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Provost Professors, Herman B Wells Professor, recipients of Sonneborn, Burgan, Venkat awards named

By Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs

June 11, 2024

Three Indiana University Bloomington faculty members will be recommended to the IU Board of Trustees for appointment as Provost Professors. These three outstanding members of the IU faculty, along with one honoree recommended for appointment as a Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Professor, will be recognized alongside the 2024 Tracy M. Sonneborn awardees, the Mary Burgan Distinguished Service awardee and the M.A. Venkataramanan “Venkat” Distinguished Service awardee.

“These faculty members have refined their pedagogy, research and modes of engagement to the highest standard, serving as inspiration not only for our campus but for their fields and every community influenced by their endeavors,” said Rahul Shrivastav, IU Bloomington provost and executive vice president. “I am immensely proud to work alongside these trailblazing scholars.”

Those recommended for appointment as Provost Professors are William P. Hetrick in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Rowland Ricketts in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design’s fibers area; and Andrea Wiley in the College’s Department of Anthropology.

Michael T. Martin, professor of cinema and media studies, is recommended for appointment to the Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Professorship.

The 2024 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award is awarded to David Crandall, in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering’s Department of Computer Science; and Donna Nagy, executive associate dean of the Maurer Law School. Crandall will deliver a Sonneborn Lecture in fall 2024 and Nagy in spring 2025.

Logan Paul, in the Department of Informatics, is awarded the 2024 Mary Burgan Distinguished Service Award. Kosali Simon, in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is the second recipient of the M.A. Venkataramanan “Venkat” Distinguished Service Award.

The Provost Professorship, originally called Chancellor’s Professor, was created in 1995 to honor those who have achieved local, national and international distinction in both teaching and research/creative activity. The Herman B Wells Professorship was endowed by the IU Bloomington classes of 1948 and 1950 and recognizes faculty on the Bloomington campus who embrace deep concern for the well-being of students and devotion to diversity, inclusion and academic excellence, reflecting the values of Herman B Wells.

The Mary Burgan Distinguished Service Award, first presented in 1986, recognizes faculty who exhibit distinguished service to the university, a profession, a discipline or the public. The new M.A. Venkataramanan “Venkat” Distinguished Service Award honors a faculty member or librarian whose service has significantly impacted the Bloomington campus. The Sonneborn award and lecture are named for the late IU biologist Tracy M. Sonneborn, a renowned geneticist who was also a highly regarded administrator and teacher.

“Service takes on many forms at IU Bloomington, and this year’s award winners exemplify the inherent generosity of our faculty’s service to campus, community and academia,” Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Carrie Docherty said. “Whether it be answering the call of service to help strengthen, maintain and organize international outreach for one’s school to serving in a National Academies study group that highlighted the vast disparities in health care experiences in the U.S., Professors Paul and Simon have unsparingly offered their time and expertise to further the mission of Indiana University.”

All of the award recipients were recommended by a faculty committee sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. All honorees will be celebrated at a reception in the fall 2024 semester.

William P. Hetrick: Provost Professor

Bill Hetrick headshot Hetrick joined the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in 1999 as an assistant professor and clinical neuroscientist. He has made seminal contributions in establishing the role of the cerebellum in schizophrenia and cannabis use disorders. His research has helped to fundamentally change the dominant view of the cerebellum, a previously underappreciated part of the brain now recognized as critical not only to motor function, but to coordination and timing of cognitive and affective processes as well.

Hetrick has led the field in the understanding of associative learning difficulties in schizophrenia. He discovered familial, and possibly genetic, contributions to associative learning dysfunction in the psychosis spectrum by studying first-degree relatives of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and by studying individuals diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder.

Complementary studies by Hetrick’s lab have shown changes in time perception, neural synchronization and motor coordination, all also directly linked to cerebellar function and also potentially central to a complete understanding of this complex disorder. This body of work led him to study novel interventions to improve these cerebellar-dependent functions.

Hetrick has made major contributions to the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the IU Addictions Grand Challenge. He served 11 years as chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. A two-time winner of the IU Trustees Teaching Award, he is regarded as an outstanding mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as junior faculty.

Rowland Ricketts: Provost Professor

Rowland Ricketts headshot Ricketts joined the IU Bloomington faculty as a visiting professor in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts in 2006 and is now a professor in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design’s Studio Art program. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, he uses natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design.

He co-founded the Midwest Fiber Art Educators Network and has served on the board of the Textile Society of America. He served as associate dean in the Eskenazi School from 2014 to 2018 and is currently the area head for fibers.

Ricketts has received two IU Trustees Teaching Awards, a Graduate and Professional Student Government Faculty Mentor Award, a United States Artists Fellowship and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Seattle Art Museum.

Andrea S. Wiley: Provost Professor

Andrea Wiley Wiley joined the IU Bloomington faculty in 2008 after faculty positions at James Madison University, Binghamton University and University of Iowa. Her work is broadly focused on interactions between biology, culture and the environment in the study of human diet, nutrition and health, using evolutionary and comparative perspectives. Most of her research has been conducted in India.

In addition to many scholarly articles and book chapters published in wide-ranging outlets, she has authored four books, including the textbook “Medical Anthropology: A Biocultural Approach,” now in its fourth edition from the Oxford University Press. She was elected as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017.

