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Nov. 3, 2003


Michael Oatman, clinical professor of architecture, has been named one of three artists to receive a $25,000 Grant for Visual Artists from the Nancy Graves Foundation. Twelve artists from across the country were nominated with winners selected from a panel of three independent jurors. Other grant recipients include artists Mary Lucier and Judy Pfaff. The grant program, established by Nancy Graves, assists individual artists in exploring new methods of expression through a technique, medium, or discipline that is different from the one in which he or she is primarily engaged. For more information, go to 11/3/03

Michael S. Shur, the Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts ’48 Chair in Solid State Electronics, has been selected as the Distinguished Microwave Lecturer by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the term 2004–2006. Shur’s talk, "Microwave GaN-based Field Effect Transistors,” will be presented IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society chapters worldwide. Through its Distinguished Microwave Lecturer (DML) program, the offers presentations on key topics identified by its technical committees 11/3/03

Beth Pasinella, administrative assistant in residence life, has been honored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) with the Dick Daines Memorial Award for her service to the Apartment Housing Committee. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the College and University Housing Profession. Pasinella was selected from among more than 350 nominations. 10/27/03

Michael Shur, the Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts ’48 Chair in Solid State Electronics, has co-edited a book titled LAB-on-the Web: Microelectronics Experiments on the Internet, published by John Wiley and Sons, (ISBN: 0-471-41375-5). Co-author is T.A. Fjeldly. Shur also has recently been appointed chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Prize Papers/Scholarship Award Committee for 2004. 10/27/03

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Wolf W. von Maltzahn, professor of biomedical engineering and associate vice president for research, has been elected president-elect of the national Biomedical Engineering Society (2005). 10/27/03

At an annual dinner of the N.Y. Capital Region Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) Oct. 8, Rensselaer won an AMA Mark of Excellence Award for this spring’s Accepted Student Enrollment Campaign. Out of a pool of more than 40 applicants and 12 finalists, the Rensselaer team, comprised of staffers from the offices of Enrollment Management and Communications, was one of just six to receive the honor. The AMA recognized the campaign—which involved acceptance letters, guides, events, a multimedia CD, Web site, streaming video, chat rooms, and a media outreach component—for the unprecedented results it yielded; this year’s accepted class not only achieved record highs in the overall number of students (1,394), but also in the number of women (325), legacies (88), and Rensselaer Medalists (315). 10/20/03

Roger Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering and Science at Rensselaer at Hartford, received a Presidential Citation from Toastmasters International in recognition of outstanding achievements. The award is one of Toastmasters’ highest honors and recognizes contributions to its program of communication and leadership. The award was presented at the 72nd Annual Convention and Hall of Fame Pageant held in Atlanta, Aug. 22. In honoring Brown, Toastmasters International noted, “Roger is a committed and dedicated leader, mentoring many district governors in the past 25 years. Roger has held numerous club and district positions, was a Distinguished District governor, and has earned other district awards.” He is currently a member of the West Hartford Toastmasters Club and the Greater Hartford Toastmasters Club, which holds its meetings at Rensselaer at Hartford. Brown has 10 years of industrial experience and 21 years experience teaching computer science and computer engineering courses. 10/13/03

Suvranu De, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, has been invited to be on the editorial board of the Seventh International Conference on Computational Structures Technology to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in September, 2004. De also has invited to be on the scientific advisory board of the Third MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics to be held in Cambridge, Mass., in June 2004. 10/13/03

Henry Ehrlich, professor emeritus, has accepted an invitation from Nicola Senesi of the University of Bari, Italy, to join as a member the subcommittee on "Biophysico-chemical processes in environmental systems" of Division VI of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Ehrlich contributed an invited chapter to a recent IUPAC publication (2002) titled "Interactions Between Soil Particles and Microorganisms," edited by P.M. Huang, Canada, J.-M. Bollag, and N. Senesi. 10/13/03

Wayne Gray, professor of cognitive science, was elected chair-elect of the Cognitive Science Society at the Society’s 25th Annual Conference held in Boston in August. The election carries a three-year commitment as chair-elect, chair, and past-chair. The Cognitive Science Society is the world's leading professional society for cognitive science. 10/13/03

Michael Halloran, emeritus professor of language, literature, and communications, was named a fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America. 10/13/03

Thiagarajan Ravichandran (“Ravi”), associate professor of management in Rensselaer’s Lally School, has been named associate editor of MIS Quarterly, an academic periodical based at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. A peer reviewed scholarly journal, MIS Quarterly publishes research “concerning both the management of information technology and the use of information technology for managerial and organizational purposes,” according to its Web site. Ravichandran also serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, a research-based, refereed journal in engineering management published by the IEEE Engineering Management Society. 10/13/03

Donald Siegel, professor and chair of economics, has been named to the Scientific Committee for the Applied Econometrics Association Conference on Innovation and Intellectual Property: Economic and Managerial Perspectives at INSEAD-Singapore in July 2004. 10/13/03

Rensselaer’s Student Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) has won the Meritorious Achievement Award for 2003. The award was presented at the society’s annual meeting in Nashville Oct. 2. According to Natacha DePaola, associate professor of biomedical engineering and faculty adviser to the chapter, “Not only will our undergraduate representatives will be there to receive the award, be exposed to the scientific sessions, and interact with other student chapter representatives, we'll also have a good group of graduate students presenting their research work.” 10/13/03

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