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Sigma Xi Members in the News for May 2007

Gregory C. Farrington (SX 1979) has been named the new executive director of the California Academy of Sciences' museum under construction in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Fernando Manuel Trevino (SX 1979) has been selected as the next chancellor of Southern Illinois University's flagship Carbondale campus.

Anthony Robert Smith (SX 1998) of Applegate, Oregon, has joined Herb Pharm as a botanical analytical chemist in the Research and Development and Quality Assurance departments.

Kimberly Jessup Swanson (SX 2007) of Charlottesville, Virginia, will be the keynote speaker at the first annual scientific meeting of the Cameroon Society for Toxicological Sciences in Buea, Cameroon, November 2-4, 2007.

Paul L. Houston (SX 1972) has been named dean of the College of Sciences at Cornell University.

Twenty-seven Sigma Xi Members Elected to National Academy
Twenty-seven Sigma Xi members were among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 12 countries elected this spring to the National Academy of Sciences:

Mario H. Acuna (SX 1972), senior astrophysicist and project scientist, International Solar Terrestrial Physics Program, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.

Steven M. Block (SX 1993), professor of applied physical and biological sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Hugo K. Dooner, professor, Waksman Institute, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway.

Bruce T. Draine, professor, department of astrophysical sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.

Robert S. Edgar, professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kerry A. Emanuel (SX 1976), Breene M. Kerr Professor, program in atmospheres, oceans and climate, department of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

Mary K. Estes (SX 1997), professor and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair, department of molecular virology and microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Paul G. Falkowski, professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and department of geological sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.

Michael D. Fayer, David Mulvane Ehrsam and Edward Curtis Franklin Professor of Chemistry, department of chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Allen M. Goldman (SX 1961), Institute of Technology Professor of Physics, and head, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

John G. Hildebrand (SX 1965), Regents Professor and professor of neurobiology, biochemistry and molecular biophysics, entomology and molecular and cellular biology, and director, Arizona Research Laboratories Division of Neurobiology, University of Arizona, Tucson.

William L. Johnson, Ruben and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.

Laura L. Kiessling (SX 1983), professor of chemistry and biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Stephen C. Kowalczykowski (SX 1975), distinguished professor of microbiology and of molecular and cellular biology, and director, Center for Genetics and Development, University of California, Davis.

Claude Owen Lovejoy, university professor, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Walter F. O. Marasas, director, Programme on Mycotoxins and Experimental Carcinogenesis Unit, Medical Research Council, Tygerberg, South Africa.

Christopher Miller, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

William E. Moerner, Harry S. Mosher Professor, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

M. Granger Morgan (SX 1988), university professor and head, department of engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Stephen W. Pacala (SX 1998), Frederick D. Petrie Professor, department of ecology and evolutionary biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.

Jonathan G. Seidman, Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Professor of Cardiovascular Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Charles S. Spencer, curator of anthropology, and chair, division of anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, New York City.

David N. Spergel (SX 2001), professor, department of astrophysical sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.

Katepalli R. Sreenivasan (SX 1981), Martin Professor of Engineering and distinguished university professor, University of Maryland, College Park.

Harold M. Stark, professor of mathematics, University of California, San Diego.

Clifford J. Tabin (SX 1985), professor, department of genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Clifford M. Will (SX 1971), James S. McDonnell Professor of Physics, Washington University, St. Louis.


Maxine F. Singer (SX 1951) of Washington, D.C., has been awarded the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences for providing inspired and effective leadership in matters of science and its relationship to education and public policy.

Alexander Edmund Buck (SX 2007) has been named an outstanding graduate by his academic department at Northern Michigan University for having a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0 for four consecutive years.

Janet K. A. Nicholson (SX 1983) at the Centers for Disease Control has been installed on the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute Board of Directors.

Sigma Xi Past-President George Bugliarello (SX 1957), president emeritus of Polytechnic University, has been re-elected to a four-year term as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Engineering.

Linda M. Abriola (SX 1988) at Tufts University has been elected to a three-year term as councilor of the National Academy of Engineering.

Charles M. Vest (SX 1967), president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been elected to a six-year term as president of the National Academy of Engineering.

Charles Elachi (SX 1975), director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has been elected to a three-year term as councilor of the National Academy of Engineering.

Aeronautical engineer Naval Postgraduate School Professor Emeritus E. Roberts "Bob" Wood (SX 1966) has been named an honorary fellow of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International. AHS grants this status annually to just two of its more than 6,000 worldwide members whose leadership and innovation have significantly advanced the interests of the vertical flight industry.

Marvin J. Malecha (SX 2007), dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, has been elected to serve as the 2008 first vice president/president-elect and 2009 president of the American Institute of Architects.

France Anne Cordova (SX 1993) has been named president of Purdue University.

Louise Evans (SX 1952) of Beverly Hills, California, received the Marie Curie Award and gold medal from the International Biographical Centre in celebration of their Global Year 2006 of Medicine and Healthcare.

Thomas J. Haas (SX 1989) has been named president of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Christopher B. Newgard at Duke University Medical Center and Arnold J. Levine at the Institute for Advanced Study have been selected as administrators by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Freedom to Discover program to support cutting edge research.

Ariel Fenster (SX 2004) at McGill University received the 2006 Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Joseph S. Onello (SX 1971) was awarded the designation of distinguished teaching professor emeritus of physics at the State University of New York at Cortland following his retirement last August.

