I opened the January issue of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and saw (what is probably old news to everyone) that Tracey Ho, Muriel Medard, Ralf Kotter, David Karger, Michelle Effros, Jun Shi, and Ben Leong have won the IEEE Communications Society and Information Society Joint paper award for their work A Random Linear Network Coding Approach to Multicast. Congratulations! Always nice to see coding work being recognized, and a "computer scientist" (Karger) winning a "EE" award for work on coding.
Sadly, it's also time to recall the passing of Ralf Kotter, who died of cancer just over a year ago. Communications Theory lost a brilliant mind and a great leader far, far too early.