Awards, Honors & AppointmentsAwards, Honors & Appointments
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November 20, 2000

 

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UCSD PROFESSORS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES HONORED FOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Eleven professors in the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego have received recognition for their achievements. They are Rebecca Klatch, Peter H. Irons, Kaare Strom, Andy Kehler, Ron Langacker, Robert F. Engle, Arend Lijphart, Steven Shapin, David Swinney, Diana Deutsch, and John T. Wixted.

Sociology Professor Rebecca Klatch has received multiple honors for her book, A Generation Divided: The New Left, The New Right, and The 1960s (1999, UC Press). The book received the 2000 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the section on Social Movements and Collective Behavior of the American Sociological Association. The book also was chosen as Book-of-the-Month by the Freedom Network, a libertarian organization, and was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award given annually by the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Klatch received a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, all in sociology. She has been on the UCSD faculty since 1992.

Political science Professor Peter Irons' book, A People's History of the Supreme Court (1999, Viking; 2000, Penguin), has received a 2000 Silver Gavel Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association for its "contribution to public understanding of law and the legal system." Irons received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Antioch College, master's and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Boston University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. He has been on the UCSD faculty since 1982.

Political science Professor Kaare Strom has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. Strom received a bachelor's degree from Saint Olaf College, and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, all in political science. She also studied at the University of Oslo, Norway. Strom has been on the UCSD faculty since 1991.

Andrew Kehler, assistant professor of linguistics, has been awarded two grants in computational linguistics: one from the National Security Agency for Leveraging Minimal Training Data to Improve Information Extraction Performance, and the other from the National Science Foundation for Multimodal Access to Spatial Data. Kehler received a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and master's and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Harvard. He joined the UCSD faculty in March.

Linguistics Professor Ronald Langacker is principal organizer and chair of the 7th International Conference on Cognitive Linguistics to be held at UC Santa Barbara in July, 2001. Langacker received grants from the UCSD deans of Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as external conference funding. He earned a bachelor's degree in French and master's and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics from the University of Illinois. He has been on the UCSD faculty since 1966.

Professor of Economics Rob Engle has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. The designation of Fellow "is a singular honor that recognizes outstanding individual contributions to the advancement of statistics." Engle has been a member of the association since 1989. He received a bachelor's degree in physics from Williams College and a master's in physics and a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. He has been on the UCSD faculty since 1975.

Arend Lijphart, research professor emeritus in political science, has been named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2000-2001. Lijphart will travel to several colleges and universities, meet with undergraduates in informal settings as well as in classroom lectures, and give a major address at each campus for the entire academic community. The purpose of the Visiting Scholars program is to enrich the intellectual atmosphere of institutions which have Phi Beta Kappa chapters and to enable undergraduates to talk with distinguished scholars of diverse disciplines. Lijphart, who received a bachelor's degree from Principia College and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, is a former president of the American Political Science Association. He has been on the UCSD faculty since 1978.

Sociology Professor Steven Shapin has been awarded the Dingle Prize for the best book, The Scientific Revolution, to bring the history of science before a wider audience. The award is given by the British Society for the History of Science. Shapin received a bachelor's degree in biology from Reed College and master's and Ph.D. degrees in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been on the UCSD faculty since 1989.

Psychology Professor David Swinney has been named an Honorary University Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. Swinney has been on the UCSD faculty since 1992. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in language disorders and speech pathology from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in psycho-linguistics and cognition from the University of Texas.

Psychology Professor Diana Deutsch has been named a Fellow of the Division of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She is also a Fellow of the association's Division of Psychology and the Arts and the General Psychology Division. Deutsch received a bachelor's degree in psychology, philosophy and physiology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in psychology from UCSD. She has been on the UCSD faculty since 1989.

Psychology Professor John Wixted is the recipient of the 2000 George A. Miller Award as co-author of a 1999 paper, Psychophysics of Remembering, that appeared in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. The award is given annually by Division I of the American Psychological Association for an outstanding journal article in general psychology. Wixted received a bachelor's degree from UCSD and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Emory University. He has been on the UCSD faculty since 1988.

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