Said and Done | Honors and Awards | November 2015


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MIT named #1 in the world for social science fields
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has named MIT the No. 1 university worldwide for social sciences for 2015-2016. Subjects covered in the ranking include economics, political science, anthropology, urban planning, communication, and business. "MIT's faculty members in the social sciences have long distinguished themselves through their bold ideas, rigorous thinking, leadership in their disciplines and impact on the world,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “This new ranking also highlights their global outlook — a vital way that MIT brings knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges."

MIT named among top 3 universities worldwide for humanities and arts fields
The Times Higher Education 2015 World University Rankings has named MIT one of the top three universities worldwide for arts and humanities education. Of MIT's humanities and arts faculty, MIT President L. Rafael Reif said, “Their work challenges us to think about the world in new ways, overturns fixed assumptions, and inspires novel connections across disciplines far beyond their own fields. Humanities and arts teaching is also central to guiding MIT students in their growth as human beings who understand the power of science and technology, are alert to its impacts on society, and are prepared to be bold, thoughtful leaders of constructive change.”


Deborah Fitzgerald receives lifetime achievement award from Agricultural History Society
Fitzgerald, Professor of the History of Technology, and former Kenan Sahin Dean of MIT-SHASS, has been honored for her research, mentorship, and leadership.

receives $1.53M for research on virtual identities, empowerment, and social change
“For five years I have been researching the intersection between human experiences and our identities as implemented across digital technologies such as video games and social media. The new projects focus specifically on how people’s personal identities and values are formed and changed by that technology.” More

Vipin Narang wins a 2016 Best Book Award from the ISA
of the International Security Studies Section of the  International Studies Association (ISA). 
Vipin won for his recent book, Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era.  The award will be presented at the ISA conference next year in Atlanta.

L to R: D. Fox Harrell; Deborah K. Fitzgerald; Vipin Narang


Duflo receives 2015 AS.K Award in Berlin
“Poverty has always been with us. But we can conquer it.” See Esther Duflo's acceptance speech.

John Harbison, MIT Institute Professor, awarded György Kepes Fellowship Prize
Awarded by by the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Kepes Prize is presented to a member of the MIT community who has demonstrated excellence in the creative arts: architecture, visual and performing arts, and writing.

Graduate students win 2016 Patricia Weitsman Graduate Student Paper Award
MIT Political Science PhD candidates Amanda Rothschild and Mark Bell have jointly won the award from the International Studies Association, which “recognizes the best graduate student paper on any aspect of security studies.”

Yiqing Xu receives the 2015 Malcom Jewell Award
The award, for the best graduate student paper, was presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association. The paper, with Eric Wang, entitled “Awakening Leviathan: Democratization and State Capacity, 1960-2009” was chosen out of the largest set of papers ever nominated for the award.


Reid Pauly wins McElvany “Nonproliferation Challenge"
The competition for “the most outstanding new thinking in the nonproliferation field” is organized by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Pauly receives a monetary prize, and his winning paper, "A Norm in All But Name: Paul Nitze, McGeorge Bundy, and the Idea of Nuclear Non-Use," will be published in a forthcoming issue of The Nonproliferation Review.

Ellen T. Harris receives Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography
Harris, MIT Music and Theater Arts Class of 1949 Professor of Music Emeritus and President of the American Musicological Society, received the award for her book George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends (Norton, 2015).

Susan Silbey and others honored with Committed to Caring (C2C) Awards
Celebration of “above and beyond” support enters second year.
Story  | Award profile of Susan Silbey


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