2012 Sigma XI Awards Honor Leading Scientists

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2012 Sigma XI Awards Honor Leading Scientists


Every year, Sigma Xi presents several prestigious awards to honor outstanding researchers, communicators and educators. These recipients are recognized for their exemplary accomplishments in science and engineering. Visit the Sigma Xi website for more information.

William Procter Prize

Solomon W. Golomb at the University of Southern California has been selected to receive Sigma Xi's 2012 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement, the society's highest honor.

While assistant chief of the Telecommunications Research Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Golomb played a key role in formulating the design of deep-space communications for lunar and planetary explorations.

The Procter Prize has been presented annually since 1950 to an outstanding scientist or engineer who is known for effective communication of complex ideas.

Golomb, while completing his Ph.D., spent a year in Norway as a Fulbright Fellow. He then worked as a Senior Research Mathematician at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, later becoming Research Group Supervisor and then Assistant Chief of the Telecommunications Research Section. Past recipients indude Herbert Simon, Benoit Mandelbrot, Margaret Mead, Jane Goodall, Michael DeBakey and Stephen Jay Gould.

Golomb, who joined USC as a professor in 1963, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of both the IEEE and AAAS. He received the USC Presidential Medallion in 1985, was awarded the tide of University Professor in 1993 and won the Shannon Award of the Information Theory Society of the IEEE in 1985. He was appointed the first holder of the Viterbi Chair in Communications in 1999. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics.

John R McGovern Science and Society Award

Worid-renowned chemist Mary© Anne Fox at the University of California, San Diego will receive Sigma Xi's John R McGovern Sdence and Society Award. Fox is die seventh chancellor of UC San Diego and a distinguished professor of chemistry.

Since her appointment as chancellor, the university has established new research and partnership ventures to further innovation and increase international collaboration, achieved an ambitious $1 billion campaign goal, expanded academic and campus programs and facilities, received national and international recognition in prominent university rankings and assembled a strong, diverse leadership team to ensure the university's continued rise in excellence.

Before her current appointment, Fox served as North Carolina State University's 12th chancellor, as distinguished university professor of chemistry at N.C. State and as Waggoner Regents Chair in chemistry and Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Austin.

Walston Chubb Award for Innovation

Joseph DeSimone at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive the 2012 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation. DeSimone is die Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC and William R Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is also an adjunct member of the SloanKettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York. DeSimone has more than 1 5 issued patents and more than 120 patents pending. In 2005 DeSimone was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. DeSimone has received 40 major awards and recognitions including the 2009 NIH Director's Pioneer Award; the 2009 North Carolina Award; and the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation. …

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