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Ver Steeg Fellowship

The Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellow award is designed "to support the research of a tenured Northwestern faculty member whose research and scholarship are so outstanding as to enhance the reputation of Northwestern, nationally and internationally."

The award was established and endowed by the late Clarence Ver Steeg and his wife, Dorothy.  Clarence Ver Steeg was a faculty member in the department of history from 1950 until 1992 and served as Dean of The Graduate School from 1975 to 1986. This is Northwestern University's first endowed award for excellence in research by a faculty member.

Each year the Provost identifies a broad academic field as the area from which nominations are solicited from school deans.  The fellowship provides for a one-time research account of $40,000.

Congratulations to the 2018 Recipients

Susan E. Quaggin

Susan E. Quaggin

Director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute, Chief of the Division of Nephrlogy/Hypertension, and the Charles Horace Mayo Professor of Medicine

Susan E. Quaggin, Director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute, Chief of the Division of Nephrology/Hypertension, and the Charles Horace Mayo Professor of Medicine, has been named as one of the 13th recipients of the Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship Award.

 Throughout the past two decades, Quaggin’s research has contributed to the increased understanding of common kidney and vascular diseases. In 1997, her lab discovered a gene that is vital for the development of healthy hearts, kidneys, and lungs. The gene is required for formation of specialized cells in the kidney that help form the filtration barrier responsible for removing excess fluid and waste from the blood, and prevent the loss of things the body needs, like protein. 

 A graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Quaggin received her specialty degree in internal medicine in 1992. She completed subspecialty training in nephrology at the University of Toronto and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University, where she studied the genetic basis of kidney development. In 1997, she returned to Toronto for a second post-doctoral fellowship in complex mouse genetics. 

 Throughout her career, Quaggin has chaired many international research meetings and review panels and was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2006 and the Association of American Physicians in 2013.  She is a member of the External Scientific Panel of Astra Zeneca and CSO of Mannin Research.  Currently she serves as a councilor and future President of the American Society of Nephrology and Chair of the PBKD NIH Study Section.

Ellen Wartella

Ellen Wartella

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication and chair of the Department of Communication Studies

Ellen Wartella, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication and chair of the Department of Communication Studies, researches the effects of media and technology on children and adolescents, and the impact of food marketing in the childhood obesity crisis. She holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Psychology, Department of Human Development and Social Policy and Department of Medical Social Sciences.  The author  or editor of 12 books and approximately 200 book chapters, research articles, technical reports and research papers, Wartella is currently co-principal Investigator on a 5-year multi-site research project entitled:  “Collaborative Research: Using Educational DVDs to Enhance Young Children’s STEM Education (2014-2019) from the National Science Foundation. She is editor of Social Policy Reports, a journal of the Society for Research in Child Development. 

Wartella is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Psychological Society and the International Communication Association.  She is  past President  of the International Communication Association.  She received the Steven H. Chaffee Career Productivity Award and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award from the ICA, the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association and the Krieghbaum Under 40 Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2017 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Vincent College.