Nancy Bookidis, M.A. ’62, Ph.D. ’67, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Aristeia Award for Distinguished Alumni/ae of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The Aristeia Award was created to honor those who have done the most to support ASCSA’s mission in teaching, research, archaeological exploration, and/or publication. Bookidis began her association with the ASCSA as a graduate student excavating at the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore in Ancient Corinth. She took over direction of that excavation in 1968. From 1973 until her retirement in 2003, she worked at Corinth as secretary, curator, and eventually as assistant director. Bookidis is currently assistant director emerita of Corinth Excavations and continues her study and publication of material from the Demeter and Kore excavations.
Susan D. Carle ’82, was awarded the 2014 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award by the Organization of American Historians for her “paradigm-shifting” book titled Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice,
1880–1915 (Oxford University Press). Carle argues that the work of early post-Civil War organizations such as the National Afro American League, the National Afro American Council, the National Association of Colored Women, and the Niagara Movement provided a foundation that directly informed which battles later civil rights leaders would take on and which arguments and legal tactics they would draw upon to win them. Carle is a professor of law at American University.
Naomi Halas, M.A. ’84, Ph.D. ’87, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in February 2014. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” Halas was elected for her work with nanoscale engineering of optical resonances and lineshapes. She is the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering; professor of biomedical engineering, chemistry, physics, and astronomy; and director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University. In 2013, she was also named to the National Academy of Sciences.