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Letters to the Faculty:

November 13, 2007

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on a number of developments in the Arts and Sciences as we convene the first faculty meeting of the Arts and Sciences.  In this letter I will address efforts to improve junior faculty mentoring, to develop a closer collaboration with the College, to engage in strategic planning with the natural sciences faculty, to implement a new mode of undergraduate teaching evaluations, to find ways to meet the increasing scarcity of space on the Morningside campus, and to provide an update on our fundraising efforts.

While these efforts have a central place in our work, it is also important periodically to reaffirm our commitment to uphold academic freedom and faculty governance in the Arts and Sciences.  Recent events at and concerning Columbia have raised questions that continue to cause disagreement and debate.  In response to this, the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has published a Statement on Academic Freedom; I wholly endorse and support this statement.

I must also note that members of the administration have been meeting with representatives of the striking students in an effort to bring them back to the dorms and the dining halls as soon as possible.  We are deeply concerned about the health and well being of our students, while we acknowledge and respect the right of peaceful protest.  I will circulate any relevant documents related with these efforts to the faculty when appropriate. 

In academic year 2006-07, the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, with funding from the Trustees, began to gather information from Columbia faculty about faculty development programs that are in place at Columbia and which ones need to be developed and strengthened.  In all of the conversations the office sponsored and in the feedback received from pilot events, the chief problem facing untenured faculty seems to be a lack of accurate information about the tenure process and the reviews conducted within Arts and Sciences preceding the tenure review.

Posting accurate and easily accessible information on a website as well as workshops on procedures and timeframes was viewed as being a first step. Building on pilot workshops last year, Geraldine Downey, Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives, is working with Margaret Edsall, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, to develop two workshops to be held early next semester as well as on reviewing how to improve both the information available on the web and ensuring easy access to it.

Untenured faculty also stressed the need to know about local customs and expectations and how the process will play out in a particular department. In addition, they thought it valuable to get structured advice on how one can promote an active research life while balancing the demands of teaching and service; what fellowships, grants, conferences, and research networks are available for new faculty to compete for or to join; and what help Columbia gives to new faculty in promoting their research careers and appropriate work-life balance.  Building on this feedback, I began requesting information last year about what departments are currently doing in terms of mentorship of junior faculty. This can be viewed as a starting point for more concerted efforts in Arts and Sciences to support departments in fostering the development of junior faculty. 

We just held the first disciplinary retreat associated with a generous grant for examining the disciplines that we received from the Mellon Foundation.  This retreat, for the department of Religion, included not only all members of the department but also invited guests from our consortial partners (Berkeley, Chicago, and Cambridge) as well as some other major specialists in the field.  It was very successful and a wonderful way to begin the series of retreats we will be holding for other departments and clusters of departments in the Arts and Sciences over the next four years.  These retreats are not academic reviews.  They are designed to give faculty members an opportunity to examine the state of their disciplines, to critically evaluate the most pronounced challenges in their fields, and to think about issues of disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity in an atmosphere that is not constrained by normal review procedures and concerns.    

As many of you already know, we are implementing the standardized Arts and Sciences teaching evaluations for undergraduate courses this semester.  In the spring, Ann McDermott spearheaded a dry run and is now applying this new system to all undergraduate classes.  By standardizing the evaluations, while at the same time accommodating specific departmental needs, instructors will be able to compare not only their own evaluations across time but also across the courses they teach.  We hope that this will become an integral tool in developing teaching materials and future courses.  In addition, standardized teaching evaluations can be integrated systematically for faculty reviews.  I appreciate the work that you have done to integrate this new evaluation system into your courses and the support you are providing Ann as she embarks on this next phase of the implementation.

We have also had our first meeting of the Taskforce on Undergraduate Education this semester.  This year the bulk of the work will be done by faculty-led committees which include Curricular Structure chaired by Martha Howell, Science Education chaired by Ann McDermott, Teaching chaired by David Weinstein, and Globalization chaired by Peter Awn.  Each of these committees is charged with analyzing a set of core questions, and although they are institutionally discreet, their objectives as well as the materials they review overlap in a multitude of ways.  As the taskforce continues to meet, each committee will present its conclusions for wider discussion. 

Starting in September, my colleague Austin Quigley and I have been working together to increase the collaborative efforts between the College and the Arts and Sciences.  We have established weekly meetings with our senior administrative staff to review impending needs, to discuss long-term planning, and to organize new ways to integrate our efforts in the following areas:  budgets, student affairs and advising, curricular organization, and development.  We have also been meeting with Peter Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies, to begin to plan ways to better integrate various aspects of the College and GS.  I am confident that this new partnership will have multiple benefits for the College as well as for the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences

As I write to you, the lack of any significant new space being brought to bear in the short term against the chronic shortage in the Arts and Sciences is still a pressing concern.  Progress has however been made on several fronts which in the upcoming years will begin to ease the persistent gridlock that exists today. 

