Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Awardees, American Philosophical Society Members, and More

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Eight faculty members were named Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Awardees for 2022-2023.


Camila Marie Agosto, DMA student in composition in the Music Department; Michael Doyle, University Professor at SIPA; Liana Finck, adjunct assistant professor in the English Department at Barnard; Heidi Julavits, writing professor at School of the Arts; James Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature; and Mabel O. Wilson, Nancy and George Rupp Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, have all been named 2023-2024 Berlin Prize Fellows.

Antoine Marcel Compagnon, Blanche W. Knopf Professor of French and Comparative Literature, was recently installed as an honorary member of the Japan Academy and a member of the Académie Française.

Kellie Jones, Hans Hofmann Professor of Modern Art and chair of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and Bruce Western, Bryce Professor of Sociology and Social Justice and director of the Justice Lab, have been named 2023 members of the American Philosophical Society.


Eddy Albarran, Floor Broekgaarden, Juan Esteban Rodríguez Camargo, and Isabel Low have been named 2023 Junior Fellows in the Simons Society of Fellows. The fellows, outstanding early-career scientists, and mathematicians based in the New York City area, receive support from the Simons Foundation for up to three years of independent research with no teaching obligations.

Andrea Califano, Clyde ’56 and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical Biology (in Systems Biology), was awarded $6,909,000 over seven years from the National Cancer Institute for “Cancer Cell Response to Endogenous and Exogenous Perturbations at the Single Cell Level.”

The College of Dental Medicine Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society, inducted 11 students and three faculty members. The student inductees were Anamaria Carrasco, Jessica Castillo, Renee Eisenberg, Navreet Kaur, Simon Luu, Maura Lynch, Charlotte Martin, Margot Metz, Yvonne O’Neal, Nolan Wendling, and Zeming Zheng. Faculty inductees were Mona Boside, assistant professor of Dental Medicine; Alison Newgard, assistant professor of Dental Medicine; and honorary inductee Carol Kunzel, professor of Dental Community Health.

Elizabeth Corwin, Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research, Stephen Ferrara, associate professor of Nursing, Vivian Taylor, associate dean for Diversity and Cultural Affairs, and Julia Iyasere, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, were selected as Notable 2023 Leaders in Health Care by Crain’s New York Business.

Joel Gabre, assistant professor of Medicine, has received the American Gastroenterological Association Research Scholar Award.

Madelyn S. Gould, Irving Philips Professor of Epidemiology, received a Lifetime Achievement Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at the foundation’s Lifesavers Gala on May 4.

Dawn L. Hershman, professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, has been selected as a co-chair-elect of the SWOG Cancer Research Network.

Ben Izar, assistant professor of Medicine and Systems Biology, has been awarded the 2023 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research.

Ryan Lawrence, associate professor of psychiatry, and Mark Sorensen, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, are recipients of the 2022-2023 Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The award recognizes APA members who have made outstanding and sustaining contributions to resident education in psychiatry. Sorensen passed away earlier this year and was granted the award posthumously.

Stephen Novak, head of Archives & Special Collections at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library at the Medical Center, was awarded the 2023 “Best Monograph” prize by the Librarians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals in the History of the Health Sciences for a book, “The Babies Hospital of New York: A History,” co-written with Michael Weiner, special lecturer in the Department of Pediatrics.

Marcel F. Nutz, professor of Statistics, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Nutz received the award for outstanding contributions to probability, in particular to optimal transport, stochastic analysis, and mathematical finance, and for dedicated service to the profession.

Anil Rustgi, director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the William Beaumont Prize in Gastroenterology from the American Gastroenterological Association.

Tim Wang, chief of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, has received the American Gastroenterological Association Friedenwald Medal.


Nadeen Chahine, associate professor of Biomechanics (in Orthopaedic Surgery), and Lance Kam, professor of Biomedical Engineering, have been elected as fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.

George Deodatis, Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering, and Feniosky Peña-Mora, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, have been named Distinguished Members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the highest honor awarded to ASCE members who have made substantial contributions to the profession through their research, publications, and service to the industry.

Helen Lu, Percy K. and Vida L.W. Hudson Professor of Biomedical Engineering and senior vice dean of Faculty Affairs and Advancement, has been awarded the ELLE & Polestar Design Towards Zero Award for the company she co-founded, Werewool.

Stavros Thomopoulos, Robert E. Carroll and Jane Chace Carroll Laboratories Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, has been elected Conference Chair of the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (2023) by the SB3C Foundation.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, University Professor and Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, was elected Chair of the Bioengineering Section of the National Academy of Engineering. Vunjak-Novakovic was also recognized in the Top 50 Academic Life Science Entrepreneurs by BIOS and won the Annual award for the best paper by a woman in science by the Mary Ann Liebert Inc. and Rosalind Franklin Society.

Steve WaiChing Sun, associate professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics at Columbia Engineering, has been awarded the 2023 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Cited for his “fundamental contributions to computational and data-driven poromechanics,” Sun is an expert who synthesizes physical insight, machine learning, and advanced mathematical methods with wide application in engineering analysis.

Bolun Xu, assistant professor of earth and environmental engineering, received an NSF CAREER Award for his proposal, “Computation-efficient Algorithms for Grid-scale Energy Storage Control, Bidding, and Integration Analysis.” The award supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Moti Yung, adjunct senior research scientist in the Department of Computer Science and a 1988 PhD graduate of computer science, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Hailey Arango (GSAS’23) was given the inaugural Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) MA Thesis Award. The award was established in honor of the late Eleanor J. Sterling, who passed away this year. The award is in acknowledgement of Sterling’s tireless efforts to advance conservation through teaching and mentoring, research, on-the-ground conservation, public outreach, and policy. The award will be given annually to an MA student whose thesis reflects the major thrusts of Sterling’s mentoring, research, community based conservation, and systems thinking.

Amelia Chambliss, Jacob Halpern, and Pavan Ravindra have been named Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellows (DOE CSGF). The program, established in 1991 and jointly funded by the DOE Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), trains top leaders in computational science.

Victoria O. Nguyen, Ph.D. student studying child and adolescent mental health disparities at the School of Social Work, was announced by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) as a Horowitz Early Career Scholar for 2023. This prestigious national award recognizes promising early career scholars in the field of developmental sciences.

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