FACULTY HONORS AND AWARDS
Overseas Chinese Physics Association Outstanding Young Researcher
Cenke Xu, assistant professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara, has been named Outstanding Young Researcher for 2011 by the Overseas Chinese Physics Association. The Outstanding Young Researcher Award is given annually to a physicist of Chinese ethnicity working in North America, Europe, or other regions outside of Asia. It is intended to encourage and to recognize the young researcher’s contributions in physics. The award includes a $1,500 cash prize.
Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
Bruce H. Lipshutz, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, was awarded the 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. He was one of five award winners from across the country, and the only winner from academia. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations for successful research, development, and implementation of outstanding green chemical technologies.
Harold J. Plous Award
Victor Rios, an assistant professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, has received the 2011-12 Harold J. Plous Award. One of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors, the award is given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences who has shown exceptional achievement in research, teaching, and service to the university.
Chancellor’s Award for Undergraduate Research
Jennifer Earl, professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, received the Chancellor’s Award for Undergraduate Research, which is bestowed annually upon a faculty member with a distinguished record of mentoring undergraduate students in their research projects.
Yunte Huang, professor of English at UC Santa Barbara, has received a California Book Award for his work, Charlie Chan — The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvous with American History (W.W. Norton, 2010). Huang also has received an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best critical biography from the Mystery Writers of America.
International Communication Association Fellows
Cynthia Stohl, professor of communication, and Ronald Rice, the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Comunication in the Department of Communication, and co-director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, have been named Fellows of the International Communication Association. Both Stohl and Rice were recognized for their scholarly contributions to the field of communication and their service to organization and the profession. Stohl and Rice received their awards in May at the association’s annual convention in Boston.
Applied/Public Policy Research Award
Michael Stohl, professor of communication, received the 2011 Applied/Public Policy Research Award by the International Communication Association. This award honors a scholar or group of researchers who have produced a systematic body of research in communication studying a particular applied or policy problem for the betterment of society. Professor Michael Stohl is recognized for his 30-year program of research addressing state terrorism and human rights, especially his development of the Political Terror Scale, which has been used extensively by scholars, policy researchers, the U.N., national governments, and NGOs worldwide.
Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies
Matthew Turk, a professor of computer science and of media arts and technology at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded a Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies. The Fulbright Distinguished Chair position, which is among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program, will enable him to conduct research in Finland during the 2011-12 academic year.
National Academy of Sciences
Two UC Santa Barbara faculty members –– Michael Gazzaniga, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and director of the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind; and Boris Shraiman, a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, and professor in the Department of Physics –– have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
Gazzaniga and Shraiman were among 72 new members from the U.S., and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries, who were elected to the Academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The election of Gazzaniga and Shraiman brings to 35 the number of active UCSB faculty members elected to the academy.
Humboldt Research Award
Anthony Zee, professor of physics with the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, has received the Humboldt Research Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements in research. The award was presented by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. In addition to acknowledging his scholarly achievements to date, the foundation has invited Zee to carry out a research project of his choice, in cooperation with colleagues in Germany.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows
Three faculty members from UC Santa Barbara have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They include Glenn H. Fredrickson, professor of chemical engineering and of materials, and director of the campus’s Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials; L. Gary Leal, the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering; and Ann Taves, the Virgil Cordano, OFM, Professor of Catholic Studies.
Their selection bring to 28 the number of UCSB faculty members who have been elected fellows of the prestigious academy.
2010-11 Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards
Distinguished Teaching Award
The Distinguished Teaching Award acknowledges the efforts of Senate faculty members who have successfully united teaching and research. Non-Senate faculty are judged on their excellence in teaching and their contributions to the teaching mission of the University. The 2010-2011 recipients are:
• Mary Bucholtz, Linguistics
• Phillip Conrad, Computer Science
• George Lipsitz, Black Studies
• Laurie Monahan, History of Art & Architecture
• Stefanie Tcharos, Music
• Michael Petracca, Writing
Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
Mentoring graduate students is a vital component of our mission as a research university; it includes training graduate students for careers in research and teaching and preparing them to meet the highest professional and ethical standards as scholars and educators. The Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award will recognize the contributions of faculty whose mentoring is considered exemplary.The 2010-2011 recipients are:
• Divy Agrawal, Computer Science
• Aaron Ettenberg, Psychological and Brain Sciences
UCSB Regents Junior Faculty Fellowships
Katie Byl and Luke Theogarajan, both assistant professors of electrical and computer engineering, have been awarded the 2011 UCSB Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship. The purpose of the RJFF program is to help junior faculty members develop a substantial record in research and creative work necessary for advancement to tenure. Professor Byl’s award will support her research project entitled, “Modeling and Control for Assistive and Neurohabilitation in Robotics.” Professor Theogarajan’s award will support his research project entitled, “Functionalized Graphene Nanopores for Biomolecule Detection.”
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellow
Jean-Pierre Fouque, professor of statistics and applied probability, and director of the Center for Research in Financial Mathematics and Statistics at UC Santa Barbara, has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He is one of 34 academics and professionals so honored for their outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and computational science through research or service.
Joseph Incandela, professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara, has been elected by his colleagues as the next spokesperson for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe. Incandela is the first U.S. scientist to be elected spokesperson for an experiment at the LHC, the world’s largest particle accelerator.
