UC Berkeley News



04 May 2005

National Academy of Sciences

Three Berkeley faculty members were among 72 new members and 18 new foreign associates announced on May 3 by the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the NAS recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research and is one of the most prestigious honors for an American scientist.

The new members from Berkeley are Carolyn Bertozzi, T. Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, professor of molecular and cell biology, and head of the department of chemical biology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); Steven Louie, professor of physics and senior faculty scientist at LBNL; and Barbara Romanowicz, professor and chair of earth and planetary science and director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. This brings the total number of NAS members on the Berkeley campus to 130.

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, a physicist, along with four other Berkeley faculty elected last year, were inducted as new members on April 30 at NAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Six Berkeley faculty are among the 196 new fellows elected this week to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of their leadership in scholarship, business, the arts, and public life.

The newest academy members from Berkeley are Robert Powell, Robson Professor of Political Science; Daniel Boyarin, professor of Near Eastern studies; Giovanna Ferro-Luzzi Ames, professor emerita of biochemistry and molecular biology; Ronald Lee, director of the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging; Hiroshi Nikaido, professor of molecular and cell biology; and Robert Hass, professor of English and past Poet Laureate of the United States.
The newest members, part of the academy's 225th class of fellows, will be formally inducted at an Oct. 6 ceremony at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

Karl Pister

The Board of Regents of the University of Colorado has awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Karl Pister, recognizing his contributions as a professor of structural engineering and his service to public education. One of Berkeley's most eminent faculty members, Pister has held a spectrum of positions in nearly 65 years of association with the UC system: he is chancellor emeritus of UC Santa Cruz, former UC vice president for educational outreach, former dean of Berkeley's College of Engineering, Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering Emeritus, and a Berkeley civil engineering alumnus.

Pister's engineering research and teaching contributions include leadership in the mechanics of solids and structures, computational mechanics, earthquake engineering, and engineering systems analysis. He continues to play an active role in both science and technology policy and higher-education policy, advocating for K-12 public education and for policies and programs to diversify college student bodies, the engineering workforce, and academia.

CASE honors Development Communications unit

University Relations/Development Communications has been named a 2005 Circle of Excellence winner by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Washington, D.C. The unit won two awards in the Visual Design in Print category: a gold medal for "The Builders of Berkeley" calendar and a bronze medal for its gift-acknowledgement cards. A bronze medal was also awarded in the Advertising category for the unit's fundraising ad campaign, which included a two-page print ad in the November and December issues of California Monthly and the online-giving site, givetocal.berkeley.edu.

Herma Hill Kay

Professor of Law Herma Hill Kay was honored last month with this year's Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction. Established in 1995, the annual award is presented each spring to a Boalt Hall professor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching.

Kay, the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, joined the Boalt faculty in 1960 and served as dean of the law school from 1992 to 2000. She has written extensively on women's rights, family law, diversity in legal education, and the role and future of women law professors. In 2003 the Boalt Hall Alumni Association presented her with its first Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award.

Enrique Iglesia

Chemical Engineering Professor Enrique Iglesia has won this year's Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, given annually to a faculty member in the physical sciences who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching, including curriculum development. This prize, worth $7,500, was endowed by a gift from the late Robert N. Noyce, known as the father of the integrated circuit, in honor of his brother, the late Professor Emeritus Donald Noyce of the Department of Chemistry.

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