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January 2, 2007


Ileana Streinu, left, assists a student

Ileana Streinu, professor of computer science, was awarded the Grigore Moisil Award by the Romanian Academy for her paper “On the Number of Embeddings of Minimally Rigid Graphs,” co-written by Ciprian Borcea, professor of mathematics at Rider University, and published in Discrete and Computational Geometry (Feb. 2004). The annual Moisil Award is the academy’s highest honor for theoretical computer science research. The award is named after an important Romanian mathematician and has been presented each year since 2000. The Romanian Academy is a cultural forum, founded in Romania in 1866, that advances scientific research, as well as Romanian language, literature and history. The Moisil Award was presented on December 19, 2006, at a ceremony recognizing the academy’s 140th anniversary.

Katherine N. Lwebuga-Mukasa ’69 was recently appointed the new chief operating officer of the YWCA of Western New York, located in Buffalo. YWCA of Western New York oversees several charitable agencies in the Buffalo area and is the largest provider of childcare services in the region. The organization is known for its programs providing transitional housing and leadership training for women, and for promoting racial equality. Following her graduation from Smith, Lwebuga-Mukasa earned a master’s degree in education from San Diego State University, and a master’s in school psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.

Larry Meinert, professor-in-residence of geology and an expert on the production of wine, is the editor of a new book, Fine Wine and Terroir: The Geoscience Perspective, a collection of articles about the production of wine and the physical environment of terroir. Terroir is a French word that pertains to all aspects of the wine environment, such as climate, soil, geology and culture. The book, co-edited by R.W. Macqueen, is composed of 17 papers, six from the terroir symposium held at the 2003 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, in Seattle, Washington.

Index of People News 2005-06



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People News is a column for publicizing the achievements, distinctions and notable activities of people in the Smith community, PeopleNews welcomes your submissions. If you -- or someone you know in the Smith community -- have recently received an award, participated in an interesting event, or are involved in an important endeavor, please let us know.


12/1/06   Eric Sean Weld
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