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NJIT Excellence in Research Prize and Medal - 2008 - Phillip R. Goode, Ph.D.

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The NJIT Board of Overseers will present the third New Jersey Institute of Technology Excellence in Research Prize and Medal on October 6, 2010, to best-selling author and acclaimed clarinetist David Rothenberg, PhD. Rothenberg’s most recent book and CD, Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound, chronicles the rich, underwater universe of whale sound. To produce the new material, he traveled from Hawaii to Russia to play his bass clarinet while recording the sounds of whales in their native habitats. Thousand Mile Song (Basic Books) was named one of the ten best science and technology books for 2008 by Booklist on Line, a publication of the American Library Association. In 2008, Rothenberg received NJIT's Excellence in Research Award for the College of Science and Liberal Arts. Rothenberg received his PhD from Boston University and his BA from Harvard University. On October 7, 2009, the NJIT Board of Overseers and NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch, presented to internationally acclaimed membrane separation technologies expert Kamalesh K. Sirkar, PhD the second NJIT Excellence in Research Prize and Medal. The awards are presented in recognition of a sustained record of contributions that have enhanced NJIT’s reputation. Sirkar was honored for his pioneering research in membrane separation processes. These processes play a critical and greater role today in several areas of national interest including health care and the production of drinking water. Following the ceremony, Sirkar spoke about his work. Similar special sessions were held at NJIT on the day of the award. Membrane technology and environmental applications were the topic of a talk by D. Bhattacharyya, PhD, university alumni professor in the department of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Kentucky. G. Glenn Lipscomb, PhD, professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the University of Toledo discussed the evolving art of membrane module design. New opportunities and challenges of membrane processes was the focus of a talk by Arup K. SenGupta, PhD, P.C. Rossin Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University. The future of membranes and their separation processes was discussed by S. Ranil Wickramasinghe, PhD, a professor in the department of chemical and biological engineering at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Colorado State University. In 2008, the NJIT Board of Overseers and NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch presented to Philip R. Goode, PhD the first NJIT Excellence in Research Prize and Medal. Goode, who has led a five-year project to build the world’s most capable 1.6-meter solar telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory in Big Bear Lake, CA, is distinguished professor of physics and director of the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, which manages the observatory.

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