Honors & Awards
ALBERT BANDURA, the David Starr Jordan Professor, will receive the Gold Medal Award from the American Psychological Foundation for distinguished lifetime contributions to advancing the field of psychology. The award will be presented Aug. 11 at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in New Orleans.
DONALD BARR, associate professor of sociology and a practicing physician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, next month will receive Santa Clara County's Office of Human Relations Award and in April will be presented with the 2006 Tall Tree Award from the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce for his work as an advocate for the homeless. Barr was founding president of the Community Working Group on Homeless Services that began in 1988 after a flood shut down a small drop-in shelter for the homeless in Palo Alto. The professor spearheaded the creation of the $24 million Opportunity Center, now under construction on Encina Avenue between the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Town & Country Village shopping center.
YUICHIRO KATO, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of chemistry Professor Hongjie Dai, received the 2004-05 Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, publisher of the journal Science. The $25,000 prize is presented annually for the best research paper published in Science that year. Kato and three researchers from the University of California-Santa Barbara shared the award for co-authoring the Nov. 11, 2004, article "Observation of the Spin Hall Effect in Semiconductors," published in Science Express online. All four authors were affiliated with UC-Santa Barbara at the time of publication. For details, visit http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/newcomb/index.shtml.
TOBIAS WOLFF, the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor and former director of the Creative Writing Program, has been named a recipient of the 2006 PEN/Malamud Award by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. The award, which honors excellence in the art of the short story, was presented jointly to Wolff and writer Adam Haslett. Wolff is the author of two memoirs, two novels and three volumes of short fiction.
Previous PEN/Malamud Award winners include John Updike, Saul Bellow, Eudora Welty, Grace Paley, T. Coraghessan Boyle and Alice Munro.