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Faculty honors

LAS professors bring honor and recognition to the college.

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Thomas Rauchfuss Thomas Rauchfuss of chemistry has been named a winner of the Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry. One of the American Chemical Society's 2018 National Awards, this award recognizes Rauchfuss' leadership in advancing creative contributions to inorganic chemistry.

Paul Hergenrother Paul Hergenrother of chemistry has been named a winner of the George & Christine Sosnovsky Award for Cancer Research. One of the American Chemical Society's 2018 National Awards, this award recognizes Hergenrother's many achievements in new compounds, targets, and translational pathways for cancer therapy.

Ruth Nicole Brown Ruth Nicole Brown of gender and women's studies has been selected as a 2018 Whiting Public Engagement Fellow. The fellowship awards a grant to support important work being done today by humanists that contribute to communities across the country.

Xiaohui Chen Xiaohui Chen of statistics has been awarded an NSF Career Award for his work titled as "Computer-Intensive Statistical Inference on High-Dimensional and Massive Data: From Theoretical Foundations to Practical Computations."

Brendan Harley Brendan Harley of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Robert Rushing of French and Italian, Renee Trilling of English, and Iryce Baron of English have been selected as LAS award recipients for the Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction for 2018 for their Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Martin Gruebele Gregory Girolami of chemistry has been selected as an LAS award recipient for the Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction for 2018 for his Excellence in Graduate & Professional Teaching.

Martin Gruebele Martin Gruebele of chemistry has been named a Cottrell Scholar TREE Award recipient for 2018. The TREE Award consists of a monetary award sent to the awardee's institution on behalf of the recipient's educational and scholarly work to improve science education.

Gene Robinson Gene Robinson of entomology has been awarded the 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for "leading the genomics revolution in the organismal and population biology of the honey bee." Awarded each year since 1978 by the Wolf Foundation, recipients are considered outstanding members in their field.

A. Naomi Pike A. Naomi Pike of Asian American Studies has been awarded the Best Book in History Prize by the Association for Asian American Studies for this year. Her book, Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II, will be awarded at the annual meeting.

Shelley Weinberg Shelley Weinberg of philosophy has been awarded the annual best book in the history of philosophy by the Journal of the History of Philosophy for her 2016 book, Consciousness in Locke. JHP Books is devoted publishing works in textual and archival history, scholarly editions and translations, and interpretive and contextual studies of philosophers and philosophical movements.


Martin Burke Martin Burke of chemistry, Cara Finnegan of communication, and Andrew Leakey of plant biology have been named University Scholars. A program that recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service on the three University of Illinois campuses, this honor also provides $15,000 to each scholar to enhance his or her academic career.

Renske van der Veen Renske van der Veen of chemistry has been awarded a grant for his research from the Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanism (CSDM-A) program of the National Science Foundation.

Wei-po Kwan Wei-Po Kwan of geography has recently received the 2018 AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography. The award is given annually to geographers that demonstrate originality, creativity, and breakthroughs in their field. Mei-Po is the sixth recipient of this prestigious award.

Patricia Gregg The Center for Advanced Study has appointed new fellows to its permanent faculty, one of the highest forms of academic recognition the University of Illinois campus for outstanding scholarship. They include Hong Jin of biochemistry, Jamie Jones of English, Avital Livny of political science, Mauro Nobili of history, Yue Shen of astronomy , and Vesna Stojanoskn of mathematics.

Patricia Gregg The Center for Advanced Study has appointed new associates, an incentive to pursue the highest level of scholarly achievement. The new associates are Stephanie Hilger of Comparative & World Literature and Germanic Languages & Literatures, Bo Li of statistics, Gisela Sin of political science, Rebecca Stumpf of anthropology, and Assata Zerai of sociology.