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Professor awarded CMU Dickson prize

Princeton University professor François Morel will be awarded Carnegie Mellon’s Dickson prize for his world-renowned contributions to the field of biological and ecological science for marine ecosystems.

The prize is awarded each year to an individual who makes significant contributions to scientific research.

“François Morel has been a world leader in the fields of water chemistry and chemical oceanography since the early 1970s, and a pioneer in advancing the understanding of dissolved metal interactions with phytoplankton and other organisms at the base of the aquatic ecosystem,” said David A. Dzombak, the Walter J. Blenko Sr. University Professor of Environmental Engineering, in a university press release.

Morel currently teaches at Princeton University as the Albert G. Blanke Jr. Professor of Geosciences.

Morel earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Grenoble in France, and a doctoral degree from the California Institute of Technology.

The award will be presented to Morel at the annual Dickson Prize Lecture on Monday in McConomy Auditorium at 4:30 p.m.

Morel will discuss scientific topics such as ocean acidification, and how the processes of nitrogen fixation and photosynthesis can potentially result in large-scale ramifications to the ocean ecosystem.

iCarnegie opens new centers in Mexico

iCarnegie Global Learning (iCarnegie), a provider of global educational strategies, is teaming up with the Technological Universities of Mexico to open up 34 training centers in Mexico.

The training centers will utilize the curriculum from iCarnegie’s Software Developing Program and will teach courses including software design, engineering, quality assurance, and project management.

In a university press release, Provost and Executive Vice President Mark S. Kamlet spoke about the potential of Mexico’s high-tech economy and Carnegie Mellon’s desire to help develop and facilitate its success.

“We believe that Carnegie Mellon and iCarnegie are the right partners for Universidades Tecnológicas en Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación, and that our training centers will enable the university network to offer strongly differentiated technology programs that will strengthen relationships among the university, its students, businesses, and entrepreneurs,” Kamlet said.

Mayor Bárbara Botello, Presidenta Municipal Electa de León, said in a university press release, “To the Universidad Tecnológica de Leon, congratulations for being the place where the future is being built involving young people and teachers who know how to make our country a better Mexico, a successful and triumphant Mexico.”

These centers officially opened on Feb. 11 and they plan to serve over 9,000 students.