Professors selected as American Mathematical Society Fellows
Two faculty members have been named to the inaugural class of American Mathematical Society Fellows in recognition of excellence in research and education: Stanislaw Szarek, the Levi Kerr Professor of Mathematics, and Professor Elisabeth Werner. The two faculty members are experts in convex geometry.
Alumni Richard Varga (CIT '50) and Donald Knuth (CIT '60) also were chosen for the honor. Read more.
Faculty member nominated for Grammy
Congratulations to audio engineering instructor Bruce Egre from the Department of Music for his recent Grammy nomination in the category of Best Engineered Album, Classical. The nomination is for his work on Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Op. 127 & 131, performed by the Brentano String Quartet.
Grammy Award winners will be announced in February.
NBC asks faculty member whether
programs can "train the brain"
An NBC Nightly News story asked whether it is possible to "train the brain" with computer programs and other tools that claim to improve cognitive function. Research in this area from a team led by Douglas Detterman, Louis D. Beaumont University Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, was featured in the report. Watch the story.
What's next now that the Higgs
boson has been discovered?
Glenn Starkman, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Institute for the Science of Origins, is spending the year at CERN (and blogging about his experiences there). In his latest post, he writes about life after the discovery of the Higgs boson. Read more.
In May, the Institute for the Science of Origins will lead a 10-day trip to historic and scientific sites in Switzerland and France. The excursion includes tours of CERN; the Pic du Midi observatory; the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Carcassonne and the Lavaux Vineyards Terraces; the prehistoric art of the Niaux and Bedeilhac caves; and the geology and wildlife of the Pyrenees mountains. If you're interested in participating, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.