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  • December 14, 2007: Maryam Modjaz (Miller Fellow 2007 - 2010) received the overall conference-poster prize at the International Astronomical Union Symposium "Massive Stars as Cosmic Engines" in Hawaii.
  • December 14, 2007: Annie Tsong (Miller Fellow 2005 - 2008) is featured in the December/January 2008 issue of Genome Technology Magazine.
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  • November 13, 2007: Adrian Bejan (Miller Fellow 1976-1978) received the James P. Hartnett Award from the International Center of Heat and Mass Transfer.
  • November 27, 2007: Ken Ribet (Miller Professor Fall 1990) was featured in ScienceMatter@Berkeley.
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  • November 14, 2007: Sheila Patek (Miller Fellow 2001 - 2004) is the winner of the 2008 George A. Bartholomew Award. This award, named in honor of George A. Bartholomew, president of the Society in 1980, is given annually by the Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry to a young investigator for distinguished contributions to comparative physiology and biochemistry or to related fields of functional and integrative biology.
  • November 9, 2007: Matthew Francis (Miller Fellow 1999 - 2001) featured his work by aligning tiny cells to spell out "Cal" in script.
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  • November 1, 2007: Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984 - 1986, Miller Professor Spring 1996, Miller Professor Spring 2005) was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle dressed as a black hole on Halloween. The article highlights his unique personality and unorthodox teaching methods that led students to select him five times as the professor of the year.
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  • November 1, 2007: Alex Zettl (Miller Professor 1995, Miller Professor Spring 2007) was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle for building the world's smallest radio made from a carbon nanotube.
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  • October 26, 2007: Nicholas Jewell (Miller Professor Fall 1994, Miller Professor Fall 2004), Judith Klinman (Miller Professor Fall 1992, Miller Professor 2003 - 2004), Mimi Koehl (Miller Professor 2000 - 2001), James Chelikowsky (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 1999), Sandra Faber (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2005), Steven Clarke (Miller Fellow 1976 - 1978), and Gang-yu Liu (Miller Fellow 1992 - 1994) have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
    --UC Berkeley Article--      --2007 AAAS Fellows--
  • October 24, 2007: Karl Pister (Miller Professor 1962 - 1963) received the Clark Kerr Award from the Academic Senate for a career of service, leadership, and advancing higher education.
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  • October 1, 2007: The work of Adam Riess (Miller Fellow 1996 - 1998) was the subject of "In 'Dark Energy,' Cosmic Humility," an article written by Sharon Begley, published in Newsweek.
  • September 13, 2007: Associate professor Eileen Lacey (Miller Fellow 1994 - 1996), who is also an associate curator at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Mammologists at its annual meeting in June at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Lacey will serve another three-year term on the board assisting in the directing of the world's oldest and largest scientific organization devoted to mammals.
  • September 6, 2007: Werner Schiehlen (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 1995) received the American Society Of Mechanical Engineers 2007 D'Alembert Award in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding teaching and practice of multibody system dynamics and pioneering contributions to the development and understanding of computational techniques, nonlinear dynamics and control engineering.
  • August 30, 2007: Don Tilley (Miller Professor 2004 - 2005) is the 2008 recipient of the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry.
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  • August 16 2007: Dmitry Budker (Miller Professor 2002 - 2003) and Alex Pines (Miller Professor 1977 - 1978, 1998 - 1999, Spring 2000) were named among R&D Magazine's top 100 innovators of the year for a development in the area of magnetic resonance imaging that could eliminate the need for powerful magnets.
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  • August 6, 2007: The 2007 Davy medal was awarded to John Simons (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2000) for his many innovative experimental contributions to a broad area of chemical physics, including molecular reaction dynamics, molecular spectroscopy and most recently, biophysical chemistry. The Medal is awarded by the Royal Society. Further, Professor Simons was awarded the Liversidge Lectureship by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • July 2007: The Ampere Prize 2007 was awarded to Bernhard Blümich (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2006) by the Ampere Society in recognition of the development of the NMR-MOUSE and its application to various fields of science and technology.
  • July 2007: Clarissa Henry (Miller Fellow 2001 - 2004) was featured in the July/August 2007 issue of UMaine Today.

  • July 17, 2007: Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984 - 1986, Miller Professor Spring 1996 & Spring 2005), Gerson Goldhaber (Miller Professor 1958 - 1959, 1975 - 1976, 1984 - 1985), and Adam Riess (Miller Fellow 1996 - 1998) share in Gruber Cosmology Prize recognition.
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  • July 12, 2007: Connie Chang-Hasnain (Miller Professor 2003 - 2004) was honored by the Optical Society of America for her contributions and dedication to optical science. She received the Nick Holonyak Jr. Award for her "leadership, innovation, expertise, service, and quality research."
