Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Four Stanford undergraduates win Taube Center for Jewish Studies short story contest

June 9th, 2014
The organizer, winners and judges of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies inaugural short story contest gathered at the Faculty Club to celebrate. From left, senior Kim Leon, Professor Tobias Wolff, sophomore Beatrice Garrard, writer Sarah Houghteling, freshman Max Weiss, senior Alberto Hernandez, Marie-Pierra Ulloa, associate director for academic programming and student outreach at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, and writer Maya Arad.

From left, Senior Kim Leon,  Professor Tobias Wolff, sophomore Beatrice Garrard, Sarah Houghteling a lecturer in Continuing Studies,  freshman Max Weiss, senior Alberto Hernandez,  Marie-Pierra Ulloa, associate director for academic programming and student outreach at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, and writer Maya Arad.

Submissions from Stanford students who entered the inaugural Taube Center for Jewish Studies undergraduate short story contest illustrate the depth, breadth and diversity of the Jewish experience.

The grand prize of $600 was awarded to Stanford sophomore BEATRICE GARRARD for her story, “A Man Without a Watch.” The seed of Garrard’s story comes from a Jewish folktale in which a clever trickster outwits a highwayman. Her prize also includes a one-year mentorship with SARA HOUGHTELING, a writer and lecturer in Continuing Studies

A history major and an avid student of Yiddish literature, Garrard used the contest as an opportunity to reframe a chapter from her working novel into a short story. She has received a Chappell-Lougee Fellowship to research and complete that novel in Lithuania this summer.

MARIE-PIERRE ULLOA, associate director for academic programming and student outreach at the Taube Center, developed the contest to encourage all undergraduates to explore the Jewish experience from a Jewish perspective or from the perspective of another culture.

“Among the many submissions we received, several stood out because of their compelling narrative and velocity, so we decided to award four prizes instead of three,” Ulloa said.

Contestants were asked to write a short story that draws on any aspect of Jewish life, history and culture, and addresses any aspect of the Jewish experience.

TOBIAS WOLFF, professor of creative writing at Stanford; MAYA ARAD, writer-in-residence at the Taube Center; and Houghteling judged the stories.

Houghteling, who presented the awards a Jewish Studies reception earlier this month, was impressed by the literary quality of the submissions.

“There was a wonderful range,” she said. “A lot of the stories had their foundations in Jewish literature, referring to Isaac Babel or to the teaching of the Talmud, and so there were a lot of echoes between the generations.”

Garrard set her story, “A Man Without a Watch,” in 1913 because during that period “many felt that traditional Jewish life was falling apart in the face of the modern era,” she explained. “I wanted to take the original comic scenario and transpose it into a setting that reflects the anxieties of the time.”

A second prize of $300 was awarded to freshman MAX WEISS for “Kasanov’s Bakery,” a story inspired by his grandfather’s memories of growing up in Boston.

Set in 1948 at the time of the narrator’s bar mitzvah, tensions erupt between narrator and father over whether he will carry on the cultural and professional traditions of his family.

“Max mixes humor and drama with an unerring sense of how to tell a good story,” said Houghteling. “We were delighted to discover that a writer of prose this assured was only a freshman.

Two third-prize awards of $150 each were given to senior ALBERTO HERNANDEZ for his work, “Tefillin,” and to senior KIM LEON for her story, “Babel.”

When asked if there is something specific that makes a story distinctly Jewish, the winners paused to reflect.

“It’s really the voice and the values,” Weiss said. “A lot of the best Jewish stories don’t directly address Judaism at all.”

The Taube Center plans to offer another short story contest next spring.

— BY TANU WAKEFIELD, the Humanities at Stanford

 

Humanities and Sciences recognizes staff members

June 2nd, 2014

ALYCE BOSTER, financial and administrative manager in the Department of English, was recently named winner of the 2013 Arnice P. Streit Award for Distinguished Service in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Alice Boster

Alyce Boster

Boster, a 19-year veteran of Stanford, is called the “rock” and the “heart and soul” of the department by colleagues.

