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Awards and Honors

Two MIT professors have been chosen as recipients for 2007 awards from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Institute Professor Robert Langer will receive the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, sponsored by the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.

Christopher Cummins, professor of chemistry, has been selected for the F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, sponsored by the F. Albert Cotton Endowment Fund.

The award recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on March 27, 2007, held in conjunction with the ACS meeting in Chicago.

MIT's alumni relations program has earned a 2006 Silver Award in Alumni Relations from the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program for Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, Communications and Marketing, and Fund Raising. CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Excellence Awards recognize professional commitment to institutional advancement.

Two MIT scientists have been chosen for Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellowships, which are awarded to outstanding young scientists conducting research exploring cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention.

Frauke Drees of the Department of Biology will study the "role of SSeCKS in Mena-driven tumor cell invasion."

Monte Winslow of the Center for Cancer Research will study "identification and functional characterization of genes required for invasion and metastasis by analysis of clonally related primary and secondary tumors." The fellowships last for three years.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 27, 2006 (download PDF).

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