Martin Carnoy and Christian Welzel Awarded HSE Medal
The Contribution to Science and Education Award, established by the HSE, recognises outstanding contributions to academic development and international academic cooperation.
Martin Carnoy is a professor at Stanford University where he has been working for exactly 50 years. His research has had a great impact not only on the development of education, but also on politics. His former students include professors, ministers and even government leaders.
Since 2011, Martin Carnoy has been the Academic Supervisor and Leading Research Fellow at the International Laboratory for Education Policy Analysis. Initially there were only two employees in the laboratory and there are now over 10.
‘Martin Carnoy as a researcher is unique; his focus on reality is unique’ said Isak Frumin, Research Supervisor of Institute of Education. ‘Thanks to him, researchers at the laboratory began not only to do calculations, but also to go to schools. Soon, a book of observations, interviews and hundreds of video recordings of real lessons will be published in Russia. It is the first systematic study of school education in Russia.’
‘Fundamental research in educational policy is of great value, even if only a narrow circle of people are engaged in this area and very few think about using such research to change the situation in education,’ says Martin Carnoy. ‘I see it as my responsibility to help as many students as possible to become real researchers. I work a lot at the laboratory at the Higher School of Economics and I see young students grow up before my very eyes. This brings me great satisfaction.’
HSE Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin and Christian Welzel, Academic Supervisor of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research
Christian Welzel, who heads the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at HSE and the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Lüneburg, is known for his work in sociology and political science. For many years, along with Ronald Inglehart, he has been on the Executive Committee of the World Values Survey. This is the largest and most unique empirical study of people’s values around the world.
In his research, Professor Welzel dwells, in particular, on the relationship between individual liberties and the public good. For example, he has found that, as economic well-being grows, individualistic attitudes change. We see a tendency to move towards upholding human freedom, freedom of self-determination, protecting the environment, and helping others.
His book ‘The Birth of Freedom’, recently translated into Russian, received several scientific awards. One of the reviews published on the Cambridge University Press website reads, ‘This book has every chance of becoming the book of the decade in the field of political development and culture.’
‘I was inspired to become a scientist when I realized that, whenever I discovered why a certain phenomenon worked the way it worked, I experienced an indescribable sense of satisfaction, as well as the inclination to relive the experience. In this sense, science is an addictive drug that isn’t harmful to your health’, says Christian Welzel.
Fedor Ratnikov, a leading researcher at the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis (LAMBDA), has been appointed project coordinator in the SHiP collaboration. He will be responsible for developing and designing the detector’s active magnetic radiation shielding.
For nearly a quarter of century, Maarten Janssen, a well-known expert in microeconomics and currently a professor at the University of Vienna, has been working with HSE. A ceremony awarding him the honorary title took place at a meeting of the HSE Academic Council.
The Moscow Government has presented various awards to several young HSE researchers - Aigul Mavletova, Evgeny Feigin and Alexey Vdovin.
On November 16, the winners of the Prosvetitel (‘enlightener’) award for best popular science books in Russian were announced. 'Constructing languages: from Esperanto to Dothraki' by Alexander Piperski, Senior Lecturer at the School of Philology, won in the Humanities category. The winner in the Natural Sciences category is 'That’s crazy! A guidebook of psychological disorders for a big city resident', a book by HSE graduates Daria Varlamova and Anton Zainiev.
According to the decision of Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, fourteen HSE staff members were officially recognised by Moscow Government, with the awards being timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the university.
On October 28, the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) held a meeting to announce the results of elections of new members: 176 scholars were selected as academicians, and 323 scholars as corresponding members. HSE researchers are among the new RAS members.
Leading researcher at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, respected Russian Italian studies specialist and expert on literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Mikhail Andreev, has been made Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Andrey Okounkov, Academic Supervisor of the International Laboratory of Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics, has been elected fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
On December 23, 2015, the 15th Golden HSE Award ceremony took place at the Central House of Artists.