Construction began this spring on our ambitious new interdisciplinary science building located on the corner of Broadway and 120th Street.  Design efforts on the individual floors continue while construction begins, readying the site for the erection of structural steel to begin later this winter/spring.  It is hoped that this aggressive schedule will result in occupancy of the building in the Fall of 2010.  Detailed designs are beginning to take shape for research programs focused on Nanoscience, Structural Biology, and Chemical Biology.  These highly interdisciplinary programs centered on thematic areas of scientific inquiry will link researchers from varied departments, and will afford faculty the opportunity to venture outside the confines of traditional departmental structures in the pursuit of new areas of scientific exploration. We are also engaging in regular meetings with the chairs of the science departments, David Hirsh  and with the Dean of SEAS to gather views on the governance structure that would best support this unique opportunity.

The key to unlocking new space resources for the social sciences and humanities is the renovation of Knox Hall, the property the University has rented from Union Theological Seminary.  Knox Hall is currently scheduled for occupancy in the Fall of 2009, which will allow several departments, institutes, and centers to move to new expanded quarters.  These moves to Knox will, in turn, provide the opportunity to initiate a series of expansion/renovation projects and strategic moves in many humanities and social science departments on the main campus.  

In spite of the dearth of new space available to the Arts and Sciences in the short term, incremental progress has been made on several fronts in the form of renovation projects and repurposing of existing spaces throughout the campus.  Some of these projects include:

In response to a past lack of capital investments in general maintenance, the Arts and Sciences embarked this summer on an ambitious project to address the basic condition of faculty and departmental offices.  A tour of department offices resulted in the establishment of a prioritized list of projects.  The projects run the gamut from painting and carpeting to general repairs of lighting, plumbing, and HVAC.  Implementation of the first group of high priority projects began late this summer and will continue whenever possible throughout the academic year into next summer with a commitment to fund this work for a total of five years.

The new Columbia Campaign has been going very well. During fiscal year 2006-2007, the University received $913 million in new gifts and pledges, a record for the University. The Arts and Sciences added $285 million in campaign gifts and pledges during this time. The highlight of the year was John Kluge's extraordinary $400 million commitment for financial aid, of which $200 million is for scholarships in Columbia College. As of the end of September, the overall University campaign total stood at $2.402 billion and the total for the Arts and Sciences was $507 million. As you may recall, we began well behind the pace of the rest of the University, reflecting later planning and more recent investment in fundraising staff. The Kluge pledge and other gifts over the summer took us over the $500 million half-way point.

We are tracking two key endowment priorities -- College financial aid and professorships.  As of September 30, we had commitments of $248 million in College financial aid toward the overall $400 million goal.  And as of September 30, we had commitments for 15 professorships against our goal of at least 50.  Eight of those chairs were raised in the first year of the Lenfest matching program, and the other seven were raised before the match.

To help build momentum for the campaign, we have taken important steps in campaign organization. Beginning with the clear understanding that our key donor constituency is the College alumni and that the best campaign rubric is undergraduate education, Austin and I spent a great deal of time with our staffs last winter and spring finalizing objectives for undergraduate education within the overall $1 billion campaign goal for the Arts and Sciences.  The Columbia Campaign for Undergraduate Education, or CCUE, includes $865 million of objectives to support undergraduate students in the College and the School of General Studies and the faculty who teach them.  (The remaining $135 million in the overall Arts and Sciences goal supports objectives in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of International and Public Affairs and the School of the Arts.)  Support for faculty positions, key among our campaign priorities, is an integral component of the undergraduate campaign. 

A substantial volunteer committee of trustees, alumni and parents has been put together for the undergraduate campaign and it has had two launch events this fall: the centennial celebration of Hamilton Hall in early October and an event at the President’s house on November 1. The greatest fundraising challenges are our key priorities -- scholarships and professorships.  A number of solicitations are in process.  We are also finalizing a matching program for scholarships in the College that would add momentum to that part of the campaign.

Last spring, ECFAS decided to re-structure its fundraising committee, dividing one large committee into three working groups. One of the new groups, led by Stuart Firestein and David Helfand, will focus on events for major gift donors. A second will focus on alumni relations and increasing faculty participation in alumni activities. And a third, led by Patricia Dailey and Pamela Smith, will focus on departments. To support this effort, Linda Nelson and her director of development, Andrea Rounds, have created a system of staff liaisons for departments. At the last chairs meeting, we introduced a project to elicit special departmental needs, in order to make those available for the development staff. Chairs will follow up with their colleagues about this project this fall.

