20, No. 14, Feb. 15, 2001
A report on honors,
awards, offices and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff
The Office of Publications and Marketing
won a bronze medal from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education
in its 2000 Awards Competition. OPM was one of eight medalists from
143 entries in the Web site category. OPM entered the Office of Admissions
and Records Web site it designed a year ago. Those working on the project
were Michele Plante, OPM graphic designer,
and Stephanie Smith, who was an OPM project
manager at the time; and Jo Flessner-Filzen,
head of the HTML production team, OAR.
agricultural, consumer and
Stephen P. Havera, a scientist in the department
of natural resources and environmental sciences and director of the
Forbes Biological Station of the Illinois Natural History Survey, was
honored by the Wildlife Society as the recipient of its 2000 Wildlife
Publications Award for his comprehensive book on Illinois waterfowl.
"Waterfowl of Illinois: Status and Management" was published
last year by the Illinois Natural History Survey. The award was presented
during the societys seventh annual conference in Nashville, Tenn.
Henry L. Taylor, director of the Institute
of Aviation and the commercial operations of the UI-Willard Airport,
was awarded the 2000 Illinois Public Airports Association Presidents
Award at the 2000 Annual Fall Conference of the association. The award
was presented by Roger C. Marquardt, IPAA president, "in recognition
of dedicated service to the citizens of Illinois through the promotion
of aviation education."
"A Latina in the Land of Hollywood and Other Essays on Media Culture,
a book by Angharad Valdivia, professor
in the Institute of Communications Research, has been published by University
of Arizona Press.
A recent article published in Research in Developmental Disabilities
ranked the UI as the eighth leading research
institution in the world. The number of peer-reviewed articles published
during the past 20 years served as the primary criterion. Leading researchers
on this campus cited in the article include Susan
Fowler, dean of the College of Education; Laird
Heal, professor emeritus of special education; Janis
Chadsey, professor of special education; and Robert
Sprague, professor emeritus of kinesiology. Notably, Frank
Rusch, professor of special education, was identified as the
16th most productive researcher in the field of mental retardation during
the past 20 years.
Darrell F. Socie, professor of mechanical
engineering, received the Wöhler Medal at the 13th European Conference
on Fracture held in Spain. The biennial award, given by the European
Structural Integrity Society, recognizes outstanding research related
to the fatigue of metals.
The department of electrical and computer engineering honored four professors
as the first recipients of several new named professorships. Richard
E. Blahut was named the Henry Magnuski Professor. Wen-mei
Hwu and Panganamala Kumar were named
the first Franklin W. Woeltge Professors. Milton
Feng was named the Nick Holonyak Jr., Professor. All were honored
at an investiture ceremony and reception in October.
fine and applied arts
Donna Cox, professor of art and design,
was invited to give a plenary talk at the 32nd annual International
Visual Literacy Association Conference at Iowa State University. The
theme of the conference was "Exploring the Visual Future: Art,
Design, Science and Technology."
Ian Hobson, CAS professor of music and
Swanlund endowed chair of music, recently conducted the Fort Worth Chamber
Orchestra for the Van Cliburn Foundation "Salute to 62"
concert. Hobson also was selected to serve on the jury for the 2001
Cleveland International Piano Competition. The competition will be held
at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Severance Hall.
Paul Kruty, professor of architecture,
was invited to present a lecture at the Prairie Arts and Crafts Conference
held at Millikin University. The lecture was titled "Louis Sullivans
Search for an Expressive, Synthetic and Virile Architectural
Ornament for the Modern Age."
Becky Nettl-Fiol, professor of dance, was
awarded a grant from the UI Research Board for her research project
in somatic practices in the teaching of technique.
Cynthia Oliver, professor of dance, was
named "Outstanding Young Choreographer" in the German dance
periodical Ballet Tanz.
Jeffery Poss, professor of architecture,
received a Design Honor Award from the Central Illinois Chapter of the
American Institute of Architects for the design and construction of
a meditation hut in Urbana.
liberal arts and sciences
Peter Beak, professor of chemistry, was
selected to receive the Paul G. Gassman Distinguished Service Award
of the American Chemical Societys Division of Organic Chemistry.
Beak was cited for his recent work in developing the endocyclic restriction
test as a general approach to the determination of the stereochemistry
of substitutions at nonstereogenic atoms.
Vernon Burton, professor of history, is
the president-elect of the Agricultural History Society. The society
publishes Agricultural History, the premier journal in rural studies.
Burton also was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee
of the Social Science History Association.
Lawrence Hanks, professor of entomology,
received the 2000 Entomological Society of America recognition award
in urban entomology at the societys annual meeting in Montreal.
Rosilie Hernandez-Pecoraro, professor of
Spanish, was awarded the 1999-2000 Monticello College Foundation Fellowship
for Women in residence at the Newberry Library.
Douglas G. Simpson, chair and professor
of statistics, was named a fellow of the American Statistical Association
during the ASA presidential address at the Joint Statistical meetings
in Indianapolis. "Election to fellow of the ASA is a singular honor
that recognizes outstanding individual contributions to the advancement
of statistics," said Norman Breslow, chairman of the committee
Andrew Wang, professor of biochemistry,
of cell and structural biology and of chemistry, and Cheng
Chin-chuan, professor emeritus of Chinese and of linguistics,
were recently elected to the Assembly of Members of Academia Sinica,
the highest research institute in Taiwan.
Norbert Wiley, professor emeritus of sociology,
received the Heroes Recognition Award from the Bay Area Metropolitan
Elections Committee, a California organization promoting the civil rights
of gays and lesbians. He also gave the Bonwit-Heine lecture on film
theory at the University of California, Berkeley.
Val Beasley, professor of veterinary biosciences,
presented the keynote address, "Purposeful Careers for Veterinarians
in Wildlife and Ecosystem Health," at the Special Species Symposium
2000, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary
Paul Cooke, Larry Hansen and Sue
Schantz, professors of veterinary biosciences, presented invited
lectures at a meeting, "Recent Advances in the Environmental Toxicology
and Health Effects of PCBs" in Lexington, Ky.
Rex Hess, director of the Center for Microscopy
and Imaging and professor of veterinary biosciences, presented an invited
lecture, "Estrogens and Male Reproduction," at the first European
Congress of Andrology. Hess also was an invited member of the Fourth
Annual Workshop titled "Frontiers in Estrogen Action."
Lois Hoyer, professor of veterinary pathobiology,
gave an invited presentation titled "Detection and Comparative
Analysis of Differential Gene Expression" at the Microbial Functional
Ronald D. Smith, director of instructional
computing and professor of pathobiology, received an Excellence Award
from the American Distance Education Consortium. Smith was honored for
his work using the Web for education in veterinary medicine and food
Ted Valli, dean of the College of Veterinary
Medicine; E.J. Ehrhart, professor of veterinary
pathobiology; and Barbara Kitchell, professor
of veterinary biosciences, were invited to present at the National Institutes
of Health symposium on "Cells of the Marginal Zone: Origins, Function
and Neoplasia." The presentation was on marginal zone lymphomas