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Miller Members: In the News - 2008
- December 18, 2008: Richard Muller (Miller Professor 1990) has been featured on
Quest TV, a KQED TV multimedia series exploring science, environment, and nature.
- December 18, 2008: Steven Brenner (Miller Professor 2007 - 2008) and Bin Yu (Miller Professor Spring 2004) have
both been named
2008 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
- December 18, 2008: Walter Alvarez (Miller Professor 1986 - 1987, 2001 - 2002) has published a new book entitled
The Mountains of Saint Francis. He was also interviewed for a
San Francisco Chronicle article about new evidence related to the extinction of dinosaurs.
- December 11, 2008: Matt Francis (Miller Fellow 1999 - 2001) was featured in a
College of Chemistry press release about his team's work on low-cost water testing devices.
- December 8, 2008: A new human evolution exhibit in the Valley Life Sciences Building on the UC Berkeley campus has been dedicated
in honor of the late F. Clark Howell (Miller Professor 1974 - 1975), who inspired generations of students in the field of
- December 5, 2008: Neil Shubin (Miller Fellow 1987 - 1989) won the Phi Beta Kappa Book Award in Science
for his book Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the
3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body.
- November 24, 2008: John Stallings (Miller Professor 1972 - 1973) passed away after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 73.
- November 24, 2008: Christos Papadimitriou (Miller Fellow 1978 - 1979, Miller Professor Fall 2005) and Adi Livnat
(Miller Fellow 2006 - 2009) were both featured in a
Berkeleyan article about their research on sexual reproduction.
- November 21, 2008: Randy Schekman (Miller Senior Fellow 2008 - 2009) was awarded the
2008 Dickson Prize in Medicine.
- November 21, 2008: Yuan T. Lee (Miller Professor 1981 - 1982) has been elected president of the International Council for Science
(ICSU). His appointment will begin April 2010.
- November 21, 2008: Bernard Blümich (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2006) wrote an article in the November 2008 issue
of Scientific American on The Incredible Shrinking Scanner.
The printed edition of this article, which discusses NMR and MRI technology, also mentions Alexander Pines (Miller Professor 1977 - 1978,
1998 - 1999, Spring 2000).
- November 17, 2008: Maryam Modjaz (Miller Fellow 2007 - 2010) appeared in a
California Alumni Magazine feature story about her research. Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984 - 1986, Miller Professor Spring 1996,
Spring 2005) was also interviewed for this story.
- October 21, 2008: Walter Alvarez (Miller Professor 1986 - 1987, 2001 - 2002) has been awarded the
Vetlesen Prize, the highest award in the Earth Sciences.
- October 17, 2008: David Freedman (Miller Professor Fall 1990), a UCB professor of statistics who was influential in steering the course of the U.S. Census,
passed away due to bone cancer. He was 70.
- October 17, 2008: Manuel Cardona (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2000) has been elected a Foreign Member of the
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome, Italy), which is the oldest scientific academy in the world and included Galileo Galilei as one of the charter members.
- October 16, 2008: Richard Muller's (Miller Professor 1990) recently published book
Physics for Presidents, which is aimed at a popular audience, is now available in bookstores.
- October 9, 2008: Jim Patton (Miller Professor Fall 1989) was featured in both
The Berkeleyan and the Daily Cal
for his research on the effects of global warming on local animal populations in Yosemite. John Harte (Miller Professor Spring 2006) was
also quoted in this Daily Cal article.
- October 7, 2008: Adam Riess (Miller Fellow 1996 - 1998) has been named one of 25
MacArthur Fellows for 2008.
- October 6, 2008: Larry Hyman (Miller Fellow 1973 - 1975) was featured in a
San Francisco Chronicle article about his Field Methods course on a rare African language called Nzadi.
- October 2, 2008: Imke de Pater Miller Professor Spring 1993, 2003 - 2004) was featured in a Berkeleyan article about
Sharper Jupiter images from next-generation adaptive optics.
- October 1, 2008: Raymond Jeanloz (Miller Professor Fall 1992, Executive Director 1998-2003) was featured and pictured in a
Berkeleyan article about a Commonwealth Club panel discussion on nuclear weapons in which he participated.
- October 1, 2008: Sergio Ferrara (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2008) has been awarded an Advanced Investigator
Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) of 1.7 million euros to conduct "frontier research" in Italy.
- September 26, 2008: Andrew Streitwieser (Miller Professor 1964 - 1965, 1979 - 1980) has been named the 2009 recipient of the
Roger Adams Award of the American Chemical Society.
- September 23, 2008: Pictures from the 2008 Miller Institute Interdisciplinary Symposium were featured in the
Seed Scene [pdf] section of the September-October 2008 issue of
Seed Magazine. Miller members pictured include Jesse Thaler (Miller Fellow 2006 - 2009),
Salil Vadhan (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2008), and Phil Chang (Miller Fellow 2005 - 2008).
- September 19, 2008: Raymond Jeanloz (Miller Professor Fall 1992, Executive Director 1998-2003)
was awarded the 2008 Hans Bethe Award
from the Federation of American Scientists.
- September 16, 2008: Elizabeth Blackburn (Miller Advisory Board Member 2008-2009)
was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article
about research on the effects of changing diet and exercise on longevity.
- September 10, 2008: Mimi Koehl (Miller Professor 2000 - 2001, Executive Director 2008-2009)
was featured in a Duke University Magazine article
about her pioneering research in the field of comparative biomechanics.
- September 10, 2008: Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984 - 1986, Miller Professor Spring 1996, Spring 2005)
was featured in a Berkeleyan article
about a March 19 gamma-ray burst visible to the naked eye.