She has served as chair of the Department of Anthropology and director of the Human Biology Program at IU. She is also a recipient of an IU Trustees Teaching Award. She served as president of the Human Biology Association and the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, and she was an executive committee member of the American Anthropological Association. She is also on the editorial board of the American Journal of Human Biology and for over 10 years served as an academic editor at PLoSOne.

Michael T. Martin: Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Professor

Michael T. Martin headshot Michael T. Martin joined the IU Bloomington faculty in 2006 after serving on faculty at Bowling Green State University, Wayne State University, Princeton University and California State University, Los Angeles. A psychologist by training, Martin was the director of IU Bloomington’s Black Film Center/Archive. He is an affiliated faculty member of the African Studies Program, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society. He founded and currently serves as editor-in-chief of two publications by Indiana University Press: the award-winning Black Camera, An International Film Journal and the book series “Studies in the Cinema of the Black Diaspora.”

Martin is editor/co-editor of 12 book collections published by Oxford University Press, Wayne State University Press, Duke University Press and Indiana University Press. Three are recognized as the standard reference works in the sub-fields of Black diasporic and Latin American cinema and other redress social movements, while three are scholarly companions to seminal film texts designated by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry. He has published numerous scholarly journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedic entries both internationally and domestically.

His contributions to the curriculum and educational experience of students in The Media School include spearheading the development of the minor in Black cinema and media studies, where he teaches undergraduates in several media courses. He also regularly engages with graduate students, providing them hands-on experience in the production of a world-class scholarly journal as editorial assistants with The Black Camera, along with opportunities to serve as guest editors and co-interviewers of filmmakers for the journal.

Logan Paul: Burgan Award

Logan Paul headshot Paul is a member of the teaching faculty in informatics at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. He teaches the introductory informatics course, courses covering project management and databases, and the informatics capstone course; he also administers and supervises the department’s internship for credit opportunities. He designed and administers an international capstone course with partners in Mexico for senior informatics students.

He regularly engages in pedagogical research with Association of American Universities funding, having led Faculty Learning Communities on campus, and he co-presented on fostering inclusion in large, team-based courses. He has also contributed to teaching-track faculty development workshops supported by the Computing Research Association.

Paul engages in a broad portfolio of service. He is the scheduling director for informatics; created the school’s internship for credit management system; built infrastructure to facilitate the hiring of over $5 million of student support between departments and administrative functions across the school; and maintains a custom ePortfolio system for students to show off their project work.

He co-chairs the Technology Policy Committee of the Bloomington Faculty Council and has been engaged in stewarding faculty input for the adoption of a new faculty activity reporting solution. He has worked in the command center in support of a wide variety of over 150 large events, including commencement ceremonies on all IU campuses each year.

Kosali Simon: Venkat Award

Kosali Simon headshot Simon is a Distinguished Professor and Herman B Wells Professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, where she is also an O’Neill Chair. An economist, Simon is the associate vice provost for health sciences for the Bloomington campus, associate director of the Irsay Institute and executive director of the IU-Research Data Commons. She studies the impacts of state and federal health care policies on health and related outcomes, especially among at-risk populations.

Simon is editor of Journal of Health Economics, co-editor of Journal of Human Resources, a member of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office’s panel of health advisors, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an investigator at the Regenstrief Institute. In 2023-24, she served as the president of the American Society of Health Economists. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a two-time IU Trustees Teaching Award winner.

Simon joined the IU Bloomington faculty in 2010 after serving as a member of the Cornell University faculty for 10 years.

David Crandall: Sonneborn Award

David Crandall headshot Crandall is Luddy Professor of Computer Science in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, where he also serves as the director of the Luddy Artificial Intelligence Center. Before earning his Ph.D., he worked as a senior research scientist at Eastman Kodak Co.

Crandall has published over 200 articles in top international venues in the areas of computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and he has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on almost $30 million in research funding. He currently serves as program co-chair of the 2024 IEEE/CVF Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference and the 2024 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, and as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. Crandall has also served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, as an area chair for numerous major AI conferences.

In addition to several best paper awards and nominations, he has received an NSF CAREER award, two Google Faculty Research Awards, an IU Trustees Teaching Award, a Grant Thornton Fellowship and Distinguished ACM Membership.

Donna M. Nagy: Sonneborn Award

Donna Nagy headshot Nagy is the C. Ben Dutton Professor of Business Law and executive associate dean at the Maurer School of Law. She teaches and writes in the areas of securities litigation, securities regulation and corporations, and she has served in her administrative role for most of the past decade. Her internationally recognized scholarship includes two co-authored books: one on the law of insider trading and a casebook on securities litigation, enforcement and compliance. She has published extensively in distinguished law journals on matters including insider trading, government officials and financial conflicts of interest, and securities enforcement remedies.

Nagy has been invited to testify on multiple occasions in hearings before U.S. congressional committees and is also a frequent speaker at law schools and professional conferences. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and served as an appointed member of the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association. She has held numerous leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools and received an Outstanding Mentor Award from its Business Associations Section.

Nagy began her teaching career in 1994, after working as an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton in Washington, D.C.