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Miller Members: In the News - 2009

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December 18, 2009: Hitoshi Murayama (Miller Professor Spring 2006) was quoted in a Berkeleyan article concerning a new scholar exchange program in cosmology between UC Berkeley and the University of Tokyo.

 

December 18, 2009: The Miller Institute is pleased to announce the following new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):

 

Miller Fellows:

        Steven Frank (1987-1989)

        David Weinberg (1990-1991)

        Frank A. Weinhold (1968-1969)

 

Miller Professors:

        Zac Cande (1987-1988, 19992000)

        Donald Depaolo (1997-1998)

        Yuen-Ron Shen (1975-1976, 1981-1982)

 

Visiting Miller Professors:

        Liu Chen (Spring 1991)

        Francis J. DiSalvo (Fall 2009)

        Marc W. Kirschner (Fall 2001)

        John Brian Pendry (Fall 1991)

 

December 8, 2009: Ray Jayawardhana (Miller Fellow 2000-2002) has been awarded the 2009 Steacie Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious awards in science and engineering.

 

December 2, 2009: Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984-1986; Miller Professor Spring 1996, Spring 2005) and Shrinivas Kulkarni (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 1995) were both mentioned in a LBNL Press Release about the discovery of a first of its kind super bright supernova.

 

November 19, 2009: Paul Alivisatos (Miller Professor 2001-2002) has been appointed director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories.

LBNL Press Release

The Daily Cal article

San Francisco Chronicle article

 

November 18, 2009: Montgomery Slatkin (Miller Professor Spring 1989, Spring 2000) and Barbara Romanowicz (Miller Professor Spring 2010) were both profiled in the November 2009 issue of ScienceMatters@Berkeley.

 

October 31, 2009: Christos Papadimitriou (Miller Fellow 1978-1979, Miller Professor Fall 2005) was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle in a book review for a graphic novel entitled Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture, which he co-authored with Apostolos Doxiadis and which is described as merging "fiction and math.

 

October 26, 2009: Nicola Spaldin (Miller Professor Spring 2007) has been awarded the American Physical Society's McGroddy Prize for New Materials"for groundbreaking contributions in theory and experiment that have advanced the understanding and utility of multiferroic oxides."

 

October 21, 2009: Ellen Simms (Miller Professor 2003-2004) was profiled in the October 2009 issue of ScienceMatters@Berkeley.

 

October 9, 2009: Gaven Martin (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2002) is now director of the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study.

 

October 5, 2009: The Miller Institute is proud to share the news that Elizabeth Blackburn (Miller Institute Advisory Board Member 2007-2010) has won the Nobel Prize.

Official Announcements

        Telephone Interview with Elizabeth Blackburn

        The Berkeleyan article

        The Daily Cal article

        UCSF Press Release

        San Francisco Chronicle article

 

October 4, 2009: Roger C. Green (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 1994), an influential archaeologist in the field of Pacific Ocean prehistory and linguistics, passed away. He was 77.Obituary

 

October 1, 2009: Lucy Pao (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2008) is now Scientific Director for the Center for Research and Education in Wind and Richard and Joy Dorf Professor of Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.

 

October 1, 2009: Leo Radzihovsky (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2008) received some attention on Youtube recently when a songwriter decided to put the title and abstract of one of his theoretical physics papers to music.

 

September 22, 2009: Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2006) has been selected as a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

 

September 21, 2009: Arunava Majumdar (Miller Professor 2003-2004) has been nominated by the White House to become the first director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

 

September 12, 2009: Erich Lehmann (Miller Professor 1962-1963, 1972-1973), a leading figure in the second generation of modern statisticians, passed away at the age of 91.Obituary

 

September 2, 2009: Manuel Cardona (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2000) has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

 

July 23, 2009: Imke de Pater (Miller Professor Spring 1993, 2003-2004) was featured in a Berkeleyan article about the surprise collision of a solar system object on Jupiter.

 

July 17, 2009: Zack Powell (Miller Professor 2008-2009) and Don DePaolo (Miller Professor 1997 - 1998) were both profiled in the Summer 2009 edition of ScienceMatters@Berkeley.

 

July 10, 2009: David Shelly (Miller Fellow 2007-2008) was quoted in San Francisco Chronicle article about recent seismic activity in Monterey County.

 

July 9, 2009: John Harte (Miller Professor Spring 2006) was featured in a Berkeleyan article about his work on making more precise estimates of biodiversity.

 

June 26, 2009: Jeff Townsend (Miller Fellow 2002-2005) appeared in an online video related to his research entitled Maximum-Likelihood Model Averaging To Profile Clustering of Site Types across Discrete Linear Sequences.

 

June 23, 2009: Stephen Leone (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 1990, Miller Professor Spring 2010) has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's Polanyi Medal.

