Professor Gordon Legge (psychology) has received the prestigious 2015 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. The award is jointly presented by the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education and BrightFocus Foundation. Gordon is being recognized for his seminal contributions to understanding vision and reading, especially the consequences of low vision. He is widely recognized for his groundbreaking application of vision science to the understanding and improvement of everyday problems in reading and mobility, as encountered by people with low vision. One of his primary accomplishments has been to explain the role of vision in reading, including why and how different eye diseases result in serious reading problems. Gordon, who has low vision himself, said he hopes to be "a role model for what is possible in science and daily life," noting that Helen Keller was a role model for all people with disabilities.
Professor and chair Joan Tronto (political science) is the recipient of the 2015 Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal, awarded by the Pennsylvania State University McCourtney Institute for Democracy. The award celebrates exceptional innovations that advance the design and practice of caring democracy. Joan is being honored for her innovative work on the ethics of care and democracy.
Associate professor Jean del Santo (music) was invited to adjudicate and give master classes at the 2015 Annual Classical Singer International Vocal Competition and Masterclass Series at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. This series, created and sponsored by Classical Singer magazine, selected 12 schools of music to be part of this cultural exchange.
Associate professor Michael Lower (history) has been awarded the 2015 Advising and Mentoring Award by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA). Through this award GAPSA recognizes faculty members who are exemplary in their role as a mentor and adviser. The selection committee recognized advisers who help students set realistic expectations, provide opportunities for professional development and/or research, and overcome personal and professional challenges.
Associate professor Katherine Hayes (anthropology) is the co-editor of Rethinking Colonialism: Comparative Archaeological Approaches (University Press of Florida). Professor Peter Wells (anthropology) also has a paper in the volume.
Grad student Michelle Baroody (cultural studies & comparative literature) has received a 2015 CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship. Fellowships support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities.
PhD student Waleed Mahdi (American studies) has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has received a travel grant to participate in an institute titled "American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics," a three-week program to be held at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
PhD student Heather O'Leary (anthropology) was awarded the 2014 Central States Anthropological Society Paper Division Award for her paper "Beyond Pukka Dehliz: Flows of Delhi's Domestic Workers."
Grad student Candice Methe Hess (art) won the the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Graduate Student Award for Excellence with her piece Rosehip Container.
The following graduate students received Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for 2015-16:Arta Ankrava, sociology
Jessica Apolloni, English
Megan Buchanan, geography
Laura Cesafsky, geography
Charmaine Chua, political science
Akikwe Cornell, American studies
Scott Demuth, sociology
Lindsey Dietz, statistics
Rene Esparza, American studies
Allison Farrell, psychology
Satty Flaherty-Echeverria, Hispanic and Luso literatures, cultures and linguistics
Yingchen He, psychology
Hyeryung Hwang, English
Jesse Izzo, history
Annie Jollymore, sociology
Margarita Kompelmakher, theatre arts
Jammi Ladwig, anthropology
Jessica Lehman, geography
Meryl Lodge, anthropology
Jennifer Lueck, mass communication
Matthew Luttig, political science
Jason Massey, anthropology
Jessica Mathiason, comparative studies in discourse and society
Juraj Mesik, psychology
Kathryn (Katy) O'Brien, speech-language-hearing sciences
Shani Ofrat, psychology
Allison Page, communication studies
Sharon Park, history
John "Jack" Powers, philosophy
Allison Prasch, communication studies
Brandon Rogers, Hispanic and Luso literatures, cultures and linguistics
Jim Saliba, sociology
Akshya Saxena, comparative literature
Boyoung Seo, economics
Katie Sisneros, English
Jayne Swift, feminist studies
Andrea Truitt, art history
Elizabeth Williams, history
Michael Wilmot, psychology
Guanda Wu, Asian literatures, cultures, and media
Leiyu Xie, economics
Shan Ye, feminist studies
Pei-Cheng Yu, economics