Dean's Distinction

Dean's Distinction

 

February 14, 2019

I am delighted to announce our 2019 Dean's Distinction recipients! This award honors our highest achieving staff members, whose hard work and skillful collaboration meaningfully strengthened the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and beyond in 2018. This year, we celebrate the accomplishments of 34 individual honorees and three teams.

Our 2019 honorees have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in a wide range of areas, including finance, the arts, technical innovation, film and scientific research. They have collaborated across FAS departments and divisions to achieve exceptional results, stretching to take on new roles and responsibilities. They have delivered new business platforms, managed the renovation of buildings and labs, advanced teaching and research, found easier ways to obtain data, managed transitions and otherwise strengthened our FAS community. Whether supporting students through House Renewal, enabling web-based learning, or helping to create and sustain the passion and energy that are hallmarks of strong FAS departments, this year’s recipients have inspired and motivated their colleagues. Our honorees embody the characteristics we celebrate through this recognition.

This year, three outstanding teams were selected. Each team demonstrated the remarkable ability to take on new challenges and to work together to complete initiatives in areas that are institutional priorities. These teams prepared a complex cost proposal designed to materially affect federal reimbursement rates to Harvard; expanded student advising efforts which reached a large number of undergraduates through creative and accessible programming and a focus on inclusion and belonging; and developed and coordinated three high-profile public events, including symposiums, concerts and celebrations, that were executed and delivered flawlessly.

Learning about the achievements of this year's dedicated and talented recipients, I was not only inspired by their accomplishments, I was 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 positive impact they have made on our community.

Please join me in congratulating the individuals listed below.

Sincerely yours,

 

Claudine Gay

Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies

 

Dean's Distinction 2019 Recipients:

Robert Bellantuoni, FAS Human Resources

Daniel Bertwell, Department of History

Allyson Bieryla, Department of Astronomy

Jillian Casey, FAS Office of Communications

Emily Crowell, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Madeleine Currie, Harvard College First-Year Experience Office

Deborah De Laurell, Department of Sociology

Danielle Doyle, Department of Economics

Irvin Dumay, Office of Physical Resources and Planning

Jeannette Everritt, Harvard University Herbaria

Silke Exner, Department of Physics

Jason Fleming, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Feven Girmay, Department of African and African American Studies

Erin Holder, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies

Nikki Hughes, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Lesley Hunter, FAS Registrar's Office

Reema Khan, Office of Physical Resources and Planning

Susan Kinsella, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Thomas Lane, Division of Continuing Education

Rhea Lesage, Harvard College Library

Nicholas Majocha, Department of Athletics

Clayton Mattos, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies

Fanuel Muindi, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Mark Palmer, Harvard College Observatory

Johannah Park, FAS Office for Faculty Affairs

Alba Perez, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Audrey Barker Plotkin, Harvard Forest

Gertrude Regan, Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Faith Sutter, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

Kara-Sue Sweeney, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education

Elizabeth Terry, Lowell House, Harvard College

Jane Unrue, Harvard Scholars at Risk Program

Emily Warshaw, Theater, Dance & Media

David Weimer, Harvard College Library

 

Hutchins Center Events Team

Justin Sneyd, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research

Matthew Weinberg, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research

 

Undergraduate Advising & Employer Relations Team (Office of Career Services)

Linda Chin, FAS Office of Career Services

Christiana Cough, FAS Office of Career Services

Amy DiGiovine, FAS Office of Career Services

Leanne Gaffney, FAS Office of Career Services

Loredana George, FAS Office of Career Services

Tyrene Jones, FAS Office of Career Services

Daniel Lobo, FAS Office of Career Services

Marissa Long, FAS Office of Career Services

Emiko Morimoto, FAS Office of Career Services

Nicole Satyanarayan, FAS Office of Career Services

Nancy Saunders, FAS Office of Career Services

Danielle Zelaya, FAS Office of Career Services

 

University Area Indirect Cost Proposal Preparation Team

Charlotte Gallant, FAS Research Administration Services

Marina Magid, FAS Research Administration Services

Cara Noferi, Office of Physical Resources and Planning

Andres Orco-Zerpa, FAS Research Administration Services

Monica Patel, FAS Research Administration Services

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