PEOPLE & PLACES UPDATE
December 2003 63
New faculty appointmentsThe Pennsylvania State Universityhas announced a number of newfaculty members. Melik C. Demirel,Jong-in Hahm, and Aman Haquewill be pursuing research innanomaterials, includingfabrication, tribology, and theinterface with biology; RonaldHedden will work on softcondensed matter systems; whileZhiwen Liu, Jian Xu, and ShizhuoYin are focusing their efforts onvarious elements of optical andoptoelectronic phenomena.
NanoInk brings in experience
Cedric Loiret-Bernal is the newpresident and chief executiveofficer of NanoInk, Inc. He alsobecomes a member of thecompanys board of directors.Loiret-Bernal was formerly chiefexecutive officer and co-founder ofthe proteomics company, GeneProt,Inc. He brings more than 17 yearsof experience and in-depthknowledge of businessdevelopment, strategic marketing,and fund-raising, says Mark Slezak,chairman of NanoInk. The companyis commercializing dip pennanolithography techniques forbuilding nanoscale structures.
Yu wins laser prize
The 2003 Free Electron Laser (FEL)
Prize has been won by Li Hua Yu, a
physicist at Brookhaven National
Laboratory. Yu has developed two
types of lasers for experimental
investigations, the self-amplified
spontaneous emission FEL and the
high-gain harmonic generation FEL.
I am very happy to receive this
award, he says. I am grateful to
the excellent team who worked
with me to make the high-gain
harmonic generation FEL at
Brookhaven the first and only one
of its kind in the world.
NASA names GRC deputy directorRichard S. Christiansen is the newdeputy director of NASAs GlennResearch Center (GRC). He waspreviously associate director of theagencys Dryden Flight ResearchCenter. His strong technical andmanagement background willenhance our microgravity,propulsion, communications, andtechnology programs, says JulianEarls, director of the GRC.
Society high-flyersExperimental and
contributions to the
development of new
are rewarded in the
Societys prizes and
awards for 2004.
James P. Wolfe
(shown), of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wins the
Frank Isakson Prize. I am elated, says Wolfe. The
award recognizes a progression of work elucidating
the motion and thermodynamics of elementary
excitations in solids. His development of graphic
imaging techniques, in particular, made this
Chia-Ling Chien of The Johns Hopkins University
receives the David Adler Lectureship Award for
path-breaking research in magnetic nanostructures.
The Oliver E. Buckley Prize for contributions to the
theory of condensed matter systems is shared jointly
by Tom C. Lubensky of the University of Pennsylvania
and David R. Nelson of Harvard University.
In the polymer field, Timothy P. Lodge of the
University of Minnesota and Marcus Mller of
Johannes Gutenberg-Universitt, Germany, win the
Polymer Prize and John H. Dillon Medal, respectively.
Contributions to surface enhanced Raman scattering
win Richard P. Van Duyne of Northwestern University
the Earl K. Plyler Prize. NanoDevices Virgil Elings
wins the Keithley Award for developing and
commercializing scanning probe microscopies.
National honor for GarwinRichard L. Garwin of the Council on Foreign Relations
in New York is to receive a US National Medal of
Science for his contributions to the invention of
magnetic resonance techniques used in medical
imaging applications. The medal, awarded by
President Bush, honors researchers who have made
groundbreaking and career-long achievements.
Garwin laid the foundations for superconducting
electronic circuitry. He is also an advisor to the US
government on a range of scientific issues, including
nuclear safety and arms control. He has worked on
and champions the use of nonlethal weapons in
Foresight awards Feynman prizesThe 2003 Feynman Prize for experimental research in
nanotechnology has been presented to Carlo
Montemagno of the University of California, Los
Angeles (UCLA). His work focuses on methods of
integrating single-molecular biological motors with
nanoscale Si devices. Montemagno is chair of
bioengineering and co-director of UCLAs Institute for
Cell Mimetic Space Exploration.
The Feynman Prize for theoretical work goes to
Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie of the
University of California at Berkeley for their work on
understanding materials properties and behaviors.
The Foresight Institute awarded the prizes at its
annual conference on molecular nanotechnology.
Kwolek enters Hall of Fame Stephanie Kwolek, a scientist at DuPont, has been
inducted into the US National Womens Hall of Fame
for research that lead to the manufacture of Kevlar
aramid fiber. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals
who have contributed achievements of enduring
value to society, as well as to their field of work.
It was Kwoleks discoveries in the area of liquid
crystalline polymer solutions that formed the basis
for the commercial preparation of Kevlar. The high
strength of the material, combined with its light
weight, has lead to applications from body armor to
blast and flame barriers. I am honored and, quite
frankly, humbled to be a part of the National
Womens Hall of Fame, says Kwolek.
ESF gets Marks for strategyJohn Marks has been appointed as director of science
and strategy at the European Science Foundation
(ESF). I very much look forward to furthering the
vital importance of the ESF in fostering European
collaboration and excellence, says Marks.
This comes at a time when a pan-European approach
to funding fundamental research is on the political
agenda. Marks believes the ESF should position itself
as the logical choice to play a central role in its
Marks has over 23 years of experience in science
policy and management. He previously managed a
budget of 30 million as director of earth and life
sciences for the Netherlands Organization for
Scientific Research (NWO). He has also served on the
science and policy directorate in the Netherlands
Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science.
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