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Accolades and Honors
Teofilo Jun Abrajano, professor of earth and environmental sciences, has been selected as one of the pioneering “Philippine Development honorees in Science and Technology.” in recognition of Abrajano’s “outstanding achievements in this field and [his] actual and prospective contributions toward Philippine development.” The award will be presented at the PhilDev USA Forum and Gala to be held in San Jose, Calif., on Sept. 25. His Excellency Benigno Aquino III, President, Republic of the Philippines, will give the President’s Address. According to Ayala Foundation USA President Victoria Garchitorena, the movement aims to tap the intellect and resources of Filipino-Americans to support outstanding development projects in the Philippines.

Wilfredo Colon, associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology, has received the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students Into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The award was established in 1993 to recognize significant accomplishments by individuals in stimulating students, underrepresented in the profession, to elect careers in the chemical sciences and engineering. The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. A grant of $10,000 will also be made to an eligible non-profit institution, designated by the recipient, to strengthen its activities in meeting the objectives of the award.

Tom Tarantelli, acting assistant vice president for student life and director of the Career Development Center, has received the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE). The award honors members “who have made outstanding and lasting contributions of such magnitude and quality to both EACE and the advancement of the field at large as to merit public recognition and acclaim.” This special award, not given every year, honors member(s) whose leadership, literary, and/or scholarly contributions have an impact nationally or internationally. Said one nominator, “Tom is what EACE is all about! His many contributions over the years and leadership have helped to move our organization forward in so many ways.” Tarantelli has served the association in numerous roles, most recently as president. “The EACE Distinguished Service Award is a reflection on the work and commitment of the many volunteers who serve the organization and who believe like I do in the power of the relationships that grow from our work together,” Tarentelli said.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 14, September 24, 2010
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