On behalf of The Masonry Society’s Research Committee, Dr. David McLean presented the 2009 John B. Scalzi Research Award at the Awards Luncheon in Evanston, Illinois on October 17, 2007 to Dr. P. Benson Shing of the University of California at San Diego. for his outstanding contributions to masonry research. During the presentation of the award, McLean noted Shing was unable to attend the meetings, and expressed his disappointment in missing the presentation. McLean noted that Shing has made numerous contributions to masonry research in his career, doing exceptional studies on masonry shear walls, infills and veneer. He also noted that Shing was TMS Journal Editor, and before that, an Associate Editor and Reviewer, for many years.