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Six Outstanding Scholars and Leaders Win The Graduate Center’s 2020 Alumni Awards

Carrie Rebora Barratt, Linda H. Malkas, Nelson J. Flores, Patricia A. Stapleton, Dána-Ain Davis, and Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

The Graduate Center, CUNY is pleased to announce the six winners of its 2020 Alumni Awards. The annual awards recognize alumni who have achieved remarkable success in their careers and made lasting contributions to their fields and to society. Candidates are nominated by fellow alumni. 

While the awards ceremony has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Graduate Center is thrilled to honor these six alumni who have been chosen by their peers as examples of outstanding scholars and leaders.

The winners of the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award are Carrie Rebora Barratt (Ph.D. ’90, Art History) and Linda H. Malkas (Ph.D. ’85, Biochemistry)

Carrie BarrattCarrie Rebora Barratt is the ninth CEO and president of The New York Botanical Garden, and the first woman to hold the position. She came to NYBG following a distinguished 34-year career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she pursued curatorial research and scholarship, leading to her appointment as deputy director for collections. At NYBG, Barratt draws on her experience with permanent collections, special exhibitions, and public programs to instill NYBG’s ever-growing and diverse audience with joy and a deeper connection to the natural world. She is focused on further extending the garden’s global scientific and environmental leadership in plant biodiversity and conservation, and inspiring people to value and steward plant life. Barratt oversees educational initiatives that provide schoolchildren with life-changing nutritional and environmental awareness programs and graduate students with training that is helping to shape the next generation of botanists. She is committed to serving the community as the leader of an inclusive anchor institution in the Bronx — with national and global impact on the health of plants, people, and the planet. 

Linda MalkasLinda H. Malkas is currently professor and associate chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, and was most recently named the dean for translational science, external affairs for the City of Hope National Medical Center. Before joining City of Hope, she was at the Indiana University School of Medicine as a professor of medicine and the university’s first Vera Bradley Chair in Oncology. While there, she co-founded and served as co-leader of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Research Program. She also founded and served as the first director of the Signature Center for Breast Cancer Research at Indiana University. Her research focus is the relationship between DNA replication and cancer. Her laboratory’s recent work has led to the opportunity to develop truly selective, therapeutic agents that will inhibit proteins uniquely expressed by cancer cells. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications in respected journals, given many plenary and platform presentations at national and international scientific meetings, and participated in a variety of grant review study sections for the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense.

The winners of the 2020 Graduate of the Last Decade Award are Nelson J. Flores (Ph.D. ’12, Urban Education), and Patricia A. Stapleton (Ph.D. ’12, Political Science).

Nelson J. Flores is an associate professor in educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the intersection of language, race, and the political economy in shaping U.S. educational policies and practices. He analyzes the historical origins of raciolinguistic ideologies that have framed the language practices of racialized communities as inherently deficient and in need of remediation. He also analyzes the ways that these raciolinguistic ideologies continue to be reproduced within contemporary bilingual education policies and practices. Dr. Flores’ current research projects include a longitudinal study of students in a dual language charter school in a predominately low-income Latinx area of Philadelphia and a book project that examines the institutionalization of bilingual education in the post-Civil Rights era. He has collaborated on several research projects focused on the education of racialized bilingual students in U.S. schools. His many academic awards include the 2017 AERA Bilingual Education SIG Early Career Award, a 2017 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the 2019 James Atlas Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts. 

Patricia Stapleton is a political scientist at RAND Corporation. Her research interests include emerging technologies, food safety and security, risk assessment and communication, and public health. Her academic work has focused on the regulation of biotechnology in food production and in assisted reproductive care — with recent attention to CRISPR and human germline editing. She uses qualitative methods and an historical institutionalist approach to examine the factors that affect the development of risk regulation, such as timing, political and institutional contexts, and public opinion. She has also been engaging with questions in food security, particularly in the context food system disruptions. Before she joined RAND in 2019, she served as the director for the Society, Technology, and Policy Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, where she taught courses in public policy, public health, and environmental politics.

The winners of the 2020 City University of New York (CUNY) Award are Dána-Ain Davis (Ph.D. ’01, Anthropology) and Caroline Chamberlin Hellman (Ph.D. ’07, English).

Dana-Ain DavisDána-Ain Davis is a professor of urban studies at Queens College and is on the faculty of the Ph.D. programs in anthropology and psychology at The Graduate Center. She is also the director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society at The Graduate Center. Davis’ work covers two broad domains: black feminist ethnography and the dynamics of race and racism. She is the author or co-editor of five books. Her most recent book, Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth, examines the ways in which black women experience racism in medical encounters during preconception, conception, pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum. Davis has served as co-chair of NARAL-NY; was the coordinator of the Reproductive Rights Education Project at Hunter College; has consulted with the National Network of Abortion Funds, and is currently on the boards of the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the Civil Liberties Public Policy at Hampshire College. Davis is a former past president of the Association of Black Anthropologists and was the co-editor of the association’s journal. Currently, Davis is the co-editor of the journal of the Association of Feminist Anthropologists. Davis is also a doula and, in 2018, was appointed to New York Governor Cuomo’s Maternal Mortality Taskforce.

Caroline HellmanCaroline Chamberlin Hellman is a professor of English at New York City College of Technology. Her scholarship concerns literatures of the United States from the 19th century through the present. Her recent book, Children of the Raven and the Whale: Visions and Revisions in American Literature, examines ways in which contemporary multi-ethnic writers have responded to 19th- and early 20th-century texts central to the American literary canon, and posits the existence of a 21st-century American renaissance. Her first book, Domesticity and Design in American Women’s Lives and Literature: Stowe, Alcott, Cather, and Wharton Writing Home, explores the ways in which four American women writers inhabited domestic space and portrayed it in their work, appropriating domestic rhetoric to address contemporary issues. Hellman’s career at City Tech has also focused on broader issues of equity and access in higher education. Her leadership of the college’s developmental writing program led to her passion for remediation reform at CUNY. She led a University-wide movement for the abolition of high-stakes testing. For many years, she has directed and co-directed City Tech’s annual Literary Arts Festival, which celebrates student writing and brings renowned guest authors to share their work. Honored to work with City Tech students, she has an abiding commitment to reducing the disparity between public and private education. 

Please join us in congratulating the winners and watch for news on the new date for the awards ceremony. We extend our gratitude to the Alumni Award Committee Members who selected this year’s winners. They are Bruce Altschuler (Ph.D. ’81, Political Science); Herman Berliner (Ph.D. ’70, Economics); Kristopher Burrell (Ph.D. ’11, History); Peter V. Cobb (Ph.D. ’72, Mathematics); Margaret Connors McQuade (Ph.D. ’05, Art History); Lyn Hill (Ph.D. ’82, Theatre); and Chirag Raval (Ph.D. ’12, Biomedical Engineering). 

Submitted on: MAY 26, 2020

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