Greg Anderson, director of client support services for Information Services and Technology, is one of three authors jointly to receive the 2004 EDUCAUSE Quarterly Contribution of the Year Award for the article, "Management by Fact: Benchmarking University IT Services," describing the cross-institutional initiative between MIT and Stanford. Sponsored by SunGard SCT, the award acknowledges the trio's article for being "well-written and articulate, and a significant contribution." Anderson will share a $1,000 cash prize with his co-authors from Harvard Business School and Stanford University.
Richard J. Samuels, director of the MIT Center for International Studies and the Ford International Professor of Political Science, has been awarded the Jervis-Schroder Prize for his 2003 book, "Machiavelli's Children: Leaders and their Legacies in Italy and Japan." The book compares the two nations' history of political and economic leadership. The American Political Science association called "Machiavelli's Children" both "probing and provocative." The same book--Samuels' third--won the 2004 Marraro Prize for Italian Historical Studies.
Evelyn Fox Keller, professor of history and philosophy of science, has been selected as a 2004-2005 Radcliffe Institute Fellow. Regarded as America's foremost scholar on issues of science and gender, Keller is the author of "Refiguring Life: Metaphors of Twentieth Century Biology" (1995), "The Century of the Gene" (2000) and "Making Sense of Life: Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors and Machines" (2002). Her Radcliffe project is titled, "Development, Intersubjectivity and Dynamical Systems."
Susan S. Silbey, professor of sociology and anthropology, has received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies 2003-2004 program. Silbey's research project, "Governing Green Laboratories: Trust and Surveillance in the Cultures of Science," follows the development of a model for how government can regulate in the public interest innovative and flexible organizations.
The Optical Society of America has named Erich Ippen, the Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering and a professor of physics, recipient of the 2004 Charles Hard Townes Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of quantum electronics. Ippen is being honored for his many pioneering contributions to ultrafast science, ultrafast technology, and fundamental nonlinear optics. The award will be presented in October at a ceremony in Rochester, N.Y.
Professor Harry L. Tuller of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Crystal Physics and Electroceramics Laboratory was awarded an honorary doctorate (Docteur Honoris Causa) on May 18 from the Universite de Provence, Marseille, France for lifelong achievements in the field of electroceramics. At his investiture attended by members of the humanities and the science faculties, Tuller presented a lecture entitled "Materials Science and the Environment: A Career Theme."
Kelly Scientific Resources, a business unit of Kelly Services, awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Maia Mahoney, a senior in electrical engineering and computer science, through its Future Scientists program. The program helps connect science students with jobs, internships and research opportunities at major chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the United States, and provides a bridge between the scientific expertise in academia and the personnel and recruiting needs of industry.
Assistant Professor Kristala L. J. Prather (S.B. 1994), who joined the Department of Chemical Engineering faculty in July, was named one of nine recipients nationwide of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award. The $50,000 award goes to chemists and chemical engineers who are starting academic careers and helps pay for setting up their new labs. Prather's research is in the optimization of recombinant gene dosages to maximize productivity in metabolically engineering E. coli.
Two members of the music and theater arts faculty--Lecturer Mark Harvey and Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music Evan Ziporyn--have been chosen as 2004-2005 ASCAP Award recipients. The cash awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, reflect ASCAP's commitment to assist and encourage writers of serious music. They are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the "unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works in areas not surveyed by the society. "
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 15, 2004 (download PDF).