As you know we continue to be under significant budgetary pressures. In order to plan more effectively for the future of the Arts and Sciences, we are taking a proactive approach to our budget and the central university investment that is required each year. We will be working with the deans and staff of each of the six schools in order to identify the critical areas where investment above inflation is necessary, opportunities for reallocation of existing resources towards these priorities, and new revenue streams. Once these areas have been identified, we will work with central administration to prioritize these needs and to construct a budget for central’s investment in the Arts and Sciences.

Despite these pressures, we have authorized as many requests for faculty positions as possible during the coming year.  Our instructional budget decisions were made against a background of significant achievement in faculty growth.  Since September of 2004 when I started as VP, we have increased the professorial-rank faculty from 595 to 648 in the current academic year, an increase of 9% (including the faculty in the Schools of the Arts and International and Public Affairs).  Among the three divisions, to meet the increasing demands in teaching, we have grown the professorial-rank faculty in the humanities from 184 in 2004 to 203 this year, an increase of 10.3%.  The faculty in the social sciences has increased from 146 to 161, an increase of 10.6% over three years, as the faculty in the natural sciences increased from 180 to 189, an increase of 5.0%.  The faculty in the School of the Arts has also grown substantially from 48 to 53, an increase of 12.6% since 2004, while the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs has grown from 36 to 40, an increase of 10.9%.

As part of our regular planning process, the Academic Review Committee (ARC) continues to provide my office with reports based on intensive reviews of academic departments, institutes, and centers. Our office regards these reports as the single most important basis for future planning in the Arts and Sciences, and for advice and counsel about the academic life of each unit.  We rely on and are grateful to the dedicated senior faculty serving on ARC as well as the faculty who assist with reviews.  Last year the Committee completed thorough and helpful reviews of the Departments of Art History and Archaeology, Astronomy, Classics, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the regional institutes housed in the School of International and Public Affairs.  This year ARC is in the process of reviewing the Undergraduate Writing Program and the Departments of English and Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Economics, and Philosophy; the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, and the Center for the Study of Human Rights.

Finally, I would also like to extend my warmest congratulations to our many colleagues who have received honors, awards, grants, and fellowships recently.  I am sure my admiration for your success is shared by everyone in the Arts and Sciences.  At the end of this letter, we have appended a partial list of awards that we were able to collect from our faculty going as far back as Fall 2006.  We will continue to recognize our outstanding faculty in this way, so this list will be updated as we hear from you and from the chairs in particular. 

Warm regards,

Nicholas B. Dirks
Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History
Vice President for Arts and Sciences
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

 

Faculty awards, honors, grants, and fellowships

Social Sciences

Anthropology

Abu-Lughod, Lila

Professor

          Carnegie Scholar, 2007-2009

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, May 2007-2008

American Ethnological Society Senior Book Prize, presented by the American Anthropological Association, Dec 2007

Middle East Senior Scholar Award from the American Anthropological Association (Middle East Section), 2007

De Genova, Nicholas P.

Assistant Professor

          Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship, 2007-2008

C.L.R. James Book Award, presented by the Working-Class Studies Association, 2007

Association for Latina and Latino Anthropologists Book Award, 2006

Finalist, C. Wright Mills Book Award, presented by the Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2006

Gregory, Steven

Professor

The Anthony Leeds Prize in Urban Anthropology, presented by the Society for Urban Anthropology, Oct 2007

The Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Book Award, presented by the Caribbean Studies Association, Jun 2007

Holloway, Ralph L.

Professor

Honored by the Stone Age Institute with a symposium titled, “The Human Brain Evolving: Papers in Honor of Ralph L. Holloway,” Apr 2007

Lomnitz, Claudio W.

William B. Ransford Professor of Antropology

          Antonio García Cubas Award, 2007

Best Production of a Sociological Essay, presented by the Cámara Nacional de la Industria Editorial Mexicana (CANIEM), 2007

            Povinelli, Elizabeth A.

            Professor

Faculty, School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Jun-Jul 2008

Distinguished Faculty Residency, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, Nov 26-Dec 6, 2007

Fellowship: "Digital Memory," Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology, Summer 2007

Gerry Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, 2006

 

Economics

Bhagwati, Jagdish N.

University Professor

Thomas C. Schelling Award, presented by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, 2007

Che, Yeon-Koo

Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “Market Design with Financially Constrained Agents,” Oct 2007

Currie, Janet M.

Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NIH/NICHD) for the project, “Investigating the Link Between Child Maltreatment and Crime,” Apr 2007

Desai, Padma B.

Gladys and Roland Harriman Professor of Comparative Economic Systems

Padma Bhushan awardee, Jan 2008

Honored with a festschrift conference titled, “Russia: Soviet Past, Present Performance, and Future Prospects,” Apr 2007

Edlund, Lena

Associate Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “Chernobyl’s Asymptomatic Legacy: Effects of Low Level Prenatal Irradiation on Adult Cognitive Performance,” Sep 2007

Phelps, Edmund S.

