Evan Dorn, Caltech 2005 PhD, Wins “Innovative ETD Award”

Evan Dorn, Caltech PhD in Computation & Neural Systems, wins “Innovative ETD Award” for 2006.  Each year  the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) consortium recognizes students who have written exemplary electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).  These ETDs demonstrate new dimensions of scholarship being explored by individuals who have made significant contributions to the worldwide ETD movement.

Dorn’s thesis entitled “Universal Biosignatures for the Detection of Life” comprises 15 files; pdf, mpeg movie, xls spreadsheets, tar compressed data files. The Innovative ETD Award recognizes student efforts to transform the genre of the print dissertation through the use of innovative software to create cutting edge ETDs and comes with a cash prize.  Use of renderings, photos, video and other multimedia objects that are included in the electronic document were considered as part of the innovation of the work. 

This winning thesis is available via the Caltech Library’s Institutional Repository, CODA,  http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-05272005-071800  

The complete listing of the NDLTD awards, generously sponsored by Adobe Systems, Inc.  is available at: http://www.ndltd.org/awards/awards2006.