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Sigma Xi Members in the News for September 2007

Yoky Matsuoka (SX 2001) in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington has been named among the 24 recipients of the 2007 MacArthur "genius awards." The $500,000 fellowships were announced September 25 by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Matsuoka is a leader in the emerging field of neurorobotics. She is devising complex prosthetic devices and rehabilitation strategies that hold life-changing potential for those suffering from brain injuries and manipulation disabilities.

Vishwanath Prasad (SX 1983) in the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University will join the University of North Texas as vice president for research in October.

Harry Wroth Shenton III (SX 1989) has been appointed acting chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware.

NASA engineer Mary H. Hovater (SX 2006), a native of Cullman, Alabama, has received a Women's Equality Day award for exceptional professional service from the Team Redstone Federal Women's Program, which includes the U.S. Army Garrison at Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, both in Huntsville. A systems engineer for the Science and Mission Systems Office, Hovater coordinates the testing and analysis of components for the Orion crew exploration vehicle's Launch Abort System. The Women's Equality Day awards recognize outstanding federal employees in professional, administrative and supervisory capacities.

Renowned Texas heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey (SX 1935) celebrated his 99th birthday on Friday, September 7. According to the Dallas Morning News, friends told him on his birthday that he will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his pioneering research. In 1964, DeBakey performed the first successful coronary bypass surgery, a breakthrough credited with prolonging millions of lives. His many honors include Sigma Xi's 1995 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for August 2007

Peter E. Sedgwick (SX 1992) has been elected to the Central Maine Medical Center staff in Lewiston.

Sigma Xi Life Member George D. Phillies (SX 1969), a physics professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has entered the 2008 presidential race as a Libertarian candidate. He has published over 140 research papers and a number of books on both science and politics, among other subjects. For more about his campaign, visit his Web site at George Phillies for President.

David Arthur Berry (SX 2000) of Flagship Ventures in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been recognized by MIT’s Technology Review magazine as 2007 Innovator of the Year in their list of the world’s top 35 innovators under age 35. Berry was honored for his contributions to the founding of LS9,Inc., a biotechnology company that uses synthetic biology to design microorganisms that can produce hydrocarbon biofuels.

Honorary member Ben Patrusky (SX 1994) was recently inducted into the City College of New York's Communications Hall of Fame. He has been executive director of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing since 1988 and served for 30 years as program director of the council's New Horizons in Science, an annual meeting that offers journalists a look at cutting-edge science.

Recent National Medal of Technology recipients include 2005 medalist Alfred Y. Cho (SX 1965) at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and 2006 medalists Leslie A. Geddes (SX 1960) at Purdue University and Charles M. Vest (SX 1967) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Electrical engineer Thomas E. Wade (SX 1974) at the University of South Florida has been named by Tau Beta Pi engineering society as its 14th National Outstanding Advisor, for his important contributions to students and collegiate chapters. Wade has been a faculty advisor to Tau Beta Pi chapters for nearly 31 years.

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