Prizes honor scholastic achievements of six junior faculty

Yale College Dean Mary Miller has announced the recipients of three annual awards for outstanding junior faculty: the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize, the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize, and the Poorvu Family Award.

Each prize carries an award of funding to support further research. The recipients also will be honored at a dinner in New Haven this month to celebrate their scholarly achievements.

Arthur Greer Memorial Prize

The Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication or Research is awarded to a junior faculty member in the natural or social sciences. This year’s winners are:

Hong Tang, Department of Electrical Engineering, was honored for his work in spintronics, nanoelectromechanical system, and nano-optomechanics (an emerging field fueled by his discovery of gradient light force in silicon circuits).

Chinedum Osuji, Department of Chemical Engineering, was cited for his exceptional scholarship and research on the structure and dynamics of soft materials.

Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication

The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication or Research is conferred upon deserving junior faculty members in the humanities. This year there were two recipients:

Gundula Kreuzer, Department of Music, earned the prize for her Alfred Einstein Award-winning article, “‘Oper im Kirchengewande?’ Verdi’s Requiem and the Anxieties of the Young German Empire,” and the recently published book expanding on it, “Verdi and the Germans: From Unification to the Third Reich.”

Brian Walsh, English Department, was recognized for his recent work, “Shakespeare, the Queen’s Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History,” published by Cambridge University Press.

Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching

The Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching was established to recognize and enhance Yale’s strength in interdisciplinary teaching. It provides the means for deserving junior faculty to conduct essential summer research.

Jonathan Gilmore, Department of Philosophy, was honored for his teaching in special programs (Directed Studies, the Shulman Seminar, and the program in Ethics, Politics and Economics), and for his courses including “Biology, Evolution, & Culture” and “Freedom of Expression.”

Kathryn Lofton, Department of Religious Studies, was awarded the prize, according to her citation, for her “popular, engaging and intensive classes; her dynamic approach to pedagogy; and the deep interdisciplinary resources she utilizes in her teaching and scholarship.”

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