Awards and Honors


(PHOTO CAPTION): Peter S. Eagleson, Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus (left), accepts the $150,000 Stockholm Water Prize for his achievements in hydrology from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (right) in August. His studies of local and global water cycles made hydrology one of the fundamental earth sciences.
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Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering J������������������nos M. Be���r has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Technical Sciences in Budapest. The honor was given in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to energy science and technology internationally." Professor Be���r, an alumnus of the university, is a native Hungarian who left that country for the United States at the time of the anti-Communist uprising in 1956.
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Sarah Jane Gunter, program manager/class giving in the MIT Association of Alumni and Alumnae, was presented with the Rising Star Award from District I of the Council for Advancement and Support for Education (CASE). The award is given to a professional with fewer than five years' experience "whose early success bodes well for future leadership and achievement, and who demonstrates extraordinary commitment, innovation and professionalism."

Ms. Gunter, who came to MIT in 1995, worked on 40th and 50th reunion class campaigns, leading to record gifts from the Classes of 1946 and 1956. CASE District I includes about 2,000 alumni affairs, communication and fundraising professionals from member colleges and private secondary schools in New England and eastern Canada.
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The Council of Logistics Management has announced that Jeffrey D. Chapman, a graduate student in transportation in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is one of 26 winners of $1,500 scholarships in the Council's 15th annual competition. The awards of $1,500 for 1997-98 are made to graduate students planning a career in logistics management. Mr. Chapman received the SB in 1996.
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Dr. Robert A. Marciniak, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology, is one of 56 recipients of three-year postdoctoral fellowships from the Cancer Research Fund of the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation. Dr. Marciniak's research involved molecular analysis of the Werner's protein. His Runyon-Winchell sponsor is ProfessorLeonard P. Guarente. In the 50 years since its founding, two Runyon-Winchell Fellows and 39 sponsors have won the Nobel prize.
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Two members of the music and theater arts faculty -- Professor Emeritus David M. Epstein and Professor Evan Ziporyn -- have been chosen as 1997-98 ASCAP Award recipients. The cash awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, reflect ASCAP's continuing commitment to assist and encourage writers of serious music. They are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works in areas not surveyed by the Society. This is the second time that professors Epstein and Ziporyn have won the awards; they were also recipients two years ago.
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An award named for the late Robley D. Evans, a former professor of physics and director of the Radioactivity Center, has been presented by the Health Physics Society to Dr. Constantine J. Maletskos. The award citation, read by Frank Mass���, radiation protection officer at MIT, cited Dr. Maletskos's "long and distinguished career in health physics (the code word for radiation protection during the Manhattan Project)."

Dr. Maletskos received the SB (1942) and SM (1943), followed in 1954 by his completion of the first triple doctorate in physics, biology and chemistry. He held appointments in MIT's physics and medical departments as well as several hospitals; he was associated with early applications of radioactivity and radiation to medicine, calcium metabolism and studies of radium toxicity. He was a colleague of Dr. Evans, a nuclear medicine pioneer who died in late 1995.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 10, 1997.


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