Michael M. J. Fischer, professor of anthropology and science and technology studies, is one of 16 new Carnegie Scholars. Carnegie Scholars receive up to $100,000 over a two-year period to pursue research. This year all 16 of the new scholars will study themes focusing on Islam and the modern world. The title of Fischer's Carnegie research project is, "Emergent Forms of Life, Deep Play and Ethical Plateaus in the Social and Technoscientific Infrastructures: Shaping Muslim Democratic Futures."
Professor Klaus-JÌ¹rgen Bathe of mechanical engineering received the Jacob P. Den Hartog Distinguished Educator Award during a meeting of the department's faculty on April 22. The citation reads, "For excellence in teaching mechanical engineering which has served as an inspiration for students and has fostered the development of physical insight and engineering judgment." The award includes a $5,000 honorarium and requires the winner to deliver a talk. Bathe will present the Den Hartog Memorial Lecture in the fall.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 4, 2005 (download PDF).