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El-Baz receives American Muslim Achievement Award

Farouk El-Baz, a CAS professor and director of BU's Center for Remote Sensing, received the American Muslim Achievement Award in Los Angeles on January 27 from the Islamic Center of Southern California for his outstanding contributions to science and the community.

 
  Farouk El-Baz with the American Muslim Achievement Award, which he received from the Islamic Center of Southern California on January 27. Photo by Vernon Doucette
 

El-Baz, a renowned geologist, is a veteran of the U.S. space program. He participated in the training of the Apollo astronauts and coordinated the selection of the lunar landing sites. He was also a science advisor to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and King Hussein of Jordan. The award recognizes El-Baz for his "unparalleled achievements in chemistry, geology, aeronautics and space technology, archaeology, and geography."

Since September 11, El-Baz has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims. In the recent keynote address at BU's 17th annual commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., he said, "We should reflect on September 11 and remember what Dr. King said about religious tolerance and see what we can do now to establish understanding and peace."

The objective of the Islamic Center of Southern California is the dissemination of accurate information about Islam and Muslims to U.S. citizens. The award seeks to encourage young people in the pursuit of excellence by highlighting the accomplishments of role models.

Henderson honored with American Philological Association award

Jeffrey Henderson, a CAS professor, chairman of the department of classical studies, and director of the CAS honors program, recently won the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit from the American Philological Association (APA), a professional organization for classical studies in North America. He received the award, named in honor of a longtime member and benefactor of the APA, at its annual meeting on January 5. Recognizing "an outstanding contribution to classical scholarship published by a member of the Association," the award was for Henderson's four-volume Loeb Classical Library edition of Aristophanes (Harvard University Press, 1998-2002).

Henderson, who is the general editor of the Loeb Classical Library, is the author of 13 books and numerous articles in the fields of classical Greek drama, textual criticism and editing, Greek political and social history, ancient sexuality, and translation. He has been teaching at BU since 1991.

Raymo receives Cody Award from Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Maureen Raymo, a CAS research associate professor of earth sciences, was presented with the 2002 Robert L. and Bettie P. Cody Award in Ocean Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, on January 26. Raymo spoke at the Scripps Institution on January 25 on The Causes of Ice Ages in Earth's History, describing her study of changes in ocean circulation and global ice volume and linking these to changes in the earth's orbit.

The Cody Award, which consists of a gold medal and a $10,000 prize, recognizes outstanding scientific achievement in oceanography, marine biology, and earth science. Raymo's research addresses the question of why the earth has experienced so many ice ages in recent geologic history, a problem that has perplexed geologists for years. In the Raymo-Chamberlin Hypothesis, she proposed that the earth's cooling climate over the last 40 million years was caused by a reduction in atmospheric carbon dioxide because of enhanced chemical weathering in the mountainous regions of the world -- particularly the Himalayas -- and that the growth of the Himalayas may have triggered the start of the ice ages.

Raymo's research has been the focus of four television documentaries. She has received a number of scientific honors for her work including the National Young Investigator Award and a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation. Several of her research papers have appeared in Science, Nature, and Geology.

       

8 February 2002
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