Happenings

PEOPLE AWARDS OPPORTUNITIES ETCETERA MEETINGS During the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ winter hearing in December, Ernest L. Daman, senior vice president and director of research for Foster Wheeler Corporation, Livingston, N.J., was elected ASME president, effective June 1988. Daman joined Foster Wheeler in 1947 as an engineer in its research division, and became director of research in 1960. In 1976 he was elected chairman of the board of the Foster Wheeler Developme

Jan 25, 1988
The Scientist Staff

PEOPLE
AWARDS
OPPORTUNITIES
ETCETERA
MEETINGS

During the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ winter hearing in December, Ernest L. Daman, senior vice president and director of research for Foster Wheeler Corporation, Livingston, N.J., was elected ASME president, effective June 1988. Daman joined Foster Wheeler in 1947 as an engineer in its research division, and became director of research in 1960. In 1976 he was elected chairman of the board of the Foster Wheeler Development Corporation. In the course of his research, Daman has developed steam generators for a demonstration plant of the liquid-metal fast-breeder reactor, an air pollution scheme for large power plants, a steam-gas turbine for naval ships, and fluidized bed combustion steam generators.

Daniel J. McCleese, former manager of the NASA and California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Atmospheric and Cometary Sciences Section, became manager of its Earth and Space Sciences Division in December. McCleese studied physics at Antioch College, Ohio, and earned a Ph.D. in atmospheric physics from the University of Oxford, England. He joined JPL in 1976 after serving as a research officer at the University of Oxford’s Clarendon Laboratory. He is principal investigator for the pressure modulator infrared radiometer on Mars Observer, for atmospheric sound era being developed for Saturn mission Cassini, and for the Earth Observation System spacecraft.

James D. Litster former director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Materials Science and Engineering, became director of the MIT Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory on January 1. Litster, a physicist with a Ph.D. from MIT, is an expert in phase transition and statistical mechanics. He succeeds Peter A. Wolff who will resume teaching and research in the department of physics. The Magnet Laboratory was formed in 1960 and houses research in semiconductor physics, superconductivity, magnetism and nuclear magnetic resonance.

Cyanotech Corporation, a biotechnology company in Woodinville, Wash., has named four to its scientific advisory board John C. Berg, Rehnberg Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the University of Washington Center for Surfaces, Polymers and Colloids; Richard W. Castenholz, professor, University of Oregon department of biology; John C. Meeks, associate professor of bacteriology, University of California at Davis; and Peter Wolk, professor, Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory and department of botany and plant pathology, Michigan State University.

Allan S. Hay, most recently with the General Electric Research and Development Center in Schenectady, NY, has joined McGill University’s chemistry department and the McGill Polymer Group. G.E. has agreed to contribute $200,000 a year for five years to the McGill chemistry department to support Hay’s research. He is a polymer chemist specializing in engineering plastics, and a native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Philip E. Culbertson NASA Associate Administrator for Policy and Planning, is leaving NASA this month after serving the American space exploration program for 22 years. Culbertson will become president of the Lew Evans Foundation, a non-profit organization. He received a degree in aeronautical engineering at Georgia Tech., earned a master’s in the same field from Michigan State, and has served as Naval officer. At NASA, he headed the U.S. Space Station program and served as ombudsman for the potential users of the Space Shuttle.

Alexander Pines, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s Materials and Chemical Sciences Division, was appointed 1988 Bourke Lecturer of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Pines is also professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kenneth S. Warren, director for health sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation since 1977, left the foundation January 1 to spend three months at the University of London as Heath Clark Lecturer, and has assumed a new position as the foundation’s associate vice president for molecular biology and information science. His research focuses on the management of biomedical research to improve the health of the people of the tropics, and developing global information systems to manage biomedical investigation and health care implementation.

