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Awards and Honors: August 14, 2009

Assistant Professor Love named W.M. Keck distinguished scholar

The W. M. Keck Foundation, a supporter of pioneering medical research, science and engineering, recently announced its 2009 class of Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research and Research Excellence Awardees, which this year included Assistant Professor J. Christopher Love of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Love plans to use the foundation's $25,000 grant to study at the single-cell level how the human immune system responds initially to HIV. This work may help researchers realize new treatments for HIV/AIDS and eventually other diseases through rational design of immunotherapies and vaccines.

MIT PhD and researcher Lee wins ISSAC Award for Innovation

Heejin Lee SM '04, PhD '09, a research affiliate in the Materials Processing Center, was recently awarded the 2009 ISSAC Award for Innovation for his work on a silicone-based drug-release combination product recently launched by TARIS Biomedical. The award recognizes and promotes the achievements of biomedical scientists, designers, engineers and other researchers involved in the development of silicone-based combination products.

Former MIT librarian nominated to be next U.S. archivist

President Barack Obama recently nominated David S. Ferriero, who worked for 31 years at the MIT Libraries, to be the archivist of the United States, a post that includes making sure highly sensitive presidential papers and electronic records are open and available to the public. Since 2004, Ferriero has served as chief executive of the research libraries at the New York Public Library; before that, he spent eight years years at Duke University.

Starting as a shelver in the Humanities Library at MIT, Ferriero was later associate director for public services and was acting co-director of libraries at the time of his departure for Duke in 1996.

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