Dr. Robin R. Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue and its Robotics Without Borders program, will be the featured speaker for the 2011 Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony.

Free and open to the public, the Ashworth-Tsutsui program will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 30) in Room 124 of the H.R. Bright Building, with a reception to follow in Room 302.

Murphy, a leading expert in rescue engineering who was instrumental in search-and-rescue missions at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, will present her lecture, "TAMU Rescue Robots at Fukushima and Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami," at 4:10 p.m. Her talk will provide an overview of the known robots used in the disaster with an in-depth discussion of the results from the recent joint Japanese-U.S. deployment of rescue robots.

This year's recipients of the Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Awards for mentoring and research -- Eunhwa Ko, Department of Chemistry; Amelia Romoser, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology; and Jennifer Marshall, Department of Physics and Astronomy -- will be recognized immediately following Murphy's lecture.

The Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Awards are sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) to recognize the research and mentoring efforts of women on the Texas A&M campus. These awards are offered in honor and remembrance of Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui, a longtime member of the faculty of the Texas A&M Department of Biochemistry and a founding member of WISE who cared deeply about the retention and recognition of women in Texas A&M's graduate programs.

For more information on the event or related awards, visit the website or contact the College of Science Educational Outreach and Women's Programs Office at (979) 845-7362.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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  • Dr. Robin R. Murphy

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