F. Barbara Orians resigned as director of the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare in Bethesda, Md. on December 31, but will remain on the staff as a research fellow. Orlans founded the organization in 1978 and served as president and volunteer until 1984, when she became the center’s first full-time, salaried director. Prior to joining the center, Orlans was a staff scientist at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. She earned a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of London and joined the research staff of Johns Hopkins University in 1956. Richard B. Vallee has been appointed co-director of the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology’s Cancer Center and principal scientist of the foundation. Vallee is an expert in microtubule research and is currently conducting research, supported by two grants from the National Institutes of Health, on the subcellular forces that drive the movement of cell components. He joined the foundation in 1978.

Thomas Hughes, Mellon Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, has been elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science. Hughes lectures nationally for the History of Science Society, and is an international expert in the history of technology and science in the 20th century. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Virginia. He joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1973.

The American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics awarded Elliot Lieb, professor of mathematics and physics at Princeton University, the 1988 George David Birkhoff Prize, worth $4,000. The prize, named after a former president of the American Mathematical Society, is given every five years for “outstanding contributions to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense.” Lieb received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953 and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of Birmingham, England, in 1956. His primary research interests are harmonic analysis, combinatorics, statistical mechanics, solid state physics and atomic physics.

Arnost Fronek, professor of bio-engineering in the department of applied mechanics and engineering sciences and professor of surgery at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, received the Senior U.S. Scientist Award from the Humboldt Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. Fronek will spend six months at the Institute for Vascular Disease in Engelskirchen, Germany, introducing physicians from Germany and other western European countries to non-invasive techniques used in vascular disease diagnosis.

Gareth Thomas, scientific director of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Materials and Chemical Sciences Division’s National Center for Electron Microscopy and professor in the University of California’s department of materials science and mineral engineering, was given the 1987-88 Henry Clifton Sorby Award from the International Metallographic Society for his outstanding contributions to the field of metallography.

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, Calif., is accepting applications until October 1 for 1989-90 Research Professors hips. Applicants must have earned their Ph.D.s in 1983 or earlier. Six to ten professorships will be awarded. For a full academic year, awards are usually made for half the applicant’s salary, not exceeding $30,000, and awards made for a portion of the year are pro-rated accordingly.

For more information,
contact:
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, 1000
Centennial Dr., Berkeley, CA
94720; (415) 642-0143.

The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association has established a new competition for 1988 Dissertation Research Awards. Applicants must be student affiliates of APA who are sponsored by a program listed in Graduate Study in Psychology and Associated Fields. Dissertations may be in any area of psychological research. Deadline is March 1.

For details, contact:
Virginia Holt,

Science Directorate, APA,
1200 17th St., N.W, Washington,
DC 20036; (202) 955-7653.

Computers In Physics, a new combination magazine and peer-reviewed journal published by the American Institute of Physics, has issued a call for papers. The journal editors are soliciting papers that detail innovative ways of applying computers in physics and astronmy and related fields such as optics, acoustics, geophysics, crystalography, vacuum science and medical physics.

For more information,
contact:
Robert R. Borchers, Editor, Computers in
Physics P.O. Box 5512, Livermore, CA 94550; (415) 423-6097.

A $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the University of Minnesota and support from the university and its Supercomputer Institute have made possible the Geometry Supercomputer Project, which electronically links 13 mathematicians in England, France and at eight U.S. institutions. Using a supercomputer and a high-speed telecommunications network, the mathematicians can jointly develop sophisticated computer software. The project will focus on developing a catalog of three-dimensional shapes and spaces, or manifolds, exploring fractal geometry, and studying dynamical systems and minimal area surfaces.

Norbert Käufer a native of West Germany and assistant professor of bioscience and biotechnology at Drexel University, has been awarded a $160,000 two-year research grant by the American Chemical Society. In order to Understand the factors that regulate the growth of cancer cells, Käufer will study yeast cells and examine how their growth is controlled by genes. Prior to joining Drexel in September 1987, Käufer was a research assistant at Berlin’s Freie Universität. He earned a degree in biology from the University of Heidelberg and a doctorate from Freie Universität.

The National Executive Service Corps recently received a three-year grant from the Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education for a program to recruit more qualified math and science teachers into public schools. The NESO program encompasses educational institutions and professional societies in New York City and 36 districts in the Greater Hartford area of Connecticut. NESC hopes to recruit, train and place retired professionals, second-career scientists, mathematicians and engineers from the corporate and military sectors.

