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Awards and Honors: April 29, 2009

Sloan faculty appointed as CBO economic advisors

Associate Professor of International Management Kristin Forbes and Simon Johnson, the Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship, were recently named economic advisors for the Congressional Budget Office.

The CBO is a nonpartisan organization that provides the formal analysis for Congress -- most importantly, the estimates of the costs of different proposals that are then used as inputs for proposed legislation and the congressional budget process.

CEE web site recognized by Webby Awards

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering web site has been named an Official Honoree of the 2009 Webby Awards. The awards are presented each June in New York by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and are often referred to as the "Academy Awards" of the Internet. Of the nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and 60 countries, the judges select five from each category as Official Nominees. The department's site can be viewed at

Student photographer earns accolade for image

An image taken by Eric Schmiedl, a senior in the Comparative Media Studies program, will be included as part of a web gallery for American Photography 25, one of the most prestigious photo competitions in the country. Fewer than 1 percent of the 10,000-plus images submitted were chosen for the honor. Schmiedl's image was originally taken for the cover of a student-driven calendar meant to raise money for an Institute scholarship.

Keten receives materials research award

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student Sinan Keten won the prestigious Silver Award at the Materials Research Society's (MRS) spring meeting in San Francisco recently. MRS Graduate Student Awards honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction and who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 29, 2009 (download PDF).

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