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Nominations open for Doherty Professorship

The selection committee for the Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization is accepting nominations from department heads for non-tenured faculty members from any department.

Endowed by the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, the two-year chair provides funding for non-tenured faculty to undertake marine-related research that advances innovative uses of the ocean's resources. There are no restrictions on the area of research, and any aspect of marine use and/or management may be addressed, whether social, political, environmental, economic or technical.

Those appointed to the chair receive $25,000 per year for two years, beginning July 1. The recipient cannot hold another MIT-funded chair at the same time.

Anette Hosoi, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded the Doherty in 2004 to study particle-laden flows in the ocean. Her findings are expected to increase understanding of the risks in offshore construction and ocean exploration.

Department heads may submit one nomination every year. The deadline is Oct. 28. Anyone wishing to be nominated should contact his or her department head. For more information, please contact Kathy de Zengotita at 253-9305 or

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 15, 2004 (download PDF).

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