 

June 10, 2009: Feng Wang (Miller Fellow 2005-2008) and Yuanbo Zhang(Miller Fellow 2006-2009) were both featured in a Berkeleyan article about their research on graphene, a material that could potentially be exploited to make tunable transistors and LEDs. Alex Zettl (Miller Professor 1995, Spring 2007) was also mentioned as a co-author of this study.

 

June 5, 2009: Sung-Hou Kim (Miller Professor 1983-1984, Fall 1996) was awarded a two-year research grant from the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases as part of federal stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

 

June 2, 2009: Genevieve Graves (Miller Fellow 2009-2012) was featured as one of 30 Grads in 30 Days at UC Santa Cruz. Sandra Faber (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2005) is her faculty adviser.

 

June 1, 2009: Rory Waterman (Miller Fellow 2004-2007) has been named a Cottrell Scholar.

 

June 1, 2009: Alex Zettl (Miller Professor 1995, Spring 2007) was featured in a Daily Cal article about his work on new technology that could potentially allow for data storage for a billion years.

May 31, 2009: Mimi Koehl (Miller Professor 2000-2001, Executive Director 2008-2010) has been awarded an Honorary Degree from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

 

May 27, 2009: Don Backer (Miller Professor Spring 2007) was featured in a Berkeleyan article about the Allen Telescope Array.

May 27, 2009: Heino Falcke (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2006) was mentioned in a Berkeleyan article about the discovery of a rare radio supernova.

 

May 19, 2009: Axel Meyer (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 1996) was elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

 

May 14, 2009: Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984-1986, Spring 1996, Spring 2005) was quoted in a Daily Cal article about a newly launched NASA device that will study the birth of galaxies.

 

May 13, 2009: Adrian Bejan (Miller Fellow 1976-1978) received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Rome I, La Sapienza.

 

May 6, 2009: <strong>Nicolas Mathevon</strong>'s (Visiting Miller Professor, Fall 2008) research on hyena calls has received the attention of several news sources including the following:

        Softpedia article

        Live Science article

        Science Daily article

        San Diego Union-Tribune article

 

May 1, 2009: Ray Jayawardhana (Miller Fellow 2000-2002) has been named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

 

May 1, 2009: Robert Bergman (Miller Professor 1982-1983, Fall 1993, Spring 2000) was the winner of a Chancellor's Public Service Award for his work on Chemistry in the Classroom.

 

April 28, 2009: Donald DePaolo (Miller Professor 1997-1998) and Thomas Russell (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2009)

have both received federal funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the establishment of new Energy Frontier Research Centers.

        San Francisco Chronicle article

        Berkeleyan article

        Daily Cal article

        The Journal of New England Technology Article

 

April 28, 2009: The Miller Institute is pleased to announce the following new National Academy of Sciences appointees:

        Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984-1986, Miller Professor Spring 1996, Spring 2005)

        Michael Klein (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 1997)

        Christos Papadimitriou (Miller Fellow 1978-1979, Miller Professor Fall 2005)

        Adam Riess (Miller Fellow 1996-1998)

April 20, 2009: The Miller Institute is pleased to announce the following newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:

        Mehran Kardar (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2002), Physics

        Steven Louie (Miller Professor 1986-1987, Fall 1995), Physics

        Richard Eisenberg (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2005), Chemistry

        William Michael Gelbart (Miller Fellow 1971-1973), Chemistry

        James Haber (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2005), Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Immunology

        Guinevere Kauffmann (Miller Fellow 1993-1994), Astronomy and Earth Sciences

        Stevan Arnold (Miller Fellow 1971-1973), Evolutionary and Population Biology and Ecology

        Neil Shubin (Miller Fellow 1987-1989), Evolutionary and Population Biology and Ecology

 

April 15, 2009: Randy Schekman's (Miller Senior Fellow 2008-2013) research on The Membrane Metro as well as Ellen Robey's (Miller Professor Fall 2007) research on The Making of T Cells were both featured in the April 2009 edition of ScienceMatters@Berkeley.

 

April 1, 2009: George Oster (Miller Professor 1983-1984, Fall 2003) was featured in a Berkeleyan article about a computer program that he and his team have developed that generates complex seashell patterns.

 

April 1, 2009: Alex Zettl (Miller Professor 1995, Spring 2007) and Jiaxing Huang (Miller Fellow 2004-2007)were both interviewed for an article in Chemical & Engineering News about the first recorded videos of Carbon Atoms on the Go.

 

March 23, 2009: Matt Francis (Miller Fellow 1999-2001) has been awarded a

2009 Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCB Committee on Teaching.

