21, No. 8, Oct. 18, 2001
Three employees and four dependents of employees were recognized as
recipients of 2001-2002 UI Civil Service Employees
and Dependents Scholarships at a reception in June. The employees
are Angelique J. Kuehl, community
worker, UI Extension, Jackson County office; Lyn Petrie, library technical
assistant, Grainger Engineering Library; and Regina
K. Winfrey, medical assistant, McKinley Health Center. The
dependent recipients are Michael A. Bosley,
son of Carol Bosley, administrative assistant, Office of the Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs; Christen Herriott, daughter
of Pamela Herriott, secretary III, UI Extension Area II; Tami
Mast, daughter of Bruce Mast, accountant III, Grants and
Contracts; and Sandra Shannon, daughter
of Peggy Shannon, staff clerk, Curriculum, College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. The scholarship fund was established by Civil Service employees
for Civil Service employees and their dependents to provide recipients
with financial assistance in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree.
Jay Rosenstein, professor of journalism,
was awarded First Place for the Best Radio News Story by a non-Native
journalist by the Native American Journalists Association. The awards
were presented at the groups annual convention in June. Rosensteins
story, about the Chief Illiniwek intake session, was broadcast on National
Native News last year.
Carolyn L. Beck, professor of engineering,
was selected as an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator. The
program is designed to attract young scientists and engineers who show
exceptional promise for research and teaching careers. Beck was one
of 26 investigators selected for awards from a group of 191 applicants.
Thomas S. Huang, William L. Everitt
distinguished professor in electrical and computer engineering, received
the Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal from the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers for his "pioneering and sustained contributions
to image sequence processing and its applications to digital TV, to
pattern recognition and computer animation." Huang shares the award
with Arun Netravali, the president of Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies,
Murray Hill, N.J.
The medal is sponsored by Texas Instruments and is named in honor of
Kilby, a UI alumnus who won a Nobel Prize in physics in 2000.
fine and applied arts
Albert Z. Guttenberg, professor
emeritus of urban and regional planning, was inducted as a member of
the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Guttenberg was chosen because of his individual achievements in the
field of urban and rural planning. Fifty-five planners from 27 states
and the District of Columbia were inducted into the institutes
College of Fellows. "As a practitioner and scholar, Guttenberg
conceived and led the implementation of multidimensional land use classification;
synthesized social, economic, and physical aspects of urban structure
in relation to plans; and contributed to the social interpretation of
planning history. His ideas continue to influence planning theory and
practice today," said Glenn Coyne, director of the institute.
Debra Richtmeyer, professor of music, coached the Red Onion
Saxophone Quartet to a second-place finish at the Fischoff National
Chamber Music Competition held in May in South Bend, Ind. The student
group received $2,000 and silver medals. The event was covered by A&E
for an upcoming TV program.
Daniel Sullivan, professor of theater, directed a 90-minute
TV adaptation of A.R. Gurneys play "Far East." Drawing
on events from Gurneys own life, the adaptation tells the story
of a young American naval officer in occupied Japan in 1954 who becomes
trapped between his love for a Japanese woman and his familys
Christos Tsitsaros, professor of music, was selected to have
two piano compositions, "Snow Games" and "Gallop,"
featured in the "Celebration Series," 3rd edition, subtitled
"Piano Odyssey." The Celebration Series, the largest anthology
of multi-period piano composition in print, is marketed throughout North
America and abroad, and is the primary source for all piano exams in
liberal arts and sciences
Gerald M. Browne, professor of classics
and linguistics, translated and edited the "Abbreviated Psalter
of the Venerable Bede." Crafted for personal prayer and meditation,
the book consists of carefully condensed renderings of each of the Psalms.
This new edition of Bedes masterpiece is based on Brownes
own critical edition of the Latin text, "Collectio Psalterii Bedae
Dana D. Dlott, professor of chemistry, received the 2001
Charles E. Ives Award sponsored by the Society for Imaging Science and
Technology. The award is given for the best engineering paper published
in the Journal of Imaging Science and Technology. Dlotts paper,
"Focus Fluctuations in Laser Photothermal Imaging" in collaboration
with S.G. Koulikov, was published in the January/February 2000 issue.
Robert Gennis, professor of biochemistry and of biophysics
in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, was named a 2002 Fellow
by the Biophysical Society. Gennis was cited for his work in bacterial
bioenergetics, pioneering the combination of state-of-the-art molecular
genetics and physical chemical tools to dissect complex events in membranes
that defy exploration by standard high-resolution structural methods.
Abigail Salyers, professor of microbiology, was elected president
of the American Society for Microbiology. The society is the oldest
and largest single life science membership organization in the world,
with more than 42,000 members.
Edmund Seebauer, professor of chemical engineering, was elected
a fellow of the American Vacuum Society. Seebauer was cited for his
exceptional contributions to the understanding of surface chemical kinetics
in electronics materials processing. To be eligible, fellows must have
made sustained and outstanding technical advancement, academic education,
or managerial leadership for at least 10 years. The society comprises
6,000 members worldwide.
Ron Guenther, the UI director of
intercollegiate athletics, was named 2000-2001 Division 1-A Central
Regional NACDA/Continental Airlines Athletic Director of the Year. NACDA
is the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Guenther
accepted the award at NACDAs 36th annual convention in Salt Lake
City in June.
Lyn Jones, director of development
of the UI Library, was awarded the 2001 ATHENATM Award by the Champaign
County Chamber of Commerce. Jones is the 13th recipient of the award,
which honors individuals who demonstrate excellence, creativity and
initiative in their professions, provide valuable service by devoting
time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the community,
and assist others in reaching their full leadership potential.
laboratory high school
The 2001 graduating class of University Laboratory
High School achieved the highest average composite score
in the nation on the ACT exam among U.S. high schools with 30 or more
students from that class taking the exam. More than 45 students in the
2001 class at Uni High took the ACT exam, earning an average composite
score of 31.6. Across the nation, 8,976 high schools had 30 or more
2001 graduates take the exam. In Illinois, the 2001 average ACT composite
score was 21.6, while the national average ACT composite score was 21.
Graduating classes at the laboratory school have earned average composite
scores above 29 in each of the past nine years. Uni High also recorded
the highest average composite score in the nation in 1997.
The ACT assessment is one of the two major standardized college entrance
exams taken by U.S. high school students. It consists of four multiple-choice
tests of educational development English, mathematics, reading
and science reasoning. The highest possible composite score that a student
can earn on the test is 36.