John M. Essigmann, professor of toxicology in the Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Health and professor of chemistry, has received the 1999 Mutation Research Award for Scientific Excellence. The award, bestowed by the American Chemical Society, is sponsored by Elsevier Publishing. Professor Essigman was recognized for his "pioneering contributions in several areas... he has made a career commitment to the study of DNA damage, and has long been a leader of the component of the field at the interface between biology and chemistry."
Susan Slyomovics, the Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Professor of the Study of Women in the Developing World and professor of anthropology, has won the Albert Hourani Book Award for best book in Middle Eastern Studies for her book, The Object of Memory: Arab and Jew Narrate the Palestinian Village (University of Pennsylvania Press). The award was announced at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in Washington, DC.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 15, 1999.