22, No. 11, Dec. 6, 2002
A report on honors,
awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and
Two faculty members in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
Sciences were recently honored with 2002 Food and Agricultural Sciences
Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards. Now in its 11th
year, the awards program acknowledges that "excellence in education
can only be achieved when teachers are adequately prepared, highly motivated,
and appropriately rewarded."
Shelly J. Schmidt, professor
of food chemistry in the department of food science and human nutrition,
received a national award, and Darrel
J. Kesler, professor of animal sciences, received a
regional award for the north central region. The annual awards are sponsored
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Association of State
Colleges and Universities and the National Association of State Universities
and Land-Grant Colleges.
ACES has had seven recipients in 11 years, the most in the nation.
natural history survey
A program in the UI Office of Continuing
Education was selected by the University Continuing
Education Association to receive a 2002 Celebration of Excellence award.
The award is designed to encourage innovation and distinction in continuing
The program, "Biodiversity, Wetlands and Biological Control-Purple
Loosestrife: A Case Study," was developed by Michael
R. Jeffords and Robert
N. Wiedenmann of the Illinois
Natural History Survey to show teachers and environmentalists
options for fighting invasive species using natural controls rather
than pesticides and poisons. The program gives middle school and high
school science teachers curriculum ideas and plans for incorporating
environmental lessons into their classroom.
The course, a collaborative effort with the Illinois Natural History
Survey, was offered online. The course will serve as a model for future
environmental programs offered by the office, combining the interactivity
and rigor of a traditional classroom experience with the flexibility
of an online program.
Wendy Jackson, head of
environmental programs for the Office of Continuing Education, accepted
the award at the UCEA annual conference in Minneapolis in October.
Nick Holonyak Jr., professor
of electrical and computer engineering, will receive the 2003 Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Medal of Honor. Holonyak
is being honored "for a career of pioneering contributions to semiconductors,
including the growth of semiconductor alloys and hetero-junctions, and
to visible light-emitting diodes and injection lasers."
During the last decade, Holonyak and his students invented a process
that enables the formation of high-quality oxide layers on any aluminum-bearing
III-V compound semiconductor. The oxide process has had a major impact
on vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs), making them practical
for such applications as optical and data communications. His more recent
research focuses on coupling quantum-dot lasers to quantum-well lasers.
Holonyak is the fourth UI faculty member and third ECE alumnus to win
the Medal of Honor, IEEE’s highest award. ECE hosted a reception
Dec. 4 to congratulate Holonyak.
and applied arts
Robert I. Selby, professor
and associate director for graduate studies, School of Architecture,
has been elected to the national board of directors of the American
Institute of Architects (AIA). Selby, currently president of AIA Illinois,
will be installed as the Illinois Region Director Dec. 6 at the AIA
Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He will serve a three-year term.
arts and sciences
Martin Gruebele, Alumni
Research Scholar in the department of chemistry, has been elected a
Fellow in the American Physical Society, with a primary affiliation
with the Division of Biological Physics. Each year, no more than one-half
of 1 percent of the membership of the Society is recognized by peers
for election to the status of Fellow in the APS. Gruebele is internationally
known for his research on how proteins fold.
The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may
have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication
or made significant and innovative contributions in the application
of physics to science and technology. They also may have made significant
contributions to the teaching of physics or service to APS and participation
in the activities of the society.
Maurice Friedberg, Center
for Advanced Study Professor of Russian Literature and Professor Emeritus,
department of Slavic languages and literature, received the Distinguished
Contribution Award in Slavic Studies at the 34th AAASS National Convention
in Pittsburgh in November. The American Association for the Advancement
of Slavic Studies presents this award each year to a distinguished member
for a lifetime of achievement in the field of Slavic studies.
Julian I. Palmore, professor
of mathematics and in the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International
Security, was elected a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation on
Oct. 7. He also has been invited by the foundation to be the United
States’ national representative to W.I.F.