Celebrating the achievements of the FAS community

January 24, 2022
To: All FAS Faculty and Staff
Cc: FAS Steering, FAS Dean’s Office, OPAC, President’s Office, Provost’s Office, University Cabinet, Development
[Summary: Congratulations to FAS faculty and staff honorees!]
Dear Colleagues,
As we begin a new term, I invite you to join me in celebrating the exceptional achievements of our community. After a challenging Fall, it feels all the more important to find joy in the achievements of our colleagues, and I’m pleased to share this spectacular list of some of those in the FAS who have been honored for their work.
This list largely includes awards and honors announced between June and December 2021. There are likely some that we have missed: if you received an award, honor, or prize in the latter half of 2021 that is not listed here, please share it with us by emailing fas.dean@yale.edu and we will be sure to include it in a future update.

FAS-wide Awards and Prizes

Last July, I had the pleasure of announcing the recipients of several FAS-wide prizes: We presented the inaugural Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Award for Inclusion and Belonging to Anjelica Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Andrew Miranker, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Steven Pitti, Professor of History, American Studies, and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration; and James Tierney, Senior Lector I and Director of the English Language Program. Meanwhile, Jennifer Allen, Associate Professor of History was awarded the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for research by untenured faculty in the Humanities; and Yarrow Dunham, Associate Professor of Psychology, Alvaro Sanchez, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Sarah Slavoff, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, received the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize, which recognizes outstanding research by untenured faculty members in the social or natural sciences. 

Named Professorships

Since June of 2021, three FAS colleagues that have been named to Sterling Professorships – Yale’s highest academic honor: 
In addition, between June and December 2021 the university has announced that the following FAS faculty have been appointed to named professorships, in recognition of their achievements and scholarship:
  • Julia Adams was appointed the Margaret H. Marshall Professor of Sociology.
  • Woo-kyoung Ahn was appointed the John Hay Whitney Professor of Psychology.
  • Eric Altman was appointed the Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Chemical Engineering.
  • Andrew Barron was appointed the Charles and Dorothea Dilley Professor of Statistics and Data Science.
  • Ned Blackhawk was appointed the Howard R. Lamar Professor of History and American Studies.
  • Joseph Chang was appointed the James A. Attwood, Jr. Professor of Statistics and Data Science.
  • Paul Franks was appointed the Robert F. and Patricia Weis Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Judaic Studies and of Religious Studies.
  • Aaron Gerow was appointed the Alfred W. Griswold Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and of Film and Media Studies.
  • Jacqueline Goldsby was appointed the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor of African American Studies and of English.
  • Philip Gorski was appointed the Frederick and Laura Goff Professor of Sociology and Professor of Religious Studies.
  • Patrick Holland was appointed the Conkey P. Whitehead Professor of Chemistry.
  • Yuichi Kitamura was appointed the Alfred Cowles Professor of Economics and Professor of Management.
  • Jennifer Klein was appointed the Durfee Professor of History.
  • Nancy Levene was appointed the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Religious Studies.
  • Maureen Long was appointed the Bruce D. Alexander ’65 Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
  • Fatima Naqvi was appointed the Elias W. Leavenworth Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Professor of Film and Media Studies.
  • Laura Wexler was appointed the Charles A. Farnam Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and of American Studies.

