Celebration Honors Scholarship, Research Excellence

Celebration Honors Scholarship, Research Excellence

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Exemplary researchers were selected to represent each college. Front row, from left: Professor Linda Steiner (JOUR), Professor Rajshree Agarwal (BMGT), Professor Gregg Vanderheiden (INFO), Assistant Professor Marccus Hendricks (ARCH), Professor Ralph Dubayah (BSOS), and Professor Ellen Fabian (EDUC). Back row, from left: Professor Amy Sapkota (SPH), Vice President for Research Laurie E. Locascio, President Wallace D. Loh, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin, and Associate Professor Liangbing Hu (ENGR). Not pictured: Distinguished University Professor Emeritus David Driskell (ARHU), Distinguished University Professor Christopher Monroe (CMNS), Professor Utpal Pal (AGNR), and Professor Peter Reuter (SPP).(Photos by John T. Consoli)
Exemplary researchers were selected to represent each college. Front row, from left: Professor Linda Steiner (JOUR), Professor Rajshree Agarwal (BMGT), Professor Gregg Vanderheiden (INFO), Assistant Professor Marccus Hendricks (ARCH), Professor Ralph Dubayah (BSOS), and Professor Ellen Fabian (EDUC). Back row, from left: Professor Amy Sapkota (SPH), Vice President for Research Laurie E. Locascio, President Wallace D. Loh, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin, and Associate Professor Liangbing Hu (ENGR). Not pictured: Distinguished University Professor Emeritus David Driskell (ARHU), Distinguished University Professor Christopher Monroe (CMNS), Professor Utpal Pal (AGNR), and Professor Peter Reuter (SPP).
(Photos by John T. Consoli)

More than 200 University of Maryland researchers and scholars were honored at the inaugural Maryland Research Excellence Celebration on February 28, 2019. 

Co-hosted by Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin and Vice President for Research Laurie E. Locascio, the program held at the Hotel at the University of Maryland recognized the distinct, high-impact accomplishments of the campus' scholarship and research community.

The guests of honor were nominated by their college and school deans for demonstrably elevating the visibility and reputation of the university through transformative findings, achievements with evident societal impact, recognition by national or international groups, high-impact publications and significant external research funding.“The creativity and ingenuity of our faculty have propelled our university’s profile as a preeminent institution for research and scholarship,” Locascio said.

The Division of Research also announced the winners of its 5th Annual Research Communicator Impact Award, created in 2015 to recognize faculty members who proactively communicate their scholarship and research findings or opinions on research issues with the greater public.

The faculty cited in media category recognizes faculty who were quoted or referenced in several articles of in multiple, high-impact news outlets. The winner in this category is Lilliana Mason, assistant professor in the Department of Government and Politics in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her recent research is transforming the way we think about partisanship, and it is doing so in an environment of deepening conflict and incivility. In addition to being cited by high-impact media outlets like Vox, Science Magazine, the Washington Post, the Economist, and the New York Times, to name a few, Mason’s research was the subject of several podcasts, and radio and broadcast interviews.

The op-ed category highlights those who have authored opinion, editorial, and thought pieces in prominent news outlets. Sahar Khamis, associate professor of communication in the College of Arts and Humanities, received the award in recognition of the multiple op-eds she authored in 2018, in which she shared her expertise in Arab and Muslim media. Following the murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, she wrote an op-ed for The Conversation, titled “Jamal Khashoggi’s murder finally brings media attention to the plight of Arab world’s exiled critics.” This op-ed led Khamis to publish more opinion pieces, sparking media attention and interviews by several outlets.

The new media category recognizes faculty who have produced videos, blogs, radio segments, podcasts, and other works of new media. The winner of this category is Patrick Warfield, associate professor in the School of Music in the College of Arts and Humanities. To help commemorate the centennial of the first World War, Warfield – a musicologist – presented research on music’s transatlantic impact at conferences and in scholarly articles. He then transformed this scholarship to curate and narrate three free performances in the Washington, D.C., area, culminating in a final concert featuring members of the Washington National Opera’s young artist program at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

View images from the Inaugural Maryland Research Excellence Celebration: https://go.umd.edu/2019MREC

The following is a list of all honorees celebrated at the Inaugural Maryland Research Excellence Celebration. An asterisk denotes special recognition, based on selection by each college or school dean, as an "Exemplary Researcher."

