Joanne Corbin, associate professor of social work at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, will receive the 2006 Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education Award later this month at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Ivan T. Mosley Sr., chair of the manufacturing systems department of the School of Technology at North Carolina A&T State University, received the Distinguished Technology Educator Award from the International Technology Education Association. Dr. Mosley is only the third African American to ever win the award.

Thomas A. Watkins Jr., who chaired the department of machine technology at Prairie View A&M University for many years, received the Betty Shabazz Award from the Westchester County African-American Advisory Board. Professor Watkins has been active in recent years in many civic organizations in the Westchester community.

Gary S. May, professor and Steve W. Chaddick Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, received the 2006 Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award is given to individuals who have exhibited leadership in increasing the involvement of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields.

Professor May has been on the Georgia Tech faculty since 1991. A 1985 graduate of Georgia Tech, he went on to earn a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gregory Pardlo, assistant professor of English and creative writing at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, won the Honickman Prize from the American Poetry Review for his forthcoming book Totem. He is the first African American to win the award and the accompanying $3,000 cash prize.

Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, was given the Delta Prize for Global Understanding from the University of Georgia. The prize includes a sculpture and a $10,000 cash award.