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Awards and Honors: Feb. 4, 2009

Three from MIT named to the Association for Computing Machinery

Three MIT researchers -- Hari Balakrishnan, Joel Moses and Madhu Sudan -- have been named among the 44 new members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers and professionals.

Balakrishnan, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was nominated to the ACM for contributions to computer networking and distributed systems; Institute Professor Moses was cited for developing the Macsyma computer system for formula manipulation; and Sudan, the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, joins the association for his contributions to algorithms and complexity theory.

"These men and women are the inventors of technology that impact the way people live and work throughout the world," said ACM President Wendy Hall.

The ACM will formally recognize the new fellows at its annual awards banquet on June 27, in San Diego. Additional information about the ACM 2008 fellows and award winners is available at"

Sloan professor wins technology innovation management award

Edward Roberts, the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology in the MIT Sloan School of Management, has been named one of the top 50 researchers in the technology innovation management (TIM) field by the International Association for the Management of Technology. The organization will present Roberts with his award -- given based on the number of articles published by an author over the last five years in the top 10 TIM journals -- at its annual conference in April.

Love wins Dana Foundation grant

Chris Love, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a Human Immunology Grant from the Dana Foundation. The three-year, $400,000 grant will fund the project "Single-cell Microtools for Profiling Human Immune Responses to HIV." The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization with particular interests in brain research, immunology, and arts education.

PhD candidate wins inaugural 'Earth Award'

Neri Oxman, a PhD candidate at the Media Lab, received the first of what are to be annual "Earth Awards," presented in New York on Jan. 12. The awards are designed to recognize "future-crucial design solutions that will improve our collective social, cultural, economic and ecological quality of life." Oxman was honored as the creator of a new rapid-manufacturing process called "FAB.REcology," which produces material with gradually varying physical properties.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 4, 2009 (download PDF).

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