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Anna Alberini
  • Georgiy Belov
  • Jing Cai
  • Robert Chambers
  • Richard Kohn
  • Stephanie Lansing
  • Paul Leisnham
  • Masoud Negahban-Azar
  • Daniel Nelson
  • Utpal Pal*
  • Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman
  • Abani Pradhan
  • Yiping Qi
  • Shaik Rahaman
  • Meiqing Shi
  • Chad Stahl
  • Bhanu Telugu
  • Rohan Tikekar
  • Vijay Tiwari
  • Kate Tully

School of Architecure, Planning and Preservation

  • Ariel Bierbaum
  • Casey Dawkins
  • Ronit Eisenbach
  • Marccus Hendricks*
  • Ming Hu
  • Willow Lung-Amam
  • Madlen Simon
  • Jeremy Wells

College of Arts and Humanities

  • Linda Aldoory
  • Luka Arsenjuk
  • Mary C. Sies
  • Tita Chico
  • David Driskell*
  • Kenneth Elpus
  • Jason Farman
  • Julie Greene
  • Piotr Kosicki
  • Xiaoli Nan
  • Valerie Orlando
  • Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia
  • Saul Sosnowski
  • Matthew Suriano
  • Janelle Wong
  • Ruth Zambrana

Robert H. Smith School of Business

  • Rajshree Agarwal*
  • T. Leigh Anenson
  • Michael Ball
  • Margret Bjarnadottir
  • Trevor Foulk
  • Michael Fu
  • Guodong Gao
  • Lawrence Gordon
  • Peng Huang
  • Pallassana Kannan
  • Albert "Pete" Kyle
  • Rellie Rozin
  • Yajin Wang
  • Bo Zhou

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Feinian Chen
  • Ralph Dubayah*
  • Leila De Floriani
  • Judith Freidenberg
  • Matthew Hansen
  • Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan
  • Frauke Kreuter
  • Andrea Lopez
  • Lilliana Mason
  • Nan Ratner
  • Joseph Richardson
  • Stella Rouse
  • Sally Simpson
  • Alexandra Tyukavina

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

  • Jacob Bedrossian
  • Charon Birkett
  • Alberto Bolatto
  • Kan Cao
  • Andrew Childs
  • John Dickerson
  • Bill Fagan
  • Sinead Farrell
  • John Fourkas
  • Megan Fritz
  • Eric Haag
  • Kelly Hamby
  • David Jacobs
  • Patrick Kanold
  • Jonathan Katz
  • Sujay Kaushal
  • William Lau
  • Max Leiserson
  • Dave Levin
  • Xin-Zhong Liang
  • Zhongchi Liu
  • Christopher Monroe*
  • Lee Mundy
  • Betsy Quinlan
  • Ross Salawitch
  • Peter Shawhan
  • Anne Simon
  • Ian Spielman
  • Sergei Sukharev
  • Brian Swingle
  • Lai-Xi Wang
  • YuHuang Wang
  • Xiaolei Zou

College of Education

  • Natasha Cabrera
  • Ellen Fabian*
  • Sharon Fries-Britt
  • Gregory Hancock
  • Ethan Hutt
  • Brenda Jones-Harden
  • Robert Lent
  • Peter Leone
  • Yang Liu
  • Julie Park
  • Megan Peercy
  • Campbell Scribner
  • Janet Walkoe
  • David Weintrop

A. James Clark School of Engineering

  • Akua Asa-Awuku
  • Behtash Babadi
  • James Baeder
  • Olivier Bauchau
  • Cinzia Cirillo
  • Alisa Clyne
  • Siddhartha Das
  • Allen Davis
  • Michael Gollner
  • Mohammad Hafezi
  • Jin-Oh Hahn
  • Christine Hartzell
  • Liangbing Hu*
  • Steve Jay
  • Christopher Jewell
  • Anya Jones
  • Alireza Khaligh
  • Teng Li
  • Michael Ohadi
  • Michael Pack
  • Srinivasa Raghavan
  • Giuliano Scarcelli
  • Yasser Shoukry
  • Elisabeth Smela
  • Peter Sunderland
  • Ichiro Takeuchi
  • Alba Torrents
  • Eric Wachsman
  • Chunsheng Wang
  • Lei Zhang
  • Marina Leite
  • Jeremy Munday
  • Edo Waks

College of Information Studies

  • Jordan Boyd-Graber
  • Joel Chan
  • Eun Kyoung Choe
  • Niklas Elmqvist
  • Jennifer Golbeck
  • Bern Jordan
  • Hernisa Kacorri
  • Amanda Lazar
  • Jonathan Lazar
  • Richard Marciano
  • Doug Oard
  • Mega Subramaniam
  • Gregg Vanderheiden*
  • Jessica Vitak

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

  • Sandy Banisky
  • Susan Moeller
  • Sean Mussenden
  • Deborah Nelson
  • Sarah Oates
  • Linda Steiner*

School of Public Health

  • Bradley Boekeloo
  • Michel Boudreaux
  • Jie Chen
  • Kerry Green
  • Sunmin Lee
  • Amy Lewin
  • Donald Milton
  • Quynh Nguyen
  • Steven Prior
  • Lesliam Quiros Alcala
  • Jennifer Roberts
  • Dylan Roby
  • Amy Sapkota*
  • Carson Smith
  • Julia Steinberg
  • Marie Thoma

School of Public Policy

  • Douglas Besharov
  • Rosina Bierbaum
  • Toby Egan
  • Susan Esserman
  • Nancy Gallagher
  • Nathan Hultman
  • William Lucyshyn
  • David Mussington
  • Susan Parker
  • Anand Patwardhan
  • Lucy Qiu
  • Luke Spreen
  • Joannie Tremblay-Boire
  • Kathleen Vogel
  • Peter Reuter*


March 6, 2019


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