February 3rd, 2005


Professor Muroga of chambana receives Japanese Imperial Medal

The Fall, 2004 Alumni News from the UIUC Department of Computer Science reports in this article that:
The Emperor of Japan awarded The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays With Neck Ribbon, to Saburo Muroga, professor emeritus. Muroga was recognized as "one of Japan's computer pioneers," and a globally significant leader in the extensive field of information processing since the early stages of Japan's computer era.

During local ceremonies to take place at Japan House on October 23, Yutaka Yoshizawa, Consul General of Japan at Chicago, will honor both Muroga and Shozo Sato, professor emeritus of art and design and the founding director of Japan House. The ceremony begins at 2:00.

Now, see, this is just frelling cool. Why can't we Americans have cool science medals? There's the ACM Turing Award (named in honor of a British scientist) and the Fields Medal (named after a Canadian) in math, but for science in general one has to look to the Nobel Prize (founded by a Swede). It doesn't have to be much! Not even sacred treasure - just, say, a Presidential Young Investigator... Cutlass or the Map on the Back of the Declaration of Independence Prize in Forensic Science. I'm just saying.

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alpenglow, I saw you were back in chambana recently - have you been in the Siebel Center?
I haven't been back to C-U since 1999, and I'm thinking it may be time for a visit soon.

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