One faculty nominator wrote, “She perfectly executes multi-layered tasks in collaborations with faculty.  She never compromises with performance below absolute excellence.  She devotes her entire energy to advancing the goals of the department, while always maintaining a broad view and a humane attitude.”

The school also recently recognized winners of the Dean’s Award of Merit, which recognizes staff members who make outstanding contributions. This year’s winners were DAN KING, student services manager in the Department of Biology; MONICA BRILLANTES, program manager in the Language Center; TINA KASS, associate dean for faculty affairs in the Dean’s Office; and TAMMY LEARNED, administrative associate in the Department of Biology.

 

Doctoral candidates in the Stanford Graduate School of Education win national dissertation fellowships

June 2nd, 2014

Two dooctoral students at Stanford Graduate School of Education – ERIC TAYLOR and ILANA UMANSKY  –  have been awarded National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowships for 2014-2015.

About 600 students applied for the highly competitive dissertation grants, which went this year to 31 candidates, according to the NAEd, which administers the awards in partnership with the Spencer Foundation. The program “aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education,” the group says. The fellowships provide $25,000 in support for such work on the history, theory or practice of formal or informal education.

Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor

Taylor and Umansky are in the interdisciplinary education research program offered through Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis.

Taylor studies the economics of education, and conducts research on personnel in the education sector. Working with co-authors, he had two papers recently in the American Economic Review:The effect of evaluation on teacher performance” and “Information and employee evaluation: Evidence from a randomized intervention in public schools.” Prior to Stanford, he worked at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research, and at the Los Angeles Education Partnership. He received a masters in public policy from from UCLA.

 

Ilana Umansky

Ilana Umansky

Umansky’s research combines policy analysis, sociological theory and quantitative methods to shed light on the educational opportunities, experiences and outcomes of immigrant and English learner (EL) students. She has examined such subjects as course access, language of instruction, reclassification, and the impact of the EL label. She works in close partnership with school districts, grounding her research in questions and responses that support greater educational equity and excellence for immigrant and EL-classified students. She recently co-authored a paper with GSE professor Sean Reardon: “Reclassification patterns among Latino English Learner students in bilingual, dual immersion and English immersion classrooms.”

Umansky has worked with the World Bank, the Organization of American States, Research Triangle Institute, and Sesame Workshop and has conducted educational equity and quality research in Nicaragua, Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador and other countries in Latin America. She has a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s in sociology from Stanford.

Umansky’s grant proposal is titled “Peeling back the label: Studies of educational opportunity among students learning English.”

To learn more about the winners’ dissertation projects, visit the full story on the Graduate School of Education’s website.

 

Laurette Beeson wins Fidler Award for contributions to Stanford Student Affairs

May 28th, 2014
Laurette Beeson Photo Laurette Beeson (Photo: Joy Leighton/Student Affairs)

Laurette Beeson won the 2014 Margaret Ann Fidler Award.  Photo Laurette Beeson (Photo: Joy Leighton/Student Affairs)

The nameplate had just been sealed onto her plaque for the Amy J. Blue Award when LAURETTE BEESON learned that she had received another honor last week.

On Tuesday, May 20, Beeson, an assistant dean for graduate life, was awarded the Margaret Ann Fidler Award for Distinguished Service in Student Affairs. The highest honor given in the Division of Student Affairs, the Fidler award honors a staff member who demonstrates an extraordinary dedication to the division and the mission of the university.

Established in 2000 in honor of MARGARET ANN FIDLER, a former associate vice provost for student affairs, the award recognizes individuals who demonstrate extraordinary integrity and a commitment to teamwork.

Each year, the award is a well-guarded secret until it is announced at a May meeting.

Beeson was very surprised when her name was announced by Fidler, who was on hand to personally give the award. KEN HSU, assistant vice provost for student affairs, was sitting at the table with Beeson and said he could not look at her for fear that she would realize she was this year’s honoree.

