Faculty and Staff Accolades
A Roundup of Recent Awards and Accomplishments
Below are some of the awards and honors the University of Maryland's faculty and staff earned this semester:
Jennifer Barclay, assistant professor of theatre, was selected for a writing residency this spring at the New Harmony Project, an organization dedicated to supporting writers whose work emanates hope. She will join a core group of writers including Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan (“All the Way”) and Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”).
Mary Beth Bowden, catering executive sous chef in Dining Services, was awarded an American Culinary Federation Silver Medal. Her competition entry featured Pan Seared Venison Loin with Fresh Corn Cake, Braised Rainbow Chard and BlackBerry Reduction Sauce.
Zohreh Davoudi, an assistant professor of physics, was awarded a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship. Granted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this award identifies 126 early-career scientists every year based on their potential to contribute fundamentally significant research to the wider academic community. Davoudi is a theoretical nuclear physicist who studies how complex phenomena in nature connect to the Standard Model of particle physics.
John Dickerson, an assistant professor of computer science with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), is principal investigator of an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, which is expected to total $550,000 over five years. The funding supports his efforts to develop methods to improve existing market systems and enable new markets.
The Association for Psychological Science named College of Education Professor Kevin Niall Dunbar a fellow, a status reserved for members who have contributed to the science of psychology through research, service, teaching and application over the course of their career.
Soheil Feizi, an assistant professor of computer science with an appointment in UMIACS, was awarded a Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowship to attend an 11-week program that explores the foundations of deep learning. The fellowship from the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley is offered annually to approximately 16 exceptional young scientists.
Belen Franch, a professor at the Department of Geographical Sciences and science collaborator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., received the NASA Early Career Public Achievement medal. It honors her achievement in NASA earth observations, contributing to a better understanding of the Earth system and its agricultural resources.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architecture Students presented Associate Professor Ming Hu with the 2018–19 New Faculty award, given to educators who display “demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.” This semester, Ming has been participating in the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency Program in Italy.
Lecturer Jason Hattrick-Simpers and Assistant Professor Yifei Mo in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have been selected as recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Young Scientist and Outstanding Young Engineer awards. Mo spearheaded a new research group in advanced renewable-energy materials. Hattrick-Simpers, a materials research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, focuses on the optimization of properties and processing of novel materials.
Research co-authored by Albert S. “Pete” Kyle, the Charles E. Smith Chair Professor of Finance, won a Special Distinction Award as part of the 2018 Harry M. Markowitz Awards from the Journal of Investment Management and New Frontier Advisors. The awards recognize research that puts novel investment theories into practice. The paper examines the Flash Crash of May 6, 2010, discusses the evolution of trading from human to electronic environments, and calls for new market designs.
Hui Liao, the endowed Smith Dean’s Professor in Leadership and Management, was selected as a fellow by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
The American Educational Research Association announced Megan Madigan Peercy, associate professor of education, as a co-recipient of the organization’s Second Language Research Special Interest Group Mid-Career Award. It recognizes her research in second-language teacher education and applied linguistics for school-based language learning, as well as her work advocating for language learners who are often disadvantaged by federal and state policies affecting public schools.
Jianghong Meng of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Utpal Pal of veterinary medicine were elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. Meng has made significant strides in the field of food safety microbiology, including innovative research in developing rapid molecular methods for detecting foodborne pathogens. Pal is extensively published in the field of infectious diseases, primarily focusing on microbiology as a means for prevention of tick-borne illnesses.
Economics Professor Peter Murrell received the J. Michael Montias prize, awarded by The Association for Comparative Economic Studies for the best paper published in the Journal of Comparative Economics in the previous two years. He was awarded for "Design and evolution in institutional development: The insignificance of the English Bill of Rights,” which presents some revisionist history on a major event in English history, the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the legislation that immediately followed, which included the Bill of Rights.
Shige Sakurai, associate director of the LGBT Equity Center, received an Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Award from Diversity Abroad and a Special Recognition of International Pronouns Day from the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. They founded the first International Pronouns Day to raise awareness about the importance of sharing and respecting personal pronouns and in 2017 became the first person in the United States to officially receive a gender-neutral driver's license with a gender marker of “X.”
Yasser Shoukry, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the principal investigator of a 2019 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for “Decision Procedures for High-Assurance, AI-Controlled, Cyber-Physical Systems.”
Mega Subramaniam, associate professor at the College of Information Studies, was among 54 individuals honored as a 2019 Mover and Shaker by the Library Journal. She has contributed to building educational environments in libraries through the design of librarian preparation programs, such as the Youth Experience specialization at the iSchool, and creating resources for in-service librarians, such as the ConnectedLib Toolkit.
Michel Wedel, a marketing professor, received the Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator Award from the American Marketing Association. It recognizes sustained contributions to marketing over an extended period of time.
Stephanie Allen, a lecturer in the department of English, had her novel “Tonic and Balm,” about a 1919 medicine show, published by Shade Mountain Press in February.
English Professor Maud Casey’s nonfiction book “The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions” was named one of the website Spirituality & Practice’s Best Spiritual Books of 2018.
“Downburst,” the second book of poetry by Mark Fitzgerald, coordinator in the English department, will be published by Cinnamon Press in April. A second edition of his first poetry collection, “By Way of Dust and Rain,” will also be published this spring by Cinnamon Press.
Stacy J. Kosko, assistant research professor in government and politics, co-edited with Lori Keleher) “Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics,” which collects "expert voices from the Global North and South—philosophers, economists, policy and development scholars and practitioners—[who] explore two themes central to development ethics: agency and democracy." The book is a Festschrift for University of Maryland professor and development ethicist David A. Crocker.
Philip A. Mackowiak, MD, senior lecturer in the history department, published, “Patients as Art: Forty Thousand Years of Medical History in Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture.”
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