  • July 12, 2007: Jerffrey Townsend (Miller Fellow 2002 - 2005) was appointed to the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale.
  • June 20, 2007: Sir David Read (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 2002) received a knighthood during the Queen of England's birthday honors. The knighthood was in recognition of his achievements in Biological science.
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  • June 13, 2007: Michael Manga (Miller Fellow 1994 - 1996) and Jerry Mitrovica (Visiting Miller Professor Spring 2004) published a paper on evidence that Mars once had an ocean. Their work is part of UC Berkeley's BioMars project.
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  • June 6, 2007: Sheila Patek (Miller Fellow 2001 - 2004) was awarded the Hellman Family Faculty Fund for her project, Evolutionary Physiology of Communication in the Sea. The fund supports the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research.
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  • May 31, 2007: A paper by Joshua Eisner (Miller Fellow 2005 - 2008) was published in Nature.
    Read "Water Vapour and Hydrogen in the Terrestrial-Planet-Forming Region of a Protoplanetary Disk" and accompanying News & Views article.
  • May 31, 2007: Joshua Eisner (Miller Fellow 2005 - 2008) is featured in The Economist.
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  • May 10, 2007: The Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, has awarded Professor Ryosuke Motani (Miller Fellow 1997 - 1999) its Commendation for Science and Technology: The Young Scientists' Prize.
  • May 4, 2007: Christopher Lowe (Miller Fellow 1998 - 2001), Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, was named a 2007 Searle Scholar.
  • May 2, 2007: Karl Pister (Miller Professor 1962 - 1963) won the Clark Kerr Award for for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education.
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  • May 1, 2007: Scott Emr (Miller Fellow 1981 - 1983) and Curtis McMullen (Miller Professor Fall 1994) were among 72 new members chosen by the National Academy of Science.
  • April 30, 2007, eight Miller affiliates have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:
    Arup Chakraborty (Miller Professor Spring 2000)
    Michael Christ (Miller Professor 2000 - 2001)
    Ehud Hrushovski (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 1997)
    Raymond Huey (Miller Fellow 1975 – 1977)
    Venkatesh Narayanamurti (Miller Advisory Board Member 2000-2006)
    Mary Power (Miller Professor Spring 2002)
    Joseph Silk (Miller Professor 1980 – 1981)
    Jeremy Thorner (Miller Professor 1984 - 1985, Miller Professor 1999 - 2000)
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  • April, 2007: Watch Sheila Patek's (Miller Fellow 2001 - 2004) presentation at the 2004 TED conference in Monterey, California: Measuring the Fastest Animal on Earth.
  • April 26, 2007: An article highlighting Richard Saykally's (Miller Professor 1985 - 1986, Miller Professor 1997 - 1998, Miller Professor Fall 2006) work on the acidity at the surface of pure, neutral water was published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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  • April 26, 2007: Eileen Lacey (Miller Fellow 1994 - 1996) was one of four professors to win the University of California, Berkeley's prestigious 2007 Distinguished Teaching Award. The award is bestowed by the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching, which is comprised of faculty members and students.
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  • February 9, 2007: Eva Tardos (Visiting Miller Professor Fall 1999) was elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for contributions to the design and analysis of efficient algorithms for network problems.
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  • Connie J. Chang-Hasnain (Miller Professor 2003 – 2004), director of UC Berkeley's Center for Optoelectronic Nanostructured Semiconductor Technologies, created a new high-performance mirror that could dramatically improve the design and efficiency of the next generation of devices relying upon laser optics, including high-definition DVD players, computer circuits and laser printers.
    --Complete Article--
  • February 7, 2007: Paul Alivisatos (Miller Professor 2001 - 2002) and Arup K. Chakraborty (Miller Professor Spring 2000) were named among eight winners of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award by the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
    --Complete Article--
  • January 19, 2007: Stephen Smale (Miller Professor 1967-68, 1979-80, 1990-91) who has contributed to a broad range of mathematical fields, has been named a recipient of the 2007 Wolf Foundation Prize in Mathematics, one of an array of prestigious prizes awarded yearly by the Israeli foundation.
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  • January 17, 2007: Robert Bergman (Miller Professor 1982 - 1983, Miller Professor Fall 1993, Miller Professor Spring 2000) won the National Academy of Science Award in Chemical Sciences for numerous innovative contributions at the interfaces of physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry.
  • January 9, 2007: Alex Filippenko (Miller Fellow 1984-86, Miller Professor Spring 1996 and Spring 2005) was awarded the prestigious Richtmyer Memorial Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) at their annual meeting in Seattle.
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