22, No. 4, Aug. 15, 2002
A report on honors,
awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and
consumer and environmental sciences
a professor of animal sciences, has won the 2002 Animal Growth and Development
Award. The award, sponsored by Roche Vitamins Inc., was presented July
21 during the annual meeting of the American Society of Animal Science.
The award citation notes that Johnson "has made unique and cutting-edge
contributions to animal science by showing that the immune system regulates
the biology of animal growth and development."
The award recognizes basic or applied research excellence in any phase
of growth or development of animals.
J. Kent Mitchell, professor emeritus of
agricultural engineering, has been named the 2002 winner of the Hancor
Soil and Water Engineering Award. The award, one of the most prestigious
given by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, is given in
recognition of noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and
water engineering and was presented at a luncheon July 31.
Mitchell was selected for his distinguished accomplishments as a dedicated
teacher and researcher in the areas of erosion mechanisms, erosion control
and water-quality monitoring. He is recognized as an international expert
in erosion processes and control in monitoring field studies in water
Marvin R. Paulsen, professor of agricultural
engineering and associate head of the department, was named a fellow
of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and was inducted at
a ceremony July 30 during the society's annual meeting. Paulsen was
recognized for his dedication and exceptional service to students and
colleagues in the agricultural engineering profession and for his exceptional
Paulsen has provided leadership in the development of pioneering research
and has contributed vastly to the body of knowledge regarding grain
quality, grain-quality measurements, and the effects of drying, handling
and transport on quality changes. The results of his research have greatly
benefited grain handlers, processors, equipment manufacturers, importers
and exporters, agri-business firms, and agricultural producers around
the world. In addition to research, he has continued as the Graduate
Program director and as a teacher of undergraduate and graduate courses
in the department.
Only about 2 percent of active members of the society have achieved
the grade of fellow.
WILL meteorologist Ed Kieser has been awarded
two Seals of Approval, one for radio and one for television, from the
American Meteorological Society in recognition of the quality of his
The seal is awarded by the society to broadcast meteorologists who meet
established criteria for scientific competence and effective communication
skills in their weather presentations.
Kieser, who has worked as a meteorologist at WILL for 15 years, said
he finally made getting the seals a priority. "The application
process takes a lot of time and I was always busy doing the weather
and putting on tornado shows," he said. "Id never applied
"Ive always thought my bachelors and masters
degrees in meteorology were my most important credentials as a meteorologist,"
Kieser said. "But I wanted to receive the AMS seals because of
the respect they command in the field of weather broadcasting."
Kiesers weather forecasts can be heard on WILL-AM 580 and on WILL-TVs
"Your Weather" weeknights at 9:58 p.m.
Georgia Garcia, professor of curriculum
and instruction and of educational policy, is one of 13 well-known scholars
appointed to the National Literacy Panel on Language Minority Children
and Youth established by the Department of Education.
The panel will identify, assess and synthesize the literacy research
knowledge base related to the education of language minority children
and youth. Members of the National Literacy Panel and their support
contractor, SRI International and the Center for Applied Linguistics,
will produce a report that evaluates and synthesizes the research literature
and provides research-based recommendations to guide educational practice
and inform educational policy. More information about the panel is at
Arlette Ingram Willis, professor of curriculum
and instruction, recently was elected a trustee of the Research Foundation
for the National Council of Teachers of English.
Trustees serve three-year terms. They judge research proposals received
from the field and manage fiscal resources of the foundation.
NCTE, with 75,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is
dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the
language arts at all levels.
UI engineering professor Bill Hammack has
won the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award for Service to
Society for his public radio commentaries.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a chemical engineer
to community service and to the solution of socially oriented problems.
The award includes a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium.
Hammacks radio series, "Engineering and Life," opens
the world of engineering to the public by sharing the human stories
behind seemingly simple objects such as pop-tops, coffee makers, screws
and plastic bottles. The series is produced at WILL-AM and distributed
to other public radio stations by Illinois Public Radio. It airs on
WILL-AM Tuesdays at 7:25 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. The commentaries also can
be heard at www.engineerguy.com.
arts and sciences
Charles F. Gammie, a professor of physics
and of astronomy, was among 60 young researchers named as recipients
of the 2001 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers,
the highest honor bestowed by the government on young professionals
at the outset of their independent research careers. Gammie received
his award July 12 in a White House ceremony.
The young scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research
grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.
Gammie will use his award to carry out a research program in theoretical
and computational astrophysics that focuses on building numerical models
of how plasma flows around black holes. The release of gravitational
binding energy in black hole accretion flows is thought to power quasars
and active galactic nuclei, and, in our own galaxy, the black hole X-ray
Gammie and his students also are developing a "digital demo room"
to aid in astronomy and physics instruction. The numerical models available
in this demo room will focus on topics in stellar evolution, supernovae,
star formation and galactic structure.
James W. Marchand, professor emeritus of
Germanic languages and literatures, was invested as a laureate of the
International Biographical Centre's Lifetime Achievement Award. Investiture
as a laureate is only conferred after a thorough evaluation of each
candidate's qualifications by the members of the IBC Rresearch and Advisory
Board. The award is made to selected noteworthy individuals around the
world in recognition of their lifetime accomplishments.
national center for supercomputing applications
R&D Magazine, the magazine of research and development, will present
a 2002 R&D 100 Award to HDF5 (Hierarchical Data Format 5), a software
package developed by the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications in collaboration with the Lawrence Livermore, Sandia,
and Los Alamos National laboratories.
HDF5 is a data file format that assists users in storing, manipulating,
and sharing scientific data. It works across diverse operating systems
and features a library of callable routines, utility programs and tools
for creating HDF5 files, converting files into HDF5, and analyzing and
visualizing data. The HDF project began in 1987. In 1997 NCSA teamed
with the three Department of Energy laboratories to rewrite and upgrade
HDF. The resulting product, HDF5, handles files of unlimited size and
takes advantage of parallel computing to speed the process of creating
files and working with scientific data.
The R&D 100 Awards were established in 1963 by the forerunner of
today's R&D Magazine. Each year, technical experts and the magazine's
editors evaluate entries looking for products and processes that are
the most "technologically significant" and can improve people's
lives. The 2002 awards go to developers of products released in 2001.
Past winners have included the developers of the automated teller machine
(1973), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), and
The winners of the 2002 R&D 100 Awards will be featured in the September
issue of the magazine. Each winning technology will be showcased during
an Oct. 16 awards banquet in Chicago.
For more information on HDF5, see http://hdf.ncsa.uiuc.edu/HDF5/.