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Awards and Honors: June 26, 2009

PhD candidate wins $150K CIMIT prize

John Moore, a doctoral candidate at the MIT Media Lab, recently took top honors in the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) Prize for Primary Healthcare, a new nationwide annual competition designed to encourage graduate and undergraduate engineering students to develop creative technological solutions that have potential to enhance the delivery of care at the frontlines of medicine.

He received the $150,000 honor for his project titled "CollaboRhythm: Primary Care Teamwork Anywhere at Any Time," the goal of which is to design, implement and test a technology platform that will enable better remote collaboration between patient and caregiver in a more advanced manner than possible with today's online and video-conferencing technologies.

Hume named Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media; will work at collaborating institution in Budapest

Ellen Hume, research director at the Center for Future Civic Media at MIT, has been named the new Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media in the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication's Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS).

In this role, Hume will be based at the Central European University's Center for Media and Communications Studies (CMCS) in Budapest, Hungary, where she will continue her civic media work and participate in research projects the two institutions undertake.

Former Singapore-MIT Alliance students win computational prize

The Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Prize 2009 was recently awarded to Phuong Huynh, Ngoc-Cuong Nguyen and Gianluigi Rozza for developing the software package rbMIT, used in solving parametrized partial differential equations by the reduced basis method. Nguyen and Huynh are both former Singapore-MIT Alliance students; Nguyen is now a research scientist at MIT, Rozza is a research affiliate, and Huynh will be a post-doc at MIT in the fall. The CSE Prize is accompanied by $10,000.

Recent MIT graduate chosen as Merage American Dream Fellow

Siamrut Patanavanich '09, who recently received his SB from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named among the 12 graduating seniors selected nationwide as a Merage Foundation for the American Dream Fellow. The Foundation, one of three the Merage family established in 2003, selects American Dream recipients with stellar academic records who are ethically responsible, and have the potential to make significant contributions to America. The two-year award includes a $20,000 stipend.

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