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Weinbaum ’59 Awarded Davies Medal

Sheldon Weinbaum ’59, CUNY Distinguished Professor of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at the City College of New York, was awarded the Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement by Rensselaer’s School of Engineering April 18. The Davies Medal recognizes an alumnus with a distinguished career of engineering achievement, public service, and technical and managerial accomplishments.

Weinbaum was recognized for “his long career in academia and forward-thinking multidisciplinary research into bioheat transfer, bone fluid flow, microvascular fluid exchange, and other important areas.”

Along with his pioneering work in the development of heat and mass transfer in biological systems, Weinbaum’s recent investigations include a “bumper-car” model to explain the role of the endothelial glycocalyx in the cellular mechanotransduction of fluid shear stress, a new hypothesis for vulnerable plaque rupture, and a new concept for a wingless jet plane that flies on a soft porous track a few centimeters above the Earth’s surface.

A prolific researcher with more than 200 published papers, Weinbaum was instrumental in establishing the City College of New York’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering, a research consortium with eight area hospitals and other institutions.

Weinbaum is one of only seven living Americans elected to all three U.S. National Academies: Science, Engineering, and Medicine. His other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ H.R. Lissner Award in 1994 and Melville Medal in 1996, and a National Science Foundation “Special Creativity Award” in 1985.

Kanigel ’66 Named Guggenheim Fellow

Robert Kanigel ’66 was named a Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in April. Guggenheim Fellows are artists, scientists, and scholars selected on the basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment.

Kanigel is professor of science writing at MIT, where he directs the graduate program in science writing. He is the author of six books, including The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan; The One Best Way, a biography of efficiency expert Frederick Winslow Taylor, and his most recent, Faux Real: Genuine Leather and 200 Years of Inspired Fakes.

Kanigel’s fellowship will be focused on his upcoming book, set on a small island off the west coast of Ireland, the Great Blasket, which was visited by scholars and writers in the early 20th century.

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