Gary Becker, Professor in Economics and Sociology, has been inducted into the American Academy of Achievement. Previous inductees from the University include Milton Friedman, the Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Economics; Hanna Gray, President Emerita and the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emerita in History; and Leon Lederman, the Frank L. Sulzberger Professor Emeritus in Physics.
The Academy of Achievement is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., which is dedicated to the education and inspiration of youth through the annual Salute to Excellence program and International Achievement Summit and Achievement Television, a nationwide telecommunications network bringing role models directly into the classroom. It also includes the Museum of the American Dream, a multimedia center featuring leaders who shaped the 20th century.
Python Essential Reference by David Beazley, Assistant Professor in Computer Science, has been translated into German, Japanese, Chinese and Russian and will be released in its second edition in June.
Python is an increasingly popular open-source (freely distributed) programming language used in applications ranging from Web sites to scientific simulations running on supercomputers.
Beazleys book, originally published in 1999 by New Riders Publishing, includes a foreword by Pythons creator, Guido van Rossum.
Mark Heyrman, Clinical Professor in the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the Law School, who teaches Mental Health Advocacy, recently was awarded the Mental Health Person of the Year Award by the Mental Health Association in Illinois.
The annual award is given to an individual who has done the most to advance the interests of people with mental illness in Illinois during the past year.