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Awards and Honors: March 4, 2009

Hynes wins Pasarow research award

Richard O. Hynes, the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research in the Department of Biology, has been awarded the 2008 Pasarow Medical Research Award for research in cardiovascular disease. The award, granted annually, is for distinguished accomplishment in research in order to increase public awareness of vital areas of investigation. Hynes, who is also member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, will receive $50,000 for winning the prize.

Chemistry professors win ACS awards

MIT researchers Dan Nocera and JoAnne Stubbe were recently honored by the American Chemical Society for their work in the field of chemistry.

Stubbe, the Novartis Professor of Chemistry and professor of biology, was honored with the Nakanishi Prize, presented to recognize and stimulate significant work that extends chemical and spectroscopic methods to the study of important biological phenomena.

Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and professor of chemistry, won the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry, which recognizes and encourages fundamental research in the field of inorganic chemistry.

Grochow named ACM distinguished engineer

MIT Vice President for Information Services and Technology Jerrold Grochow has been recognized as a 2008 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Engineer. The ACM honored 10 engineers and 27 scientists for their individual contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology.

Whitehead named top employer for postdoctoral researchers

The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research is the top place to work for postdoctoral researchers, according to The Scientist's seventh annual survey of research institutions nationwide.

Last year was the first time Whitehead made The Scientist's top 15 list, when it ranked 14th out of 82 U.S. institutions. According to the magazine, Whitehead's placement improved so dramatically because the institute has renewed its focus on postdocs. Specifically cited were Whitehead's generous benefits, high-caliber senior scientists and a family-friendly environment that supports a healthy work-life balance.

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

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