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CMU professor wins TMS award

Recently Michael E. McHenry, professor of materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon, received the 2014 The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) Award for research excellence in electronic, magnetic, and photonic materials research.

“I am extremely pleased with this award as I work to pioneer research in the areas of nanocomposite materials for a variety of industry, laboratory, and basic research sectors,” McHenry said in a university press release.

McHenry has worked at Carnegie Mellon for more than 10 years, developing new materials, processes, and unique designs for high-frequency switching applications. Most recently, McHenry has been developing new materials and processes for improving the efficiency of power transformation. McHenry hopes this work will help revitalize America’s manufacturing sector.

McHenry received his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering and materials science from Case Western Reserve University in 1980, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos Lab from 1988–89.

McHenry will receive the award during the 143rd TMS Conference in San Diego, from Feb. 16–20.

Visiting professor lectures on gay culture

Award-winning author and gay rights historian George Chauncey visited Carnegie Mellon and presented the 2013 Giler Lecture entitled “Homosexuality and the Post-World War II Urban Crisis.”

A professor of history and American studies at Yale University, Chauncey won numerous accolades for his book Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890–1940, including the 1994 Organization of American Historians’ Merle Curti Prize for the best book in social history, the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for the best book in any field of history, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Lambda Literary Award.

As a historian, Chauncey has given expert testimony in more than 20 court cases related to gay rights, including four Supreme Court cases: Windsor v. United States, Hollingsworth v. Perry, Lawrence v. Texas, and Romer v. Evans.

Tim Haggerty, director of the Humanities Scholars Program in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was excited about the lecture.

According to a university press release, Haggerty remarked, “Not only is Chauncey one of the leading historians in the country today, he is discussing the intersection of two dynamic fields: gay and lesbian studies and urban history.”

The university press release notes the Giler Lectures were established by Carnegie Mellon alumni Kim and Eric Giler “to support visits from leading scholars and internal workshop events for students in the Humanities Scholars Program and across campus.”