Honors & Awards
DANIEL BUMP, professor of mathematics, was awarded the Howard Vollum Award for Science and Technology by Reed College on Aug. 23. The award recognizes perseverance, fresh approaches to problems and imagination. An expert in automorphic forms, representation theory and number theory, Bump in 1989 proved with others the nonvanishing of certain derivatives of so-called "L-functions," proving a case of the Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, well known among mathematicians. Currently he and others are developing a new theory of Weyl group multiple Dirichlet series that shows new connections between number theory and other areas of mathematics. Bump is also a developer of GNU Go, a computer program that plays the game of go.
DAN BONEH, associate professor of computer science and of electrical engineering, and JOHN MITCHELL, the Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering, have received a Horizon Award from Computerworld magazine for developing Password Hash, a browser plug-in that fights phishing. Typing "@@" at the beginning of a password when registering on a website spurs an algorithm that combines the password with the site's domain name. If the password is stolen from a spoofed site, it won't work on the authentic site. The award honors "cutting-edge technologies from research labs and companies that are looming on the horizon."
EDWARD BOYDEN, postdoctoral researcher and Helen Hay Whitney Fellow in the laboratory of bioengineering and psychiatry Assistant Professor Karl Deisseroth, has been named one of the year's 35 top innovators under age 35 by Technology Review, a monthly magazine owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Boyden earned a doctorate in neuroscience at Stanford last year. His research focuses on developing systematic methods for analysis of neural circuits and devices to address crucial neurological and psychiatric needs.