Awards & Honors - December 6
Culurciello selected as distinguished lecturer of IEEE
The Circuits and Systems Society has selected Eugenio Culurciello, associate professor of electrical engineering, as a Distinguished Lecturer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the next two years. Recipients are “engineering professionals who help lead their fields in new technical developments that shape the global community.”
As an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Culurciello will travel to different institutions to present his research and results and help publicize the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science.
His findings will focus on two research projects. The first, “modeling the human visual system in hardware,” involves state-of-the-art work on a supercomputer that mimics the mammalian visual system and an innovative vision processor called NeuFlow, which uses complex algorithms based on the mammalian visual system to evaluate and process huge amounts of data in real time and could one day be used to automatically drive a car.
The second project, “biomedical instrumentation for optical brain imaging and high-throughput patch-clamp,” involves integrated patch-clamp amplifiers specifically designed for high-throughput screening of medical compounds, as well as work on voltage-sensitive dye imaging systems that can be used to study neural circuits in conscious animals.
The IEEE is a non-profit professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation for the benefit of humanity through its publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational programs. It includes nearly 400,000 members in more than 160 countries.
Air Force recognizes Dollar with Young Investigator Award
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has granted Aaron Dollar, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, a 2011 Young Investigator Award.
Dollar is one of 43 young researchers selected from across the country who will receive a total of $16.5 million in grants over the next three to five years as part of the Young Investigator Research Program, created to support scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.
The recipients’ research focuses on a broad range of fields, including aerospace, chemical and materials sciences, physics and electronics, mathematics, and information and life sciences.
Dollar, who joined the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences in 2009 after completing a postdoctoral position at MIT, will use the grant to explore active cells for multifunctional structures.
The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize Air Force’s mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.
Science café wins honor for opening dialog
The Tilde Café, a series of public discussions about science that was started by Yale staff member Deepti Pradhan, has won the annual Rika Welsh Community Impact Award by the Alliance for Community Media’s Northeast Region.
The award recognizes a project on local access media that “brings a clearer understanding of the cause being championed,” reflects the value of community access media resources and opens dialog among many different people in the community. Pradhan’s Tilde Café allows members of the public to hear scientists talk about their work in easy-to-understand terms, thereby demystifying science. The discussions, which Pradhan videotapes, are aired on Branford Community Television.
Pradhan is a research analyst in the Office of Development who trained as a scientist in her native India. Many of the scientists who participate in Tilde Café are from Yale. The discussions are supported by NOVA.