Polymer Science Awards Bestowed
Wiley and the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) hosted the second annual Wiley Polymer Science Awards in September. The awards recognize younger scientists whose work shows considerable potential, and are open to all SPSJ members under the age of 45. An SPSJ committee selected the winners one in chemistry and one in physics and Patrick Kelly, Wiley's Vice President and General Manager, Physical Sciences, presented the awards at a ceremony at SPSJ's Macromolecular Symposium in Sendai.
This year's winners were Dr. Eiji Yashima, 41, of the Department of Molecular Design and Engineering, Nagoya University, and Dr. Mitsuhiro Shibayama, 45, of the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Kyoto Institute of Technology. Dr. Yashima won the chemistry prize for his work on the synthesis and chiral recognition of helical polymers, and Dr. Shibayama was awarded the physics prize for his work on inhomogeneities and dynamics in polymer gels. Each award is valued at 250,000 yen (equivalent to US$2,362.12). The two award recipients have been invited to publish highlights papers describing their work in the Journal of Polymer Science.