Accolades & Creative Works

Faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences are continuously producing and sharing creative art, receiving fellowships, and securing research grants from notable organizations.

Below are some of the highlights from this past year. You can also view recent publications or search for all types of scholarship, expertise, and other faculty activities through ScholarWorks.

Division of Creative Arts | Division of Humanities | Division of Science | Division of Social Sciences

Division of Creative Arts

  • Ó (o acute), Art exhibition (Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal, 04/01/2023 - 07/02/2023)
  • On the other side: a dinner performance at Portugalia MarketplaceArt installation-performance with André e. Teodósio (Fabric Festival in Fall River, MA, 10/2023)
  • The Elixer of Love by Gaetano Donizetti, Set Design, directed by Sarah Meyers (Prince Theater, Philadelphia, PA, 02/03/2023)
  • The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare, Set Design, directed by Melia Bensussen (Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT, 04/21/2023)
  • Semele by George Frideric Handel, Set Design, directed by Tara Faircloth (Wolf Trap Opera, Washington DC, 06/23/2023)
  • Cat Kid The Musical by TheaterWorksUSA (producer), Set Design, directed by Marlo Hunter (Lucille Lortel Theater in NYC and National Tour, Fall 2023)
  • Mind Like WaterMusical Composition, New Focus Recordings (01/19/2024)
  • What shade of green is our horizon?Musical Performance with Lisa Watson (Averitt Center For The Arts, Statesboro, GA, 03/09/2023 - 05/05/2023)
  • Alternative Facts for percussion quartet, 19:30 minutes, Musical Composition (premiered by Talujon (NYC) at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, 05/01/2023)
  • Muriel's SongsMusical Composition (premiered by Sound Icon, with Blythe Gaissert as the mezzo-soprano soloist at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University, 03/16/2024)
  • Death Show, Art Exhibition (Gallery VERY, Boston, MA, 01/14/2023 - 02/11/2023)
  • Artists and Materials 2, Art Exhibition (Suffolk University Gallery, Boston, MA, 01/23/2023 - 02/24/2023)
  • Paper TownArt Exhibition (Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, 02/04/2023 - 06/04/2023)
  • GroundSolo Gallery Show, (A.D. Gallery, New York City, NY, 02/2024 - 03/2024)
  • Sense & Sensibility: The MusicalMusical Score with Jeffrey Haddow (premiered at Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, UK, 05/25/2023 - 05/27/2023)
  • 'Henry' in Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress Theater Performance, directed by Dawn M. Simmons (Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston, MA, 01/12/2024-02/04/2024)

Andrea Segar and Julia Glenn, violins; Mark Berger, viola; Joshua Gordon, cello

  • String Quartet No. 6 by Henri Lazarof, Recorded Performance, Immersive Music Label, December 2023.

Division of Humanities

Recipient of 2024 Pacific Northwest Book Award for Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry

The 2024 Prize Americana Recipient for A Moment's Surrender: On love and murder in academia.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Power and the People: Lay People’s Voices in Ancient Jewish Adjudication

NOMIS Foundation award recipient, Petrarch in Global Translation

Division of Science

National Science Foundation 2024 CAREER Award

U.S. Department of Energy 2023 Early Career Research Award

Pew Scholar in Biomedical Science

NIH Grant, Unraveling the Synaptic and Circuit Mechanisms Underlying a Plasticity-Driving Instructive Signal

Simons Foundation Grant,  Identifying Translational Sleep Biomarkers in Autism

NSF Grant, Role of Physiological Patterns in Hippocampal-Prefrontal Interactions and Hippocampal-Gustatory Cortical Interactions Underlying Formation of Taste-space Cognitive Maps (with Donald Katz)

Simons Foundation Pivot Fellowship, Higher-order statistics of geostrophic turbulence and internal waves

2023 National Medal of Science

2023 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

NIH Grants:

  • Neuromodulation and Robustness of Neurons and Networks
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Training in Computational Neuroscience and Data Analysis (Co-Investigator, Paul Miller)

WGBH Grant, The American Archive of Public Broadcasting: Infrastructure and Outreach

NSF Grants for:

  • EAGER: Integrating Dense Paraphrased-Enriched Representations with Large Language Models
  • Elements: Towards a Robust Cyberinfrastructure for NLP-based Search and Discoverability over Scientific Literature (with Nancy Ide and Marcus Verhagen)

American Cancer Society Grant, Deciphering the Role of HP1 Associated Chromatin Complexes in Epigenetic Inheritance

NIH Grant, Capturing the Dynamic Epigenome Using Single Molecule and Single Cell Approaches

NSF Grant, URoL: Epigenetics 2: Robustness and Adaptability of the Dynamic Epigenome: A Multiscale Approach

Carlisle Corporation, Grant, Application of NMR for Chemical Analysis of PIR Foams, Their Chars, and Surfactants Used in PIR Foams