McVickar Professor of Political Economy

Awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, 2006

Sala-I-Martin, Xavier

Professor

          Gerry Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, 2006

Von Wachter, Till M.

Assistant Professor

Awarded the Sandell Grant by the Center for Retirement Research of Boston College/ U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) for the project, “Outsourcing, Deindustrialization and Technological Change,” Apr 2007

Woodford, Michael

John Bates Clark Professor of Political Economy

           Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics, Jan 2007

History

          Berghahn, Volker R.

Seth Low Professor of History and Director of the Institute for the Study of Europe

Awarded the “Helmut Schmidt Prize” by the Zeit Foundation for lifetime achievements in the field of Business and Economic History, Feb 2007

            Brown, Christopher L.

            Visiting Professor

Frederick Douglass Book Prize, presented by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Oct 2007

            Foner, Eric

            Dewitt Clinton Professor of History

John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, presented by the Columbia College Alumni Association, Jan 2007

Honored with a festschrift for Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race, and Power in American History, Sep 2007

Harris, William V.

William R. Shepherd Professor of History

2007 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Distinguished Achievement Award

            Howell, Martha C.

            Miriam Champion Professor of History

Awarded Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Ghent, Belgium, Mar 2007

            Kaye, Joel B.

            Professor

Awarded the “Resident Fellowship Grant” by the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, The New York Public Library, Sep 2007

           Khalidi, Rashid

Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature; Director - Middle East Institute

           Arab American National Museum Book Award, Sep 2007

           Gerry Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, Jan 2007

            Mann, Gregory

            Associate Professor

Awarded the David Pinkey Prize for the best book in French history published in 2006 by the Society for French Historical Studies for Native Sons, Mar 2007

Finalist, Melville J. Herskovits Prize for the best book in African studies published in 2006, awarded by the African Studies Association for Native Sons, Oct 2007           

            Moyn, Samuel A.

            Professor

                    Gerry Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, Jan 2007

Mark van Doren Teaching Award, presented by Columbia College, May 2007

Student Council Teaching Award, presented by the Columbia School of General Studies, May 2007

Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Book Prize, presented by the German Association, Oct 2007

            Philliou, Christine M.

            Assistant Professor

                     Awarded the MacDonald Grant, Apr 2007

Brookings Institution-Sakip Sabanci International Research Award, May 2007

            Schama, Simon M.

            University Professor

                     National Book Critics’ Circle Award, 2007

Received honorary degrees from the University of Esses, Ruskin College, and the University of East Anglia, 2007

Nominee for an International Emmy for “The Power of Art” arts documentary series, 2007

Smith, Pamela H.

           Professor

Samuel H. Kress Paired Fellow, Center for Advanced Study for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Jan 2007

          Tuttle, Gray

          Leila Hadley Luce Assistant Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies

Awarded a grant by the Rubin Foundation for developing the website on Tibetan Material History, Aug 2007

Awarded a grant by the Rubin Foundation for two textbooks for Tibetan Studies with CUP, Aug 2007

          Wortman, Richard S.

          Bryce Professor of European Legal History

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) Distinguished Contributions to Slavic Studies Award, Nov 2007

Yerushalmi, Yosef Hayim

           Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society

Dr. Leopold-Lucas Prize, presented by the University of Tuebingen, Jan 2007

            Zelin, Madeleine H.

            Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies

John K. Fairbank Prize, presented by the American Historical Association, Jan 2007

ICAS Humanities Prize from the International Conference on Asian Studies, Aug 2007

Allan Sharlin Prize, presented by the Social Science History Association, Nov 2006

Political Science

Betts, Richard K.

Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies and Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies; Director - Institute of War and Peace Studies

Appointed Rajaratnam Professor of Strategic Studies and Research Fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore, Aug 2007

Cohen, Jean Louise

Professor

Named one of the Top 20 Individuals in Each Subfield Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

Named one of the Top 40 Women in Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

De La Garza, Rodolfo

Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science

Awarded a grant from the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute for the project, “African American and Latino Attitudes Regarding Issues Associated with the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant,” Mar 2007-Jul 2007

Elster, Jon

Robert K. Merton Professor of the Social Sciences

Awarded a grant by the Norwegian Research Council for a multi-year project, “Microfoundations of Civil War,” 2007-2012

Named one of the Top 25 Individuals in Each Five-Year Cohort Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

Named one of the Top 20 Individuals in Each Subfield Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

            Erikson, Robert S.

