1997 CAFA Awards

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Achievement Award - Professor Evelyn Lee Teng

Dr. Evelyn Lee Teng received her B. S. in Psychology from the National Taiwan University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford. She did her postdoctoral research in Psychobiology at the California Institute of Technology with Nobel Laureate Roger Sperry before taking a faculty position at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. She is now a Professor in the Department of Neurology where her chief responsibilities are patient care, teaching, and research.

Dr. Teng's earlier research included the use of fish, chicks, rabbits, and monkeys to study the brain mechanisms for learning and memory. Her human studies have ranged from predicting hypnotizability and examining biological, social, and pathological factors in determining handedness to studying the functional specializations of and interactions between the two cerebral hemispheres. Her work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Science, as well as various specialty journals.

In more recent years, Dr. Teng's clinical needs for better neuropsychological assessment tools have channeled her research interests toward test development. One of her tests was adopted by the Canadian national study on health and aging. Another test won a biannual research award from the International Psychogeriatric Association in 1993. Dr. Teng is a consultant to several large research programs and a frequent reviewer for scientific journals and funding agencies. She has also been active in community service.

Evelyn is married to Ta-liang Teng, whom she considers her best friend. They have two grown children and have recently become doting grandparents.

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Service Award - Professor Jimmy Hwang

Professor Jimmy Hwang was born and raised to a very traditional rural family in a tiny mountainous and isolated town in Hsinchu, Taiwan. During his childhood, he had to work daily with his family as a child labor in the rice field for years. With his farming experience in a village, he later wrote a series of articles about improving the living standard of neglected farm workers on the newspapers and journals. He received B.A. From National Chunghsing University, M.S. from National Taiwan University, M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Delaware.

In his early college years, Jimmy Hwang was chosen as one of 20 youth leaders by the National Youth Commission of Executive Yuan in Taiwan. He had high school teaching credentials on Mathematics and social science. He passed the National Senior Civil Service Exam and was a government employee in Taiwan. He later also passed a similar Federal Civil Service Exam in U.S. After finishing his Ph.D. program in 1984, he came to San Diego State University, where he was the coordinator of statistical computing programs and taught courses in the Department of Mathematical Science. He developed the first campus-wide computer proficiency courses for undergraduate studentsat SDSU. In 1991, he was recruited to California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) as the Director of Academic Computing and a professor in the department of Information and Decision Science. He helped restructure the infrastructure of academic computing at CSUSB, and received the service award of the year in 1994. He was a visiting scholar at University of Michigan in 1994 under the grant from U.S. Department Labor Statistics.

Later Jimmy Hwang became a full professor and the department chair of Computer Science and Technology at National University in San Diego. In the summer of 1996 he joined the research faculty in the department of medicine and pathology at the University of California, San Diego and served as the division head of biostatistics and clinical trials for the California Collaborative Treatment Group on AIDS research. He published over 20 papers in national and international journals.

He had been very active in civil and professional services. He served as the conference chair on academic computing. He was the founding program chair of the Inland Empire PC Users Group. He was also an elected board member of La Mesa Rotary Club. He had been on the board of our Chinese-American Faculty Association since 1992. His dedication to CAFA culminated in his becoming president of CAFA in 1995 and served as the president of CAFA Scholarship Foundation in 1996. His special contributions to our association include preparation and filing of articles of incorporation and non-profit recognition with the State of California and Internal Revenue Service for both CAFA and Scholarship Foundation.

Jimmy Hwang has two boys, Wender, 18, and Calvin, 12. Wender is a pre-med biology student at Johns Hopkins University and Calvin is a sixth grader at the La Mesa Middle School. His wife, Shuling, is a branch operation manager for General Bank in San Diego. They had known each other for more than 25 years.

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