Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2012 - (Page 17)
SHIRLEY ANN JACKSON, president, has been chosen by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, to receive its prestigious 2011 Philip Hauge Abelson Award. She is being honored by AAAS for her “extraordinary leadership of and contributions to the scientific community, government, universities, industries, and future generations of science and engineering professionals.” DEEPAK VASHISHTH, a bone and tissue engineering expert who heads the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Vashishth was cited for “significant contributions to the field” and profession of biomedical engineering, and having “the leadership ability to play a transformational role in our field and in our society.” KIM LEWIS, assistant professor of
SUSAN GILBERT, professor and head of biology, and JAMES HENDLER, senior constellation professor in the Tetherless World Constellation and head of the information technology and web science program, have been selected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Gilbert was recognized for distinguished contributions to our mechanistic understanding of microtubule-dependent molecular motor ATPases involved in cell motility. Hendler was cited for fundamental contributions in artificial intelligence, including automated planning, and for the invention (with Tim Berners-Lee and Ora Lassila) of the Semantic Web—the next generation of the World Wide Web. RYAN GILBERT, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Gilbert will use the projected five-year, $500,000 award to develop new biomaterials for the treatment of spinal cord injuries. The CAREER Award is given to faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers and is one of NSF’s most competitive awards, placing emphasis on high-quality research and novel education initiatives. S. ARGEO ASCANI has
performed internationally as both a soloist and chamber musician, and he has lectured at conservatories and universities on topics such as experimental compositional techniques and new music performance practice. Ascani has a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music.
JAMES NAPOLITANO, professor
JEFFREY SCHANZ, assistant vice
physics, applied physics, and astronomy, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation. Lewis will use the fiveyear, $575,000 award to study electronics at the molecular level. The research seeks to better understand how molecules are transported through advanced electronic systems. Along with educating undergraduates and graduate students in the areas of molecular and nano electronics and advanced atomic force microscopy, Lewis will use the funding to cultivate broader participation by underrepresented groups in science.
of physics, applied physics, and astronomy, and VINCENT MEUNIER, the Gail and Jeffrey L. Kodosky ’70 Constellation Professor of Physics, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship, have been named fellows of the American Physical Society. Meunier was cited “for advancing the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology through the application of innovative theory and advanced computation for the understanding of energy flow and storage mechanisms in nanostructured materials including carbons and metal oxides.” Napolitano was cited “for contributions to fundamental problems of nature through experiments in nuclear physics.”
president for alumni relations and executive director of the Rensselaer Alumni Association, has been named the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District II Professional of the Year. The award recognizes a District II institutional advancement professional who has demonstrated “exceptional achievement in the development of an institutional advancement program or innovative execution of programs within an area of advancement.”
X. GEORGE XU, professor of mechani-
cal, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, has been named program head of the nuclear engineering program. Xu is responsible for overseeing student recruiting, curriculum development, research, and faculty hiring. Additionally, he is tasked with promoting the program to external stakeholders, as well as seeking new funding, development, and partnership opportunities. Xu is an internationally recognized expert and leader in his field.
ANGEL GARCÍA has been named head of the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy. García is currently senior constellation chaired professor in the Biocomputation and Bioinformatics Constellation, and a professor of physics. His new role is in addition to his work as a leader in the constellation. García joined Rensselaer in 2005 from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He worked at Los Alamos for 16 years and rose to become group leader in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group Theoretical Division at the lab.
LINDA SCHADLER has been named the
joined the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) as its new music curator. Ascani joins EMPAC from the Manhattan School of Music, and is a musician, educator, and curator focused on exploring the sonic unknown. He has
Russell Sage Professor. A professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Schadler is also the associate dean for academic affairs for the School of Engineering. A prolific researcher, she is author or co-author on more than 120 peer-reviewed journal papers, and was co-author of the 2003 book Nanocomposite Science and Technology. Her research interests include the mechanical, optical, and electrical behavior of nanofilled polymer composites.
RENSSELAER/SPRING 2012 17
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2012
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2012
One Giant Step for Computing
One Last Thing
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2012