Awards & Honors


��������� Sarah E. Gallop, co-director of the Office for Government and Community Relations, received a Leading Role Award at Cambridge Community Television's third annual Backyard Barbecue last week.

The award was presented to Ms. Gallop by Tom Lucey, director of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, who cited her contributions to both Cambridge and MIT. CCTV presents the awards annually to individuals who make a significant, behind-the-scenes contribution to the Cambridge community.

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��������� Professor of Music Evan Ziporyn is a winner of the ASCAPLU$ Standard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The annual cash award reflects ASCAP's commitment to assisting and encouraging writers of serious music; an independent panel selects the winners based on the unique value of each writer's catalog of original compositions.

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��������� Subra Suresh, the R.P. Simmons Professor and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive the Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) in recognition of his long-lasting contribution to the fundamental understanding of microstructure, properties and performance of structural materials for industrial applications. The award will be presented during the annual TMS meeting in New Orleans in February 2001.

Professor Suresh was selected recently to be a Fellow of the society, an honor held by only 100 living members of TMS at any time.

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��������� Dr. Jagadeesh S. Moodera, research scientist at the Frances Bitter Magnet Laboratory, received his second consecutive TDK Research Award for Research/Faculty Development. The award is intended to promote research by providing support for outstanding investigators, giving them an opportunity to work on a research project of general interest to the digital storage industry. Dr. Moodera won the award for his important and pioneering work in the area of magnetic tunnel junctions, work with important potential for future magnetic storage and sensor technology.

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��������� Erich Ippen, the Elihu Thomson Professor of Elecrical Engineering, was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus by the University of California at Berkeley. The award, which recognizes exceptional achievement in research, industry, education or public service, was made to four alumni/ae by UC Berkeley's Engineering Alumni Society on September 14. Professor Ippen was selected for his work developing ways to generate ultra-fast pulses of light used to excite, observe and measure microscopic events. The society stated that his studies "have led to a new understanding of the properties and possibilities of semiconductors, superconductors, polymers and even the organic molecules that constitute life."

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��������� Earl K. Miller, the Class of 1956 Associate Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Learning and Memory, has been selected to receive the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award. The award is given annually to the top neuroscientist of the year, and is based on the entire body of a scientist's research. Dr. Miller and his lab work on research on the neural basis of memory and cognition, particularly the neural mechanisms of attention, learning and memory needed for voluntary, goal-directed behavior.

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��������� Two Libraries staff members recently received national awards. A paper by Poping Lin, instruction coordinator and Materials Science and Engineering Librarian in the Science Library, won the Best Paper Award for the Year 2000 from the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division. Her article was titled "Core Information Competencies Redefined: A Study of the Information Education of Engineers."

Catherine Friedman, head librarian at the Dewey Library for Mangement and Social Sciences, received the Gale Group Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship at the annual conference of the American Library Association held in Chicago in July.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 27, 2000.


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