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Faculty honors 2016

LAS professors bring honor and recognition to the college.

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IDC Award logoRuby Mendenhall of African American studies and sociology, and Robert Wilhemson, professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences, have won the HPC Innovation Excellence Award given by the International Data Corporation.

Kenneth SuslickKenneth Suslick, emeritus Marvin T. Schmidt Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and engineering, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He was nominated by his peers for outstanding contributions to innovation.

Murugesu Murugesu "Siva" Sivapalan, a professor in the departments of Geography and Geographic Information Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded the 2017 European Geosciences Union's (EGU) Alfred Wegener Medal, which recognizes scientists who have achieved exceptional international standing in atmospheric, hydrological, or ocean sciences.


Clarivate Analytics logoSix LAS faculty members have been named to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016 (previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list). They include crop sciences and plant biology professor Lisa Ainsworth, crop sciences and plant biology professor Stephen P. Long, chemistry professor Yi Lu, chemistry professor Catherine Murphy, plant biology professor Donald Ort, and psychology professor Brent Roberts.

AAAS logoBruce L. Rhoads, a professor of geography and geographic information science, and Chad M. Rienstra, a professor of chemistry, have been elected 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their efforts to advance science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Antoinette BurtonAntoinette 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 MendenhallRuby 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'GormanNed 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 BarleyWill 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.

Rebecca StumpfHyunjoon 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 HergenrothernPaul Hergenrother, the Kenneth Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, won the 2017 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. He also won the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry's UCB-Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry.


John Hummel John Hummel of psychology was named a fellow by the Society of Experimental Psychologists.

Jozsef BaloghJozsef Balogh of mathematics won the George Polya Prize in the category of a notable application of combinatorial theory, which is awarded by Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics.

Marcus KellerMarcus Keller, an associate professor of French and Italian, won the French Republic's Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. It's awarded by the prime minister of France to recognize scholarly contributions to the dissemination of French culture.

Vera HurVera Hur of mathematics won the Simons Fellowship in Mathematics form the Simons Foundation. The fellows program is intended to make leaves more productive by enabling their extension from one academic term to a full academic year.

May BerenbaumMay Berenbaum of entomology received United States Department of Agriculture's Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship Award and the Peabody Museum at Yale University's Addison Emery Verrill Medal.

Mara WadeMara Wade of Germanic Languages and Literatures received the Newberry Library Chicago's National Endowment for the Humanities and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship.

J. David CisnerosCommunication Assistant Professor J. David Cisneros received the 2016 Early Career Award, given by the National Communication Association's Rhetorical & Communication Theory Division

Joaquin Rodriguez-LopezJoaquin Rodriguez-Lopez of chemistry won the Electrochemical Society Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship to advance his work in advancing green energy technology.

Cara FinneganCommunication 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).

Marshall Scott PooleCommunication 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.

Annie QuStatistics 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.

John CaughlinCommunication 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 IVMartin 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.


Teresa BarnesTeresa Barnes, an associate professor of history and gender and women's studies, has been recognized as a 2016-17 Fulbright Foundation Scholar. She's using the award to conduct research at the University of Zimbabwe.

Harry LiebersohnHarry Liebersohn, a professor of history, won the Humboldt Research Award, which recognizes him as someone whose "fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge academic achievements in the future."

Gene RobinsonGene Robinson of entomology won the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society's Distinguished Investigator Award for the importance of his research discoveries and record of achievement in the area of behavioral and neural genetics.

Huimin ZhaoHuimin Zhao, the Steven L. Miller Chair in Chemical Engineering, won the Charles Thom Award from the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. It's given to individuals who have made outstanding research contributions in industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology.

Jeffrey MooreJeffrey Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the American Chemical Society Edward Leete Award. He also won the Institution of Chemical Engineers' Oil and Gas Award.

Fritz DrasgowFritz 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 MooreJeffrey Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the American Chemical Society Edward Leete Award. He also won the Institution of Chemical Engineers' Oil and Gas Award.

Kenneth SuslickKenneth 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.


Guggenheim sealFaculty members Dennis Baron of English and lingustics, Craig Koslofsky of history and Germanic languages and literatures, Mei-Po Kwan of geography and geographic information science, Ralph W. Mathisen of history, classics, and medieval studies, and Rebecca Stumpf of anthropology were all named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows.

Andrew LeakeyThe 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 KwanMei-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. She also won the American Association of Geographers' E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award.

Wail HassanWaÏl 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.


Hans Henrich HockHans Henrich Hock a professor emeritus of linguistics, has been awarded the Sukumar Sen Memorial Gold Medal from the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, India. The society was founded by Sir William Jones (who called attention to the relation between Indo-European languages) and precedes the Royal Asiatic Society of England and Ireland.

Carla CaceresCarla Cáceres of animal biology has been elected a fellow of the Ecological Society of America for research of fundamental importance that spans the fields of evolutionary ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and disease ecology, as well as extensive outreach work.

NSF logoChemistry faculty members Kami Hull and Josh Vura-Weis, along with Lijun Liu of geology, 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.

Sloan logoFour 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 FlahertyDavid 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.