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Awards and honors

At its recent national meeting, the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) awarded its Lanchester Prize for best publication in 1993 to two Sloan School faculty members-Dr. Thomas L. Magnanti, George Eastman Professor of Management Science and co-director of the Operations Research Center, and Dr. James B. Orlin, professor of operations research and head of the school's Management Science Area. The award was for their book, Network Flows: Theory, Algorithms, and Application (co-authored with Professor Ravinda Ahuja from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur). ORSA also awarded its 1994 Kimball Medal for distinguished service to Dr. Magnanti.

Professor Maurice S. Fox of the Department of Biology, in recogition of his work in molecular biology and mutation avoidance, has received an honory doctorate from the Universite Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France.

Yu Hasegawa-Johnson, a 1991 MIT graduate, has been awarded a plaque by the Ministry of Education in Ghana for her work in initiating computer awareness in Ghanian schools. In 1989, she co-founded International Development of Computer Education, which oversees donations of old computers to developing countries. The program has also sent several MIT students to these countries as volunteer instructors. Ms. Hasegawa-Johnson received a similar honor from the Ministry of Education in Thailand in the spring of 1993.

Northeastern University's Alumni association has presented its 1994 Outstanding Alumni Award in Education to a longtime member of the MIT community, John A. Tucker, a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director emeritus of the department's VI-A Internship Program.

Mr. Tucker, who received the BS (cum laude) in electrical engineering from Northeastern in 1949 and the master of engineering degree from Yale University in 1950, was honored for his contribution to his profession.

Mr. Tucker came to MIT in 1956 after six years with the Bell system. He has been a member of the advisory board of MIT's chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, throughout his MIT career.

His "outstanding service to the Institute" was recognized by MIT in 1981 with the Gordon Y Billard Award and again in 1985 when he was made an honorary alumnus of MIT.

Julie Norris, who recently came to MIT as director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, was named as the first recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration Award by the National Council of University Research Administrators. In nominating Ms. Norris for the award, Thomas WIlson of the Baylor College of Medicine said that her "dedication to the profession of research administration has been tireless and is surpassed only by her dedication to the goals of NCURA." Ms. Norris has held many posts with the organization, including president, treasurer and secretary, and she is a regular workshop and conference presenter.

A version of this article appeared in the December 7, 1994 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 39, Number 14).

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