Four Elected Microbiology Fellows
Four faculty members were recently elected fellows by the American Academy of Microbiology. They are James P. Allison, professor of immunology, a Howard Hughes investigator and director of the campus Cancer Research Laboratory; Hiroshi Nikaido, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Jesse C. Rabinowitz, professor emeritus of molecular and cell biology; and Robert T. Tjian, professor of molecular and cell biology and an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The only honorific leadership group devoted entirely to microbiology, the academy's mission is to recognize scientists for distinguished achievements in the field and to provide microbiology expertise in the service of science and the public. More than 1,300 scientists from more than 27 countries have been elected as fellows, based on scientific excellence, originality and leadership, high ethical standards, and scholarly and creative achievement.
Andy Furco, director of the Service Learning Research and Development Center at the Graduate School of Education, is one of six new members of the board of directors of the National Society for Experiential Education, based in Raleigh, N.C.
In his role on campus, Furco oversees a number of national and statewide research projects on service learning, works with faculty members to develop service-learning courses, and provides training and technical assistance to K-12 teachers. He has published several works on service learning.
Furco earned a BA in music education and an MA in special education from UCLA.
Claire Kramsch, professor of German, has been named by the Goethe Institute recipient of its prestigious Goethe Medal in appreciation of her "exceptional achievements on behalf of German-American cultural understanding."
The medal will be awarded at a ceremony in Weimar, Germany, on March 22.
C. William Ibbs
C. William Ibbs, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received a presidential citation from the Project Management Institute in Chicago. The award was presented in recognition of his service to the organization.
Ibbs, who is the institute's national research director and has been a member of the organization since 1982, recently completed a PMI study entitled "The Financial and Organizational Benefits of Project Management." The study benchmarks the project management processes of various Fortune 500 companies and presents tools to predict cost and schedule performance.
Ibbs earned his PhD in construction risk at Berkeley in 1980. A faculty member since 1987, his research focuses on computer-aided construction and construction management. He is currently on leave at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Dobson Visiting Professor of Construction Management.
Antoni K. Oppenheim
Antoni K. Oppenheim, professor in the graduate school and a member of the mechanical engineering faculty, has been elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
An expert in the field of combustion, Oppenheim's current research focuses on natural gas fueled engines and the exothermic processes in combustion.
A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Oppenheim joined the faculty in 1950.
Eugene Wong, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has been elected by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to serve a three-year term as councillor for the organization. Wong earned his PhD at Princeton University in 1959 and joined the Berkeley faculty in 1962.
Roger Howe and Richard Muller
Roger Howe, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, and Richard Muller, professor in the graduate school and a member of the electrical engineering and computer science faculty have been jointly awarded the 1998 Cledo Brunetti Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Howe and Muller were cited for leadership and pioneering contributions to the field of microelectromechanical systems. Howe, who earned his PhD at Berkeley in 1984, joined the faculty in 1987. Muller earned his PhD in electrical engineering and physics at the California Institute of Technology in 1962 and joined the Berkeley faculty that same year.