The awards committee selected Beeson for nearly 25 years of dedicated service in Student Affairs, “continually demonstrating her commitment, collaboration, patience, flexibility, compassion, respect and results,” the citation read.

“These are the tenets of what Laurette continues to demonstrate as she performs her duties and contributes to her many campus engagements with graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty, staff, parents and others. That there is nothing she will not offer to assist with, no task that is too complicated or difficult for her to tackle, and no topic that she will shy away from for the benefit of the Stanford community, was also one of the main factors in her selection for this award,” the citation continued.

— BY ELAINE RAY

 

Graduating senior Kaela Farrise receives Stanford Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award

May 28th, 2014

dish_kaelaKAELA FARRISE, ‘14 has received the Stanford Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award for making a significant impact on the campus community.

HOWARD WOLF, vice president for alumni affairs and president of the Stanford Alumni Association, announced the award at a private reception on Friday, May 23.

Farrise has been actively engaged in the Stanford community from the moment she arrived on campus. She has served as a member of the executive cabinet of Associated Students; a leader in the Black Student Union;  chair of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Student Advisory Board and is currently a member of the Senior Gift Committee. One of her nominators described her as “a distinctly talented and motivated young scholar. She is also an activist who combines an unwavering commitment to social justice with exemplary leadership abilities. She is a mature, caring young lady who is organized, dependable, easy to get along with and is committed to being a leader among today’s students.”

The Outstanding Achievement Award was created in 2011 to honor up to three members of the graduating class who have made a significant or unique impact on the Stanford community.

The Stanford Alumni Association also announced the winners of the Class of 2014 Award of Excellence, which recognizes graduating seniors whose undergraduate activities demonstrate the strong potential for continued service to the university and the alumni community. Nominations were submitted by faculty and staff from across campus. This year 150 members of the Class of ’14 received the award and were honored at a reception at the Alumni Association on May 15. Their names will also be listed in the program for the Class Day Lecture, which is hosted by the Alumni Association and takes place during Commencement Weekend.

— BY CARA HANELIN, Stanford Alumni Association

Stanford Professor Jon Krosnick wins lifetime achievement award from public opinion research group

May 27th, 2014
Jon Krosnick

Jon Krosnick

The final tally is in.  JON KROSNICK, a Stanford professor of communication and of political science and, by courtesy, of psychology, has won the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). Bestowed upon Krosnick on May 17 at the association’s annual banquet in Anaheim, Calif., the tribute recognizes outstanding contributions to public opinion research.

The award plaque describes Krosnick as an “academic polymath with a restless intellect and boundless energy” whose scholarship is elite and groundbreaking. According to the AAPOR, “His work during the past three decades has produced essential insights into questionnaire design and survey research methods.”

Krosnick’s career has been devoted to understanding and improving survey research. His focus on accuracy is aimed at making policymakers educated consumers of available data. In particular, AAPOR states, his 15-year exploration of public attitudes on climate change has been “path-breaking and influential.”

Krosnick later described the award banquet as a “bear hug” by a peer group that he considers family. “I am stunned by this award because it is profoundly meaningful to me,” he said. The survey researchers that fill the ranks of AAPOR are “my go-to people,” said Krosnick, who is the director of the Political Psychology Research Group.

“AAPOR has inspired me, validated me, nurtured me and taught me,” he added.

For Krosnick, it has been both a meaningful and challenging career. “Doing the above has not always been popular, and the process has involved its share of frustrations and disappointments.”

GARY LANGER, who served on the award committee, said Krosnick’s contributions to survey research were “unparalleled.”

“By my lights, he’s the most imaginative, most ethical, widest ranging, deepest thinking and hardest working survey researcher of our times,” said Langer, president of Langer Research Associates and former longtime director of polling at ABC.Krosnick, in his acceptance speech, applauded a “big team of collaborators” over the years.

