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Charles Simic, professor of English, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is among 177 fellows who will be inducted into the academy in October. Election to the academy is the result of a highly competitive process that recognizes those who have made preeminent contributions to their scholarly fields and professions.

Drew Hendrickson '02 has been awarded a student grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to study

in Columbia. Hendrickson will attend La Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, taking courses in journalism and conducting interviews with professors, journalists and editors. The Fulbright scholarship will enable him to study how young journalists learn their trade in a country struggling with conflicts over free speech and censorship.

Two UNH professors, computer scientist Elizabeth Varki and physicist Karsten Pohl, have received prestigious Career Awards from the National Science Foundation. Pohl was given an award of $450,000 to study the ability of atoms to organize themselves in striking geometric patterns. His research could ultimately lead to new ways to store and process information, sense and deactivate hazardous materials, or even create a quantum computer. Varki was awarded $250,000 to further her research on the development of software to manage network storage devices, allowing computers to share the use of numerous hard disks. Varki has also received a separate $400,000 grant from the foundation.

James Morrison, professor emeritus of chemistry, has received the Harry & Carol Mosher Award from the Santa Clara Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. The award was established to recognize outstanding work in chemistry and service to the society.

Robert Jolley, associate professor and chair of the social work department, has been named Social Worker of the Year for the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Social Work. He was recognized for his leadership in the development of the master of social work program at UNH and for the significant long-term impact he has had on the profession in New Hampshire.

Joseph Murdoch, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, received the Louis B. Marks Award from the Illumination Engineering Society of North America for his contributions to the field of lighting education.

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