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  • PEOPLE & PLACES UPDATE

    December 2003 63

    New faculty appointmentsThe Pennsylvania State Universityhas announced a number of newfaculty members. Melik C. Demirel,Jong-in Hahm, and Aman Haquewill be pursuing research innanomaterials, includingfabrication, tribology, and theinterface with biology; RonaldHedden will work on softcondensed matter systems; whileZhiwen Liu, Jian Xu, and ShizhuoYin are focusing their efforts onvarious elements of optical andoptoelectronic phenomena.

    NanoInk brings in experience

    Cedric Loiret-Bernal is the newpresident and chief executiveofficer of NanoInk, Inc. He alsobecomes a member of thecompanys board of directors.Loiret-Bernal was formerly chiefexecutive officer and co-founder ofthe proteomics company, GeneProt,Inc. He brings more than 17 yearsof experience and in-depthknowledge of businessdevelopment, strategic marketing,and fund-raising, says Mark Slezak,chairman of NanoInk. The companyis commercializing dip pennanolithography techniques forbuilding nanoscale structures.

    Yu wins laser prize

    The 2003 Free Electron Laser (FEL)

    Prize has been won by Li Hua Yu, a

    physicist at Brookhaven National

    Laboratory. Yu has developed two

    types of lasers for experimental

    investigations, the self-amplified

    spontaneous emission FEL and the

    high-gain harmonic generation FEL.

    I am very happy to receive this

    award, he says. I am grateful to

    the excellent team who worked

    with me to make the high-gain

    harmonic generation FEL at

    Brookhaven the first and only one

    of its kind in the world.

    NASA names GRC deputy directorRichard S. Christiansen is the newdeputy director of NASAs GlennResearch Center (GRC). He waspreviously associate director of theagencys Dryden Flight ResearchCenter. His strong technical andmanagement background willenhance our microgravity,propulsion, communications, andtechnology programs, says JulianEarls, director of the GRC.

    Society high-flyersExperimental and

    theoretical research,

    contributions to the

    development of new

    techniques, and

    commercial leadership

    are rewarded in the

    American Physical

    Societys prizes and

    awards for 2004.

    James P. Wolfe

    (shown), of the

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wins the

    Frank Isakson Prize. I am elated, says Wolfe. The

    award recognizes a progression of work elucidating

    the motion and thermodynamics of elementary

    excitations in solids. His development of graphic

    imaging techniques, in particular, made this

    understanding possible.

    Chia-Ling Chien of The Johns Hopkins University

    receives the David Adler Lectureship Award for

    path-breaking research in magnetic nanostructures.

    The Oliver E. Buckley Prize for contributions to the

    theory of condensed matter systems is shared jointly

    by Tom C. Lubensky of the University of Pennsylvania

    and David R. Nelson of Harvard University.

    In the polymer field, Timothy P. Lodge of the

    University of Minnesota and Marcus Mller of

    Johannes Gutenberg-Universitt, Germany, win the

    Polymer Prize and John H. Dillon Medal, respectively.

    Contributions to surface enhanced Raman scattering

    win Richard P. Van Duyne of Northwestern University

    the Earl K. Plyler Prize. NanoDevices Virgil Elings

    wins the Keithley Award for developing and

    commercializing scanning probe microscopies.

    National honor for GarwinRichard L. Garwin of the Council on Foreign Relations

    in New York is to receive a US National Medal of

    Science for his contributions to the invention of

    magnetic resonance techniques used in medical

    imaging applications. The medal, awarded by

    President Bush, honors researchers who have made

    groundbreaking and career-long achievements.

    Garwin laid the foundations for superconducting

    electronic circuitry. He is also an advisor to the US

    government on a range of scientific issues, including

    nuclear safety and arms control. He has worked on

    and champions the use of nonlethal weapons in

    combat.

    Foresight awards Feynman prizesThe 2003 Feynman Prize for experimental research in

    nanotechnology has been presented to Carlo

    Montemagno of the University of California, Los

    Angeles (UCLA). His work focuses on methods of

    integrating single-molecular biological motors with

    nanoscale Si devices. Montemagno is chair of

    bioengineering and co-director of UCLAs Institute for

    Cell Mimetic Space Exploration.

    The Feynman Prize for theoretical work goes to

    Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie of the

    University of California at Berkeley for their work on

    understanding materials properties and behaviors.

    The Foresight Institute awarded the prizes at its

    annual conference on molecular nanotechnology.

    Kwolek enters Hall of Fame Stephanie Kwolek, a scientist at DuPont, has been

    inducted into the US National Womens Hall of Fame

    for research that lead to the manufacture of Kevlar

    aramid fiber. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals

    who have contributed achievements of enduring

    value to society, as well as to their field of work.

    It was Kwoleks discoveries in the area of liquid

    crystalline polymer solutions that formed the basis

    for the commercial preparation of Kevlar. The high

    strength of the material, combined with its light

    weight, has lead to applications from body armor to

    blast and flame barriers. I am honored and, quite

    frankly, humbled to be a part of the National

    Womens Hall of Fame, says Kwolek.

    ESF gets Marks for strategyJohn Marks has been appointed as director of science

    and strategy at the European Science Foundation

    (ESF). I very much look forward to furthering the

    vital importance of the ESF in fostering European

    collaboration and excellence, says Marks.

    This comes at a time when a pan-European approach

    to funding fundamental research is on the political

    agenda. Marks believes the ESF should position itself

    as the logical choice to play a central role in its

    realization.

    Marks has over 23 years of experience in science

    policy and management. He previously managed a

    budget of 30 million as director of earth and life

    sciences for the Netherlands Organization for

    Scientific Research (NWO). He has also served on the

    science and policy directorate in the Netherlands

    Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science.

    Please send details of new appointments, honors, and awards to materialstoday@elsevier.com