            Professor

Named one of the Top 25 Individuals in Each Five-Year Cohort Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

Named one of the Top 20 Individuals in Each Subfield Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

Harris, Fredrick Cornelius

Professor

American Political Science Association’s Ralph J. Bunche Award for Countervailing Forces in African-American Civic Activism, 2007

Mary Parker Follett Award, 2007

           Hirano, Shigeo

           Assistant Professor

Research Fellowship from the Yale Center for the Study of American Politics, 2007-2008

Humphreys, Macartan N.

Assistant Professor

Luebbert Article Award, presented by the American Political Science Association Organized Section in Comparative Politics, Aug 2007

Awarded a grant from the Government of Australia and the Center for Global Development (CGD) for research on development and democracy in Liberia and Indonesia, 2007

Awarded a grant by The World Bank for research on peacekeeping in Indonesia, 2007

Jervis, Robert

Adlai E. Stevenson Professor

Named one of the Top 25 Individuals in Each Five-Year Cohort Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

Named one of the Top 20 Individuals in Each Subfield Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War, 2006

          Kasara, Kimuli Kunihira

Assistant Professor

          Arts and Sciences Hettleman Summer Fellowship, Mar 2007

Katznelson, Ira I.

Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History

Delivered Boston University’s annual Gaspar G. Bacon Lecture, 2007

Nathan, Andrew J.

Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science; Department Chairman of Political Science

Awarded a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation for writing the second edition of The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress, 2007-2008

Phillips, Justin H.

Assistant Professor

Awarded the Russell Sage Foundation Inequality Grant for the project, “The Politics of Inequality: Neighborhood-Level Allocations of Community Development Block Grant Money,” 2007

Awarded the grant by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy for a survey of locally-imposed tax and expenditure limits, 2007

Shapiro, Robert Yale

Professor

President of the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR), 2007

Named one of the Top 25 Individuals in Each Five-Year Cohort Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

Snyder, Jack Lewis

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations; Director of the Harriman Institute

          Georgetown University Lepgold Book Prize, 2007

Named one of the Top 25 Individuals in Each Five-Year Cohort Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

Urbinati, Nadia

Nell & Herbert M. Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum

Promotion to Full Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University, 2007

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at Princeton University Center for Human Values, 2007-2008

Nominated as a Member of the Italian National Committee for the Celebrations of the Centennial Anniversary of Norberto Bobbio, 2007

Warren, Dorian Tod

Assistant Professor

Awarded a grant by the American Rights at Work for the project, “Workplace Democracy Project: Employer and Union Behavior in Organizing Campaigns,” 2007

Wawro, Gregory J.

Associate Professor

American Political Science Association (APSA) Legislative Studies Section’s Richard J. Fenno Prize, 2007

Sociology

Bearman, Peter Shawn

Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award Program: Social Determinants of Autism, Sep 2007-Aug 2012

           Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellows Program, Jan 2007-Dec 2010

Awarded a grant by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) for the project, “Visual Oral History of the Council on Foreign Relations,” 2007

DiPrete, Thomas A.

Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “Labor Demand, Organizational Power, and Status Processes: What Explains Compensation Trends in Executive Occupations?” May 2007-Jun 2009

Eyal, Gil

Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “Networks of Expertise and the Autism Spectrum,” Sep 2007-Aug 2009

Fisher, Dana R.

Associate Professor

Awarded a grant by the USDA Forest Service for the Urban Environmental Stewardship project: Understanding Emerging Forms of Civic Innovation, Sep 2006-May 2008

Marwell, Nicole P.

Associate Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “The Spatial Allocation of Social Provision: Government Contracting, Material Resources, and the Poor,” Mar 2007-Feb 2008

Silver, Allan A.

Professor

Awarded a grant by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for the project, “Civil and Military Society in America, 1945-2005,” Nov 2006-Nov 2007

Tilly, Charles H.

Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science

Karl Deutsch Award in Comparative Politics from the International Political Science Association, 2006

          Phi Beta Kappa Society Sidney Hook Memorial Award, 2006

Vaughan, Diane

Professor

          Elected member, Sociological Research Association

Walter C. Reckless Memorial Lecturer, Ohio State University, Spring 2007

Venkatesh, Sudhir A.

Professor

          Charles H. Revson Fellowship, Sep 2006-Dec 2007

C. Wright Mills Award, presented by the American Sociological Association, 2007

Weiss, Christopher Charles

Lecturer in Discipline

Awarded a grant by the Ford Foundation for the project, “Training Scholars for the field of higher education,” Jul 2007-Dec 2008

Awarded a grant by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the project, “Student Engagement in Small Schools: The Effects on Academic Achievement,” Dec 2006-Nov 2007

Whitford, Joshua D.

