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Faculty Awards

Jonathan A. Bagger has been elected to the board of directors for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). Bagger is the vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral programs and special projects and a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

“NSBRI’s board is gaining a research expert from one of the country’s leading universities,” Bobby R. Alford, NSBRI board chairman and chief executive officer, said at the time of the announcement earlier this year. “His expertise will help NSBRI in its mission to protect astronaut health and improve health care on Earth.”

Lisa Feigenson, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has won the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Boyd McCandless Award for her investigation into the cognitive development of young babies and children.

The annual award recognizes a young scientist who has made significant theoretical contributions to developmental psychology or has made distinguished contributions to the dissemination of developmental science.

“It is a thrill and an honor to receive this recognition from the APA,” says Feigenson. “Many of the previous recipients of this award are among my intellectual heroes, so I feel that I have some awfully big footsteps to follow in.”

Richard A. Goldthwaite, professor emeritus of history, has been awarded the 2009 Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award by the Renaissance Society of America. The award honors a career of exceptional achievement in Renaissance studies and a devotion to the highest standard of scholarship. Goldthwaite is regarded as a leading historian of the Italian Renaissance. He is the author of this year’s The Economy of Renaissance Florence, as well as The Building of Renaissance Florence: An Economic and Social History, and The Demand for Art in Italy, 1300-1600, all published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

With more than 4,000 members, the Renaissance Society of America is the leading organization in the Americas for the interdisciplinary study of the period 1300 to 1650 in Western history. The Kristeller prize is named for one of the most eminent 20th-century scholars in Renaissance studies, who emigrated from Europe in the late 1930s and taught philosophy at Columbia University.

Jack P. Greene, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in the Department of History, is one of this year’s 33 fellows at the National Humanities Center.

The residential program allows each fellow to work individually on a substantial research project and offers the opportunity to share ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences at the center, located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina. This is Greene’s second fellowship at the center; he was previously awarded a fellowship for the 1987-1988 academic year, which a center spokesperson says “puts him in rare company.” Greene’s project is titled The British Debate on American Colonial Resistance, 1760-1783.