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Archived article from Jan 28, 2000


Joel L. Lebowitz, who has made outstanding contributions to both statistical physics and the fight for human rights for oppressed scientists around the world, has received the prestigious Henri Poincaré Prize for mathematical physics from the International Association of Mathematical Physics (IAMP).

Lebowitz, the George William Hill Professor of Mathematics and Physics, specializes in statistical mechanics, a branch of mathematical physics that examines how the individual movements of many billions of unseen molecules lead to the properties of objects that can be seen and felt. The discipline helps answer questions that are both common and perplexing, such as what precisely makes water freeze or boil, or how heat is transported through a material such as glass in a window. Lebowitz said his work ultimately tries to explain "why the world works as it does."

The Poincaré Prize recognizes outstanding contributions that set the foundation for novel developments in this broad field. The prize will be awarded at a special session of the 13th IAMP conference in London this summer and includes a cash award of 5,000 euros.


Joan Bildner, a member of Rutgers' Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers, was honored by the New Jersey chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE) at a luncheon in November. She was cited for "devoting her life to furthering the cause of the human condition through volunteerism. Mrs. Bildner is a consummate philanthropist. She attracts and motivates people through her passionate commitment, her vision and hard work. New Jersey has certainly been enriched by her sense of community service," NSFRE officials said. Bildner was instrumental in the creation of the university's Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, for which she chaired a $10 million campaign.

Charlotte Bunch, founder and director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, received a 1999 Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights from President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Dec. 6 for her international work on behalf of women's human rights.

Bunch was honored at a White House ceremony along with four other distinguished human-rights leaders from across the country. The award was established by President Clinton last year to honor Eleanor Roosevelt's commitment to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In presenting Bunch with the award, Clinton said, "There are few people who have done more to directly build on Eleanor Roosevelt's work on women's rights around the world than Charlotte Bunch" and added that the "best way to thank Charlotte Bunch is for the Senate to finally ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women."


Rutgers officials traveled to Washington, D.C., Dec. 6 to accept the prestigious 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring for the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering.

The Douglass Project provides a wide range of mentoring and support programs for college women, as well as initiatives that benefit female high school students.

Joseph J. Seneca, university vice president for academic affairs; Ellen F. Mappen, director of the Douglass Project; and Barbara A. Shailor, dean of Douglass College, attended the ceremony.

Rutgers was among five institutions and 10 individuals in the nation to be honored for exemplary encouragement of minorities, women and persons with disabilities pursuing careers in scientific, engineering and technical fields. The award, granted by President Bill Clinton and administered and funded through the National Science Foundation, includes a $10,000 grant and a commemorative presidential certificate.


For the first time in the 37-year history of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, a single institution -- Rutgers -- has won two of the council's prestigious Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards. The competition is open to the hundreds of corporations and research institutions throughout the state of New Jersey.


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