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08/13/07

MIT trio honored with top U.S. science and technology honors


President George W. Bush conferred the nation's highest science and technology honors upon Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) President Emeritus Charles M. Vest, pioneering biomedical engineer Robert S. Langer, and atomic physicist Daniel Kleppner. Vest, MIT's president from 1990 to 2004, received the National Medal of Technology award, while Langer and Kleppner received the National Medal of Science. "MIT is extraordinarily proud that three esteemed members of its community have been selected for this prestigious honor," MIT President Susan Hockfield said. The National Medal of Science recognizes individuals who make substantial contributions to the physical, biological, mathematical, and engineering sciences. The National Medal of Technology honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the nation's technological workforce.

Villanova plans to link campus through Avaya
Referred to as the most-wired college in U.S., Villanova University has joined hands with Avaya Intelligent Communications and Extreme Networks Infrastructure in an attempt to further the university's vision and to provide a range of new facilities to both the students and staff. The collaboration will reportedly link 60 buildings on Villanova's Philadelphia campus. The technology was delivered, in less than two months, by Empire technology, a Platinum- certified BusinessPartner to Avaya, Inc. Of the new collaboration, Robert Mays, director of networking communications, Villanova University, said, "Villanova has a reputation for understanding how advancements in technology can assist in the development and delivery of high-quality education for our students." The newly formed partnership will provide the university with a flexible, resilient solution for years to come, Mays added.

Bergeron appointed acting director of MGH Institute
The MGH Institute of Health Professions has appointed Bryan Bergeron as the acting director of its graduate program in clinical investigation. The program has 50 full and part-time students in its online Master of Science and Certificate of Advanced Study degree programs. A technologist, physician, researcher, and educator by profession, Bergeron is also president of Archetype Technologies, Inc. Bergeron performs technology consulting for businesses and academic institutions, prepares grant proposals and white papers, and gives lectures internationally on the intersection of technology and business. Dr. Bergeron has also authored several books and numerous magazine articles and white papers. Currently, he serves as an editor for Servo Magazine and Nuts & Volts Magazine.
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