International Association of Conflict Management (IACM) Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda L. Putnam, professor of communication, will receive the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM) for outstanding contributions to the scholarship of conflict management and resolution. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a scholar whose life’s work has spanned decades and made outstanding contributions to the scholarship of conflict management and resolution. Dr. Putnam is known for her work on negotiation and conflict management in organizations, especially labor-management conflicts, environmental conflicts, and gender and negotiation.
Charles Wolfe, professor of film and media studies, has been named winner of the 2011 Pedagogy Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. The society is dedicated to the scholarly study of film, television, video, and new media. Wolfe was recognized for his pedagogical achievements in the field of cinema and media studies. The award was presented at the SCMS Conference in New Orleans in March.
Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research
James A. Thomson, professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and co-director of UCSB’s Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, has been named one of the recipients of the 11th annual Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. The $500,000 prize to be shared by the winners is the largest award in medicine and science in the United States.
Faculty Research Lecturer
Linda Petzold, professor of mechanical engineering and computer science, has been named UCSB Faculty Research Lecturer for 2011 for her extraordinary achievements in research and scholarly work. The Faculty Research Lectureship was established in 1955, and Petzold is the 56th recipient of the honor. Her Faculty Research Lecture, which will take place on campus, will be free and open to the public.
Jessie Bernard Award
Verta Taylor, professor of sociology, has received the Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA). The award recognizes Taylor’s scholarly work over the course of her career as it has broadened the disciplines of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society. Taylor, who joined the faculty at UCSB in 2002, is a specialist in the women’s movement, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement. She is the author or co-author of several books, and her writings have appeared in numerous scholarly collections and journals.
Sloan Research Fellowships
Three assistant professors at UC Santa Barbara are among this year’s winners of Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. They are Katherine “Katie” Byl, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Benjamin Monreal, and Cenke Xu, both assistant professors of physics. The two-year fellowships are awarded to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their fields. Fellows may use the grants to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them, and they are permitted to use fellowship funds in a variety of ways to further their research..
National Academy of Engineering
David Awschalom, a professor of physics and of electrical and computer engineering, was one of 68 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the understanding of spin coherence and spintronics. Membership in the academy honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing or implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.
King Faisal International Prize for Medicine
James A. Thomson, professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and co-director of UCSB’s Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, has been named a co-winner of the 2011 King Faisal International Prize for Medicine for his work with stem cells.
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows
Eight faculty members at UC Santa Barbara have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. The newly elected members from UCSB are:
- Richard P. Appelbaum, professor of sociology and global and international studies, for distinguished contributions to our understanding of labor, human rights, and the contribution of advanced technologies in fostering sustainable, equitable development in emerging economies.
- Bruce Bimber, professor of political science and communication, for distinguished contributions to advancing knowledge about the interfaces of society with science and technology, particularly in the areas of media and politics.
- Andrew Cleland, professor of physics, for fundamental contributions to nanomechanics, developing the first nanomechanical structures and demonstrating the first quantum-limited measurements thereof, as well as writing the leading textbook, Foundations of Nanomechanics.
- Francis J. “Frank” Doyle III, professor of chemical engineering and Mellichamp Chair in Process Control, for distinguished contributions to the field of systems biology, particularly for the use of control principles in the analysis of biological networks.
- Catherine Gautier, professor of geography, for distinguished contributions to the fields of atmospheric radiation physics, climate science, and climate science education.
- Arthur C. Gossard, professor of materials and former associate vice chancellor, academic affairs, for pioneering the growth of 2-D semiconductor quantum well materials that enabled the first observation of the fractional quantum Hall effect.
- Joseph Incandela, professor of physics, for distinguished contributions to particle physics, especially for developing and building silicon trackers that enabled new discoveries at the Fermilab Tevatron.
- Chris G. Van de Walle, professor of materials, for pioneering research on the theory of semiconductor interfaces and defects in solids, and for leadership in computational physics and materials science.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellows
Amr El Abbadi and Subhash Suri, professors of computer science at UC Santa Barbara, were named 2010 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellows. They are among 41 fellows recognized for their contributions to computing and computer science that have provided fundamental knowledge to the field and generated multiple innovations in industry, commerce, entertainment, and education. El Abbadi was recognized “for contributions to scalable and fault-tolerant data management protocols” and Suri was recognized “for algorithmic contributions in computational geometry, networks, and computational economics.”
Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering
Michael Gordon, assistant professor of chemical engineering, has received a Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The award provides $875,000 over five years to support his research on advanced microscopy techniques for examining structures and surfaces at a minute scale. The foundation awarded 17 fellowships this year to early career science and engineering faculty across the country.
NIH New Innovator Award
Luke Theogarajan, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded the New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health for research on Bio-ionic Neural Interfaces. The award supports unusually creative new investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career.
Materials Research Society Turnbull Lecturer Award
David D. Awschalom, professor of physics, electrical and computer engineering, and the Peter J. Clarke Director of the California Nanosystems Institute, has received the Turnbull Lecturer Award from the Materials Research Society. The Turnbull Lecturer Award recognizes the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing, as exemplified by David Turnbull.
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Song-i Han, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was awarded a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for her outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The award consists of a $75,000 research grant, which will help support the innovative work of Han’s group in unraveling the role of hydration water dynamics in protein interaction and function.