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Tunrayo
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re: Silicon photonics pioneer snags 'genius' award
Tunrayo   9/30/2010 7:18:28 PM
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I guess this money will give her the freedom to explore the "unique fundamental topics" she has in mind. Research-money grants from corporations tend to be accompanied with restrictive and subjective research objectives. Lipson can now explore research she is interested in.

T in Az
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re: Silicon photonics pioneer snags 'genius' award
T in Az   9/30/2010 6:34:20 PM
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The recognition of our successes is something we all need more of, and the money is just part of it. I'm sure she will continue to astonish us in the future, congratulations.

pixies
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re: Silicon photonics pioneer snags 'genius' award
pixies   9/30/2010 5:35:23 PM
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She could support a post-doc or 2 to 3 graduate students for fives years. That is not bad. I wonder if Cornell will take that 50% overhead.

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re: Silicon photonics pioneer snags 'genius' award
resistion   9/30/2010 3:39:22 AM
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I read some of Lipson's great work from before, so I am not disputing her receiving such an award. Maybe a little jealousy on my part. Congratulations to her anyway.

R_Colin_Johnson
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re: Silicon photonics pioneer snags 'genius' award
R_Colin_Johnson   9/30/2010 3:19:46 AM
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In Lipson's case, we have been reporting on her work since 2003, because it is so unique. The genius term for MacArthur awards may have arisen in the past to explain why obscure fields were being made such unrestricted awards--the theory being that genius sometimes sounds too far-fetched to get traditional funding. Lipson, however, is researching the same field that IBM, Intel and many other silicon chip makers--silicon photonics. However, she told me that she had some unique "fundamental topics" in mind--I'm betting some sort of new optical material. What would you do with an unrestricted $25,000 a quarter?

resistion
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re: Silicon photonics pioneer snags 'genius' award
resistion   9/30/2010 1:40:22 AM
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Or rather, which is more annoying.;)

resistion
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re: Silicon photonics pioneer snags 'genius' award
resistion   9/30/2010 1:29:58 AM
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Don't know which is annoying, the "genius" term or the lack of restriction on spending 500 K.

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