The National Science
Foundation has awarded two Penn students and six alumni graduate research
grants. The NSF awards grants and fellowships to strengthen scientific
and engineering research potential, and education programs at all levels.
The winners are:
- Adina J. Alpert
whose graduate research includes computer modeling of the formation
of craters on Venus and on Europa, a moon of Jupiter;
- Kirsten Bomblies
whose area of study is biochemistry;
- Diane Beth Biray
who is an alumna of Wharton Business school and majored in entrepreneurial
- Yeung Tan Li
who graduated with a bachelors degree in material science;
- Ting F. Ng (EAS/W/G99),
whose primary interests are differential geometry and mathematical physics.
Last summer he worked for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate
Program at Williams College and did research on minimal surfaces;
- Dana Royer (C98),
whose research will involve the investigation for a technique that will
infer atmospheric CO2 concentrations in the geological
past, which is important for understanding how the earth operates
during times of high CO2 levels, she stated.
This is something most people are concerned with given the rising
CO2 levels in the last 20 years;
- Brian W. Smith
who is currently pursuing an engineering Ph.D. program here, is working
with carbon nanotypes. He describes them as a flat sheet of carbon atoms
rolled into a tube which could slide down the center of a DNA
strand. Ideally what could be discovered is a material that is
a hundred times stronger than steel but only one-sixth the weight. It
could also be used as a conductor for electricity;
- Monique Timberlake
who is now in an anthropology Ph.D. program, is out of the country doing
work in the field. Her areas of interest are listed as western European
and Celtic artifacts.
- Clifford Haugen
and Cynthia Liebman
(C00) were recipients of Morris K. Udall scholarships.
Established by Congress in 1992 to honor the late former congressman
Morris King Udall, the Morris K. Udall Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships
to 75 outstanding scholars nationwide who demonstrate a commitment to
fields related to the environment, and to Native American and Alaska
Native students in health care or tribal public policy.
- Dan Fleder (EAS01)
and Josh Kohn
(M&T00) were each awarded a Bell Atlantic scholarship.
The $4,500 scholarship is awarded to one incoming junior and one incoming
senior who are interested in the social, political and economic aspects
of global telecommunications. The recipients must also demonstrate leadership
potential and top academic achievement.
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Originally published on September 2, 1999