Assistant Professor

          Sloan Industrial Studies Fellowship, Jul 2007-Jun 2009

Humanities

Art History and Archaeology

           Benelli, Francesco

           Assistant Professor

Awarded a research grant from the Max Planck Institute of Berlin, Germany, for the spring semester 2008 to be spent at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Italy, Apr 2007

Bergdoll, Barry George

           Professor

Appointed chief curator in the department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art

           Crary, Jonathan K.

           Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory

                     Visiting Whitney J. Oates Fellow, Spring 2007

            Freedberg, David A.

            Pierre Matisse Professor of Art History

                      Appointed the Pierre Matisse Professor of Art History, Mar 2007

            Grewe, Cordula

            Assistant Professor

2006-2007 Hans Kohn Member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University

            Harrist Jr, Robert E.

            The Jane & Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History

                        Gerry Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, 2007

            Higonnet, Anne

            Professor

Received a Kress Foundation grant to subsidize the illustrations of her forthcoming book, 2007

 

            Murray, Stephen D.

            Professor

Awarded a grant by the Scholarly Communications program of the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop a new database entitled, “Mapping Gothic France,” Nov 2007

Rosand, David

           Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History

Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Renaissance Society of America, Mar 2007

           Smith, Joanna

           Associate Professor

                     2009 Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)

Nominated to be a 2009 Fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Spring 2007

Nominated to be a 2008 Fellow at the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research (CTR), Fall 2007

Strother, Zoe Sara

           Riggio Professor of African Art

                      Appointed the first Riggio Professor of African Art History, Sep 2007

            Vogel, Susan M.

            Professor

The Triennial Leadership Award, presented by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, 2007

East Asian Languages and Cultures

            Denecke, Wiebke

            Assistant Professor

                      ACLS Chinese Fellowship for Scholarly Development, May 2007

Lean, Eugenia Y.

           Assistant Professor

                      John K. Fairbank Prize, 2008

English and Comparative Literature

Dailey, Patricia A.

Assistant Professor

                     Morton Bloomfield Fellowship, Harvard University, 2007-2008

          Delbanco, Andrew

           Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities

Stafford Little lectures at Princeton University, on the theme of “College: What it Was, What it Is, and What it Should Be,” 2008

Elected president of the Melville Society, 2007

Awarded a summer grant by the Spencer Foundation for his book, College: What it Was, What is Is, and What it Should Be

 

            Kastan, David

            Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities

Invited to deliver the inaugural Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures at Oxford University, Nov 2008

Invited as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Beijing University, Keynote lecture, Nov 2007

            Negrón-Muntaner, Frances

            Assistant Professor

                     Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, 2006-2007

            Peters, Julie Stone

            Professor

                     Guggenheim Foundation 2007-2008 Fellow

            Puchner, Hans M.

            H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature

James Russell Lowell Award, presented by the Modern Language Association (MLA), best book of 2006

            Slaughter, Joseph R.

            Associate Professor

Awarded Honorable Mention for the William Riley Parker Prize, 2006-2007

            Strand, Mark

            Professor

                     Awarded the Cetonaverde Prize, May 2007

                     Awarded the D’Annunzio Prize, May 2007

            Viswanathan, Gauri

            Class of 1933 Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Michael Sovern/Columbia University Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, 2007-2008

French and Romance Philology

Compagnon, Antoine Marcel

Blanche W. Knopf Professor of French and Comparative Literature

          Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, Mar 2007

Dobie, Madeleine

Associate Professor

           National Humanities Center Fellowship, 2005-2006

May, Gita

Professor Emerita of French

           Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, May 2007

Music

Boynton, Susan Leslie

Associate Professor

                     American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, 2007-2008

Membership at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, 2007-2008

Lewis Lockwood Award, presented by the American Musicological Society, 2007

Slavic Languages

            Reyfman, Irina

            Professor

Award for Outstanding Post-Secondary Teaching, presented by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), Dec 2007

Natural Sciences

Astronomy

            Haiman, Zoltan

            Associate Professor

Founder of the newly-established Eötvös International Research School in Astrophysics (EIRSA)

Biological Sciences

Bock, Walter J.

Professor

                     Honorary Fellow, The Zoological Society, 2007

Chalfie, Martin

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences

Elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2007

Chasin, Lawrence Allen

Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “CHO Cell Lines and Vectors for Rapid Development of High Level Recombinant Protein Production,” 2007-2008

Firestein, Stuart J.

          Professor

Awarded a grant by Firmenich for the project, “The Molecular Logic of Olfactory Encoding,” 2007-2008

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Analysis of Mammalian Odor Receptors,” 2007-2010

Post-doctoral fellowship: The function of neurogenesis in the mammalian olfactory bulb, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2007-2010

Hunt, John F.

Associate Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Structure, Mechanism and Inhibition of AlkB homologues,” 2007-2011

Jia, Songtao

Assistant Professor

                     Speaker’s Fund, New York Academy of Medicine, 2007

Awarded a grant by the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) for the project, “The Role of Cu14 Mediated Ubiquitylation in Epigenetic Regulation,” 2007-2008

Kelley, Darcy B.