Margaret E. Stevens (SX 1971) at Ripon College was one of seven instructors from private colleges to receive the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award, given annually by Alliant Energy and the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges.

Cynthia Sue Teel (SX 1990) of Stilwell, Kansas, was one of 20 nurses in executive nursing systems or administration leadership roles nationwide selected as 2006 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows.

Michael D. Ouart (SX 1983) of the University of Missouri - Columbia has been named vice provost for the University of Missouri Extension and director of cooperative extension.

Thomas W. Williams (SX 1971) of Boulder, Colorado, has joined the DAFCA Technical Advisory Board to assist in areas of technology strategy and market analysis.

Jonathan Martin (SX 2006) has been awarded Washington College's prestigious Middendorf Scholarship, which recognizes students who have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement as well as exemplary leadership.

Kenneth D. Jordan (SX 1976) and Jeffrey H. Schwartz (SX 1976) at the University of Pittsburgh were named 2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows because of their efforts to advance science or its applications.

George F. Smoot (SX 1966) at the University of California, Berkeley and John C. Mather (SX 1968) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation, work that helped to confirm the big-bang theory of the universe.

Edward Schicatano at Wilkes University received the annual Carpenter Outstanding Teacher Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has been an outstanding educator over a three-year period.

George V. Frisk (SX 1970) at Florida Atlantic University was elected vice president of the Acoustical Society of America.

Patrick W. Gross (SX 1971) of Bethesda, Maryland, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors at CoreStreet, the leader in infrastructure and applications for smart credential and convergence programs.

William H. Keen (SX 1973) has been appointed president of the State University of New York College of Technology at Farmingdale.

Rodney B. Piercey (SX 1981) has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Kentucky University.

Louis B. Weiner (SX 1993) at the University of Alabama at Huntsville has received the Jerusalem Award for Cooperative Research and Development for his contribution to the defense of Israel by the Ministry of Defense of the State of Israel.

Erich E. Kunhardt (SX 1976) has been named provost at Polytechnic University in New York.

Lyle W. Castle (SX 1995) at Idaho State University has been named Professional of the Year in Heterocyclic Chemistry by Cambridge Who's Who, which honors one member in each discipline for accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership and service.

Linda M. Peterson (SX 1981) has been promoted to provost of Barry University, where she was serving as interim vice president for academic affairs.

Daniel A. Wubah (SX 1992) has been appointed provost for undergraduate affairs at the University of Florida.

Jeannette Marie Wing (SX 1979) at Carnegie Mellon University has named the assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation.

Leroy E. Hood (SX 1964) at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle was among the 2007 inductees to the Inventors Hall of Fame for developing several automated biotechnical instruments.

William W. Destler (SX 2000) has been named president of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

Dexter G. Smith (SX 1980) has been appointed program chair for electrical and computer engineering in the Engineering Programs for Professionals at Johns Hopkins University.

John M. Dunn (SX 2006) has been named president of Western Michigan University.

The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) has awarded Thomas A. Waldmann (SX 1974) at the National Institutes of Health the AAI-Dana Foundation Award in Human Immunology Research for his significant achievements in immunology research pertinent to human disease pathogenesis, prevention and therapy.

Sukh D. Bassi (SX 1967) has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of scientific affairs at MGP Ingredients, Inc. in Atchison, Kansas.

Norman R. Augustine (SX 1958) of Bethesda, Maryland, has been awarded the Bower Award for business leadership by the Franklin Institute for his efforts to improve science and education research.

Rowland Archer, CTO and senior vice president for product engineering at GXS Corp., has been named to the Strikelron, Inc. Business Advisory Panel.

Jennifer L. Leopold (SX 2003) was named the 2007 University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) Woman of the Year at the 11th annual Woman of the Year Luncheon as part of the UMR Women Faculty Advancing Excellence Day, a celebration to honor female faculty, students and alumna.

Lee C. Nordt (SX 1990) has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University.

Sheldon Meth (SX 1977) has joined System Planning Corporation as chief technology officer.

John L. Anderson (SX 1982) has been named president of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Sharon K. Hahs (SX 1997) has been named president of Northeastern Illinois University.

Michael E. Brown (SX 1987) at Caltech's Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences was named by Time magazine as one of their 100 men and women whose talent and "big ideas" are transforming our world. MIT's Kerry A. Emanuel (SX 1976) was also listed in the top 100. Emanuel is a professor of atmospheric science at MIT.

Ellen J. Yoffa (SX 1973) at IBM Research in Hawthorne, New York, has received the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the ongoing advancement of women in the EDA industry.

Mary J. Sansalone (SX 1991) is the new dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

Stuart L. Pimm (SX 1972) at Duke University was awarded the 2006 Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences for his research on species extinction and conservation. He will also receive Sigma Xi's 2007 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement. Mary-Claire King (SX 1988) at the University of Washington was awarded the 2006 Heineken Prize for Medicine for proving the existence of the first hereditary breast cancer gene.

Donna C. Boyd (SX 1985), professor of anthropology at Radford University, has received the 25th annual U.S. Professors of the Year Award. Alexei V. Filippenko (SX 1991) in the department of astronomy at the University of California was also named a recipient of the award.

Deborah C. German (SX 1990), scholar in residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges and former senior associate dean at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, has been named the first dean of the University of Central Florida's new College of Medicine.

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