Faculty Honors and Awards 2012-2013
Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship
Krzysztof Janowicz, assistant professor of geography, has been awarded a Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship, which provides support for promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research.
Eugene Feenberg Memorial Medal
Douglas Scalapino, professor of physics, will receive the 2013 Eugene Feenberg Memorial Medal for his imaginative use and development of the Monte Carlo approach and for his ground-breaking contributions to superconductivity.
Department of Energy Early Career Award
Michelle O’Malley, assistant professor of chemical engineering, received a 2013 Early Career Award by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science to support her research on anaerobic gut fungi.
Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award
Ben Hardekopf, assistant professor of computer science, has been selected to receive an Excellence in Teaching Award from Northrop Grumman, which honors junior faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to high teaching standards.
2013 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award
Paul Spickard, professor of history, received the 2013 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award. This national award, from the Minority Scholars’ Committee of the American Studies Association, recognizes individuals who demonstrate dedication to and excellence in mentoring.
Latin American and Iberian Studies Lifetime Achievement Award
Sarah Cline, professor of religious studies, was awarded the first Latin American and Iberian Studies Lifetime Achievement Award.
2013-14 Harold J. Plous Award
Ted Kim, assistant professor of media arts and technology, received the 2013-14 Harold J. Plous Award. One of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors, the award is presented annually by the College of Letters and Science to recognize an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences who has shown exceptional achievement in research, teaching, and service to the university.
James Palais Book Prize
Suk-Young Kim, associate professor of theater and dance, received the pretigious James Palais Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies for her book “Illusive Utopia: Theater, Film, and Everyday Performance in North Korea”.
New Directions Fellowship
Anthony Barbieri-Low, assistant professor of history, received a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the first to be awarded to a UCSB scholar. The Fellowship is awarded to mid-career scholars in the humanities, enabling them to pursue their interests outside of their specializations, with the appropriate advanced training.
Michael Stohl, professor of communication, has been awarded a 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Denmark. Dr. Stohl will be at the Danish School of Media and Journalism from September to November 2013, working on a book entitled, “Global Media Moments”.
James H. Starnes, Jr. Award
Keith Kedward, professor in mechanical engineering, has received the 2013 James H. Starnes, Jr. Award, in recognition of his significant lifelong contributions in the field of composite structural mechanics, and his devotion to the mentoring of students and colleagues.
Outstanding Contributions Award in Remote Sensing
Keith Clarke, professor of geography, has just been awarded the Outstanding Contributions Award in Remote Sensing for 2013 in recognition of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of remote sensing and to the geographic community through their remote sensing research, teaching, and/or outreach.
Outstanding Contributions Award in Remote Sensing
Dar Roberts, professor of geography, has just been awarded the Outstanding Contributions Award in Remote Sensing in recognition of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of remote sensing and to the geographic community through their remote sensing research, teaching, and/or outreach.
Book Award for Literary Studies
erin Khue Ninh, associate professor of asian american studies, has received the 2013 Book Award for Literary Studies for her monograph Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics/Association for Computing Machinery Prize
Linda Petzold, professor of mechanical engineering and computer science, received the 2013 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics/Association for Computing Machinery Prize in the area of computational science in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development and use of mathematical and computational tools and methods for the solution of science and engineering.
Sloan Research Fellowship
David Weld, assistant professor of physics, is among this year’s winners of Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The two-year fellowships are awarded to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their fields.
International Academy of the History of Science
Michael A. Osborne, research professor of history of science and environmental studies, has been elected a corresponding member of the International Academy of the History of Science. The Academy, based in Paris, was formed in 1928 to represent and organize the history of science at the international level. It is engaged in a number of projects which include editing and publishing the scientific papers of the astronomer, mathematician, and physicist Pierre Simon de Laplace.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award
Jon Schuller, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award for his work in infrared semiconductor metamaterials.
Leopold Leadership Fellowship
David Valentine, professor of earth science, has been awarded a Leopold Leadership Fellowship, a prestigious program focused on communicating scientific research to a wide audience.
Ecological Society of America
Four professors have been elected Fellows of the Ecological Society of America:
- Joseph Conell, emeritus professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
- William Murdoch, emeritus professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
- Jim Reichman, emeritus professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology and former director of UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
- David Tilman, professor with UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Milner Foundation Physics Frontier Prize
Joseph Polchinski, professor of physics and permanent member of UC Santa Barbara’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Physics Frontier Prize from the Milner Foundation for his contributions in many areas of quantum field theory and string theory.