Faculty honors 

The following faculty received honors recognizing the significance of their contributions to their respective fields of study over the course of their careers: 
FAS and FAS-affiliated faculty have received awards for research, writing, and creative activities across fields that represent the breadth and depth of the FAS: 
  • Daphne Brooks, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies and Professor of American Studies and of Music, was awarded the 2021 Museum of African American History’s Stone Book Award for Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound.
  • Aimee Cox, Associate Professor of African American Studies and of Anthropology, has been named by NY Live Arts as Lead Scholar of its “Community of Scholars” initiative.
  • Maria Doerfler, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, was awarded the prize for Best First Book in the History of Religions by the American Academy of Religions for Jephthah’s Daughter, Sarah’s Son: The Death of Children in Late Antiquity.
  • Ben Glaser, Associate Professor of English, was shortlisted for the MSA First Book prize for Modernism’s Metronome: Meter and Twentieth-Century Poetics.
  • Jacqueline Jung, Professor of the History of Art received the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for Eloquent Bodies: Movement, Expression, and the Human Figure in Gothic Sculpture.
  • Amin Karbasi, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Mehraveh Salehi (Ph.D. ’19, Electrical Engineering) won second place at Nokia’s Bell Labs Prize
  • Christina Kinane, Assistant Professor of Political Science, received the 2021 E.E. Schattschneider Award from the American Political Science Association.
  • Daniel Mattingly, Assistant Professor of Political Science, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for The Art of Political Control in China.
  • Alka Menon, Assistant Professor of Sociology, was awarded the Best Publication Prize by the Body and Embodiment section of the American Sociological Association.
  • Laura Newburgh, Assistant Professor of Physics and of Astronomy, and her collaborators at the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment won the 2022 Lancelot M. Berkeley – New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy.
  • Tavia Nyong’o, the William Lampson Professor of Theater Studies and American Studies and Professor of African American Studies, won Honorable Mention for the 2021 Errol Hill Book Award from the American Society for Theater Research for Afro-Fabulations: the Queer Drama of Black Life.
  • Jill Richards, Assistant Professor of English, won the MSA First Book prize for The Fury Archives and was also shortlisted for the ASAP prize for her co-authored book The Ferrante Letters.
  • Jas Sekhon, the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Statistics and Data Science, and Ph.D. student Colleen Chan received the Adobe USD Data Science Research Award.
  • Braxton D. Shelley, Associate Professor of Music, of Sacred Music, and of Divinity, was awarded an honorable mention for the Society for Music Theory’s Emerging Scholar Article Award for “Analyzing Gospel.”
  • Shane Vogel, Professor of English and African American Studies, won the 2021 Errol Hill Book Award from the American Society for Theater Research for his co-edited volume Race and Performance after Repetition.
  • John Wettlaufer, A.M. Bateman Professor of Geophysics, Mathematics and Physics, served on the committee for the Nobel Prize in Physics and gave the scientific presentation during the award announcement.
  • Tyrone Cannon, Clark L. Hull Professor of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry; BJ Casey, Professor of Psychology; Craig Crews, John C. Malone Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Chemistry, of Pharmacology, and of Management; Michel Devoret, Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics and Physics; Menachem Elimelech, Sterling Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Professor in the School of the Environment; Luigi Frunzio, Senior Research Scientist in Applied Physics; Mark Gerstein, Albert L Williams Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, of Computer Science, and of Statistics & Data Science; Steve Girvin, Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics; Walter Jetz, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and of Environment; Noah Planavsky, Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences; Robert Schoelkopf, Sterling Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Physics; Pieter van Dokkum, Sol Goldman Family Professor of Astronomy and Professor of Physics; Hailiang Wang, Associate Professor of Chemistry; and Fengnian Xia, Barton L. Weller Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering; were included on the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list for 2021.
  • Books by four FAS faculty members were recognized on the New York Times list of Notable Books of 2021: Winter Recipes from the Collective by Louise Glück, Professor in the Practice of Poetry; A Whole World: Letters from James Merrill, co-edited by Langdon Hammer, Niel Gray, Jr. Professor of English; America On Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s by Elizabeth Hinton, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies; and Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer, Professor Adjunct of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.
A number of our early career colleagues have been recognized in their fields: 
  • Peijun Guo, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, and Ilker Yildirim, Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Statistics and Data Science, were awarded the AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award.
  • Shu Hu, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, received the U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award.
  • Stacy Malaker, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was featured in Editorial: 2021 ASMS “Emerging Investigators” Focus of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.
  • Martha Muñoz, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, won the George A. Bartholomew Award from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. 
  • Michael Murrell, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, was recognized as a Rising Star by the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group.
  • Noah Planavsky, Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences, was named a 2021 National Finalist in the Physical Science & Engineering category for the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.
  • Diana Qiu, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, was awarded the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.
  • Lidya Tarhan, Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Science was awarded the Donath Medal, given to a young scientist for outstanding achievement by the Geological Society of America.
  • Jing Yan, Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, received the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.
A number of our colleagues have been elected to academic organizations and academies, or have been named to leadership roles:

Teaching Awards

FAS faculty are among the foremost educators in their fields, and I am thrilled that the university has recognized their achievements in the classroom.
Four FAS faculty members received the Poorvu Family Fund for Academic Innovation award: Lucas Bender, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and of Humanities; Thomas Allen Harris, Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Film and Media Studies; Lisa Messeri, Assistant Professor of Anthropology; and Candie Paulsen, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.
In addition, six FAS faculty were awarded Yale College Teaching Prizes in Spring 2021: Carolyn Roberts, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and of History, received the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for teaching excellence in the humanities; Simon Mochrie, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, received the Dylan Hixon ’88 Prize for teaching excellence in the natural sciences; Erik Harms, Professor of Anthropology, received the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences; Beth Anne Bennett, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Pat Devlin, Lecturer in Mathematics, were both recognized with the Richard H. Brodhead ’68 Prize for teaching excellence by non-ladder faculty; and Stephen Stearns, Edward P. Bass Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, recevied the Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Teaching Prize.
Finally, four Yale faculty members were awarded the William C. Clyde DeVane Medal from the university’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa: the 2020 recipients are Joseph LaPalombara, Arnold Wolfers Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Management, and Dana Angluin, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science.  The 2021 recipients are Hazel Carby, Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and American Studies, and Miki Havlíčková, the Nathan Jacobson Senior Lecturer in Mathematics.

Staff Recognition 

The work of FAS staff is crucial to our research and teaching missions, and I am honored to celebrate their achievements. First, congratulations to Erin McAvoy, Director of Finance & Administration for the Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Statistics & Data Science, and the Applied Math Program, who was honored on Veteran’s Day for her 20 years of service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.
A number of FAS staff members were recognized in 2021 for long service (ie: service of 25+ years) to the university. I hope you’ll join me in extending warm congratulations—and gratitude—to these colleagues:
40 years of service: 
  • Lillian Snipes, Operations Manager, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
35 years of service
  • Pamela Buonocore, Operations Manager, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Essie Lucky-Barros, Undergraduate Registrar, History
  • Constance Pascarella, Senior Administrative Assistant, Humanities Program (retired)
  • Pamela Green, Senior Administrative Assistant, ISPS
30 years of service
  • Patricia Morales de Tirado, Editorial Assistant, Chemistry (retired)
  • Janet O’Dell, Administrative Assistant, SEAS (retired)
25 years of service
  • Jim Eckert, Research Associate, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Edward Ginter, Research Development Technician, Chemistry
  • Carol McLeman, Lead Administrator, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Julie Niemeyer, Chair’s Assistant, Philosophy
  • Dorothy Ovelar, Operations Manager, Economics
  • Leslie Radcliffe, Administrative Assistant, SEAS (retired)
  • Jodie Stewart-Moore, Registrar, African American Studies (retired)
Congratulations to all! It is an honor to celebrate the achievements of this community.
With warmest wishes for the coming term,
Tamar Szabó Gendler
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science