31 March 2015: Rafael Cosman, one of my sister's sons and an undergraduate at Stanford, has received one of nine Deans' Awards for Academic Achievement. An article in BusinessInsider.com highlights one of Rafi's many accomplishments —the establishment of a summer camp in East Palo Alto that teaches software design to disadvantaged high school students.
14 May 2014: Ellen R. Feldman—my daughter—received the Philip S. Biegler Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. (To see a photo, go to http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2014/usc-viterbi-undergraduate-awards-banquet-2014.htm and scroll down to the next-to-the-last photo).
29 April 2014: Aaron O. Feldman—one of my nephews— received multiple awards at the California State Science Fair, including the "Project of the Year" award for the Junior Division (grades 6-8). For further details, go to http://www.usc.edu/CSSF/Current and follow the links for Major Fair Awards, Category Awards (J14), and Special and Recognition Awards. Aaron's project, entitled Where'd Those Swimmers Go?, uses image processing techniques to detect that a swimmer in a pool is drowning. Aaron has developed a working real-time prototype.
8 April 2014: Ellen R. Feldman—my daughter—received the University of Southern California's Emma Josephine Bradley Bovard Award for academic excellence. (In the current graduating class, Ellen is the only Electrical Engineering major with a perfect 4.0 GPA). "Ellen Feldman is a USC Trustee Scholar with an electrical engineering major and a mathematics minor. She has conducted research in engineering labs at USC, Johns Hopkins, and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, studying topics spanning signal processing and robotics. In her spare time, Ellen is active in leadership at USC Hillel and plays the piano. She will begin Ph.D. studies in electrical engineering this fall [at the California Institute of Technology, where her brother Michael is currently an undergraduate]."
1 April 2014: Ellen R. Feldman has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.
29 March 2014: Aaron O. Feldman and Jordan S. Feldman (two of my younger brother's sons) were awarded prizes at the Los Angeles County Science Fair:
Aaron received First Place in the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Junion Division for an image processing system that automatically detects that a swimmer is drowning. This project builds on work that he did previously, but is now capable of tracking multiple swimmers.
Jordan received Third Place in the Behavioral/Social Sciences/Human Junior Division for an investigation of the statistical correlation between estimates of probabilities of various events and the respondent's emotional reaction to those same events.
16 April 2013: Aaron O. Feldman—one of my nephews—was awarded First Place in the California State Science Fair's Mathematics and Software Junior Division. His project is called Saving Lives One Swimmer at a Time, and is an image processing system that can automatically detect that a swimmer is drowning.
9 March 2013: My son has been admitted as an undergraduate to the California Institute of Technology, otherwise known as Caltech (or, in some circles, as the Bing Bang Theory school). "Dear Michael, ... The staff and faculty on the Admissions Committee see in you not only an accomplished student, but also a person with the passion and creativity to pursue mathematics, science, and engineering at the highest level".
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