2023 Achievement Awards on table

Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement Awards

 

 

The Achievement Awards are given annually to honor outstanding scholars and to recognize exceptional research achievement and impact on advancing knowledge, innovation, or creativity in science, engineering, health, arts, humanities, education, and other academic fields of study.

The awards include:

  • Hall of Fame Award
  • Spirit of Tulane Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Entrepreneurship Award
  • IP Innovator Award
  • Galaxy Award
  • Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Award
  • Student/Trainee Research Mentoring Award
  • Convergence Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Funding Awards (2) - nominations are not accepted for these awards
  • Publication Award (2) - nominations are not accepted for these awards
  • Citation Award - nominations are not accepted for these awards

 

Nominations for the 2024 Achievement Awards are open February 1, 2024, and close April 30, 2024.

 

Click here for the detailed Achievement Awards criteria. Click here for the nomination form and checklist.

 

For additional information about the Achievement Awards, please contact Gail Louis, Assistant Vice President for Research - glouis@tulane.edu

 


 

Annual Awards Event - 2023

 

The Office of Research held the second Tulane University Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement Awards on Friday, November 3, 2023, to honor outstanding Tulane scholars and recognize their exceptional accomplishments.  The awards ceremony was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown New Orleans with Meg Farris, WWL-TV medical and general assignment reporter, as the emcee. Read the article about the 2023 Achievement Awards at Tulane News.

 

 

Award Presenters and Emcee

Meg Farris

WWL-TV Reporter and Awards Emcee

Robin Forman

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Mike Fitts

President of Tulane University

Lindsay Cronk

Dean of Tulane University Libraries

Giovanni Piedimonte

Vice President for Research

Kimberly Gramm

Director of Tulane University Innovation Institute

Marie A. "Tonette" Krousel-Wood

Associate Provost for Health Sciences

Jessica Shedd

Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research

 

2023 Hall of Fame

2023 Hall of Fame Medals

This prestigious lifetime achievement award recognizes a nationally and internationally renowned scholar/investigator who has made substantial contributions to advancing knowledge over his/her/their academic career. The awards were presented by Mike Fitts, President.

 

  • JOHN P. PERDEW, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, School of Science & Engineering

 

  • ROBERT GARRY, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine

 

  • LISA FAUCI, PhD, Pendergraft NOLA Lee Haynes Professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Science & Engineering

 

 

Spirit of Tulane Research Award

This award recognizes outstanding achievement during the prior calendar year of a scholar/investigator whose work embodies Tulane's motto:  Non sibi, sed suis (Not for oneself, but for one's own) while enhancing the research mission through education, creative expression, mentorship, and collaborative effort to advance knowledge.

The awards were presented by Mike Fitts, President of Tulane University.

Laila Hlass

LAILA HLASS, JD, LLM, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, School of Law

Denys Bondar

DENYS BONDAR, PhD, Associate Professor and James MacLaren Early Career Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, School of Science & Engineering

Margarita Jover

MARGARITA JOVER, MA, Professor and Program Co-Director, Landscape Architecture and Engineering, School of Architecture

Charles Figley

CHARLES FIGLEY, PhD, Professor and Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health, School of Social Work

Innovation Award

This award recognizes a scholar/investigator who develops novel ideas, approaches and insights through his/her/their interdisciplinary scholarship to address clinical, public health, or societal challenges. The awards were presented by Robin Forman, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Robert Blair

ROBERT BLAIR, PhD, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Tulane National Primate Research Center and School of Medicine

Kirsten Dorans

KIRSTEN DORANS, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Claire Senot

CLAIRE SENOT, PhD, Associate Professor, and  Albert Lechter Early Career Professorship in Business Administration, A.B. Freeman School of Business

Entrepreneurship Award and IP Innovator Award

Entrepreneurship Award - Wayne Reed

WAYNE REED, PhD, Murchison-Mallory Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, School of Science & Engineering

This award is given to the individual faculty member whose contribution to entrepreneurship is reflected in a record of sustained entrepreneurship and new venture creation. The award was presented by Kimberly Gramm, Director of the Tulane University Innovation Institute.

IP Innovator Award - Ron Blanton for Dawn Wesson

DAWN WESSON, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

This award recognizes the faculty member who develops new patentable intellectual property that leads to or is expected to lead to a licensable technology or commercialization event. The award was presented by Kimberly Gramm, Director of the Tulane University Innovation Institute.

Galaxy Award

This award recognizes substantial achievement of a scholar/investigator who has a strong five-year history of funding and of enhancing Tulane's research mission through scholarship, education, mentorship, and collaborative efforts. The awards were presented by Robin Forman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Jill Daniel

JILL DANIEL, PhD, Gary P. Dohanich Professor in Brain Science, Department of Psychology, School of Science & Engineering

Tony Hu

TONY HU, PhD, Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Biotechnology Innovation, and Director, Center for Cellular and Molecular Diagnosis, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine

Provost's Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

This award recognizes a scholar for excellence in research that addresses societal inequalities and promotes social change. Some indicators of excellence include extramural support of related research and dissemination of findings through high-quality, peer-reviewed publications and national or international presentations that address societal inequities and promote social change. Broader impacts of EDI refer to the extent to which research advances participation of historically marginalized groups, promotes understanding of EDI, addresses societal inequities, develops community engagement and partnerships, distributes findings widely to support broad research understanding, and/or innovates social change. The awards were presented by Robin Forman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Patrick Button

PATRICK BUTTON, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, School of Liberal Arts

Manuel Ocasio

MANUEL OCASIO, PhD, Assistant Professor, Section of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Funding Awards

These awards recognize a) the scholar/investigator in the STEM fields who has been awarded the largest combined dollar amount of funding for direct costs during the prior calendar year; and b) and artist/scholar/investigator in the non-STEM fields who has been awarded the largest combined dollar amount of funding for direct costs during the prior calendar year. The awards were presented by Giovanni Piedimonte, Vice President for Research.

David Chae for Lydia Bazzano

STEM

LYDIA BAZZANO, MD, PhD, Professor and Lynda B. and Leighton Steward Professor in Nutrition Research, and Director, Tulane Center for Lifespan Epidemiology Research, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Kelly McClure

NON-STEM

KELLY MCCLURE, EdD, Professor of Practice and Program Director, PreK-12 Education Programs, School of Professional Advancement

Convergence Award

This award recognizes a Tulane scholar or team of scholars who successfully collaborate across schools, units, and departments to surpass traditional academic disciplines and further the research mission. The awards were presented by Giovanni Piedimonte, Vice President for Research.

Patrice Delafontaine for Hong-Wen Deng

HONG-WEN DENG, PhD, Professor, and Aron Family Endowed Chair, Director for Biomedical Informatics and Genomics, and Director, Institute of Integrated Data & Health Science, School of Medicine

Michael Burke

MICHAEL BURKE, PhD, Professor, Earl P. and Ethel B. Koerner Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Charles Atwood Professorship, and Lawrence Martin Chair of Business, A.B. Freeman School of Business

Student/Trainee Research Mentoring Award

This award recognizes an exceptional research mentor. The awards were presented by Marie A. 'Tonette' Krousel-Wood, Associate Provost for Health Sciences.

James Huck

JAMES HUCK, PhD, Administrative Associate Professor, and Assistant Director for Graduate Programs, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies, Latin American Studies Program, School of Liberal Arts

Saru Matambanadzo

SARU MATAMBANADZO, JD, PhD, Moise S. Steeg Jr. Associate Professor of Law, and Senior Director of Online Legal Education, School of Law

Rising Star Award

This award recognizes the works of an assistant professor, within five years of appointment to Tulane, who demonstrates exceptional growth and impact in one or more research areas. The awards were presented by Marie A. 'Tonette' Krousel-Wood, Associate Provost for Health Sciences.

Nicholas Mattei

NICHOLAS MATTEI, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Science & Engineering

Changwei Li

CHANGWEI LI, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Citation Award

This award recognizes the Tulane author of the peer-reviewed article with the highest number of citations during the prior calendar year. The recipient must be the corresponding author and Tulane must be the corresponding institution. The award was presented by Jessica Shedd, Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research.

Joe Iwanaga

JOE IWANAGA, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, and Clinical Neuroscience Research Center for "Standardized statement for the ethical use of human cadaveric tissues in anatomy research papers: Recommendations from Anatomical Journal Editors -in-Chief," Clinical Anatomy, May 2022

Publication Awards

This award is designed to honor scholars and investigators at Tulane University for their exceptional contributions to academic literature by acknowledging the best journal article published in the preceding calendar year and the best book published within 24 months of the award selection date, which occurs annually in August. These awards recognize the significant contributions to the scholarly record at the intersection of impact, merit, and relevance. The awards were presented by Lindsay Cronk, Dean of Tulane University Libraries and Academic Information Resources.

 

Tracy Fischer

TRACY FISCHER, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, and Tulane National Primate Research Center, Tulane Center for aging and Tulane Brain Institute for "Neuropathology and virus in brain of SARS-CoV-2 infected non-human primates," Nature Communications, April 2022

Yuri Herrera-Gutierrez

YURI HERRERA-GUTIERREZ, PhD, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, School of Liberal Arts, for Three Novels, published by And Other Stories, 2021