Congratulations from President Robinson
May 6, 2015
April proved an exceptional month for awards, with honors bestowed upon many of our students. Below is a sampling of accolades in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences:
Gregory Pardlo (English) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Digest (Four Way Books), his latest collection of poetry. The judges cited Pardlo's "clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st-century America, rich with thought, ideas, and histories public and private." His first book, Totem (Copper Canyon Press), received the American Poetry Review/ Honickman Prize in 2007. An associate editor of Callaloo, Pardlo is currently a teaching fellow in Undergraduate Writing at Columbia University.
Joshua Mehigan (English) was named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry. Appointed on the basis of "prior achievement and exceptional promise," Mehigan joins 174 winning candidates selected from a pool of more than 3,100 applicants. His first book, The Optimist (Ohio UP), was a finalist for the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. He teaches English and creative writing at the College of Staten Island.
Polina Nazaykinskaya (Music Composition) was awarded a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the premier graduate school award for immigrants and children of immigrants. The $90,000 fellowship will provide funding over two years toward her degree. Recipients are "poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture, or their academic fields." Nazaykinskaya's first symphonic work, Winter Bells, was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra last year.
Jagadisa-devasri Dacus (Social Welfare) was awarded a dissertation research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dacus's dissertation, "Identifying the Mental Health Strengths and Resiliencies of Black MSM in New York City who Maintain HIV-Seronegativity," reflects his extensive history working with community-based organizations and health departments seeking to prevent HIV among high-risk racial and ethnic populations.
Jordana Lovett (Biology) was awarded a 2014–15 "Careers in Immunology Fellowship" from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). The full-year scholarship includes $25,000 in funding. Lovett is studying a regulatory region of DNA associated with a gene central to the immune system's ability to respond to infection; this region has the potential to direct expression of therapeutic genes to the disease-fighting T lymphocytes of the immune system.
All have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly fields, classrooms, and communities, and on behalf of the Graduate Center, I extend my heartfelt congratulations.
Chase F. Robinson
Submitted on: MAY 11, 2015
Category: President's Office - Archive