Professor

Awarded a grant by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation for the project, “Using Gene Expression to Dissect Functional Components of Hindbrain Vocal Circuits,” 2007-2008

Manley, James L.

Julian Clarence Levi Professor of the Life Sciences

Post-doctoral fellowship: Transcription Termination by RNA Polymerase II, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), 2007-2008

Pe'er, Dana

Assistant Professor

                     National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award, 2007

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “Elucidating Function and Organization of Molecular Networks from Molecules to a System,” 2007-2008

           Saideman, Shari R.

           Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Post-doctoral fellowship: The function of neurogenesis in the mammalian olfactory bulb, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2007-2010

Stockwell, Brent R.

           Associate Professor

Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Award, 2007

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Luciferase Screen for MDM2 E3 Ligase Inhibitors,” 2007-2008

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Chemical Genetic Profiling of Engineered Tumor Cells,” 2007-2011

Awarded a grant by MNC for the project, “Optimization of the A2 Scaffold, which Upregulates SMN Protein,” 2007-2008

 

          Tong, Liang

Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Structural Biology of pre-mRNA 3’-end Processing,” 2007-2011

 

          Tzagoloff, Alexander A.

          Alan H. Kempner Professor of Biological Sciences

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Heme A and Cytochrome Oxidase Biosynthesis,” 2007-2011

           Yang, Jian

           Associate Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Structural Basis of Ca2+ Channel Function and Regulation,” 2007-2010

          Yuste, Rafael

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences (in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior)

                     Awarded a grant by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, 2007-2008

Earth and Environmental Sciences

           Broecker, Wallace S.

           Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, May 2007

Awarded the Crafoord Prize in Geosciences by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2006

Brown, Casey

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Nov 2007

Del Genio, Anthony D.

Adjunct Professor

           Fellow, American Meteorological Society, 2007

DeMenocal, Peter B.

Professor

Awarded the Richard Foster Flint Lectureship at Yale University, 2006

Flynn, John J.

Adjunct Professor

Appointed Dean, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History, 2007

Appointed to External Advisory Board of the Peabody Museum, Yale University, 2007

Joseph T. Gregory Award, presented by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2007

Kelemen, Peter B.

           Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

                        Hallimond Lecturer at the Mineralogical Society, Jun 2007

                        MARGINS Distinguished Lecturer, Spring 2008

          Mutter, John Colin

Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences; and Deputy Director, Earth Institute

                       Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007

Pfirman, Stephanie L.

          Adjunct Senior Research Scientist

President-elect, Council of Environmental Deans & Directors (CEDD), 2007

            Purdy, G. Michael

            Director

                      Trustee, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, May 2007-May 2009

            Rind, David H.

            Adjunct Professor

Bernard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer for 2008, American Meteorological Society

A share in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his participation as a lead IPCC author

Schlosser, Peter

Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Associate Director of Earth Institute

          Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2007

           Scholz, Christopher H.

           Professor

Appointed as the Rosenqvist Lecturer, 21st Kongsberg Seminar, Oslo University, 2008

           

Mathematics

Khovanov, Mikhail G.

Professor

Von Neumann Early Career Visiting Professor at Institute for Advanced Study, Jul 2007-Jun 2008

Ozsvath, Peter S.

Professor

American Mathematical Society 2007 Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry, Jan 2007

 

Urban, Eric Jean-Paul

Professor

          Gugenheim Fellowship in Mathematics, Mar 2007

Physics

Altshuler, Boris

Professor

Invited speaker at the Kavli Prize Inaugural Symposium on Nanoscience, Sep 2008

            Aprile, Elena

            Professor

Awarded a grant by the U.S. National Science Foundation for the ‘XENON100’ experiment, 2007

            Blaer, Allan S.

            Professor

Received a gift from Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. for expanding the Columbia Science Honors Program, 2007

            Hailey, Charles J.

            Pupin Professor of Physics

Awarded a grant by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), Sep 2007

            Kim, Philip

            Associate Professor

                     Included in the Fifth Annual Scientific American 50, 2007

New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, 2007

                     Gerry Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, 2007

            Lee, Tsung-Dao

            University Professor

Awarded the Gold and Silver Star of the Order of the Rising Sun by the government of Japan, Nov 2006

            Marka, Szabolcs

            Assistant Professor

Founder of the newly-established Eötvös International Research School in Astrophysics (EIRSA)

Miller, Amber D.

           Associate Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the The E and B Experiment (EBEX), 2007

 

           Ruderman, Malvin A.

