Syracuse University Magazine

Newsmakers

College of Visual and Performing Arts alumna Jessie Mueller ’05 was honored with a 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her work in Beautiful—The Carole King Musical. Other alumni who received Tonys included Stacey Mindich ’86, producer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Best Revival of a Musical); and Daryl Roth ’66, and The Araca Group (Mike Rego ’90 and Hank Unger ’90), producers, A Raisin in the Sun (Best Revival of a Play).

English professor George Saunders G’88 and M. Cristina Marchetti, the William R. Kenan Professor of Physics, were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Art history professor Wayne Franits was awarded a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society. Franits is an expert on 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art.

Chemistry professor James Dabrowiak was presented with the International Precious Metals Institute Henry J. Albert Award, a lifetime achievement honor for his contributions to the science and technology of precious metals. His work has helped bring precious-metal compounds and their medical applications to the attention of the scientific and medical communities.

Pramod Varshney, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Drexel University. He was recognized for his pioneering research on distributed detection theory and data fusion methods that have fostered advancement of sensor networks and sensing.

David Bennett ’56, professor emeritus of history, wrote Bill Clinton: Building a Bridge to the New Millennium (Routledge), a new biography of the 42nd U.S. president. The book traces Clinton’s life from his Arkansas roots to his becoming one of the master politicians of his time.

Biology professor Katharine Lewis is part of an intercontinental research team that was awarded a 2014 program grant from the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization. Lewis was also awarded a $1.6 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health. Her research interests include the specification and patterning of spinal cord interneurons, the formation of functional neuronal circuitry, and the evolution of spinal cord patterning and function.

The School of Information Studies was ranked No. 1 among best online graduate degree programs in computer information technology for military veterans by U.S. News & World Report.