Chris Brooks, associate professor of computer science, received an NSF Strategic Technologies for Cyberinfrastructure grant for $1.8 million over three years to develop tools for large-scale scientific computations, particularly the simulation and prediction of earthquakes.
Connie de la Vega, professor of law, filed a brief in July before the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of juvenile life sentences without parole, with assistance from Michelle Leighton, director of human rights programs for the School of Law.
Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, assistant professor of design, received a San Francisco Arts Commission grant to design an installation for empty storefronts on Market Street in downtown San Francisco.
David Vann, assistant professor in the MFA in writing program, won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ 2009 creative nonfiction award for his book Last Day on Earth: A Profile of the NIU Shooter, Steve Kazmierczak, which will be published in 2011. His story collection, Legend of a Suicide, was a New York Times Notable Book and was a California Book Award Winner.