Important Fellowships, Prizes, and Appointments Go to Columbians

Here are the Awards & Milestones that went to Columbians from Oct. 28 to Nov. 11, 2021.

November 10, 2021

Columbia News produces a biweekly newsletter (subscribe here!) and article series featuring a roundup of awards and milestones that Columbia faculty, staff, and students have received in recent days. In this edition, you’ll find awards and milestones from Oct. 28 to Nov. 11, 2021.

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Lucia Allais, associate professor, was appointed the new Director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Allais will assume the role in January 2022 and succeeds Professor Reinhold Martin, who has led the Buell Center since 2008.

Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, was awarded the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian history or Italian-American relations from the American Historical Association for The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini's Italy.

Yao Lu, professor of sociology, received a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth in support of research examining the source of racial and ethnic inequality among the highly educated U.S. workforce.


Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate, recently received the Skandia Award.  


Ana Asenjo-Garcia, assistant professor of physics, has received an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program Award (YIP).

Andrew J. Blumberg, Herbert and Florence Irving Professor of Cancer Data Research and professor of computer science, and Ivan Corwin, professor of mathematics, were named 2022 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, was nominated by Pope Francis to be an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on Oct. 25. Earlier this year, he was made a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor by decree of the president of the Republic, France and also granted the Alexander Rüstow Award for the Advancement of a Humane Economy by the Alliance for the Social Market Economy.

Tian Zheng, professor of statistics, along with Lehman College’s Jennifer Laird, have won a $180,000 public interest technology award from the think tank New America to expand and scale their data science summer research program with Lehman College.


Michele Trizzino, assistant director of administration in the Construction Administration program, was recently honored as an Outstanding Woman by the Women Builders Council


Kyle DeCoste, Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology,  has been awarded the Zora Neale Hurston Prize by the American Folklore Society for his work with the Stooges Brass Band in writing their book, Can't Be Faded: Twenty Years in the New Orleans Brass Band Game.