Recognition & Events, October 2014

William E. (W.E.) Moerner, Ph.D. (MO G ’75), is one of three to be awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The three were cited “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.” Read the press release for more information on the “ground-breaking work (that) has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension.

Dr. Moerner is a professor of applied physics in the department of chemistry, biophysics program, and molecular imaging program at Stanford University. He joined Tau Beta Pi as an undergraduate at Washington University (MO) where he earned degrees in electrical engineering (B.S.), Mathematics (A.B.), and Physics (B.S.).

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The following is a brief summary of the collegiate chapter winners of the top awards presented at the 2014 Convention. The R.H. Nagel Most Improved Chapter Award went to the Florida Theta Chapter at Florida International University; honorable mention was given to the New York Tau Chapter at Binghamton University.

The J.D. Froula Most Improved Membership Award went to the Pennsylvania Delta Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania. The big winner on the night was the Michigan Gamma Chapter at the University of Michigan for winning the chapter’s first R.C. Matthews Outstanding Chapter Award in more than 30 years. Two chapters were recognized with honorable mentions: Alabama Epsilon at the University of South Alabama and the California Alpha Chapter at the University of California, Berkeley. More information will be available soon in the 2014 Convention press release and the 2013-14 project reports will also be made available on the Association’s website.

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A Road Rally fundraiser is scheduled to take place this Saturday, October 11, hosted by the Michigan Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Proceeds from the event will “support the organization’s community service and professional development events. In particular, this holiday season the MI Epsilon Chapter will sponsor a local family in need through the Adopt-A-Family program.”

The event is described as “a scavenger hunt meets The Amazing Race.” Prizes, such as gift cards, swag, and cash, will be awarded for the fastest cars. Pre-registration is now open. Click here for more details and to sign-up.

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