The Holweck Medal for 2014 has been awarded to Professor Ramin Golestanian "for his pioneering contributions to the field of active soft matter, particularly microscopic swimmers and active colloids." The gold medal and a prize of Eu3000 is awarded by the Société Française de Physique, and will be presented to Professor Golestanian at a ceremony in Paris on August 27.
Dr. Golestanian is a professor at the Oxford University’s Rudolf Peierls Center for Theoretical Physics. He obtained his BS from the Sharif University of Technology and his MS and PhD from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), both in Iran.
Ramin has been a visiting scholar at MIT, postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB, Joliot Chair and CNRS Visiting Professor at ESPCI, and visiting professor at College de France. Before joining Oxford, he held academic positions at the University of Sheffield.
This award was instituted in 1945, jointly by the French and British Physical Societies as a memorial to Fernand Holweck, Director of the Curie Laboratory of the Radium Institute in Paris, France. The money for the prize was, initially, subscribed by Fellows of The Physical Society and others. A medal, originally in bronze, but since 1972 in gold, is given by the Société Française de Physique. The award is made in alternate years by the Councils of one of the two societies to a physicist selected from a list of nominees submitted by the other.
The award will be made for distinguished work in any aspect of physics that is ongoing or has been carried out within the 10 years preceding the award. In selecting the recipient of the award, the primarily experimental interest of Holweck will be borne in mind. The award is now made in odd-dated years to a physicist based in France and presented in the UK or Ireland and in even-dated years to a physicist based in the UK or Ireland and presented in France.
Each year the MIT Technology Review reveals its annual list of Innovators Under 35. This is a list of 35 technologists under the age of 35, across universities, corporations and research labs, worldwide, whose work has the potential to transform the world. This year, Assistant Professor Maryam Shanechi of the Electrical Engineering Department at USC is honored on the list.
Prior to joining USC, Maryam was an assistant professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. She received the B.A.Sc. degree with honors in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2004 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006 and 2011, respectively. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School and in the EECS department at the University of California, Berkeley. She has received various awards for academic achievement including the Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal, the W.S. Wilson medal, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship.
Dr. Shanechi's research focuses on applying the principles of information and control theories and statistical signal processing to develop effective solutions for basic and clinical neuroscience problems that involve the collection and manipulation of neural signals and information. One problem of particular interest to her is brain-machine interface design for motor function, for closed-loop control of anesthesia, and for control of neuropsychological disorders. Her work combines methodology development with in vivo implementation and testing.
Source: MIT Technology Review
Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor of mathematics at Stanford, has been awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics. Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the prize, widely regarded as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics," since it was established in 1936.
Officially known as the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, the Fields Medal was presented by the International Mathematical Union on Aug. 13 at the International Congress of Mathematicians, held this year in Seoul, South Korea.
The award recognizes Mirzakhani's sophisticated and highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects. Although her work is considered "pure mathematics" and is mostly theoretical, it has implications for physics and quantum field theory.
Source: Stanford University
2014 Clinical Translational Scientist of the Year, Applied Translational Scientist
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science announced that Dr. Vaziri is the recipient of the 2014 Clinical Translational Applied Scientist of the Year. This award is given to an exceptional UC Irvine investigator whose work is broadly focused on the biomedical sciences. The awardee is an individual who has contributed substantial new insights and knowledge in the pursuit of improving human health and has linked basic science with clinical application.
Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic, the 19-strong team is preparing to bring an Iranian solar car to compete in the United States for the first time, in the American Solar Challenge in July.