Honors and Awards

DAVID BEAVER, assistant professor of linguistics, has been awarded a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. The title of his research is "It's the Way That Cha Say It: A Cross-Linguistic Study in the Semantics and Pragmatics of Focus Sensitivity." The fellowship is designed to provide advanced assistant professors in the humanities and related social sciences with time and resources to pursue their research under optimal conditions. Fellows have up to three years to use the award, which funds a year of academic research, an additional summer's research if needed, and research expenses. Beaver, 10 other men and four women were selected from a pool of 152 scholars. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funds the fellowships.

LYNN EDEN, associate director for research at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, has received the Robert K. Merton Award for her book, Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge and Nuclear Weapons Devastation. The 2004 award in the Science, Knowledge and Technology section of the American Sociological Association was presented Aug. 15 during the organization's annual meeting in San Francisco.

BARRY M. TROST, the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, has been named co-recipient of the 2004 John Scott Award by the Board of Directors of City Trusts for the city of Philadelphia. Trost, who joined the Department of Chemistry in 1987, was selected for his pioneering creative approaches to the synthesis of organic molecules and for furthering the use of insect growth regulators as ecologically preferable alternatives to pesticides. He and co-recipient Thomas E. Starzl of the University of Pittsburgh each will receive a medal and a $15,000 cash award at a ceremony in Philadelphia on Nov. 19. Since 1834, the John Scott Award is presented to individuals whose inventions have contributed in some outstanding way to the comfort, welfare and happiness of humanity.