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Pforzheimer House faculty deans Zoe Marks and Erica Chenoweth
Zoe Marks and Erica ChenowethPhotograph by Kris Snibbe/HPAC

Pfoho Leaders

Stanton professor of the First Amendment Erica Chenoweth and lecturer in public policy Zoe Marks, both of the Harvard Kennedy School, have been appointed faculty deans of Pforzheimer House effective July 1, joined by their daughter Vera. The new faculty deans succeed Anne Harrington, Ford professor of the history of science and interim dean of undergraduate education, and John R. Durant, director of the MIT Museum, who are concluding a decade of service.

Noted Neuroscientist

Pusey professor of neurobiology Michael Greenberg shared the 2023 Brain Prize with Christine Holt of the University of Cambridge and Erin Schuman of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research. All three have contributed to understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that enable the brain to respond to external stimuli as it adapts, learns, or recovers from injury. Greenberg’s work on brain plasticity has identified genes, proteins, and molecules involved in neural rewiring during the stages of life or in response to damage. The honorands share a €1.3-million award.

Honored Academicians

An unusually large cohort of 17 Harvard faculty were among the 269 newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, announced in April, with the usual strong representation among Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Medical School professors: Karen Adelman, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology; Amitabh Chandra, Wiener professor of public policy; William Clark, Brooks research professor of international science, public policy, and human development; Benjamin L. Ebert, Canellos professor of medicine; Catherine Z. Elgin, professor of education; Elizabeth C. Engle, professor of neurology and ophthalmology; David D. Hall, Bartlett professor of New England church history emeritus; Michèle Lamont, professor of sociology and of African and African American studies and Goldman professor of European studies; Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, de Vapine professor of applied mathematics, of organismic and evolutionary biology, and of physics; Tiya Miles, Garvey professor of history; Jacob K. Olupona, professor of African religious traditions and of African and African American studies; Muhammad Ali Pate, Frenk professor of the practice of public health leadership; David S. Pellman, Dyson professor of pediatric oncology; Wade G. Regehr, professor of neurobiology; Susanna Siegel, Pierce professor of philosophy; Carol S. Steiker, Friendly professor of law; and Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton professor of government.

National Academy Members

Eleven faculty affiliates were elected to the National Academy of Sciences: Spyros Artavanis-Tsakonas, professor of cell biology emeritus; Gordon Fishell, professor of neurobiology; J. Wade Harper, Vallee professor of molecular pathology; Christine Jones, senior astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Xihong Lin, professor of biostatistics and of statistics; Bradford B. Lowell, professor of medicine; Danesh Moazed, professor of cell biology; Naomi Pierce, Hessel professor of biology; Pamela A. Silver, Adams professor of biochemistry and systems biology; Ulrich H. von Andrian, Mallinckrodt professor of immunopathology; and W. Hugh Woodin, professor of philosophy and of mathematics.

Peak Professors

At the May 2 Faculty of Arts and Sciences meeting, her last as dean, Claudine Gay conferred Harvard College Professorships (recognizing distinguished undergraduate teaching, graduate education, and research) on Fiery Cushman, professor of psychology; Philip Deloria, Saltonstall professor of history; Sean Eddy, Saltonstall professor of history; Zhiming Kuang, McKay professor of atmospheric and environmental science; and Mara Prentiss, McKay professor of atmospheric and environmental science. Arts & Sciences professorships, conferred for distinguished graduate education and research, were awarded to Claudia Goldin, Lee professor of economics; Hopi Hoekstra, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and of molecular and cellular biology; Evelyn Hu, Tarr-Coyne professor of applied physics and of electrical engineering; Ann Pearson, Ross professor of environmental sciences; and Tommie Shelby, Titcomb professor of African and African American studies and of philosophy. For a full report on their work, and other teaching and mentoring awards, see harvardmag.com/faculty-meet-23.

Radcliffe Fellows

The Radcliffe Institute has appointed 53 fellows for the 2023-2024 academic year, including two climate-justice fellows who will work with the University’s Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability, and a cluster of five who are also focusing on climate-related matters. Harvard affiliates who received fellowships include Laura DeMarco, professor of mathematics; Tiya Miles, Garvey professor of history; Ludwig Straub, assistant professor of economics; Fernanda Viégas, McKay professor of computer science; and Christina Warinner, associate professor of anthropology. Graduate students receiving dissertation-completion fellowships are Kacie Dragan and Chika O. Okafor (both social sciences) and Jewel Pereyra (humanities). A complete list is available at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Newsmakers

Jacinda Ardern, LL.D. ’22, former prime minister of New Zealand and last year’s Commencement speaker, returns to campus this fall as Knight Tech Governance Leadership Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and as a Global Public Leaders Fellow and Hauser Leader at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.

Professor of government Eric Beerbohm, faculty dean of Quincy House, has been appointed director of the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, succeeding Conant University Professor Danielle S. Allen…Brian L. Trelstad, senior lecturer of business administration, has become faculty chair of the Advanced Leadership Initiative, which gives organizational leaders a year in residence as they prepare to pursue new challenges, often in social enterprise (see “Advancing Leadership,” March-April 2014, page 38). He succeeds Gray professor of health economics and policy Meredith Rosenthal.

With Diker-Tishman professor of sociology Christopher Winship retiring from classroom duties, he and his wife, Nancy Winship, have stepped down as faculty directors of the Graduate Commons Program, a forum for graduate students to meet with faculty members, socialize, and conduct other events. They are succeeded by professor of public policy Todd Rogers and his wife, Sara Dadkhah, who consults with the International Rescue Committee on refugee resettlement in the United States.

President Joe Biden has chosen Monica M. Bertagnolli, director of the National Cancer Institute since last autumn, to be director of the National Institutes of Health. She was formerly a surgical oncologist at the Medical School and Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center—where she underwent treatment for breast cancer detected two months after she became the NCI’s leader.

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