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Previous Associates Award for Creativity in Research Recipients

2014 Recipients of The Associates Award for Creativity in Research

Manuel Castells, School of Communication

Professor Manuel Castells holds the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication, Technology and Society and appointments in the Department of Sociology, the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and the School of International Relations.  Castell’s research was founded on the idea of a “networked city,” that is, that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) would fundamentally change human interactions. He continues to be at the leading edge of thinking about ICT and its impacts on society, influencing not only sociology, but also communications and planning. Importantly, he has generated a discourse on the broader meaning of the transformative power of new communication technologies with respect to political, social and economic institutions and how ICT is changing the world.

Author of 22 academic books and editor or co-author of 21 books, and over 100 articles in academic journals, he is the most cited communications scholar in the world. The broad impact of his work is illustrated by the long list of awards and honors received, including the Kevin Lynch Award (urban planning), the Erich Schelling Architecture Theory Prize, the Ithiel de Sola Pool Award (political science), the Robert and Helen Lynd Award (sociology), and the Holberg International Memorial Prize. He was also recently awarded the prestigious international Balzan Prize for Sociology, which recognizes “the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world.” He has been awarded 14 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries and has won medals of honor from five governments.

Milind Tambe, CS – Inst. Robotics & Intelligent Systems

Milind Tambe, the Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor of Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering, is recognized internationally as a leader in multi-agent systems, a sub-discipline of artificial intelligence. One of the continuing traits and strengths of his work is the focus on developing systems for solving real-world problems, with remarkable success: the ”security games” framework and algorithms pioneered by Tambe are deployed by several agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration, for security scheduling at various US ports and airports. He is Director of Viterbi’s Teamcore Research Group on Agents and Multiagent Systems, which conducts research related to security, sustainability and safety. He also conducts research at the USC National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), developing a security games framework and algorithms, based on game theory, to optimize the use of limited security resources.

Tambe has received several “best papers” at leading conferences and his contributions to fundamental research have been recognized by many honors and awards: he was elected a fellow of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and is recipient of the ACM Autonomous Agents Research award, which recognizes scientists and engineers “who are making a difference” in people’s lives. His recent work on applications of game theory to security has also garnered several awards, including the prestigious IBM Faculty award and the Homeland Security Award from the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. He also received the “influential paper award” from the International Foundation for Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Previous Recipients

2013
Yves DeClerck, Pediatrics
Peter Mancall, History

2012
Antonio Damasio, Neuroscience
Alan Willner, Engineering

2011
Thomas Jordan, Earth Sciences
Ruth Weisberg, Fine Arts

2010
Mark Humayun, Ophthalmology & Biomedical Engineering
Priya Vashishta, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Physics & Astronomy

2009
Edward J. McCaffery, Law
P. Daniel Dapkus, Engineering

2008
Nicos Petasis, Chemistry
Nicholas Warner, Physics

2007
Cheng-Ming Choung, Pathology
Mark Thompson, Chemistry

2006
Theodore Berger, Biomedical Engineering
David James, Critical Studies

2005
Stephen Hartke, Music
Larry Swanson, Biological Sciences, Psychology & Neurology

2004
Terence Langdon, Engineering
Elyn Saks, Law

2003
Adrian Raine, Psychology
John E. Wills, Jr., Chinese History

2002
Barry Glassner, Sociology
Charles G. Sammis, Geophysics/Materials Science

2001
Myron F. Goodman, Molecular Biology
William H. Steier, Electrical Engineering

2000
G.K. Surya Prakash, Chemistry
Richard F. Thompson, Psychology & Biological Sciences

1999
Irving Biederman, Letters, Arts and Sciences
Jean C. Shih,  Pharmacy

1998
Dagmar Barnouw, Letters, Arts and Sciences
Michael Lai, Microbiology

1997
Malcolm W. Klein, Letters, Arts and Sciences
Joseph Aoun, Letters, Arts and Sciences

1996
Leonard Adleman, Computer Science
Malcolm Pike, Preventive Medicine

1995
Richard N. Bergman, Physiology & Biophysics
Marsha Kinder, Cinema Television

1994
Judith Resnik, Law
Elsa Garmire, Electrical Engineering

1993
Aki, Kei, Geological Sciences
Micheal J. Dear, Geography

1992
Susskind, Miram M., Molecular Biology
Michael S.Waterman, Biological Sciences

1991
Vern L. Bengston, Gerontology
Melvin A. Breuer, Electrical Engineering

1990
Larry R. Dalton, Chemistry
Joshua S. Goldstein, International Relations

1989
Lois W. Banner, S.W.M.S.
Edward E. Lawler III, Business Administration

1988
William F. Benedict, Pediatrics
Irving S. Reed, Electrical Engineering

1987
Shaul G. Massry, Medicine
Daniel Pollack, Music

1986
Christopher A. Reed, Chemistry
James N. Rosenau, International Relations

1985
Caleb E. Finch, Gerontology
George A. Olah, Chemistry

1984
Sydner W. Benson, Chemistry
Kazumi Maki, Physics

1983
Peter A. Jones, Biological Chemistry
Curt F. Wittig, Physics

1982
Jackson I. Cope, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Charles Heidelberger, Medicine

1981
James O’Toole, Management & Organization
Arieh Warshel, Chemistry

1980
Charles Ritcheson, History
Harold C. Slavkin, Dentistry
Christopher D. Stone, Law

1979
Robert Bau, Chemistry
James E. Birren, Psychology

1978
Samuel P. Bessman, Pharmacology & Nutrition
Otto O. Schnepp, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

1977
Philip J. Stephens, Chemistry

1976
Robert W. Hellwarth, Electrical Engineering
Charles A. McClelland, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Hershel Parker, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

1975
Richard C. Dales, History
Sally F. Moore, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Peter K. Vogt, Microbiology

1974
Donald J. Greene, English
Howard S. Taylor, Chemistry

1973
Arnold Dunn, Biological Sciences
A. Lloyd Moote, History

1971
Lucien A. Bavetta, Dentistry
Sergio P. S. Porto, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

1970
Arthur W. Adamson, Chemistry
Max F. Schulz, English

1969
William W. Grings, Psychology
William G. Spitzer, Physics, Astronomy, Electrophysics

1968
Arnold F. Brodie, Biological Sciences
Solomon W. Golomb, Electrical Engineering/Systems

1967
Orville L. Bandy, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
John T. Waterman, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

1966
Francis Christensen, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Olga Hartman, Biological Sciences

1965
Colin R. Lovell, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Bruce R. McElderry, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

1964
Bruce R. Anton, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
J. P. Giulford, Letters, Arts and Sciences

1963
Herbert Busemann, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
John L. Webb, Pharmacology

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