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05 June 2003

Contexts magazine
Recently named the “best social science journal of 2002” by the American Association of Publishers, Contexts magazine, edited by Berkeley Professor of Sociology Claude Fischer, now has another feather in its cap. On May 1, Library Journal — after culling 745 new magazines — named Contexts one of the 10 best new magazines of 2002.

“This publication,” writes Library Journal columnist Michael Colford, “achieves its ambitious goal of delivering sociological research to both social scientists and the general reader. With fascinating articles on contemporary sociological issues, Contexts, from the American Sociological Asso-ciation, takes an accessible yet academic approach to its topics, offering the average reader a look at research without the jargon. Helpful sidebars with quick facts, the inclusion of personal essays, and book reviews are appealing. Larger public libraries will want to take a look at this.”

Cindy Chang
Dr. Cindy Chang of University Health Services has received the 2003 Founders Award from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. The annual award is issued to the individual who exemplifies “the best in sports medicine in the United States.” Chang, who has served on the medical staff at UHS since 1995, oversees the care of 900 student athletes involved in 27 intercollegiate sports.

In its citation for the award, the American Medical Society called Chang “a powerful force in shaping our field.”

“Dr. Chang,” it said, “was the first woman to serve as head team physician in NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics, and she has done so with distinction. She is viewed as a role model for men and women who aspire to the challenging role of an ICA Team Physician. Her energy, enthusiasm, commitment to the highest level of patient care and personality are recognized and respected by her peers.”

Marvin Cohen
The American Philosophical Society elected 43 new resident members and eight new foreign members at its annual general meeting April 26. Among them is Marvin Cohen, professor of physics and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. The Philadelphia-based organization, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, is the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to the advancement of scientific and scholarly inquiry. Members are elected based on extraordinary accomplishments in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

Soroor Ghanimati
The Iranian Ministry of Culture has named Soroor Ghanimati, a research fellow in Berkeley’s Department of Near Eastern Studies, as winner of its award for the best doctoral dissertation on an Iranian topic. Ghanimati was recognized for “Kuh-i Khwaja: a Major Zoroastrian Temple Complex in Sistan,” her Ph.D. dissertation discussing the wall paintings and distinctive architectural features of this isolated monument, set on a rock island in the Hamun Lake in southeastern Iran.

Robert Jacobsen
Associate Professor of Physics Robert Jacobsen has been named the 2003 recipient of the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award, which carries a cash award of $7,500, is given annually to a tenure-track faculty member in the College of Chemistry or the Divi-sion of Physical Sciences in the College of Letters & Science who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching, including curriculum development. The selection is made by a faculty committee, based on letters of nomination, student evaluations, course materials, and supporting materials from faculty, students, and alumni.

Judith Klinman
Professor Judith Klinman, chair of the chemistry department, has been named the first David Sigman Memorial Lecturer at UCLA’s Molecular Biology Institute. This new annual award recognizes outstanding researchers in chemical biology. She was honored for two groundbreaking discoveries in enzymology.

Eva Nogales
Eva Nogales, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, has been elected to a two-year term on the executive board of the 7,000-member Biophysical Society, an international scientific society in the field of biophysics.

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