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Sigma Xi Members in the News for December 2007

Bilal Ahmad Ramay (SX 2003) of Karachi, Pakistan, recently joined the Addis Pharmaceutical Factory at Adigrat Ethiopia as general manager after 32 years of experience as a researcher, senior lecturer, general manager and director of operations in the pharmaceutical industry.

Carol Simpson (SX 1984) has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Anna Bobiak Nagurney (SX 1982) at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst has received a Fulbright grant to serve as a senior specialist in business administration next March at the University of Catania in Italy.

John F. Egan (SX 1958) of Nashua, New Hampshire, has received the Department of the Navy's Superior Civilian Performance Award in recognition of his leadership the last three years as chair of the Naval Studies Board of the National Academies.

Benjamin Mosier (SX 1958) of Houston, Texas, an emeritus professor at Rice University-Texas Medical Center, has received the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Act Award for his contribution to patents and research conducted on micro-encapsulation and drug delivery systems.

Robert M. Doerr (SX 1965) of Rolla, Missouri, has been awarded the 2007 President's Award from the Missouri State Genealogical Association in recognition of his outstanding service to Missouri genealogy.

Andrew J. Bartilucci (SX 1953) at St. John's University (New York) recently dedicated the Andrew J. Bartilucci Center in honor of its namesake, dean emeritus of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, in recognition of his pioneering effort in introducing allied health programs at the institution. The 40,000 square foot facility will house some current programs and accommodate new ones in the planning stages.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for November 2007

Joey Granger (SX 1981), dean of the School of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, has been selected to receive the American Physiological Society's fifth Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award at the society's 2008 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego.

Cynthia L. Dinwiddie (SX 2004) at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded the 2007 Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers and the 2007 Alfred Noble Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognition for her paper "The Small-Drillhole Minipermeameter Probe for In-Situ Permeability Measurement."

Diola Bagayoko (SX 1990) in the Department of Physics at Southern University at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has received the 2007 Benjamin Banneker Legacy Award on behalf of Timbuktu Academy, which he founded and currently directs, for their excellent results in grade school education (K-8).

Jaime Pagan-Jimenez (SX 2002) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has received the Most Distinguished Alumni Award of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City.

Robert G. Corbett (SX 1960) of Normal, Illinois, has received the American Institute of Professional Geologist's Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award for his dynamic leadership and contributions to the institute.

Walter R. Courtenay, Jr. (SX 1964) of Gainesville, Florida, has received the William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award from the American Fisheries Society for outstanding accomplishments in resource conservation raising public awareness of the environmental threats posed by invasive species.

Adm. Conrad J. Rorie (Ret.) (SX 1970) of San Diego, California, has received the Distinguished Naval Postgraduate School Alumnus Award based on significant accomplishments in his field and their impact on the educational programs of the Naval Postgraduate School.

Randall W. Engle, School of Psychology chair and associate dean of the College of Sciences, and Cheryl B. Leggon (SX 2006), associate professor in the School of Public Policy, both at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have been named American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows for 2007.

Paulyn Cartwright (SX 1999), assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Bruce Lieberman (SX 1994), professor of geology, both at the University of Kansas, recently reported with other colleagues in PLoS ONE a detail of the oldest jellyfish fossils from 500 million years ago. These fossils are 200 million years older than the oldest jellyfish fossils previously described. Their work was noted in the science section of the New York Times on November 14 and on MSNBC on October 30 (among other news sites).

Kenneth Clinton Slatton (SX 1999) at the University of Florida has been selected to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge.

Dinesh Verma (SX 1990) has been awarded the President's Leadership Award by The Edwin A. Stevens Society of the Stevens Institute of Technology. This award honors his exceptional service to Stevens Institute of Technology and significant achievements and dedication to the field.

Farid G. Mitri (SX 2007) in the Deptartment of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine received the Edward C. Kendall Award in May from the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association for meritorious research done at the Mayo Clinic.

