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Honors & awards

K. Daron Acemoglu, Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Economics, was elected a fellow of the Econometrics Society in December 2005.

Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Economics K. Daron Acemoglu and Professor of Economics Esther Duflo have been selected as Global Young Leaders for 2006 by the World Economic Forum. Duflo has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Abdul Lateef Jameel Professorship in Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics.

Dante Anzolini, Associate Professor of Music, has been selected to participate in the American Symphony Orchestra League's National Conductor Preview 2005. Professor Anzolini is one of eight conductors out of a pool of over 220 selected for the event.

Associate Professor of Economics David Autor was awarded the 2005 John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award for "exceptional research contributions that address industrial relations/employment problems of national significance" by the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Associate Provost for the Arts and Professor of Theater Arts Alan Brody's play "The Housewives of Mannheim" has won the 2005/06 Reva Shiner Full Length Play contest, sponsored by the Bloomington Playwrights Project.

Andrea Louise Campbell, Associate Professor of Political Science, has been awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, along with Kimberly Morgan, for their proposal "The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003: Ideologies, Interests, and Policy Feedbacks in the Contemporary Politics of Medicare."



Assistant Professor of History Christopher Capozzola has been awarded the J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship by the American Historical Association and the Library of Congress.

Institute Professor Emeritus and Professor of Linguistics Noam Chomsky received honorary degrees from Ljubljana University and Bologna University in 2005.

Peter Diamond, Institute Professor of Economics, is the first recipient of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize in Economics. The Laffont Prize is awarded annually to an economist for the ability to both develop innovative theory and to apply it to innovative economic problems.

Michael Fischer, Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies, has won the 2005 American Ethnological Society (AES) Senior Book Prize, for his book, Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice.

John Harbison, Institute Professor of Music, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category for "Mottetti di Montale."

Class of 1949 Professor of Music Ellen Harris has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for her upcoming book on George Frideric Handel. Professor Harris is also the recipient of the Gyorgy Kepes Fellowship Prize, established in 1982 by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Associate Professor of the History of Science David Kaiser's article "The postwar suburbanization of American physics," which appeared in the American Quarterly, has been awarded the Forum for History of Science in America Prize.

Evelyn Fox Keller, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, was awarded a Blaise Pascal Research Chair by the Pr≥fecture de la R≥gion D'Ile-de-France for 2005–07.

Associate Professor of Writing Helen Elaine Lee has been awarded MIT's Jeptha H. and Emily V. Wade Award.

Tom Levenson, Associate Professor of Science Writing, has received the 2005 National Academies Communications Award in the TV/Radio category for his film "Origins: Back to the Beginning."



Adjunct Professor of Writing Alan Lightman was awarded Sigma Xi's 2006 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award. Sigma Xi is the international honor society for research scientists and engineers.

Assistant Professor of Writing Anthony Lioi received a Coolidge Fellowship from the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life, which enabled him to pursue research on American environmental writing.

Ford International Professor of History John Dower and Kochi Prefecture-John Manjiro Professor in Japanese Language and Culture and Professor of Linguistics and Japanese Shigeru Miyagawa's project Visualizing Cultures has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities as "one of the best online resources for education in the humanities."

T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations Peter Perdue's book China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia was named an Outstanding New Book by Foreign Affairs in the Spring of 2005.

Ruth Perry, Professor of Literature and Women's Studies, has won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for her project on a biography of Anna Gordon Brown.

James M. Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics, was appointed by President Bush as one of the nine members of the bipartisan Presidential Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.

Assistant Professor of Theater Arts Jay Scheib was named a 2005–07 Recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/Theater Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors and Designers. This is a nationally competitive program for early-mid career directors to establish themselves in the American regional theater.



Emma Teng, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, has been awarded a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities Edward Baron Turk recently received a grant from the French Cultural Services of New York to help support his current research project on contemporary French theater and performance arts.

Rosalind Williams, Robert M. Metcalfe Professor of Writing and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, is currently serving as President of Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) for the term 2005–07.

Carnegie Hall has commissioned new works by twenty composers (10 emerging young and 10 established) in the classical and world traditions. Among those selected is Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music, who has been commissioned to write new works for specific indigenous Silk Road instruments with varying combinations of strings and percussion.



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