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Press Release 08-030
And the Oscar Goes To...a Professor?

Stanford University computer science professor and colleagues honored with an Academy Award

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A computer generated simulation of waves parting around a lighthouse.

Simulations created for research in computational physics by researchers such as Ron Fedkiw also have applications in entertainment. This image is part of a simulation created by Fedkiw and his colleagues Nick Rasmussen and Frank Losasso Petterson, and it is an example of the work with fluids that earned the team a technical Academy Award this month.

Credit: Credit: Frank Losasso, Jerry Talton, Nipun Kwatra, Ron Fedkiw / courtesy of Stanford University


Awardees at the annual Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards presentation on Feb. 9, 2008.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented its annual Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards February 9, 2008, in Beverly Hills, California. Actress Jessica Alba (front row, center) hosted the black-tie presentation dinner. In addition to nine Technical Achievement Awards (certificates), four Scientific and Technical Special Award recipients were recognized at the black-tie awards dinner: David A. Grafton, who received the Gordon E. Sawyer Award; to the Eastman Kodak Company, an Academy Award of Merit; David S. Inglish, the John A. Bonner Award; and Jonathan Erland, the Award of Commendation.

Rod Fedkiw is in the second row, second from the right.

Credit: Todd Wawrychuk/ A.M.P.A.S.

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