Sigma Xi Members in the News for October 2007

Michael Riley Brown (SX 1995) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Swarthmore College has been awarded the American Physical Society's 2008 Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution honoring his significant achievements and contributions to physics and the professional development of undergraduate physics students.

Karl Pister (SX 1945) has received the Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education from the University of California at Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate for a career of achievement and his success at meeting myriad challenges to advance higher education. For the past several years he has been senior associate to Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. While chancellor at UC Santa Cruz, Pister assisted in establishing a chapter of Sigma Xi there.

Terry E. Meyer (SX 1981) has received the 2007 Floyd Andre Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association for his service to agriculture. Meyer is currently program manager for the Optimum GAT Trait at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. The product that will provide crop producers with expanded weed management options and economic benefits. Meyer and his wife, Constance, live in Urbandale and have four children.

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names has chosen to name an island off the western edge of the Antarctic peninsula after the husband-and-wife team of Charles D. Amsler, Jr. (SX 1985) and Margaret O. Amsler (SX 2005), two University of Alabama at Birmingham scientists who have spent 30 years working in the cold waters off the continent. For more on this news item, visit The Birmingham News.

Richard Goodman (SX 1979) of North Salem, New York, has been named the recipient of the 2008 James Conant Bryant Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching from the American Chemical Society.

Sarah Burke Berenson (SX 2007) has been appointed the Yopp Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Yin Li (SX 2007) at North Dakota State University has been awarded the 2007 International Bruce Wasserman Young Investigator Award by the American Association of Cereal Chemists in recognition of contributions towards enhancing knowledge of cereal functionality and improving cereal production.

Honorary member Rosalind Reid (SX 2007), editor of American Scientist magazine, has been appointed to the National Science Board's Public Service Award Committee and elected to the board of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. The NSB's annual award recognizes people and organizations who have increased the public understanding of science or engineering. The CASW, comprised of a panel of distinguished journalists and scientists, develops and funds programs to help reporters and writers produce accurate and informative stories about developments in science, technology, medicine and the environment.

Stanford S. Penner (SX 1944) in the Deptartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, has received the 2007 Founders Award from the National Academy of Engineering for making important advances in thermo-physics, applied spectroscopy, combustion, propulsion and energy.

Nirmal K. Bose (SX 1967) at Pennsylvania State University has been selected to receive the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Circuits and Systems Society Education Award for pioneering contributions to education and research in multidimensional systems theory.

Julia Elizabeth Wallace (SX 1978) has been named executive vice president and provost at Central Michigan University.

N. Joseph Espat (SX 2007) has been appointed chief of surgical oncology and vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jamil A. Khan (SX 1982) has joined Lianda Corporation in Hudson, Ohio, as vice president for North American business, with responsibility for sales, marketing and strategic planning.

Susan Lee Lindquist (SX 2007) at MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research was named one of Harvard's 100 most influential alumni by 02138 magazine in its September/October 2007 issue. Her many honors include Sigma Xi's 2006 Wiliam Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

William A. Yost (SX 1970) has been named chair and professor of speech and hearing science at Arizona State University.

Leonid Hurwicz (SX 1946) will share the 2007 Nobel Prize in economics with fellow Americans Eric Maskin and Roger Myerson for laying the foundations of mechanism design theory. The theory allows economists to distinguish situations where markets work well from those where they do not. Hurwicz, an emeritus professor at the University of Minnesota, received the National Medal of Science in 1990.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore (SX 1994) and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to spread awareness of climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it. The Nobel citation said global warming, "may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for the earth's resources. Such changes will place particularly heavy burdens on the world's most vulnerable countries. There may be increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states."

Emeritus professor of entomologly Robbin W. Thorp (SX 1962) at the University of California, Davis, was interviewed by The Associated Press about Franklin's bumblebee and his fear that it may have gone extinct. The article appeared in the Seattle Times and many other newspapers around the country.

Thomas Richard Rocklin (SX 1984) has been named vice provost of the University of Iowa.

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