“The most important of these have been the super-talented students I’ve been able to work with: graduate students, undergrads and postdocs here at Stanford. I am deeply thankful to Stanford for giving me the opportunity to work with such great people and to provide such a supportive and vibrant intellectual environment,” he said.

Krosnick is the author of six books and more than 150 articles and chapters. He has also conducted surveys on voter decision-making, passionate attachment to political issues, the influence of the news media, Americans’ attitudes toward climate change and the environment, and many other topics.

Krosnick graduated from Harvard University in 1980 with a BA in psychology. He received both an MA in 1983 and a PhD in social psychology in 1986 from the University of Michigan, and came to work at Stanford in 2004.

A native of Philadelphia with a mother who was an opera singer and a father who was an opera aficionado, he learned to play piano at age 6 and continued playing percussion instruments from elementary school on. Today he is a drummer in the electric jazz band Charged Particles.

 

—CLIFTON B. PARKER

Stanford Professor Jo Boaler wins math education prize

May 22nd, 2014
Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler

JO BOALER, professor of mathematics education at Stanford Graduate School of Education, has been awarded the Kay Gilliland Equity Award  by the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).

The international organization, made up of leaders in the field of mathematics education, cited Boaler for her contributions to equity in mathematics education and leadership in attacking current problems in mathematics curriculum and supervision. Her work examines how traditional math instruction methods, which emphasize drilling and memorization, deter many students from excelling in the field. Known for her efforts to champion more collaborative approaches, she gave a presentation at the organization’s recent annual meeting titled, “Cutting through the smoke screen: Erasing mathematics inequality through research and action.”

According to the NCSM website, the award was established in 2013 to honor Kay Gilliland, a California math teacher who served as the group’s president and was a founding member of the professional development program, EQUALS, at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. Boaler, the author of seven books including What’s Math Got To Do With It? and The Elephant in the Classroom, has started offering courses online to present more interactive and hands-on approaches to teaching and learning mathematics. In addition to offering an online course for teachers and parents, she is also preparing to offer an online course for students called “How to Learn Math: For Students.”

Read the original story on the Stanford Graduate School of Education’s website.

 

 

Rodgers wins Ben Hogan Award as the best colleagiate golfer

May 21st, 2014
Patrick Rodgers

Stanford golfer Patrick Rodgers

Junior PATRICK RODGERS has been named winner of the 2014 Ben Hogan Award by the Colonial Country Club, the Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from the previous award’s banquet. The Ben Hogan Award selection committee is made up of 24 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.

The first honoree in Stanford history, Rodgers is the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer, according to both the World Amateur Golf Ranking and the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. Teammate CAMERON WILSON was a finalist for the award.

In 11 tournaments this year, Rodgers, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, boasts nine top-10 finishes and a stroke average of 69.41. On the amateur circuit, he was a member of the winning United States Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams in 2013 and finished with a 5-1-2 record. Last summer, he was the medalist at the Western Amateur and reached the round of 16 in match play at both the Western Amateur and the United States Amateur. In addition, he tied for 15th place at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic last July.

Visit the GoStanford website to learn more and to watch a video in which Rodgers offers a few tips for succeeding on the challenging Stanford Golf Course.

Stanford graduating seniors Hunter Kodama, Chiney Ogwumike, win Alumni Association’s Sterling Award

May 16th, 2014
Howard Wolf, director of the Stanford Alumni Association with Hunter Kodama, '14, a 2014 Sterling Award winner.

Howard Wolf, president of the Stanford Alumni Association, with Hunter Kodama, ’14, a 2014 Sterling Award winner. He shared the award with Chiney Ogwumike ’14.

