22, No. 12, Jan. 23, 2003
A report on honors,
awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and
and business administration
Seven faculty members
in the College of Commerce and Business Administration received faculty
fellowships in recognition of their research and professional accomplishments
and their contributions to teaching curriculum development and pedagogical
The holders of the three-year Faculty Fellowships: Bryan
Cloyd, accountancy, Arthur Andersen Fellowship
in Accountancy; Kathryn Kadous, accountancy,
Caterpillar Fellowship; Steven Michael,
business administration, Schoen Fellowship in Entrepreneurship; Neil
Pearson, finance, Investors in Business Education (IBE) Fellowship;
Marjorie Shelley, accountancy, Deloitte
& Touche Teaching Fellowship in Accountancy; Brian Wansink, business
administration, Julian Simon Memorial Faculty Fellowship; and Zhijie
Xiao, economics, IBE Fellowship.
The program was established in November to complement the college’s
endowed chairs and professorships.
The Dads Association recently presented its annual Certificate of Merit
Barbara Cicone, an admissions and records
officer for the department of computer science, was named outstanding
staff member. Cicone was honored for her commitment to students in her
role in supervising the department’s academic office.
Journalism professor Walter Harrington was
honored as outstanding faculty member for his work in teaching and nurturing
Kory Langhofer, a senior in political science from Urbana, was named
outstanding student, and the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity
was honored as outstanding student organization.
William S. Hammack, professor of chemical
engineering, has won the 2002 National Association of Science Writers
(NASW) "Science in Society Award" in the radio category for
his program "Engineering and Life," broadcast on WILL-AM (580).
David A. Lange, professor of civil and
environmental engineering, has received the American Concrete Institute’s
Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper. Lange was honored for "Creep,
Shrinkage, and Cracking of Restrained Concrete at Early Age," which
The award was founded in 1917 by Leonard C. Wason, past president of
ACI International. Formal announcement of the election will be made
at the ACI convention in Vancouver, in March.
Jean Ponce, professor of computer science,
was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers
for his contributions to geometric shape representation in computer
Mohit Randeria, George A. Miller Endowment
Professor in Physics, received two prestigious international prizes
in physics. The International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste,
Italy, awarded him the 2002 P.W. Anderson Prize in Condensed Matter
Physics. It recognizes outstanding and original contributions in physics
and mathematics in a specific field of interest.
In addition, he received the 2002 S.S. Bhatnagar Prize for Physical
Sciences, awarded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
of the Government of India, for outstanding scientific contributions
made primarily in India during the past five years.
NAMD, a molecular dynamics code for high-performance
simulation of large biomolecular systems developed on campus, was among
the winners of this year’s Gordon Bell Awards – the olympics
of supercomputing – at the SC2002 conference held in November
NAMD – developed in collaboration by computer scientists Laxmikant
Kale, Robert M. Skeel and lead programmer James
C. Phillips – represents a marriage of crosscutting research
with software development, aimed at harnessing the nation’s fastest
supercomputers to decipher the tiny components of living cells. It is
distributed free of charge to thousands of scientists in industry and
academia around the world, quickening the pace of drug discovery and
other vital research to unravel biological processes.
NAMD was developed by the Theoretical Biophysics Group, directed by
physicist Klaus Schulten, at the Beckman
Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, with support from the
National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
The Gordon Bell Awards were established in 1988 to stimulate future
advances in parallel computing applications by recognizing major accomplishments.
and applied arts
Anne D. Hedeman, professor of art history,
has been named the editor for three years of Gesta, the journal of the
International Center of Medieval Art.
Sherban Lupu, professor of music, was awarded
the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Academy of Music G.Dima,
one of the oldest and most prestigious universities, located in Cluj,
Romania’s second largest city.
arts and sciences
Phillip A. Newmark, a researcher in the
department of cell and structural biology, is one of five recipients
nationwide of a 2002 Damon Runyon Scholar Award.
The three-year $300,000 award from the New York-based Damon Runyon Cancer
Research Foundation supports the development of outstanding scientists
as they establish their own independent research laboratories. The grant
period began Jan. 1.
The award is designed to boost Newmark’s efforts to identify the
genes involved in the tissue regenerative abilities of planarian flatworms
in their recovery from wounds.
Julian I. Palmore, professor of mathematics
who also has a faculty appointment in Illinois’ Program in Arms
Control, Disarmament and International Security, has been named associate
editor of the journal Military Operations Research, of the Military
Operations Research Society, Alexandria, Va. He was previously guest
editor for a special issue of that journal.
He also was guest editor of a special edition of Defense and Security
Analysis on missile defense systems (September 2002) and was invited
to be guest editor for another special edition which would focus on
United States-China relations (December 2003).
Palmore was invited to join and is now a member of the editorial boards
of Defense and Security Analysis as well as the journal Central European
Journal of Mathematics.
