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Campbell prizes announced

Celina Hayes ’04 and Emily Wurth, a graduate student in the department of sociology, have been awarded the 2004 Donald T. Campbell Social Science Research Prizes. Each received a $500 prize for stellar social science research papers.

Hayes received recognition for her undergraduate honor’s thesis, “Dependency and Length as Processing Constraints on Word Order in Particle Constructions,” which analyzes linguistics. She worked as research assistant to Laura Gonnerman, assistant professor of psychology, and her thesis on sentence processing represents a large part of the study. Hayes’ paper explores language as a key factor in understanding human behavior, and has inspired her to pursue a Ph.D. in a field related to linguistics.

Wurth was recognized for her graduate paper, “The Health of the Forgotten of Washington, DC: An Analysis of Gentrification, Concentrated Poverty and Health,” which analyzes urban problems through census studies, and was conducted as part of a sociology course taught by Judith Lasker, NEH Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, titled “Medicine and Society.”

Wurth lived in Washington D.C. for three years after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2000. After watching the city undergo major redevelopment, Wurth became interested in how redevelopment and increasing poverty could affect the health of the D.C. population. Her research builds upon theories in the medical sociology and public health fields, and she will continue to study public heath in the masters program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Donald T. Campbell Social Science Research Prize honors the memory of the late Donald T. Campbell, who was University Professor of Social Relations, Psychology, and Education at Lehigh University until he retired in 1994. Campbell, who received his A.B. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, was a distinguished social scientist, who held teaching positions at Northwestern University, Syracuse University, University of Chicago, and Ohio State University, and lectured at universities including Oxford, Harvard, and Yale.

Campbell served as president of the American Psychological Association and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Throughout his career, he wrote more than 235 articles in the areas of social psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, and philosophy, and received honors including the APA’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the William James Lectureship at Harvard University. At least 17 books have been dedicated to him by his colleagues, honoring him as a marvelous human being and a great friend. The Campbell Prize honors his aspiration for excellence.

--Heidi Schwartz

Posted on Monday, June 28, 2004

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