Graduating seniors HUNTER KODAMA and CHINEY OGWUIMKE have received the Stanford Alumni Association’s 2014 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for outstanding service to Stanford.
HOWARD WOLF, president of the Alumni Association and vice president for alumni affairs, presented the awards at the SAA Board Meeting on Thursday, May 15.
Kodama, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public policy, has been actively involved in campus life. He was a Junior Class President, a Freshman Transition Coordinator, a four-year member of the Dance Marathon planning team, the 2014 Associated Students elections commissioner and is currently a Senior Gift co-chair.
“He’s both an individualist and entrepreneurial. He is the definition of what it is to be a student leader at Stanford,” one of his nominators wrote. Other references commented on his warmth and humility, compassion, work ethic, genuine nature and enthusiasm for Stanford.
The Sterling Award cites Hunter“…For the deep level of respect and trust afforded him by his classmates, due not only to the countless ways he has served them and his university, but also to the gracious sincerity and generous spirit he brought to this work.
Ogwumike, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, has been a stand-out student-athlete. She was a member of the varsity women’s basketball team for four years and received numerous honors on the conference and national levels. She was a captain of the team for two years, a member and committee co-chair of the Cardinal Council and was  an active participant in community volunteer engagements. She was the driving force behind Nerd Nation.
One of her nominators described some of the ways in which Chiney is a stand-out leader: “Chiney has a magnetic personality that makes people want to be around her.  Not only does she have high standards for herself, but also she helps make others around her better.  She is selfless, encouraging, motivating, inspiring and most of all, a person with unquestioned integrity.”
The Sterling Award cites Chiney for being an “incredible role model to young girls,” and “for teaching us all that life is about playing hard, working hard….And for saying with unmitigated love and pride ‘I am Stanford!’ while everyone everywhere agrees unanimously, ‘Yes, you are Stanford.’”
Ogwumike was unable to attend the May 15 dinner becasue she is busy training with the Connecticut Sun, the WNBA team that selected her as the Number One draft pick in April.
The Alumni Association presents the Sterling Award annually to a graduating senior whose undergraduate activities have made an impact on campus and who demonstrates the strong potential for continued service to the university and the alumni community. This is the first time since 1999 that the award has been presented to two seniors.
The award is named for the late J.E. Wallace Sterling, who served as Stanford’s president from 1949 to 1968.

 — BY CARA HANELIN, Stanford Alumni Association

Julie Kennedy wins award for excellence in teaching

May 15th, 2014
Julie Kennedy

Julie Kennedy (Photo: Linda A. Cicero)

Environmental Earth System Science professor JULIE KENNEDY has been awarded the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa. She is one of four teachers honored this year and the 12th Stanford professor to win the award.

Kennedy said that while she is delighted to be honored, it is the nomination by a former student that she finds to be most gratifying.

“The deepest honor is to have been nominated, to have a student say that what you did, the way you put yourself out there as a teacher and as a friend really mattered to me, and I want others to know about it,” she said. “That’s what really hits my heart.”

On its website, Phi Beta Kappa states that winners of the award “are those who have taught an especially memorable course, or who have had a special impact on the education, career, life, or who have been found inspiring or particularly admirable by a PBK member.”

ROSS FEEHAN, a Phi Beta Kappa member and a Stanford alumnus (2013, B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems), said he nominated Kennedy for the teaching award because of her deep impact on him as a teacher, benefactor and mentor. “Julie is irreplaceable,” Feehan said. “The talent, vigor and commitment she brings to each of her roles at Stanford are astounding.”

As part of his senior seminar, Feehan worked with Kennedy to help a nonprofit organization in East Palo Alto build a sustainable business model for a farmer’s market in the city. “Julie became intimately involved in the project to ensure that it was mutually beneficial for the organization and my group,” Feehan said. “She attended our off-campus, 8 a.m. meetings and encouraged the students to recognize the complexity of challenges.”

Kennedy, who is also a co-director of the Haas Center for Public Service and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment, said that as a teacher, she doesn’t try to pull her students into her world.

“I try to meet them where they are and then ask ‘How am I going to help you become the best and most effective version of you that you can become?’” she said. “The steps we take toward figuring that out are not a quarter-long adventure, it’s a years-long adventure together.”

 — BY KER THAN,  associate director of communications for the School of Earth Sciences