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We're delighted to report that Assistant Professor David Laidlaw has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant, that agency's most prestigious award for junior faculty. `The CAREER program,' NSF says, `recognizes and supports the early career development of those faculty members ... most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.' CAREER awardees are selected `on the basis of creative, integrative, and effective research and education career development plans that build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education.'

David's work under this grant will focus on shape modeling and its applications coupled with the development of a methodology for teaching the skills needed for successful multidisciplinary research projects. The education plan consists of David's course, `Interdisciplinary Scientific Visualization,' and a research group; both are aimed at undergraduates and graduate students alike. The research effort includes development of computational tools for capturing geometry, representing it within the computer, and using those representations for specific applications in archaeology and biological modeling.

Congratulations from us all, David !