Columbia Students Shine in 2022 Rhodes, Mitchell Scholars

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Victoria of Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, received the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association of America for his book, The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy.

Debashree Mukherjee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, received an Honorable Mention for First Book Prize from the Modernist Studies Association for her work Bombay Hustle: Making Movies in a Colonial City.

Shana redmond, professor of English and Comparative Literature, received the Judy Tsou Critical Race Studies Award from the American Musicological Society for his book The whole man: the form and function of Paul Robeson.


J. Thomas “Tommy” Vaughan Jr., Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology, Principal Investigator at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and Director of the Columbia Magnetic Resonance (MR) Research Center, and his co-investigators won a National Science Foundation Major Finding Instrument Grant ( NSF) for $ 3.7 million to support the development of a “Next Generation 9.4T Magnetic Resonance System for Translational Neuroscience”.

Nanfang Yu, Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, was named 2022 Optica Fellow for the invention and development of metasurfaces and their application to imaging and cooling.


Talia Gillis, Associate Professor of Law, has been selected as the winner of the AALS Scholarly Papers 2022 competition, which recognizes outstanding scholarships for early-career faculty members who have been teaching for less than five years.

Michael J. Graetz, Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Tax Foundation in November. Graetz is the first law professor to receive the award in 80 years of history.

Susan witte, social work teacher, was honored as a 2022 Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.


Gregory Alexander, Nursing professor Helen Young CUPHSONAA co-authored an article titled “Sharing Health Data in Nursing Homes in the United States: A Mixed Methods Study” selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of the International Medical Informatics Association Yearbook as one of the best papers published in 2020.

Ottavio Arancio, professor of pathology and cell biology and medicine, will receive $ 2,423,405 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for a “Chaperoma Networks in Alzheimer’s Disease” sub-prize.

Véronique Barcelona, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received the Founders Award of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.

Kenrick caton (NRS’14), A nurse researcher for the New York Presbyterian Hospital and assistant professor of nursing, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Medical Informatics Association and chair of its nursing informatics task force.

Marie Carmel Boy, assistant professor of nursing, was a keynote speaker at the National Indian Nurse Practitioners Association of America’s Third National Conference, held in Orangeburg, New York, on November 6, 2021. She also received this year’s Luminary Award from the organization.

Donald edmondson, associate professor of behavioral medicine, will receive $ 285,338 over one year from the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City to “Improve the Implementation and Evaluation of the NYP Telemedicine Initiative” and $ 440,344 over four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a sub-award “Impact of Minority Stress on Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Resilience”.

Julia Hirschberg, Percy K. and Vida LW Hudson Professor of Computer Science and PhD students Shayan hooshmand and Zixiaofan Yang won the award for best short article at the 2021 conference on empirical methods in natural language processing. Their article was titled “CHoRaL: Collecting Humor Reaction Labels from Millions of Social Media Users”.

Krzysztof Kiryluk, Herbert Irving Assistant Professor, received the 2021 Donald W. Seldin Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Nephrology. The award is presented annually to an individual with an outstanding record of achievement and creativity in basic or patient-oriented research related to kidney function and disease.

Ian kronish, associate professor of medicine, will receive $ 390,598 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a “Generalizable Prediction of Drug Adherence in Heart Failure” sub-prize.

Andrew Marks, Clyde ’56 and Helen Wu Professor of Molecular Cardiology (MD) and Professor of Cellular Physiology and Biophysics will receive $ 624,456 over five years from the National Heart, Lungs and Blood Institute for “Cardiovascular Science Training for under-represented students ”.

Gary Miller, professor of environmental health sciences, will receive $ 2.4 million over four years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for “vesicular modulation of dopaminergic neuron toxicity.”

Karthik Natarajan, an assistant professor of biomedical informatics, will receive $ 533,697 over 21 months from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a “Virtual Network to Investigate Trajectory of Serious COVID-19 Outcomes” sub-prize.

Shree nayar, professor of computer science TC Chang, has been honored by the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers as a luminary in computer vision, celebrating the work of those who have “led the way” for research in optics and photonics .

William BF Ryan, specialist researcher in the department of marine geology and geophysics, was elected foreign researcher at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

Rebecca Schnall, Mary Dickey Lindsay, Professor of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Nursing) and Professor of Population and Family Health, will receive $ 438,936 over two years from the National Cancer Institute for “development and pilot testing of a mobile just-in-time smoking cessation intervention for people living with HIV.

Jeffrey shaman, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Climate and Health Program at the Mailman School of Public Health, will receive $ 332,272 over 16 months from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a sub-prize of “Heterogeneous Forecasting and Forecasting County-wide COVID-19 Immediate “and $ 3,271,345 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to” Quantify Error Growth to Improve Infectious Disease Prediction Accuracy. “

Jingjing Shang, professor of nursing and Patricia W. Stone, Centennial Professor of Health Policy at the Faculty of Nursing, received a $ 3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging for a four-year study on disparities in the impact of COVID-19 on patients in homes retirement and home care. Shang also received a $ 2.4 million award to adapt and test a mobile health app for Latino patients living with HIV.

Song of Shuran, assistant professor in computer science, and Huy Ha, PhD student, were finalists for the best system article award at the 2021 robotic learning conference. Their article was titled “FlingBot: The Unreasonable Efficiency of Dynamic Manipulation for Unfolding Cloth”.


Arman Hussein (CC’22), was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Malaysia for the class of 2022. Husein is seeking to pursue a Masters in Economic and Social History, followed by a Masters in Development Economics at Oxford.

MacKenzie Isaac (TC’22) has been selected as the Rhodes Scholar of the United States for the class of 2022. She will be studying at the University of Oxford in England next year.

Hannah Kendall, doctoral student in composition, will be awarded the famous Hindemith Prize for young composers, worth 20,000 euros. The award ceremony and a concert of his works will take place next year in August as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in northern Germany.

Swati Ravi (CC’22) was selected as one of twelve recipients of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship. Ravi plans to pursue a Masters in Space, Science and Technology at University College Dublin.

Sydni scott (CC’22), has been selected as a Rhodes Scholar from the United States for the class of 2022. Scott plans to pursue a Masters in Politics (Comparative Government) at Oxford.

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