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Northwestern University

2012-2013

Jesús Escobar

Jesús Escobar

Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Chair, Department of Art History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Jesús Escobar teaches courses and publishes scholarship on the art, architecture, and urbanism of early modern Spain, Italy, and the Spanish world. His research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Prior to arriving at Northwestern, Professor Escobar taught at Fairfield University and held visiting professorships at MIT and Columbia.

Professor Escobar serves as Editor for the scholarly book series, Buildings, Landscapes, and Societies, published by Penn State University Press and is an active member in a number of professional societies. His book The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid (Cambridge University Press, 2003; paper, 2009), explores the interchange of architecture and politics in the evolution of Madrid from a secondary city of Castile to the seat of a global empire. The book won the Eleanor Tufts Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies and was published in a Spanish-language edition in 2008 by Editorial Nerea. He received his A.B. from Columbia University and completed his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1996.
Viorica Marian

Viorica Marian

Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Communication

Viorica Marian's research focuses on bilingualism/multilingualism and the brain's ability to accommodate multiple languages at the same time. She studies the relationship between language and memory, as well as how people process spoken and written language. Professor Marian directs the Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Group. Her work uses cognitive, behavioral, and neurological measures to study the human linguistic capacity. Professor Marian has been recognized for her teaching with the Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring in 2008 and the Associated Student Government’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year award for the 2006-2007 academic year.  

Professor Marian is the recipient of the National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1999-2000. Her research is funded by grants from the NIH and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Marian earned a M.A. in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology at Emory University and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Cornell University. Professor Marian has served on the Northwestern University faculty since 2000 and was the Chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department between 2011 and 2014.

Alan Sahakian

Alan Sahakian

Chair and Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, McCormick School of Engineering

Professor Alan Sahakian is professor and chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in McCormick. He is also Director of the EECS Signals and Systems Division and a member of the academic affiliate staff at NorthShore University Healthsystem (Evanston Hospital). While at Northwestern, he has received multiple teaching/advising awards including the McCormick Teacher of the Year, the McCormick Advisor of the Year and the Northwestern Alumni Association Teaching award.

In addition to cardiac electrophysiology, his lab studies electromagnetic and photonic methods of medical imaging and diagnostics. His research is currently funded by the NIH, the Department of Breast Cancer Research Program, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Professor Sahakian earned his B.S. in Applied Science and Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside prior to completing both his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Ph.D. is in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.

David E. Tolchinsky

David E. Tolchinsky

Chair and Professor, Radio, Television and Film, School of Communication

In addition to his roles as Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Film, Professor Tolchinsky is Director of the Master of Fine Arts program in Writing for the Screen and Stage. He is also Co-Director of the Program in Sound Design. Outside the classroom, he is a screenwriter (Sony Tristar's Girl) with screenplay commissions from MGM, USA Networks, Disney, Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures, Edward R. Pressman Film Corp, and Addis-Wechsler/Industry Entertainment. Some of his work centers on teen subcultures such as heavy-metal fans, Florida surfer teens, teen groupies, and female football players. His work also investigates horror, whether external (teen cruelty, adolescent angst, and dystopia) or internal (schizophrenia, psychosis, dementia). He has a secondary interest in sound design and has designed the sound for interactive computer environments and video installations. 

Professor Tolchinsky was ranked #14 on NewCity’s List of Chicago’s top 50 players in film in 2013 and was the recipient of a 2014 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Literature. He co-produced the documentary Fast Talk, which won Best Documentary at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (Chagrin, OH) and the Iowa Film Fest. On campus, he has been awarded the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence and the Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring. Professor Tolchinsky graduated with a B.A. in Composing/Performance Art from Yale, where he was a Scholar of the House. He completed his MFA in Film/Video Production at the USC School of  Cinematic Arts. In addition, Tolchinsky earned certificates from MIT’s Media Lab in Digital Audio Processing and Computer Music Composition.

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