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Faculty and Staff Accolades

A Roundup of Recent Awards and Accomplishments

By Maryland Today Staff

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Illustration by Ryumi Sung

Below are some of the awards and honors University of Maryland faculty and staff have earned since September:

Ben Bederson, professor emeritus in computer science at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS); Catherine Plaisant, senior research scientist emerita at UMIACS; and Jesse Grosjean, a former faculty research assistant at UMD’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab, received the IEEE VIS Test of Time Award for their work on zoomable tree browsers, a novel way of representing and rapidly navigating information organized hierarchically, such as organizational charts.

Chemical and biomolecular engineering Assistant Professor Po-Yen Chen was selected for a 2022 John C. Chen Young Professional Leadership Scholarship by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Dining Services won a Gold Award for Most Innovative Wellness and Nutrition Program from the National Association of College and University Food Services.

Professor of cinema and media studies and French in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Caroline Eades was awarded a Camargo Foundation residency fellowship to study in Cassis, France. She will spend the Spring 2023 semester working on a project about Habib Benglia, the first actor of African origin in French cinema.

Department of Management Science chair Michael Fu was presented with the George E. Kimball Medal for recognition of distinguished service to the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). In addition, Assistant Professor of Decisions and Operations Xiaojia Guo won the 2022 INFORMS Aviation Applications Section Best Paper Award, and Raghu Raghavan, Dean’s Professor of Management Science and Operations Management, received runner-up honors for the INFORMS Computing Society Prize.

Alexey Gorshkov, a fellow in the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science, was named a 2023 fellow of Optica, the organization formerly known as the Optical Society of America. He is also a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a Joint Quantum Institute fellow.

Abba Gumel, the Michael and Eugenia Brin Endowed E-Nnovate Chair in Mathematics, and Professor Larry Washington were elected fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Gumel was recognized for his contributions to the mathematical theory of epidemics, applied dynamical systems, and promoting the use of mathematics to help solve global public health challenges, while Washington was for honored his contributions to number theory, especially cyclotomic fields, and for mentoring.

Virginia Haufler, associate professor of government and politics, and Oded Rabin, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, received U.S. Fulbright Scholar fellowships.

Minta Martin Professor of Engineering and MPower Professor Christopher M. Jewell was named an associate editor of Nature Portfolio Journal Regenerative Medicine.

Timothy Koeth, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and former director of the Maryland Radiation Facilities, received the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award.

Ana Ndumu, an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies, was a co-editor of

“The Black Librarian in America: Reflections, Resistance, and Reawakening,” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Black Caucus American Library Association.

The Aspen Institute named several UMD faculty and staff to its inaugural class of impact fellows: Patty Perillo, vice president for student affairs; Ramsey Jabaji, director, Office of Global Engineering Leadership; Darren Pierre, global leadership lecturer; Courtney Holder, assistant director, leadership and community service-learning; and Melissa Rocco, lecturer, College of Education.

Sacoby Wilson, professor of applied environmental health in the School of Public Health, was presented with the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health by the American Public Health Association.

Katrina Walsemann, Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Health Policy and professor at the School of Public Policy, received the National Institute on Aging’s K02 Independent Scientist Award.

The American Society of Criminology elected Professor Min Xie of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, to its executive board for 2023-24. She will serve as an executive counselor for the organization.

JC Zhao, Minta Martin Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was named a fellow of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

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