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Awards and Honors: Jan. 14, 2009

Dewey, Greitzer named Royal Academy of Engineering fellows

Britain's Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) named Forbes Dewey, professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering, and Ed Greitzer, the H.N. Slater Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, as fellows for 2008. Including the two MIT professors, 44 new fellows were elected to the RAEng in 2008.

The academy brings together the country's most eminent engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering.

McKernan wins Frank Nelson Cole Prize

James McKernan, a professor in the Department of Mathematics, was named one of two recipients of the 2009 American Mathematical Society's Frank Nelson Cole Prize in algebra. Presented every three years by the AMS, the Cole Prize is one of the highest distinctions in algebra. The prize was awarded on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Washington.

Economics professor wins TIAA-CREF award

The TIAA-CREF Institute recently presented the 13th annual TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security to Amy Finkelstein, a professor in the Department of Economics, and a colleague for their ground-breaking paper, "The Interaction of Public and Private Insurance: Medicaid and the Long-Term Care Insurance Market."

Stewart wins German research award

Physics Professor Iain Stewart has been selected as a recipient of a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, which works to promote academic cooperation between scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. The award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research, and the awardee is invited to carry out research projects of his or her own choosing in cooperation with colleagues in Germany.

Wodiczko to represent Poland at Venice Biennale

Krzysztof Wodiczko, a professor of architecture, was named recently by Poland's Minister of Culture to represent Poland at the 53rd Venice Art Biennale 2009. Wodiczko, who is also the director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, is known worldwide for his large-scale, politically charged slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. In receiving this honor, Wodiczko becomes the third member of the Visual Arts faculty to represent his native country at the oldest and world's most prestigious Art Biennale.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 14, 2009 (download PDF).

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