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  • December 22, 2006: The research of Jillian Banfield (Miller Professor 2006-07) on newly-discovered nanoorganisms was featured in a press release on UC Berkeley's News website.
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  • December 18, 2006: Donald Backer (Miller Professor, Spring 2007) was featured in ScienceMatters@Berkeley for his research on Gravitational Waves.
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  • November 29, 2006: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council has elected 449 members as Fellows of AAAS. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on 17 February 2007 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Former Miller Institute members named this year include:

    • Steven G. Louie (Miller Professor 1986-87, Fall 1995)
    • Alan S. Perelson (Visiting Miller Professor, Spring 2004)
    • Lars Stixrude (Visiting Miller Professor, Spring 2005)
    • William B. Tolman (Visiting Miller Professor, Spring 1997)
     
  • November 16, 2006: Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984-86, Miller Professor Spring 1996, 2005) was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. More information is available on the UC Berkeley News website, as well as the CFAT and CASE website.
     
  • November 6, 2006: The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article about how physics classes taught by Richard Muller (Miller Professor 1990) and broadcast on the web are being watched by self-starting students all over the globe.
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  • October 17, 2006: Jasper D. Rine (Miller Professor Fall 2003) has been appointed the Director of the Center for Computational Biology (also known as the Computational Biology Initiative) by UC Berkeley Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer.
     
  • September 14, 2006: David Milstein (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2006) was the recipient of the American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry for 2007.
     
  • September 11, 2006: Dmitri Budker (Miller Professor 2002-03) was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.
     
  • September 11, 2006: Adrian Bejan (Miller Fellow 1976-78) was awarded the 2006 Luikov Medal of the International Heat Transfer Conference.
     
  • August 31, 2006: George Leitmann (Miller Professor 1966-67) received the Werner Heisenberg Medal of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen established a yearly Leitmann Lecture and Prof. Leitmann presented the inaugural lecture in June 2006. Leitmann was named the Nyquist Lecturer at the 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.
     
  • August 22, 2006: Grigori Perelman (Miller Fellow 1993-95) was awarded the Fields Medal by the International Mathematics Union for solving the Poincaré conjecture. He subsequently refused the award. The Fields Medal is the highest honor in the field of mathematics. More info
     
  • August 21, 2006: The research of Andy Suarez (Miller Fellow 2001-03) and Sheila Patek (Miller Fellow 2001-04) on trap-jaw ants and mantis shrimp was featured in several news articles, including the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. Andy and Sheila's collaboration began during their terms as Miller Fellows, and they began discussing it during one of the Miller Institute's Tuesday lunches. More info
     
  • August 18, 2006: Yayu Wang (Miller Fellow 2004-07) has been awarded this year's William L. McMillan Prize in condensed matter physics. More info
     
  • August 16, 2006: Chester O'Konski (Miller Professor 1960-61) passed away on August 2, 2006 at the age of 85. O'Konski, a UC Berkeley professor emeritus of chemistry, was one of the first chemists to study nucleic acids and proteins using physical chemistry methods. More info
     
  • August 15, 2006: Grigori Perelman (Miller Fellow 1993-95) proved the Poincaré conjecture, one of seven historic, unsolved mathematical problems. More info
     
  • August 3, 2006: Jiaxing Huang (Miller Fellow 2004-2007) will receive the 2006 National Starch & Chemical Award for Outstanding Graduate Research. More info
     
  • July 3, 2006: The constructal theory of Adrian Bejan (Miller Fellow 1976-78) is featured in an article co-authored with Prof. James Marden in the July-August issue of American Scientist. According to constructal theory, the generation of flow configuration is a physics phenomenon governed by principle: survival and evolution mean that, in time, existing flow configurations are replaced by easier flowing configurations. Animal mass, river basins, and amospheric currents flow based on the same principle.
     
  • June 22, 2006: Adam Riess (Miller Fellow 1996-98) was one of three recipients of the 2006 Shaw Prize, with an award of $1 million. He, Saul Perlmutter, and Brian Schmidt received this award for their leadership in the discovery of the current acceleration of the expansion of the Universe (and the early era of deceleration). Riess was a UC Berkeley post doc with former Miller Fellow and Professor Alex Filippenko when he made the discovery for which he is being honored. More info
     
  • June 21, 2006: Mark R. Rosenzweig (Miller Professor 1958-59, 1965-66) was awarded the degree of doctor honoris causa by the University of Montreal.
     
