Two UMass Amherst Professors Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Angelika Kratzer
Angelika Kratzer
Prashant Shenoy
Prashant Shenoy

AMHERST, Mass. – Two University of Massachusetts Amherst professors, Angelika Kratzer, linguistics, and Prashant Shenoy, computer science, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their “efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”

Kratzer’s research focuses on formal semantics, a subdiscipline of linguistics with close ties to philosophy of language, logic and cognitive psychology. The AAAS recognized her for “distinguished contributions to the field of formal semantics, particularly concerning modality and the syntax-semantics interface, for founding and co-editing the journal Natural Language Semantics, and for dedicated mentoring.”

Shenoy’s research focuses on distributed systems and networking, with a recent emphasis on cloud and green computing. The AAAS recognized him for “distinguished contributions to the field of distributed computing systems, particularly for the design, modeling, and analysis of autonomic cloud computing systems.”

New AAAS fellows will receive an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin in February at the society’s 2018 annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

Kratzer, a member of the UMass Amherst linguistics faculty since 1985, taught previously at the Institute of Linguistics at Technical University Berlin. She was a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands from 1978-80 and a researcher at the University of Konstanz, Germany, from 1975-78.

A native of Germany, Kratzer holds a doctorate and a master’s degree from the University of Konstanz. She was an undergraduate at the University of Munich and conducted graduate studies at the University of Heidelberg and the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In 2012, Kratzer was inducted as a fellow of the Linguistic Society of America. At UMass Amherst, she has received the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Outstanding Teaching Award, a Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship for research, and a Chancellor Outstanding Community Service Award. During the 2012-13 academic year, Kratzer was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.

Shenoy, a member of the computer science faculty since 1998, also currently serves as the associate dean for computing and facilities in the College of Information and Computer Sciences where he leads the Laboratory for Advanced Systems Software and the newly established Center for Smart and Connected Society (CS2).

Shenoy received an ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award in 2016 and was recently named a 2017-18 Fulbright specialist scholar. He was inducted as a fellow of IEEE in 2013 and as a distinguished scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2009. At UMass, Shenoy is a three-time recipient of the UMass President’s Office Science and Technology Fund Award in 2017, 2012, and 2007 and was named a Lilly Teaching Fellow in 2002.

He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of Science, the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated 1 million subscribers.

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