Particulars, Newsletter of The American Association for Aerosol Research, Winter 2000 - 2001
Winners Honored at AAAR 2000 Awards Luncheon
The recipients of AAAR's four awards were honored at the Association's annual Awards Luncheon on November 8, 2000. The awards were announced and presented by the Chair of the Awards Committee, Dr. Brian A. Wong. Other Awards Committee members were Igor Gonda, William Marlow, Gil Sem, Chris Sorensen, and James Vincent.
Mercer Joint Prize
The Mercer Joint Prize is jointly sponsored by AAAR and the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM). It is named in honor of Dr. Tom Mercer, whose work encompassed aerosol physics, inhalation toxicology, industrial hygiene, and health physics. The award recognizes excellence and achievement in the areas of pharmaceutical aerosols and inhalable materials. This year's recipient is Dr. Abdellaziz Ben-Jebria of the Chemical Engineering department of the Pennsylvania State University. He is the co-inventor and co-patent holder of a methodology for producing large, porous, low density particles. These particles have a small aerodynamic diameter and can penetrate deeply into the lungs, but a large physical size prevents their clearance by alveolar macrophages and, therefore, permits sustained systemic delivery of the active compound. He was nominated by Dr. Lance Collins of the Pennsylvania State University. The award was accepted on behalf of Dr. Ben-Jebria's by his former student, Dr. Shu-Chieh Hu.
David Sinclair Award
The Sinclair Award is named in honor of one of aerosol science's great innovators, known for his knowledge, ingenuity, and energy. He distinguished himself as a pioneer in aerosol science through his work with distinguished colloid scientist Professor Victor L. KaMer at Columbia University. This award recognizes sustained excellence in aerosol research by an established scientist. Dr. James W. Gentry was honored as the recipient of the Sinclair Award. His work in theoretical and experimental studies on nonspherical particles and the electrical charging of particles, and computational and numerical procedures for data analysis was highlighted. His activity in the international aerosol community was also noted. Dr. Gentry was nominated by his colleague at the University of Maryland, Dr. John Ondov.
Kenneth T. Whitby Award
Kenneth T. Whitby, for whom this award is named, is known for his contributions to aerosol measurement, the study of aerosol properties, and behavior, and the nature of atmospheric aerosols. He established the prestigious Particle Technology Laboratory in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Minnesota. The Whitby Award recognizes outstanding technical contributions to aerosol science and technology by a young scientist. It honors Dr. Ken Whitby's contributions to aerosol measurement, the study of aerosol properties and behavior and the nature of atmospheric aerosols. Eligibility requires that the nominee has received their highest degree within the last ten years. This year's recipient of the Whitby Award is Dr. Spyros Pandis of the Carnegie Mellon University. He was recognized for his outstanding theoretical and experimental research in aqueous phase atmospheric chemistry and the interactions between aerosols and clouds, and for his service to his students and university. Dr. Pandis was nominated by Dr. Cliff Davidson of Carnegie-Mellon University.
Sheldon K. Friedlander Award
The Friedlander Award honors one of AAAR's founders, Professor Sheldon Friedlander, for his leadership as a researcher, teacher, and pioneer in aerosol science. Candidates for the award must have received a doctoral degree within the past three years. The dissertation of the candidate is judged based on its originality, significance, and potential applications in the field of aerosol science and technology. This year's Friedlander Award recipient is Dr. William Dick, who was nominated by his dissertation advisor, Dr. Peter McMurry, of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Dick's work involves the refinement of a multiangle light scattering (MALS) technique for online measurements of particle refractive index as a function of relative humidity, size, morphology, and composition, and the application of this information to the modeling of atmospheric aerosols.
The incoming Chair of the Awards Committee is Dr. William Marlow. AAAR members should begin the nomination process for qualified candidates for next year's awards.
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