News and notes on La Jolla students and grads

Bishop’s student gets science ethics award

Mark Matten, a sophomore at The Bishop’s School, recently received a 2011 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair Special Award.

Matten’s project-based essay titled “Out of Harm’s Way: Ethical Challenges of Autonomous Military Robots” received the $500 first-place prize from the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology in a ceremony at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Matten also took first place his Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair Project, “Image Processing for Autonomous Military Robots.”

The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology was founded in 2004 to foster science in the public interest by promoting awareness, understanding and discussion of the ethical implications of new developments in science and technology. It is co-sponsored by UCSD, San Diego State, University of San Diego and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Bishop’s student gets National Merit award

Benjamin S. Doehr of The Bishop’s School was one of more than 1,700 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities announced on July 13 by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

With his probable career field as physics, he is the winner of the sponsored scholarship from Grinnell College.

These Merit Scholar designees join over 2,900 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Officials of each sponsor college selected their winners from among Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

This year 198 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,800 Merit Scholarship awards.

Householder gets BA from Colby

Hilary M. Householder of La Jolla was one of 486 seniors who graduated from Colby College on May 22, receiving a bachelor of arts degree at the outdoor commencement in Waterville, Maine.

The daughter of Joseph and Katherine Householder, she majored in biology with a neuroscience concentration and graduated with the following honors: Dean’s List, Distinction in major.

Blocker on Cornell Dean’s List

Axel Blocker of La Jolla was named to the Cornell College Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester, earning honors.

Cornell named 364 students, or about 30 percent of its enrollment, to the Dean’s List for the spring semester. A grade point average of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale is required for this designation. “Highest honors” are granted to students with 4.0 averages; “high honors” are awarded to students with 3.8 to 3.99 averages; and “honors” include grade point averages of 3.6 to 3.79.

Katz, Stanley among Emory grads

Carli Katz and Audrey Stanley were among the graduates at Emory University’s 166th commencement ceremony on May 9, 2011.

Katz, the daughter of Dr. Howard Katz and Ann Katz, received a bachelor of arts degree from the Atlanta university.

Stanley, daughter of Stephen and Debra Stanley, received a bachelor of business administration from Emory’s Goizueta Business School.

Franklin on Gunnery’s honor roll

Kai B. Franklin achieved honors at the Gunnery for the 2010-11 school year. Franklin is a member of the class of 2012 at the Connecticut boarding school.

Fudge name Collegiate Scholar

Brandon Fudge will be inducted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars during a fall ceremony at Texas Christian University. Membership is by invitation, based on grade point average and class standing.