           Centennial Professor of Physics and Professor of Applied Physics

Gave the Kroll Lecture at the University of California, San Diego, Spring 2007

Gave the Finkelstein Lecture at the University of California at Los Angeles, Spring 2007

            Zajc, William Allen

            Professor

Completed term as spokesperson (scientific leader) of the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), 1997-2006

Psychology

            Champagne, Frances Anne

            Assistant Professor

                     National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award, Sep 2007

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Epigenetic Mechanisms Mediating the Inheritance of Reproductive Behavior,” Sep 2007-Aug 2012

Downey, Geraldine

           Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives; Professor of Psychology

Awarded a grant by the NIMH for the project, “Rejection Sensitivity and Self-Regulation in Personality Disorders,” Sep 2007-Aug 2011

           Mischel, Walter

           Niven Professor of Humane Letters

Elected to the presidency of APS (Association for Psychological Science), Spring 2007

           Ochsner, Kevin N.

           Assistant Professor

Awarded the Cognitive Neuroscience Society's Young Investigator Award for contributions in Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Oct 2007

           Wager, Tor D.

           Assistant Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “The Neural Bases of Placebo Effects and their Relation to Regulatory Process,” Jan 2007-Dec 2010

           Woolley, Sarah Margaret Nicolay

           Assistant Professor

Awarded a grant by the SSP for the project, “Role of Social-Behavioral Context in the Neural Coding of Vocal Communication,” Jul 2007-Jun 2010

           

Statistics

            De la Pena, Victor H.

            Professor

Delivered and received a Medallion Lecture from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Aug 2007

Member of the Committee of Visitors that evaluated the work of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at National Science Foundation (NSF), 2007

Awarded a grant by the Columbia Center for Integrated Science and Engineering (ISE) for projects connecting Earth Sciences, Engineering, and the Science Department at Columbia University, 2006

Lo, Shaw-Hwa

          Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “A General Framework for High throughout Biological Learning,” Aug 2007

Awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project aimed at studying new methods in dealing with high dimensional problems, with applications in the mappings of complex human disorders, Feb 2005

Paninski, Liam

           Assistant Professor

                      Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2007

                      Included in the Scientist Magazine as a “Scientist to Watch,” Jun 2007

National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, 2007

Awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience Grant, 2006

Named one of the Top 35 Innovators under 35 Years Old by Technology Review, 2006

 

School of International and Public Affairs

Almond, Douglas V.

Assistant Professor

Chernobyl’s Asymptomatic Legacy: Effects of Low Level Prenatal Irradiation on Adult Cognitive Performance, NSF Award SES 07-21155, Sep 2007

Kopczuk, Wojciech

Associate Professor

Awarded a grant by the Social Security Administration/University of Michigan for the project, “The Effect of Medicare and Social Security Benefits on the Timing of Retirement,” Oct 2007

Linden, Leigh L.

Assistant Professor

Awarded a grant by the Spencer Foundation for the project, “Protecting Children from War and Ensuring their Prospects for the Future: Educating in the Context of Crisis and Transition,” Nov 2006-Jan 2008

 

          Neckerman, Kathryn M.

Research Scholar

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “Race, Poverty, and Spatial Accessibility in New York City,” Jul 2007-Sep 2007

Stark, David C.

Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs

Invited Scholar in Residence at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society in Cologne, Germany, Spring 2008

Invited Distinguished Fellow, Durham University, Fall 2007

Stepan, Alfred C.

Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government

Named one of the Top 25 Individuals in Each Five-Year Cohort Who Are also in the Political Science 400 by the American Political Science Association in PS: Political Science & Politics, Jan 2007

Verhoogen, Eric A.

Assistant Professor

Awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled, “Exports and Wage Premia,” Sep 2007-Aug 2008

School of the Arts

Gillick, Liam

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Nominated for the 2008 Vincent Award given by the Stedlijk Museum in Amsterdam

          Roma, Thomas

Professor of Professional Practice

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2005

Sillman, Amy D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

           Ucross Residency Prize from the Alpert Awards in the Arts, 2007

Walker-Buergel, Kara E.

Professor of Professional Practice

Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Artists in the World, 2007

Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT Award), 2007

Urban Visionary Award from The Cooper Union, 2007

Honorary Doctorate, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), 2006

Wilson, Paula J.

Assistant Professor

Awarded the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize by The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2007

Giverny Residency, Art Production Fund, Giverny, France, 2006

 

Social and Economic Research and Policy, Institute for

McAllister, William

Associate Research Scholar

                      Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellows Program, Jan 2007-Dec 2010

 

War and Peace Studies, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of

Burde, Dana

Adjunct Associate Research Scholar

Awarded a grant by the Spencer Foundation for the project, “Protecting Children from War and Ensuring their Prospects for the Future: Educating in the Context of Crisis and Transition,” Nov 2006-Jan 2008