- September 8, 2008: Larry Hyman (Miller Fellow 1973 - 1975)
was featured in a Daily Cal article
about the world's first university course taught on an African language called Nzadi.
- August 26, 2008: Daniel Rokhsar (Miller Professor Spring 1997), was featured in a
Berkeleyan article about the genome sequencing of a primitive sea creature called Trichoplax adhaerens.
- August 13, 2008: Richard Muller (Miller Professor 1990), was featured in a
Berkeleyan article about his new book Physics for Future Presidents.
- August 12, 2008: Neil Bartlett (Visiting Miller Professor 1967 - 1968, Miller Professor 1986 - 1987), best known for his experiment that showed that compounds can be formed from Xenon, died August 5 from an aortic aneurysm. He was 75.
- August 6, 2008: Raymond Jeanloz (Miller Professor Fall 1992) and Lars Stixrude (Visiting Miller Professor
Spring 2005) were featured in a Berkeleyan article about
their research on metallic helium in Jupiter and Saturn.
- July 29, 2008: David Chandler (Miller Professor 1991, 1999 - 2000 and Miller Executive Director 2007 - 2008) was interviewed for a
New York Times article about the "Nature of Glass".
- July 29, 2008: Marius Crainic (Miller Fellow 2001 - 2002) was awarded
the André Lichnerowicz Prize in Poisson geometry.
- July 7, 2008: Tamas Hausel (Miller Fellow 1999 - 2002) was awarded a Whitehead Prize from the London Mathematical Society for his work on hyperkähler geometry.
- July 7, 2008: Josh Eisner (Miller Fellow 2005 - 2008) was featured in a Berkeleyan
article discussing research on open star clusters.
- June 20, 2008: Richard Karp (Miller Professor 1980 - 1981 and Miller Institute Executive Director 1994 - 1995) has been named a
2008 Kyoto Prize laureate.
- June 10, 2008: Reinhard Genzel (Miller Fellow 1980 - 1982) was awarded the
Shaw Prize in Astronomy.
- June 2, 2008: Jasper Rine (Miller Professor Fall 1993) was featured in a
Berkeleyan article about personal applications of human genome research.
- June 2, 2008: Murray Protter (Miller Professor 1959 - 1960, 1967 - 1968), an Emeritus Professor and former chair of the Mathematics Department at UC Berkeley, passed away May 1 due to congestive heart failure. He was 90 years old.
- May 30, 2008: Dan Rokhsar (Miller Professor Spring 1997) was featured in a
Science Matters article for his work on genome sequencing and evolution.
- May 29, 2008: Maryam Modjaz (Miller Fellow 2007 - 2010) and Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984 - 1986,
Miller Professor Spring 1996, 2005) are both featured in a
Daily Cal article about witnessing a rare supernova.
- May 9, 2008: The University of California, Santa Cruz, has appointed Ingrid Parker (Miller Fellow 1996 - 1998), Associate
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, to the newly established
Jean H. Langenheim Endowed Chair in Plant Ecology and Evolution.
- May 1, 2008: Rory Waterman (Miller Fellow 2004 - 2007) was awarded an NSF Career Award for
"Investigations of Zirconium-Catalyzed Phosphorus-Element Bond-Forming Reactions".
- April 29, 2008: Jasper Rine (Miller Professor Fall 1993) and Jack Wisdom (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2007)
have been elected to the National Academy of Science.
- April 29, 2008: Six Miller affiliates have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:
Eddie Dekel-Tabak, Miller Fellow 1986 - 1988
Mark Kirkpatrick, Miller Fellow 1983 - 1985
Marsha Lester, Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2003
Adam Riess, Miller Fellow 1996 - 1998
Jasper Rine, Miller Professor Fall 1993
Ewine Van Dishoeck, Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2000
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- April 28, 2008: Mimi Koehl (Miller Professor 2000 - 2001) was featured in a
Science Matters article
for her research focused on studying similar structures found on different organisms.
- April 22, 2008: Alexandre Chorin (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 1971 - Spring 1972, Miller Professor 1982 - 1983)
was awarded the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award.
- April 8, 2008: The first chemistry Solvay chair holder is Professor Richard Saykally (Miller Professor 1985 - 1986, 1997 - 1998,
Fall 2006). The Solvay professor provides specialized teaching in the chemistry departments of the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije
Universiteit Brussel, as well as an inaugural lecture for a broader audience.
- April 2, 2008: Jun Korenaga (Miller Fellow 2001 - 2002) is a recipient of
Microsoft's A. Richard Newton Breakthrough Research Award.
- March 13, 2008: Andrew Streitwieser (Miller Professor 1964 - 1965, 1979 - 1980) has been selected as a 2008 Senior Scientist
Mentor by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
- March 13, 2008: Imke de Pater (Miller Professor 1993, 2003 - 2004) received the 2007 Chambliss Astronomical Writing
Award from the American Astronomical Society for her advanced astronomy textbook Planetary Sciences.
- February 26, 2008: Joshua Shaevitz (Miller Fellow 2004 - 2007) and Feng Wang (Miller Fellow 2005 - 2008)
were awarded Sloan Research Fellowships.
- February 7, 2008: Philip Stark (Miller Professor Spring 1999) was featured in a
for his statistical method of testing election outcomes.
- January 30, 2008: The Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitational Physics (SIGRAV) has
awarded Sergio Ferrara (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2008) the Amaldi Medal for his
outstanding accomplishments in the construction of supergravity models, in their coupling to matter and in the
implications for black holes like the theory of attractors.
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