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January 10, 2006

CCNY PHYSICIST HERNAN MAKSE WINS MAYOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

NEW YORK, January 10, 2006 -- Dr. Hernan A. Makse, Associate Professor of Physics in the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physicochemical Hydrodynamics at The City College of New York (CCNY), has been named a co-recipient of the 2005 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, in the Young Investigator category.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the winners yesterday.

The honor received by Dr. Makse recognizes accomplishments in research or innovative applications in science and technology by scientists and engineers under the age of 40.  His co-honoree is Dr. Leslie B. Vosshall, Head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior at Rockefeller University.

Dr. Makse, a CCNY faculty member since 2000, is one of the world’s leading experts in granular materials, which are ubiquitous in modern technology applications ranging from pharmaceuticals to the preservation of barrier islands.  His theoretical contributions to that field and allied areas of soft condensed matter physics have profound implications for the understanding of glasses and other disordered systems.  

A major highlight of his work has been to place the thermodynamics of granular materials on a firm footing.  In 2003, he received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

A graduate of La Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Boston University, where he earned his Ph.D. in physics, Dr. Makse is the fourth City College faculty member to receive the Mayor’s Award.  Previous CCNY honorees were: Dr. Myriam P. Sarachik, Distinguished Professor of Physics, who won in 1995; Dr. Andreas Acrivos, New York State’s Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering at CCNY and head of the Levich Institute, honored in 1998; and Dr. George Wolberg, Professor of Computer Science and a pioneer in image morphing, was a 1999 recipient.

The Mayor’s Award is presented each year to New York’s best scientists and engineers.  It underscores the importance of science and technology to the city and recognizes the role played by members of the scientific and engineering communities in addressing the city’s health, social and economic issues.  A panel of outstanding scientists and engineers assembled by the New York Academy of Sciences selects the recipients.

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