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Brown Receives First SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award

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26 May 1998

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Ann Kilhoffer
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(26 May 1998) ACM SIGGRAPH announced today that Maxine D. Brown, an associate director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has been awarded the first SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award for her extraordinary service to SIGGRAPH. This award recognizes a volunteer who has devoted a large part of their life to serving SIGGRAPH and its community in positions of varying level of responsibility as a leader and mentor of others.

Brown has a long history of service to the computer graphics and supercomputing communities, including: ACM SIGGRAPH Vice Chair for Operations (1985-1987) and Secretary (1981-1985); SIGGRAPH 77 co-chair, local arrangements; SIGGRAPH 79 exhibits co-chair; SIGGRAPH 84 Electronic Theater chair; general conference chair of SIGGRAPH 92 in Chicago (which attracted a record-breaking crowd of 34,000); co-chair of the SIGGRAPH 94 VROOM event; a member of the IEEE/ACM Supercomputing 95 conference Information Architect committee; and, organizer and host of the Supercomputing conference Visualization Theater (1988-1991). She is currently an advisor on "The Story of Computer Graphics" feature length film being developed by SIGGRAPH.

When asked what she felt her most important contribution was, Brown replied, "I believe my greatest service has been to encourage and mentor new people to become active in the organization and in the conference, to ensure SIGGRAPH's vitality and longevity."

The SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award will be presented at SIGGRAPH 98, the 25th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, in Orlando, Florida, 19-24 July 1998.

At EVL, Brown is responsible for the funding, documentation, and promotion of its research activities. She works closely with EVL's collaborators at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory to coordinate research activities.

In recognition of her services to the University and the community at large, Brown was a recipient of the 1990 UIC Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) award. Brown holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Temple University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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