PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 20, No. 6, Sept. 21, 2000
Campus Award for Excellence in Public
Two faculty members,
one academic professional and three students are the campuss first
recipients of the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Service. The
awards program was developed to recognize those who fulfill the universitys
commitment to using their scholarly, creative or professional knowledge
for the purpose of improving the well-being of Illinois citizens. Nominations
were due last May and recipients were honored at a banquet Sept. 18.
The program is an extension of the Partnership Illinois initiative and
the Senate Committee on Continuing Education and Public Service.
R. Berenbaum, professor and head of entomology
Berenbaum has been active in public service since she arrived at UI in 1980. According to colleagues who nominated her, Berenbaum has an "extraordinary commitment to educating the public about complex issues in ecology and evolutionary biology." She has frequently been invited to participate in programs on insects, through local media and in area schools. She is widely known as the creator of the "Insect Fear Film Festival." As one letter supporting her nomination pointed out, "Professor Berenbaum does not come down from the ivory tower to greet her public, but instead lifts everyone she touches to a higher plane of scientific appreciation, be they students or impressionable young children."
A. Selen, professor of physics
Selen joined the
department of physics in 1993, and has since become known to the community
as the "Pied Piper of Physics" for his development of the
Physics Van program, one of the campuss best known outreach programs.
Currently, the Physics Van offers more than 25 demonstrations each semester.
A recurring theme in letters of support for Selen has been his commitment
to making physics activities exciting and interesting to both young
and old. A colleague concurs, noting "Mats is an extraordinary
creative force for public scientific literacy, and he has not merely
served when asked, but has gone forward on his own initiative to make
contacts and recruit prospective audiences. He has shown
importance of taking physics education beyond the boundaries of our
classrooms and laboratories."
Thomas L. Moore, director, Psychological Services Center
For more than 25 years, Moore has been a leader of public service activities. As director of the Psychological Services Center, Moore has created professional, research and teaching opportunities in public service. He is a recipient of two Partnership Illinois grants to develop the Community Collaboration for Economic Development. According to a faculty member in psychology, "Thom is fantastically successful in facilitating and promoting meaningful and important public service activities He brings out the best in others and by creating connections between them, facilitates their accomplishing together what none of them could have done alone."
Duff Keating, architecture, urban and regional planning
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