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Engineering appointmentsThree engineering departmentshave announced the appointment ofnew heads: The University of Illinois at
Chicago has named PrithBanerjee as dean of the Collegeof Engineering. Banerjee is theWalter P. Murphy Professor andchairman of electrical andcomputer engineering atNorthwestern University;
Julia King, currently chiefexecutive of the Institute ofPhysics, is to be the newprincipal of the Faculty ofEngineering at Imperial CollegeLondon. She is expected to jointhe UKs largest engineeringdepartment later this year;
Pradeep K. Khosla is the newdean of the College ofEngineering at Carnegie MellonUniversity in Pittsburgh. He takesover from John L. Anderson, whohas moved to become theprovost of Case Western ReserveUniversity.
All change at NASANASA has named Orlando Figueroaand Alison L. McNally as deputyassociate administrators in its newScience Mission Directorate. Theappointments are part of thetransformation of NASAsorganizational structure, which isdesigned to streamline theorganization and position it to bebetter able to implement itsstrategic priorities. Figueroa will beresponsible for ensuring that soundmanagement and safe engineeringpractices are followed and willoversee the evaluation of programsand projects. McNally will beresponsible for generalmanagement of the Science MissionDirectorate, making sure strategicbusiness processes are in place.
New champion of UK chemistrySimon Campbell is the newpresident of the UK Royal Societyof Chemistry (RSC). He succeeds SirHarry Kroto and will continueKrotos efforts in promotingchemistry at a time when some UKuniversity departments are closing.Campbell has already launched theRSCs Campaign for ChemicalSciences with the message that, ifchemical sciences are not cherished,then Britains future health andwealth will be severely eroded.
Cicerone to head academyThe next president of
the US National
Academy of Sciences
(NAS) is to be Ralph J.
of the University of
(UCI). Cicerone has
been nominated with
approval of the
Council of the NAS.
It is an enormous honor to be nominated for the
presidency of the academy, says Cicerone. The
importance of science and technology to the United
States and the world has never been greater, and I
look forward to serving if I am elected.
Cicerone will continue to serve as UCI chancellor for
the next academic year before succeeding the current
president Bruce Alberts in July 2005. I am very
pleased that Ralph Cicerone has accepted our
councils nomination, says Alberts. He has been an
energetic and thoughtful leader for many of our
academys efforts, as well as for the larger science
Chemist wins Spinoza prizeBen L. Feringa, professor of synthetic organic
chemistry at the University of Groningen, the
Netherlands, is one of four researchers to receive the
2004 Spinoza prize for outstanding and pioneering
research. Each winner receives 1.5 million from the
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
(NWO) to devote to their research.
Feringas research focuses on the design and
synthesis of complex supramolecular materials and
enantioselective catalysts. He has demonstrated a
molecular motor powered by light and designed
chiral molecular switches for data storage.
Acta Materialia awards announcedThe 2005 Acta Materialia Gold Medal has been
awarded to George D. W. Smith, head of the
Department of Materials at the University of Oxford,
in recognition of his research contributions and
leadership in materials science. Acta Materialia, Inc.
also announces that the 2005 J. Herbert Holloman
Award goes to Alton D. Romig, Jr., vice president for
nonproliferation and assessments at Sandia National
Laboratories. Romig is recognized for his pioneering
work in analytical electron microscopy, for leadership
in microsystems science and technology, and
research management at Sandia.
Materials council elects AkincMufit Akinc, chair of the Department of Materials
Science and Engineering at Iowa State University, has
been elected vice chair of the University Materials
Council (UMC). This puts Akinc in line to become
chair-elect next year, before assuming the chair of
UMC is the official organization of heads of materials
science and engineering programs in the US and
Canada. It conducts surveys to benchmark student
enrollment, degrees, faculty salaries, and research
funding. It also serves as a forum for best practice in
areas such as student recruitment and emerging
Akincs research interests include the synthesis,
processing, and characterization of novel materials
for high-temperature structural applications.
New director for nano instituteThe new director general of the National Institute for
Nanotechnology (NINT) in Edmonton, Canada will be
Nils Petersen, vice president of the University of
Western Ontario. He will take charge of the National
Research Council (NRC) institute in November.
Nils Petersen is uniquely qualified for his role at the
institute, says NRC acting president, Michael
Raymont. He has extensive experience in two areas
that are integral to NINTs success: multidisciplinary
research and administration of a diverse research and
NINT was established in 2001 as a multidisciplinary
institution for advanced research and to foster
innovation through the support of new
Nobel laureate to lead LBNLSteven Chu has been named as the new director of
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL),
succeeding Charles V. Shank. Chu, a Nobel laureate
for his part in developing optical tweezers, is
currently a professor in Stanford Universitys physics
and applied physics departments.
The opportunity to lead LBNL at this time is an
exciting prospect and a tremendous honor, says Chu.
He will oversee a $521 million operation with a