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Awards and Honors: Nov. 19, 2008

De Neufville wins Fulbright award; seven others coming to MIT

Richard L. de Neufville, a professor in the Engineering Systems Division and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was recently named a Fulbright scholar. De Neufville is one of approximately 1,000 faculty and staff from the United States to be given the award, which allows them to lecture and conduct research abroad.

In addition, seven foreign faculty and staff have been awarded Fulbright scholar awards to come to MIT. They are Patricia Almeida de Carvalho, an assistant professor from the Technical University of Lisbon; Luca Iandoli, an associate professor from the University of Naples Federico II; Yasser Revez Omar, an assistant professor from the Technical University of Lisbon; Anthoula Revythiadou, an assistant professor from the University of Aegean; Benoit Roman, a research fellow from the Polytechnical College in Paris; Carmel Rotschild, a doctoral student from the Israel Institute of Technology; and Xueli Wang, an associate professor from Tsinghua University.

MIT researchers receive American Heart Association grants

The American Heart Association announced that it has awarded new grants to four MIT researchers, with each of their awards effective July 1, 2008. The four recipients are Jeroen Saeij, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology; Chung Tin, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE); Chen-rei Wan, a graduate student in MechE; and Eric Weiss, a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Graduate student wins $10K prize

Garrett Marino, a graduate student in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, was recently awarded the grand prize from the U.S. Department of Energy's inaugural Science and Energy Research Challenge (SERCh) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Marino, who also interned at the ORNL this year, won the SERCh national poster competition and a $10,000 science scholarship.

Yoon named US Artists fellow

J. Meejin Yoon, an associate professor in the Department of Architecture, was named a United States Artists fellow recently, which carries with it a $50,000 prize to further her arts.

Math undergrads honored for excellence

Maria Monks, a junior in the Department of Mathematics, has been chosen to receive the Alice T. Schafer Prize for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics; and Doris Dobi, a senior, will receive an honorable mention. The award honors undergraduate woman for excellence in mathematics.

IS&T wins computing services newsletter award

Robyn Fizz and Lee Ridgway, of MIT Information Services and Technology, were recently honored by the ACM's Special Interest Group for University and College Computing Services (ACM SIGUCCS) for their published newsletter, which is distributed across campus. The awards recognize outstanding web sites, publications and promotional materials produced by higher education computing centers.

MIT Sloan garners international award

The MIT Sloan School of Management was named third best business school in North America by EDUNIVERSAL, which ranked the top three schools in nine different geographical regions.

MIT EHS Office recognized by City of Cambridge

At the fall annual awards and recognition dinner for the Cambridge Fire Department, the MIT Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Office, along with the Harvard Department of EHS, were recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation. CFD Deputy Chief Gerald Mahoney, while presenting the certificates, noted his department has "a relationship with both schools' EH&S staffs that allows us to call upon them not just for incidents on their respective campuses, but also to utilize their subject matter expertise at any time for any incident, 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 19, 2008 (download PDF).

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