Scott Silverman, professor of chemistry,
will receive the Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards
from the March of Dimes Foundation. This award is designed to recognize
young scientists embarking on their independent research careers, and
was given to Silverman for his research on the structural basis of RNA-protein
interactions underlying fragile X syndrome.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is honoring several staff members
and academic professionals for outstanding contributions to the college.
The awards will be presented Feb. 20.
The LAS Academic Professional Award will be presented to Susanne
Aref, manager of services and adjunct lecturer of statistics
and of natural resources and environmental sciences; Jenny
Barrett, senior research programmer, psychology; and Christine
Catanzarite, associate director of the Illinois Program for Research
in the Humanities.
Marsha Healy, administrative secretary,
psychology, received the LAS Nancy J. McCowen Distinguished Service
Award. Named for a former administrative assistant in the college, the
award recognizes someone who continually goes above and beyond an expected
level of service.
The LAS Staff Award was presented to Carolyn Cornwell,
secretary IV, School of Chemical Sciences, and Mae
Donaldson, accountant II, psychology.
Subhash Bhagwat, senior mineral economist
with the Illinois State Geological Survey, was awarded a Fulbright Senior
Specialists grant in economics at Technische Universität Berlin
Fakultät VI Bauingenieurwesen und Angewandte Geowissenschaften
Institu. This new program offers two- to six-week grants to leading
U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development
and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries.
The program supplements the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program begun
Staff members of the Illinois State Geological Survey were honored at
an awards ceremony in December. Emeritus clay mineralogist Herbert
Glass received the survey’s Lifetime Distinguished Achievement
Award. Other honorees: Bob Bryant, assistant
supportive scientist, for outstanding contribution to survey safety;
the drilling team of Jack Aud, Steve Wildman,
Matt Thompson and Chris Wilson for
special achievement by a team or section; Antigone
Dixon-Warren, assistant professional scientist, and Steve
Gustison, supportive scientist, for outstanding new staff members;
and Sally Denhart, supportive scientist,
and Rick Hansen, assistant professional
scientist, for distinguished achievement.
Val Beasley, professor of veterinary biosciences,
gave invited platform presentations on marine mammal toxicology and
on the Envirovet Program at the World Veterinary Congress in September.
Peter Constable, professor of veterinary
clinical medicine, served for the second year on the USDA Animal Health
and Well Being grant review panel in Washington, D.C., in May. He also
was elected to serve a three-year term on the Large Animal Internal
Medicine committee. Constable also was a keynote speaker on the treatment
of the diarrheic calf at the XXII World Buiatrics Congress in Hannover,
Germany, in August.
Jonathan Foreman, professor of veterinary
clinical medicine, recently completed a three-year term on the national
organizing committee for the Sixth International Conference on Equine
Exercise Physiology, held in Lexington, Ky. He also helped organize
Equine Sports Medicine 2002, also held in Lexington.
Foreman recently was awarded the status of FEI Event Veterinarian by
the Federation Equestre Internationale, the international governing
body of seven equestrian disciplines, based in Lausanne, Switzerland,
and by USA Equestrian (formerly the American Horse Shows Association),
the national governing federation for Olympic equestrian sports in the
Rex Hess, professor of veterinary biosciences,
gave a number of invited lectures and seminars in July, August, and
September, including at the Gordon Research Conference on Environmental
Endocrine Disruptors held in South Hadley, Mass.; at the Minisymposium
on Effects of Estrogen on Gonadal Function, 35th Annual Meeting of the
Society for the Study of Reproduction, in Baltimore; at the Society
for Theriogenology Annual Conference, Colorado Springs, Colo.; for the
Population Council at Rockefeller University and at Mount Sinai Medical
School, New York; and at the Woman’s Health Research Institute,
Wyeth Research, Philadelphia.
Gavin Meerdink, clinical professor of toxicology
and of veterinary biosciences, received the E.P. Pope Service Award
from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
on Oct. 20. It is the highest award given by the association. Meerdink
was noted for his service as vice president, president-elect and president;
program chair; membership committee chair; newsletter editor; member
and chair of the publications board; chair of the Foundation; and member
of the toxicology committee.
R. Dean Scoggins, equine Extension professor
emeritus, received the 2002 Benefactor of the Breed Award from the Eastern
Crabbet Arabian Horse Society in September. The award is presented to
individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation,
promotion and welfare of the Arabian horse. Scoggins was recognized
for his significant contributions as a veterinarian and trainer and
for his promotion of the Arabian horse, particularly for his association
with Al-Marah Arabians.
David Scott, professor of veterinary pathobiology,
was awarded the 2002 Seymour H. Hutner Prize of the Society of Protozoologists
for his discovery of a vacuolar proton pyrophosphatase in acidocalcisomes
of early branching eukaryotes. The award recognizes outstanding contributions
by young scientists.
John R. Scott, research technologist in
the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, was elected to the board of directors
of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing.
Art Siegel, professor of veterinary clinical
medicine, is serving as the veterinary medicine database representative
to the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Medicine Informatics. The group’s
fall meeting sought to form a broad-based task force to lead the development
of Informatics Standards for Veterinary Medicine into the future.