Babette Barton, the Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law at Boalt Hall, recently received two awards.
In September the Boalt Hall Alumni Association awarded her the 1997 Citation Award, the highest honor given by the association.
In November Barton received the 1997 Joanne M. Garvey Award from the State Bar of California, Taxation Section. She was cited for lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions in the field of tax law.
A member of the Boalt Hall faculty since 1961, Barton has been a friend and mentor to more than three decades of law students entering the tax law profession.
She writes frequently on the subject of taxation and is the co-author of two casebooks used in law schools across the country.
Taking a two-year leave from his post on the mechanical engineering faculty, Albert Pisano has joined the staff at the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Pisano, who relocated to the agency's Arlington, Va., office in July, now heads the Microelectro-mechanical Systems Program, which provides funding to more than 50 industry and academic research teams nationwide.
As program director, Pisano keeps tabs on these projects and chairs a selection committee that will distribute $25 million to microelectro-mechanical systems projects in the next round of funding.
Pisano, a director of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, has devoted his research since 1988 primarily to microelectro-mechanical systems.
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.
Curtis was elected for his seminal 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 former students are still refining dating techniques and applying them to anthropologic and geologic problems.
William M. Kahan, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, presented the annual Von Neumann Lecture at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics annual meeting held at Stanford in July. Being selected to give this lecture is one of the highest honors for an applied mathematician.
Kahan, who has a joint appointment with the mathematics department, has also received the Turing Award. He earned his PhD in math at the University of Toronto in 1958 and joined the Berkeley faculty in 1968.
Christos Papadimitriou, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zürich.
Papadimitriou, who holds the C. Lester Hogan Chair in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, earned his PhD at Princeton and joined the Berkeley faculty in 1995. His research interests include algorithms and complexity, artificial intelligence, databases and mathematical economics.
The International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport has named Roberta J. Park, professor of the Graduate School, as the first recipient of its new ISHPES Award. Park was named in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the history of health, sport and medicine.
The society, under a slightly different name, was originally founded at an international seminar in Zürich in 1973; in 1989 it joined with another group to form ISHPES. Park received the award at the society's July 1997 congress in Lyon, France.