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Awards and honors: Sept. 17, 2008

Gallop named to CCTV's Honorary Board

Sarah Gallop, co-director in the Office of Government and Community Relations, will be honored as Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) celebrates its 20th anniversary on Sept. 18. Gallop will be inducted alongside 19 other individuals as part of CCTV's first Honorary Board, which recognizes those who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to CCTV's mission, providing guidance, advice and advocating on behalf of CCTV.

Díaz wins Dayton prize

MIT professor Junot Díaz has been named the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction for his novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," which garnered a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace.

Sloan student wins prestigious award

Charles A. Gammal III, a graduate student in the MIT Sloan School of Management, was recently awarded the Outstanding Electrical or Computer Engineering Student Award by Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society. HKN recognizes one student nationally for the award.

Graduates named AAAS policy fellows

Three recent MIT graduates are among the newest group of AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows. The fellows -- Federico San Martini SM '01, PhD '04; Marcus Sarofim '96, PhD '07; and Joyce Yang PhD '06 -- are scientists and engineers from early to senior career stages who spend a year working in federal agencies or congressional offices. They learn about science policy while providing valuable expertise and analysis to the executive and legislative branches of government.

Herr wins 'Spirit of da Vinci Award'

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter, has named Hugh Herr associate professor in media arts and sciences, and health sciences and technology, the 2008 Spirit of da Vinci Award winner. The award is presented annually to an individual for their courage, perseverance and creative use of assistive technology.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 17, 2008 (download PDF).

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