Posted August 25, 1999
Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt
Professor of mathematics Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt is the recipient of the Maxwell Prize, a new prize in applied mathematics presented by the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The award was created to serve as a counterpart to the Fields Medal in pure mathematics -- an honor often called the Nobel Prize of mathematics.
Barenblatt was named in recognition of his "truly breathtaking" achievements in applied mathematics, according to the congress.
Constance Chang-Hasnain, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, received the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. The award honors outstanding early achievement by an engineering university researcher.
The award was presented this summer at the society's 1999 awards banquet in Charlotte, NC.
Professor of statistics Ching-Shui Cheng has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association. Cheng was honored for his research in optimal design and "outstanding editorial service to the profession."
Professor Marti Hearst received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the first graduating class of the School of Information Management and Systems during graduation ceremonies this Spring.
A member of the SIMS faculty since 1997, Hearst teaches courses in user interface design and information access.
Harry LeGrande, assistant vice chancellor -- residential and student service programs, is the 1999 recipient of the James A. Hurd Award, presented annually by the Association of College and University Housing Officers International to a distinguished member of color. LeGrande served as president of the association in 1995.
Robert Ritchie, professor of materials science and mineral engineering; assistant research engineer Jim McNaney; and recent mechanical engineering graduate Rebecca Havens have been cited for the "most outstanding article" to appear in the Journal of Testing and Evaluation during 1998. The award-winning paper was titled "Elastic Compliance of the Compact-Tension Specimen Comprising Two Linear-Elastic Materials Bonded by a Thin Layer."
In the closing session of the XVI International Botanical Congress held this summer in St. Louis, Rudolf Schmid, associate professor of integrative biology, was awarded a special Engler Medal in Silver for 1999. Schmid was honored in recognition of his accomplishments as editor of a column in Taxon: Journal of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy, a plant systematics review. He has edited the journal's Reviews and Notices of Publications column since Feb. 1986.