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Awards, Honors, and Professorships

  Creative Writing Faculty Honored—Again
  Student Receives Astronaut Foundation Award from NASA's Finest
  Other Awards, Honors, and Professorships


Creative Writing Faculty Honored—Again

It's been a good autumn for the UW's Creative Writing Program.

  Heather McHugh
  Heather McHugh

First Heather McHugh, Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, was named a 2009 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. On the heels of that announcement, David Wagoner, professor emeritus of English, won the 2009 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. And Charles Johnson, winner of the National Book Award for fiction in 1990, will chair the selection panel in fiction for the 2010 National Book Awards.

McHugh is the fourth professor in the UW Creative Writing Program to be selected as a MacArthur Fellow, joining colleagues Charles Johnson, Richard Kenney, and Linda Bierds. The fellowship recognizes talented individuals in a variety of fields "who have shown exceptional originality and dedication to their creative pursuits," according to the foundation. MacArthur Fellows receive grants of $500,000, bestowed with no conditions. Recipients, nominated anonymously by leaders in their respective fields, may use the money as they see fit.

  David Wagoner
  David Wagoner

Since joining the UW faculty in 1984, McHugh has been a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her poetry books have earned her the Boston Book Review's Bingham Poetry Prize and the Pollack-Harvard Review Prize. In 2007 she was among the first recipients of a United States Artists Fellowship. Her latest collection of poems, Upgraded to Serious, will be published shortly.

David Wagoner, recipient of the Washington State Book Award in Poetry, was honored for his book A Map of the Night. He is the author of eighteen collections of poems—including Collected Poems, 1956-1976, nominated for a National Book Award and winner of the Pushcart Prize—and ten novels. He also served as editor of Poetry Northwest from 1966 until its last issue in 2002.


Student Receives Scholarship from NASA's Finest

UW senior Andrew Ishizuka never imagined he'd get the chance to meet a NASA astronuat. All that changed in October when not one, but two astronauts came to the UW to present him with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation scholarship award.

  Andrew Ishizuka with his mother and Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise.
  Astronaut Foundation Scholarship recipient Andrew Ishizuka (center) celebrates with his mother and Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise.

Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise and astronaut (and UW alumna) Bonnie Dunbar, who flew on several Shuttle Missions and is now director of the Museum of Flight, presented the prestigious $10,000 scholarship to Ishizuka. The scholarship is the highest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering students at the undergraduate level based solely on merit.

Ishizuka, a double major in chemistry and biochemistry, was nominated for the award by one of his professors based on his outstanding performance in school and his unwavering dedication to malaria research in a UW laboratory.

“Andrew was an exceptional candidate,” says Robert Winglee, professor of Earth and space sciences, who helped narrow down the selection of students. “He demonstrates a dedicated focus to issues of global health from his multiple study abroad experiences and from his involvement in undergraduate research.”

Those study abroad experiences include traveling to Sierra Leone, Africa, to study barriers to development, and travelling to the Andes to volunteer in a rural health clinic. Ishizuka says that he has been interested in issues of global health since reading Paul Farmer's Mountains Beyond Mountains, the "common book" assigned to all students in his freshman class.

“The point of the scholarship is to award students who believe that science and technology can make a difference in the world,” says Ishizuka of the award. “I want to use biomedical technology to investigate ways in which we can eradicate disease.”

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was created by the original class of American astronauts who formed the Mercury Seven Foundation in 1984. More than 70 astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Shuttle programs are helping the United States retain its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships for college students. To date, the foundation has awarded $2.8 million in scholarships to 259 deserving students.

— Rachel Peter, College of Arts and Sciences



Other Awards, Honors, and Professorships

Marshall Brown, professor of comparative literature, was among the contributors to the book Haydn and the Performance of Rhetoric, which won the American Musicological Society’s Ruth A. Solie Award. The annual award "honors… a collection of musicological essays of exceptional merit."

Sapna Cheryan, assistant professor of psychology, received an NSF CAREER award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. Cheryan’s research broadly examines how cultural stereotypes impact people's choices and behaviors, with particular interest in the role that stereotypes play in determining people's sense of belonging to important social groups.

Noel Chrisman, adjunct professor of anthropology, will receive the George Foster Practicing Medical Anthropology Award at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Ione Fine, assistant professor of psychology, was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Fine’s research examines how the way we see the world depends on perceptual experience.

Jens Gundlach, professor of physics, has been awarded an American Physical Society Fellowship.

Subhadeep Gupta, assistant professor of physics, has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.

The Japan Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies has received the Japanese Foreign Minister's Award for 2009. The award is presented to individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foreign Minister’s Award recognizes the Japan Studies Program’s Centennial Celebration and calls the program “a pioneering institution in the U.S. study of Japan and Japanese.” It also praises the multi-disciplinary nature of a program, which engages students and teachers from departments across campus.

Sarah Keller, associate professor of chemistry, has won the 2010 Avanti Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research. The award recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids. Keller’s research focuses on how changes in membrane lipid composition lead to alterations in physical parameters that potentially modify the activity of membrane proteins.

Janxin Leu, assistant professor of psychology and affiliate with the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, received the Asian American Psychological Association's Division of Women award for her research on acculturation among immigrant Asian women. She studies culture and immigrant health, biculturalism, multiple social identities, and cultural influences on emotion and cognition.

Alan Marlatt, professor of psychology and director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center, was rated by as one of the top 20 researchers in the country in the special topic of underage/college drinking. He also was honored by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies national conference with the lifetime achievement award from the Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group.

Andrew Meltzoff, professor of psychology and co-director of the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, was elected Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Meltzoff has done ground-breaking work on cognitive, social-emotional, and neural responses in preverbal children and has made fundamental discoveries about how humans develop the unique capacity to understand others as goal-directed entities.

Christian Novetzke, professor of comparative religion in the Jackson School of International Studies, was awarded a senior research fellowship from the American Institution of Indian Studies.

Steve Pfaff, associate professor of sociology, has received the 2009 Best Book Prize from the European Academy of Sociology for his book Exit-Voice Dynamics and the Collapse of East Germany.

Tom Postlewait, affiliate professor of drama, received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society for Theatre Research. The award recognizes lifetime scholarly accomplishments.

Bettina Shell-Duncan, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, had an article ranked #15 among the 25 most downloaded anthropology articles in 2009, as noted by Anthrosource, a search engine for locating and downloading anthropology publications.

Cindy Simmons, lecturer in the Department of Communication, won first place in the Writes on the Sound creative non-fiction category for a piece titled "October 31, 1981."

Janelle Taylor, associate professor of anthropology, had an article ranked #4 among the 25 most downloaded anthropology articles in 2009, as noted by Anthrosource, a search engine for locating and downloading anthropology publications.

Stewart Tolnay, professor of sociology and research affiliate of the UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, will be the next editor of Demography, published by the Population Association of America.

James Wellman, associate professor and chair of the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies, has received 2009 Distinguished Book Award honorable mention from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, for his book, Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest.

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