Said and Done | Honors and Awards | Summer 2015




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Summer 2015 edition


Sabine Iatridou, Kai von Fintel, elected Fellows of the Linguistic Society of America
This is the linguistic field’s highest honor, awarded each year to a small number of linguists for distinguished contributions to the discipline. Iatridou and Von Fintel join their MIT colleagues Noam Chomsky, Morris Halle, Irene Heim, David Pesetsky, and Donca Steriade, who have been honored as Fellows in previous years, as well as more than twenty alumni of the department.
Iatridou website | Von Fintel website | MIT Members of the LSA

MIT chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society inducts 80 new members
Jeffrey Ravel, professor of history and president of Xi of Massachusetts said, “This year's inductees represent the very best of MIT, in the sense that they have excelled not only at technical subjects, but also at the humanities, arts, and social and natural sciences.”
Story by SHASS Communications

Haslanger, Thelen, and Werning elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
“We are honored to elect a new class of extraordinary women and men to join our distinguished membership,” said Don Randel, chair of the academy’s Board of Directors. “Each new member is a leader in his or her field and has made a distinct contribution to the nation and the world.”
Story at MIT News | AAAS press release

Jim Poterba elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Bowring, Mrowka, and Seager named, along with Poterba, for “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Membership in the NAS is one of the most significant honors given to academic researchers.  
Story at MIT News

Six members of the SHASS community receive Infinite Mile Awards
The awards, which salute SHASS staff members for exceptional contributions that benefit the School and the Institute, were presented during a festive luncheon at the MIT Media Lab.
Announcement + Recipients

5-Star review from Down Beat for MIT'S “Infinite Winds” CD
Down Beat is the oldest and most venerated jazz magazine, world-wide. "Infinite Winds" features outstanding MIT student musicians, led by Fred Harris Jr., performing compositions by jazz greats Chick Corea, Guillermo Klein, and Don Byron.
Story at Continuum | Review at Down Beat

Kathleen Thelen receives two book awards
For Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Thelen has received the ASA’s Barrington Moore Book award, and the 2015 Best Book Award (co-winner) of the APSA Section on European Politics and Society, an award given annually to the best book in the area of comparative and historical sociology. 
About the book | Thelen website

In Song Kim awarded the 2015 Mancur Olson Award
Kim, an Assistant Professor of Political Science, received this award from the APSA’s Political Economy Section, for the for the best dissertation in Political Economy in the previous two years.
About | Kim webpage

Five MIT students win MISTI Excellence Awards
MISTI, the Institute’s pioneering applied international studies program, presented Excellence Awards to five students on June 5, 2015. SHASS-based MISTI prepares students to become informed, engaged participants in work and research opportunities in more than 20 countries. Training ranges from workplace etiquette to the language, politics, and history of the host country.
Story by SHASS Communications

2015 MISTI Excellence Award recipients

Fotini Christia named an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow
The Carnegie Corporation has announced the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows, among them MIT’s Fotini Christia, associate professor of political science. Each fellow will receive up to $200,000. Christia’s research — which has involved extensive fieldwork in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iran, the Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen — focuses on conflict and cooperation in the Muslim world.
Story by SHASS Communications

Chris Warshaw and Devin Caughey win best paper award
"Dynamic Representation in the American States, 1960-2012” has won the award for the best paper on State Politics & Policy at the 2014 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
Devin Caughey website  | Chris Warshaw website

Eric Goldberg awarded fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton
During the fellowship, Goldberg will research social history of hunting from the fall of the Roman Empire to ca. 1000 CE. He specializes in the history of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, and his research focuses on the politics and culture of the Merovingian, Carolingian, and Anglo-Saxon worlds.
About the Fellowship | Goldberg website | Institute for Advanced Studies

Mellon makes $1.5 million grant MIT's Center for Art, Science and Technology
CAST HAS received a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, bringing the foundation's total support for CAST to $3 million, among the largest gifts received by the arts at MIT.
Story by Arts at MIT

Professor Esther Duflo awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias social science prize
Duflo, director of MIT's Jameel Poverty Action Lab, has received the award for her work to alleviate poverty in developing countries. The organizers of the prize said that Duflo has “profoundly changed strategies for education, health and employment in Africa, Asia and Latin America.”

Parag Pathak receives 2016 Social Choice and Welfare Award
The prize honors young scholars of excellent accomplishment in the area of social choice theory and welfare economics. The SCW prize medal La Pensée (The Thought) is by Frech sculptor Raymond Delamarre (1890-1986).

Anthropologist Susan Silbey receives Mentorship Award
The award from the Law and Safety Association is given to an outstanding mentor for graduate, professional or undergraduate students who are working on issues of law and society. The citation reads, in part: “Silbey's wisdom, energy, commitment, generosity, and enthusiasm have deeply affected our collective experience, transformed our academic work, and provided a model for academic life.”

Tragic Spirits on ICAS book prize short list | Buyandelger
About  | Interview with Buyandelger in Anthropology News

Seth Mnookin wins 2015 Eric Martin Award
Mnookin received the award (for an article for a Public or Health Care Consumer Audience) for his longform article One of a Kind: What Do You Do if Your Child Has a Condition That Is New to Science? in The New Yorker (July 21, 2014).
Award information

Vivian Tran ’16 and Caleb Lin ’16 win the 2015 Isabelle de Courtivron Prize 
Two juniors with a strong commitment both to technical majors and to creative writing have been awarded the 2015 Isabelle de Courtivron Prize for Expository and Creative Writing.
Story by SHASS Communications

Andreas Wiedemann receives Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship 
PhD student in Political Science, Social Science Research Council
Bio Note | SSRC website

Three MIT students receive Institute Awards in the Arts
The MIT Council for the Arts Awards Committee has conferred to three Music and Theater Arts students the following Institute Awards in the Arts: The Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts: Peter Godart, Mechanical Engineering and Music; The Laya and Jerome Wiesner Awards in the Arts: Otto Briner '15, Mechanical Engineering and Music, as well as Majdolene Khweiss '15, Civil Engineering and Theater.

Junot Díaz receives Premio Metropolis Azul Prize
The prize is given by the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival in Montreal to an author from any country or region, for a work of fiction written in Spanish, English, or French, which explores some aspect of Spanish-language culture or history.
About | Diaz MIT webpage

Teppei Yamamoto receives Miller Prize, awarded Hayes Career Development Professorship
Yamamoto has won the Society for Political Methodology’s 2015 Miller Prize for the best article published in Political Analysis.  The article written with Jens Hainmueller and Dan Hopkins entitled “Causal Inference in Conjoint Analysis.” Yamamoto has also been awarded the Hayes Career Development Professorship. 
About | Yamamoto webpage

DeGraff project video receives "Public Choice Award"
Opening up education in Haiti received the public Choice Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 
More | MIT-Haiti

Noel Anderson, Alec Worsnop receive Dissertation Fellowships
The Graduate students received the awards from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

Dan de Kadt is co-winner of the Fiona Macgillivray Award
DeKadt received the award for the best Political Economy paper presented at the previous year’s annual APSA meeting. His co-authored paper is titled “Agents of the Regime? Traditional Leaders and Electoral Clientelism in South Africa.”
De Kadt biographical note | APSA


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