Chemistry; Gerardo Olhovich in the Department of Art & Art History; Shivangi Prasad in the Department of Geography & Regional Studies; Mari Williams in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures; and Xiaolei Zhang in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures.

Finally, Dean Bachas recognized the members of the College faculty who are retiring after dedicating years of service, research, and teaching to the University. They are Gregory Bush in the Department of History; Laura Giannetti in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures; Roger Kanet in the Department of Political Science; Leonel Sternberg in the Department of Biology; and Linda Taylor in the Department of Anthropology.