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Professor H. Harry Asada of mechanical engineering has been awarded the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) Dynamic Systems and Control Outstanding Investigator Award. The award is given to a Dynamic Systems and Control Division member "who has demonstrated sustained outstanding research contributions, either basic or applied, as a mechanical engineering professional to fields of interest to the DSCD."

The City of Cambridge will dedicate the new ballroom in the Citywide Senior Center (806 Massachusetts Ave.) to Walter A. Milne on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 3pm. Mr. Milne, a former special assistant to the president for urban relations and assistant to the chairman of the MIT Corporation, is the board chairman of Friends of the Council on Aging (COA).

"Walter's magnanimous spirit was infectious, encouraging business owners and other community leaders to join with hundreds of individuals to become financial donors to this center," noted Newslines, COA's newsletter. "The dedication of the Walter A. Milne Ballroom will enable us to acknowledge regularly, and with deep appreciation and affection, all that he has done and continues to do for the Council on Aging and the seniors of Cambridge."

Duane P. Stevens, a senior in mechanical engineering, was named a Burger King Scholar-Athlete of the Week in October. Burger King Corp. donated $10,000 in his name to MIT's general scholarship fund. The firm donates $1 million each year in recognition of college football players who maintain high academic standards and are actively involved in the community. The defensive back was named a first team pre-season All-American by the Football Gazette this fall (one of four defensive backs from all Division III schools in the nation selected for the honor) and Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week last month.

Professor Nancy L. Rose of the Department of Economics has been elected to the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association for a three-year term. Professor Rose (PhD 1985), who is also affiliated with the Center for Transportation Studies, studies the economics of firm behavior and the impact of government intervention on industrial behavior and performance. Her current research includes an analysis of competitionin the US airline industry.

Emilio Bizzi, the E. McDermott Professor in the Brain Sciences and Human Behavior, will serve as Secretary of the Academy for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for the remainder of resigning secretary Dudley Herschbach's term. He is also former chair of the Academy's biological sciences division of Fellows.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 4, 1998.

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