Employee awards, honors and accolades for spring term 2021

April 20 – Shabnam Akhtari, associate professor of mathematics, has earned the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize from the Association for Women in Mathematics. Akhtari will pursue her research on classical Diophantine equations with a residential fellowship for a semester in the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

April 20 – Jeff Diez, associate professor of biology, was awarded the 2021 George Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America. The award recognizes the research paper, “Disentangling the abundance–impact relationship for invasive species.”

March 30 – Brendan Bohannan, biology professor, has been named a fellow by the Ecological Society of America. The recognition is awarded to society members who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or applying ecological knowledge. Bohannan was recognized for his fundamental contributions to the unification of microbiology and ecology, for his exceptional mentorship of microbial ecologists and for his exceptional service on the society’s governing council and as journal editor.

March 30 – Zachary DuBois, assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded the 2021 Michael A. Little Early Career Award from the from the Human Biology Association. The award recognizes a member for significant contribution to the field of human biology.

March 30 – Jennifer Pfeifer, psychology professor, has been named as a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Fellow status is awarded to association members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application. 


Each term Around the O Workplace will recognize awards, honors and other professional recognition of University of Oregon faculty, staff, and graduate employees. Submissions should be brief and include a link to the award website.