Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
The National Council of University Research Administrators has bestowed its Outstanding Achievement Award to George Dummer, director emeritus of the Office of Sponsored Programs. Mr. Dummer who joined MIT in 1961 and was OSP director from 1973-94, prepared the first definitive publication on institutional intellectual property rights.
Two members of the International Students Office -- Milena Levak, associate dean for graduate education and ISO director, and Assistant Dean Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook -- were presented with Distinguished Service Awards from the New England Region (Region XI) of the Association of International Educators (called NAFSA). The deans were selected for their "untiring efforts in running the Third Thursday meetings" for Boston-area members, held at MIT since 1978. At the meetings, which are open to all international student advisors in the area, people who are new to the field can learn from more experienced colleagues and advisors can exchange information on new immigration regulations and procedures.
Senior Robert B. Gray of chemical engineering has been selected as one of the National Football Foundation's 18 scholar-athletes for 1997. The award includes an $18,000 two-year postgraduate fellowship. It is given to men who "have shown superior academic application and performance, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player, and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and citizenship."
One of two inaugural Robert H. Hill Memorial Awards, presented to outstanding contributors in the advancement of X-ray lithography, was given to Dr. Henry Smith, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithly Professor of Electrical Engineering. The award is given by Suss Advanced Lithography, Inc., of Waterbury, VT, in honor of Mr. Hill, an IBM employee who worked toward making X-ray lithography a cost-effective alternative to optical lithography.
Thomas Kochan, the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, is one of 14 newly elected Fellows of the National Academy of Human Resources. The organization honors individuals "whose accomplishments have made significant contribution to the theory and practice of human resource management." Professor Kochan, an expert in organizational behavior and industrial relations, has been at MIT since 1980.
Keeten Kanti Kalan, a graduate student in urban studies and planning as well as the founder and director of the South African Exchange Program on Environmental Justice, has received an award from the Ignacio Martï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½n-Barï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights. Mr. Kalan has been an activist concerned with the socioeconomic effects of environmental policies and heightening awareness of the link between the environment and health. The fund supports grassroots mental health and human rights initiatives.
The featured speaker at the fund's annual commemorative event at which Mr. Kalan received the award was Margaret Burnham, a lecturer in political science and founder of Boston's all-black female law firm.
The Association for Computing Machinery's 1997 Special Interest Group for University and College Computer Services competitions featured two MIT winners. i/s NewsLink, a web-based Information Systems publication, at <http://web.mit.edu/is/newslink>, was awarded first place in the Specific Computing Services/Web category and second place in the Computing Services Newsletter/Web category. Robyn Fizz, I/S marketing communications coordinator, is the publication's managing editor. Kevin Cunningham, senior technical writer in I/S, was awarded third place in the Computing Organization/Printed category for the "Welcome to Athena" brochure that describes the Athena system, policies and help resources.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 26, 1997.