Milner Foundation Special Fundamental Physics Prize
Joseph Incandela, professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara and spokesman for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s (CERN) Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will share a $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize with six scientists who are being recognized for their leadership role in the scientific endeavor that led to the discovery of the new Higgs-like particle by the CMS and ATLAS collaboration at the LHC.
Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize
Stephanie L. Batiste, associate professor of english and black studies, will receive the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize for her book, “Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression-Era African American Performance”
Academy Award in Technical Achievement
Theodore Kim, assistant professor of media arts and technology, received an Academy Award in Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his wavelet turbulence research that has produced special effects in Hollywood films such as Avatar and Super 8.
National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards
Three assistant professors at UC Santa Barbara have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards. The Faculty Early Career Development Program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of the early career development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. The UCSB recipients are:
- Katie Byl, assistant professor of electrical and mechanical engineering, for her research on robust bipedal locomotion in real-world environments.
- Megan Valentine, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, for her proposal “An Integrated Approach to Neuron Mechanics: Deciphering the Functional, Mechanical, and Structural Interactions between Microtubules and Actin”
- Theodore Kim, assistant professor of media arts and technology, for his research on “Enabling Efficient Non-Linearities in Biomechanical Simulations”.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Eight UC Santa Barbara faculty members were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their efforts in toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished::
- Douglas Burbank, professor and chair of earth science
- Amr El Abbadi, professor of computer science
- Jacob Israelachvili, professor of chemical engineering
- David Lea, professor of earth science
- R. Daniel Little, professor of chemistry
- Samir Mitragotri, professor of chemical engineering
- Melvin Oliver, the SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science
- Joseph Polchinski, professor of physics
Sara A. Whaley Prize
Eileen Boris, professor and chair of feminist studies, received the 2012 Sara A. Whaley Prize for her book “Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State”. This prize recognizes outstanding work that addresses women and labor.
IEEE Gustav Rober Kirchhoff Award
Sanjit Mitra, research professor or electrical & computer engineering, received the 2013 IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award for his contributions to circuits and signal processing
American Mathematical Society Fellows
Ten UC Santa Barbara professors were named fellows of the American Mathematical Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, and utilization of mathematics:
- Andrew M. Bruckner, professor emeritus of mathematics
- Daryl Cooper, professor of mathematics
- Michael G. Crandall, professor emeritus of mathematics
- Kenneth R. Goodearl, professor of mathematics
- Birge Huisgen-Zimmermann, professor of mathematics
- Bill Jacob, professor of mathematics
- Kenneth Cary Millett, professor of mathematics
- David R. Morrison, professor of mathematics and physics
- Gustavo Ponce, professor of mathematics
Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering
Cenke Xu, assistant professor of physics, received the prestigious Packard Fellowship Award. He will receive an unrestricted research grant of $875,000 over five years. His research focuses on quantum states with nontrivial topological structures, and critical points sandwiched between different states of matter.
National Communication Association Awards
Two faculty members received prestigious awards from the National Communication Association. Linda Putnam, professor and chair of communication, was awarded the 2012 Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award. Howard Giles, professor of communication, received the 2012 Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication, for his research on communication accommodation, police-citizen interaction, and intergenerational communication.
Heinrich Welker Award
Umesh K. Mishra, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Heinrich Welker award for achievements in energy efficient semiconductor research.
IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Engineer Award
Yasamin Mostofi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Engineer Award for her multi-disciplinary work on mobile sensor networks and networked control systems.
2012 Ig Nobel Prize in Fluid Dynamics
Rouslan Krechetnikov, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2012 Ig Noble Prize in Fluid Dynamics for studying the physics of coffee spills.
American Chemical Society National Awards 2013
Two professor were recipients of 2013 American Chemical Society National Awards. Peter Ford, professor of chemistry, was awarded the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry. Craig Hawker, professor of materials and director of the Materials Research Lab, was awarded the ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry.
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Ania Jayich, assistant professor of physics, received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor the nation can bestow on a scientist or engineer at the beginning of his or her career.
ASM Gold Medal for 2014
Tresa Pollock, professor and chair of materials, received the ASM Gold Medal for 2014, for the enlightenment of the microstructure/processing/property relationships of structural alloys and for imparting that knowledge to her students and other technologists in industry, universities, and national laboratories.
2012 American Chemical Society Fellow
Alison Butler, professor of chemistry, was named to the 2012 Class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society.
Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow
Robert McMeeking, professor of materials and mechanical engineering, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, for his research leadership in computational mechanics of materials for aerospace and ship structures.
William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature
Jacob Israelachvili, professor of chemical engineering, received the AIChE’s 2012 Walker Award for outstanding contributions to chemical engineering literature.