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John Laird, professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the Artificial Intelligence Lab, was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for contributions to the development and application of cognitive architectures.


Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, is the co-winner (with Professor Mark Reed of Yale University) of the first Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Nanotechnology Council Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology. This award was created to recognize individuals who have had a significant impact on the field of nanotechnology.

W. K. Kellogg Eye Center researcher Anand Swaroop received the Board of Director's Award for Outstanding Research Achievement at the recent Foundation Fighting Blindness two-day conference in Orlando, Fla. The award recognizes his discovery of the gene CEP290 associated with retinal degeneration in mice. Based on this work, CEP290 was linked to Leber's congenital amaurosis, an inherited retinal degenerative disease that results in the loss of vision for newborns.

Dr. Marc Peters-Golden, professor of internal medicine and director of the Fellowship Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, is scheduled to receive a recognition award for scientific accomplishment during an American Thoracic Society ceremony today (May 21). The award acknowledges his career-long commitment to outstanding scientific contributions in basic and clinical research.

Alison Byrnes will hold the Careers in the Making Fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities during the spring/summer term. Recently awarded Master's of Fine Arts in Art and Design and a Museum Studies Certificate from the University, Byrnes will be in residence at the institute and working on a series of paintings called "The History of the World (according to Alison Byrnes)." These combine classical references with postmodern irony and an idiomatic sense of figuration and wit. Careers in the Making is a one-semester fellowship for a student who has just completed a terminal master's program in architecture, art and design, creative writing, dance choreography or music composition. The fellowship allows the successful applicant a chance to work up a book of poems, novel, music composition, or art/architecture portfolio in order to make a successful transition from academic to professional life within the arts.


Fawwaz Ulaby, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, recently was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his outstanding contributions to microwave remote sensing, electromagnetic scattering and for his leadership in engineering education.


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