 

March 16, 2009: John Harte (Miller Professor Spring 2006) appears in a videotaped interview on UCTV as part of a program entitled

Conversations With History: Understanding the Global Environmental Crisis.

 

March 13, 2009: Randy Schekman (Senior Miller Professor 2008-2013) was interviewed for an article in the

Daily Cal on the Obama administration's changes to policy on stem cell research.

 

March 11, 2009: Andrew Streitweiser (Miller Professor 1964-1965, 1979-1980) and Rich Saykally (Miller Professor 1985-1986, 1997-1998, Fall 2006)

were both included in the Berkeleyan's Laurels section for their outstanding achievements in chemistry. Dr. Streitweiser has been awarded with the American Chemistry Society's Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry while Dr. Saykally has been awarded the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry.

 

March 9, 2009: Ray Jayawardhana (Miller Fellow 2000-2002) has been awarded a Steacie Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC).

 

March 6, 2009: Gibor Basri (Miller Professor 1997-1998) was interviewed for articles about the Kepler telescope project in both the Daily Cal and the Berkeleyan (March 3, 2009).

 

February 23, 2009: Paul Richards (Miller Professor 1970-1971, 1987-1988, Fall 2001) was awarded the Dan David Prize for his contributions to the field of astrophysics. He shares this award with Andrew Lange and Paolo De Bernardis.

 

February 23, 2009: Thomas Russell (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2009) was featured in the Berkeleyan and in an audio interview for the Daily Cal about his research on a new technique for storing data.

 

February 20, 2009: Munira Khalil (Miller Fellow 2003-2006) has been awarded a 2008 David and Lucille Packard Fellowship.

 

February 19, 2009: The Miller Institute is proud to announce the following recipients of the 2009 Sloan Research Fellowship:

Subhadeep Gupta (Miller Fellow 2003-2006

Benjamin McCall (Miller Fellow 2001-2004)

Rory Waterman (Miller Fellow 2004-2007)

 

February 18, 2009: Paul Alivisatos (Miller Professor 2001-2002) was featured in a Berkeleyan article about the potential use of cheaper materials for solar cells. He was also featured in the February 20, 2009 issue of the Daily Cal and in a Berkeleyan article discussing major presentations at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement in Science (AAAS) in Chicago.

 

February 16, 2009: Ed Feng (Miller Fellow 2005-2008) was featured in a PhysOrg.com article about his website, Entropyman.com, which aims to educate the public about the concept of entropy.

 

February 13, 2009: John Roy Whinnery (Miller Professor 1973-1974), a former dean of engineering distinguished for his work in electromagnetism and communication electronics, passed away February 1. He was 92.

 

February 2, 2009: Alexander Levitzki(Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2008) was awarded the Paul Ehrlich Magic-Bullet Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding scientific contributions in the field of oncology.

 

January 28, 2009: John Harte (Miller Professor Spring 2006) and his wife Mel were featured in a Berkeleyan article about their new online book entitled Cool the Earth, Save the Economy: Solving the Climate Crisis Is EASY.

 

January 28, 2009: Sung-Hou Kim (Miller Professor 1983-1984, Fall 1996) was featured in a Berkeleyan article about his team's research on an improved method of comparing genomes and written text. His work was also featured in The Daily Cal.

 

January 28, 2009: Heino Falcke (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2006) was awarded an Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council for his work on black holes and cosmic rays.

 

January 26, 2009: Richard Muller (Miller Professor 1990) was interviewed in a UC Berkeley News video in which he talks about teaching and "what new President Barack Obama needs to know about physics".

 

January 22, 2009: Paul Alivisatos (Miller Professor 2001-2002) has been appointed Interim Director of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

        UCOP Press Release

        Daily Cal Article

        San Francisco Chronicle article

 

January 19, 2009: Rich Saykally (Miller Professor 1985-1986, 1997-1998, Fall 2006) has been awarded the Peter Debye Award In Physical Chemistry for his contributions to the field of high-resolution spectroscopy.

 

January 16, 2009: Imke de Pater (Miller Professor Spring 1993, 2003-2004) had her research featured in ScienceMatters@Berkeley.

 

January 15, 2009: Mimi Koehl (Miller Executive Director 2008-2009, Miller Professor 2000 - 2001) has been awarded the John Martin Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography for research that created a paradigm shift in an area of aquatic sciences and the Muybridge Award, which is the highest honor given by the International Society of Biomechanics.

 

January 5, 2009: Ray Jayawardhana (Miller Fellow 2000-2002) was featured in a University of Toronto press release as campaign organizer for a series of ads on the Toronto public transit (TTC) system designed to educate the public about astronomy.

 

January 4, 2009: Elizabeth Blackburn (Miller Advisory Board Member 2007-2009) was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle Magazine article as part of an issue on health and fitness.

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