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December 7, 1999

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M. Brian Maple, professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, will receive the 2000 James C. McGroddy Prize in New Materials at the American Physical Society's (APS) March 2000 meeting to be held in Minneapolis, Minn.

Maple is being recognized "for the synthesis of novel d and f electron materials and for the study of their physics." He will receive the award at a special ceremonial session and present a lecture on his work during the March 22, 2000 APS meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The James C. McGroddy Prize is sponsored by International Business Machines (IBM) and was established to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in the science and application of new materials.

Maple is director of UCSD's Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences (IPAPS) and the Center for Interface and Materials Science (CIMS). He received master's and doctorate degrees from UCSD.

Clifford M. Surko, UCSD professor of physics, has been elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The rank of Fellow is reserved for AAAS members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished." Surko is being recognized for his experimental studies of convecting fluid mixtures and positron plasmas.

Surko will receive a certificate and rosette Feb. 19, 2000 during the AAAS Fellows Forum, a part of the association's annual meeting, to be held in Washington, D.C.

Surko received his doctorate in physics from UC Berkeley. He has been on the UCSD faculty since 1988.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliates Chapter at UCSD has been selected for special recognition as a Commendable chapter for its activities conducted during the 1998-99 academic year. Barbara Sawrey, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is faculty advisor to the student chapter.

"Professor Sawrey's efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country," notes ACS president Edel Wasserman.

In addition to recognition by ACS members, the UCSD Student Affiliates Chapter's accomplishment will be noted in Chemical & Engineering News, the society's official national newsmagazine, and In Chemistry, the Student Affiliates magazine. The chapter will be recognized at the 219th ACS National Meeting on March 26, 2000 in San Francisco.

Sawrey has been on the UCSD faculty since 1984. She received her doctorate in physical inorganic chemistry jointly from UCSD and San Diego State University.