20, No. 6, Sept. 21, 2000
report of honors, awards, offices and other outstanding achhivements
of faculty and staff members
Peggy Grossman, professor of agricultural law in the department
of agricultural and consumer economics, has been awarded her third Fulbright
Scholar Award for the 2000-2001 academic year. Grossmans Fulbright
fellowship is part of the European Union Affairs Research Program, and
her research project will focus on EU environmental principles and their
application to agriculture.
Jeffrey Farlow Cornell, coordinator of alumni relations and development
for the department of nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering,
and Mildred Griggs, former dean of the College of Education,
were among 12 women from Champaign County who received Athena awards
at a ceremony in May. Coordinated through the Champaign County Chamber
of Commerce and sponsored locally by Sullivan-Parkhill Automotive and
National City Bank, the awards honor women who demonstrate excellence,
creativity and initiative in their business or profession, provide a
valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality
of life for others in the community, and assist other women in reaching
their full leadership potential.
Gordon A. Baym, the Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics,
has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. Baym was among
47 scholars and researchers elected April 29 to the learned society
based in Philadelphia.
Baym has been a leader in the study of matter under extreme conditions
in astrophysics and nuclear physics. He has made original, seminal contributions
to the understanding of neutron stars, relativistic effects in nuclear
physics, condensed matter physics, quantum fluids and Bose-Einstein
condensates. His work is characterized by a superb melding of basic
theoretical physics concepts, from condensed matter to nuclear to elementary
Milton Feng, professor of electrical and computer engineering,
will be honored this fall in Taiwan by the Pan Wen-Yuan Foundation.
The foundation named him one of four recipients of its Outstanding Research
Award for 2000. The nomination committee selected Feng in recognition
of his accomplishments in microelectronics and contributions to his
Two professors were honored by the American Physical Society at its
May 1 meeting in Long Beach, Calif.
Philip W. Phillips, a professor of physics, has been selected
as the 2000 recipient of the Edward A. Bouchet Award.
The award, which recognizes Phillips for "opening new vistas in
the study of disordered and strongly correlated condensed matter physics,
including the random dimer model and the size dependence of the Kondo
Jeremiah D. Sullivan, a professor of physics and former director
of the UIs Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International
Security, has been selected as the 2000 recipient of the Leo Szilard
Lectureship Award. The award recognizes Sullivan for "leadership
in addressing technically complex and often controversial national security
issues, such as anti-ballistic missiles, stockpile stewardship, and
a comprehensive test ban; and for setting a high standard for applying
the rigorous methods of physics to the challenging problems of integrating
advanced technology with sound policy in a democratic society."
Founded in 1899, the APS has more than 40,000 members worldwide.
and applied arts
Robert Graves, professor of theater, has been awarded the Sohmer-Hall
Prize for outstanding research in early English theater. The International
Shakespeare Globe Centre, London, announced that Graves book,
"Lighting the Shakespearean Stage, 1567-1642" (Southern Illinois
University Press, 1999) will receive this years annual award,
given to the best book published in the previous year on 16th- and 17th-century
English stagecraft. The prize will be awarded at a lecture Graves will
give at the new Globe complex in London this winter.
Linda Lehovec, professor of dance, has received an Artists Fellowship
Award in choreography from the Illinois Arts Council.
Bruno Nettl, professor emeritus of music and anthropology, was
awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Carleton
College, Northfield, Minn. Nettl gave an address titled "On Preserving
Bea Nettles, professor of photography, was awarded one of eight
Illinois Arts Council Fellowships in Photography for $7,000 this year
in recognition of her outstanding work and commitment within the arts.
J. Steven Beckett, an adjunct professor of law, will serve another three
years on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility.
The committee works with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary
Commission to review and update the high courts rules for attorneys.
arts and sciences
Orville Vernon Burton, professor of history, has been selected
by the Carnegie Foundation as a Carnegie Scholar in the Pew National
Frederick E. Hoxie, professor of history and holder of a Swanlund
Endowed Chair, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree
during commencement ceremonies May 21 at Southampton College of Long
Island University. In a news release from LIU announcing the degree,
Hoxie was credited with "deeply enriching our nations understanding
of the struggles and triumphs, the art and the dreams of American Indians."
Jim Kaler, professor of astronomy, was elected to the board of
directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for a three-year
Michael Palencia-Roth, professor of comparative literature, of Spanish
and of Latin American studies, was one of five featured plenary speakers
(from Colombia, France, Mexico, Peru and the United States) at a ceremony
honoring Gabriel García Márquez, the 1982 Nobel laureate
in literature. The event took place in Valledupar, Colombia.
Donald Wuebbles, professor and head of the atmospheric sciences
department, was elected a member of the International Ozone Commission
(IOC). Membership in IOC is limited to approximately 30 of the leading
scientists in the study of atmospheric processes from around the world.
The International Ozone Commission was established in 1948 as one of
the special commissions of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics,
who represent the entire community of geophysical scientists around
and information science
Susan E. Searing, professor of library and information science,
was one of two women honored by the Association of College and Research
Libraries Womens Studies Section. Given for the first time this
year, the awards recognize the role of librarians in advancing the field
of womens studies librarianship. Searing will receive the Award
for Career Achievement in Womens Studies Librarianship. "Searing
has been instrumental in the creation, development and recognition of
womens studies librarianship as a field," said Marlene Manoff,
WSS chair. "Through her truly exemplary scholarship and her dedication
the field, she
continues to serve as a role model."
Judy Corray, administrative secretary in the Division of Operation
and Maintenance, was honored by the Secretariat with its 2000 Office
Professional of the Year award. This was the eighth time the award was
presented. Corray received a certificate, engraved clock and a traveling
plaque. She was nominated by Terry Ruprecht, chief facilities officer
for the division.
Oliver J. Clark, UI chief of police, was elected vice president
of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
and was inducted at the organizations annual conference in June
in Boston. The international association represents more than 970 colleges
and universities in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America,
the United States and elsewhere.
The association is dedicated to promoting professional ideas and standards
in the administration of campus security and public safety. As second
vice president of the association, Clark is slated to become president
at the annual conference in 2003.