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A Cal State Northridge biology professor received a prestigious presidential award Thursday at a National Science Foundation ceremony in Washington, honoring mentors.
June 7, 1992 | JIM MANN, Jim Mann, former Times bureau chief in Beijing, is a staff writer in Washington. His last article for this magazine was on Hong Kong businessman Gordon Wu.
INSIDE ROOM 309,a third-floor classroom in concrete-and-brick Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus, Ken Nishikawa was standing at an old-fashioned blackboard. He was lecturing to a weekly graduate seminar in plasma physics when Dr. Lu Gang's first shot rang out. * At first, some of the graduate students in the room thought it might be a firecracker. It was Friday afternoon, last Nov. 1, and one of the students later recalled thinking it must be some sort of prank.
March 8, 1999 | NANCY FORREST
More than 200 students at Channel Islands High School were honored for their outstanding scholastic performance during the school's recent academic awards banquet. Assistant Principal Kristopher Wong served as master of ceremonies at the event last Thursday. Dana Karney, another assistant principal, and Susan Caballero, student body president, also participated in the awards presentations. The school's teams in the Academic Decathlon and the countywide Mock Trial competition were recognized.
September 10, 1987
UCLA's Map Library, the largest of its kind in the nation, has been renamed in honor of Henry J. Bruman, professor emeritus, who retired from the faculty in 1982. In 1980, Bruman established an educational foundation that has provided more than $100,000 for the UCLA Library. The Westwood resident joined the faculty in 1945, served as chairman of the geography department from 1957 to 1961 and has received numerous academic awards including West Germany's 1971 Gold Humboldt Medal.
June 20, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Commencement at this Santa Ana school was a serious ordeal. Boys had to wear ties. Girls' dresses required shoulder straps at least 2 inches wide. Families brought balloons and flowers and decorated their cars with white shoe polish. Five rehearsals ensured flawless filing in and out of the auditorium by students in red gowns. But if something did go awry, it was hardly the end of the world. After all, they were only leaving middle school.
April 26, 1990
Cerritos High School senior Paras P. Mehta, 17, has been named one of 500 finalists in the 1990 Presidential Scholars Program. The White House is expected to announce the names of 141 scholars next month. The award is the highest federal honor given to high school seniors. It is based on academic achievement, leadership qualities and community and school involvement. Winners will be given the Presidential Scholar Medallion at a White House ceremony in June. Mehta has a 4.
May 26, 1988
Academically Fit: Eight sixth-graders at Del Obispo Elementary School in San Juan Capistrano have been picked as winners of Presidential Academic Fitness Awards and will receive certificates and lapel pins at the school's 8 a.m. assembly June 17. The winners are Jennifer Bachman, Brooke Ballif, Chase Beninga, Rachel Brady, Erik Peterson, Brian Ralph, Kristen Ruiz and Peter Stuart, school spokesman Jeff Bristow said.
April 16, 1993
Athletic teams from Calvary Chapel, Los Alamitos, Santiago and Woodbridge high schools will be among those in 23 sports honored with Southern Section academic awards presented April 21 at Anaheim Stadium, before the game between the Angels and Cleveland Indians. To be considered for the awards, which recognize outstanding classroom achievement by teams and individual student athletes, teams must have a minimum 3.
March 24, 1993
Chris Smith, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker and tight end from Bear River High in Auburn, Calif., became the 12th player to sign with Cal State Northridge. Smith was an All-Golden Empire League first-team selection on offense and defense. Boxing Gus Heath of Van Nuys on Saturday will represent Los Angeles in the Toughman World Championships in Atlantic City, N.J. Heath, a 21-year-old trainer at a Valley gym, advanced by defeating six challengers in regional competition.
May 10, 1990
Cerritos High School senior Paras P. Mehta, 16, has been selected one of the 1990 Presidential Scholars. It is the highest federal honor given to high school seniors. Mehta was among six students from California to be chosen. Of the 141 scholars selected throughout the nation, 121 were chosen on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and community and school involvement. The other 20 selections were based on achievement in the creative or performing arts. Mehta has a 4.
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