Dean's Distinction

 

 

Dean's Distinction

February 23, 2017

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Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the recipients of the 2017 Dean's Distinction. This award honors our highest-achieving FAS staff members, whose contributions, citizenship, and skillful collaboration have delivered outstanding results for the FAS in 2016. This year, we celebrate the accomplishments of 40 individual honorees and two teams.

This year's recipients made remarkable contributions in the areas of student life, faculty support, continuing education, library services, information technology, research and administration. Among other things, they planned and renovated galleries, labs and new buildings, effectively led their teams, flawlessly organized significant conferences and events, focused on financial planning, on-line learning and sustainability, and improved administrative processes across the FAS. Through these exceptional contributions, the 2017 recipients furthered the FAS' commitment to teaching and research, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship and collaboration.

This year, two outstanding teams were selected. The Aurora Teaching Fellow/Teaching Assistant Pilot Group collaborated and worked diligently to transition the processing of Teaching Fellow/Teaching Assistant transactions from ASPerIN to Aurora, delivering valuable functionality that has been well received. The extraordinary effort and dedication of this team created a working model for other functional areas within the University. The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Team launched four strategic initiatives which included developing and deploying new digital methods, as well as organizing and hosting three significant University-wide events in an effort to extend the reach and impact of its work to a growing public audience. These efforts provided unparalleled opportunities for scholars world-wide and have placed the Center at the forefront of research, outreach and policy analysis.

Reading the accounts of the achievements of this year's recipients, I am not only inspired by what they have been able to accomplish, I am also impressed by their creativity, generosity of spirit, and commitment to the institution. I am truly grateful to each of this year's recipients for the remarkable positive impact they made on the FAS in 2016.

I hope you will join me in congratulating each individual listed below.

Sincerely yours,

Michael D. Smith
Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
John H. Finley, Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Dean's Distinction 2017 Recipients:

Adam Aja, Harvard Semitic Museum
Belynda Bady, Department of Economics
Deanna Behrent, Office of Physical Resources and Planning
Jennifer Brown, Harvard University Herbaria
Leah Burrows, SEAS Communications
Julia Cai, Harvard China Fund and Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Mark Cellucci, Department of Psychology
Pamela Choi Redfern, SEAS Capital Projects and Planning
Kathleen Coviello, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
David Crabill, Harvard College Office of Student Life
Hera Daldalian, SEAS Financial Operations
Dilek Dogutan Kiper, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Theresa Dugan, Instructional Media Services
Kerry Foley, Division of Continuing Education
Carla Greenwood, FAS Finance Office
Ann Hall, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Emilie Hardman, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Wendy Heywood, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Heather Julian, FAS Development
Kathleen Lebel, Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Thomas Lee, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Krista Lester, Division of Social Science Administrative Support Group
Timothy Letteney, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
Ben Marciniak, Office for Faculty Affairs
Jessica McCall, Division of Science
Paul Millett-Pennel, HUIT Department of Information Technology Support Services
Wairimu Mwaura, The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations
Rebecca Nesson, Division of Continuing Education
Kimberly O'Hagan, Department of History
Pamela Pollock, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Patricia Purcell, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Marisa Reilly, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Karen Rynne, Department of Music
Catherine Shapiro, Harvard College Freshman Dean's Office
Edward Soucy, Center for Brain Science
Madeleine Straubel, Department of Statistics
Laura Thomas, Department of Sociology
Andrew Vatistas, Department of Athletics
Patrica Vio, Department of Government
Jon Woodward, Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology

Aurora Teaching Fellow/Teaching Assistant (TF/TA) Pilot Group
Emily Amendola, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
Dara Greenhouse, FAS Finance Office
Patricia Jenkins, FAS Finance Office
Joseph Lavin, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Laura Pascale, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Lauren Raece, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education
Karen Rynne, Department of Music
Paula Soares, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
Thom Wall, Department of Government
Matthew Wallace, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Candice Wesson, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education
Douglas Woodhouse, Harvard College Program in General Education

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Team
Julia Cai, Harvard China Fund and Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Karen Christopher, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Nicholas Drake, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard China Fund
James Evans, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Sarah Gordon, Harvard University Asia Center
Mark Grady, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Nancy Hearst, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Caitlin Keliher, Harvard China Fund
Justin Wong, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

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If you have any questions or need assistance regarding Dean's Distinction, please contact Sam Sweney (6-0196, ssweney@fas.harvard.edu) or Jennifer Callahan (5-4496, jcallahan@fas.harvard.edu).