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New to HMC Board of Trustees: Kevin Schofield P13 P13, Microsoft Research; Erin Smith, retired banker and entrepreneur

HMC Alumni Association Awards – Outstand- ing Alumni Award: 1 George “Pinky” Nelson

’72, Robert Bell ’72 and Edwin “Ned” Freed ’82. Lifetime Recognition Award: Richmond “Dick” Hoch ’63, William Hartman ’62, Dick Olson ’62 and Chris Schwarzenbach, emeritus trustee. Honorary Alumni: Noel Keller, former registrar, and Clive Dym, Fletcher Jones Professor of Engineering Design. Order of the Wart: Maya Chalich Fredrickson, former Advancement senior director

2011–2012 Rankings: No. 1 Engineering College; No. 18 for Best Liberal Arts College

(US News & World Report); Top 10 Service- oriented College (Washington Monthly); graduates earn highest salaries of all liberal arts college graduates (PayScale); One of Nation’s Best Colleges (Princeton Review); No. 26 Best Value Liberal Arts College (Princeton Review); No. 1 for educational ROI (Bloomberg Business Week/Payscale)

2Kerry Karukstis, Ray and Mary Ingwersen Professor of Chemistry and chair of the faculty, named a 2012 Council on Undergraduate Research Fellow

Sharon Gerbode, assistant professor of physics, publishes Columbine flower study in prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Susan Martonosi, associate professor of mathematics, receives 2012 Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning Faculty Member

Mathemagician Art Benjamin, professor of mathematics, featured on National Public Radio and in book, Fascinating Mathematical People

Elizabeth Glater, assistant professor of biology, awarded a National Science Foundation grant to examine how genes influence behavior

Paul Steinberg, associate professor of political science and environmental policy, co-writes and co-edits Comparative Environmental Politics: Theory, Practice and Prospects

3Bill Nye the Science Guy is keynote speaker at 54th Commencement, addressing 177 graduates

Jeffrey D. Groves, professor of literature and vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, receives HMC’s 2012 Henry T. Mudd Prize

4Trustee R. Michael Shanahan awarded an HMC honorary doctor of engineering, science and humane letters degree


Student team wins third place in 2012 International Environmental Design Contest

Elissa Leonard ’12 wins Biomedical Engineer- ing Society 2011 Undergraduate Student Award

5Clinic teams in computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics complete 39 projects for 34 organizations.

Summer research involves 200 students, 45 faculty, 59 projects


Students receive prestigious national awards: Biomedical Engineering Society 2011 Undergraduate Student Award; Astronaut Scholarship; 2011 BrainTrack Computer Sci- ence Scholarship; National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships; Goldwater Scholarships; Computing Research Associa- tion’s Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards 2012; Association for Women in Mathematics’ 2012 Alice T. Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergradu- ate Woman

Students place fourth in the regional competi- tion, ACM International Collegiate Program- ming Contest

Students best previous year’s scores in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

Senior team wins Finalist status at 2012 International Mathematical Contest in Model- ing and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling

Students’ Android app “Growunity” wins first place at StartUp Weekend Orange County

Elizabeth Glater, assistant professor of biology, receives SOMAS-URM grant (Support of Mentors and their Students from Under- represented Minorities) to support summer undergraduate neuroscience research

President Maria Klawe and Hayden Hatch ’12 featured in Apr. 23 CNN Money story, “Miss- ing: Minority scientists and engineers”

6Talithia Williams, assistant professor of mathematics, elected to serve on the board of directors, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

40 Har vey Mudd College FALL/WINTER 2012

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