Brookhaven National Laboratory Grant, U.S. ATLAS HL-LHC Upgrade Project for FY23, WBS Strip Installation & Integration

U.S. Department of Energy, Co-Investigator Aram Apyan, Experimental Particle Physics Research at Brandeis University

Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Spring 2024

Heising-Simons Foundation, Grant, Informing Gravity Theory through AMO II

Additional Faculty Awards & Grants

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants

"The National Institutes of Health is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. In fiscal year 2022, NIH invested most of its $45 billion appropriations in research seeking to enhance life, and to reduce illness and disability. NIH-funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments helping people live longer, healthier lives, and building the research foundation that drives discovery." — NIH Website

  • Anne Berry (Psychology), Dopaminergic Mechanisms of Resilience to Alzheimer's Disease Neuropathology
  • Leslie Griffith (Biology), Activity-Dependent Regulation of CaMKII and Synaptic Plasticity
  • James Haber (Biology), DNA Damage Response and Repair of Broken Chromosome
  • Lizbeth Hedstrom (Biology and Chemistry) and Isaac Krauss (Chemistry), Ubiquitin-Independent Targeted Protein Degradation (Transformative Research)
  • Sebastian Kadener (Biology), Uncovering the Origin and Mechanisms of Ultradian Rhythms in the Drosophila BrainSystematic and Mechanistic Assessment of the Roles of circRNAs in Alzheimer's Disease and Unraveling Regulatory Functions of circRNAs at the Muscleblind Locus
  • Julia Kardon (Biochemistry), Dynamic Control of Mitochondrial Function by the Protein unfoldase CLPX
  • Donald Katz (Psychology), Hippocampal-Gustatory Cortical Interactions Underlying Formation of Taste-space Cognitive Maps (with Shantanu Jadhav) and Temporal Coding and Palatability in Gustatory Cortex
  • Isaac Krauss (Chemistry), A 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer and Mannosidase-Stabilized Glycan Immunogens for Elicitation of High Mannose Patch Antibodies and for Technologies for Directed Evolution of Glycoaptamers
  • Michael Marr (Biology), Undergraduate and Graduate Training in Computational Neuroscience and Data Analysis
  • Paul Miller (Biology), Undergraduate and Graduate Training in Computational Neuroscience and Data Analysis
  • Michael Rosbash (Biology and Neuroscience), Addressing Protein Synthesis Regulation within Small Numbers of Discrete Neurons
  • Maria-Eirini Pandelia (Biochemistry), How Does a Metallocofactor In The Hepatitis B Viral Protein X Orchestrate Pathogenesis and Liver Cancer
  • Avital Rodal (Biology), Abberior 3D-STED Microscope for Super-Resolution Imaging
  • Piali Sengupta (Biology), Mechanisms of Sensory Neuron Morphological Diversification, Signaling, and Functional Plasticity
  • Douglas Theobald (Biochemistry), Evolution of Enzyme Structure and Function Viewed at Atomic Resolution 
  • Jonathan Touboul (Mathematics), Collaborative Research: DMS/NIGMS 2: Dynamical Maintenance of Left-right Symmetry During Vertebrate Development
  • Yangyang Wang (Mathematics), CRCNS: Evidence-based Modeling of Neuromodulatory Action on Network Properties

National Science Foundation (NSF)

"The U.S. National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering in all 50 states and U.S. territories...We also support solutions-oriented research with the potential to produce advancements for the American people."NSF Website

  • Angela Gutchess (Psychology), Defining Culture in Scientific Inquiry: Interdisciplinary and International Perspective
  • Michael Hagan (Physics), Computational modeling to determine strategies to optimize self-limited assembly and Collaborative Research: DMREF: Synthetic Machines from Feedback-controlled Active Matter
  • Pengyu Hong (Computer Science), Collaborative Research: Cultivating Tomorrow's Innovators Through Exploring Planetary Images with Artificial Intelligence
  • Tyler Maunu (Mathematics), Wasserstein Optimization in Data Science: Recovery and Sampling

U.S. Department of Energy

Aram Apyan (Physics), Co-Investigator Gabriella Sciolla, Experimental Particle Physics Research at Brandeis University

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Jané Kondev (Physics), Collaborative CZI Theory Grant: Control Without Feedback in Cells

Division of Social Sciences

Whiting Foundation Fellowship of Higher Education for Sustainable Transportation and Active Travel in South Korea

Cromwell Article Prize from the American Society for Legal History for “Fiduciary Colonialism: Annuities and Native Dispossession in Early America”

American Council on Learned Societies Fellowship for America’s Comfort Women: Legacies of Military Prostitution in Cold War Asia and the Pacific

Hitz Foundation, Grant for Archaeological Research and Conservation in the Usumacinta River Valley of Chiapas and Guatemala

Alphawood Foundation, Grant for Consolidation, Conservation, and Exploration at Lacanja Tzeltal, Chiapas, Mexico

Recently launched for her collaborative ethnographic research project on misoprostol.