Award of Distinction for Berkeley Magazine

The spring 1997 issue of Berkeley Magazine received a 1997 Award of Distinction from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at its District VII conference in Las Vegas Dec. 7 to 9, 1997.

Entries were judged on the basis of creativity, quality, budget and effective use of available resources in meeting the publication's goals and objectives.

Berkeley Magazine is a publication for alumni with a circulation of 210,000 under the direction of C. Dan Mote Jr., vice chancellor-university relations, and Linda Weimer, assistant vice chancellor-public affairs.

The team responsible for the award-winning issue includes Carol J. Tady, director of university communications; designers Linda Currie, John Hickey, Lynn Millwood, Connie Torii and Amber Withycombe; writers Brian Caulfield, Gretchen Kell, Fernando Quintero, Kathy Scalise and Julia Sommer; and photographer Howard Gale Ford.

Golden Key national honor society names honorary members

The campus chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society recently selected Chancellor Robert Berdahl, Associate Adjunct Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology Caroline Kane, Physics Lecturer Bruce Birkett and community members Ron Kunisawa and Shirley Richardson as honorary members of the society.

Honorary members of the student-run academic leadership organization receive full rights and privileges of the society. They are selected based on their contributions to the community, the university and its students.

More than 5,000 honorary members have been named to the society, including President Bill Clinton, author Alex Haley and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Honorary members were an-nounced at a Nov. 18 award ceremony in Berkeley, at which academically superior juniors and seniors were initiated into the society.

Berdahl candidate for American Council of Education board

The Washington, D.C.-based American Council on Education has selected Chancellor Berdahl as a candidate for its board of directors. Election of officers and board members will take place Feb. 9 in San Francisco at the council's annual meeting. Berdahl's term on the board would begin immediately after the meeting and last until February 2001.

Faculty Awards

Garniss H. Curtis, professor emeritus of geology and geophysics, is among the Berkeley faculty elected as 1997 fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Curtis was elected for his influential and long-continuing work in the calibration of hominoid and hominid evolution over the past 25 million years, using the potassium-argon and argon-argon dating methods.

Curtis and colleague J. F. Evernden won the association's Newcomb Cleveland Award in 1962 for an early phase of this work. As Curtis approached retirement he established the Berkeley Geochronology Center, a non-profit laboratory for dating rocks. He and his former students are still refining dating techniques and applying them to anthropologic and geological problems.

Susan L. Graham, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has been reappointed by President Clinton to serve on the committee which selects the recipients of the National Medal of Science.

Graham, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has served on the committee for the past two years. This is not her first federal appointment. Last year Clinton tapped her as an adviser on the federal computing policy, and she has served on several National Science Foundation committees.

A faculty member since 1971, Graham earned her PhD in computer science from Stanford University.

Chenming Hu, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has been named the 1997 recipient of the IEEE Jack A. Morton Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Sponsored by Lucent Technologies, the award recognizes Hu for outstanding contributions to the physics and modeling of metal-oxide semiconductor (MOS) device reliability. He received the honor at the 1997 International Electron Devices meeting Dec. 9 in Washington, D.C.

Hu conducted pioneering studies of the physics and modeling of MOS field-effect transistor reliability. His research on hot-electron effect, AC electromigration and thin gate oxide reliability has been widely used in the production of reliable and high-performance integrated circuits. His 1985 paper on hot-electron induced MOSFET is the most frequently cited paper on the subject.

Hu, a fellow Berkeley professor and their students developed a MOSFET model for circuit simulation that was selected as the first industry standard model in 1995.

An IEEE life fellow, Hu has received numerous awards, including the Design News Excellence in Design Award, the Outstanding Inventor Award in 1993 and 1994 and an R&D 100 Award in 1996. He is the author or co-author of over 400 technical articles and author of four books. He holds nine patents.

The institute, with more than 310,000 members worldwide, fosters technological innovation and promotes worldwide professional community.

Sheila Humphreys, academic coordinator for electrical engineering and computer sciences, was honored Nov. 28 at the 20th anniversary celebration of Women in Computer Science and Engineering, a support organization she co-founded.

Institutional research and other activities generated by the group has been crucial to the recruitment of women students to engineering and computer science on campus. Humphreys has been a pivotal figure in the organization, serving as a mentor and departmental advocate for generations of women in a predominantly male field.


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