Adjunct Professor Joseph Haldeman of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies has won his fourth Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His book Forever Peace (Ace Books), recognized as best novel, also won a Hugo Award. Mr. Haldeman is one of science fiction's most eminent writers; he has won five Hugos, three Nebulas and one World Fantasy Award. His earlier novel Forever War is considered one of the genre's landmark works.
The Rockefeller Foundation has granted Assistant Professor Thomas DeFrantz a summer residency to work on his book Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy. Professor DFrantz has been the archivist and coordinator of the dance history program for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Professor Charles C. Ladd of civil and environmental engineering has received the 1999 Karl Terzaghi Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The biennial award, the organization's highest honor in geotechnical engineering, cites Professor Ladd's "decades of innovative research dealing with the strength properties of soft clays and consultation on projects involving structures placed on such soils."
The Security Studies Program (SSP) recently received a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which makes grants in four areas: education, international peace and security (the category in which SSP received its grant), international development, and democracy/special projects. The SSP, based at the Center for International Studies, focuses on grand strategy, technology, arms control and bureaucratic politics issues.
A version of this article appeared in the May 19, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 31).