University Faculty Receive High Honors

Three professors recognized for their work in political science, history and astrophysics.

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Professors Chryssa Kouveliotou (l), Marc Lynch (c) and Marcy Norton have been recognized for work in their disciplines.
April 25, 2016

Three faculty members of the George Washington University join the ranks of some of the nation’s most-distinguished scholars this month after winning prestigious awards for their work in astrophysics, political science and history.

Marc Lynch, professor of political science and international affairs, was named one of 33 Andrew Carnegie Fellows from a field of some 200 candidates. The director of the university’s Project on Middle East Political Science will focus on “Violence and the New Arab Public.”    

Carnegie fellows receive grants of up to $200,000 for one to two years of scholarly research and writing “aimed at addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order,” the New York-based Carnegie Corporation said in a statement.           

Marcy Norton, associate professor of history, received a Guggenheim fellowship to complete her second book, which examines the interaction between humans and animals between 1500 and 1800 in Western Europe, central Mexico and South America.           

According to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the mid-career fellowships “are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Dr. Norton is one of 178 scholars, artists and scientists selected this year from over 3,000 applicants, the foundation noted.           

A senior NASA high-energy astrophysicist who joined GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences last year, Chryssa Kouveliotou was elected last week to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.           

Founded during the American Revolution, the American Academy describes itself as “one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers.” Its roster of 4,600 members includes over 200 Nobel Prize laureates and more than 100 Pulitzer Prize winners.           

Dr. Kouveliotou will be inducted Oct. 8 at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass.