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Jaipreet Virdi (left) won the Mangone Award in the arts,
humanities and social sciences. Naomi Samimi-Sadeh won in the natural sciences and engineering category.
The University of Delaware’s Francis Alison Society has selected Naomi Samimi-Sadeh, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, and Jaipreet Virdi, assistant professor of history, as the recipients of the 2020 Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholar Award.
The award recognizes promising and accomplished young faculty.
Samimi-Sadeh was honored in the Natural Sciences and Engineering
category, while Virdi was honored in the Arts, Humanities and Social
The recipients are chosen by fellow faculty members who have received
the Francis Alison Award, the University's highest competitive faculty
Samimi-Sadeh is a clinical psychologist whose research seeks to
understand why people engage in risky, impulsive and self-destructive
behavior and how sensitivity and resilience to life stress contribute to
such harmful behaviors.
She is especially interested in severe self-regulation disorders and
their related public health problems such as suicidal behavior,
substance use, violence and criminal behavior.
In nominating Samimi-Sadeh for the Mangone Award, Prof. Tania Roth
called her research “original, creative and cutting-edge” and pointed
out that her approach and methodologies bridge clinical psychology,
behavioral epigenetics and neuroscience. Her work is “innovative, timely
and meaningful,” with direct relevance to critical health and social
issues, Roth said.
The nomination letter also cited Samimi-Sadeh’s valuable work as a
teacher and mentor, noting that her students report finding her
classroom exercises engaging and instructive and that her graduate
students have published multiple journal articles and have received
training grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Roth praised Samimi-Sadeh’s service to the professional, University
and wider communities as well. As an example of public service, she
described her work with a new partnership between the psychology
department and the U.S. Probation Office in which Samimi-Sadeh is
teaching skills-based therapy to a group of participants in an effort to
help individuals who are leaving prison re-enter the community
In summary, Roth wrote, “Her innovative research program, her
excellence in classroom teaching and mentoring of the next generation of
scientists, and her commitment to community engagement and affecting
the well-being of people she serves makes her the type of nominee this
award is designed to recognize and encourage.”
Samimi-Sadeh, who earned her doctorate at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign, has published some 60 papers and has received
internal and external funding for her research, including an NIMH grant.
She has received a number of prestigious early career awards, including
the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science,
the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological
Association and the Career Development Leadership Award from the Anxiety
and Depression Association. In 2019, one of her articles was selected
as Editor’s Choice for a curated collection of articles in the journal
Virdi is a historian of medicine, technology and disability. Her
research and teaching interests include the history of medicine, the
history of science, disability history, disability technologies and
material/visual culture studies.
In her nomination letter for the Mangone Award, Alison M. Parker, who
is the history department chair and Richards Professor of American
History, cited some of the professional acclaim that Virdi has received
for her scholarship and for her first book, Hearing Happiness: Deafness
Cures in History, published in 2020 by the University of Chicago Press.
Calling the book “an extraordinary work” that is “engaging [and]
well-written,” she noted that it has received numerous excellent
“One remarkable and unique aspect of Virdi’s book is that she weaves
into her historical analysis her own childhood experience of hearing
loss and the wide range of folk, religious, and medical ‘cures’ she was
subjected to,” Parker said. “This insertion of the author as a deaf
child and now a deaf adult is engaging, fascinating, and deftly
In addition to her writing, Virdi uses her scholarship for public
engagement in innovative projects that forge community collaborations,
Parker said. She also has been highly engaged in the Department of
History, including her service to the Hagley Graduate Program in the
History of Capitalism, Technology and Culture.
Parker also praised Virdi’s work in the classroom, where she “has
proven to be an excellent and popular teacher” whose courses attract a
large number of STEM students, including many in the Medical/Dental
Virdi received her doctorate in the history of science, technology
and medicine from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of
Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.
She has published numerous articles and is co-editor of the 2020 book
Disability and the Victorians: Attitudes, Interventions, Legacies. She
serves as contributing editor of the journal Pharmacy in History and
associate editor of the Historical Journal of the Natural Sciences.
Her honors include the 2019 John C. Burnham Early Career Award from
the Forum for History of Human Science and UD’s Women’s Studies Faculty
Research Award, funded by the Mae and Robert Carter Endowment in Women’s
Article by Ann Manser
Published Jan. 22, 2021
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