Faculty/staff honors: Polymer Physics Prize, anthropology dissertation award

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Recent honors come from the American Physical Society and the Society for American Archaeology.

Samson Jenekhe wins 2021 Polymer Physics Prize

Faculty/staff honors: Polymer Physics Prize, anthropology dissertation award

Samson Jenekhe

Samson Jenekhe, UW professor of chemical engineering and chemistry, has been awarded the 2021 Polymer Physics Prize by the American Physical Society. The honor recognizes outstanding accomplishments in polymer physics research.

Jenekhe, the Boeing-Martin Professor of Chemical Engineering, was recognized for work on semiconducting polymers for electronic and photovoltaic applications. He is the author of over 300 research publications, three edited books, as well as 28 patents.

The American Physical Society was founded in 1899 and has 55,000 members in academia, national laboratories and industry. The Polymer Physics Prize was established in 1960 with the Dow Chemical Company, which remains its chief supporter, and includes a cash award of $10,000.

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Dissertation by anthropology graduate Ian Kretzler honored

The Society for American Archaeology has awarded Ian Kretzler, a Ph.D. anthropology graduate, its 2021 Dissertation Award, given each year to a recent graduate for work that is “original, well written and outstanding.” Kretzler’s dissertation is titled “An Archaeology of Survivance on the Grand Ronde Reservation: Telling Stories of Enduring Native Presence.”

Faculty/staff honors: Polymer Physics Prize, anthropology dissertation award

Ian Kretzler

“Archaeologies of survivance center Native presence in all aspects of archaeological knowledge production,” the abstract states, and address gaps in existing studies of colonialism, positioning the research “as a counter to settler colonialism’s pursuit of Native absence.”

Kretzler used cartographic, archival, archaeological and community knowledge as part of two community-based projects developed in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to study 19th and 20th century settlement patterns and foodways on the Grand Ronde Reservation in northwestern Oregon.

“The approach, methodology and interpretation of this complex project was excellent,” wrote an award committee member, “and we particularly liked the focus on collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde from beginning to end.” Kretzler, who graduated from the Archaeology Program in the Department of Anthropology, is the first UW student to win the award.


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