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Sigma Xi Members in the News for March 2009

Michael G. Tannenbaum (SX 1984) in the School of Science at Marist College has been appointed provost and vice president of academic affairs at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.

Jack S. Brenizer, Jr. (SX 1981), J. 'Lee' Everett Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and chairman of the nuclear engineering program at the Pennsylvania State University, has received the Award of Merit and its accompanying title of fellow from ASTM International, which is the highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to ASTM standards activities. Brenizer was cited "for exemplary technical and administrative leadership and contributions to Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing, leading to global adoption of ASTM International standards on neutron radiology."

Kenneth E. Manchester (SX 1950) of Princeton, Massachusetts, has been elected to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place in May at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Manchester worked with fellow 2009 inductee John Macdougall at Sprague Electronics to develop a commercially viable method of ion implantation, a process in which a silicon wafer is bombarded with ionized atoms to change the electrical conductivity of certain areas, called "doping." Ion implantation is the dominant doping method in the production of integrated circuits.

Nishant Prashant Shah (SX 2009) has been named a valedictorian for the 2009 spring commencement at North Carolina State University. He will also receive the Phi Kappa Phi medallion from the N.C. State Chapter of the honor society.

Retired Army Colonel John Mercier (SX 1991) this month became division director in the Center for National Security and Intelligence at Noblis, Inc., a non-profit science, technology and strategy organization in Falls Church, Virginia. He will be responsible for leading efforts to assist government in dealing with counter weapons threats and proliferation. Mercier earned a Ph.D. in radiological physics from the University of Texas, a master's degree in nuclear engineering from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Texas.

A National Science Foundation grant of almost $500,000 to the University of Louisiana at Monroe will support a three-year project to digitize the images and data of more than 1 million plant specimens in 15 Louisiana herbaria. "CyberFlora Louisiana" is the brainchild of ULM Associate Professor of Biology Thomas Sasek (SX 1986) and is one of the first statewide projects of its kind. The digitized images and data will be freely available through a central Web site that, once completed, will offer fast data sorting and filtering, rapid delivery of images, mapping of specimen locations and checklists of plants for particular locations. For more information about the project, contact Sasek at sasek@ulm.edu.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz (SX 1989) was recently named chief executive officer of the University of Michigan Health System and executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan.

Stephanie Shipman (SX 1982), at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, received the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Award from the American Evaluation Association for work that is highly influential in government contexts and for furthering the interests of program evaluation in government through advocacy and sponsorship.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for February 2009

Joseph M. Gowgiel (SX 1956) will receive the Raffaele Suriano Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry this spring. The award is named for a former dean of Loyola's dental school. Gowgiel had a distinguished teaching career at the Zoller Dental Clinic of the University of Chicago, in the Department of Anatomy at the Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry and as director of the Loyola Oral Biology Program.

Stephen J. Benkovic (SX 1970), Evan Pugh Professor and Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry at Penn State, will receive the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science on April 23, during a gala black-tie ceremony and dinner at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. He is being honored for his "groundbreaking contributions to our mechanistic understanding of enzymes, and for helping to unravel the complexities of the enzymes involved in DNA replication."

Katherine E. Bruce (SX 1988) has been named 2008 North Carolina Professor of the Year by CASE/Carnegie, largely for facilitating and supporting undergraduate research on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she is a professor of psychology and director of the Honors Scholars Program.

Brian M. Davis (SX 2002) has been selected by the Oregon State University College of Engineering to receive the "Oregon Stater Award," which honors outstanding alumni and friends for their contributions to the engineering profession and Oregon State University. He is being inducted into the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. He credits Jacques Whitford NAWE and Stantec for the opportunity to expand and practice his engineering skills in engineered wetland technologies for industrial and domestic wastewater treatment—truly a cutting-edge, green technology in environmental engineering.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for January 2009

President Barack Obama has selected Harvard University physicist John Holdren (SX 1966) to be his science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Holdren played a prominent role as part of the Sigma Xi-UN Scientific Expert Group that issued the 2007 report Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable.

Biologist Joan L. Morrison (SX 1997) has been promoted to full professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She is believed to be the first woman to become a full professor in any science department at Trinity College since it was founded in the 1820s. And she may also be the first Native American to become a full professor there.

Oxford University Press has just published a new book by Fredrick Grinnell (SX 1978), Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic. Grinnell is a professor of cell biology and founder of the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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