Columbia University awarded the 2011 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for outstanding basic research in the fields of biology or biochemistry to Brandeis’ Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey C. Hall and Rockefeller University’s Michael Young. Rosbash, a professor of biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, collaborated for more than two decades with Jeff Hall, now biology professor emeritus. In the early 1980s, working at Brandeis, Hall and Rosbash combined their expertise in fly genetics and molecular biology to clone the Drosophila period gene, a key regulator of the circadian rhythm, as Young and his lab at Rockefeller University did independently. The Hall-Rosbash-Young mechanism of the molecular clock was later found to be universal in the biological world.

Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, has joined Provost Steve Goldstein’s staff as senior adviser. Hill will lead and coordinate interdisciplinary academic initiatives across the university and play a central role in the strategic planning process that began this fall. She will also work with the provost to develop partnerships with national and Boston-area institutions to advance the university’s mission and coordinate efforts with the Office of Communications to showcase Brandeis’ academic programs and faculty achievements.

Andrew Flagel became senior vice president for students and enrollment in September. Flagel oversees the university’s Division of Student Affairs, which includes athletics, student activities, community living, the interfaith chaplaincy, orientation, the health center and psychological counseling services. He also oversees enrollment management, including the Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Services, as well as the Hiatt Career Center. Flagel earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from George Washington University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the featured admissions columnist on the My College Options website.

Lead principal investigator Albion Lawrence, associate professor of physics, and his collaborators were awarded a $2.9 million National Science Foundation training grant designed to foster interdisciplinary research and education by and for graduate students across the mathematical and theoretical sciences. The Integrative Graduate Education, Research and Traineeship (IGERT) grant program, titled “Geometry and Dynamics: Integrated Education in the Mathematical Sciences,” is structured around themes common to science and social science disciplines: complex dynamical systems, stochastic processes, quantum and statistical field theory, and geometry and topology.

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