Dennis Shasha, a professor in NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Shasha, one of 50 new ACM Fellows, was recognized for “technical and literary contributions over a broad range of data management topics.”
“We recognize these scientists and engineers, creators and builders, theorists and practitioners who are making a difference in our lives,” ACM President Vinton G. Cerf said in making the announcement. “They’re enabling us to listen, learn, calculate, and communicate in ways that underscore the benefits of the digital age. Their advances have led to opportunities for improved healthcare, enhanced security, expanded interactions, and enriched lifestyles. Some recipients have also led efforts to extend computing across continents and countries including Brazil, China, and Germany.”
Shasha’s publications include Stored Clocked Programs Inside DNA: A Simplifying Framework for Nanocomputing (Morgan and Claypool), co-authored with Jessie Chang, which describes how to build millions of DNA programs from which instructions can be peeled away one at a time from each program in synchrony, as well as Natural Computing: DNA, Quantum Bits, and the Future of Smart Machines (W. W. Norton & Company) and Out of Their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists (Springer), both co-authored with Cathy Lazere.
He also authored The Puzzler’s Elusion: Tale of Fraud, Pursuit, and the Art of Logic (Thunder's Mouth Press), one of six books he’s written on puzzles, which presents readers with creative challenges to logic and problem-solving amidst circumstances involving a fictional mathematical detective, “Dr. Ecco”.
ACM will formally recognize the 2013 Fellows at its annual Awards Banquet on June 21, 2014, in San Francisco.