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The List Visual Arts Center is one of 14 museums in Massachusetts to receive a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency which makes these competitive awards based on peer evaluations. Eileen Maxwell of IMLS noted the awards are given to those who "stand out and [are] doing everything well in every facet: operations, administration, conservation, education and exhibits."

Professor Yoel Fink and principal research scientist Ngai C. Wong of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) will lead an RLE QuIST program entitled "Long Distance, High Data-Rate Quantum Communication with Ultralow Loss Photonic Gap Fiber." The $2.5 million project will execute a combined theoretical and experimental program to design, fabricate and characterize hollow-core dielectric fiber with multilayer omnidirectionally reflecting walls for use in long-distance quantum communication.

The project is sponsored by the Army Research Office and the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense. The goal of the QuIST program is to demonstrate advances required for practical use of quantum logic and information in computing, communications and other applications. The award highlights one of RLE's fastest growing areas of new research interest: quantum information, computing and technology.

Cybele Chang and Carol Tucker, both master's degree candidates in city planning, have received Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious award for early-career environmental leaders. Chang is a former recycling coordinator for the city of San Francisco and Superfund community relations coordinator. She is now focusing on sustainable tourism in China. Tucker is an environmental engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency who is investigating design considerations in remediating and redeveloping contaminated sites.

Institute Professor Sheila A. Widnall is receiving the Spirit of St. Louis Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She is being recognized for "her leadership in the field of aerospace sciences and for significant contributuions to fluid mechanics." The award, established in 1929, is given for service in the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics.

Professor Robert Fogelson's new book "Downtown: Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950," published by Yale University Press, has received the Lewis Mumford Prize, awarded biennially by the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. Professor Fogelson holds a joint appointment in the history section and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His previous books include "The Fragmented Metropolis" and "America's Armories."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 31, 2001.

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