Faculty Honors 2016
LAS professors bring honor and recognition to the college.
Antoinette Burton has been named a University of Illinois Presidential Fellows. In this role, she'll help help build on the U of I System's long legacy of leadership in the arts and humanities. Burton is a professor of history, the Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, and director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
Ruby Mendenhall, associate professor of sociology and African American studies, received an Innovation Excellence Award from the International Data Corporation (IDC) for innovations in supercomputing. It recognizes "noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing technologies." The award was announced at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis in November 2016.
Ned O'Gorman, associate professor of communication, won the 2016 Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award from the The Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research and the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association. The award honors Ned's new book, "The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy from the Kennedy Assassination to September 11." The Gronbeck award is given to recognize outstanding work that addresses important issues in political communication.
Will Barley, assistant professor of communication, won the National Communication Association Organizational Communication Division's 2016 Outstanding Article Award for his article, "Anticipatory Work: How the Need to Represent Knowledge Across Boundaries Shapes Work Practices Within Them," published recently in Organizational Science.
Hyunjoon Kong, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Robert Morrissey, associate professor in the Department of History; and Rebecca Stumpf, professor in the Department of Anthropology, all won 2016 University of Illinois Campus Distinguished Promotion Awards. The award, given by the Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure, identifies scholars whose contributions and achievements within their respective fields are particularly excellent.
Paul Hergenrother, the Kenneth Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, won the 2017 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes excellence in organic chemistry.
Communication Assistant Professor J. David Cisneros received the 2016 Early Career Award, given by the National Communication Association's Rhetorical & Communication Theory Division
Communication Professor Cara Finnegan received the National Communication Association's 2016 James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address for her book, "Making Photography Matter: A Viewer's History from the Civil War to the Great Depression," (Illinois Press, 2015).
Communication Professor Marshall Scott Poole received the 2016 Lifetime Service Award given by the Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division of the Academy of Management. It recognizes him for cumulative research and service to the disciplines of Organizational Communication and Management Information Systems.
Statistics Professor Peiyong Annie Qu has been named a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). She received the award for her influential contributions to estimating equations, semiparametric inference on correlated data, and for her outstanding service to the profession.
Communication Professor John Caughlin has been recognized with the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) Mentoring Award. The IARR is an interdisciplinary organization that strives to promote advances in the scientific study of personal and social relationships.
Martin F. Manalansan IV, associate professor of Asian American Studies and Anthropology, has been awarded the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award by the Minority Scholars' Committee of the American Studies Association. It recognizes a scholar who demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring underrepresented faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and/or college, university or high-school students.
Fritz Drasgow, a professor of psychology and the dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations, won the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the Academy of Management (AOM). The award is given to scholars with a clear record of excellence.
Jeffrey Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the American Chemical Society Edward Leete Award, which recognizes his outstanding contributions to teaching and research in organic chemistry.
Kenneth Suslick, the Marvin T. Schmidt Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, won the Chemistry Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Senior Scientist Mentor Award for emeritus faculty who maintain active research programs with undergraduates in the chemical sciences.
The International Society for Photosynthesis Research recognized Andrew Leakey with the Calvin-Benson Award. It's an early career prize for photosynthesis research. Leakey is an associate professor in the Department of Plant Biology.
Mei-Po Kwan, professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science, won the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Health and Medical Geography specialty group of the American Association of Geographers. This prestigious award recognizes her outstanding record of research and teaching on health and medical geography, leadership in this area, and service to the field.
WaÏl S. Hassan was named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. He's researching, "Arab Brazil: Literature, Culture, and Orientalism in the Racial Democracy." Hassan is a professor of French and Italian, and affiliated with the Center for African Studies,Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for Global Studies, and English.
Chemistry faculty members Kami Hull and Josh Vura-Weis have been selected to receive Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards and grants from the National Science Foundation to support their research program. The prestigious award provides up to five years of funding to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research.
Four LAS faculty members received the 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship for early-career scientists from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. They include Elena Fuchs of mathematics, Kami Hull of chemistry, Joaquín Rodríguez-López of chemistry, and Yue Shen of astronomy.
David W. Flaherty, assistant professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, received a 2016 National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research proposal, "Molecular Understanding and Catalyst Design for the Direct Synthesis of H2O2." The National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program's CAREER Awards are prestigious and competitive awards given to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar.