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Chemistry professor Mathew Maye received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government upon professional independent researchers at the beginning of their careers. Maye is the first SU faculty member to receive the award, which was established in 1996. It supports his work on the bio-inspired assembly of nanoscale materials to advance the field of renewable energy.

 Amy Rabideau '10, a dual chemistry and biology major, was among 18 students nationwide to receive the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's (ASF) 2009-10 award. Rabideau, who has been involved in research activities since her sophomore year, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship.

Chemistry professor Yan-Yeung Luk received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who demonstrate exceptional potential for leadership early in their careers. Luk is using his $430,000 grant for research on a new class of water-soluble molecules capable of spontaneously self-assembling (sticking together) to form new kinds of materials for use in the biomaterials and biopharmaceutical industries.

Adeniyi Amadou G'09, who earned a master's degree from the Newhouse School, received the Chandler Award from the Religion Newswriters Association, recognizing her as the 2009 "student religion reporter of the year" for a story she wrote on Muslims living in America. She received $600 from the organization for her first-place reporting.

H. Ezzat Khalifa, NYSTAR Distinguished Professor at the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Khalifa is founding director of the New York STAR Center for Environmental Quality Systems at SU.

The Whitman School of Management's Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) program was ranked among the best in the country by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review. The EEE undergraduate program was rated 13th in the country, and the graduate program 12th. The rankings, based on a survey of more than 2,300 programs nationwide, were published in the October issue of Entrepreneur Magazine.

"Tough Choices, Tough Times," a special report about how the economy is affecting 18- to 25-year-olds produced by Newhouse students as part of the school's annual Student Voice project, received several awards in the Center for Innovation in College Media's College Media Online Journalism Contest 2.0. The overall report took first place in the Best Interactive Package category and honorable mention in the Design/Best Overall Design category. Other honors included the following: The team of A.J. Chavar '10, Lindsay Kenton '09, Greg LaSpina '10, and Andy McCullough '09, first place, Best Interactive Graphic category, for "History of the Economy"; Wasim Ahmad G'10, first place, Video Package category, for "A Goldrush Town No More"; and Sarah Stapp '09, second place, Audio Slideshow category, for "No Money Nowhere."

The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University received $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research for a new five-year research and knowledge dissemination project. The initiative aims to advance the effective delivery of technology by vocational rehabilitation agencies for youth in transition and working-age adults with disabilities. The funding is the only award of its kind in the country.

The School of Architecture's undergraduate program was ranked second in the nation by DesignIntelligence, the bimonthly journal of the Design Futures Council. The publication also recognized two programs in the College of Visual and Performing Arts as among the top in the nation. The interior design program was ranked 10th among interior design programs, and the industrial and interaction design program was listed at No. 14 for industrial design programs.

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Former SU football head coach Dick MacPherson was inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame in December in New York City. MacPherson, the 1987 College Football Coach of the Year, guided the Orange for 10 seasons, which included an undefeated campaign (11-0-1) in 1987. He is the 17th person with Syracuse ties to be enshrined in the hall of fame. MacPherson will be officially enshrined at the hall in South Bend, Indiana, during ceremonies in summer 2010.

The Orange men's and women's cross country teams completed a season for the record books, placing in the top 20 at the NCAA championships and winning the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship titles (a first in school history for both teams).

The men also captured the Big East championship for the first time in the program's history and won the annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. At the NCAA championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, Tito Medrano '12 placed 39th overall to earn All-America honors-the first Orange runner to accomplish the feat since 1982. Medrano led the Orange to a 14th-place finish, its highest since 1959, and the women runners finished 18th, their highest finish in program history. At the Northeast regionals in Boston, Katie Hursey '11 won the women's race to become SU's first individual women's champion. Pat Dupont '12 led the Orange men, finishing fifth overall. Hursey was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Northeast Region's woman athlete of the year, and coach Chris Fox was named the region's coach of the year. At the Big East championship in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Pat Dupont '12 placed fourth overall and was joined by four teammates among the top 15 runners to lead the Orange to the title. The women's team placed third, marking its highest finish in the conference championship meet.

The nationally ranked SU field hockey team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Princeton, 7-3, to complete the season with an 18-4 record. It was the first time the Orange appeared in back-to-back NCAA tournaments. The Orange captured its second straight regular-season Big East title, finishing undefeated (6-0) in league play, and was runner-up in the conference tournament. Head coach Ange Bradley was voted the conference's coach of the year for the second time in three years. Three players received national post-season honors: Forward Lindsey Conrad '11 was named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division 1 All-America first team, and midfielder Martina Loncarica '12 and back Amy Kee '13 were selected for the second team. Loncarica and Kee were also named to the All-America second team, with Kee picked for the All-Rookie squad as well.

SU men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim '66, G'73 opened the 2009-10 regular season by collecting his 800th career win as the Orange defeated Albany, 75-43, in the 2K Sports Classic, benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, at the Carrier Dome. Boeheim is the eighth Division I coach in NCAA history to reach the 800-win plateau. The Orange went on to win the 2K Sports Classic, upending defending national champion North Carolina, 87-71, at Madison Square Garden for the title. SU also defeated Robert Morris (100-60) and semifinal opponent California (95-73) en route to the crown.

Women's volleyball head coach Jing Pu collected his 300th Syracuse victory as the Orange defeated Georgetown, 3-1, on October 18 at Manley Field House. The volleyball team was 21-11 overall this season and 9-5 in Big East play.

Syracuse football center Jim McKenzie '10 was named a 2009 Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America/ESPN the Magazine. The biochemistry major is the ninth SU football student-athlete to earn the honor.