Grants, Accolades and Awards
Sociology Professor Whitney Pirtle has been awarded the 2020 A. Wade Smith award by the Association of Black Sociologists. Established in 1998, this award honors A. Wade Smith’s tireless work as an advocate for racial justice and rising scholars in the field. Pirtle, who was nominated by her students, was recognized for excellence in teaching, mentorship and service to the study of sociology.
Soil biogeochemistry Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe has been elected to be a fellow in the Geological Society of America. As 2019's recipient of the GSA's Randolph W. "Bill" and Cecile T. Bromery Award for the Minorities, her fellowship this year was guaranteed. Berhe has often been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the geosciences through scholarly productivity, her scientific advances on soil carbon cycling and her work to broaden the participation of underserved and marginalized geoscientists.
Professor YangQuan Chen has been listed among the world’s most influential researchers by the Web of Science Group, which recognizes researchers most frequently cited by their peers. In 2019, fewer than 6,300, or 0.1 percent, of the world's researchers across 21 fields, earned this distinction. Chen researches unmanned aerial systems (drones), mechatronics, control systems, cyber-physical systems and applied fractional calculus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering. He is the second faculty member in his school to earn this distinction.
Economics Professor Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes won the American Society of Hispanic Economists’ 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award, recognized for both her important and prolific research on issues that affect Latinx communities in the United States and the essential role she has played in promoting the vitality of Latinx economists through her coauthoring and mentoring.
Christina Lux, associate director of the Center for the Humanities, has been awarded Honorable Mention for Best Paper of the Year from the Ecological Society of America ’s Education Section. Lux was part of an interdisciplinary and multi-university team of collaborators who wrote a Bioscience article titled “Poetry as a Creative Practice to Enhance Engagement and Learning in Conservation Science.” The piece, which draws upon peer-reviewed literature, explores the benefits of integrating science and poetry to further conservation scientists’ creative practices.
Sociology Professor Tanya Golash-Boza has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for her project "Prisoner Re-Entry and Gentrification." With this funding, Golash-Boza will explore how gentrified and diverse neighborhoods help or hinder prisoners' reintegration into society. Focusing on her hometown of Washington, D.C., Golash-Boza aims to develop an understanding of barriers the formerly incarcerated face to better inform policy for reintegration and reduce individuals' odds of returning to prison.
Political Science Professor Jessica Trounstine's book "Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities" has been recognized with two American Political Science Association (APSA) section book awards. The book was awarded the J. David Greenstone Book Prize from the Politics and History Section, as well as the Best Book in Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Politics from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics section. In "Segregation by Design," Trounstine explores more than 100 years’ worth of data from thousands of American cities to understand how local governments generate race and class segregation within and between cities, often at the expense of people of color and the poor in order to enhance the wealth and resources of white property owners.
The Geological Society of America (GSA) named Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe the winner of this year’s Randolph W. "Bill" and Cecile T. Bromery Award for the Minorities for her internationally recognized outstanding contributions to the geosciences through impressive scholarly productivity, scientific advances on erosion and fire effects on soil carbon cycling, professional service and leadership, mentoring and training of a diverse team of early career professionals, and broadening participation of underserved and marginalized geoscientists. The GSA recognizes outstanding scientific achievement and distinguished service to the profession each year at its Annual Meeting & Exposition, which is scheduled for late September in Phoenix.
The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded molecular cell biology Professor Nestor J. Oviedo and his lab $307,432 for one year to study the effects of direct-current stimulation in adult tissues.
The National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, has granted psychology Professor Sidra Goldman-Mellor $448,563 for three years to use California emergency department patient data to examine how suicidal behavior in adolescence affect teens' long-term risks for health problems and healthcare utilization.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate student Thomas Thayer presented won the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) for his paper “Multi-Robot Routing Algorithms for Robots Operating in Vineyards,” that focuses on RAPID (Robot Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery), a scalable irrigation management solution that aims to help vine growers with water conservation efforts while improving yield and quality.