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2014 News in Brief



Highest MIT faculty award goes to Penny Chisholm

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Professor Sallie “Penny” ChisholmIn honor of her wide-reaching professional accomplishments, Professor Sallie “Penny” Chisholm received the 2014 James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award on May 21. In an email to the CEE community, Department head Markus Buehler wrote, “This award, the highest honor bestowed by the MIT faculty on one of its own members, recognizes extraordinary professional achievement, outstanding contributions to their fields, to MIT, and to society.” In 1988, she led a team that discovered a particularly tiny microorganism, Prochlorococcus, which is responsible for a significant fraction of ocean photosynthesis. Since then she has performed groundbreaking work exploring the ecology and evolution of this microbe, and last year won the country’s highest award for scientific research, the National Medal for Science.  Read more: