Books by HSE Lecturer and Graduates Get Awards
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.
Esperanto, Solresol, Ro, Transcendental Algebra, Quenya, Blissymbolics, Paleneo, and Dothraki are not the full list of languages discussed in the book Constructing languages: from Esperanto to Dothraki.The book’s author, Alexander Piperski
Daria Varlamova and Anton Zainiev, HSE graduates and authors of the ‘Guidebook of psychological disorders for a big city resident’, were awarded the prize in the Natural Sciences category. They ‘sliced and diced’ widespread diseases such as depression, bipolar disorder, antisocial personality disorder, anxiety and borderline disorders, ADHD, Asperger’s and schizophrenia.
‘Not to do too much soul-searching, but to really understand how it works inside you – this is important’, said the book’s authors in an interview for the HSE news service. ‘Sooner or later, someone needed to write a manual for self-management. I wish a generation of people could evolve who would be knowledgeable about their mentality, prevent disorders, regulate their behaviour, and communicate more effectively in society’.
The Prosvetitel popular science book award was established in 2008 by Dmitry Zimin, founder and honorary president of Vympelcom, and the Dynasty Foundation. Since 2016, it has been funded by the Zimin Foundation. The award aims to support Russian-speaking scholars and science journalists who can communicate the most recent discoveries and research in simple and engaging language.
This year the award was bestowed on Marco Francesconi (University of Essex, UK), Fabián Slonimczyk and Anna Yurko (HSE University, Moscow). The team of authors was recognized for their article, which reliably proves the increased geographic mobility of high school graduates seeking to obtain a higher education following the introduction of the Unified State Exam.
Vladimir Podolskii, Head of HSE’s Big Data and Information Retrieval School, and Elena Vakulenko, Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Economics, have both received awards for research in mathematics and labour studies, respectively.
Italy’s Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano made HSE Banking Institute Director Vasily Solodkov a Knight of the Italian Order of the Star for his exceptional scholarly contribution to the advancement and development of friendly relations and cooperation between Italy and Russia.
The Contribution to Science and Education Award, established by the HSE, recognises outstanding contributions to academic development and international academic cooperation.
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 December 23, 2015, the 15th Golden HSE Award ceremony took place at the Central House of Artists.