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Spring 2012 Honor Roll

Faculty, students and staff distinguished through professional and academic accomplishments

-Sandip Ghosal, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has received the Leverhulme Trust Award for a Visiting Professorship at Cambridge University. Ghosal will collaborate on research with the Biological & Soft Matter Systems department at the Cavendish Laboratory and deliver lectures at Cambridge and other universities in the United Kingdom. The purpose of the award is to honor “achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and, secondly, the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise.”

-Robert Lavker, professor of dermatology and director of dermatology research, has been awarded the Albert M. Kligman/Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture and Award by the Society for Investigative Dermatology. The honor includes a $25,000 award and a lectureship. The award recognizes a leader with “significant contributions to the understanding of structure and function of skin, particularly during the past five years.”

-George C. Schatz, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 119th commencement. The degree was awarded for his "remarkable vision and pioneering research in the field of chemical reaction dynamics that has laid the foundation for today’s research in combustion, atmospheric and space chemistry, and his scholarly achievements in the fields of chemistry, nanoscience, biomaterials and computational electrodynamics; and for his steadfast dedication to mentoring tomorrow’s scientific leaders.” 

-Samuel I. Stupp, Board of Trustees Professor of materials science and engineering, chemistry and medicine and director of the Institute for BioNanotechnology, was elected a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Pharmacy. The academy is compromised of individuals who “represent excellence and the highest scientific and intellectual merit in the field.” 

-Tina Howe, doctoral candidate in religion, Lindsay Till Hoyt, doctoral candidate in human development and social policy, Sarah Jacoby, assistant professor of religious studies, Betty Kong, M.D./Ph.D. student, and Rayane Alamuddin, doctoral candidate in human development and social policy, have been awarded American Association of University Women fellowships to support their research. 

-Erwin Goldberg, professor of molecular biosciences, received the American Society of Andrology Award of Distinguished Andrologists for 2012. Goldberg was the first to demonstrate that germ cell specific isozymes exist, and he has been described as the “godfather of male germ cell biology.”

-The Center on Wrongful Convictions at the Northwestern University School of Law and Better Government Association are the recipients of the Radio and Television Digital News Association’s Edward R. Murrow Award for a 2011 investigation into the costs of Illinois wrongful convictions. The investigation found that wrongful convictions had cost Illinois taxpayers $214 million in recent years and kept innocent men and women behind bars for 926 years. 

-Sharon Green, director of program development and strategic planning for the Institute for Women’s Health Research, has been named the 2012 Medical Activist of the Year by the Women’s Health Foundation. The award is given annually to a healthcare professional who has broken down barriers, changed medical practice, added to science or otherwise shown outstanding dedication and innovation in women’s health.

-Brian Hoffman, professor of chemistry, Chad Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, and Michael Wasielewski, Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry, are recipients of the 2012 American Chemical Society (ACS) awards. Hoffman won the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society for “developing ENDOR spectroscopy as central in determining metalloenzyme catalytic mechanisms, with hardly a major problem to which his skills have not been applied.” Mirkin won the ACS Award for Creative Invention for “inventing the polyvalent nucleic acid nanoparticle conjugate, which established the field of nanoparticle-based biodiagnostics and formed the technological foundation for Nanosphere’s Verigene System.” Wasielewski won the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award for “discovering fundamental insights into the relationship between organic supramolecular structure and the dynamics of energy and electron transfer.”

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