For more information,
contact:
George W Wallace or Ann
Spindel, NESC, The Math/Science Education Group, 622 Third
Ave., New York, NY 10017-6753;
(212) 867-5010.

The Royal Society of Chemistry will celebrate Chemistry Week October 17-24, 1988. RSC has 35 local sections in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, with over 30,000 members in U.K. academia, industry and government. The focus of Chemistry Week is to promote the public understanding of chemistry.

For details of events,
contact:
Moira P. Donnelly, RSC

External Relations Department,
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1V OBN. Telephone: 01-437 8656.

Mar 13-18, 1988. Symposium on Advances in Semiconductors and Semiconductor Structures. Newport Beach, Calif.

Contact:
SPIE,
P.O. Box 10, Bellingham, WA
98225; (206) 676-3290.

Mar 23-25, British Wind Energy Association Annual Conference—Organized by Technology
Planning and Research Division,
Central Electricity Generating Board. London.

Contact: Irene Martin, Secretary’s Department,
CEGB, Sudhury House, 15 Newgate St., London EClA 7AU.
Telephone: (+41 1) 634 6354. Telex: 883141.

Apr 5-8, 1988. REGEM 1: First International Conference on the Release of Genetically Engineered organisms—Sponsored by the U.K. Society for Applied Bacteriology, U.K. Society for General Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology and the International Union of Microbiological Studies, with the support of the U.K. Department of the Environment. Cardiff, Wales.

Contact:
Cohn Griffiths, REGEM, P.O. Box
50, Cardiff CF1 5XW, U.K. Telephone: (0222) 489498.

Apr 22-24, 1988.

International Congress on Relativity and Gravitation. Munich, West Germany.

Contact:
Emil Andrej Maco,
Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Randwissenschaften,
Georgiestrasse 3133, D-3000 Hannover 1,
West Germany.

May 15-18, 1988. Artificial Intelligence: Expert Systems and Other Applications. Ann Arbor, Mich.

Contact:
American Society for Information Science,
1424 16th St., N.W., Suite 404, Washington,
DC 20036; (202) 462-1000.

Aug 1-5, 1988. The Conference on Computers In Physics instruction. North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Contact:
John S. Risley, Co-Chairman, Department
of Physics, North Carolina State
University, Raleigh, NC 276958202; (919) 737-2524. Bitnet:
RISLEY@NCSU

Aug 20-27, 1988. XVIth international Congress of Genetics. Toronto.

Contact:
Genetics Congress Secretariat, National Research
Council of Canada, Ottowa, KIA
0R6; (613) 993-9009. Telex: 053-3145.

Aug 21-24, 1988. Bioavailability ‘88: Chemical and Bioiogical Aspects of Nutrient Availability—International conference. University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.

Contact:

Bioavailability ‘88,
AFRC Institute of Food Research,
Colney Lane, Norwich, NR4 7UA,
U.K. Telephone: 0603 56122.
Telex: 975453.

Sept 5-9 1988. 150th Annual Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Oxford.

Contact:
D. Morley, Fortress House,
23 Savile Row, London WiX lAB, U.K.

Sept 13-15, 1988. Specialty Polymers ‘88—Third international Conference on New Polymeric Materials. Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Contact:
Monique Heald,
Conference Organizer,
Speciality Polymers ‘88, P.O.
Box 63, Westbury House, Bury St.,
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5BH, U.K.
Telephone: (0483) 300966.

Nov 2-6, Second European Conference of Medical Libraries—Conference sponsored by the European Association for Health Information and Libraries. Bologna, Italy.

Contact:
Organizing Secretariat, Studio E.R. Congressi,
Via Riva Reno 47, 40122 Bologna,
Italy. Telephone: 051/235293.
Telex: 583286 ERCONG I.

Nov 16-19, 1988 The Study of Science and Technology in the l990s—Joint conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. Amsterdam.

Contact:
457 EASST, c/o Loet Leydesdorff, Science Dynamics,
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166,
1018 WV Amsterdam,
Holland.


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