Nathan named Howland Medal winner

The American Pediatric Society has named David G. Nathan, president emeritus of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the 2003 recipient of the John Howland Medal, the society’s highest honor. Nathan, the Robert A. Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, was awarded the medal for his pioneering contributions to the field of hematology. He will receive the medal at the society’s annual meeting in Seattle on May 4.

Visiting scholar named to CPPCC

Hon Fong-Ming, a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, has been elected senator in China. At 36 years of age, he is considered one of the youngest members of the National Committee of the Chinese Peoples’ Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Hon came to Harvard this past September for one academic year to revise the English version of his doctoral dissertation on overseas Chinese and modernization in Malaysia. He plans to break from his research at Harvard for two weeks in March to attend the Chinese Congress.

Harvard faculty named among top 25 most cited mathematicians

Three Harvard faculty members have recently been named as the most highly cited mathematicians in the world, according to Science Watch, the subscription newsletter of the Research Services Group. In the top 25 most highly cited papers and authors in mathematical journals between 1991 and 2001, Donald B. Rubin, John L. Loeb Professor of Statistics and chair of the Department of Statistics, was ranked seventh, while Xiao-Li Meng, professor of statistics, was ranked 20th. At No. 21, Associate Professor of Biostatistics Matthew Wand was the only other Harvard faculty member to make the top 25. Pierre-Louis Lions of the University of Paris was ranked No. 1.

– Compiled by Andrew Brooks