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Alumni Achievements

Byron Waksman ’40

Byron Waksman ’40 was recently honored by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology with a reception at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Mass. The occasion celebrated Waksman’s life’s work in neuroimmunology—in particular his seminal discoveries in autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis, his teaching at every level—from medical students to middle school children, [...]

John Hopfield ’54

John Hopfield ’54 has been honored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society with the 2009 Frank Rosenblatt Award. The award recognizes Hopfield’s seminal contributions to the understanding of information processing in biological systems. His work combining neurobiology, physics, and electrical engineering bridged the gap between biological processes and computer technology and serves as a basic [...]

Susan Cotts Watkins ’60

Susan Cotts Watkins ’60 has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2009. A professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, her work focuses on the role of social networks in large-scale demographic and social change, such as the AIDS epidemic in Africa. “My Guggenheim project, Navigating AIDS in Rural Malawi, draws on a particularly [...]

Cécile Whiting ’80

Cécile Whiting ’80 has been selected to receive the 21st Annual Charles C. Eldredge Prize for distinguished scholarship in American art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum for her 2006 book Pop L.A.: Art and the City in the 1960s. “Through Whiting’s analysis of the city of Los Angeles and its artists, the reader is [...]

Paul Crowell ’86

Paul Crowell ’86 was recently named a fellow by the American Physical Society (APS). The nomination was made by the topical group on Magnetism and Its Applications, citing Crowell for “the application of elegant optical and transport techniques to the study of spin dynamics and transport.” Crowell is a professor at the University of [...]

Joseph Palovick ’90

Joseph Palovick ’90 was inducted into the Ed Romance Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in March. The annual induction ceremony honors athletes and other individuals who have brought “lasting fame and recognition” to the state of Pennsylvania through their sports-related achievements. A “true scholar-athlete,” Palovick played three varsity sports in high school [...]

Alexander Huk ’96

Alexander Huk ’96 received a National Science Foundation Career award in 2008 for his research on the neural basis of the perception of motion through depth. The award supports junior faculty who exemplify the integration of education and research. Huk’s research seeks to understand how the nervous system processes information and how those signals give [...]

Keetje Kuipers ’02

Keetje Kuipers ’02 is the 2009 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize winner for her first collection of poems Beautiful in the Mouth. Her book will be published in March 2010 by BOA Editions Ltd. in the A. Poulin Jr. New Poets of America Series. The same week that Kuipers won the Poulin prize, she learned [...]

Kent Bassett ’04

Kent Bassett ’04 wrote and directed the short film The Line, which has won the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lazlo Kovacs Heritage Award and the Brooklyn International Film Festival’s Spirit Award. A story about a migrant father and son who run out of water while crossing the desert border, The Line is a narrative exploration [...]

Sa’ed Atshan ’06

Sa’ed Atshan ’06 was selected to be a 2008 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans. Hungarian immigrants wishing to assist “young New Americans” in their education established the fellowship in 1997. Atshan was chosen as one of 30 fellows from a pool of 700 applicants. A 2008 graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy [...]