Jerrold M. Grochow, vice president for Information Services and Technology, has been selected as one of Computer World magazine's annual "IT's Best and Brightest: Premier 100 IT Leaders 2007." The distinction honors IT leaders who guide the effective use of information technology to improve their companies' performance. The award appears in the December issue.
Rudolf Jaenisch, MIT biology professor and Whitehead Institute member, has been awarded the Max Delbruck Medal for his research on gene regulation. Jaenisch studies epigenetics, which refers to ways cells can alter how a gene is read without actually changing the gene's DNA sequence. The Max Delbruck Medal is awarded annually by the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. This year's ceremony was held on Dec. 1.
The Massachusetts Association of Financial Aid Administrators has selected Jason Shumaker, assistant director of financial aid in Student Financial Services, as the winner of this year's Charles E. Jones Achievement Award. The award--which goes to a financial aid administrator with up to three years of experience in the direct administration of financial aid--recognizes leadership ability, communication skills, professional development, decision making, service to students and/or service to the institution.
Raymond Sedwick (S.M. 1994, Ph.D. 1997), associate director of the MIT Space Systems Lab, has been awarded the first Bepi Colombo Prize for individual research. The 50,000 euro prize is sponsored by a consortium of Italian regional, scientific and education organizations to honor the late Giuseppe Colombo. Sedwick was awarded the prize for a paper on electromagnetic formation flight.
Olivier de Weck, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems, has been named associate editor of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, effective Dec. 4. The journal is devoted to reporting advancements in the science and technology associated with spacecraft and tactical and strategic missile systems.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 20, 2006 (download PDF).