Spring honors and awards
Faculty, students and staff recognized for distinguished achievement
Adrian W.B. Randolph, dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and professor of art history, received the top honor in the 2016 American Association of Italian Studies' Book Award competition in the category of Renaissance, 18th and 19th century. Randolph’s book, “Touching Objects,” examines a range of objects from Italian Renaissance society that span the fields of art history, material culture and gender studies. The award recognizes the most distinguished critical studies of Italian literature, history and culture.
- The Medill Justice Project has received four Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism by the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest chapters of the national Society of Professional Journalists. The Medill reporters was recognized for their investigations, "Wrongful convictions and other miscarriages of justice" and "Medical child abuse: the family left behind.” In the past five years, the Medill Justice Project has won nine Lisagor awards and been named a finalist for 18. The Chicago Headline Club established the Lisagor awards in 1977 to inspire Chicago-area journalists to follow the example of Peter Lisagor, a former Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Daily News, and to recognize superior contributions to journalism.
- Jaimie Morse, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded one of 20 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships awarded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each 2016 Newcombe Fellow receives a 12-month award of $25,000 to support their final year of dissertation work. Morse’s dissertation is titled, "Documenting Mass Rape: The Emergence and Implications of Medical Evidence Collection Techniques in Settings of Armed Conflict and Mass Violence."
Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy, a professor of neurobiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2016 Searle Scholar. The Searle Scholars Program is a limited-submission award program that provides grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists. The $300,000 award will help fund Kozorovitskiy’s research on the human brain over the next three years. Kozorovitskiy has already received a Beckman Young Investigator award and a Sloan fellowship for her contributions to the field of neurobiology.
Daniel Immerwahr, an assistant professor of history in theWeinberg College of Arts and Sciences, received the prestigious 2016 Merle Curti Awardfrom the Organization of American Historians for his book“Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development.” The award is given annually for the best books published in American intellectual and social history. In precise prose that is by turns “impatient, witty and compassionate,” Immerwahr explores the theory and practice of community development in the U.S., India and the Philippines. Rather than ending poverty and enabling change from below, the community-based initiatives usually failed to reduce inequality while becoming entangled -- intentionally or unintentionally -- with local power relations according to Immerwahr’s account.
Jaimie Morse, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences’ department of sociology, and Sarah Roth, a Ph.D. candidate in English in Weinberg, have both received a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women Studies. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation awarded 10 fellowships for $5,000 each to support the final year of dissertation writing for doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses women’s and gendered issues in interdisciplinary and original ways. Morse’s dissertation, “Documenting Mass Rape: The Emergence and Implications of Medical Evidence Collection Techniques in Settings of Armed Conflict and Mass Violence,” traces the history and use of medical evidence to document political and sexual violence as a means of human rights advocacy since the 1970s. Roth's dissertation, "An Interesting Condition: Reproduction and the Un-Domestication of the Victorian Novel," examines how repression of reproduction in Victorian novels operates differently, and for a different purpose, than its repression of sexuality.
Richard Kraut, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor in the Humanities, has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by encouraging research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions irrespective of race, color or creed. Kraut holds appointments in the departments of philosophy and classics in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. His work focuses on contemporary moral and political philosophy, as well as the ethics and political thought of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
- Dyan H. Elliott, the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of the Humanities and a professor of history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, received an American Council of Learned Society’s fellowship for her project “Sexual Scandal and the Medieval Clergy.” Her research examines the impact of the church’s scandal-averse policies on clerical culture during the Middle Ages through the lenses of gender and sexuality during the Middle Ages.
- Paul Ramírez, an assistant professor of history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, won two residential awards for his new project “Salt of God: A Religious History of Mexico.” He will be spending the fall at Notre Dame's Institute for Advance Study and the spring at the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. His book project focuses on the religious dimensions of salt production, trade and consumption in Mexico from Spanish rule through the liberal Republic. In scholarly and popular writings about a range of Mesoamerican commodities in the Atlantic world, narratives frequently describe the free flow of goods in markets dominated by European tastes and industrial applications but ignore the devotional practices and associations of indigenous communities.
- Keith Woodhouse, an assistant professor of history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Huntington Library to pursue his second book project analyzing environmental impact statements to better understand the shifting meaning of "environmentalism" in American life. By telling the history of environmental impact statements and the debates they generated, he aims to connect environmentalism to a broader history of both minimizing and accepting risk in modern American society.