Indiana University Bloomington names Outstanding Junior Faculty

Indiana University Bloomington faculty members in public affairs, music, psychology, informatics and physics have been named Outstanding Junior Faculty for the 2014-15 academic year.

The award is presented by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. It recognizes tenure-track faculty who have begun to develop nationally recognized research, scholarship or creative programs and devoted productive time to teaching and service prior to achieving tenure.

“These five Outstanding Junior Faculty Award recipients rose to the top among an extraordinary field of candidates,” said Tom Gieryn, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. “The faculty review committee was challenged to select from so many superb nominees, all of whom have demonstrated solid accomplishments and exceptional promise.”

"Support for junior faculty as they progress toward tenure and support for promising areas of research and creative activity are both key objectives in the strategic plan for research on the IU Bloomington campus, " said Rick Van Kooten, interim vice provost for research at IU Bloomington. “I'm delighted that we are able to recognize the advancements these five faculty members are making early in their careers. It bodes well for future outstanding contributions in their fields.”

Recipients, all of them assistant professors, are: Matthew Baggetta in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Dominick DiOrio in the Jacobs School of Music; Mary Murphy in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences; Judy Qiu in the School of Informatics and Computing; and Babak Seradjeh in the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The award provides a grant of $15,000, which faculty members may use to support their research, scholarship or creative activity.


Judy Qiu

Qiu’s research focuses on data-intensive computing at the intersection of cloud and multicore technologies with an emphasis on life science, streaming and deep learning applications. She has an undergraduate degree from Beihang University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Syracuse University.

Qiu is co-principal investigator for a $5 million National Science Foundation research project to develop and implement building blocks that improve data-intensive analysis on a range of cyberinfrastructure. She leads the SALSA computing program in the IU Pervasive Technology Institute and is assistant director of Digital Science Center. She received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2012 and an IU Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013-14.

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