2020 Co-op Research Excellence Awards Winners

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the University Co-operative Society are pleased to announce and congratulate the 2020 winners of the University Co-op Research Excellence Awards and the finalists of the 2020 Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards.

The Co-op Research Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding efforts of our faculty and research staff by presenting three annual awards: the Career Award, the Best Paper Award, and the Creative Research Award. These awards have become one of the most prominent symbols of peer recognition at The University of Texas at Austin, not only for career-long accomplishments and scientific research output but also for creative research and artistic endeavors. The winners are these:

Career Award: will be presented to Dr. Alan Bovik, Cockrell Family Regents Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, and Professor in the Institute for Neuroscience, College of Natural Science. He is also Director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE) in the Cockrell School of Engineering. The Career Excellence Award recognizes sustained outstanding research achievement by a faculty member or permanently employed staff researcher over many years.

Best Paper Award: will be presented to Dr. Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay, Associate Professor in the Division of Pharmacology & Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, and in the Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology, and Institute for Neuroscience, College of Natural Sciences, for his paper SLC30A10 transporter in the digestive system regulates brain manganese under basal conditions while brain SLC30A10 protects against neurotoxicity. The Best Research Paper Award recognizes extraordinary achievement by a faculty member or staff researcher who was the principal or sole author of a peer-reviewed scholarly paper reporting original research and published during January 1 – December 31, 2019.

Creative Research Award: will be presented to Charles O. Anderson, Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts; the John L Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, College of Liberal Arts, for extraordinary creative achievement and scholarship in 2019, which includes his work as Artistic Director of DANCE THEATRE X, and his acclaimed (Re) current Unrest, his work as adjudicator at the Korea National International Dance Competition. The Creative Award recognizes extraordinary creative achievement and scholarship by a faculty member or staff researcher from January 1 to December 31, 2019.

The Hamilton Book Awards are named in honor of Professor Robert W. Hamilton, Texas Law Emeritus Professor, and former chairperson of the University Co-op’s board of directors. These awards, underwritten by The University Co-operative Society, are presented to faculty or staff members who, in the preceding calendar year (January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019), have published the best book-length publications as determined by a multi-disciplinary committee of scholars appointed by the Vice President for Research of The University of Texas at Austin.

The Hamilton Book Award Finalists, in alphabetical order by author, are:

Amboina, 1623: Fear and Conspiracy on the Edge of Empire, by Adam John Clulow, Associate Professor in the Department of History, College of Liberal Arts.

Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance, by Ken-Hou Lin, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts, with co-author Megan Tobias Neely, Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.

Bowlaway: A Novel, by Elizabeth McCracken, Professor in the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts.

This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia, by Joan Neuberger, Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, College of Liberal Arts.

The Heart of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from Across the Globe, by Patricia Wilson, Professor in the School of Architecture.

The Grand Prize, three runners-up, and the Textbook Award will be announced at the Co-op Awards ceremony on October 14, 2020.

Explore the Gallery of 2020 Hamilton Book Nominations.

We thank all members of the review committees who contributed their time and expertise in selecting this year’s winners. Kudos as well to all nominees for the remarkable work submitted for consideration.

Please address questions to: honorific-coop-hamilton@austin.utexas.edu.