Winter 2016 Honor Roll
Faculty, students and staff recognized for distinguished achievement
Desiree Weber, a Ph.D. candidate in political science, received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for her rigorous academic work and her contributions to Northwestern and higher education. The award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Weber's interests intersect with the topic of education in various ways, from the analysis of Ludwig Wittgenstein's contributions to the field of pedagogy to her ongoing work with the Chicago Debate Commission, a nonprofit dedicated to establishing and supporting academic debate teams.
Omar Farha, research professor of chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer for the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in August 2016 in Philadelphia. The meeting is anticipated to attract 10,000 or more chemical scientists and educators. The Emerging Leader Lecture, sponsored by The Kavli Foundation, an internationally recognized philanthropic organization known for its support of basic scientific research, is awarded to a scientist younger than 40 years old who has made exceptional achievements in scientific or engineering research.
Northwestern University’s International Program Development has received an honorable mention from the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad and international partnership programs. The emphasis is on initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in study abroad and promote international teaching and learning on campus. The University is being recognized for its work with Sciences Po in creating multidimensional partnerships with foreign institutions that it can expand and deepen over time.
- Franz Geiger, professor of chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the status of fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of the chemical sciences. Geiger is internationally known for his pioneering work on environmental interfaces. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
- Chad Mirkin, the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and founding director of Northwestern’s International Institute for Nanotechnology, has been selected to receive the 2016 American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Gold Medal. The Gold Medal is the AIC’s highest award, given annually to recognize excellence, contributions to society through the application of scientific research and contributions to the chemical/biochemical professions. Gold Medal winners are granted AIC Life Fellow status.
- The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has honored Desiree Weber, a graduate student in the department of political science, with a K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. The award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and in others and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.