Below are some of the awards and honors the University of Maryland’s faculty and staff earned this semester:

History Professor Karin Rosemblatt won a Prose Award in North American/U.S. history from the Association of American Publishers for her book “The Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910–1950.”  

Professor Jianghong Meng of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, and Professor Utpal Pal of the Department of Veterinary Medicine were elected to the American Academy of Microbiology.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Jennifer Barclay received a 2019 Best New Play (Small Theater) Award from the Independent Reviewers of New England for “Ripe Frenzy,” a play about mass shootings in small town America.

Albert “Pete” Kyle, the Charles E. Smith Chair Professor of Finance, received the CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications for his contributions to the theory of economics and market structure.

Jonathan Katz, professor of computer science and director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, was elected a 2019 Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

Pratyush Tiwary, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry with a joint appointment in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, was named to the 2019 “Future of Biochemistry” list in the journal Biochemistry.

Fischell Department of Bioengineering associate professors Alisa Morss Clyne and Christopher Jewell were inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.

Mega Subramaniam, associate professor in the College of Information Studies, was named by Library Journal as a 2019 Mover and Shaker. She also was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant to train local library partners in Kyrgyzstan to create youth-driven learning environments using design thinking principles.

The American Academy of Dermatology recognized School of Public Health Dean Boris Lushniak, M.D., with its annual Clarence S. Livingood, M.D., Memorial Award and Lectureship.

Sarah Balcom, a senior lecturer in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, received a $20,000 Excellence in Teaching Fellowship from Course Hero & the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, a highly regarded and competitive “Genius Grant” awarded to faculty to recognize and promote outstanding teaching. She plans to create an online I-series course that deals with the future of farming. 

Professor of architecture Matt Bell, principal of Perkins Eastman’s Washington office, led the team awarded the 2019 AIA D.C. chapter’s Urban Catalyst Award for its work designing the Cleveland Park Library.

Willow Lung-Amam, associate professor of urban studies and planning, received a Woodrow Wilson Center Residential Fellowship to focus on public policy and global issues. She will join the center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory in the 2019–20 academic year, and will continue work on her second book, “The Right to Suburbia: Redevelopment and Resistance on the Urban Edge.”

Theatre Professor Scot Reese was inducted to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. The Emmy-award winning director, actor, singer, educator and activist was one of only seven theater artists inducted this year.

Christy Tirrell-Corbin, clinical professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology and executive director of the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention, was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to a three-year term on the Maryland State Interagency Coordinating Council.

Jonathan Lazar, professor of information studies and associate director of the Trace Research and Development Center, received a Google Faculty Research Award for the next academic year. He will focus on developing new metrics for use in automated accessibility testing tools, for more accurately measuring web accessibility in large organizations.

Associate Professor of journalism Deborah Nelson was co-author of a Reuters project investigating the hazardous living conditions of some U.S. military families that won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for non-deadline reporting and the 2019 Hillman Prize for Web Journalism from the Sidney Hillman Foundation

Lucy Qiu, assistant professor of public policy and Center for Global Sustainability researcher, received a research grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund a two-year research project from 2019–20 to quantify the public and private costs and benefits of switching to heat pumps via a combination of system engineering and econometric approaches.

English Professor Gerard Passannante was chosen as a 2019 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow for his potential to make original and significant contributions to knowledge in humanistic studies. For the tenure of the award, he will work on his project, “God Is in the Detail: Cosmic Order and the Sense of Scale.”

Have an accolade to share with the campus community? Email it to Liam Farrell at for inclusion in this listing, which appears twice each semester.