  • June 13, 2006: George Oster (Miller Executive Committee member and Miller Professor 1983-83 and 2003) and his research on protein engines was featured in ScienceMatters@Berkeley. To read more, click here.
     
  • June 8, 2006: David Milstein (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2006) was elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
     
  • June 1, 2006: Gibor Basri (Miller Professor 1997-98) was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. More info
     
  • May 21, 2006: Shmuel Einav (Miller Professor 1991) was elected Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
     
  • May 9, 2006: Günter M. Ziegler (Visiting Miller Professor 2001) was elected the President of the German Mathematical Society (DMV) for 2006-07. In January 2006 he also received the Chauvenet Prize of the Mathematical Association of America.
     
  • May 9, 2006: John Hardy (Miller Fellow 1967-69) was awarded the 2006 Tom Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society. He also received the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award for Research from the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.
     
  • April 28, 2006: Alison Galvani (Miller Fellow 2002-05) and Bin Yu (Miller Professor Spring 2004) were awarded 2006 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships. More info on Dr. Galvani's award; More info on Dr. Yu's award
     
  • April 27, 2006: George Oster (Miller Professor 1983-84, Fall 2003) and Pravin Varaiya (Miller Professor 1978-79) were named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
     
  • April 27, 2006: J. Peter Toennies (Visiting Miller Professor, Fall 2005) has been awarded the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics by the Franklin Institute Awards Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious comprehensive science and technology awards programs in the world.
     
  • April 25, 2006: The National Academy of Sciences elected the following Miller Members: Jillian Banfield (Miller Professor 2006-07), Michael Marletta (Visiting Miller Professor 2000), and Dan Voiculescu (Miller Professor 1997-98). More info
     
  • April 13, 2006: Jasper Rine (Miller Professor Fall 1993) has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. This professorship will grant him a million dollars to create a class that will introduce Berkeley undergraduates to the modern world of experimental biology. For more information, please click here.
     
  • April 7, 2006: Neil Shubin (Miller Fellow 1987-89) was named ABC World News's Person of the Week on Friday April 7 for his discovery of a 375 million-year-old fossil that is thought to be the missing link between sea and land dwellers. His discovery was also featured in Newsweek, National Geographic and a number of other prominent publications.
  • March 16, 2006: Marc Davis (Miller Professor 1986-87, Spring 2000) has been awarded the 2006 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics by the American Institute of Physics.
     
  • March 8, 2006: Mimi Koehl (Miller Institute Executive Committee member and Miller Professor 2000-01) was the subject of one of the "Women's Adventures in Science" books. This series is published by the National Academy of Sciences and is targeted to middle-school-aged girls, encouranging them to study science. To read more, please click here.
     
  • February 21, 2006: Former Miller Professor Gerald Westheimer was awarded an honorary M.D. degree (Dr. med.h.c.) by the University of Tuebingen.
     
  • February 7, 2006: Former Miller Fellow Adrian Bejan's research has been featured in articles published in SEED Magazine and NASA's Astrobiology Magazine. Constructal theory predicts all animal locomotion: flying, running, swimming, and the locomotion speeds, forces and frequencies of body movement (flapping, hopping and fishtailing). This is the latest example of how this new law of physics predicts design in nature.
    A Finger on the Pulse of the World, SEED Magazine
    Evolution of Movement Design is Deterministic, NASA: Astrobiology Magazine
     
  • February 6, 2006: Laurence Barron (Visiting Miller Professor 1995) was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005.
     
  • February 2, 2006: Former Miller Professor William Deitrich's paper entitled "The search for a topographic signature of life," published in Nature in January, was featured in an article in The Berkeleyan. To read this article, click here. To read the paper, click here.
     
  • January 2006: Former Miller Professor Karl Pister was featured in California Monthly as Alumnus of the Year. Full Article
     
  • January 25, 2006: Leopold Schmetterer (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 1959) passed away on August 24, 2004. He was 84. His obituary is located here.
     
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